December Updates 3: Geocaching

Hecko and Eutaku finding a cache during late-night stroll

First, for those who don’t know what geocaching is, here’s a short explanation provided by geocaching.com:

GEOCACHING is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

So, a few days ago, I was watching the news on TV, and they had this exposé on geocaching, which was the first I had ever heard of it. Loving treasure hunting and solving riddles, I decided to look further into it online, and discovered just how vast this game actually was.

I decided to give it a go, registered as a free user on geocaching.com, and downloaded the free, open source application, c:geo, for my Android phone (apps for iOS, Symbian, and Windows exist as well, just Google them).

It’s a pretty good app, but my phone’s battery life is shit, so it dies after only 3-4 hours of caching… I wish I had a proper GPS though, so I wouldn’t have to worry about my phone dying, but I make due for now.

To date, I’ve been geocaching for 5 days and I’ve found 6 caches (follow my progress here and on my Twitter). I think the low number of finds are directly related by me still being a greenhorn and because I’ve only been searching after nightfall, which makes it pretty difficult as well, due to limited visibility. On the other hand, there’s also less of a chance of being spotted, so…

A giant Winnie the Pooh we got to see thanks to GeoCaching

It’s good fun though, and a great excuse to get away from the computer and get some mental and physical exercise, and it’s easier to stick to than the elephant thing I tried, since I don’t have to take pictures.

Another great thing about it is that you get to experience new, interesting places, even in your own neighbourhood, that you might not have know existed. I, for instance, found a bunch of new playgrounds and saw beautiful artworks and fun stuff I never knew was so close to where I live ♥

But since I like geocaching so much, I’ve been trying to get others into it too, which I’ve managed to do with a moderate degree of success. I’ve even suggested it to Eutaku as a publicity scheme for Genki; spreading out 5-10 caches with a wristband in each as a “First to Find” prize, giving them free entry to the convention.

Anyway, I hope to one day go on a crazy cache hunt with a bunch of friends, so if this sounds interesting to you, please do give it a try ^-^

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