I've been super duper excited to write this blog post about Geocaching, as I've become so obsessed with it lately. Basically, Geocaching is treasure hunting. The idea behind it is that you find nearby hidden boxes of various sizes and of various difficulties. All of which contain a log book which you have to fill in and some even contain little goodies. You use a GPS machine or an iPhone app.
It's great for all the family whatever your age (I'm 22). I've been using it to hang out with my friends and get some exercise. Some of the boxes are hidden by the official Geocaching team themselves (these in my opinion are the best ones) and others are hidden by other members. You can really make the activity your own as well, whether you want to keep it simple and search for the boxes throughout the day or form teams and race to get the most, it really is brilliant for creating multiple activities.
After a year of pondering over the Geocaching idea, I finally gathered some people to come with me to hunt! It really was one of the best free days I've had. The sun was beaming and the weather was lovely. We got to venture into parks and areas of our town we hadn't been to before. Unfortunately, we found a dead cat half-wrapped in a black towel in a bush by a pub. It was not a nice sight at all. I'd definitely recommend gentle rummaging for hygiene and health reasons when it comes to searching in shrubbery. I'd say, the funniest part of the day was when we were in the business park rummaging in some hedges. We were so focused, we didn't realise there was a car nearby that had skidded, crashed and abandoned with only 3 wheels left. The police passed the car and saw us rummaging about in the hedges and forestry. As we were leaving, he pulled my car over and asked "Do you have anything to do with this car?" and blatantly tried accusing us of committing a crime when he asked "So what were you doing in the bushes?" My friend Phil hid behind my handbag in the back seat and left the rest of us to defend ourselves and thus explain Geocaching. Funnily enough...it sounded as though we converted him into a new member, as he began asking questions about Geocaching! He let us go after a nice little chat, we left in hysterics to say the least.
Since then, we've been Geocaching mad and we've been spreading the word, one person at a time. We've converted multiple friends, a policeman and this morning, I convinced a taxi driver to check it out.
The goodies I took from 2 caches: