International Geocaching Day is annually observed, and it falls on August 18 this year. Geocaching is similar to hide and seek game where persons find the hidden treasure. In more precise, this game makes uses of the advanced technologies called GPS. The International Geocaching Day is commemorated to celebrates this fun hobby and those persons who participate in it.
“My favorite thing to do is to Geocache where I’ve never Geocached before.”
History of International Geocaching Day
The history and the person who first celebrated the International Geocaching Day is still anonymous. The third Saturday of August It is found that Geocaching, a famous treasure hunting game has its origin from the old practice of 160-year-old game ‘letterboxing,’ that uses the hints and references to the landmarks embedded in the stories. Letterboxing game focused on creating small weatherproof boxes with clues within to some new locations. Every letterbox will contain a notebook and a rubber stamp within. The person who found that letterboxer is called as letterboxers. He would use to stamp their notebook with the stamp by indicating that he had found it. The modern-day Geocaching uses the GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver or the mobile device and other navigational techniques. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity and the first geocache was made by Dave Ulmer, a resident of Beavercreek, Oregon on May 3, 2000. He posted and invited others to actively participate and from them, till now it is been played as an iteration. The letterbox is replaced by small waterproof containers called geocaches or caches which have a logbook and a pen or pencil. The geocacher will sign it and enter the date mentioning they found it. After signing the log, the person found it must place back to the exact place.
Other Celebrations on August 17
August 17 is also celebrated as
- National Vanilla Custard Day
- Thrift Shop Day
- Black Cat Appreciation Day
- World Honey Bee Day
- Break the Monotony Day
- International Homeless Animal’s Day
How to Celebrate International Geocaching Day
The best way to celebrate International Geocaching Day is to register at Geocaching.com and start geocaching by locating geocaches near you. Explore the world and begin your treasure hunting iteration. Share your International Geocaching Day celebration pictures on social media using the hashtag #InternationalGeocachingDay.