I have always been a BIG fan of the movie The Goonies, so when a friend told me about Geocaching, I knew I would enjoy it.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt that anyone can participate in at any time and day of the year. Using GPS-enabled devices such as your smart phone, you can discover several geocaches even right in your home town. I guarantee that most of you walk by at least one geocache a week and don’t even know it! There are 2,383,769 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide. So, if you haven’t tried geocaching yet, what are you waiting for?! Join in on the fun!
My favourite part about geocaching is it allows me to discover places I may have never otherwise known about. This also refers to places in my own backyard. It’s also a great way to connect with people from all over the world. When you find a geocache, you are supposed to sign the piece of paper that is usually left inside a small container of some sort, along with the date and where you’re from. This lets other Geocachers know when the geocache was found previous to them finding it. It also allows you and other Geocachers see when the geocache began and who had found it since. It a cool little way to feel connected to a bunch of other people around the world.
How do you get started?
You can sign up for the free basic membership on the Geocaching website. Then you can browse the geocaches in your are, choose one that interest you, plug in the coordinates in your cell phone GPS device and go! Another option is to download the Geocaching app for $9.99. I would suggest trying out geocaching at least once before buying the app to see if you enjoy it.
What are the Geocaching Rules?
- If you take something from the geocache (or “cache”), leave something of equal or greater value.
- Write about your find in the cache logbook so others know when it was last found.
To learn more about Geocaching and watch a couple of geocachers in action, check out my video above.