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What is GeoCaching?

What is Geocaching and Why is everyone doing it?

What is Geocaching and Why is everyone doing it?

A Lesson in GeoCaching

 

Until just recently, I’ve heard about it, I’ve seen people do it, but I’ve never tried it!

So what is GeoCaching?

 

Firstly, it is a huge phenomenon with over 1.4 million geocaches in existence around the world! Over 4 million people, along with their smartphones or other GPS devices, have found these geocaches, and more people are searching them out everyday!

What is GeoCaching?

 

Geocaching has been around longer than today’s smartphones. It originated in they year 2000, as GPS devices and improved signals were more readily available to civilians. Its creation is credited to Dave Ulmer who hid the first geocache and posted the coordinates online. When it was found and reported, the online chats spread and so did the hobby! The United States and Germany are the leaders in this hobby, with the Czech Republic, Canada and the United Kingdom rounding up the top 5 countries.

Learning how to read the map from Auntie Victoria

Learning how to read the map from Auntie Victoria

Today, along with Auntie Victoria (my sister-in law and avid geocacher, her username is yyj86 ) we got a lesson in geocaching and found our first “treasure” according to my four-year-old Mattias. He loves pirates and hunting for pretend treasure so we thought this would be a perfect 21st century activity for him, and while he is no where near old enough to be getting his own phone, he is never too far away from an adult who has one!

All you need is a device with GPS capabilies!

All you need is a device with GPS capabilies!

What do you need to go geocaching?

 

  • a smartphone (or a GPS enabled device)
  • a geocaching account (to find the coordinates of the caches)
  • a pen (to record your name on the capsule log)
And we are off!!!

And we are off!!!

And we were off! With Mattias in the lead, we wound our way along Victoria’s inner harbour in search of our first geocache. “I don’t see it yet,” he exclaimed with cell phone in hand, “we need to walk all the way along the water!”

“we need to walk all the way along the water!”

When we got close to the coordinates, the phone alert told us we were close. We then looked at the clue that was included with the coordinates, and followed the directions. It told us to take one step down and to look where a lobster might hide.

take one step down and to look where a lobster might hide!
Geocache Found!

Geocache Found!

We found the geocache hidden under the walkway, under a pile of rocks! Mattias was ecstatic! He had found the treasure!

We found it!

We found it!

We opened it up and signed our names! There were two other names from today’s date as well! It definitely is popular! We then carefully put it back under the rocks and climbed back onto the path. After logging in on my phone that we had found the cache, we were off to find the next one!

Geocache Contents!

Geocache Contents!

Mattias was excited to tell passer-by’s that he had found a treasure and was eager to show them where it was! With Victoria being such a friendly place, an older couple was happy to follow him as he ran back down the path to point to where the buried treasure was hidden! Even they had heard of geocaching!

Logbook Signed and Dated!

Logbook Signed and Dated!

As a kid, I remember making time capsules with my friends and hiding them in trees, or burying them under ground and unearthing them the next time we went out to play (we never had enough patience to wait the 10 years we always promised). We would put candies, notes, trinkets and anything else we had at our disposal and when we found them we would pretend that a long time had passed and we had forgotten all about them! I’m excited to be able to take my time capsule memories to the net level and geocache with Mattias and Markus. I’m sure in no-time they will be showing me how to use all of the features of the app and I hope that their love of maps and adventure will continue as time goes on!

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Lindsay is the Editor and Head Writer of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She wears many hats including mom, wife, freelancer, GM for a manufacturing company and soccer player. Lindsay is spontaneous, loves travel, photography and very recently discovered she loves to write.

10 thoughts on “What is GeoCaching?

  1. Rand Blimes

    This seems like a great way to get kids to hike. I used to struggle getting my kids to hike (or walk all around a city). They said they were tired, but in the normal lives they ran everywhere they went all day long and didn’t ever get tired. So it wasn’t that they were tired, they were just bored. So besides the intrinsic fun of geocaching, this could be a great strategy to get kids enthusiastic about hiking and walking. All you have to do is find a geocache site in the area you want to go to.

  2. Stefan Arestis

    Love anything practical like this which doesn’t require Wi-Fi. I did a time capsule a few decades ago in my back garden – brought back a lovely memory :)

    But I’ve got to be honest -I’d never heard of geocatching before!! :(

  3. Rob

    Great game! We did some Geo-caching before we left our home town. Funny we never thought of trying it in other cities while we were traveling. I think we will have to get into it again, we had a lot of fun trying to find the hidden treasures.

  4. antonette

    We’ve done a couple of caches and it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, we are always too busy while traveling with hiking and such, it would be quite cool to do it in another country, too!

  5. Mia

    What a great activity to intrigue the kids and adults alike. I’ve never gone geocaching but I think I’d like it! It seems like a really cool treasure hunt. Wonder if anyone ever hides money. :)

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