Have you ever gone Geocaching? Do you even know what Geocaching is?
Imagine being able to go on a treasure hunt in your own neighborhood. There are millions of treasure boxes just awaiting your discovery. Placed by good samaritans like ourselves, interested in an adventure and exploration.
That’s what I did today. Freshly downloading the Geocaching app onto my iPhone 4s, and taking advantage of its GPS capabilities, I was ready for a treasure hunt.
Having location services on the phone immediately showed me the geocaches closest to my location. Down the road I went. Just a few blocks away I parked along a strip of woods in my neighborhood. Today I am searching for Pumpkin Cider.
This is the first time I’ve geocached with my iPhone, and I wasn’t quite certain how to read the direction the route showed.
Off I went…in the wrong direction. I also quickly realized that I had the wrong shoes on for bushwacking in the woods. Turning around, I headed into the right part of the woods.
I was using the directional page of the map and even though I thought I was going in a straight line to the geocache, I kept getting further and further into the woods. Trying not to get attacked by the prickle bushes, this cute little wild flower caught my eye.
I finally realized that using the compass option on the map was much easier, as it tells you how many feet you are away from the target. Heading one way..getting warmer..warmer. Nope…getting colder, colder. Trying to find the right bearing that gets me to the treasure.
This should have taken five minutes ! Oh well, at least I got to see this ruined who knows what in the woods.
96 feet….77 feet….52 feet. I’m getting closer ! Finally ! I have found the ‘pile’ as given as a hint for this geocache.
A small waterproof box hidden under the logs is my treasure.
Inside are all sorts of little trinkets, as well as a log book. I signed my name and left a little treasure for someone else to enjoy. Taking the postcard I feel like a true urban pirate.
You should try it ! It’s great fun and who knows where the adventure will take you.
Canon G12. Processed in Lightroom 4 with various OnOne filters.