Geocaching: 101 - How and Why

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Recently one of my favorite activities has been geocaching. I have been sporadically going on geocaching adventures for the past 5 years! And each time I mention geocaching here on the blog, I realize that I haven’t explained in detail what geocaching is. So for all y’all out there who haven’t heard of this amazing activity, welcome to the world of geocaching.

I was first introduced to it back in my junior year of college. A good friend was out on an Ecology field trip walking through the woods when she stumbled upon an ammo can filled with tradable things and a log. When she opened it up, she realized what she had discovered… a geocache.
So officially geocaching is a recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted to geocaching.com but really it’s like an adult treasure hunt. Granted, there isn’t a pot of gold at the end or anything, but I always feel like I’ve really accomplished something when I find the cache I am looking for!

So now you might be wondering how you actually find them! They are all logged on geocaching.com. And the best part about it is that geocaches are hidden all over the world! I bet if you logged onto the website right now and looked at your location you would find one that was within a few miles of you! Once you have one that you want to find, all you have to do is get out there and look for it. Personally, I use my phone to hunt these caches. But if you really get into it you can purchase a GPS unit which I’ve heard does really well. (I think that’s going to be my next big purchase)
Honestly, why do it through? It sounds really stupid. That’s the question/statement I’ve gotten most. And yes, it does sound stupid, but it can take you to some pretty awesome places! I’ve been taken to some awesome river and lake views thanks to geocaching as well as some parks in my own back yard that I didn’t even know existed!

And as for why I do it? Well, geocaching is something that boosts my confidence to see my caches found numbers go up and up. Or solving a puzzle that has stumped me for weeks makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. I realize that geocaching may not be for everybody, but I do think that everybody should have a hobby that really draws out their strengths and makes them feel accomplished. When you feel like you’ve accomplished something, you are more likely to feel confident in your life. And that is why I geocache.
 
What hobby do you do that makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something? Do you often feel more confident in yourself after doing your hobby?




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