Are you looking for an affordable activity to do this Summer? Then how about doing a little Geocaching? It’s been a popular outdoor activity in the country as well as in the city since the year 2000! And now I’ve got the Geocaching bug!
What is Geocaching? Geocaching.com says… “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.”
What do you need to get started? Create an account at Geocaching.com, have a GPS or GPS enabled smartphone, and bringing your own pen is always a good idea too. Technically that’s it. Now if you’re using a smartphone you’ll need an app. Whether using an iphone or an android you can use the free Geocaching app provided by Geocaching.com, or pay 10$ for the full pro version. If using an android phone you can also use the c:geo app, it’s free and it’s the only app I use! I can find caches in my area, search for it using a built-in app compass, log my find and more.
I have a whole backpack full of things, but that’s just me… lol. I have a tiny travel size sunscreen lotion, hand sanitizer, bandages, pens, notebook, tiny utility tool, tiny/snack/sandwich sized ziplock baggies for replacing ones that are damaged in caches so that they can remain water-resistant (theft and water are the top geocaching party poopers – and this year the mosquitoes really aren’t helping either… lol). And I have been collecting lots of things to use for trade when we find caches big enough to house “tradeables”. Now the rule with those is to always trade equally or leave something even better than what you took. Some ideas of what I have on hand: fun buttons from the dollar store (I have tea cups/pots, woodland animals, snowflakes, flowers etc), pin back buttons (you can sometimes find nice ones at the dollar store, I’ve got some fun Canada themed ones and some Christmas themed ones), some McD toys that are gently used from my DD’s stash that she is willing to trade with, some really difficult to make but fun Rainbow Loom bracelets (stored in baggies to keep them from drying out). I’m also planning on crocheting some little amigurumis and other things to leave behind in the larger and really nice caches – this kinda goes along with my username which is – Purple Hooker… hehehe.
Feel free to find me on the Geocaching.com site and “friend” me! And did you know?! Our favourite designer – Kristin Cronin-Barrow – is a Geocacher too!
Looking for more info? Check out the Geocaching website’s 101 section, they have tons of FAQs ready to answer all your questions. There’s also a thread at the Sweet Shoppe Designs Forum with lots of tips and tricks and you can see just how many of us scrappers are getting into the fun of Geocaching.
Want to scrap some of your Geocaching memories? Kristin has a great kit in the shoppe that would work for some of those outdoor adventures… into the woods! Now for me to get some of my adventure photos scrapped with this kit! This was a geocache hidden in a drawer on the bottom of a bird feeder, it was being guarded by a big spider so I had to be slow and careful trying to get it open and get out the logbook and cache that were in separate ziplock bags in the drawer. Our very first geocaching find was this camo taped container tucked under a park bench… My daughter was very excited that we found something! This cache was small and only contained a logbook for us to sign. This geocache was extremely hard to find! It was a little baggy taped with magnets in it and tucked into a maintenance building’s wall crevice – it was very challenging but so very rewarding when we found it! So have you been bit by the Geocaching bug? Link me up to your layouts documenting your adventures, I’d love some inspiration!