Have you ever tried to Geocache? Brad and I started doing this in high school (back before GPS units were inside our phones). I haven’t gone on a geocache in quite some time, but I think Brad and I might need to hunt our brains for the username/password we used and head out to go again!
For those of you who haven’t heard of geocaching, my favorite description is “using milti-million dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods”. Brad and I used to go geocaching all the time, we started in 2004 doing caches with good enough clues we could find them without a GPS. In mid 2004 I bought a cheap GPS that we used to find tougher caches (I think the GPS is still somewhere around the house).
The GPS of 2004 is a lot different than the one you have in your car. The GPS showed us what direction to go and how far we were from it. There were no turn-by-turn directions nor a pretty picture of what our destination looked like.
Geocaching is a great way to explore the outdoors, you can get started by simply using your GPS enabled phone (or do like us and follow the clues on the website). If you would like to try hiding your own geocache, or take your geocaching to the next level, check out these items that you can pick up from Amazon for your geocaching needs.
Geocaching Essentials Found On Amazon
- Handheld GPS
- Geocache Tee
- Hidden Golfball Geocache
- Trackable Geocaching Tag
- Travel Bug
- Fake Rock
- How-To Book
- Geocache Journal
- Sharpie Pens
Brad and I spent many evenings and weekends hunting for little boxes hidden around the Seattle/Bellevue area. I remember one we did was to actually find a webcam hidden at Pike Place. The webcam ended up being right by the fish mongers and as they were throwing around the fish they took out a “fish” and threw it at me. I screamed and jumped back; however, it turned out to just be a pillow shaped like a fish, and Brad still hasn’t let me live it down. My favorite goecaches were probably the fake ones that Brad created to ask me to prom and to propose. :)
Have any of you gone geocaching? If so, what was the favorite cache you ever found? If you want more information on geocaching, head to geocaching.com!