Around midnight Eastern Standard Time on May 2, 2000, the federal government shut off (removed) selective availability from the GPS (Global Positioning System) allowing civilians, like you and I, to enjoy the same precision of navigation as the United States armed forces had used for years. The next day, a GPS fan named Dave Ulmer decided to test out this new ability. The idea was straightforward. Hide a container out in the woods, record the coordinates with a GPS receiver, then post the coordinates online to challenge other GPS users to find it. The container was found three days later and geocaching was born. Who knew from that simple act 16 years ago that geocaching would eventually lead to over 2.8 million containers being hidden in over 180 countries?
What is geocaching you ask?
The mission of Geocaching.com is, “To Inspire Outdoor Play through Location-Based Technology,” and for many people including many RVers, Geocaching.com has grown from a website into a way of life. The game of geocaching fuels exploration and discovery for young and old alike. Each and every geocache is an outdoor adventure of its very own. Aren’t these the reasons we RV in the first place?
It is simply amazing to consider the wide variety of adventures and experiences that have been created and shared on Geocaching.com by geocachers across the planet. If you haven’t already incorporated geocaching into your RV travels, why not join the party and start today. After all, RVing with a 16 year old can definitely add some adventure to your next RV outing.