It is like a giant game of hide-n-seek.
And it gets people exploring.
There are 2,751,675 active geocaches and over 6 million people looking for them, says geocaching.com.So let’s break it down.
Geocaches are objects put out in a certain place and geographically tagged using GPS.
Anyone can go looking for one. All they need is something that is GPS capable or the geocaching app installed on their phone.
A basic membership is free and does give you a lot of caches to find.
The micro cache is around the smallest the geocache would be and they can get as large as a five gallon pail.
No matter where they go, they can go on their very own treasure hunt.
Looking on the website, all the caches have latitude and longitudinal coordinates.
Hunting for local caches in Humboldt and around the area who would need them? Looking at the map, it is pretty easy to already know where I could find my very own geocache.
So I went looking for my very first geocache at the home of Jerry the Squirrel.
These geocaches not only have a certain location, but some also have some history attached.
Looking at Jerry’s page, I learned all about his retirement running a little library in town that anyone can visit without a card.
Now the cache is not out in the open so you did have to feel around his home a bit but he really did not mind.
The little canister had a roll of paper on it that I signed my name and the date on to record the find.
Logging into my account online, I also digitally logged the cache so l could keep track of the ones I found.
Being on the hunt was an exciting part of it.
On the website, anyone can choose the kinds of caches they go looking for.
The one I found was the easiest to find on the easiest terrain. On a rating of four, there are plenty of harder finds that can provide more of a thrill.
Do you want to go on a hike or a long drive? There are caches all over the place.
All caches have terrain rating. Especially in places like British Columbia, they have caches all over the place, not just in big cities.
That is the most interesting thing about geocaching is that it can be done anywhere.
Exploring around Humboldt is one thing. Walking around town and looking at the map is easy. But when I go traveling to other parts of Canada, I can bring my geocaching app anywhere for local caches.
What better way to explore a place I’ve never been.