My wilderness son introduced me to Geocaching some two years ago, I can’t recall ever having had so much fun toddling about the country side is search of hidden treasure boxes.
So what is it?This outdoor treasure hunting activity is where people try to find hidden containers using latitude and longitude coordinates with a handheld GPS receiver. The GPS unit is used to navigate by entering the coordinates of the location that hosts the container. Now, the GPS only displays direction and distance to a destination, but once you get there, you still have to interpret the clues in order to find the hidden container, which can be as small as an old photo film or as large as Tupperware tub. Apparently some containers
Are as big as a 5 gallon bucket and some are donning camouflage coverings. Now that you have found the locations container, opening it up is a logbook for geo hunters to sign. Other trinkets within are for trade and add to the fun. The rule of thumb here is that if you take one out you put another in, typically, something interesting or some Geo Hunters have signature items, such as; crests, badges, coins, toy dinosaurs etc.
Geocaching is getting folks like myself, out hiking, walking, exploring nature, learning local history and the environment.
Geocaching can be considered a high tech treasure hunt version of orienteering with it’s inception in 2000 by the US military with the original intent to increase the accuracy of civilian use of their GPS satellites by a factor of 10. Growing at a phenomenal rate of more than 450,000 Geo Hunters in over 192 countries.
To find out more information about Geo Hunting, check online; www.geocaching.com., See how and where users search for caches, then download the data into their GPS's, while keeping track of the caches they've found.
One such concentrated Geo area is the Wilberforce and Greater Surroundings, which boasts as the "Geocaching Capital of Canada" www.GeocachingCapitalOfCanada.com.
written by; Jan Porter
copyright May 2010
Jan Porter ~ Author www.inspiredsoulworks.com