Geocaching – a family activity

I’m not a crafty mama, unless you count the ways I can craftily get one past my son. So finding activities we can enjoy together isn’t always easy when our interests differ so.

Afterall, I’m not interested in shooting games, continually doing knock-knock jokes, or answering trick questions all the time.

We were recently introduced to geocaching. I had heard of it before and thought in passing that it could be interesting, and that was the extent of that.

But when there’s an iphone app that directs you to geocaches near you, then it makes it quite easy. The Geocaching Intro app is the one that was recommended to us and it works quite well.

” Geocaching is a global treasure hunting game where participants locate hidden physical containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share their experience online.”

The app we’re using gives us three nearby locations. There’s usually a hint, and once you can use the compass in the app to point you in the right direction. Luckily there’s a hint with most locations as once you get close to the location the distance displayed on the compass is a bit hit and miss as the app’s reviews suggest.

My son is dead keen on doing them so he asked if we could do one on the way home from The Surfer’s the other day. It led us to a location that I’d driven past but never realised there was a heritage property nearby.

Not only did we find the geocache – see the above pictures – we got to learn a bit about the history of the area and discover a place we never would have otherwise done. I wished I’d had my good camera to take some more photos.

I think I’ll need to update the app so we can plan things a bit better for locations not nearby. Of course there’s a website to find more of these geocaches at geocaching.com.

He got me to take the photo above because it looks like he’s standing in the water. Psst, he’s not.

Oh, and he doesn’t enjoy posing for the camera. Psst, he does.

Comments

  1. says

    Truly cool – we did similar when we were kids on the property – except there are some still out there, because we didn’t remember where we cached!!

    • says

      That’s the beauty of the modern age then, having them documented. But imagine if someone does come across them by accident. How cool would that be?

  2. says

    That is really cool Jen. I’m just stunned at how grown-up JJ looks to me. I don’t know what I expected….he IS growing up. Cute guy. Hope you have a beautiful holiday sweetie. ~Joy xo

    • says

      Joy, he’s come along in leaps and bounds in the last year. In fact, I just wrote about it. I hope you have a lovely christmas too.