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Take the kids geocaching. We had a great time

About 10 years ago I played Ingress and I did a small amount of geocaching. These were some things I did to try and stay active while not being particularly active due to having a little one incoming and not attempting to drag Kim out for more active stuff. It got abandoned a little after our first born, almost came back a couple of years into and then there’s yet another kid.

10 years ago geocaching was, well, it appears exactly the same as it is now but a little more frustrating due to battery life, connectivity, etc. This weekend, as part of something upcoming for my kiddo’s Girl Scout troop, we went out and found some caches.

When I searched years ago it was about 1 in 3 caches were ever findable. This was due to a lot of factors such as my phone straight up dying from battery death, people putting things in impossible locations, and a lot of stolen caches it turned out. Had some bad actors…

This first trip with the kiddos we hit a park and picked up 2 out of 3 we searched for (third one had been placed 10 years ago and was 15+ feet into an overgrown thorn bush at this point,) and then we caught one at a fire station shortly after that making a three find run in about an hour.

It was enough to keep them interested, us walking, and overall I think we did a couple of miles which with short 1 and 2 and their level of complaints about moving was good.

I went ahead and signed up for the geocaching app for a year because, well, the free one I found was sucking goat… and discovered that with premium you now get to see the app sucks just as much, but you can now see more caches at least… not particularly happy with it but whatever.

Something to try… might even check out Ingress again. Been about nine years on that because, once again, pushing a stroller and dealing with a dead battery and a cranky baby was no longer fun.

You can play along for free using the official geocaching app, which as noted I think is terrible. But still good enough to get you there.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.