Remember when you were little and you would spend sun-up to sun-down (or at least until the street lights came on); hiking through the woods, splashing through creeks, climbing up trees, walking on train tracks, building tree forts, and playing games, such as hide-and-seek, ghost in the graveyard, red light-green light, simon says?
Remember when your imagination would keep you occupied for hours and hours, while you were skipping through secret gardens, swinging from rope vines in tropical jungles, or racing through obstacle courses? Even the occasional hot/cold game would keep you entertained. “You’re getting hotter! Oh, now you’re getting colder. Ah, you’re on fire! You found it”!
Well now, you can bring your childhood back! Or you can give your own children a completely new set of mysteries for their imaginations to discover.
What am I talking about? READ ON my friends..
Geocaching! If you don’t know what it is, but you have a love for adventure, enjoy being outside, and have a passion for sightseeing….
YOU SHOULD TOTALLY CHECK IT OUT!!
It’s much easier if you use the phone application (costs 10 bucks), but that’s really the only expense you’ll have for hours and hours of fun.
Ok here’s what it is: Officially from www.geocaching.com, Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity.
There are millions of caches all around THE WORLD!
In fact, my roomie and I just found one a couple of days ago. Don’t mind my disheveled appearance please. =)
To begin our treasure hunt, we first had to find a secret park, located only 2 minutes away from the city (Pittsburgh)! How cool is that? Woods all around you, and the city is right there! Most yinzers (Pittsburgh slang… gotta love it) don’t even know it exists.
Once we found the park we had to go thuough a short dark tunnel–this is when the adventure begins! My cellphone was our GPS and helped track the coordinates provided.
The cache was buried inside a hollow tree about half a mile from our starting point and on top of a large hill. Our treasure was really a large plastic supplement jar, but inside we found a Travel Bug attached to a hocky puck!
“What’s a TravellBug?” you say…
Well, www.geocaching.com states that a Travel Bug is a Trackable that moves from place to place, picking up stories along the way.
Our travel bug that we encountered came from a 10-year-old hockey fan who lives in Germany. The Current Goal is for the hockey puck “to meet ice-hockey friends all over the world”. My roomie and I have to find jerseys so we can take a picture with it and upload it for the kid to see it’s made its way to Pittsburgh. I’ll update once we get the picture taken.
Cool little FYI, the “Travel Puck”, as it’s been dubbed has already traveled 5326.6 miles!
So far, I have 6 caches under my belt, but I am expecting more to come this weekend!
I’ve kept my geocaching hikes from this past week a secret from my boyfriend so I can take him out on a surprise geocaching date on Sunday. I don’t think he’s ever really even heard of it. What a Muggle! (That’s a term of endearment for people who don’t know what geocaching is). I’ll let you know how that goes.. LOL!