GeoCaching

For a fun change of pace, here is something that is not business related at all.  Is that ok?  It is a game our family enjoys, called Geocaching. Geocaching is a mix of outdoor activity and technology, which puts it squarely in the crosshairs of my interests. 
Here is the basic concept.  A person will place a small container, called a cache, somewhere.  The container typically contains a small log book, but may also contain other little novelties.  The person who places the cache will then enter the GPS coordinates of the cache into the GeoCaching website.  The goal of the game is to simply find as many caches as you can using the GPS coordinates, and sign the log books stored inside. Surprisingly, this is a fun and addictive game to play.
 
You may be wondering where the caches are placed.  Generally, they are placed out in public places, for example in parks, outside of stores, in parking lots, on fences, and near water fountains.  According to the website, there are about 1.8 million active caches worldwide.
 
It is interesting, because there are caches all around you, but unless you know what you are looking for, you have no idea they are there.  Cachers have a nickname for non-geocachers called Muggles.  Once you know what you are looking for, and that caches exist all around you, it is quite an experience to have access to this hidden world.  It is like belonging to a secret club or something, very fun stuff.
 
I’ve found 90 caches so far in 12 different states. I love grabbing a cache whenever I travel and am out of town.  The local cachers always seem to know the cool spots to visit, and place their caches accordingly.  It is like, by visiting the caches, I get a little tour of the points of interest.
 
I guess my favorite caching experience was when we were on vacation in Hawaii, where, obviously, the views near the caches were just stunning.
 
Here a picture near one of my favorite Hawaiian caches:

 

If you have a smartphone, its easy to get started.  Just download the GeoCache app for iOS or Android, and you are all set.  

For more information, please check out geocaching.com


GeoCaching