This really isn’t a blog opposing Pokemon Go! Let’s get that straight from the off. I am a closet gamer. I love the concept of playing computer games I just never have the time to play them. I’d love to play Pokemon Go! but it’s not something I want to do alone. The Robot only just turning one and Dave who isn’t a gamer whatsoever both have no interest in the game. Given this and the fact that I already spend far too much time on my phone as it is and we go outside a lot anyway it’s just not going to happen. Even if there are Pokemon to collect, which is slightly cool.
Roll on to last week and if you read my Happy Days Post you’ll know I went geocaching with my Mum. I’ve known about geocaching since the early 2000’s when I was at University, so the concept isn’t new to me. I have just never played it before. I got so excited when we found our first geocache that I decided this was the game for me!
Geocaching is 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! I signed up to Geocaching.com and downloaded the app and started trying to get Dave enthused…
We went for a bike ride on Saturday, before we set off I checked where we were going and whether there was a geocache on-route. There were several but for the time being I chose one that looked fairly simple to find. The hint from the app implied it was on the back of notice board. I looked for a good minute and a little perplexed, I started pulling at the bolts, to my surprise the first one came off. The geocache log book was hidden inside a rusty bolt. Pretty AMAZING! We logged that we’d been there and carried on cycling.
Dave did admit that it was a good hiding place and a little part of me hoped he was hooked on the hunt. Sunday came and we decided to take a walk along the canal to Lancaster. Only a 9 mile walk! I checked out the app again to see how many geocaches were on route. 4 we could access, Dave agreed we could look for them.
Our first one was meant to be hidden under a log by the canal, could we find it, no we couldn’t! It doesn’t mean it’s not there. The geochache community logs their finds on the app and someone had been there a few days before and had found it. It’s not far from home so I’ll go look again another time.
The second attempt was more successful, the instructions and hints took us straight to it. It was a geocache planted by 2 children and all the contents of it were children’s toys. Super cute. I may go back one day and leave something of the Robots for them. We logged our presence and carried on our way. Here we are just after our find, I am not sure whether the boys have my enthusiasm yet…
By the time we walked to the third one, a couple of miles, we had a sleepy one on our hands. This geocache has been logged Did Not Find by several people over several months so we didn’t look hard and couldn’t find anything either! The Robot fast asleep:
The fourth and (almost) final search of the day and I do believe Dave has got a little hooked by my new hobby… We read the geocache hints and started looking for it. I think Dave is more logical than me because he went straight to it and declared “Found It!” in rather an excited way. It was another container geocache and I saw this as my first opportunity to swap something. I bought a little pin badge with us on the walk just incase and swapped it for green peg. Highly exciting I know! Hopefully I will find some real treasure soon! Here we are just after the find, I am not sure the Robot knows what is going on, he really is worried about something:
We made it into Lancaster and treated ourselves to a pub lunch to award our successes and failures. We caught the train home again and as we walked out of the station I mentioned to Dave, “there is another geocache on the way home…”
Five minutes late and another declaration of “found it!” from Dave we had found our third geocache of the day. I think he’s hooked, I just need to keep letting him find them!
I am using the basic free version of the geocache app and I am writing this because of my new found joy on the subject and was not compensated in anyway!