THE WORLDS BIGGEST TREASURE HUNT

THE WORLDS BIGGEST TREASURE HUNT

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.

The Worlds Biggest Treasure Hunt

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.

Worlds Biggest Treasure Hunt St Ives

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.

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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?

Worlds Biggest Treasure Hunt

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.

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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.

Worlds Biggest Treasure Hunt GeocachingInside 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.

Worlds Biggest Treasure Hunt Coin

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!

Worlds Biggest Treasure Hunt Happy

For more information, go to the geocaching website! If you loved this post, be sure to check out ‘5 Out Door Rainy Day Activities‘ and ‘Lets Go Fly A Kite‘.

Have you ever been geocaching? Did you know it existed? Would you try it?

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  1. January 6, 2016 / 6:47 am

    I LOVE geocaching – it’s taken us to some lovely hidden places we knew nothing about 🙂

    • January 7, 2016 / 12:45 pm

      It’s a lot of fun isn’t it. It’s great if you find a little series of them as well and can go out for a couple of hours. x

  2. Sara Handy Herbs
    January 6, 2016 / 7:45 am

    We love geocaching! It’s such fun and gets us all outside. I couldn’t believe how many there were locally. Sometimes we spend hours determined to find a very well hidden one!

    • January 7, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      It’s brilliant isn’t it! It’s amazing some of the places they’re hidden in and nobody notices they’re there. We have one in our city centre on a very public bench. You’d have no idea it was there! x

  3. January 6, 2016 / 7:50 am

    I have never heard of this but it sounds really fun, I want to try it. Leo would definitely be more interested in the puddles as well!xx #whatevertheweather

    • January 7, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      It is so much fun. Especially for when they’re older. I think around school age it must be really exciting! But yes, Evie is like Leo and much prefers the puddles at the moment. x

  4. January 6, 2016 / 8:22 am

    Love this post Chloe, I’ve heard of geocaching and knew it was like a scavenger hunt but didn’t really get it. I understand d it so much more now so thank you and think I too am going good to get the app and have a go!

    • January 7, 2016 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much. It is brilliant. It’s definitely worth trying out. xx

  5. January 6, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I love geocashing! It is such a great way to get the little ones involved in hiking. I haven’t tried it since we moved to the Netherlands though so I need to get back on it. I’m sure there are quite a few in the woods near us. The pictures are great. Thanks so much for sharing. #WhateverTheWeather

    • January 7, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      It’s brilliant isn’t it and makes hiking around a lot more entertaining for littler ones. Ohh I bet there are loads in the Netherlands, in really beautiful places too. Definitely try and go again. x

    • January 7, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      It is great isn’t it! It is always there so you can just do it whenever, on any day at any time, whenever you are stuck for things to do. Brilliant for families who love the outdoors. x

  6. January 6, 2016 / 10:20 am

    I really want to get into geocaching. I signed up but haven’t started yet, there are a few caches in the park near us so I might have a trial run soon. I think it’ll be great when Finn is older and in need of some fresh air! #whatevertheweather

    • January 7, 2016 / 12:55 pm

      It is brilliant for when they’re older. You go on lots of hikes, you’ll be surprised how many are in remote locations. Normally on country walks there are trails/series of caches you need to find. It’s brilliant! x

  7. January 6, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Hi Chloe, Lovely photos. We went geocaching a few times last year, it’s great fun, some can be so tricky to find! There is one near we live hidden in a skull inside a tree! Sarah #whatevertheweather

    • January 7, 2016 / 12:56 pm

      Oh wow that sounds so cool. Yes some are very tricky to find, but some are so creative aren’t they x

  8. January 6, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Never been but would like to give it a go once our little boy is a bit older. Only found out about it a couple of years ago – I was working for the national trust and it is one of their 50 things. So Evie has already made a good start! #whatevertheweather

    • January 7, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Ohh I heard about the 50 things list but always forget to look it up. I might go and google that one now. It’s definitely a lot of fun and brings to life a walk out in the fresh air.x

  9. January 6, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    Been meaning to try this for ages with the kids, looks like such a great activity for the whole family and a great way to learn some new skills. Pinning to remind me! Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year x

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      It’s so good Sarah. You can do it anytime and anywhere as well. Definitely good for days when you don’t know what to do. And it’s free!!! We had a lovely Christmas and new year! Thank you. I hope you did too. xxx

  10. January 6, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I’ve never been before or done that before but sounds lots of fun! Lovely photos x

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Thank you so much, it’s lots of fun. Geocaching can be done anywhere. There are probably lots around you, in your local parks and woods and towns. x

  11. January 6, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Have not tried doing this before but reading your post spurs my interest, seems like a challenging and fun adventure for the family. Love the photos! #WhateverTheWeather

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      It’s so brilliant. Really worth looking into. It’s perfect for days when you’re bored indoors but stuck for ideas on what to do outside. x

  12. Kelly Robinson
    January 6, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    I am an extremely outdoors person and I can’t believe I have never heard of this. It looks like so much and what a great activity for children. You could have adventures everywhere you go looking for these! I am finding the app now! How exciting! Thank you so much for sharing #whatevertheweather

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:09 pm

      It is so good Kelly! And you can do it all the time and it’s all over the world. You’ll be so shocked to see how many are around you and in your area. Just got to geocaching.com and type in a place you love and it’ll show you all the ones that are there. x

  13. Emma Chanagasubbay
    January 6, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Oh wow! I’ve heard of it but never looked into. Our family would all love this and it is going straight on my to do list for the year!

