Are there any father's out there who don't enjoy coolgadgets and the rush of an adventure?
This Father's Day discover Geocaching! A worldwide,high-tech treasure hunting game played by curious individualsarmed with a handheld GPS (Global PositioningSystem) receiver. After logging onto www.geocaching.com(The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site), you can lookfor geocache coordinates in the area that you are interestedhunting in. A typical cache is a waterproof containercontaining a logbook and maybe even "treasure", usuallysmall items of little value. The cache's are listed accordingto difficulty, family friendly locations, terrain, etc. Youenter the coordinates (longitude and latitude) of the hiddencache into your GPS and then go searching for it. Thegeocaching.com website contains all the informationrequired to begin, including geocaching "etiquette".
What do you do when you find a cache? Well, highfives all around that is for sure..great job! The rule isthat you never take anything out unless you replace it withsomething else. There generally is a small guest logbook inthe container that you can record comments in.
There are many different types of GPS receiver's on themarket right now with various price points. When you areat the store, discuss what your needs are with the salesperson and they should be able to steer you in the rightdirection. Explain that you are going to use it for geocaching.The Apple iphone can also be used.like they say,"there is an App for that" .
Here are some tips for planning your very own Father'sDay "Geocache Adventure"
Pick an easy location to start - This is your firsttrip out, so pick a location that is easily accessible with alow difficulty rating. You want this to be a positive learningexperience for everyone.
Be sneaky about it! this is a surprise, so you willhave to be a little discreet when learning all there is toknow about geocaching on the website.
Get the kids involved! Kids love a treasure huntand will be as excited as you are.
Make sure that you have looked after all of thesafety stuff such as making sure that your cell phone ischarged, plenty of gas in your vehicle, extra batteries forGPS, let someone know where you are going, pack anemergency kit, spare tire, etc.
Prepare a picnic Treasure Hunters get hungry, soprepare a picnic lunch with some of Dad's favourite items.Be Green.pack your picnic in reusable containers andbring "finger" food which doesn't require plates or cutlery.
Bring a bag to pick up any trash you come across."Cache in, Trash Out" is the motto
Don't Idle Turn off your vehicle when parked
Record your mileage Knowing your mileage forthe day gives you the option of purchasing carbon offsetsto assist you in reducing the carbon footprint of yourFather's Day adventure.
A trail of Breadcrumbs - If you need to walk anydistance, mark your vehicle as a waypoint on your GPS sothat you do not get lost!
Be Patient & Persistent Oftentimes the cache isnot going to be in plain site so you are going to have tolook around for it. Technically, it should be within 3-5metres of the coordinates (A big thank you to Cathy forthis tip).
Say Cheese! Make sure that you bring a cameraor digital video camera to document the trip. The geocaching.com website encourages you to upload picturesfrom your adventures!
Have funlots of fun This is quality family timefolksenjoy it and enjoy the great outdoors!
Judy Kucharuk is a Certified Special Event Planner andowner of Footprint Management Systems Inc. Judy specializesin Green Meetings and Events. More info log ontowww.managefootprint.com