While the rest of much of the country has suffered extremely cold temperatures and tons of snow, here in Florida, we’re enjoying a beautiful season known as winter. The preferred season, I’m learning, as summer becomes unbearable and Floridians take to a form of hibernation themselves.
A few months ago on a quest to make the most that the great weather has to offer, we decided to take up a new, affordable, adventurous family hobby. Really? Does such a thing exist? You ask. Yes, my dears. It certainly does. We discovered Geocaching. Please note: this does NOT contain affiliate links. We truly just love it and have found it to be an affordable way to entertain our family.
It’s Crazy Fun.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, Geo-caching is the art of seeking a hidden treasure,or cache, utilizing GPS coordinates. Sometimes the treasure is a simple paper log that you sign or stamp to say you’ve found it, but sometimes there is a little treasure hidden away. (The expectation is you leave a treasure if you take a treasure.) The fun is truly in the hunt. In our experience, it has taken us to places in our new town, taught us a little bit about the surrounding area, and has given us all an experience to remember. We’ve laughed, gotten frustrated, climbed through crazy underbrush, found a regulation size football, and learned the names of a few trees.
It’s Spectacularly Cost Effective. A year’s worth of geocaching is cheaper than it would cost to take the average family of four to the movies for one single show! Truth. Geo-caching fun is crazy inexpensive– especially if you already own a smart phone. For approximately a total of $50 (for the entire year!), you can start finding caches in your area. And there will be some right in your area. Seriously. You’ve probably walked past them not realizing they were there! If you don’t own a smartphone you’ll have to buy a GPS unit. That will make your initial outlay greater, but chances are, you’ll be caching around whenever you can.
It’s Fantastically Portable (and Educational!). I went to visit my sister in Nashville about a month ago and we were taking a walk in the park. I was curious if there were any caches there so a did a quick search on my phone. Sure enough, there were a few right in the park we were at! We got a nice little bit of history on the area we were in along with a cool cache location. The best part is that it can fit into your day without taking up an entire day. Have some time to kill before dinner? Find a cache. Traveling to a new place? Make Geocaching a part of the fun.
Bonus Reason: Great for All Ages! It is hard to find activities that all the kids can do and have an interest in. But Geocaching!? So far, all three kids love it. There are caches that we don’t chase after- ones that are too far off the beaten path or require climbing high heights but that is the great part of the hobby: there is something for everyone!