Want to be an explorer in your own home town? Try geocaching! It’s part adventure, part exercise and all fun. It’s essentially a treasure hunt, but the emphasis is on the exploration rather than the treasure, which are usually small trinkets.
Start by picking up a geocache navigator or GPS device in order to track the cache’s coordinates. There are several available and since I’m an Amazon affiliate, Ive listed a few below. You’ll need a GPS navigator to find the geocaches. The cost may be a little pricey for some, but take into consideration you only need to purchase one for your family and the rest of the costs, of any, are minimal.
There are plenty of sites out there with the coordinates of already hidden treasure using geocaching maps. [Check the resource section at the end of this post]. Enter the coordinates not your GPS device and the treasure hunt fun begins!
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Most of the hiders will give you excellent coordinators, yet still find a way to make it very difficult to find the treasure. You have to keep a keen eye out as you may not know what the cache looks like or how small the container is.
Once you find it, sign the log book and return the cache to its original location. If you take an item from the cache, replace it with something of equal or greater value.
Of course, you’ll also want to hide your own cache, which is part of the fun. Remember to pick a spot that is remote, but safe. I’ve provided several ideas for containers made specifically for geocaching.
Tips; Pack food, snacks and plenty of water. Also bring along a small first aid kit.
Hidden behind all of this fun, is an excellent work out. You end up staying active for at least half of the day without even realizing it. Best of all, your kids become enthralled with the outdoors and staying active.
Quality time, exercise, health, and the outdoors combine to make geocaching a wonderful springtime activity for your family!
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