Random, Fun & Free: Geocaching

Living on a budget is part of being young, for most of us anyway. How many times have you sat around on a beautiful summer day and thought, "I have nothing to do and no money to do it with"? Well, it's all about being creative. I'm going to do my best to scout out free activities to do in the Metro Detroit area that are a little out-of-the-box.
 
Today, it's all about geocaching. What is geocaching, you ask? I had to do a little research myself, since I have never done it myself. A few of my friends swear it's a blast, though, so I checked it out.
Geocaching involves going online to find the coordinates of a hidden cache.  Then, you plug the coordinates in to a GPS device and set off to find the cache.  There's no prize, and no winner, but geocachers swear that the journey is the fun part. 
 
About.com lists some tips for geocaching:
  • Keep your geocaching team to two or three people. As might be expected, the person holding the GPS has the most fun.
  • Pick caches in parks or nature preserves.
  • Multi-caches (where each cache includes coordinates to the next cache) and/or puzzle caches make things a little more interesting.
  • The geocaching websites often include a rating system as far as terrain and difficulty.
  • If the coordinates of your cache leave you in a parking lot, lift the square metal top of the nearest light-pole base and check within it.
Apparently, there are thousands of caches hidden in Michigan. Check out this site to get your cache on, and let me know how it goes, because I plan on getting a team together soon. Also, if you've been geocaching before, leave a comment to give us some tips!
Stay awesome
Janelle