When Jeremy and I were in Palmerston North last weekend, we decided to go out for a walk. Rather than just walking around, we thought it would be fun to do some Geocaching, seeing as we haven’t done any in quite some time. I’m sure 99% of you would have heard of Geocaching by now, but just in case you haven’t, this is how it’s described:
An activity or pastime in which an item, or a container holding a number of items, is hidden at a particular location for GPS users to find by means of coordinates posted on the Internet.
So it’s basically a treasure hunt for all ages! You can actually grab items out of the container you find, as long as you add something to it as well. Most of the time, it’ll just be toys, so Jeremy and I haven’t really bothered grabbing or leaving anything. We simply log it as found through the app. It’s crazy how many geocaches there are these days. Just have a look at this screen shot of Wellington (this is just a small part of Wellington too):
I feel like I have to go out and find them now. I’ve found a few of them in the past, but didn’t have the app then, so technically it shows as not found. Have to change that! When we were in Palmerston North, we just went for a walk around the area Jeremy’s parents live in and managed to find five geocaches within an hour or so. It’s just a bit more fun than just walking in my opinion. You’ll find yourself in places like this:
More often than not though, the caches will be hidden in quite nice spots. So it’s a really great activity for exploring amazing spots that you may not have come across otherwise. Jeremy and I went geocaching in Japan once, that was pretty cool. Might make it a goal to find at least one or two geocaches when we go travelling. At least that will get us out and about. Maybe I’ll think about bringing along some small items that I can pop into the containers too.
You can actually buy official geocaching items that you can track. You basically pop it into a geocache of your choice, and if someone finds it, they’re meant to take it and pop it into a different geocache, and then you just watch it travel. It would be so cool if you saw it move between countries.
It would be even cooler is you made it into a challenge to find a certain number of caches a week/month/year. Or if you had a challenge between friends to find the most caches within a certain time frame. I bet there are already heaps of things like that out there that I just haven’t seen.
Do you like geocaching?