|Small Geocache in Fort Desoto, Florida|
Imagine a treasure hunt that spanned the nation. One that bridged the gap between technological innovation and outdoor adventures. One that connected you to people you’ve never met, and opened the door to a world you had previously ignored.
The activity? Geocaching. It’s a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates, then atttempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
You can use any GPS-enable device to find your cache, including a phone, tablet, or hand-held GPS. If you prefer a more old-school method, you can look up the coordinates, get the map, and take a compass with you to navigate to the location.
Each cache location has a container with a logbook inside. The container can be anything from a pill bottle to an ammo box, and will sometimes contain small prizes for you to exchange with other people playing the game. When you find a cache, you write your username on the paper to let other people know it’s been found.
This is the perfect game for RV camping, because you can plot out some caches to find as you drive to your next location. They are hidden all across the US, but a popular location is inside national and state parks. Some caches are easy to find, like an ammo box wedged in between tree branches, others are more difficult like a camouflaged pill bottle hidden inside a tree covered by leaves.
|Large Geocache in Fort Desoto, Florida|
Geocaching is free as well. If you’re playing on an iPhone or Android, you can download an application called C:Geo, that will help you find caches nearby, navigate to new caches and even let you log your found caches. You can pay money to be a premium member, but playing for free is just as fun.
When you open the cache, you’ll always find a logbook. But sometimes, you might find a small treasure left behind by another person. This could be anything from a small trinket, to something silly. You can take a treasure you find, but make sure to leave something or greater or equal value behind for the next person.
|A Geocache Logbook|
Once you become a pro, you can even start hiding your very own caches for others to find. This would be a great and fun activity for RV owners on the road. When someone finds your cache, they’ll log their visit and you’ll know that your caches all across the country are being enjoyed.
Ready to get started? Visit the Official Geocaching Site.
Have you done Geocaching before? The pictures in this blog are of Newby Management’s Inbound Marketing Specialist doing some treasure hunting right here in Florida. Try it for yourself and post some pictures of the beautiful locations you visit!