Geocaching is a fun, family activity. It combines orienteering with treasure hunting. Simply put geocaching is high-tech treasure hunting. People from all over the world geocache. Here is how it works:

Let's say I want to hide a cache for others to find. The first thing I do is create a cache. A cache is a box, preferably weather-proof plastic, with little toys and trinkets in it along with a log and a pencil. Caches come in all shapes and sizes. I hide the cache, with permission in a park or maybe someplace scary like a cemetary. Some of these can be very hard to find. I post the coordinates of the cache on a website like and watch to see who finds the cache.

Let's say I want to find a cache. All I need to geocache is a GPS. (If you have an iPhone or smart phone there are even apps to help you geocache. When I began to geocache, I used my portable car GPS and it worked great.) I plug in the coordinates and off I go to find the cache. Generally, it is a good idea to bring trinkets to trade for the trinkets in the cache. There are several types and sizes of geocaches.

Here is a list:

Micro-very small
Mini-small-about the size of a film canister
Medium-about the size of a lunch bag
Large-about the size of a large food container
Very Large- could be as big as 6"x6"x6"

Traditional-Hunt and find
Multi-Cache-Hunt and find one cache to get the coordinates to the final cache
Mystery- Solve a puzzle to find the cache

My family and I fully enjoy this activity. I hope that you will too.