After acquiring a handheld GPS this week, yesterday we went on our first geocaching expedition.
For all you want to know about geocaching, see here . It’s like treasure hunting for adults – complete with GPS co-ordinates and clues – and people all over the world participate.
I’m still working my way through “Geocaching 101″… and learning how the GPS works!
On looking at the map to see where caches were hidden, I was amazed at how many there were in our area – right under our noses, so to speak – you just need to know where to look. For our first attempt, John chose two that were supposedly good for beginners to find, were located in easy terrain, and had been ‘found’ recently (so we knew they were still there).
View from the top of the track – there’s rain on the way
The track – not such easy terrain after all!
At the bottom of the track – a place to rest
View from the bottom of the track – the tide was out
Our first find – signing the log book
There’s treasure hidden somewhere down here – sorry, we’re not telling where!
Our first cache was easy to find – a great one to start with, and we loved the views from the track. The second one was a different story and we had almost given up when we found it. 🙂 Oh yes – and we were getting eaten by mozzies at the time.
Now, which path did Little Red Riding Hood take?
Success at last! – signing the log book for our second find
It’s a great way to explore an area and get some exercise with an interesting goal, as it can be incorporated with walking or cycling. There’s an element of secrecy as you don’t want to be seen finding the caches, and you never know what treasures they might hold. In some cases we’re advised to watch out for ‘muggles’, i.e. other members of the public who might not be in-the-know.
This seems to bring out the big kid in us – not a bad thing. It might be addictive, as we’re already planning our next outing. 🙂