Outdoor Summer Fun: Take Your Family Geocaching

Outdoor Summer Fun: Take Your Family Geocaching

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 21, 2011

What happens when you mix science and burried treasure of sorts? Well you get geocaching. It's a great way to get your kids outside with a prize at the end of their great hunt. Haven't heard of it? Here's how it works:

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online to help others seek out the treasure spots near them.

Anyone can make a cach and go online to assign it GPS coordinates. It's a blast hiking around with your family, or making a point to stop while driving on a road trip to see what other's have sealed up. You'll find caches in weather resistant boxes tucked away in crooks of trees, nestled in rocks or sometimes even buried like real treasure.

Inside you'll find toys, poems, snacks, trinkets or handmade objects to take home with you from your find. In return you leave something of equal value behind so the caches never run empty. If your family is resistant to taking a hike without purpose, give them treasure to find and we promise it will be a whole new ballgame.

HELPFUL GEOCACHING LINKS
Official geocaching website
Great geocaching tips from REI
Geocaching on Wikipedia
Apisphere Geomate Jr. Geocaching Handheld GPS: for $69.99 from Target

(Image: Target, In)

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