Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world. (from Wikipedia)
Or as geocachers explain it.....it's using multi-billion dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods.
Not that I don't watch my share of TV shows and YouTube videos but too many people and families these days allow themselves to spend their free time plopped in front of the computer or TV. Especially those of us currently living in the Midwest where our beautiful weather days are precious and seem to disappear all too quickly back into the cold months of winter. Geocaching is a great way to get outside, explore and burn some calories. Walk through your city or locals parks or grab your bicycle and find geocaches along a state or national trail. Most state parks have embraced geocaching as well and place their own family-friendly caches for you to find.
And if you've got kids, there are often fun little trinkets left in geocaches that they can pickup and collect, like this one :)
You can setup a free account on Geocaching.com and get started today! In the age of smartphones and apps, as long as you have an iPhone or Android, you can download the Geocaching.com app and have all the information about individual caches right in the palm of your hand. There is a free version but once you've got the hang of things, I highly recommend purchasing the full-blown app for $9.99. I promise you, it's worth it.
We almost never travel to a new city, state or country without grabbing a few geocaches. It's a great way to explore and a big bonus is that it's free to do! Plus, if you are a total nerd for statistics like we are, it's fun to find geocaches in a new state and earn a souvenir for your profile. Basically a virtual "badge" that you get for finding a cache in a new place or maybe even during a certain time. For example, we earned the "Leap Day Badge" by simply logging a find on 02/29/2012.
Geocaching events are setup by geocachers and usually have a purpose like celebrating Earth Day, Halloween or even Mardi Gras!