We started calling it “treasure hunting” back when my youngest was little. Everyone else calls it geocaching. I guess we should start with what geocaching is in case that is an unfamiliar word for you. If you are a hardcore geocacher, please forgive my explanation, as it’s for those of us who are new to the idea.
People hide a container (air tight and water tight) some place and they tag the GPS coordinates to the place they’ve hidden it. Using an app (mine is called “Geocaching” and is green with a four white squares) you can look at a map of your surrounding area. On the map it will show location of caches all around you. Some of the caches require a subscription, but there are a lot that are free.
The app will link you to Google Maps so you can drive to the general vicinity and then switch to a compass mode and follow the arrow until you get close. You won’t end up right at the cache, but you’ll be pretty close. Then you look until you find it. After finding it, you open it up, sign the paper inside, and then put it back for the next person.
This is an easy and free date to take your kids on. We’ve found parts of town we had never been to before and explored some fun places. On our most recent date we went up Pickett Trail over by the river. We had to walk through some brush and trees in order to find the cache, but the best part was the view of the river. We’ve lived here for seventeen years and we’d never been on that trail or seen those views . . . and I’ll be going back.