Raiders of the Lost TupperwareLast weekend was perfectly uneventful. For the first time in what seemed like two months, Susan and I had absolutely nothing planned. Sure, we celebrated our fifth anniversary on Saturday with a nice dinner in Oak Brook, but that was about it. The hardest I had to work all weekend was mowing the lawn. Even that was just to get a head start on the falling leaves. The Chicago Bears had a bye week, so I didn't even need to sit in front of the television and watch them.
On Sunday morning, I threw some new batteries into my hand-held GPSr and journeyed out for a morning of Geocaching. Geo-what? Geocaching is basically a large online scavenger hunt. The goal of geocaching is to find hidden objects, referred to as caches, which contain a log to sign and tradable objects. Caches are typically Tupperware containers, magnetic key holders, and 35mm film canisters. Some are extremely creative. Some caches are straight forward, while others might require you to solve a puzzle, or uncover multiple stages, in order to make the find. Moobi introduced me to the hobby a few years ago.
How does this works? It's easy enough. If you visit the Geocaching website, you can search by zip code and pull up a listing of nearby caches. You'll be surprised how many of these are hidden within your neighborhood. Of course that depends how urban or remote you are. Each description will give you coordinates for the location of the cache. Oftentimes, the coordinates simply direct you to a clue required to find the final location.
If you're interested, here's my profile.
Geocaching is a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise. It's a great way to log some miles walking or biking. It's also a great opportunity to visit some unique sites around your hometown. Do you travel a lot for work? It's also a great chance to get out of your hotel room and explore some new cities.
I've included a map of some the geocaches just south of my house. This proves that they are everywhere.