Guest Blog by Emma Glinny
When was the last time you went on a scavenger hunt? Last year? Maybe five years ago? Can't even remember? If you are ready for a new adventure that will get you outside and have you seeking high and low, you have got to try Geocaching! If you haven't already heard of it, Geocaching is a worldwide game in which players search for containers called geocaches which have been hidden in millions of locations all over the world. There are a variety of caches ranging from easier to more challenging, meaning there is something for everyone!
So, how exactly do you find them? There are two main ways that you can get started and find your first cache:
1. Register for an account on geocaching.com, explore the list of geocaches in your area, and plug the coordinates of the cache into a good old hand-held GPS unit, such as this one:
2. In this day and age of there's-an-app-for-that, there is indeed an app for Geocaching! All you have to do is download the Geocaching app on your smartphone, choose which caches you want to find, and voila! The app converts your phone into a hand-held GPS.
Once the coordinates of the cache are loaded into your GPS or phone, the adventure begins! Just follow the directions which will (hopefully) lead you to the geocache. When you find the cache, first, give yourself a pat on the back, then, open it up and see what's inside! Most geocaches will have a log book inside which you can sign, and some of the larger caches will even have small items which you can trade for something of similar value. When you get home also be sure to log your find on the Geocaching website or app.
Now that you know how to do it, you just need to decide where you want to go. The Edmonton and Area Land trust has several conservation lands with geocaches that make for a great adventure, whether it's your first find or your hundredth find. Check out this list and see if there are any close to you:
1. Boisvert's GreenWoods - 4 Geocaches
2. Glory Hills – 4 Geocaches
3. Pipestone Creek – 3 Geocaches
4. Golden Ranches – 2 Geocaches
5. Hicks – 1 Geocache
And, if this isn't enough to keep you busy, the Edmonton and Area Land Trust is planning to add even more geocaches this year!
Above photos by Santa Barbara Adventure Company, and Paul and Rebecca, respectively.
We hope to see you out there - happy seeking!