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.
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
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.