Recently, my two youngest and I went geocaching. If you’re not familiar with geocaching, it’s an activity wherein you use GPS to navigate and find hidden geocaches. You can get the coordinates from websites or use apps that direct you.
The caches can be nearly microscopic and difficult to find all the way up to large ammo boxes filled with tradable items and sometimes trackables, items the owner wants moved from geocache to geocache, sometimes with purpose, other times not.
Things I enjoy about geocaching:
- It gets you outside – treasure hunts are fun for everyone and gives you something to do no matter where you are;
- Geocaches are hidden all over the world, so you can do it literally everywhere;
- Low bar to entry – a smart phone and a free app gain you access to millions of caches;
- Family friendly – most caches are easily attainable with some minor bushwhacking or less effort;
- Unfamiliar territory revealed – we’ve gone to many preserves and parks that would not have been on our radar had it not been for geocaching.
Want to try it for yourself? Log on to Geocaching.com to get an account, download an app on your smartphone (I prefer the Geocaching app from Groundspeak, but if you don’t want to pay, their Intro app works fine to start), and find the closest cache. It really is that easy.
Geocaching is also a good way to get kids excited about getting outdoors, even on a frigid First Day Hike.