Hi there! I'm Becca, momma of 3 kooky kiddos, and travel-junkie over at R We There Yet Mom? I have tried for years (even with Viv's guidance) to be crafty but always have some type of major FAIL. Nevertheless, I am determined to make the best possible memories with my kiddos, and my blog is a testament to that, filled with fun family activities and travel locations.
With Spring Break coming up and gas prices costing a small fortune to fill up, many families are looking for fun ideas to do with their kids closer to home. Here is a unique activity that is very low cost and loads of funfor all ages.
Geocaching ("jee-o-cash-ing") is a fun, family sport that we have enjoyed for a few years now. My parents introduced us to it a few years ago and we instantly became hooked! If you like breaking codes, deciphering clues, and looking for buried treasure, this sport is for you!
So how does it really work?
GPS coordinates lead you to a location where a treasure, otherwise known as "cache", is hidden. Many caches come with fun clues that help you along the way. Once found, you log your visit into the provided logbook. Many caches have trinkets to trade - think unusual coins, fast food toys, pencils, etc. My kids LOVE to trade their junk for junk! This is their "treasure" they seek!
Just a few items are needed to successfully geocache. A handheld GPS device (we used a Garmin), a book to take notes or write the clues down, a few trinkets to trade, and a great deal of patience are all you need for a successful day.
Once you have a device to get started, log into www.geocaching.com. There you can create an account and discover caches available to find in your area. We often look up caches when we are on vacation too. They are everywhere.
When planning to go on a hunt, either download the cache into your GPS device, or enter in the GPS coordinates. Make sure to write down the clues to help you find the caches. The GPS will get you to the spot where the cache is hidden, but it is up to you to use the clues to find it. Caches are often very cleverly placed, it could be hidden under a rock, inside a tree, or even in an unusual structure. So keep your eyes open, you never know where it will be hidden! But honestly, that's the fun.....the thill of the hunt!
Once you have returned home, log back into Geocaching.com to log your find and share your experiences with the community. This helps others find the caches and tells the one who hid the cache it's still out there.
How does it work? Let me show you a quick cache we went on together. We are going to take you on a little hunt with a cache called "Let's Make Some Noise". For those of you in Central Texas who want to do this cache, look away. But fear not, there are literally thousands of caches around here......
So, let's hop onto geocaching.com and look up caches around our area.
So we determined that it says, "square-ish camo container". Got it.
Let's head out! The coordinates take us to a nice trail in our neighborhood. Who would have ever thought there would be a cache on a trail we walk on all the time?? So cool!!
We stop half-way down the trail, thanks to our Garmin letting us we are less than 5 feet from the location. Now the hunt begins. Though it really wasn't much of one for my girl.......
She found it right away though this tiny hole in a tree. Go around on the backside, and we find this:
This is a fun activity that the kids and I really enjoy doing - it is a great way to get outdoors and explore places you have never seen, even in your neighborhood!
With over a million geocaches hidden world-wide, there are geocaches for every type of adventurer to find!
Join us tomorrow as we discuss some helpful pointers and things to know before you go geocaching.
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