Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device 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. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. 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 financial value, although sometimes they are sentimental.
– Wikipedia (I have always wanted to quote Wiki in something that I wrote. College professors, here’s to you!)
In the next picture, we found another cache. This one was in a tupperware. There were some trinkets inside including a leather bracelet, and a couple random things in the bottom. There was a pencil and roll of paper inside as well where you could write a note. I wrote that it was a beautiful fall day, the date, and my first name. You can also see the GPS device we have. It told us about how far away we were from our destination, a compass telling us what direction to go, etc. I know I said this was free…you can use a GPS device or you can download an iPhone app. My husband has been geocaching since before the time of iPhone apps so we own our own GPS device.
The place we went today was by a dog park and it was on a bike trail. We found two geocaches, but the third one we couldn’t quite find. I would love to plant a geocache one of these days. It would be so fun to put my own tupperware out in the woods somewhere for people to find, and check back in 5 years to see if people have discovered it. We have a “travel bug” from another geocaching adventure that we took home and need to put back out in another location next time we go out.