GEOCACHINGIt’s Fun! It’s Free! And it gets you and the kids out of the house and out from in front of the TV or computer screen! It’s called Geocaching, and it’s an adventure in itself!

Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.

My first experience with Geocaching was when Mikayla was in Junior High. One of her teachers introduced the game in the form of an assignment. Each student was to find a certain number of caches right here in Comanche. Each cache had a log book included, and the students were required to log into the book when they found the caches. It was great fun and was something that she couldn’t do without me, so we were able to have some wonderful bonding moments while searching! And wouldn’t you know it, we had so much fun that we kept it up after the assignment was over, even looking for caches when we were out of town on vacation!

Of course Geocaching has become much more high-tech since Mikayla and I did it six or seven years ago. At that time you simply found the sites on the internet, got the clues, and went in search of the “treasure”, logging your find in a logbook found with the cache. Today, you still do that, but you also can record your find and any comments you would like to make on the website.

I looked and there are over 50 caches within a ten mile radius of Comanche. If you feel like branching out a little further the number is staggering!

With this beautiful Spring weather we are having, it is a perfect time to get out with your children or your grandchildren and do a little Treasure Hunting! Or make it a block event or competition! Don’t have kids or grandkids? No problem. Get your friends and neighbors involved. It’s definitely not exclusively a kid game. The number of adults enjoying the hunt increases every day.   Go to to get started.

Happy Hunting!

About Shirley Dukes

Shirley Dukes is the Communications/Public Information Specialist with Comanche Electric Cooperative, and will be writing about the cooperative in general as well as Energy Efficiency and some of the programs they offer. “I have been with the cooperative for twenty-two years, and love my job and all that goes with it. My current position is without a doubt the most fun job I’ve ever had. It gives me the opportunity to be creative, as well as spend time with our members and communities. And that just makes me –well – HAPPY!”
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