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?