Modern Day Treasure Hunting with Geocaching

 

Mike, the kids and I love to geocache. It allows us a time to get out and do some “hunting” to find a small box to locate treasure.

Hayley and Spencer going geocaching for the first time 2 years ago.

Geocaching is easy to do and is a great low cost way of spending some time with the family.

I signed up on Geocaching.com and set up an account for us to keep track of our geocaches.

Next, I purchased some few small trinkets from the dollar store. I usually grab some small army men. You need small items because when you find a geocache location, sometimes you take an item out and put one in. So I try to have small army men on hand.  When you locate the geocache you also put your name of your group in there. Then on the geocache app mark it as found. Not all geocache locations require a prize drop off.

We also use a GPS from the car or our phone. On the geocache comments, sometimes there is little hints to tell you where it may be too. We found one from reading it and figuring out the clues. The GPS doesn’t give you the exact location just the area that you may find it. We have some that were hard and took us a bit to find them. But that’s what makes it fun, it is like searching for treasure. Once we find it we are excited to go onto the next one.

I recommend starting with the easy ones first so you can get to know how the app works and how you can locate the geocache. We made the mistake of after a few easy we went hard and we couldn’t find it. So we went back to the easy to get use to the “clues” and using the GPS.

Make sure you also bring bug spray, sun screen, a hat, pencil and a camera. If you are going to be out for awhile, pack a picnic lunch or make sure you have some treats. If you want to bring your dog with you while you are going, be sure to have a bowl and a water bottle for them.

Hayley and Spencer after they found their first geocache site. (Spence loves giving a thumbs up in pictures.)

There are geocaches all over the world. More than 2.5 million geocaches are waiting to be found in over 180 countries. It is a great way to discover the area around you. When we head out east this summer for our family vacation, we plan on doing some geocaching out there. What a great way to discover Canada through different means than the traditional way of hitting tourist spots.

Comment below and tell me if you have ever gone geocaching or are you planning to in the future?

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2 Comments

  1. July 25, 2016 / 4:19 pm
    Thanks for sharing this post about geocaching on your blog. We've been geocaching for years with our kids (they are older now) and it's a great family activity. Even in the winter in Canada!
    • Diane
      July 25, 2016 / 5:47 pm
      We have been doing it for a few years too. It is great fun!

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