In previous posts I've described geocaching as a quest to hide and seek treasure outdoors in weatherproof containers called geocaches. The geographical co-ordinates of the geocaches are posted on www.geocaching.com and treasure seekers download them onto a GPS (global positioning system) device, such as a smartphone, to find the treasure. However, the co-ordinates do not always lead to the exact spot, then you have to search for the geocache. Often it is camouflaged to blend with the environment e.g. a nut and bolt on a pole may actually be a little magnetic container. A friend circled the area of a geocache for quite a while before she found it—it was fashioned to look like doggie poop! The owner of a geocache will often include a clue on the website to help seekers find the container.
Geocaches may contain little trinkets or other items which can be taken if replaced with an item of similar value.
Geocaches include a logbook which the finder signs before recording the find on the geocaching website.
Ok, enough talking. Let's see some caches.
This is the first cache we found—a small plastic container hidden under a rock near a dam.
Here's an electrical fitting which has been cleverly modified. The round lid of the fitting is held in place by a magnet, and, when removed, reveals the cache inside
Let's take a look at the seed pod dangling amongst the other pods on a tree. Is it really a pod? Is that a lid hanging open?
And this tiny little magnetic cache only has room for a strip of paper to serve as a logbook.
My favourite is this snail which we found in a crack in a rock in Ireland. When we pulled him out we saw he had a camouflage bag attached which held the logbook.
This one was rather scary, but we plucked up courage to investigate and found that the snake was just a toy.
However we have learnt to be very careful, as in the process of finding this one, we uncovered the scorpion below who was very much alive.
Abigail says that her favourite cache is the pirate chest, It's so big that you can stand on it, not much chance of missing this one! However it's chained and locked, you have to find the key to open it! Once open you'll see a skeleton guarding the treasure—pieces of eight, goblets, tiaras and necklaces.
There are currently over two million geocaches worldwide and should you inadvertently find one, please replace it as you found it. Why not go to www.geocaching.com and sign up to join Abigail and me in our geocaching fun?