Fun for all the Family – Geocaching

It goes without saying that in just a few short months, our lives will completely change. We’ll be waving goodbye to our Sunday morning lie-ins and whimsical spur-of-the-moment outings and instead welcoming schedules, pre-planning and preparation (for everything). Whilst I’m looking forward to the new challenge, there are obviously certain aspects of our old lives that I’d like to hold on to. I don’t want to give up everything like makes us, well, us.

Thankfully, or perhaps regretfully, we’re not the most adventurous of hobbyists so many of our favourite pastimes lend themselves quite nicely to family life (like watching reruns of The West Wing, sofa-snuggling and walking) so I don’t think we’ll have to compromise that much. That said, one hobby that I’m very much looking forward to sharing with Pickle though is Geocaching.

If you’ve never heard of it before, prepare to be amazed. All over the world, people have been hiding all manner of boxes, capsules and Tupperware boxes and logging the GPS co-ordinates for others to find. You will have walked past hundreds without knowing it. They’ll be tucked under ledges, wedged under tree roots, magnetised to the back of street signs and you won’t have even noticed. There’s probably one at your local train station and your local church. They’re scattered across the countryside as well as in city and town centres all over the UK and abroad.

Geocaching first find forest

My very first Geocache find, back in 2012.

But what do these containers hold? I hear you wonder. The only requirement is that there’s a bit of paper in there, for finders to sign and date. Sometimes, if a geocache is big enough, there’ll be some other goodies in there – little trinkets that finders can swap or room enough to leave a signature item behind (there’s a geocacher near us with ‘spider’ in their username, and every cache they find, they leave behind a little black plastic spider. It’s frightened the life out of me on more than one occasion!). The fun is in the finding – they’re often very sneaky and although you can be in the right place GPS co-ordinate wise, that doesn’t mean it’ll be obvious. My FAVOURITE find was an especially modified bird box, which had a secret compartment that popped open when you pulled out the bird perch. It was brilliant!

Geocaching

Can you spot the Geocache?

Do you win anything? I get asked this a lot. There’s no prize money, it’s not a competition – it’s just for the fun and enjoyment of a) being outside and b) exploring new places. By hunting for a geocache we’ve found ourselves on some glorious walks to places we’d have never found otherwise. There’s also something very spy-like about it which appeals to my 24-Jack-Bauer loving side. If you’re a numbers person, you can quickly get caught up in trying to reach milestone find numbers. I only have around 150 finds, but some Geocachers have tens of thousands of finds in many different countries.

How do you do it? The wonderful thing is that Geocaching is absolutely free. Sign up for an account at Geocaching.Com (there is an option for premium membership but it’s really not essential) and check out what’s about in your area. If you’ve got a GPS device, then brilliant – you’re already half way to being a pro, but if not – don’t worry as pretty much all smartphones have GPS capabilities these days and again, you can download apps to help you find geocaches for free. Remember to take a pen with you so you can write your name on the logbook.

I’m already looking forward to getting myself a nice baby carrier, strapping on Pickle and going out for some Geocaching adventures. Hopefully, our love of outdoor adventuring will continue as Pickle grows and maybe they’ll find some of their own! It’s a great activity to do with little ones and really helps to foster a love of the outdoors. I fully recommend it, and do let me know if you try it out! Would love to hear about how you get on.

Monkey and Mouse

13 Comments

  1. February 3, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Oh I love an outdoor adventure! This is great, I wonder if they have it in Oz. I’m sure little pickle will love being outdoors with you xx

    • February 3, 2016 / 9:41 am

      They definitely have it in Australia! In fact, it’s my friend who lives in Australia that introduced me to it – definitely check it out! Its so much fun!

      • February 3, 2016 / 9:41 am

        Ooooh I will look it up – thank you 🙂

  2. February 3, 2016 / 9:50 am

    Geocaching is so much fun! Love the spider series near you – great idea. We have one with snails on postboxes near us – the girls love it! #whatevertheweather

    • February 3, 2016 / 11:09 am

      Ahh fab! That sounds brilliant. Any top geocaches you’ve encountered that you’d recommend are worth a visit?! LPMx

  3. February 3, 2016 / 10:23 am

    I’m so greatful for finding this post so that I finally understand what this is! now I know I LOVE the idea. Like, I feel as though my life has been lacing before hand. Not really, but a little. I think a long walk with our family is in order to find our first.
    Good luck with your newest arrival- a baby carrier is a must! We love our tula, but when she was very little we adored the solly stretchy wrap. You can see us using them (tons!) on my blog if you want a bit of inspiration- baby-wearing-wise.
    Thank you so much for sharing- I have a feeling you will have transformed our sundays!

    • February 3, 2016 / 11:10 am

      Ooh thanks – will definitely be checking our your posts for some baby-wearing inspiration! I already have a fabric baby sling that I bought for a RIGHT BARGAIN off Amazon last week but thought I’d need something a bit more robust for outdoor walking but maybe not! I’m so clueless.

      Definitely give caching a go – honestly, it’s so much fun! Let me know how you get on! LPMx

  4. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    February 3, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I have never heard of geo caching but it sounds like fun! #WhatevertheWeather

  5. February 4, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    We’ve never been geo caching but I bet my toddler would love it. I second baby wearing for walking. We used ours a lot when my daughter was tiny for walking in areas that were not great for prams. I need to dig it out in time for our new arrival this June. #whatevertheweather

  6. February 4, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Oh so now I know. This sounds great fun. Think I will have to try this with my two! That will be a great thing to do when your little one arrives. #whatevertheweather

  7. February 7, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    We haven’t managed geocaching in a while, but need to get back into it. I love the sound of the bird box one, so cool! Never realised they would be magnetised togethe back of signs either! I have worn Mr A since he was born, he hated the buggy and to be honest it didn’t suit our lifestyle anyway, as I had a toddler at the time too. I wore him in a stretch Moby wrap until he was 4 months and then a woven wrap on my front until 12 months and then in Manduca and Tula buckles carriers, still easy enough to carry at 2 years old. Be wary of bargain price carriers, fakes are often around and their stitching isn’t always up to scratch. Test it out to make sure it’s safe.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  8. chloelifeunexpected
    February 8, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    We absolutely adore geocaching. These caches look so great. We took Evie for her first cache recently and even though she didn’t know what was going on, I’d forgotten about how much fun and how addictive it is! We’ll definitely be taking her a lot more in future and hope she grows up loving it too. It’s such a great excuse to explore more outdoors.Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx

    • February 8, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Yeah, you do forget how good it if you haven’t done it in a while! I love how it appeals to both my techie side and my outdoorsy side. Perfect combination!

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