Geocaching!

Geocache: Found!

I went geocaching!

For those unfamiliar with the concept, geocaching is kind of like a year-round Easter egg hunt for grown-ups. There is a website and a map; you get the coordinates for a cache that interests you (ex. N 40° 41.979 W 074° 24.220), plug those coordinates into your GPS, and start hunting. The caches themselves are often(?) little boxes tucked away unobtrusively so that non-geocachers won’t mess with them; they usually contain a log book (which you sign to prove you found it) and little trinkets. Ideally, you take one of the trinkets, replace it with one of your own, tuck the cache back where it came from, and go about your merry way. There are more complicated ones, too, with clues and puzzles you need to solve in order to find subsequent caches.

My friend Kyle (shown above) has been trying to get me to do this for a while; as he says, with all my random photographic explorations, I’m probably tripping over geocaches and don’t even know it!

This one in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum was supposed to be super-easy.

…Yeah, that didn’t happen. In part, we were using a car GPS, which was probably less exact than a hardcore geocaching GPS. And in part, I’d never done this before, so I didn’t really know what I was looking for. But we found it eventually!

So if you’re looking for things to do in New Jersey, there are geocaches everywhere! If you have a family, a lot of these are appropriate for kids, too! Go see what’s in your area!

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One Comment to “Geocaching!”

  1. Geocaching is so fun!! My husband and I used to go but haven’t in awhile. Just like a treasure hunt. Great post!

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