This is really a cool thing, and it’s free!! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s like going on a treasure hunt. It’s called Geocaching.
You go online at http://www.geocaching.com/ and enter a zip code or an address or GPS coordinates and you get a list of geocaches for that area. Each Geocache is basically a hidden box that you need to find. It’s free to join, and unlike the library there are no late fees. You can read through the descriptions. Once you pick one that looks interesting to you you then enter the coordinates into your GPS and start walking through the woods in search of the cache. Some of the caches are compound so you first have to find one location and then there may be a riddle or some question that needs to be answered in order to get the clue to go to the location of the cache. Something like, ‘with your back to the stonewall look at the rock between the two old aspens.’ Then when you get to the location you need to start looking for the cache. You look in hollow logs, stumps, under rocks. There are all different difficulty levels. If you need an extra clue you have to decrypt the clue using a decryption key. One cache took us three tries to finally find it.
Here is a cache hidden in an old stonewall. So you find the cache, you reach under the rock overhang and clear the leaves from the old ammo can.
There she is with the rocks pulled away. You pull it out and open it up.
Inside each cache is a small notebook and a bag of tschochkes. You write a little note in the notebook, the date, maybe the weather, who you are. Then you take one of the little toys, figurines, coins, key chains, dice or whatever and in return you leave a different valueless little tschochke.
So you take one of these things and you leave another useless thing.
This is the notebook that you sign.
At http://www.geocaching.com/ you can then record your adventure. Some of the caches are located in historic areas or have stories associated with them, like maybe a family lived there that was killed by Indians or Henry Ford paid for the monument. People post pictures of their experiences.
Any reason to get outside is a good reason. And geocaching is a great reason.
My pics from walking about and then an example of a geocache.
Huh, do you know what it means? More to follow tomorrow….
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