Any Geocachers Out There?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, Geocaching is a high-tech, real-world treasure hunt… a pastime that has taken off in popularity over the last several years and has gained participants of all backgrounds and ages.

The particular beauty of this outdoor adventure is that it can be played all over the world; enthusiasts who have a day for exploration can find hidden treasure in even the most remote locations.  This makes Geocaching the perfect activity for pre or post-cruise excursions; or one in an exotic port overseas, provided you have a reasonable amount of time available.

Another advantage to this particular hobby is that it doesn’t require a large financial investment-all you need is a smart phone or GPS device, and a sense of adventure.

So here’s the process (it’s really quite simple); decide where you will be searching, then enter the approximate location to access information on caches hidden nearby.  You’ll get a set of predetermined GPS coordinates- then you just navigate to find the hidden Geocache.

So, what should you expect to find?  Well, it varies by location, but there will generally be a logbook to sign, and any number of “treasure” items left by the previous hunters.  You are allowed to take these items, but if you take something, etiquette dictates that you leave something of equal or greater value in return.

On another note, there’s also a derivative of Geocaching, referred to as “Challeges”. In this slightly different concept, adventurists are challenged to “Go somewhere, do something”.  This also serves as a perfect port activity, and you can find out more about it here.

There are currently over 1,000,000 Geocaches hidden worldwide.  To find out more about Geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com.  Registration is free, and you can access information about caches hidden all over the world here…http://www.geocaching.com/seek/default.aspx.

Happy Hunting!

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