What's In A Geocache?
Geocaches can be anything, from a small film canister to an official shoebox-sized plastic Geocaching.com box. Inside there's a log to write your user name and arrival date in; depending upon the size of the geocache, it may be a small notebook or a tiny scroll, so make sure you bring a pen with you. In the bigger containers there may be souvenir items to take with you, or "trackables" - items that are meant to travel from secret location to secret location to reach a particular goal - providing a whole new level of the geocaching game experience if you chose to pick one up.
The Geocaching.com intro app is totally fine if you want to go on hunts close enough to wherever you are; they make for good "side missions" to your daily routine if you have a half an hour or so to kill. However, if you enjoy geocaching enough that you want to step up your game, you can pay for the full, more robust version of the app, which can search geocache challenges anywhere in the world. It's great to be able to search for geocaches beyond the three nearest to your current location; I've gone on geocache hunts farther away in order to fill entire afternoons or days of boredom with longer quests. The quests can definitely add a little adventure to your routine life; there's a disclaimer stating that "Geocaching can be dangerous! You assume all risks arising in conneciton with seeking a Geocache and/or using this Geocaching application." In fact, I went on one mission that involved climbing a tree, only to stumble down and fall - but all in good fun and the name of adventure.
Perhaps one day I'll volunteer and create a mind-boggling geocache challenge, but in the meantime, there are plenty more geocaches for me to find. If you too get into the world of geocaching, perhaps I'll see you on the hunt.
For more about geocaching, including the history of how it all began in Seattle in 2000, check out Geocaching.com.