Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July! Get out and do some Geocaching!

Did you know that Knickernappies is crazy about geocaching?  Well we are!  Are you familiar with the term geocaching?  Let us share with you why geocaching is so much fun and why it might just be the perfect hobby for you and your family.

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.

But isn't geocaching expensive?  Not at all!  You can use a basic GPS device to lead you to the coordinates of the geocache you seek or if you have a smartphone you can download the geocaching app.  The app gives you important details about each geocache, clues, descriptions, photos and more.

It's free to create an account at geocaching.com and then all you do is type in your zip code or the address of wherever you'd like to look for geocaches and tada!  You have an instant treasure hunt.

Personally, since starting to geocache with my family we have explored so many new areas in our county, found some great new parks, fishing spots and other great unexplored areas.  Sometimes the "cache" is as tiny as a film container and sometimes as large as a treasure chest.  Most of the larger caches can accomodate treasures and trinkets for the kids.  If you want to allow your little one's to take a souvenir from the cache then you're supposed to bring something to replace it so that the cache will always have enough goodies for the next geocaching family.

You might think that this sounds cool but there's probably not any near you.  You're wrong!  There are currently about 1.5 million geocaches hidden world wide!  On my first search I found that we had one on our street, just 200 yards from our house!
Still confused?  Watch this brief 2 minute youtube video below.


2 comments:

Sarah said...

Hey, at this very moment we're entering coordinates into our GPS to go geocaching! Yay!

Becca said...

That's pretty awesome. Definitely got to try this out!

 
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