Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Geocaching {thrill of the hunt}

A year ago, our adventurous, family friends, the Fenn’s introduced us to the world of Geocaching.  The best explanation I can give you in words is…..

Geocaching – a world wide “hide and seek” involving GPS systems to find hidden treasures.

However, the best way to understand it; is to experience it.  Until then, here is your Geocaching 101, in a nutshell….

Who: Geocachers are the people such as you and I, who actually do the “hiding” and “seeking”.  Bystanders or everyone else who isn’t a geocacher is known as a muggle.  (Any Potter Heads out there will know this terminology)

What:   A Cache is the container (or the treasure) you are seeking.  They have travel bugs, coins, etc which are trackable items that you can log online and find out where it has traveled and where it wants to go.  The containers are anything from an ammo box to a Tupperware container.  When you find a cache, etiquette is “if you take something, you replace it”.

Where:  First you have to go online and register for an account.  It’s FREE for a basic account!!  Once, your addicted, you’ll want the Premium membership which is $30 a year.  If you have a smart phone there is also an app that is perfect for us Moms and Dads on the go!! 

When:  Anytime!!  Day or night.  You can watch caches online and see when people drop trackable items into them and then the race is on to see who can get to it first.

Why:  Thrill of the Hunt!  It’s a fun way to get out of the house with the family and do something together.

It will entertain the kids (and us) for hours. Best of all, it’s free.  I have the Geocaching app on my phone (it’s a little pricey but worth every penny).  If we are in town with time to waste, we will use my phone as a GPS and off we go hunting a cache.  The kids are happy and occupied which in turn makes me happy and satisfied.  You will be amazed where they are hidden.  

Until then….  Happy Caching!!

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