Our First Geocaching Adventure!

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For Mother’s Day this year all I wanted was a low key day. I am perfectly content just sitting around, lazing about. And we did a lot of that. (And also went to my FAVORITE breakfast/brunch spot. Mmmmm so good.) BUT it was also pretty nice out and we didn’t want to completely waste the day indoors. So I figured why not go on our first Geocaching adventure! It’s been on my Life List for awhile and it was the perfect day to go.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

You can find loads more information at www.geocaching.com and set up your free account! The caches are ranked in levels of difficulty to find and all the easy ones are free. If you want to find harder ones you need to pay for a membership (which we may do!)

We headed off to a local park near our house, queued up Dave’s phone since mine was dying and headed off to go find the treasure!

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Using the Geocache app’s GPS signal we followed the trails along. This park by our house is a nature preserve so we saw a lot of cool things on the way – like this cool birds nest. Sadie was upset that it meant the birds fell out of the tree but I convinced her the birds had grown up and didn’t need it anymore. (Fingers crossed.)

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One we got close to the cache the app alerted us to start looking!! Dave found it pretty quickly – hashtag eagle scout skills – but we tried to allow Sadie to spot it herself. She was running around partially distracted by the playground but came running over once we said the treasure was near!

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I love this picture. Check out that crazy mess of hair! I try to keep it neat but Sadie loves to wear it down. Sigh. One day she won’t look like a hot mess.

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What’s this? We spotted the treasure/cache! Do you see it?

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Sadie spotted it but didn’t want to touch it. She was a little spooked because right before we got to this tree Dave saw a HUGE snake that we had to avoid. So she was a little nervous reaching for it.

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The camouflaged cache!

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We sat down on a nearby log and cracked it open. Inside we found a lot of log book entries, business cards (I guess in lieu of log book entries?) and a penny.

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This is the official geocache log book.

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Sadie examining the treasure.

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There was also a mint inside the geocache (ew.) Some caches only include a log book for you to write in but others also include little trinkets and things that previous finders leave. The rule is that you can take something, but you have to leave something of equal or greater value in return. I had purchased this little doggie from a quarter vending machine before we headed out so we left the doggie and Sadie took the penny.

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We entered our names, date and a note into the log book…

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And placed it safely and securely where we found it.

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Isn’t this beautiful? It’s five minutes away from my house. There are swans too!

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We all had a really good time on our first geocache adventure and can’t wait to do it again! If you want to try out geocaching, here are some helpful tips/things to bring:

  • Make sure your phone is fully charged. Mine was almost out of battery so I made Dave use his last minute.
  • Bring a pen and a little trinket. You don’t have to leave something but you will feel bad if you get to the cache and there isn’t a pen or pencil waiting for you to sign the log book with.
  • Dress appropriately. I knew this one would be easy but I’m sure the more advanced we get the better dressed I’ll have to be for the woods or other locations.
  • Bring a camera! (Or use your phone.) This was so much fun to document.
  • Make sure to write comments in the Geocaching app or website when you are done. Sometimes you may get to a geocache that’s no longer there and it’s good manners to let everyone know.
  • Have fun!

Have you been geocaching?

Comments

  1. I love geocaching & am so glad you got to check it out for Mother’s Day! Isn’t it fun? There are SO MANY near me that I want to find… Fingers crossed for nice weather to come & stay.
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    • Did you upgrade to find the harder ones? I feel like we need to do a couple more easy ones first and then if we’re still into it we will pay to play.

  2. We love geocaching (we went on our first date), and I can’t wait until my kid is old enough to care.

    1. I LOVE Sadie’s wild hair. You can’t tame this girl!
    2. I have passed that diner a million times in my life. Maybe a million and five. I never once considered trying it, and now I may have to.

    • Aww that’s so cute you went on your first date!! 1 – her hair is NUTS. 2 – OMG STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING AND GO TO THOMAS HAM & EGGERY. It looks like shit from the outside but its amazing. My favorite dish is the cheesey grits, eggs and bacon skillet (drool) and on Mother’s Day we also shared a chocolate chip almond waffle and I almost died it was so good. There is always a wait though – be prepared!

  3. We love geocaching! My husband took me a few months ago near our home and we found a bunch of them. It’s a great way to get outdoors and explore a bit. It looks like Sadie had a great time! Her hair is gorgeous!

  4. Looks like you guys had fun! I have never been geocaching but I had a coworker in CT that used to go all the time.

  5. I love geocaching!

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