For those of you who have never heard of geocaching, it is a bit like treasure hunting. Someone hides a cache and posts the GPS co-ordinates on a geocaching website/app. There are different types of caches, some straight forward, some are puzzle solving, others have multiple steps, some are even virtual. But the final cache is usually comprised of some sort of waterproof container, with a logbook and some small treasures or tokens. I take great enjoyment from the challenge and reward of locating these hides, signing the enclosed logbook and reporting the find.
But it is when travelling that I enjoy the benefits of my new found hobby most. The exploration of a new place of local significance or particular beauty, with the benefit of some local insight is a treasure in and of itself. Caches are often located in off the beaten track locations away from the tourist trail, which I would never have found without the guidance provided. The person placing the cache often provides fun facts, historical, geographical and/or educational information. Some of this teaser information often piques my interest to explore topics further.
As an everyday activity geocaching is a great way of getting out in the fresh air, upping my step count and exercising my brain too. An elusive cache can have you stomping about for quite some time, all the time keeping an eye out for muggles – those who have not discovered the ‘magic’ of geocaching. It is also a great fun activity for all the family.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram you will have seen me posting pictures of some of these places I have recently visited through geocaching. For anyone interested in giving it a try I’m happy to point you in the right direction to get started.