Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Geocaching Date Night

Last week (before the weather turned cold and miserable) Dan and I had a wonderful date night. Not your stereotypical date night of going out to dinner and a movie, but a date night of treasure hunting. Treasure hunting = geocaching.

What is geocaching? Here is Wikipedia's definition of it.

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing into the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.

Some people are super hardcore geocachers but Dan and I just do it occasionally for fun. Like last week, when we just popped out for an evening ride on the bike and went in search of some caches.

It was a gorgeous evening and it felt so nice to get out of the house on a little adventure. We found this adorable little nature park and spent an hour or so exploring it.

I'm the queen of finding the caches, or so I like to think. Although honestly, I'm pretty sure it's just chance that I spot them more often than Dan.

Here I am signing our names in the logbook of the very first cache.

It was a super easy find, a little box hanging in a small pine tree. It took us about .3 seconds to find. So after such a quick success, we headed off down the trails to find the next one.

And what do you know, I found the second one too! Although it took us 5-10 minutes of searching before actually finding the cache. It was a little harder to find than the first one, but find it I did!

We headed off again down the trail and took in all the beauty around us. It was a really pretty little park and completely deserted. We were the only ones there.

The third cache was even harder to find than the second! We searched and searched and got our arms all scratched by the bushes. Just when I was ready to give up, Dan found it!

Yes, the cache was a weird rubber chicken in a bikini.

At this point we decided it was time to head back to the bike and make our way home. I think finding three out of the seven caches in the park was pretty decent, don't you?

It was a really fun evening and it felt good to get out and spend time together. It's been a while since I've felt good enough to go on fun adventures like this. Hopefully we'll fit more in this summer!


  1. Ive always wanted to try geocaching! it looks like fun!

  2. Oops! Somehow my comment on geocaching ended up under your previous post. Anyways, I've heard of this before and it sounds like fun. Who hides these caches and how do you know where to start looking for them?

  3. Casey - You should totally give it a try. I always thought it was kind of dumb but Dan got me into it last year. It's not something I would ever go crazy over but it's a fun hobby.

    Ellie - It is fun! Anyone can hide the caches and then register them on the Ontario geocaching site. We use an app on our phone to find them and then use GPS to locate them. I'm sorry I don't know much more, my husband handles that part of it. I just find them!

  4. Erin - It really was fun. :D

  5. Fun! S always talks about doing it, but we have yet to try it.

  6. Megan - You should totally try it. Dan begged me to do it with him for a good year and when I finally gave in, I enjoyed it.

  7. I love the bottom pic of you guys - you guys are hot!

  8. Vicky - You make me chuckle. But thanks!

  9. We live up near Algonquin park and started geocaching last year. I introduced my daughter and her family down in Port Perry to it. GREAT fun in the outdoors for the whole family!

  10. Karen - Dan's parents live up near Algonquin park and it was them who introduced us to geocaching as well! It's a really fun outdoor activity for all ages.