Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fun & Frugal Activities for Kids #25 Geocaching

I had heard about Geocaching a few years ago, but never really paid it much mind.  Then one fun afternoon we decided to give it a try.  


Ok, wait a minute, maybe I am getting ahead of my self.  If you have never heard of geocaching before, here is the best definition that I could find...

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

So, off we went on our first geocaching adventure!  We downloaded and used the free Geocaching App on my iPhone.  It told us the coordinates of the cache, gave us a hint and led the way.

The first cache that we found was a small log in a hide a key type rock.  We were really excited to find it! There was a little log inside that signed and dated.  

The next one we found was at a local historical mansion.  This thing was sooo little we couldn't believe it.  The log was teeny tiny, but we managed to sign and date it.  


Since geocaching is pretty much worldwide, we checked to see if they were any nearby when we were vacationing at the beach.  There was one at a National Park placed by the rangers, the same park where we earned our Junior Ranger Badges.  This cache was larger and had trinkets inside.  The rule is if you take a trinket, you have to place a trinket.  So, we swapped 4 goodies and signed the log.

The last one we found was also at the beach.  In the middle of a state wide lacrosse championship game.  In the dark.  In a creepy wooded corn field area.  But, after much debating, our brave 9 year old decided to lead the way.  This was probably the neatest cache we have found, the box was a plastic treasure chest.  again we swapped trinkets and signed the log.  

Not only do the kids love doing this, but The Hubs and I do too!  The Hubs is a pretty competitive guy, so this is right up his alley! 

To get started just sign up for a free account on Geocaching.com You might want to peak over Geocaching 101.  Look for caches in your area.  Then either use a GPS or phone app and getting your treasure hunt on! I bet you too will agree that Geocaching Rocks!


Have Fun!


Lorus! said...

We tried this way, way back - when it was still 'letterboxing' (geocaching without the geo part... and it was a little frustrating. But, I think maybe we need to give the geocache thing a try!

Brandi said...

Oh, you should try it again : ) Funny thing is that we tried letterboxing and that did NOT work out so well. LOL! We spent an hour looking and notta! We need to try letterboxing again.


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