A lot of you may not know what Geocaching is, so this article is aimed at being an introduction. To put it simply, Geocaching is a massive, multi-million person scavenger hunt. Using your phone's GPS, you make an account with Geocaching and it will tell you where certain treasures have been left by others. You can track it, find it, log it, and continue on to the next.
Geocaching is a neat and innovate way for millions of people, strangers, to interact. Each treasure you seek is different. Some will be large boxes, clearly marked. Others will be smaller boxes still adorned with the Geocaching logo. Some are harder, designed to look like rocks and logs hiding on the ground, in bushes, or even clinging to trees.
In each treasure you will find a log book, so you can mark your name and date when you found it, and log it on their website. Some will hold interesting knickknacks, you can take one and put something you own inside, for the next person to take. Geocaching is happening all around you, so each day can be a unique adventure.
So, what can Geocaching do for us? It adds adventure to your life. Not only in your everyday, normal life. But when you go hiking and camping, it adds an interesting flavor. You don't know what you will find.
This is a great way to explore new areas you may be visiting. Hiking in popular places can be fun, but also kind of boring. If you're not familiar with an area, you just follow the popular hikes and trails. It can make you feel like more of a tourist than a traveler. With Geocaching, you can hunt down some hidden treasures in the area. These treasures will lead you through paths and down trails that are smaller, even hidden. This experience is now more of an adventure.
Geocaching is great for families, too. There are times when the kids start to become teenagers and they seem less interested in family time, let alone camping. But with Geocaching you have something unique and fun. Something that provides them adventure. This can be done with everyone, or everyone can go off on their own and see who can find the first Cache. Either way, Geocaching is a great way to bring families back together.
Not every cache or treasure is hidden out in the wild, mind you. A lot of them are placed around towns and the outside of cities. This can give us a much needed break from the working world. We can escape the concert streets, massive buildings, and 9-5 work days. Without going far, we can get our tastes of nature and adventure that are sometimes so hard to get.
You can be the one hiding Geocaches, too. If some of your favorite hiking and camping spots seem void of caches, you should hide your own. Doing so is simple, and there is a list of ideas to help you on the Geocaching website
. This makes you part of the community. You can bring people from all over the world to the spots and places you love the most, sharing not only the material treasure, but the treasure of an experience.
Geocaching is becoming very popular, and for good reason. Geocaching is fun and exciting. It works for singular groups, young families, and veteran campers and hikers. No matter who you are, Geocaching can be a great way to have some adventure, whether you're a thousand miles from home or just a few towns over.