Yesterday was one of those gorgeous Spring days in Vancouver. The air crisp, the sky blue and the cherry blossoms in full bloom. I was lucky enough to have made plans to try geocaching for the first time.
I had read about geocaching a few years ago. Basically you're given the coordinates of a spot where there's something hidden. It's usually some sort of a container, with a small logbook for you to sign inside. Sometimes there are trinkets that you can exchange. You then use a GPS to find the spot and the container.
Using my handy new iPhone, I downloaded a Geocache App and was ready to go. Some friends and I headed out to Deer Lake Park. Two of us had real GPS units and two of us had the iPhone App. The advantage of the App was that we didn't have to preload the coordinates. All of the clues, hints and information were right there.
We tried finding three different caches. The first two we found. The GPS/iPhone Apps got us within about 10' off the cache. Once we were there we began looking around and reading the hints to see if we could get any further clues to where the container was hidden. We did not find the third cache. Instead we carried on and walked around the rest of Deer Lake.
It was great to get out, explore a new area, spend time with friends and to try something new. We're already planning next weekend's adventure.