What do you mean…what do I mean?
I don’t know why it’s called Geocache, though I’ve no doubt some techie would be able to tell me.
The Geocache is a treasure. You log into www.geocache.com, put in the area you want to search and in return you get a series of geocaches that people have designed. Choose which one you want, print off any hints and tips, put the coordinates into a handheld GPS system (for us it’s the iPhone) and off you go!
The geocache that you eventually find could be anything! Usually it’s a jar or a box with some treasure inside that other geocahers have left and there is usually a notebook and pencil so you can log in. Once you’ve found your ‘cache, you can upload your story and photo’s online for other treasure hunters to read.
It certainly livens up a dull Sunday and is a cheap way of entertaining the kids during the summer holidays. My lot love doing it, plus we’ve explored some parts of our local area that we didn’t even know existed!
It’s also a great way to explore new areas. If you’re going away somewhere you can find geocaching sites before you go.
We’ve also been advised to get a geocaching chirp. Apparently the best chirp is to be found in the US where they are big geocahers, but I’m not entirely sure how it works so I’m going to leave that one for now.
If you’ve never tried geocaching, I can highly recommend it. If you’ve got a smart phone with a built-in GPS system you don’t even need any fancy equipment.
We’ll definitely be doing it during the impending school holidays!