Geocaching is one of those terms that I’ve heard but never really knew what it meant. Several people suggested it as a fun and cheap activity to do here in Colorado Springs, so I looked it up and it sounds like tons of fun!
According to Geocaching.com, “geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.”
Now to find a deal on a GPS device… ;) Thanks for the awesome suggestion, Erin, Katrina, and Heather!
Another similar-sounding activity with no cost or initial investment is letterboxing. Alyse said:
“It is very similar to geocaching but without the GPS. There are hundreds of boxes in the springs and the two websites for finding them is atlasquest.com and letterboxing.org. You simply have a log book and stamp (homemade or store bought), stamps pads, pen, and bring the whole family.
The letterbox contains a logbook, stamp(usually homemade), and sometimes a stamp pad. You follow the directions, discreetly find the box, stamp your stamp in the letterbox log book and stamp the boxes stamp in yours, and discreetly return the box to its hiding place. Kids absolutely love this and it is basically free. Check the websites above for the rules of etiquitte for letterboxing.”
Reader Erin is an avid letterboxer and was interviewed by the Gazette in this article about letterboxing. Sounds like cheap fun!
Have you geocached or letterboxed in Colorado Springs? What are your insider tips? Make sure to check out the growing list of Cheap Things To Do in Colorado Springs.