Treasure Hunts! 21st Century Style

Haven't you always dreamed of finding some hidden treasure? You know you have! Everyone does! Why do you think they have Antique Roadshow and all of those other shows displaying what people have found and the astonishing worth! How cool would it be to find a treasure map that would lead you to a treasure!

Thanks to our iphones we can now find treasure through geocaching!! Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name.  Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.

Geocaches are currently placed in over 200 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica and the International Space Station. After more than 12 years of activity there are over 1.7 million active geocaches published on various websites. There are over 5 million geocachers worldwide!

One Saturday we set off to be one of 5 million geocachers to find treasure! We took along our iphone, a pen, and small treasures! The kids LOVED this! We started off in a park near our house and found that two caches were hidden. You can choose which treasure you want to find and Ryan's phone gave us the coordinates. As we got closer we were able to follow an arrow on a compass that told us how many feet away we were. The small caches are hidden in various places. We found some up a tree, on the ground, and one was even in a hollowed out stump that opened with a hinge!

A cache hidden in a tree
The stump with the hinge!
When we found the cache we opened it up, signed our name and the date and checked out the treasures. The treasures are little nick knacks like beaded necklaces, small toys, key chains, coins, and other small trinkets that children find very exciting! We let one child pick out a treasure and put our own treasure in as a replacement. The kids loved it so much that Jackson went out again with Ry to find more the next day and the next weekend and Ryan and I even hunted for one in Chinatown while in San Francisco! This is a great activity to help you explore your area and learn about directions. We can't wait to get out there and do it again!!

Looking for the treasure

Found one!

Tyce picked out a treasure

Following the compass and map

It's a great day for some outdoor family fun!!


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