Posted on 02 May 2019 Views 4011 Comments 25
For those who know me I am quite the outdoorsy and adventurous type. If I’m not walking the fells of the Lake District during my time off I try to pursue other outdoor activities. I enjoy rambling and usually follow the North York Moors coastal and rural pathways.
I thought I would share with you all one of my latest newfound favourite hobbies that I have been enjoying during my time off that helps keep me fit and active.
It’s called “Geocaching” and it’s something that I have been doing for a couple of years now. If you’ve never heard of this before it’s a bit like orienteering and puts a whole different perspective into walking. It’s simply a huge treasure hunt where other geocachers hide ‘caches’ around the world. In fact, there are probably lots of hidden boxes where you are now! They can be hidden in rough terrain, public locations, in the urban or bush environments. They are everywhere. One of the best things about it is that is free.
If you have a GPS receiver at home, you simply enter your co-ordinates where the ‘cache’ is hidden and it’s your job to track it down and find your prize! Don’t worry if you haven’t got a GPS, most smart phones can allow you to access global positioning. If you simply visit the geocaching website and it will allow you to access this.
A standard typical cache is a usually something like a small waterproof container which contains a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name.
There are much larger boxes or contains hidden around in like Tupperware tubs or even ammunition boxes which all contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets or coins of little value.
If you have little ones at home its great fun for them too, you can all join in. It suits all different lifestyles and ages.
I think it would fit great into the diet plan, its not too strenuous. You can do this at your own pace. It gets you out and about and you can enjoy the exercise and fresh air.
I’ve found 170 caches so far, how many you can find! And I wonder if we have any more fellow geocachers in our group?
If you want to give this a go pay a visit to the geocaching website and set up your account where you can start your own hunt.
Let us know what you like to do in your spare time, plus it might give our other members some great ideas too, if your comment is our favourite we will send you a box of 20 Chocolate Shakes!!
By Katrina Moffat, General Manager
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