Get Fit in the Mitt – Episode 21 – A Real-World Treasure Hunt


When you were younger, did you ever dream
of finding real life buried treasure? It may be easier than you think! Hi, I’m Jessica Springer, a member of the
Get Fit in the Mitt team at Spectrum Health Lakeland. We want to inspire you to get moving and take
advantage of the many local, affordable, and unique exercise opportunities in southwest
Michigan. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure
hunting game! Participants use a GPS-enabled device to navigate
to a set of coordinates and find a hidden cache, or container, at that location. The best part is you never know what you’re
gonna find. St. Joseph resident, Leif Werner has been
on the hunt for caches for the past 4 years. So, how did you get your start on geocaching? My cousin introduced me to it, and I just
thought it was really cool. So a few years later, when technology finally
caught up to our smartphones, I was able to go out and get the app, which was an easy
download, and after that you go out and start finding them. There was one really it was close to my house. I went out, got it, and was hooked after that. Personally I love exploring, so being able
to go out and find new things and find things that maybe not many people have seen in the
area, really helps me. It keeps me driving. It keeps me going, and just finding new areas,
new things to do, is awesome. Well, it always keeps me moving because I’m
always wanting to go find the next one. I’m always like, “Let’s go! One more. Just one more. Just one more.” In this area my favorite cache is actually
out on the bluff area. It’s a multi-cache, which means it’s a two-step
process. You have to find and answer some questions
that’s on a plaque, and then you have to go and find it. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but it’s
an awesome one. The rules of the game are simple. Download the Geocaching app on a mobile device
to search for caches in your area. Navigate to the cache using map, compass,
or driving directions. So what are we looking for today? Well we’re looking for geocaches, which is
containers that are usually hidden in the woods, or in a city, or wherever you are,
and they can be homemade boxes or store-bought, depending on how you want to go about it. It’s kind of exciting to find treasure hidden
somewhere that somebody else put up. And they can be all sizes? Oh yeah. They can be really ginormous to small, itty
bitty like the size of your fingernail. It just depends on who puts out there and
who’s controlling it. And what can we expect to find inside of the
cache? Inside the caches, you find a logbook that
somebody put in there, so that you can sign your name in there or your username, and then
sometimes also you’ll find treasures in there for kids, like little toys, and what you do
is exchange those toys out. So it’s awesome for kids. Once you’ve found the hidden item, sign
the logbook and return the cache. If you take something from the geocache, leave
something of equal or greater value. Thanks for watching this episode of “Get
Fit in the Mitt!” To find out what’s at the bottom of this
ravine, or to locate other caches throughout southwest Michigan, visit www.geocaching.com
If you have a topic you’d like to see featured by the “Get Fit in the Mitt” team, join
the conversation at www.getfitinthemitt.com And as always, remember to Get Fit in the
Mitt!

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