Did you notice the treasure you passed today? I passed two on my way to the grocery store. One of them is mine. Over 70 people have found it so far. There are neither gold nor diamonds inside it. The treasure, the adventure, is in the hunt, the places visited and the history learned. I have thirteen more hidden around the area where I live. Over the last two years, I have discovered over 350 that others have hidden. What are these treasures? They are geocaches.
According to www.GeoCaching.com:
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.
There are currently over 700,000 active caches in the world. This means that no matter where you are, there are sure to be some caches near you.
It is easy to begin geocaching. You can use a good map, but a GPSr certainly makes it easier. You don’t have to have the newest one available, any GPS will do.
- Register for a free account.
- Click “Hide & Seek a Cache”.
- Enter your postal code and click “Search”.
- Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
- Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS unit.
- Use the GPS unit to assist you in finding the hidden geocachers.
- Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
- Share your geocaching stories and photos online.
Have you got the treasure-hunting bug yet? It’s easy to get out there and start searching. There are geocaches everywhere, just waiting for you to find them.