(Buffalo, Wyo.) A while back the Pokémon App took over as people of all ages roamed around towns all across the country attempting to catch the Pokémon characters. While the Pokémon game quickly lost the interest of most, another Geocaching game has been alive and thriving since 2000 and is in your neighborhood.
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world and right in your own back yard.
While visiting with a sixth and seventh grader, they explained that they do not have a cell phone so they just print the map off and ride their bikes around town looking for the treasures. “It makes it more challenging but if we cant find it, we go back to the computer and look at the gallery on the website to get more hints.” one boy said. While their mother is, “a little leery of the game”, she admitted it was because she didn’t really understand it. When the boys were asked what they had to do when they found the “treasure”, they excitedly explained, “It’s not a real treasure, but kind of like a pill bottle with a paper rolled up in it. You just sign your name on the paper and put the bottle back. Then we go search for another one.”
A typical cache is a small waterproof container with a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their code name. It’s very easy to get into playing this game and can even be a fun family treasure hunt. Check them out at www.geocaching.com to sign up to play for free. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air while treasure hunting or, if you are like this mother, you can go on the website and get more information on what your child is playing.