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Treasure Hunting In The City of Gold

Treasure Hunting In The City of Gold

by Tessa Cunliffe                              Posted: 2012/05/15

Geocaching is modern day treasure hunting for grown ups and an awesome way to discover your city. http://bit.ly/1FhhPCP

When I was a kid a giant rabbit hid chocolate eggs in the garden and a big fat man made an annual trip down my chimney. Those days are gone. I want them back. And I've found a way - and no, it doesn't involve excess alcohol consumption or hallucinogenic substances.
 
Geocaching is basically modern day treasure hunting for grown ups and all you need to get involved is a GPS. I had no idea how to get started, so I decided to get a regular geocacher to help. He sent me through GPS coordinates and a Sudoku puzzle and the adventure began.
  
 
We grabbed our GPS, typed in the coordinates and followed the monotone to our destination. 
 
 
The cache (or hiding place) was located on top of a hill, underneath a radio tower, with a beautiful view of the city. I was overwhelmed by the fact that I had never known that this unbelievable location existed. 
 
 
I punched the marked numbers from the completed Sudoku puzzle into the lock. My excitement increased as to my surprise the lock actually opened.
 
 
Inside was a small, yellow capsule. Treasure! 
 
 
I felt like a little kid, when I ripped off the lid and promptly poured the contents into my open hands. I was met with a random assortment of goodies. Thrilled! My guide told me that if I wanted I could take something out and he had brought along some popping candy and hair bands to add.
 
 
We sign the log book and lock up the cache before heading to our next location. 
 
 
After a short drive we arrived at a memorial site, the intriguing type of place that you drive past and think "I wonder what that is?" but never take the time to stop. My guide explained that the cache locations usually have something special about them that you can read about on the geocaching site
 
 
He then hands me his Blackberry with a special geocaching compass app, to help me find the cache. 
 
 
I wonder around aimlessly for a while cursing the compass (I must admit I am no girl scout) and eventually find a pile of rocks that seem out of place. 
 
 
 
I scratch around and find a small, dirty box. My second treasure trove of the day! 
 
 
 
 
The game is extensive, with so many different elements and angles to it. There are items known as trackables or travelers, which include Travel Bugs and geocoins. These have tracking numbers on them, which allows for people to record the distance that they travel from cache to cache and around the world.  This coin originated in Hamburg! 
 
 
If you love being outdoors, love your city and are a just a little bit mad then this is surely the game for you. For more information about the game and how to get involved visit the South African geocaching site
 
Geocaching is modern day treasure hunting for grown ups and an awesome way to discover your city. http://bit.ly/1FhhPCP

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