If you have ever seen someone aimlessly looking around a in an open field, or digging around in an abandoned lot, you might think you are witnessing insanity first hand. What seems like absurdity might actually be someone participating in the greatest adult treasure hunt, they are trying to find a geocache.
Geocaching combines the use of GPS and some clever clues to create a network of people all on the same mission, to find the next cache.
Searching for a cache is a great way to add a little spice to getting outside and enjoying nature. If you already like hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and everything in between; geocaching can add an extra challenge to your outdoor endeavors.
Annie Love, who has been working for Geocaching.com since 2007 said, “There’s something for everybody in this game, no matter your age or physical ability.”
Idaho offers many different groups and caches in almost every city. The best way to get started on searching for geocaches is to join an online group that is updated on a regular basis. Because caches are usually hidden outdoors, the objects can be washed away, taken or tampered with by wild animals and stray children. Joining a group where the caches are regularly checked on is a good way of preventing yourself from literally searching for something that is not there. Most online caches are free and you can search ones that are near you, or if you are planning a hike or trip you can look for caches in that area.
Using a phone app for a geocache is the easiest method because it will show you how close you are. It does take a little bit of skill to plug in the latitude and longitude coordinates. If you accidentally flip flop the numbers you will be in the middle of nowhere on a wild goose chase. Once you get used to that and know what they (caches) look like it can be a ton of fun.
Annie said, “What I love most about geocaching is how it takes you to incredible places, even in in your own backyard that you never would have discovered otherwise.”♦