Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups.
There is a website for geocachers and at the time I visited the site, there were 761,834 active geocaches around the world. It is the official Global GPX Cache Hunt Site and can be located at www.geocaching.com. It is easy to use; you just enter the postal code or address of the area you are interested in and click “go” to explore the geocaches near you. According to the site, it is imperative that you read and understand the Cache Listing Requirements and Guidelines prior to placing each and every geocache and to make sure to obtain permission from the landowner or land manager. Once you are prepared, you can fill out their online form to report a new cache. This is a free service.
Only caches of a non-commercial nature can be posted through this site. If you wish to create a commercial cache or promotion, they ask that you contact their organization first. Caches perceived of a commercial nature will not be published. If it is your first time, the site offers information on how to hide a geocache, where to look for them and how to report your findings. This year with many travelers on budgets anew, it is no wonder that geocaching is becoming a popular sport.
With plentiful campgrounds and endless lakes, streams, rivers and hiking trails, the Plumas County Visitors’ Bureau is promoting the sport as affordable (and free) fun! It seems anyone can place these trinkets and many have done so in Plumas County. There are nearly 2,000 caches hidden in Plumas County. Hunt for treasure, get some exercise, and enjoy nature all at the same time! One can see how geocaching has risen in popularity as a fun family activity.
In addition to geocaching, the mountains of northeastern California offer many affordable vacation ideas among the beautiful lakes, rivers, streams and forests. Bring your bicycle for a cruise around a lake or mountain valley. Take a nature hike and learn to identify the hundreds of plants, flowers, birds, butterflies and wildlife that inhabit the Northern Sierra. At nightfall, check out small-town Art Walks and other events. Enjoy local music or simply star-gaze.
Local businesses are usually more than willing to share information on the natural treasures nearby. There are wonderful inns and lodges throughout the area as well as miles of beautiful campsites. The possibilities are endless.
sources: www.geocaching.com, Plumas County Visitors’ Bureau