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:10 pm

      It’s absolutely fab!!!! It’s so much fun for the whole family. Your crew would probably have a great time hunting these down. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and have fun without having to pay entry fees to anywhere. x

  14. January 6, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    I keep hearing about geocaching but have never tried it – I don’t think I’d realised it was quite that easy just to get going. I do love a treasure hunt! #whatevertheweather

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      It is so, so easy. If you go to the geocaching website and type in your favourite place or your town or anywhere you’re planning on visiting, you’ll see just how many are hidden all around you. It’s brilliant. x

      • January 7, 2016 / 2:00 pm

        Wow, just looked and there’s one in my local park! Which I must have been to approximately one billion times and had no idea…

        • January 10, 2016 / 7:32 am

          Oh wow!!! I hope you have fun finding more. It’s crazy how many there are everywhere. x

  15. January 6, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    I’ve never heard of this but what a great activity to involved kids in! And it looks so easy. We do have to get our hands on a GPS though so I’ll have to look into that. #whatevertheweather

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:12 pm

      It’s brilliant. All you need is a smart phone. I just used my iphone. Then you just download the app (I got the free one) and you’re good to go. x

  16. Jenny Eaves
    January 6, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    We love geocaching too, but it’s been a while since we were out geocaching. Now we have our bikes we can maybe go a bit further looking for nearby caches. That little tiny chest is so sweet, what a great find. Love the tracked cache coin too and Evie is clearly enjoying the hunt, such cute photos of here with he tongue out! 🙂 x

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:15 pm

      It’s so good isn’t it. As your two get older it’ll be so fun for you all to do together. The buried chest was such a cute find. It looks like a little one may have buried it. Hopefully they’ll return when they’re older and still find it there. xx

  17. January 6, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    We love geocaching, and tracking where our little trinkets end up! What fun to be part of a big, global outdoor adventure!

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      It’s brilliant isn’t it! Aww I love that you have trackable trinkets too. It must be crazy to see how far they get. x

  18. FarZain @http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/
    January 7, 2016 / 7:18 am

    Oh my! I have never heard of Geocaching. This seems super duper exciting to be trying! Hope Evie had a lot of fun catching the air with her tongue 😉

    Thanks for hosting #Whatevertheweather.

    FarZain
    @http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:19 pm

      Evie loves catching the wind with her tongue haha. It’s so cute. Like a little puppy in the car with the window down. Geocaching is so much fun. Plus you can do it anywhere, at anytime. I really don’t know why we don’t do it more. x

  19. January 7, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    I’ve heard of geocaching but never tried it – it sounds like a fun day out! I’m not sure my 7-month-old would appreciate the treasure hunt yet, but her parents would!

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:27 pm

      It is brilliant. It’s great for school age kids or just adults!!! Evie is still a bit young too, but it was a great excuse for us to get outside. It was also nice to do something different other than feeding the ducks haha. Definitely worth trying. x

  20. January 8, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    I have heard of geocaching from friends who do it with their daughter but we’ve never given it a go ourselves. It sounds like good fun and a great way to make walks a bit more exciting for little people #whatevertheweather

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:48 am

      It really does make walks a bit more exciting. I think it must be so much better if you have older children. x

  21. January 9, 2016 / 8:21 am

    I did know it existed and keep meaning to try it as I think I would get hooked. You’ve reminded me that I really do need to have a look and see what’s round here. Maybe not today though, it’s throwing it down! #whatevertheweather

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:52 am

      Definitely have a look. You’ll be so shocked. It really brings a walk to life. x

  22. Emma
    January 10, 2016 / 8:17 am

    We love doing this, it’s so much fun. It’s definitely a bit addictive though go – every time we go somewhere now I find myself looking to see if there are any caches nearby!

    • January 10, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      It’s so addictive! When I used to do it, I used to do it all the time. It’s so hard to stop. It’s great fun though. x

  23. January 11, 2016 / 9:29 am

    Wow! This is so interesting! I had no idea that this kind of thing existed. We might even give it a go ourselves. Might find some interesting geocaching and even might plant one ourselves. This would be very interesting if we plant something for someone else and see how long it will take to get to them. Love that Jamie is now got the geocaching bug and that Evie is catching the wind with her tongue! How cute! I will be pinning this. Hope you don’t mind. x Thanks for hosing.

    • January 14, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      It’s so much fun Su. Just go to geocaching.com and you’ll see just how many are around you. Thank you so much for pinning this. I hope you give it ago. You’ll really enjoy it. xx

      • January 14, 2016 / 11:15 pm

        Have just done. They are loads! There is even one in our local playground and next to the school too! That’s so cool! I think I might just have a go this Sunday. Thank you for the info. xx

        • January 15, 2016 / 3:45 pm

          Oh yay!! It’s so cool isn’t it. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. You’ll be so shocked at how many are in spots you visit all the time. x

  24. January 11, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    We haven’t tried it yet, but we have friends who are so in to it they go pretty much every weekend and some people travel all over the place to do it. Think I might try it with the boys when the weather gets a bit drier – surely eventually this soggy weather has to stop?!!

    Stevie x

    • January 14, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      I’ve heard it’s due to get so much colder. Nooo!!!!! I’m researching winter sun at the moment haha. Trying to escape before it gets too chilly. Geocaching is brilliant fun. I think your two will love it. But definitely do it when it gets a bit drier because most of them down here are in woodlands or down boggy lanes haha. xx

  25. January 25, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    I started geocaching when I moved, mainly to find interesting places to walk Stella. We’ve found some brilliant woodland walks through this hobby and I recommend it to anyone with dogs or kids! It took me 6 years to find my first trackable though. I agree that little treasure chest would have made a most excellent cache container, how cute 🙂

    • January 30, 2016 / 12:17 am

      It’s so brilliant isn’t it and finding a trackable is really exciting. It was such a shame the chest wasn’t a cache! But I love that there was real treasure inside. x

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