Our family discovered geocaching by accident. We moved into our new home and went exploring in the woods out back. My daughters, ahead of me, found the little box wrapped in brown tape, half buried, at the base of a tree. "What's this?" I heard them shout.
I saw the box and my heart raced. Did someone hide drug paraphernalia here? Or worse? I was afraid to open it. I raised the box above my daughters' heads so they couldn't see the contents as I opened it.
The big reveal: a tape measure with a note to geocachers that the cache was 10 feet away. What relief!
I vaguely knew what geocaching was, found it intriguing and had it on my "to do" list. After having friends--and avid geocachers--visit us last week, we can say it is "to done." I downloaded the geocaching app from Groundspeak to my phone and we found three caches within walking distance of our house. Now, whenever we're out, I pull up the app on my phone and search for nearby caches, just to see if any are within our reach. With more than a million caches hidden around the world, we're in for a lifelong sport.
My friend Janice (who introduced me to triathlon so it would figure she would lead me to something else) and her daughter found our first cache inside the hollow of a tree attached to a rope and a stick. Clever hiding!
According to the Groundspeak site, "Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online."
After you find the cache, you log in that you found it and include any comments. You can also leave hints for the next geocachers. After checking it out, tuck the cache back into its hiding spot.
Geocaching is family-friendly, gets everyone outdoor and moving. I love.
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