10 September 2012

Ever heard of Geocaching?

I hadn't.  Not until recently.  You?  Now, with my family peeps, we are official geocachers, along with the other 5 million worldwide!!

It all began about 12 years ago.  How did I not know about this?  Let me explain exactly what geocaching is, just in case you are where I was just a week or so ago.  Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt where you use your global positioning system (GPS) to find caches hidden by other players.  These caches are hidden in over 200 countries all over the world and even in our little country town!  And I've been walking around in blissful ignorance.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name and may also contain items for trading, usually trinkets of little value.

We set out the other day on our first geocaching expedition, just a quick little drive from where we live and we found our first cache!!  It was such a thrill.  And look, this is what we found.  Inside was all sorts of tiny treasures.  We took a couple, and left a couple for the next geocachers to find.

What a fabulous way to spend time outdoors, going to far flung corners of your neighbourhood, playing sleuth, revelling in the thrill of the hunt and finding treasures in the cache if you're lucky.

There are difficulty ratings, apparently some caches are underwater and others can be 50 feet up a tree!!  Think we'll be sticking to the easy ratings for a while.

Are you a geocacher?  Do you have some great stories to tell, to share with a novice?

Cheers, Trudy


  1. what a great thing to do, I never really knew what it was! The gumnuts are lovely on your previous post, I've never seen those before either! and the blankets going to be gorgeous! Have a good week, Heather x

  2. Yes, I've read about it in the National Trust Magazine, it looks fun, I'm rubbish with technology so wouldn't find a thing! Ada :)

  3. We are geocachers - 59 so far and off to do another after school this afternoon! Its such great fun, it has encouraged us to find and explore places we wouldn't have known about. It is also great for walks, the children never moan now as we hunt for caches along the way. We mostly go to places near us in London - it's great to think of a family doing the same on the other side of the world.

    1. Wow, Anna you must be experts!! It sure is a fun thing to do, getting outdoors and playing at being explorers!! Hope you had some luck after school : -)

  4. In England on Dartmoor people hide plastic boxes around the rocky tors, with stamps and inkpads in them, which is also great fun. We had a very jolly day last summer hunting for these.

  5. Oh wow this sounds amazing! My boys love hunting for treasure, they would love this so much, I'm off to find out more about it - thanks for sharing! x


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