What the heck is Geocaching??

What the heck is Geocaching??

What the heck is Geocaching??geocaching

I don’t know about you, but I loved treasure hunts as a kid, anything with a mystery attached to it piqued my interest. Geocaching has brought the treasure hunt we knew as kids to another level. It offers people of all ages the chance to discover a city or area in a different way.

I love to travel and although I enjoy experiencing all the things that you are supposed to see in a location, it is often that my favorite spot is a hidden gem or something I stumbled upon by accident. Geocaching allows the participant(s) the adventure of seeing parts of a city they may never have seen otherwise, the unknown if you will, even in their own hometown.

I had lived in New Orleans about 6 months (and visited numerous times prior to moving) when we tried geocaching for the first time. It was extraordinary! We found places that even Eric didn’t know existed and he was born and raised here. We combined geocaching with letterboxing and used both www.geocaching.com/play & http://www.letterboxing.org to “plan” our route.

Interested? I thought so! In order to start your next adventure, you must first go to the sites listed above or download their corresponding apps (Yep, there’s an app for that!) and sign up for an account. You then put in your location and pick what area you want to explore! Once you find the geocache, you open it, sign and date the log book and most importantly, re-hide the geocache exactly where you found it. It must be in the right spot for the next treasure hunter.

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The sites are also a great resource for clues if you should need them and can tell you how often people are actually able to find the “treasure” or geocache. It helps to carry a notebook and pen with you as you will want to leave your mark, like the treasure hunters before you. If you are letterboxing as well, there may be a stamp hidden within the letterbox you can use to commemorate your journey.

There are 2,354 Geocaches near New Orleans. Our treasure hunt included many legendary locations:

And a few locations that didn’t work out quite the way we planned, but we still had quite the adventure getting there!

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore and use Geocaching as your guide!

 

Darcee SniderAbout Our Guest Poster:

Darcee Snider is a Wyoming native, who appreciates the work ethic and strong values that growing up in the Cowboy State afforded her.  New Orleans has been a part of Darcee for a long time and she is excited to now be a part of New Orleans. She believes there is truly nowhere else like the Big Easy and the experiences it affords its citizens; she can’t wait to share them with the family and friends that are sure to visit.  Passion for literature, food, history, adventure and music are reasons why living in New Orleans is such an important part of Darcee’s story. She writes each chapter by enjoying the wonders of the Carousel Bar, exploring the WWII Museum, walking the streets of Uptown, navigating the hidden gems of the French Quarter and eating a Po-Boy at Mahony’s.

 

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24 thoughts on “What the heck is Geocaching??

    1. Though I have never geocached or letterboxed anywhere else in the world, I’m under the assumption that it is done worldwide. If you visit any of the websites referenced on the blog article they should send you International websites

    2. I think it is a great way to explore and hope to use it in other parts of the country and around the world as a tool to see the sites as well! Hope you enjoy it when you try it!

    1. That is awesome Marya! Its a lot of fun! I mean a real life treasure hunt in your own backyard! Plus though I don’t dislike the concept of the Pokémon Go craze, I feel that this can get kids even more detached from online.

  1. This is a great way to explore a city, people who visit us often use this as a way to get to know parts of town most locals don’t even know about! Might have to get my school into it too!

    1. I agree Ashleigh. I’ve lived in New Orleans nearly my entire 40 years of existence and when we did it in New Orleans I discovered places I have never been to before or even knew existed

  2. This sounds like such a fun way to explore a city! I’m going to see if there are any other Geochachers in my local area!

    1. Yes, definitely do! It really is a great way to find spots you didn’t even know existed and new ways to explore a city you are visiting as well. It really is fun, Vicki!

  3. I love geocaching! We had to do it for a class when I was in University. I’ve been trying to take my husband out to do it, but seriously every time we’ve planned to go geocaching it rains! Ugh!

    1. It stinks when the weather won’t cooperate! Hope you guys can go soon, Brianna! Let us know what he thinks when you are finally able to go. I am sure you’ll have fun!

  4. I was introduced to Geocaching by a former colleague after telling her I’m a travel blogger. The first time I tried it I didn’t know what I was looking for so I gave up. Now I think I understand it a bit better, thanks to your post. I might try it one more time.

  5. I will start playing this. When I went to Croatia, I have a friend who is doing this and who would know that you can make a connection in such an unknown part of the world.

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