Geocaching On a Motorcycle
February 1, 2013 - San Diego, CA
A few years ago, a friend introduced me to Geocaching. At first, she described it to me as a modern day treasure hunt. Imagining putting on a pirate hat and setting sail, I indulged my friend and let her take me out for a night of geocache hunting. With a Garmin GPS in hand, we ventured out into the world to find some treasure.
After three attempts and two successes, I finally figured out what my friend was talking about when she said it was a modern day treasure hunt. Sure we had left our peg legs and pet parrots at home, but with help of a few geocaching websites, we had plugged in some GPS coordinates that took us to locations where we hunted for hidden boxes and capsules in bushes, behind street signs and under rocks. Each one held a tiny scroll that we signed while some held a few nick-nacks that you could trade out for something of our own.
When I got home, I did a little research on where these caches are hidden only to find that it was a worldwide thing. Literally 1,984,718 geochaches hidden worldwide and the number is only growing, which means that every day, we are literally walking past dozens of geocaches.
So what does any of this have to do with motorcycles? Ever been to Glamis? It's one of the biggest dune riding spots in Southern California, not to mention the whole U.S. And there are literally hundreds of hidden geocaches in the dunes of Glamis and their surrounding area. For example, plug in the coordinates N 32° 46.151 W 114° 56.286 into your motorcycle gps and then look around.
Need more of an idea of geocaching is? Check out this video:
All you really need is a motorcycle GPS and a free account over at www.goechaching.com. I recommend either the Garmin GPSMAP 62 or the Garmin Rino 655t GPS along with a handlebar mount. Then pick a cache and enjoy the ride.