Did you know that Brevard County is a Florida geocaching hotspot? Well it is!
What is geocaching? Essentially, it’s a “high tech scavenger or treasure hunt.” With the use of a smartphone or hand-held GPS device, you explore your local area and track down “caches” hidden by fellow Florida geocaching enthusiasts.
Geocaches can be as small as a pencil eraser or as large as a treasure chest. They can be disguised as a tree branch, sprinkler head, rock or even a piece of trash.
Within each cache is a log. Once you find it, you sign your name, replace the container and move on. Some of the larger containers contain trinkets, toys and other souvenirs. Kids especially love these!
Want to take a treasure from the cache you’ve discovered? Make sure you bring a back of goodies with you because if you take an item you’re expected to replace it with another item so that the cache will remain stocked for future visitors.
With the help of Geocaching.com you can log and track each cache you’ve found and learn to hide your own caches for others to find.
Through geocaching, my family has discovered so many new places on the Space Coast and the surrounding counties that we may not have otherwise discovered. Some of our favorite places to go geocaching in Brevard are Wickham Park in Melbourne, TM Goodwin near Micco Road, St. Sebastian River Preserve and the “compound” in SW Palm Bay near Bayside High School.
If you love the great outdoors, hiking, exploring and adventure then you should give Florida geocaching a try. Not able to be an adventurer? Perhaps you’re unable to navigate the wilderness or don’t have a vehicle? Never fear! There could be a geocache hidden at your street’s stop sign, in the bush at your local Post Office or even at your local playground!
I suggest you head to Geocaching.com to create a free account and see just how close you may be at this very moment, to your first geocache! I bet you’ll be surprised!
For Brevard geocaching resources, materials and expert advice, check out the Space Coast GeoCaching Store in Merrit Island. (They’re also on Facebook so you can look them up there.)
In the meantime, happy geocaching, Brevard County! Please share your Space Coast geocaching stories in the comments below.
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://brevard.happeningmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/julie-geocaching.gif[/author_image] [author_info]This post written by Julie C., mama to three crazy kids who enjoy her love of geocaching (although they don’t always have the patience to complete the hunt for a cache). Julie is the owner of She Thinks Media, LLC, a Social Media Management, Small Business Marketing and Graphic Design company. She’s a long time resident of Palm Bay and lives near the “compound,” an area in SW Palm Bay that is rich with geocaches![/author_info] [/author]