WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Ready for the realest video game you’ve ever played? It’s called Geocaching. And it’s about as close to reality as games are going to get.
Think of it as a free, outdoor treasure hunt, and then add smart phones into the equation.
Using either a smart phone or GPS, the object of the game is to track down caches – or virtual way points – in real-world settings by collecting and following different clues.
Along with learning the lay of the land as you navigate coordinates searching for the hidden containers, you may also learn something about the history of where you’re playing.
“The clues often help you feel a little bit of the town,” the league spokeswoman said.
Clues can take you to wooded areas or historical sites; even museums. Anything that tells the tale of the county or town you’re in.
“Each municipality has their cache in a different place, and what happens is there are different clues to lead you to where that cache is.”
You could even win a prize if you’re among the first 200 people to record at least 20 geochaches.
It’s also common for ‘geocachers’ to hid caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner.
They can be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street, but it’s your job to find out!