Monday, July 18, 2011
The family did some Geo Caching on Sunday and had a blast! My daughter, 7 yrs. old did some at a Girl Scout camp and since my son, 6 yrs old, was a tag-a-long, he got to do it as well. They told Daddy how fun it was, so he looked it up on the internet.
As it turns out there were three of them we could do for free w/out downloading the $10 app. to my iphone. Ok, Ok, OK, on to what it is.....
Geo Caching is basically a GPS treasure hunt that anyone can play. Someone has hidden a box (most were Lock n Locks) with little treasures in it. Most of the "treasure" we found was junk for kids like a ring, toy soldier or rubber duckie, but we did get lucky and get a free karate trial pass. Anyway, you find the box using clues given and the GPS tracker system. Once you find it, you note it in the box (some where dated back to 2006!), take a treasure and leave your own treasure back in the box where you found it so someone else can play, too.
Some are pretty easy and some are crazy hard with degrees and coordinates and steps. We did almost 4 because the last one took so long we gave up on it. We got the first 3/4 or so and even found some coordinates, but couldn't find the treasure.
The kids had so much fun and we think we will bring friends next time. We hiked up hills, crouched down and sweated in the heat. We took turns and asked advice. It was great team building and family time.
So, that is Geo Caching.....fun.....Oh and there are millions all over the country. You just plug in your zip or let it look in your area from your phone and it tells you how many are in your area. So, if we go on vacation to CA, we can do it there. Granted it will be much harder because we don't know that area, but it would be something to do and fun.
I hope others check it out and enjoy it like we did.