Monday, February 14, 2011

Mini-Road Trips: Geocaching

In this series, I hope to provide new ideas for miniature road trips. That is, road trips that will only take either a day or two to complete when you can't take any days off for vacation.

Geocaching is a game that requires a GPS system. The gist of it is that people will leave plastic containers hidden in random areas and then leave the coordinates to those containers with a few hints. Your job is then to get out of your house and track it down with your own GPS.

It's a great way to get outside and see the great outdoors. I've found over a hundred so far and it's a wonderful way to explore your surroundings and see new place you haven't seen before. It's a huge community with geocaches somewhere in the hundreds of millions so you're guaranteed to find some with a few miles of you, no matter where you are in the world!

Although geocaching is more of a hiking game, it's also a great way to make it a short road trip. If you're a premium member (About $30 a year, a great value!), then you can download coordinates based off of a specific route on a road. By doing this you can plan your own geocaching expedition and stop on the side of the road on occasion to pick up another geocache. It's a perfect way to make yourself literally stop and smell the roses instead of zipping by everything that doesn't catch your eye.

Have you geocached before? If so, what has been your best find?

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