Apparently I’ve been ‘de-muggled’. Sam told me about some sort of virtual treasure hunt him and his friend James do quite a lot! .. It’s called Geocaching! Heard of it? I hadn’t. In case your one of them people like me who has no idea what it is, here’s a brief overview.
“Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek”, sharing many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.
Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. After almost 12 years of activity there are over 1,639,000 active geocaches published on various websites. There are over 5 million geocachers worldwide”.
I was slightly sceptical at first, hunting around my area for containers or magnets?? .. It’s not quite a shopping mall is it.. But I must admit, it’s so much better than it sounds.
Sam and myself go out quite a lot, for walks, country or town and Sam’s taken to checking for geocaches before we leave. This weekend we were in both Harrogate and Knaresborough where we located several different caches, it really is great fun.
So, I appear to be acquiring some geeky qualities, eeek. But it’s fun none the less.. oh and as for my title, people leave clues, directions to find cache’s, this was one of the first clues we came across. Natually I shouted ‘BRIDGE’ as if I was the only person in the world to have worked this one out..
See you out and about!