Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Treasure Hunting with the Family (Geocaching)

Ahoy, Me Hearties!

Over the weekend we decided as a family to explore Geocaching.  It is a treasure hunt using GPS on your phone.  At first I was skeptical but after seeing a video and finding the first treasure the game was on.  We decided after stopping at a coffee shop on Sunday that we would see what was near and give it a chance.  It was a little frustrated when the gps kept on giving out and learning how to read a map on a tiny phone.  It would of been awesome if the iPad had gps but unfortunately that wasn't the case.  We were able to get clues left by others and a size of capsule that we were looking for.  after some searching in a parking lot we found it in a hole in a concrete post.  This gave the family hope and excitement on how it all works.  My wife thought it was a lot like survivor on how they hide immunity idols.  I guess that some of the other hunts give you clues to other treasures getting harder as they go.  It was a little difficult for the kids to follow being so young, but I think they just enjoyed the outdoors and how the adults were getting a kick out of it.  The log books in the capsules that we found were almost full of recent visits.  This proved that it is a success amongst family and pretty cheep.  The only expense to get started was a app that was 10 dollars and a cell phone with gps. 
The website that can explain more is http://www.geocaching.com

When looking at the website it looks like you can do Geochaching any where in the world.  I think that we may try this out when camping or on our vacation this year to Hawaii.  For those who want to experience the whole pirate treasure hunting you must first learn how to talk like a pirate.  Here is a website that will help you learn the lingo. http://www.piratetreasurenow.com/pirate-phrases.htm 
 Have fun and enjoy the booty. 

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