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A Treasure Hunt With A Twist

If you have had the pleasure of being in our area as of late, then you must have noticed the obvious signs of lake life reawakening. Docks are being put in, fishermen are taking advantage of early morning glassy waters and the eager tubers are out and about. One of my all time favorite spring activities is to take the family out on a geo-caching adventure. A “what kind of adventure?”, you may be asking. Geo-caching! (Pronounced G-O Cashing) Geo-caching is a real world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called caches, by using a GPS-enabled advice. It’s like a newer version of scavenger hunting, only more technically advanced. Players go online where they enter the zip code for the area that they are going to be hunting. They enter the coordinates into the GPS, decipher clues if available, and set out on an adventure. These hunts vary in difficulty but it is an easy and fun game to learn. Another neat fact about geo-caching is that most containers contain a book that you can view and sign. How amazing to see how far people have come. (My family has a cache that we created and hid. We were so excited to see one group was from Canada!) In most containers, there are trinkets left from previous cachers. The rule is, if you take something out, you must put something back in. (I claimed a most awesome Winnie the Pooh Pez dispenser!) ASCI offers some terrific Cache Tours which will give you the gist of the game, if you are reluctant to try it solo. There are so many great caches to be found here in our area. So, if you are looking for something a little new, a little different, a little unique, then try out geo-caching! In the meantime, cache you at the lake!