Are you a muggle or a seeker?
And I’m not talking about Harry Potter.
Although you may have been pottering through a park when you spied a seeker; a modern-day treasure hunter partaking in the popular activity of geocaching.
Muggle is the term used for an unsuspecting, non-geocaching, member of the public that may witness the hunting or recovery of the “treasure”.
Or indeed, a muggle may stumble across the treasure themselves without realising it.
The treasure (or geocache) is a container that is trickily hidden in a public place and sought using GPS co-ordinates and clues.
The container may be small and hold a log book only while larger ones have a selection of cheap trinkets that can be swapped for one of your own.
The clues, co-ordinates and general information are shared online through www.geocaching.com
To muggles the whole thing may initially just sound bizarre, but think about it…
It’s an exciting, high-tech, real-world, treasure-hunting game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and, while internet-based, it actually gets its participants outside and being active (to various degrees).
It’s an excellent way to get to know an area, and when you live and travel in somewhere like New Zealand then it’s definitely an awesome way to discover new places!
The Kiwi Annisons are geocachers of the infrequent variety.
We don’t do it on a regular basis (for no particular reason other than those pesky other things that get in the way) but we find having the Kiwi Blog Bus is an excellent way to geocache.
It has made us find amazing little corners of towns that we thought we knew.
Some of the locations have been interesting places of historical or environmental significance and mostly likely we would never have stumbled across them if we had not been hunting for a cache.
We have a little tin of “treasures” that we keep in the bus so we are ready to exchange items if we find a cache. It’s amazing how excited you can get over a bugs bunny eraser or Australian fridge magnet!
It is becoming a very popular activity here in New Zealand and apparently there are over 5 million geocachers around the world now.
Kids love it.
(After all it’s the ultimate hide and seek!)
Dogs can often come along too.
For us, it is the thrill of the hunt and the excitement upon finding hidden treasure.
And we have a lovely collection of erasers and fridge magnets now!