A modern day treasure hunt! What could be more exciting than that? For the young and old alike all across the country, there isn’t anything quite as exciting as the hunt for a cache. Geocaching has been around since the year 2000, and is growing in popularity among hikers and anyone seeking fun in the outdoors. It’s also gaining popularity among RVers, and it’s easy to see why… RVers traveling all over the United States have the opportunity to cash in on any cache they choose. What exactly is Geocaching? According to Geocaching.com, it “is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then, if you choose, you can share the experiences online.” You aren’t just limited to a GPS to track your cache, you can also use a smartphone app. Part of the appeal of geocaching is that it’s a great, healthy, outdoor activity and it’s incredibly affordable fun! Most Geocaching smartphone apps are $10 or less for a lifetime of treasure hunting!
You can visit the website for official rules, but basically if you take a treasure, you must replace it with something equal to or greater value, “Explosives, ammunition, knives, drugs and alcohol should not be placed in a cache. Respect local laws at all times. No food or heavily scented items in a cache. Animals have better noses than humans, and in some cases caches have been chewed through and destroyed because of food items in a cache.”
Another tip to remember is that the GPS coordinates will only put you in the general area, you’ll need to play detective to find the actual container that will be hidden from general population.
What makes this site especially great for RVers, is that you can search for a cache by state, postal code, or by country if you happen to be in another country. According to Wikipedia, “There are over 13,000 privately owned RV parks and over 1,600 state parks that cater to RVers in the USA.” which makes for great opportunities to hide and seek geocaching all over this great land of ours! If you have a geocaching story of your own, we’d love to hear about it! You can share it with us on our website or on our Facebook wall!
Happy Treasure Hunting!