Have you considered geocaching on the Oregon coast? Do you know what it is? No? Oh, wow, are you in for a treat!
Geocaching is a hunt for treasure called geocaches, using a GPS device. The caches can hold all sorts of goodies, including some items called Travel Bugs, that actually can make their way around the country or even the world as treasure seekers pass them from one cache to another. You can monitor the Travel Bugs online, as each one is imprinted with their own identification code.
I had found out about this high-tech treasure hunting game from a friend and was curious enough to Google it. Boy, did it ever open up a whole new world! There is an estimated 650,00+ caches hidden in over 100 countries throughout the world, with everyone in-the-know looking for them. You never can tell what you may discover in a cache!
There are big ones, small ones, micro-caches, and even nano-caches, that are extremely small. There's a web site that you can register at for free and start tracking all the fun finds in your particular area. There are ratings of difficulty, such as 2/5, as an example. The first number means how easy or hard it is to find, while the second number dictates how easy or hard it is to get to. The scale goes from 1 to 5.
Let me give you an example of what geocaching is like. My wife and I went on our own adventure a few months back, while living up in Vancouver, WA. I checked the web site and found a cache hidden just down the street from where we lived (it was our first time, so I didn't want it to be a hard one to get to).
I had discovered an application for my Google Android phone specifically for geocaching, so I installed it. We got the coordinates for the cache from the web site, typed them into my phone, jumped in the car, and we were off.
As I said, it was a fairly easy one to find and ended up being hidden in a bush near someone's home. It was a medium-sized metal container. We opened it up to find all sorts of things, from a small, scented candle to a few kid's gum cards, and more. There was even a Geo Coin there (very cool!)!
Everything was listed on a small note pad (each cache should have one). We noted the date that we were there. If we took anything from the cache, we knew we needed to put something back in exchange, and write it all down. We then had to replace the can in the exact spot we found it, the old and/or new treasures intact inside. That's how it works.
If we had taken a travel bug, we would have had to put it in the next cache we hunted down, wherever that happened to be. That way, other geo-cachers would be able to track it as it moves. Then we would go home, log into the web site, and type it all in. That would be our geocaching record for the event and would keep everyone else updated about our find, sharing with them what they could expect.
I would think that the whole experience would be that much better if you decided that geocaching on the Oregon coast was the thing to do. Geocaching to fun, the Oregon coast is fun...that's double the fun!! ;)
In my opinion, geocaching on the Oregon coast is a fantastic thing to get the kids involved in. What kid doesn't love a good adventure and finding hidden treasure?
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The people who geocache are really a great bunch, so be friendly and honest. You'll all get along just fine. Geocaching on the Oregon coast is something that the whole family can enjoy together.