Let’s Go Geocaching

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A local park we recently explored. Hidden somewhere in this huge park was a geocache. As we were on our hunt we walked along this lake.

I’ve been silent the last few days in the blogosphere. I am working a church camp where I am teaching little ones (K-6 graders) how to cake decorate. Each day we are working on little projects that they get to take home. So, if you are familiar with cake decorating, I’m sure you can imagine the amount of prep work that has been involved even in these simple projects!

So before I head off to more cake decorating madness, I want to share something that I hope other families, and you singles out there, may find to be a fun activity. And it’s not too often that I can share something on my little blog that everyone all over the world can participate it, so I’m extra super excited about this post!

Last week I took my kids Geocaching for the first time! Oh My…… it was so much fun! We used to go Letterboxing (sort of the primitive version of Geocaching) but we decided to upgrade to the more high tech form of treasure hunting called geocaching.

What is Geocaching??

Geocaching is essentially a scavenger hunt. Who doesn’t like to find hidden treasure? In order to find your treasure you are given coordinates that you input into your GPS, or smartphone app, that will guide you to the cache. Plus, geocaching is an inexpensive activity that gets you up and moving, burning those calories and exploring the world around you.

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We discovered this ancient Native American burial ground (the small hill in the distance) along our walk.

What is a Geocache?

A cache is a “box” hidden in a specific location. The cache can be one of four different sizes. You might be looking for a micro cache or a large bucket size cache. Just depends on the creator of the caches preferences.

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WE FOUND IT!

What do you do when you find it?

Once you find your cache, you’ll want to open it, sign the log book inside (normally a small notebook). Some cache’s will have little toys/items that you can exchange. So, you take one item from the cache and replace it with something of equal value.

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Then log onto http://www.geocaching.com/ and add a note to that particular cache that you found it! You can also upload pics from the area but don’t give away any spoilers. These need to remain hidden so other explorers can find them.

We discovered a nature center at another park that housed tons of displays about our Ohio environment. Here is a living stream that you could interact with, view fish, snails, mussels and frogs.

We discovered a nature center at another park that housed tons of displays about our Ohio environment. Here is a living stream that you could interact with, view fish, snails, mussels and frogs.

How does it work?

You first must log into http://www.geocaching.com/, create a user name/handle (I’m lil Birdie). Once you have created your account, you can either download their app to your smart phone or purchase a GPS device.

You can find all of the coordinates for each cache on the website. You can also view hints and tips for finding the cache.

Go Explore!

Geocaching is a fun way to get out and explore the world around you. These little guys can be hidden in simple easy to locate areas, like a parking lot at a business or in sunken ships in the middle of the ocean. The possibilities are endless! And remember, this is a worldwide event. It’s not just in the United States, so get out there and explore the world!

We found this little guy trying to cross a busy road entrance into the park.

We found this little guy trying to cross a busy road entrance into the park.

Additional Photos of our Journey

The skeletal remains of a racoon preparing to eat a fish.

The skeletal remains of a racoon preparing to eat a fish.

 

A bullfrog from the living stream.

A bullfrog from the living stream.

A room full of animal pelts that you can touch.

A room full of animal pelts that you can touch.

A Bison skull and pelt. These are from a park that have wild Bison. They are amazing to stop and admire while on your hike.

A Bison skull and pelt. These are from a park that have wild Bison. They are amazing to stop and admire while on your hike.

Artifacts from the ancient people that once called this area home.

Artifacts from the ancient people that once called this area home.

Bison Pastures

Bison Pastures

 

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2 thoughts on “Let’s Go Geocaching

    • Christina says:

      I have completely fallen in love with Geocaching! It is a fun hobby! I think I could write a whole entire blog just on Geocaching. There is a lot to learn though. I hope you can get out there and give it a try! 🙂

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