Okay — I’m the first to admit I’m new to geocaching. I’ve gone all of five times, but each time I’ve gone I’ve found myself getting only more addicted to the thrill of the hunt. This could be the result of some sort of psychotic episode or maybe, just maybe it could be the fact that geocaching is the outdoor activity ever.
Regardless of the reason, I strongly suggest that you try geocaching and here are 15 reasons why:
- You use the Web - What other outdoors activity utilizes technology in such a fun way? Geocaching.com is the hub. Join up today.
- Gets you outdoors - Fresh air beats staring at a monitor any day.
- Perfect for kids and adults alike - Who doesn’t love scavenger hunts?
- Challenging enough to rip your hair out (if I had any) - The final scrum to find the cache is enjoyably frustrating.
- Community-focused - Reading the log notes from other cachers – both offline and online makes you a member of an ultra-cool community.
- Exercise without “Exercise” – Walking/hiking from cache to cache is a fun way to get active without actually “exercising”.
- Awesome bonding opportunities with the kids - Taking turns operating the GPS and sharing the adventure provides conversation completely outside of the daily norm.
- Doesn’t take weeks to plan - Simply load up your GPS with a couple of caches, pack up some swag and you’re ready to go. No extensive planning necessary.
- You get stuff - Each cache has cool stuff — especially for kids.
- You give stuff - If you take stuff, you have to give stuff. Travel bugs are something I’m extremely curious to try out.
- You can make it better - You can always add hide your own cache and see just how many time it’s found and by whom.
- It’s worldwide - There are over 1 million caches globally so you’re very likely to be able to find a cache wherever you are.
- Teaches you navigational skills - Yes, you use a GPS but caches are found with coordinates, waypoints and enhances your sense of direction.
- You can do it wherever - Since there are most likely caches local to you, extensive travel isn’t necessary. I’ve found several within a mile from my house.
- It makes you feel like Indiana Jones - Who doesn’t want to go hunting for hidden treasures, just like Indiana Jones? Sadly, I don’t have a whip or cool hat and am not a university professor.
Well, that’s about it for now. I hope you give geocaching a try. Now get off the computer and go outside!