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Geo-Caching 1st February 2015

Geo Caching

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It can often be hard work trying to convince children to go outdoors in the rain, however if the dog is desperate for a walk then there’s not much choice in the matter, the question is how to convince them. A little bit of creativity can go a long way…

‘The pirates have buried some treasure on Salisbury Plain so we are off to search for it’ we told our children. Our 3yr old son was up like a shot and our 6yr old daughter was not far behind!

For those of you who are new to Geocaching it is an outdoor activity, where you use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile phone, along with other navigational techniques, to hide and seek containers called "geocaches" or "caches". These geocaches are hidden all over the world and have really caught on in the UK, in fact you will find them in the most unlikely of places!

Geo-caching is essentially ‘a real-world treasure hunt.. with over 6 million Geo-cachers worldwide’ say geocaching.com. Anyone can try this, of any age and a typical find is a small waterproof container holding a logbook and pencil, though your child might be lucky enough to find a larger container with slightly more exciting items they can use for trading eg. toys or trinkets. Once found, the geo-cacher enters the date and signs. It is really important that after signing the log the cache is placed back exactly where the person found it.

3 miles later we had found 2 boxes of ‘treasure’ (thanks to the National Trust geocaching website) and discovered some interesting facts about life in Wiltshire during World War 1. A pirate notebook was swapped for a yo-yo and our daughter swapped some bubbles for a mini paint box. It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the fresh air, entertaining the children (and us) and walking the dog!

Geo-caches can be found worldwide so whether you are in the UK wondering what to do one Sunday, camping in France or trekking in America, there are always caches to be found.

Love Outdoor Life!
Emily

Useful websites:
www.geocaching.com
www.opencaching.com
www.gagb.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/activities/geo-caching

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