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Wikipedia definition of “Geocaching”:

Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device[2] and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in theworld. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (tupperware or similar) orammo boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek,” sharing many aspects with benchmarkingtrigpointingorienteeringtreasure-hunting,letterboxing, and waymarking.

Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica.[3] After 10 years of activity there are over 1.3 million active geocaches published on various websites. There are over 5 million geocachers worldwide.

How have I not heard of this before?!  I love treasure hunting and I love hiking around so why not combine the two?  Genius!  Recently, my friend Kim and I decided that while we were in Shaver we would see if there were any geocaches near us.  We were surprised to find that there were a ton!  Some from .3 miles away from our cabin!  We spent a good portion of our time searching for these hidden gems and determined to find a “trackable” which is an item that literally tracks where it is moved to!  Even my husband Andrew joined in on the fun!

My first coin!

Another cache!

Searching for caches brought us to beautiful parts of Shaver Lake that we had never been to!

Kim was an instant pro!

Some were very hidden

We almost gave up on this one!  It was literally buried!

Signing the logs

Micro Cache

Following my compass

I feel like this fun fad gives lazy people like me a reason to push through long hard hikes.  I can’t wait to find more neat caches and although we didn’t find a trackable this time, I am determined to find one!  Look out Pasadena and Pismo, I am coming your way next weekend and I will definitely be searching for more caches!

If you are interested in becoming a part of this awesome hobby then visit http://www.geocaching.com and learn more about how you can download the app on your phone and get started with geo caching!

PS.  Yes, there are even some in Visalia!

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