Thursday, June 2, 2011

Another Kind of Treasure Hunt...

We all know what a treasure hunt thrifting can be. But there's another kind of "treasure" I'm also pretty passionate about. Do you geocache? If not, let me open a (potential) can of worms for you.

*Warning: addiction alert!

To summarize the point of the"game" directly from the official website:

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

The unbelievable thing guys, is that these "caches" are right under your nose. I guarantee you pass by these containers on a daily basis right within your own city- probably practically in your own backyard. 

My guy and I spent our Memorial Day on the rural country roads of some tiny Wisconsin towns. Here's a peak into our adventure...
 Geocaches can be found in quite the variety of containers:
An ammo box
Some weird taped up thing
A 35mm film canister wrapped in camo tape
I seriously don't even know what this little magnetic thing would really be used for. Tiniest.cache.ever
And a few examples of where geocaches might be hidden:
Under a log
At the bottom of a road sign post
Hanging in a tree
In the middle of a tree
Attached to a planter
Tucked inside the tiniest crevice
Once found, you have to sign the log with your team name. The log could be a small notebook, or strip of paper.
 And sometimes there are tiny little trinkets waiting for you with the containers!
Do you see what I mean about how this could become addictive?? As the weather is warming up, we try to get out and "cache" as often as possible. Expect more geocaching posts in the future! (In fact, I'm adding a part 2 to this post-took too many lovely photos!)

If you have a smartphone, you're in luck. Its a simple as downloading an app (supported devices here).
If you end up trying it out- shoot me an email and let me know how much fun you had! I'd love to hear about it!!


Katie said...

I always wondered what people were talking about when they said they were going "geocaching". I'm soooo going to do this! Seems like a perfect summer activity

Alyssa Bee said...

@Katie- Yay! I'd be so excited if you ended up trying it out :) It is truly a great way to spend time outdoors!

Jenny said...

I just found out about geocaching this week!

My mom and I are going to start doing this! So fun!