Tallahassee Treasure Hunter

I remember being young and watching pirates on television with a map looking for buried treasure. I would often times find myself recreating that exact scenario in my backyard; hiding something, then drawing a map and handing it to my sister to see if she could find the treasure. It was a thrill and a sense of adventure that was easily rendered for a child in their own yard.

Well, not much has changed 20 years later. I still yearn for those adventures. That is how I discovered the world of Geocaching. Geocaching incorporates your GPS (found nowadays on most smart phones) and provides an online database that compiles all the coordinates from fellow geocachers that have hidden “treasure”. Searching your area is easy, simply input your location and up pops several different types of “caches” surrounding you. Go find a few, or go find them all.  It makes for a great family fun day, where the kids will have a blast with that real “treasure hunt” feel. It is also a fantastic way of exploring new areas or a way of putting a fun new spin on some of your favorite trails, parks, or waterways. Let me tell you, Tallahassee is full of them! Try areas like the St. Marks bike trail in Woodville, the J.R. Alford Greenway along Piney-Z lake or Elinor Klapp-Phipps park for starters. Often times you will find various knickknacks to swap and trade, so be sure to pack “treasures” for leaving behind. Also, bring a pen and log your find in the logbook located inside the treasure chest. Sounds simple, right? Not so fast, people get mighty crafty at hiding these “treasures”.  Just because you find the coordinates doesn’t mean it’s going to be right in front of your face. You must think like a pirate who is hiding his booty.

So what are you waiting for? Log into geocaching.com or download the app onto any smart phone to get going and explore! You may end up realizing that the hidden cache isn’t the true treasure after all…

Harry Smith, A Tallahassee Native & Author Author:

Harry Smith

Bio:

As a Tallahassee native, Harry has always appreciated the great outdoors. Now as a guide and long time avid kayak angler, he takes great pride in opening the eyes of veteran residents as well as newcomers to the state to all of the wonders that north Florida has to offer. Whether it is by foot, bike, or kayak, Harry never turns down an adventure and is always eager to share ideas among fellow enthusiasts. As the owner of Harry Smith Outdoors, and an ambassador for the state, he can always be found with a smile on his face and the outdoors on his mind.

You can find Harry on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hsmithoutdoors or come by and see him in Railroad Square Art Park at 694-4a Industrial Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32310.

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