Since the beginning of quarantine, Netflix has gained two million new subscribers to binge-watch TV. However, these viewers are missing out on a safe adventure outside hidden in plain sight.
Geocaching is a worldwide hunting adventure that uses GPS satellites and coordinates to guide participants.
“We use the saying million-dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods and we use GPS to find containers that we then take the piece of paper that’s in it, sign our names and put it back so the next person can find it,” said premium Geocacher, Melinda Porter.
Porter has found over 2,800 caches in four different countries.
“It gets you out into nature and outdoors, a little bit of exercise and as I said, you just learn fascinating things,” said Porter.
Geocaching allows people to get exercise outside and learn about the community that they are in.
“I love cemetery caches,” said Porter “I was in one in Texas where there was a revolutionary war veteran buried there. He was over 100 years old when he died. It’s just the history that you learn from it.”
There are over ten caches on the LSU campus that students walk past every day without realizing.
“I didn’t realize that there was geocaching in Baton Rouge,” LSU student, Evan Antie said. “It was very interesting to see where people put them and how they kind of incorporate them in the LSU community.”
Geocaching also offers a COVID-friendly activity for people of all ages to do.
“I think this is a good activity to do during COVID. Just because it is outdoors. Unless you are running into people who are geocaching as well, you are very socially distanced as long as you are just with your friends,” said Antie.
All you need is a phone, the Geocaching app and a keen eye to start your adventure.