Lulu loves Geocaching
Keep your eyes peeled for Lulu! If you spot her on her travels and you’re into Geocaching, don’t forget to log her Travelbug – you’ll find it on her rear window.
Eh? What’s Geocaching?
In a nutshell, Geocaching is 21st century treasure hunting with a SatNav device! A Geocache is a small box or container that has been hidden in a publicly accessible place. It could be under a rock, inside an old tree stump or in some way disguised so as not to attract the attention of a passing member of public. Geocache containers vary in size from a small capsule, sufficient only to hold a piece of rolled-up paper (log book) to large oil drum sized containers! Most however tend to be 35mm film canisters or Tupperware style plastic sandwich boxes.
There are over 1.6 million Geocaches hidden worldwide. In fact, there is probably a cache hidden somewhere very close to where you are right now! Some caches are very easy to find, whilst others are much more challenging. There’s a cache hidden at the top of Mount Everest and even one on-board the International Space Station!
Using your iPhone (with Geocaching app installed), smart phone or other handheld SatNav device, you navigate to within a few meters of the hidden stash. Once you’re close, it’s down to your hunting abilities to find the hidden box. If you need it, there’s generally a hint or clue to help you zero-in on the find.
What’s in the box?
All standard caches have a logbook to sign. Larger caches may also contain ‘swag’ – small items such as torches, mini toys and badges. The rule is, if you take something out, you must put something new in of at least equal value for the next treasure hunter to find.
Geocoins and travel bugs
Hidden inside some caches, you’ll find ornate looking coins or random objects attached to an aluminium ‘dog tag’. These items have their own unique ID code engraved on them and belong to another Geocacher. Geocoins and travel bugs are released into the wild by their owners to travel the world and achieve various missions. Maybe the owner wants their geocoin to end-up in Australia or simply to travel as far as possible… Your job is to help the coin or bug on its way! So, once you collect (and log) a bug or coin from one cache, you need to move it on to another cache as quickly as possible, ready for the next Geocacher to find. The owner of the trackable item will be monitoring its progress, so will know when you’ve collected it and will be waiting to see how far you’ve moved it on!
I hope this introduction to Geocaching has made you want to give it a go. You can be assured that there are plenty of caches hidden around your chosen campsite. If you have children, it’s a great way to spend a day hunting for treasure!
For more information, head on over to the Geocaching web site.