Day 207 of 365…
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, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
Today I had my first ever experience with a Geocache Treasure Hunt at the CRESA 9-1-1 Open House. (BTW, the 9-1-1 Open House was wonderful. Major kudos to the entire CRESA staff, volunteers, service men and women and animals who made it a huge success. Make sure to plan to attend every year.) The Geocache was a 10 point Treasure Hunt where we used the latitude and longitude coordinates to search for each of the next clues. Once we found all 10 it led us to the final clue where we received our prize. I was in “a bit of a race” with Janna Nichols that I’ll say ended in an undecided photo finish. We were all winners by completing the task. ;) This little adrenaline rush got me thinking… I’m sure there is a whole Geocaching world here in Vancouver, WA and I was correct.
So, I loaded the free Geocaching iPhone app onto my phone and loaded up a location (There is also an Android Geocache app). Below are the screen shots of my progress…
I can’t show anything further since I don’t want to spoil the surprise of finding this yourself! Let me say, it is most cleverly disguised! Geomarbles did a marvelous job with this one.
Not only is the hunt fun but you also get to explore your community. You can take in places you don’t normally see. If you have an iPhone or Android the only cost associated is the $9.99 for the full app once you complete the three tasks you can do on the free version. It is fun for the entire family!
We are excited to announce a fun community challenge called 30 Days, 30Ways to celebrate National Preparedness Month 2010.
Each day in September, CRESA is going to post an activity-based challenge which will take everyone who plays one step closer towards being more resilient as a community and ready to face the next crisis.
Who Can Play?
Anyone can play. In fact, we encourage EVERYONE to play along in this fun challenge. Even if you don’t complete all 30 days of challenges, by simply doing some of these activities, you may find yourself thinking about emergencies differently.
These challenges are fun and get you thinking about your own “preparedness” in the event of emergency or disaster. They’ll challenge you and hopefully teach you to think a little different. I encourage you to click through the CRESA link and start “playing”. You really can catch up on the challenges. Get over and get started and share with you friends too.
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