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Geocaching. I don’t remember specifically how I discovered geocaching, but it has taken our family by storm. The sport allows us to keep physically and mentally active on so many levels. We have incorporated geocaching into many elements of our lives. We are more physically fit for our involvement in geocaching. On any given day we could spend less than an hour in our urban environment; discovering exciting places we, otherwise, might never have known about.
OR, we can and have, planned an entire vacation around geocaching.
We recently returned from a cruise through parts of Pacific Mexico, where we spent time exploring beaches, jungles mountains and cities. One day we had a particularly grand adventure- all because someone hid a Tupperware container in some rocks on an uninhabited island in Mazatlan, Mexico. The only reason I found out about this non-tourist treasure is because I entered the location of our destination on geocaching.com, a free web site.
We use computer skills to research caches we want to find, then log our efforts. I like to make my own log and stash notes for the caches that we hide- so I am joining the ranks of the computer literate. The on line community of geocachers is very social. I have met fellow cachers from near and far, and renewed relationships with people I have know since I was a kid when we discovered our mutual interest in this multifaceted sport. In our technology obsessed world, when it is so easy to sit for hours on the computer- geocaching helps me find balance between being physically active and the ‘virtual world’.
Another aspect of geocaching that we did not expect to encounter, is helping our family reduce our footprint on the earth. One of the hallmarks of geocaching is it’s ‘tread lightly‘ approach when out in the field. They also advocate ‘Cache In-Trash Out’ as one solution to cleaning up the environment as we interact with it. We never go on a cache hunt without a garbage bag. We leave each place we visit cleaner than we found it.
Since we have branched out from ‘seeking’ to ‘hiding’ caches, our family now looks at everyday objects and even the daily trash with a new and creative eye. When we put together a box of materials for our geocaching trips, the kids had a great time going through gently used toys and picking out the best “trinkets” for our geocaching trades. They are learning to reuse and recycle not only their toys, but other household items as well.
We save pill bottles, coffee cans, and other objects that might otherwise go in the trash and transform them into camouflaged containers for caches we hide. Stickers and samples that come in the mail now help stock our trade box.
Who would have thought that one family activity could touch so many facets of our lives. From math skills to community pride, my kids are learning positive lessons through geocaching. They can find their way through back streets of unfamiliar cities, and in remote wilderness. Geocaching has brought out the artist, environmentalist, and athlete in all of us.
So how did geocaching start? Here’s a great link that explains the history of the sport. The History of Geocaching
Here is a quick look at how another person incorporated geocaching into his life-
Hope you’ve enjoyed these thoughts- and that you may be inspired to create an adventure for yourself. Hope your journey is as full of laughter and love as mine has been thus far. Peace