On a treasure hunt
Get outside and find hidden treasure while geocaching. Wilco native John Keagy tells the View about a recent geocaching adventure with his seven- and five-year-old sons:
Why take your family geocaching?
Our main goal was to get outdoors, hike, and teach the boys how to use GPS.
What’s the appeal of geocaching?
Geocaching is pirate treasure hunting in the 21st century! Everyone can enjoy it, and everyone with a GPS or smartphone can do it. You can “bury” treasure and mark it on the GPS map for other people find. GPS gets you close to the treasure, but you still have to “dig” to find it.
Did you find anything?
In three hours, we found 10 geocaches that other people had buried. I didn’t realize the caches could be so small. Nine of the caches we found were “micro-caches”—as small as a film case.
What do you do after finding the treasure?
The caches usually have either a small role of paper that you can write your name on or small objects that you can swap out. We found one larger cache, an ammo box, that was hiding all sorts of treasures! My boys took two small action figures, and we put in some water purification tablets, band aids, and other helpful things for the next treasure hunter. Everyone had so much fun!
Will you go again?
Since I first went geocaching five years ago, I’ve loved it. I would definitely go again, and I recommend it for all ages.
Follow these steps for a Georgetown treasure hunt:
Georgetown Parks and Recreation Challenge Course Coordinator Art Ortiz suggests starting in San Gabriel Park, across the street from the Parks and Recreation Center. There are tons of caches to find there!
- Sign up for a free account online at geocaching.com or download the app.
- Locate a geocache you want to find and navigate to its location.
- Bring a pen to write your name in the logbook.
- Return the cache to where you found it!