We (Mr and Mrs HG137) started Geocaching in the second half of 2012.
During 2013 we decided to try to average one cache a day, so at least 365 for the year, or 400 by 31 December 2013. Sounds easy ? But one cache a day, or 7 caches a week is not as straightforward as it sounds. This blog was started to document the caches we found, where we found them and our experiences along the way. We live in the Berkshire/Surrey/Hampshire borders so most of our caches were in that area.
We achieved both aims, reaching 365 caches for the year by 21st. September and 426 caches by the end of 2013. We decided to continue geocaching – and blogging too – because geocaching has taken us to lots of interesting, unexpected places, and we made many new friends along the way.
During 2014 we found 425 caches in varied locations such as Edinburgh, London, Brighton and Blackpool!
For 2015 we set ourselves a challenge: to walk the Thames Path – from the Thames source near Cirencester in Gloucestershire to the sea (or at least the Thames Flood Barrier at Greenwich, London). And what an epic that was – we started on January 2nd, finished on December 29th, and cached our way along the Thames (and a few other places) all year.
We didn’t have a specific quest for 2016, but walked and cached our way round various parts of England. We went to Cornwall in May, found caches in all sorts of scenic locations, and broke our record for the number of caches found in a day. But the very last cache of all in 2016 was memorable – it was a first-to-find (FTF) found in the dark, on New Year’s Eve with just a couple of hours of 2016 remaining.
What have we got planned for 2017? We’re not quite sure yet, but we have the makings of an idea, which will take a bit of research before we can start it…
So what is Geocaching ?
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Geocaches vary in size from size of a thumbnail to containers the size of (treasure) chests. Many caches contain “treasure” and items can be removed and swapped into another cache.
All the caches we will blog about can be found on http://www.geocaching.com and to protect the anonymity of where caches are hidden, we will not divulge specific locations in this blog.
We will record our successes and failures, our finds (and ‘did not finds’) throughout the year. If you are already a geocacher, or want to find out more about geocaching – please feel free to contribute your comments to this blog.