I’ve been meaning to talk about geocaching for ages now. I credit geocaching for getting me outdoors so much in the first place. I’d always enjoyed hiking, but I think I just needed something else. I’d seen a lot of trails, but trails just don’t get me out of bed and out the door.
That’s where geocaching came in. You can do it just about anywhere public. Seriously, go to geocaching.com and look for your favorite trail. I bet there’s some out there.
Geocaching uses a smart phone or gps device to point you to coordinates (and sometimes a clue) to go and find a hidden-in-plain-sight container where you sign the log and can sometimes trade swag. The swag can definitely be a fun way to get kids involved!
It’s not just for kids. My little guy tolerates my geocaching a lot!
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Sorry little guy… There’s no treats in that bag! Good try though!
Kids have fun hiding them too!
Sometimes the cache containers themselves can be super sneaky
Looks basic, but I climbed to find this one!
Sometimes it’s good to use safety gear…
Sometimes the caches are easy to get to like this one on a telephone pole…
Or sometimes they can be pretty challenging to get to…
The sights you see when you’re out there can be pretty incredible… I’ve found some really cool spots just by looking up geocaches based on how many times people have added them as a favorite.
Geocaching was actually one of the main reasons I wanted to get a kayak! Water trails!
The next time you see someone in the woods or on a trail, or even on the street with their head in their smart phone or GPS, they just might be geocaching!
This is the best explanation I have ever seen for why we all love geocaching… Forgive me, but I can’t remember where I found this picture.
Have you tried it? What’s your favorite one you’ve found?