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Do you ever go geocaching?

If you don’t know what geocaching is, listen up. It’s a ton of fun and you’re going to want to know about it.

Geocaching is an app and website-based outdoor scavenger hunt for “geocaches” hidden all over the world. They call it “the world’s largest treasure hunt.”

Here’s how it works: You open the app and it uses your location to determine geocaches near you. You use the built-in compass that guides you straight to the cache – but it’s not that easy. They’re hidden (and well) out of sight so you have to really search for them. There are hints and clues, and you can read user comments if you really get stumped. Once you find the geocache you get the thrilling experience of opening it. Inside you’ll usually find things like toys, small containers filled with goodies, and a pen and paper to log your discovery (this part is fun because you get to see who found it last and where they were from!). The point is that you leave something behind (say you leave a quarter and take a toy), and then continue on to the next geocache where the trade continues.

Sounds fun, right? If you’ve never tried it, visit the website and download the app.

So, do you ever go geocaching? If so, will you leave a comment and tell us about your favorite find? We’re big fans of geocaching here at RVtravel.com, so we’d love to hear about it!

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Anna
14 days ago

We go geocaching all the time. Diffrent countries, and all over Sweden. Some of the best geocaches we have logged are, one in an abandoned, partially waterfilled abandoned mine, one in a old deserted weapon factory. And one that looked like a birdhouse, and to get it to open totally, you hade to sing REALLY, REALLY LOUD… And then the code to a lock showed up on a led-board.

Zoe
14 days ago

I found a mystery cache just this morning bringing my total to 1365 caches. The more remote, the better

Dave
14 days ago

We have found over 1,400 caches in most of the lower 48, a couple years back, my back got worse and unfortunately, Caching was one of the things we stopped doing.

Tim
14 days ago

We have found Caches in 28 States, when fully retired (soon) we’ll work on checking off the remaining 22

Kasey
14 days ago

Used to do it when our son was younger. Then he did it a lot with scouts and never wanted to do it again with the family, lol. We used to also do letterboxing, the precursor to geocaching where you use written instructions (which are sometimes riddles or poems or such) and use a compass and landmarks and paces. And with that you kept a log and rubber-stamped in the log book. Thanks for the memory jog, maybe we should give either one a whirl again!

Lindalee
14 days ago

I didn’t like scavenger hunts when I was young so at 73 I’m not going to start doing them now – whatever reward or NONE!

Crazy Cat Campers
14 days ago

We tried geocaching, But only the ones big enough to find. Now most are taken by people that don’t know what it is, or people leave inappropriate items in container. Lost interest. Again a few have ruined it for us. Bummer

Gary S
15 days ago

I used to really enjoy the sport back when the caches were steel ammo cans. Now days people like to hide nearly impossible to find micro whatnots in places that take way too much time and energy to find. To me, multi-caches and virtual caches are of no interest either.

I do admit to a bit of apprehension when opening a large steel box though; would some pervert be inclined to booby-trap it?

I still have a couple of quart freezer bags full of freebies and trade show samples in case I find myself in a geographical area that’s more fun.

TIM MCRAE
15 days ago

Less stupid than ‘capturing’ Pokemons but not as much fun as visiting commercial museums (flea markets & folkart spaces).

Bob p
15 days ago

The pic is deceiving as it doesn’t show the copper head laying there waiting to bite the hand that picks up the container. Lol

Judith Castle
15 days ago

Polls still not coming up on my feed.

Brenda
15 days ago
Reply to  Judith Castle

Judith, for over a year mine have taken a really long time to load. I open the poll link and leave it open, sometimes for hours. I stayed at my son’s house last week, and the polls opened right away on his Wifi, so it must be the service at my house. I’ve had both my husband and techy son check my settings, and there is nothing on my computer causing the lag. I don’t have an answer or suggestion for you; I just wanted you to know what works for me, and that you are not alone with the missing polls. Good luck!

Tommy Molnar
15 days ago

We’ve been doing this since 2002 and love it. Geocaching has brought us to sights and places we would have otherwise never seen or experienced. Although Geocaching has experienced some changes since we started (not good, in my opinion), we still enjoy heading out for a day of caching. There’s a ton of them in the Quartzsite area (one of them is ours!). We’ve found caches everywhere we’ve traveled. And contrary to Bob’s comment, they are NOT litter. If you’re not a cacher you never know they’re there.

Bugsy
15 days ago

I so want to do this. We hope to get into it soon. We want to do this with our grandchildren. Can teach skills, if map reading, problem solving, etc. Sounds like fun! Not the hard dangerous ones. Just simple ones.

Bob Palin
15 days ago

More litter….

Skip
15 days ago

I really see no point in it like my son and his friends doing the Pokemon hunt. Better ways to spend gas money the chasing things I’d rather see or do or hunt/fish. Rather look for gems to cut and polish.

Fred
15 days ago

I hardly geocache anymore, but was heavy into it from the beginning in 2001, when it first started. In 2005 we did every geocache in Alaska (35) while on a trip there. We also did every geocache in Aruba on a trip there in the mid 2000’s. I also created a number of geocaches, some multi-stage.

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