Geocaching Our First Month

Geocaching Our First Month

A little over a month ago my Mum took me Geocaching.  It’s always something I wanted to try and I’m glad that I’ve finally got opportunity.  A month in and it is now turned into our new family hobby.

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Our collected swaps

It was interesting to find when I posted Pokemon No! A few weeks ago that there are a fair few bloggers already Geocaching.  It has given me the encouragement to carry on and get Dave hooked too.

If you don’t know what Geocaching is, it’s a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.  You navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  You get to find actual STUFF!

Geocaching Our First Month

Being a month since we started I thought this is the perfect opportunity to give you an update on how we’re getting on.  I can’t promise to give you monthly updates but I’ll definitely do an update from time to time.

Total Finds: 13

Total Did Not Finds: 6 (I think)

Where have we been?

  • On two separate occasions along the Lancaster canal
  • Bike ride around the local area
  • Hexham way
  • Milliom
Karen and the robot at the site of a geocache with a river behind them
Here we are at our 13th find.

The Geocaching app and online information is really good.   You can find out who has already looked for a cache, when it was last found, get hints and tips and even pictures.  It’s really useful for us as novice hunters as it’s not always obvious what we are looking for.

It is beyond frustrating when you don’t find a cache.  You can tell from the digital log that it’s been found last week (or month etc).  We just couldn’t find some.  A combination of nettles and bad weather means we have abandoned some.   We’ve decided that even though it’s probably meant to be an all year round hobby that it’s probably not for the summer when the foliage is really high.

A total of 13 finds is good going but I totally expected that I’d have bagged up more in the enthusiasm.  My closest geocache to my house is still there to be logged.  I’ve decided that we’ve got the whole of our lives to collect new caches so taking our time and doing this slowly will mean that as our son grows that we will still have some in the area to collect.

Building our own stash

We have a lot of pin badges that we are swapping in our finds so that we can build up a good stash of swaps.  When we get to 50 finds we’ve decided that we may plant our own geocaches for people to find.   There really are some really clever ways to hide a geocache, our favourite so far has been a rusty bolt, but a hollow rock is not too far behind.   I wonder what we will do when the time comes!

I’d love to hear stories from fellow blogging geocachers, so please leave a comment and let me know how you get on.

 

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  1. We love geocaching and have been doing it for about a year! I am in the middle of writing up our experiences over the year; hopefully I will be finished soon! You have done very well in one month though. We always check for them whenever we are out and normally get 1 or 2. There are a lot we don’t find though which irritates my children! #FamilyFun
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      I can imagine its very irritating for the youngsters, my son is unaware at the moment, but I am frustrated though! I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for your post, link it up with #familyfun and I’ll definately read it! lol thank for commenting 🙂

  2. Geocaching has always looked like great fun and a fab way to get the kids out exploring, all of mine are a little too old to be excited by it now though! It’s great that you all enjoy it so much and The Robot gets excited to join in! It’s great that you can swap out treasure to create your own geocache too!

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.
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  3. We love geocaching – it’s a great way of getting out in the fresh air and discovering new places. Some caches are easier in the summer if they’re in boggy areas and others are easier in the winter because the leaves and nettles die back so you have to pick and choose – the urban ones are always a safe bet if the weather is dodgy. Great stats so far – you’re off to a great start 🙂 #countrykids
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  4. I found my first geocache a couple of weeks ago and it’s something I’d like to do more of (although I’ve been rubbish so far at working out the clues – and so my did not find list is still quite high!) I think it might be something we do more of over the winter. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying it so far 🙂 #countrykids

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