I’ve been thinking a lot about the types of things I can do with my daughter during this time of social distancing and it struck me that experiences and adventures are the way to go.
I’ve been a member of geocaching.com since 2009, but only recently really picked it up once again.
What is geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.
You might be thinking that there couldn’t possibly be that much to find in your small town, but I guarantee you, you’ll be amazed.
What will we need?
A smartphone with GPS capabilities. That’s it really. But from experience, I also suggest carrying a pencil, and wearing weather-appropriate or terrain-appropriate footwear.
What will we find?
Often, there will simply be a log for you to sign to say that you’ve been there. But sometimes, you’ll find trade-able items, so consider carrying a few very small trinkets.
Is it hard?
It can be. Some are trickier than others! But you follow the map on your phone. It will tell you how many metres you are away from the cache and in which direction you need to head.
Will this be a fun activity for my 4-year old?
Not likely. Although they may enjoy walking the trails with you while you look!
My daughter is 13 and it’s perfect for her. She enjoys the hunt and watching our number of finds climb in the app.
So, it’s really FREE?
It is. But there is also a Premium option. Seeing as my daughter will be off for at least 3 weeks, I chose to pay $8.50 for the bigger list of caches.
My daughter and I have created our own cache and we are actively looking for its optimum hiding place. We can’t wait to watch as geocachers find our little treasure!!