This week a couple of my guys and me went geocaching. Geocaching is a GPS game of finding things people have hid all over your city. Some of the caches are tiny like a 1 inch by 1/4inch magnetic tube while others may be a Tupperware type bowl.
Here is what I love about this: it is free and can be a great thing to do with kids. You have to look for these things but if you are a member ($20 a year) you can get clues that will help you find the hidden item. I wouldn’t do this as a big group (done that – fail). But three of us went this week and it was great. We found all the caches and the guys had a blast.
If you have never done this or heard of it go to http://www.geocaching.com/ and check it out. Quick tips for you:
- Some caches are just finding the location. One time we spent 30 minutes trying to find something when a huge rock was the find. We climb all over the rock, looked in ever crease and hole around it.
- You will want the clues or a good handheld GPS. If you don’t have this then you may spend eternity looking.
- Print out the places you want to find. You can do it on your phone but it is hard.
- Some caches are larger and they have prizes. Take one give one is the policy. These may be simple things like pencils, happy meal toys, etc. All caches have a place to sign your name.
- Micro magnetic finds are cool but you can easily overlook them. Don’t start with these as you may overlook it.