Have you tried Geocaching? ….
Thought it was a fad? Have some time to kill and want to get outside? Are your kids doing remote learning and you want (NEED) to get out of the house with them for a bit?
Let’s start with what it is? According to the geocaching.com website “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”
This fall, after exhausting a lot of local outdoor recreation options during the summer (many of which we had done multiple times), my children and I had a staycation at Lord Camden Inn, and turned to geocaching for our weekend activity. At first my children, because they’re older, thought it was a little silly and more for little kids. However, once we got going on our first and then second geocaches, they became competitive and really enjoyed finding them. It was a different way to explore and there were a lot of silly moments and it got them active.
How to Geocache?
Simply download the Geocaching app! All the info is right at your fingertips and the app is very user friendly. For some, the thought of using a GPS and waypoints language might frighten you but you’ll quickly realize how user friendly the geocaching app is. It will literally take you right to the caches (it does have a disclaimer that it’s -/+ 15’ in accuracy so you may have to look around a bit). The site has more than 3 million active geocaches worldwide so it’s guaranteed that you can find one near wherever you are. The app also lists things like a site description – which those vary from very in-depth to minimal descriptions, the cache activity w/ comments, site attributes, etc.
Cache sizes are also listed in the app, so if you want to find, and exchange, “a treasure,” select a cache that is regular size or larger.
Micro – Tiny containers that most likely will only hold a log sheet, e.g. a film canister.
Small – Just big enough to fit a sandwich. Holds only a small logbook and small items, e.g. a small plastic container. Note: Please don’t put a sandwich in your gecoache.
Regular – Think shoe box, an ammo box.
Large – Think Bigfoot’s shoe box. If he could fit his hiking boots inside, it should probably be labelled as a Large, e.g. a 5 gallon bucket.
YAY. You found a geocache. Then what? There are really four simple steps for when you a geocache- take something, leave something, make an entry into the cache logbook and then log it on the app.
Caches often contain small trade items or trinkets. The number one rule of geocaching is that if you take something, you replace it with something of equal or greater value. So, make sure to pack an assortment of trinkets for trading because you just never know what you’re going to find. We completed several caches in the area and will now make it a regular thing during vacations and other travel. ****If anyone reading this finds the Schooners R Us geocache in Camden Harbor, can you comment and give us a hint?! We looked and looked and couldn’t find it! What a bummer.
Geocaching at Lord Camden Inn…. We have hidden a cache at Lord Camden Inn. It’s not listed on the app, and we’re not leaving coordinates- just a hint- as we wanted to keep it exclusive to hotel guests, people reading this blog, people that receive our emails. It contains some really fun items, please remember to leave something in return and if you post use the hashtag #bayviewcollection. Here’s the hint: “to find me, just know I’m really old and safe”