During this week’s Second Tuesday, we asked everyone to bring a food where one of the ingredients began with the letter “A” (for April), and the topic of conversation was “what are your favorite outdoor activities” in hopes of us finding new ways to enjoy our Spring and Summer. As always, the ladies pulled through!
The outdoor activity the peaked everyone’s interest is something called “Geocaching” (pronounced “geocashing”). It is a hide-and-seek using GPS technology to help one find the “geocache” anywhere in the world. It is community-based in the sense that anyone can be a “geocacher,” the one who hides that which is to be found. The “geocacher” posts the cache and its coordinates on the website so that “seekers” can find the “geocache.”
Ready to go on this treasure hunt? Simply go to the Geocache website and register. You can register for a free or paid membership, each of which gives you different benefits. Select the one most appropriate for you. Once you have registered, you can start to play! Simply type in the zip code of your location and Voila! “Geocaches” near you will appear, and you can go on your treasure hunt.
My friend who recommended it said it was great fun! Apparently, somewhere in New York City, there is a large piece of the Berlin Wall, which I never knew. There is a “geocache” in the Wall that you must take out, sign, and then put back in for the next person who wants to find this “geocache.” Given how our GPS monitors on our phones can be a little inaccurate, you can imagine how much fun it is to find the exact location of this “geocache.”
Whether you are alone or with a group, I think this is a great adventure we should all try. I’m off to Connecticut for a conference, and I see there are many “geocaches” for me to find. On my break, I think I will give it a try! I hope you do, too!