I finished my long law enforcement career as a CSI detective, so maybe that’s why I gravitated to the fun, sleuthing hobby known as geocaching. Whether it’s deep in the cities or out in the wilds, people all over the world hide “treasures” for finding. All you need is a handheld GPS, and you are on your way. Geocaching.com is the place to get started, and it’s free.
Just look up where you want to go, find a site, plug in the coordinates and go on the hunt. A normal cache is about the size of a 30-caliber ammo can and contains a log along with various other items. I have found caches containing watches, knives, rings, $2 bills, etc. If you take something from the cache, you should have something to replace it with. Sign the log to make the find legit. Some caches can be very small. Be sure to bring your own pen because the log may just be a small roll of paper in a small vile. Some caches turn out to be very unique — like a pine cone, drilled out with a cork in it, hanging on a limb of a tree where it doesn’t belong. It could also be done up to look like part of the ground cover. This hobby is really fun, and wherever you might find yourself, a great way to explore.
Sonoma County (CA) Sheriff’s Office., retired