Well muggle,I will tell you what it is. It’s the most fun you can have outside that doesn’t cost money and doesn’t require packing a car full of supplies and driving until the kids are repeatedly saying “Are we there yet?”.
This actually pops up when you sign up! Haha
My sister introduced me to Geocaching when we caught up for a lunch date earlier this week, she opened the app and said “So, it’s like a worldwide treasure hunt BUT you have to protect the treasures hiding place from muggles”. Yes, you have indeed read that correctly, Geocachers refer to regular members of the public or non Geocachers as MUGGLES! From then on I was HOOKED.
After lunch (which may or may not have included a glass of wine), it was GO TIME. We opened the app and picked our target. Being in the Brisbane CBD there were TONNES of Geocache challenges to choose from and they ranged from low to high difficulty and how accessible it was (terrain) – there are challenges to suit everyone with all kinds of abilities. Being my first geocache my sister chose a low difficulty (1.5) to ease me into it. The app gave us the coordinates, the distance until we reached the Geocache and provided us with helpful hints (uploaded by other geocachers). For this challenge we were to find a small rectangle box (that was magnetic), when we found it we were to open it and log our find on the enclosed piece of paper. There are all kinds of Geocaches, some are like I mentioned – you don’t keep it, you just log your find and put it back in its hiding place for the next person to find (making sure muggles don’t see you), there are Geocaches where you swap a trinket and there are tracked Geocaches where you keep the tracker and deposit it at another Geocache location (nationally or internationally – there are over 2 million Geocaches all over the world).
Even though we chose a challenge that was 1.5 difficulty it still took us over 30 minutes of searching to find it! Picture this, two 20 something women walking around in circles, up and down the same staircase and looking in all these crazy nooks and crannies IN THE MIDDLE OF BRISBANE CBD! Haha we really would’ve given the camera surveillance guys a laugh. We were just about to give up our search due to severe lack of caffeine when my sister lent against a wall and says “oh. my. god… there it is”. It was so hard to contain our excitement so the muggles didn’t catch on haha. We got the box logged our details, took some selfies, put the Geocache back in its secret home and walked off laughing at the fact that two grown women had such a rush from an app and a silly little box!
This is the pic of our Geocache
I just had to share Geocaching with you all, especially since it is school holidays (here in Australia). It’s an activity that the family can do together plus it’s still “online” so the kids will think it’s cool. All you have to do is download the app ‘Geocaching’ and you will be able to see all the Geocache challenges around you. Below is a link to a youtube video that gives you a more visual description of how Geocaching works, plus its heaps easier to get the kids interested if you show them a youtube video – its not cool if it came from the mouths of parents!
Not a first time Geocacher? Comment your Geocaching experience below, I would love to read about other peoples experiences (without giving to much away about a Geocaches location of course).