Date Night Friday: Geocaching


I love geocaching.  If you have no idea what geocaching is well then let me give you a little lesson.

Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that's happening right now, all around you. There are 2,295,229 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide.

You find the "x marks the spot" location by using coordinates you can find on the official geocaching website,  Then plug them into your phone or gps and go.  I highly recommend creating a profile on the geocaching website.  When you find a geocache you can then return and report your findings on the website.  Here is our profile.

We use a free ap that helped with our geocache.  I downloaded the free geocaching intro ap.  With this ap you simply enter your location and it tells you the top 5 geocaches that are located around you.  No plugging in coordinates, just your location and go.  We used this for all of our hunts.  It also signals when you are getting close, provides you with hints, and rewards you when you find a cache!  

Now if you want to take this date to the next level (aka cash level) you can download the complete geocache ap for $9.99.  As my brother says, its an investment that you will have your entire lifetime so go for it.  

A couple things to pack if you are going geocaching.  
* A Pencil:  Often when you find a geocache there will be a "log book" of sorts to record who was last there and when.
* Trinkets and Toys: Some caches are actually treasure hunts.  When you find the cache there will often be goodies inside.  If you find such a cache and want to take a treasure, be sure you have another item to replace it with.  Some people even leave a signature item.  Today Dane and I left owl stickers.  Owls...are you surprised really?  
* A camera, because you are going to want to document this business.  

And how was our experience?  We found three caches, all of which had treasures in them!  We brought home a little army man, a red car and a silver Christmas bulb.  One of my favourite parts of geocaching is the bits of history and stories you learn about each area you visit.  One of our spots had a ghost story attached to it, another told the story of a shotgun wedding.  It also takes you to parts of the community you might not often visit.  We ended up on some country roads that Dane said he had never traveled before and he grew up in this community.  

And there you have it.  Our geocache adventure.  We really can't wait to go again, maybe take one of you along with us?  If you have questions about geocaching please leave a comment or shoot me an email and I will try my best to answer them, although I am quite the rookie myself.  And if you decide to go geocaching we would love to see pictures and hear all about it!  Happy treasure hunting!  ♥ D+C

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