Family Treasure Hunts (or What the Heck is a Geocache?)

MP has heard the term geocaching many times over the years, but chose to ignore it. The word implied a level of technological ability that MP didn’t believe she had. If someone had promoted free treasure hunts throughout the state, she might have paid closer attention.

Thanks to the encouragement of a friend, MP learned that all geocaching requires is a cell phone and a sense of adventure.  What is a geocache?  It’s found treasure that comes in several sizes. You and your family get to decide how challenging you want your hunt to be.  The smaller the geocache, the more challenging the search!

DP downloaded a $10 geocaching app on iTunes. There are many free options, but DP chose Geocaching by Groundspeak based on user ratings (he’s the technology guy at our house). As it turns out, there are hundreds of geocaches all around us. Our team decided to find a medium sized cache in Twin Brooks Park in Cumberland. The kids brought backpacks, flashlights, and garden trowels, plus a few small treasures to leave behind. The rule of geocaching is: once you find your treasure, you leave something for the next person.

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The kids wore wellies and lots of bug spray for this adventure!

We followed the instructions, and found ourselves walking down a path into the woods. Our clues were to look for a small footbridge and a felled tree. As you can imagine, there were several trees that lined the woodland floor, but within minutes, the kids were shrieking, “We found it!” Sure enough, there was a metal box with a geocaching sticker on it. Inside, the kids discovered a logbook of families that had found the cache before, along with treasures like super balls, action figures, and stickers.

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Our treasure is hidden in the woods.

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CP#1 and #2 found great joy in discovering their cache, but it was equally fun for them to sign the log and leave their own treasures behind.

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A dilemma: which Power Ranger to pick?

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How about you and your family? Ever been geocaching? Tell us some of your favorite places to go!

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  1. I love that you shared your Geocache story. My family also recently got hooked on Geocaching and found our first travel bug! Have fun! Thanks for sharing your treasure hunts!

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