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Your City Might Have Secret Treasures!

You carefully verify your position on the GPS unit. Then you look around to make sure that you're not being watched, and quickly grab the container that's hidden in a hollow space between two bricks on the side of a building. The treasure is in your hands!

This might sound like something out of a spy movie but it happens regularly for Geocachers.

Geocaching is an outdoor game where you use a GPS to locate the coordinates of hidden containers known as caches. Depending on where the cache is, it might require some stealth to retrieve it without attracting the attention of people who don't play the game. Inside a typical cache is a notebook and a few small trinkets. The main rule is that if you find it, sign the notebook and exchange a trinket, and then put the cache back the way it was.

The web site www.geocaching.com is devoted to the game and its players, and everyone is encouraged to leave a note of their adventures on the cache pages. Once in a while Geocachers get together to talk about their adventures, and exchange special items called Geocoins and Travel Bugs. These items are intended to move from cache to cache and collect their own stories along the way.

Best of all, the game is (mostly) free. All that's needed is a GPS unit or GPS-enabled mobile phone, and a membership to the Geocaching web site. You can find as few or as many caches as you have time for, and take part in a close-knit community.


Image Credit » Audrey Seddon 2015

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Comments

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 9:12 PM

This sounds interesting . I've known others to do it. But I haven't found throngs of people trekking to these sites. I need people.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 19, 2015, 7:24 PM

We have done some on campus geocaching with our students in both science and social studies classes. The students love it.

cheri wrote on July 20, 2015, 12:06 AM

I am not sure of that but how I wish there are treasures and I will be able to find them