Treasure hunting

Did you know, not far from where you’re reading this, there is something hidden. It could be a list of successful treasure finders, a trinket or two, a big box or a thumb-sized tube. But it’s not far from where you are. Right. Now.

Are you a little weirded out? Or excited?

Isabel and I are proud to have joined the ranks of successful geo-cachers.

The idea behind geo-cashing, is there is a treasure (or finders list) placed somewhere on public property. Hidden in the city, the parks or sidewalks. There are GPS coordinates to find said treasure, and when you get close, you may need to utilize some clues to find it.

I downloaded the free “Intro to Geocaching” application (paid upgrade available, but I’ve not had to use it yet) on my phone and we were off!

There was a cache just behind my Little Sister’s house. We got to the coordinates, barely a minute walk from her house, but we just had no luck finding it. And the clue, which was look to the left of the stack, didn’t help us.

Not to be discouraged, we headed towards a second set of coordinates still walking distance from her house, and lo and behold!

Found it! We wrote our names to claim our find!

This cache required us to decipher a clue using the below code:

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
————————-
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

We signed our names to the log and encouraged, we decided to try and find another. I drove us a bit to a second site and in a park, near the water, we oriented ourselves to find our second cache. We also made some friends with spiders. Very friendly little guys. Ugh!

Hidden cache Us and our haul

We added a penny (yes, an American penny) to the cache of treasure, and found our resolve. We went back to our first GPS coordinates which were just behind my Little Sisters house and this time, we finally found the cache! Can you find it in the photo below?

Can you find the cache?

It’s a great activity where Isabel and I were both able to work together to find treasure! All you need is a GPS enabled phone.

Cheers!

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