What is GeoCaching?

Last week, on my YouTube channel, my wife and I made a video about a GeoCache (gee o cash) that we went looking for not too far from our home. Here’s the video. If you don’t know what GeoCaching is take a look at this first to see if continuing to read this will interest you or not.

Ok, we’re back. I got some comments on that video, public and private, from people saying that they had never heard of GeoCaching and were curious as to what it is.

Well, simply put, GeoCaching is a treasure hunting game. I’m far from being an expert, but I’ll tell you what I do know about it. The object of the game is to, utilizing a GPS device, search for and locate hidden containers, called caches. The only things you really need to play this game are a computer and a GPS device. Nowadays most cell phones are equipped with a GPS system so you should be good to go.

First you’ll need to go to GeoCaching.com and get yourself one of their free memberships. Once you get through that you can do a quick search for caches (cashes) around your area. Each cache will be marked with GPS coordinates. Get those coordinates put into your GPS device and then head out into the untamed wilderness in search of the cache.

Now, the GPS coordinates will get you close to where the cache is, but once you get there that’s when the fun starts. You have to start looking. Trust me, it’s a lot more difficult than it sounds. The general rule for placing a cache somewhere is that it should be put in such a spot that the general passerby won’t see it. It’s gotta be hidden. Some of these cachers are very creative in how they hide their caches too. Not to mention that you have no idea what the cache looks like. Some caches could be the size of a Tupperware bowl or bigger. Some could be smaller than a penny and be totally blended in with it’s surroundings. That is where the fun part of this comes in. You just don’t know what you’re going to find. Oh, you’ll get a general idea of the size of the cache from the description, but no details.

Once you find the cache you can open it up to see what’s inside. Larger caches could contain anything. The real small ones though aren’t big enough to hold anything other than a slip of paper. Regardless, each cache will have some sort of logbook for you to jot down your name and the date of your find. Once you fill out the logbook then you return everything back to the cache and return the cache to where it was originally hidden so the next person that comes along can find it. After that. go back to GeoCaching.com and log your find on the website. Leave comments, leave spoilers if you think it is too difficult, post pictures etc…

Who hides the caches to begin with? That’s another cool part of the game. Anyone can. Yes, even you. If you want to make a cache and hide it somewhere, you are more than welcome to. Build your cache, hide it, jot down the GPS coordinates for it, then head home and get to GeoCaching.com to register your cache. Once that’s done all you need to do is check the website every once in a while to see if anyone logs finding it.

GeoCaching is an activity that my wife and I do together. It gets us outside, we get a little exercise and fresh air. If you have children I highly recommend giving it a try. In my opinion, kids today don’t get outside enough. Video games and TV have taken over. Internet chat rooms and forums are proof positive that young people today are lacking in the basic social skills it takes to interact with people in the real world. I think GeoCaching would be a good way for them to get outside and learn how to interact with people.

If only one person replies that they are going to give this a try then sitting here writing all this out has been worth it. I’m going to leave you with the official GeoCaching video from YouTube that can probably explain it much better than I just attempted to do. haha!!

I’m also going to make a video explaining GeoCaching for the people that view my channel. I just felt like sitting here and typing something out today and this is what popped into this little bean of mine.

Y’all come back, I’ll leave a light on for ya.

MULLY

 

 

 

 

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About MULLY

ex-pat American living in Japan since 1991. Love to play guitar and billiards. Love my Cincinnati Bengals too. Who-Dey!!
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One Response to What is GeoCaching?

  1. Dimitri says:

    Hello MULLY,
    I am reading through your blog again after you mentioned your latest entry on Twitter a few minutes ago, and it reminded me that I have to thank you for this entry. Vanessa and I did not know about GeoCaching before you posted this, but we really enjoy it now.
    On our first attempt sunset caught up with us before we could find the cache, but we still had a good time and plan to do it again very soon, (maybe on Sunday if we are not too tired after the meet-up), so thanks a lot.
    See you in Kobe!

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