The spring of the year 2000 saw a huge leap forward in GPS capabilities. Mapping and navigation became the new trend. You just needed a GPS capable device and you were on your way. The uses of the newly updated technology were almost countless and some people saw more opportunities than the majority. One such example is Geocaching.
Some of you might remember going on treasure hunts, where you would look for different items hidden in a given area. Well, Geocaching follows the same general guidelines, but expands the search area to the planet! According to geocaching.com, the game is
“a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online”.
Using GPS mapping and the ever expanding means of internet communication, the Geocaching team got the whole world into playing the biggest treasure hunt ever. Now, you have the ability to both go looking for items hidden by others, or you can stash you own treasures and wait for someone else to find it. All you need to do is go online, create a Geocaching account on the dedicated website and you’re on your way.
If you have a GPS device, you can download treasures’ locations and go hunting. When you find it, the rules say you can take it with you but you have to replace whatever you found with something of equal or greater value. Of course, you also get the bragging rights!
The treasures can be anything from small items to, let’s say, a barrel. While the data on the item include the approximate size, they don’t specify what exactly you are looking for. It’s for the hider to know and you (and everyone else) to find out. For the moment, there are more than 1.4 million items hidden worldwide and more than 5 million treasure seekers out there.
Wondering how many are in your area? Well, go online and find out. And if you decide to go out and start searching, the best of luck to you!