What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game. Geocachers use a GPS (or a smartphone) to navigate to a set of GPS coordinates in an attempt to find the Geocache (container) that is hidden at the location. After you find the geocache, you sign the log and replace it exactly how you found it so the next person can find it. Many “caches” are hidden in locations that are important to people, have historical significance or are just plain cool! With more than 2 million Geocaches hidden all over the world, there is always something to explore!
Why go Geocaching?
You can’t find a geocache while sitting on your couch, so it gives you a reason to get up and get active! It’s a great way to get the little ones away from the TV and encourage them to explore nature. In fact, Georgia’s State Parks have an awesome Geo-Tour. Geocacher can pick up a free passport and search out the special cache at each State Park that contains a stamp. Fill up your passport with stamps for the chance to earn prizes.
There is also a historic site series where geocachers can solve puzzles to unlock the cache and collect cards for each. This is a clever way to combine a history lesson with fun!
Geocaching is a great hobby that gets you outside to explore and it is a wonderful way to spend quality time with family and friends.
Geocaching also provides a way to entertain the adventurous spirit in all of us because you never know where it will take you or what you will find! Some caches are cleverly disguised, while others will require you to find clues or solve puzzles. Be sure to put on your thinking cap, because it’s not only exercising your body, but your mind as well. In fact, a 14-month study called GEAR (Geocaching for Exercise Activity Research) by Texas A & M proved that geocaching can improve mental health as well as physical health.
Geocaching is also a great way to meet other people. From families who go caching with their kids, to retirees who travel the country, we have met some amazing people during our Geocaching adventures. One of our most motivational friends is Jim, a 74-year old retiree that has turned to Geocaching as an exercise tool, as well as a form of entertainment. Even after two hip replacements, he is out there hunting down caches daily. One of the first things he ever said to us was, “I could die sitting in front of the TV or I could die doing what I love.”
Whether you are a history buff, outdoor enthusiast, old, young, single, or with a family, there is something for everyone to enjoy about Geocaching. So get out there, enjoy the beautiful weather and find your own adventure through Geocaching.