Are you ready to embark on a treasure hunt?
Geocaching is a fun and rewarding outdoor activity that involves using a GPS device or smartphone to locate hidden containers called "geocaches." It's a great, accessible way to explore new areas, spend time with friends and family, and get some exercise.
If you're new to geocaching, here's a comprehensive guide to get you started:
Okay... So why should I geocache in the first place?
It's a great way to explore new areas:
Geocaching takes you off the beaten path and encourages you to explore new areas and destinations. You never know what hidden gems you might discover while searching for a cache.
It's a fun outdoor activity:
Geocaching is a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. It's a fun and active way to spend a beautiful day.
It's a social activity:
Geocaching is a great way to spend time with friends and family. You can work together to solve clues and find the cache, and it's a great opportunity to bond with your loved ones.
It's a great way to get exercise:
Geocaching requires you to walk, climb, and explore, so it's a great way to get some exercise while having fun.
It's accessible to all ages:
Geocaching is a great activity for people of all ages. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the treasure hunt aspect of the game.
It's just accessible, in general:
As someone with a chronic, degenerative back disease, I cannot stress enough how easy Geocaching makes it to get outside. Many people assume geocaching involves buying an expensive GPS device and hiking to the summit of the tallest mountain in the area. It definitely can involve this, but all you really need is your smartphone and access to your neighborhood.
You'll be surprised how many caches are hidden just outside your front door and how many don't involve any intense hiking. In fact, you can drive up to many urban caches, log them, and be on your way!
Still not convinced? Let's talk about community!
The geocaching community is also a big part of what makes the activity so enjoyable. One of the great things about the geocaching community is its inclusivity and friendliness. Geocachers are a welcoming group of people who are passionate about exploring the great outdoors and finding hidden treasures.
The geocaching community is also very active and supportive. Many geocachers participate in events and meetups, where they can connect with other geocachers in their area and share their experiences. These events can range from simple cache hunts to more elaborate geocaching events and competitions.
In addition to events, the geocaching community is also active online. There are forums and discussion groups where geocachers can share tips, ask for help, and connect with other geocachers from around the world. This online community is a great resource for new geocachers, as they can learn from more experienced geocachers and get advice on how to find caches in their area.
Overall, the geocaching community is a great group of people who are passionate about exploring and having fun. Whether you're new to geocaching or a seasoned pro, you're sure to find a welcoming community of geocachers who are happy to help and share their experiences.
So what are you waiting for? Get outside!
The best part about geocaching is that you can get started today! It's a fun and rewarding hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and is a great way to explore new areas, spend time with friends and family, and get some exercise. So grab your GPS device or smartphone and start your treasure hunt!
P.S. Be on the lookout for caches hidden around my favorite Reno parks by the user TMParksFoundation on the official geocaching app. Also, keep an eye out on our social media pages for an upcoming Geocaching Challenge! (TBA)
About the Author:
Brittany is originally from a small, rural town in southern Nevada. She grew up herping with her family in the mojave desert. She attended UNR and studied MANY things before settling on Wildlife Ecology. Her summers in college were spent teaching STEM camps and she was a substitute teacher during the school year, which made her fall in love with education. Currently, she is finishing up a degree in both elementary and secondary science education. Seeing a kid get excited about science is unlike any other feeling. If you ever have a question about reptiles or toads, she is your go-to gal!