Have you ever gone geocaching? Or, maybe you’re wondering right about now just what is geocaching? The answer is that it’s a whole lot of fun for people of all ages, but especially for families! Read on to find out the basics about geocaching.
What It Is?
You use a device to access a GPS that will direct you to a location and find what has been left behind – kind of like a treasure chest. You are supposed to log in your visit in a log book, then you can take an item and leave one of your own behind. It is equal parts nature, adventure, and sport. If this sounds like your kind of fun, keep reading.
How to Do It?
First, you will need to have a GPS, either on your phone, tablet or an actual GPS device. You can create an account with a site that lists different geocache locations. Some of these may be accessed for free, though there are premium features that you can get if you upgrade your account. The websites list different ones, so it’s a good idea to search around a bit in case you miss something that is great for your group.
Use a search bar to locate ones that are close to where you live, or to a destination where you are traveling. There are some everywhere, so chances are there will be at least a couple wherever you happen to be.
Find the listing you want, then write down hints and details about it. This is necessary to be able to find the appropriate spot. Some are really pretty difficult to find, so you may want to check on the difficulty level and start out easier. You will have the longitude and latitude for the spot, which you can plug into your GPS for hassle-free navigation.
Be sure to bring something along that you won’t mind giving up for the cache container. Once you find it, you’ll have to return it to the same place so that others will be able to locate it with no problem at all.
Some Tips to Remember
Always log your visit in the provided log book. Then, you can go and put in comments on the website for the listing you visited. Remember, this is quite the addictive activity, so you probably will get to go on many more treasure hunts in the future. It will open up a whole new way of exploring for you and your family or friends!