I love puzzles, games, and gadgets, so back in 2001 when someone told me about a site where people posted hidden “treasures” all over the world for people to find, I had to try it out. I grabbed my kludgy, handheld GPS app, manually loaded up the coordinates of a few caches, and went hunting. It was a blast.
It was called Geocaching, and it is still going strong with over 1.9 million caches worldwide. Now it’s much easier to play than when I got into it, since GPS is built right into our phone and, as the saying goes, “there’s an app for that.”
How Geocaching works
Someone puts together a “cache”, which is generally a container of some sort that has a log book, some info about the cache, and maybe some goodies that people who find the loan in installment in usa options cache can trade for. Catches range in size from shoebox sized (old army ammo canisters are the classic container), down to micro-caches that may be no bigger than a dime.
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The person then finds an interesting, publicly accessible place to hide the cache and notes the exact GPS coordinates. Then they go to Geocaching.com and upload the coordinates, the cache name, how difficult it is to find, some hints, and anything else relevant to tracking it down. After that it is available for anyone to go find!
A Morning Hike and Hunt
A few weeks ago I introduced a good friend of mine, Ruth Carter, to this strange little sport. We combined it with a morning hike through a local park, and took my Prius up there to get started. I also took “mini-P”, the matchbox Prius I’ve been carrying around, to visit some of the caches.
We hit the Phoenix Dreamy Draw Park early in the morning, and targeted three caches that would make for a nice hike before it get too hot. We couldn’t find the first one, which drove me bats. I used to be quite good at this, and didn’t want to start out the day with a whiff, but sometimes that’s the way it goes, especially in shifting environments like the desert.
Finally I threw in the towel and got me a BetVictor Promotional Code, and we had much better luck on our next two finds. These were larger ammo cans and once you know what to look for their hiding places are pretty easy to find. We got a bonus on the last cache, the View of UFO Crash Site, which gave a great view of Phoenix as the sun came up.
We finally called it a morning because of the heat. We had a great time, and two out of three ain’t bad.
Give Geocaching a try
It’s incredibly easy to do, and more than likely there are caches within walking distance of your house. They are everywhere!
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