“Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.”

// Geocaching.com

A while ago Shannon posted about Geocaching and I thought it sounded just plain awesome. I love maps and I love scavenger hunts and such. I actually used to compete in orienteering as a teen. Surely geocaching would fit me perfectly :)

So, I checked Geocaching.com for caches in my town. I didn’t really think I would find anything since living up here, in a small town in north Sweden, means you’re always hundreds of miles away from anything remotely interesting and exciting. But I was wrong! There are lots of caches here! My jaw dropped when I saw that there’s one in the woods just a few minutes from my building 8O

I pitched the idea to Markus who also thought it sounded great. So this Saturday we decided on two caches we wanted to find and went on our first cache hunt! We don’t have a GPS device, but figured Google Maps and a printer would work. The caches didn’t seem too difficult to find.
We actually found the first one only a few minutes after arriving at the location. I was thrilled when we opened the container and signed it, like we were a part of a secret society or something! Especially with the whole “trying to look normal in front of the muggles” business :P Yeah, non-geocachers are called muggles. As corny as it sounds I actually think it’s hilarious.

Took a little barbecue break between caches

By the river

The second cache took us down to the river. It was a little trickier since it was placed in the woods and we had to look under trees and rocks and such before finally finding it. This one had some souvenirs in it as well, but we didn’t take anything. I must remember to bring some trinkets in the future, it would be fun to leave something behind.

Since it’s Easter the office has been closed today, so we went for another cache hunt. This one was the trickiest so far, we searched for almost 30 min before finding it. It was really tiny and very cleverly hidden.

So… I’ve found 3 caches in my first 3 days of being a geocacher, and I love it! I think both me and Markus are already hooked :D All the way home today we talked about which caches we’d try for next and about placing our own cache and where we would hide it. And our town seem so much more interesting now. It holds secrets. Secrets that only a few of us know about. It’s fascinating :)

If you haven’t tried geocaching yet you should, I can definitely recommend it!