How do you get techie geeks interested in long walks in the open air and outdoorsy types interested in computer science?
Introduce them to geocaching.
For those of you who don’t know, geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt that spans the globe. Geocachers all over the world hide simple “treasures” in the great outdoors, use a global positioning system (GPS) to mark the coordinates, then post those coordinates online so other geocachers can seek out their cache.
Usually, a cache is a container filled with small toys and other inexpensive trinkets. When a geocacher uncovers a cache, he or she usually takes an item and leaves an item of theirs behind in its place.
But it’s not so much the trinkets that lure geocachers to locations near and far (some of which are obscure and difficult to navigate) – it’s the journey that leads them there and the thrill of the find that keeps them on the hunt.
According to Geocaching.com, there are about 1.5 million active geocaches in the world at present – more than 4,300 of which are located in Newfoundland and Labrador.
As of October 18, 2011, there was one more. Downhome has hidden a geocache somewhere in the wilderness of this province. We’ve got a few trinkets tucked away for you in our cache – and we’re excited to see what you might leave behind for us. We hope you’ll enjoy the thrill of finding the Downhome geocache – and we promise the view from its hiding spot will leave you breathless.
So lace up your hiking boots, grab your GPS and head for the following coordinates:
N 47° 42.534'
W 52° 42.519'
Vince Marsh, art director for Downhome magazine, found the perfect hiding spot for our cache.
Drop a line or two in our logbook, and feel free to take an item and leave another behind in its place. Snap a photo of yourself with our cache using the disposable camera included in the container – if the film survives our climate, that is!