Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt?
How about a treasure hunt, whenever you fancy it, that needs no preparation, is outdoors, whatever the weather?
Have you ever heard of or been geocaching?
If not then you seriously need to try it.
Geocaching is the worlds biggest, outdoor treasure hunt, only it’s not just for children! It can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Did you know that there are millions of geocaches hidden all over the world and there are probably some hidden all around you right now?
In the towns and cities that you frequently visit, in the woods that you normally walk in, by your favourite beach holiday spot. Everywhere!
Geocaching is so perfect for those days when you’re desperate for fresh air, but you have no idea what to do. Especially if you have little ones who have lots of energy to burn and need some entertainment.
I haven’t been geocaching for years! But on a whim decided to take Jamie and Evie for the first time this week. Jamie hadn’t really heard about it before and was a bit sceptical.
We started off with a really easy one so I could show him how to do it.
I’ve been to this particular geocache before. It’s in St. Ives and it happens to be in my favourite spot on the Island, so it was a bit of a win/win.
We were so lucky that the torrential downpours that had passed through all morning were starting to lift and by the time we parked up and got out the car the sun was on it’s way! Although you can see that the sky is still pretty dark for 11am! It looks more like dusk.
To go geocaching, all you need is a phone with GPS and the geocaching app.
Simply download the app (we just have the free one), enable your location services and it will tell you all the caches that around you, or that are around your chosen location.
When you’ve picked the one that you want to find, it throws up this compass which directs you exactly to the point where the cache is hidden.
Some caches are more difficult than others to find and even when you’ve reached the exact spot, they can often be camouflaged or hidden under things, which makes hunting them down a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, as we got closer to the cache my phone ran out of battery, so we had to improvise in finding the cache and ended up searching all the rocks. There were a lot of rocks!
In our search, Jamie and Evie stumbled across a small little treasure chest buried under some moss. We thought it was such a cute box for a cache only to discover that it was actually filled with some old chocolate coins. How adorable is this?
Some real life and probably once tasty, buried treasure! We put it back in case whoever buried it returns.
After finding the treasure chest, it didn’t take us long to find the real cache. The only downside is that it was on a rocky and very slippy area so we had to be super careful with little miss bambi legs!
Jamie found the cache before us and after trying several more rocks, he found it hidden behind some carefully placed stones. Evie was so excited when she saw it, although I can’t help but thinking she thought it was a lunch box filled with food.
Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are boxes like this, some of them are really tiny ‘nano’ caches that are about the size of a polo. Some caches are really easy to find, some are made more difficult.
Inside the geocaches there is little log book or piece of paper, so you can note the date that you found it and who you are. You also log online that you found it via the app or the geocaching website so the person who planted it knows it’s being found.
Sometimes there are also little trinkets inside. Some of these are ‘trackable’ items and they have a direct mission to get to other caches around the world. If you’re planning on going somewhere else, you can help to get the item to it’s desired location by taking it with you to put in other caches you’re planning to find.
This cache had a trackable item in it, a ‘geocaching coin’ from Germany. As we’re not regular geocachers we put the coin back for someone else to move on.
If you find a geocache though, there are two rules! Put the cache back exactly where you find it and try and be discreet so that ‘muggles’ (non-geocaching folk) don’t see what you’re doing.
I think Jamie has caught the geocaching bug and he’s excited to try it again. Evie however had no idea what was going on and had way more fun splashing in puddles, running down hills and catching the wind on her tongue!
Have you ever been geocaching? Did you know it existed? Would you try it?