Are you teeming full to the gills with excitement hemoglobins in anticipation of Easter egg hunts? Did your body develop gills just to deal with your blood cells’ rich level of excitement-transport metalloproteins? Are you so ensnared in anticipation that pastel color arrangements are liable to jolt you into a seizure? Are you an adult? Are you an adult that really needs to stop participating in children’s Easter egg hunts? Well, boy howdy, do we have the solution for you.
One word, a promise on the lips of all that have come before you: Geocaching.
Never heard of geocaching before now? Get out. Or, I guess, continue reading. Geocaching is outdoor treasure hunting using a GPS or a GPS-enabled mobile device. Generally, a waterproof container holds a logbook and prizes, and someone hides it in the great wide yonder. Clues, hints, or coordinates are given to the geocacher to seek out the treasure.
That’s right. No longer must you spend your Easter afternoon riddled with regret for stampeding through children in your pursuit of a painted egg. Nope. “No need to file a restraining order this year, folks. I’m going geocaching.”
You’ll need some equipment and a little know how before you get started. We’re more than glad to help you out.
Okay, well, obviously, you’re going to need a current GPS or GPS-enabled mobile device. We guess you could just use a map and a compass, but that would be incredibly hard. You would need some next level cartographer skill to do it that way, and it sounds extremely tedious and slow. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is geocaching, not I-hope-I-don’t-get-lost-in-the-woods-ing. Just use a GPS enabled device.
All set? Fantastic. The next step is to find a hunt that suits you. We recommend this geocaching site. It’s a great place to start. On it, you can search for plenty of caches in your area, and they’re labeled with the last date found and the difficulty level. This way, you can quest for the cache most suitable to your skill and location.
There’s plenty of variety when it comes to geocaches. Some give you a set coordination, and it’s up to you to hike to the spot with your GPS . Some are more of a ‘multi-cache,’ where the discovery of one location provides information for another. Others are puzzle caches. These are set with riddles and clues to the physical coordinates. Make sure you research your hunt before taking it on.
Once you’ve got the coordinates, all you need to do is plug it into your GPS and you’re off.
And hey, geocaching is not without its own rules of etiquette. When you find a cache, there will often be a logbook inside it. Sign it. Write about your experience. Somebody went to the trouble of hiding it, and you should show your appreciation. Also, it’s likely there will be prizes in the geocache. The general rule of thumb is to leave something of equal or greater value than what you took. Geocaches are often cursed. So, you should probably follow the standard rules.
Oh, and don’t forget to reseal and hide the cache where you found it!
Geocaching is a ton of fun. It’s like being a pirate on the hunt for treasure minus the whole being stuck in the 18th century without proper nutrition and dying of scurvy thing. And, you know, being on land.
In all seriousness, leave the Easter egg hunts to the kids. It was kind of endearing the first time you did it, but now it’s creeping out all the neighbors. Be a responsible adult this year and try out geocaching.