So what is Geocaching? The answer is explained at http://www.geocaching.com, “It is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.” As I perused their website for more answers, I learned by reading the dates of when these treasures where hid that many of the treasures have been stationed in their out-of-the-way hiding places for years.
My interest perked and a sense of adventure was exhilarated when I was told that there was a treasure box hidden near the premises where we were staying. After Donna input the longitude and latitude coordinates on the GPS, she signed into her account on her computer and did a search for the area we were in. The Geocaching treasure box showed up on a map on her computer at http://www.geocaching.com/map/default.aspx?lat=35.10088074012803&lng=-111.02293968200684&zm=14&mt=m , along with a story of the treasures held inside stashed in this hiding place since 2008. Being anxious to get started, I followed her and the GPS, held gently in her hands, to the desert area located outside the park. I learned that the GPS shows an area, but the treasure could be anywhere in the span of that area. So she went one direction and I the other, lifting rocks and brush for possible hiding places. After about 5 minutes she called out that she had found it. Handing me the GPS she suggested I try and find it on my own. As instructed, I followed the direction from the GPS and finally found the hidden treasure. The excitement of our find not only peaked my sense of adventure, but increased my love of being a Wheel Estate Traveler and a stronger sense of community.
After experiencing my first Geocaching treasure hunt adventure, I registered my life away at http://www.geocaching.com for the basic program that is free and will be continuing the hunt during our Wheel Estate Travels. The kid in me will also be experiencing hunts with my three grandchildren when we are visiting them in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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