We think of geocaching as a worldwide game of hide and seek. Wikipedia describes it like this:
Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a (GPS) and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.
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) or ammunition 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 benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. After 10 years of activity there are over 1.4 million active geocaches published on various websites. There are over 5 million geocachers worldwide.
We have played this game of hide and seek in many local towns and out of state. This past week we were on vacation in WV and went on several geocaching expeditions and found some great treasures,
And amazing creation and creatures of God.
My parents went with us this week and really enjoyed it as well. My dad was excited to find an especially hard cache and although none of us found it on our first hunt, the men insisted on going back and my dad quickly located it. So I can guarantee that it is fun for those from 6 to 70!!
Geocaching makes for not only great opportunities in the outdoors. It is basically free (apart from the purchase of your GPS and gas to get you where you’re going). My favorite part of geocaching is spending time together with my family working toward a common goal. The memories we have made while geocaching together are priceless.
Often the geocaches are big enough that you get to leave a little trinket or toy and then the kids (or adults)can pick from something that is there.
Last week we made wordless bracelets as our trinket and left them in each of the geocaches for a future visitor to take. We just used the colored beads and elastic to go around the wrist. Then we attached a poem to the bracelets to explain their meaning.
If you haven’t tried geocaching, I would highly recommend it. These wordless bracelets are a great way to share the gospel while spending quality time with your family.