Friday, April 27, 2012


X is for... X marks the spot!

Let's go geocaching!

Geocaching is basically a real-life treasure hunt using hand-held GPS's.  It's a lot of fun. 

You enter the coordinates in your GPS, then go!  Sometimes it will be something like an old ammo box or a Tupperware container that you're looking for.  These are fun - there is a log book you sign (what better way to prove you found it!!) and possibly actual treasures that you can trade.  Other times it can be something you need to get info off of (like a headstone in a cemetery) or something you need to take a picture of. 

What's good about geocaching is that it can be as easy or as difficult as you want. Each cache is rated with difficulty & terrain so if you want an easy one to do with the kids, choose a 1/1.  If you want a really tough one, go for a 5/5.

We have found ones where I simply pulled into someone's driveway and it was in their flowerbed in the front yard.  My favorite one to do was in a cemetery, the original coordinates led us to a certain headstone and we needed to use the dates on the stone to find the next coordinates.  We did this 4 times before it led us to the actual cache. 

I highly recommend it!  I can even get my 14 year old daughter interested in this - she's learning physical geography and doesn't even realize it!  LOL!

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