Written by Summer:
I find Christmas is becoming less and less about junk. We’re looking for sustainable gifts to get our children. I don’t just mean environmental, I mean ones that will really last the whole year long. If this is your thought too, then read up and pass this along to the grandparents too! The magic word is GEOCACHING!
If you haven’t heard of it you can check it out on this past Mom Start entry, but it boils down to “geo-“ meaning earth and “cache” meaning hidden items stored away. It’s like this image that was floating around Facebook.
Geocaching is awesome, and here’s why:
10. Geocaching is a game! You can even earn achievements.
9. Geocaching is multigenerational and can be enjoyed at any age. (My younger one was coming with us in the Ergo before he could do … well, anything!)
8. Geocaching is a real life treasure hunt.
7. Geocaching is international. (My family has cached in Spain, France and the Dominican Republic, as well as 7 states.)
6. Geocaching takes you into life’s playground. You can walk, you can drive, you can bike, you can hike, you can kayak, you can scuba dive, you can ski … whatever you’re doing, there’s a geocache for that.
5. Geocachers are a community. You’ll be invited to all sorts of fun events like socials and park clean-ups. You can also friend people in your online account.
4. Geocaching will take you to the best sights and to see all the major landmarks. I promise, you didn’t even know it was there but geocaches are hidden everywhere.
3. Geocaching can be done any time of year and anytime of day. Geocaching never “closes down” or stops.
2. Geocaching is FREE! You can download an app on your phone, and sign-up for a FREE account (which gives you the coordinates you need to locate each geocache).
1. Geocaching is fun to do together as a family.
To get your family started I recommend the Geocaching Action & Discovery Kit for under your tree. The main container you’ll receive is fashioned after a large-size cache (but actual size is the size of a medium-cache), but is plastic and mimics an ammo box which often times houses geocaches here in the Pacific Northwest; you could even use this box to place your own cache when you’re ready for the added step of maintaining your own geocache for others to find. In your box you’ll also get a fake rock for hiding a small-sized cache, “bison tube” for hiding a micro-sized cache, and a nano capsule.
Sorry if some of this sounds like a language of its own. If you’re new to this there is terminology you’ll learn as you go. Mainly, just stick “geo-“ in front of anything and you’ll sound experienced as you follow the “geotrail” to the spot with obvious “geosticks” before you find the geocache where you’ll sign the “geolog.”
Inside this kit you get a very helpful paperback booklet, with fun characters for the kids and the kids-at-heart. Inside the booklet, Explorer’s Guide to Geocaching, you’ll learn about finding and hiding geocaches. AND THAT is what geocaching boils down to in a nutshell – hide and seek, seek and hide. After you’ve advanced from these simple steps of hunting for traditional geocaches, the Explorer’s Guide to Geocaching booklet leads into advanced geocache types – multi-caches, mystery caches, EarthCaches, and then there are trackables –Travel Bugs and geocoins. It’s all in the easy to read and understand booklet.
In addition to the aforementioned items your Geocaching Action & Discovery Kit will also include a geocaching logo cinch bag, log pencil, small logbook, wooden nickel (which is NOT a geocoin), geocaching logo patch, geocaching logo bracelet, and a nanoflauge to place in a cache as tradable swag. The current price on the Geocaching Action & Discovery Kit is $39.99 which qualifies for free shipping, and as a limited time bonus retail customers will also receive a FREE limited edition Travel Bug for every $25 spent.