It has only been a couple of months since we started geocaching and we have already found
88 93 geocaches. Thanks to Geocaching.com for a one year membership and the Geocaching.com app. I contacted them and they were more than helpful with setting up my account and giving me a code for the app to review. The app works seamlessly with the online website and through geocaching we have found incredible spots in our state that we had never seen before. Geocaching is a great way to teach kids about coordinates and directions. I can not explain the thrill of finding a hidden container and yelling out, ” I see it.” Some caches are deep in the woods, in a park and ride lot or in a cemetery. There is enough variety of difficulty that it can be enjoyable for anyone.
So, What is Geocaching? As defined on Geocaching.com it is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are varying levels of difficulty and terrain. The website and app rate each geocache so you can decide if it is the right one for you and your family. Right now I find that geocaches in the 1-3 range of difficulty are good for us and hold my son’s attention. The site and app also let you know how big each cache is and whether or not they are big enough for trading. People leave small objects that can be traded for others of equal or greater value. Mostly they are fun little trinkets similar to party store finds. Check out Geocaching.com for more information on how to get started.
Now that we are geocaching on a regular basis, we always have our geo-supplies in the car. I learned the hard way that geocaching in flip-flops is not the best plan. Our staples include, sneakers or hiking boots, a backpack, pen, bug spray, sun lotion, GPS and our phone with the Geocaching.com app. The app and website allow you to search based on your current location or a given area. You can set up a “pocket query” for a given destination or even to find geocaches along a route that you will be driving.
I could go on and on about Geocaching but I want you to go check it out and see what you think. You can get started for free at Geocaching.com or get the free version of the Geocaching.com app for your mobile device. They even have videos you can watch to get you started. Go on and give it a try!
A Geocaching.com membership and app were provided to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
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