If you know anything about our family, you know one of our favorite hobbies is geocaching. If you don’t know what that is, you must not read my facebook page. But here’s a quick rundown….
” Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”
(Description lifted straight from geocaching.com)
So, check the map online, or on your phone, pick a cache you want to find, head to the coordinates, and search.
Now, geocaching in Belgium is turning out to be a bit more difficult than in the U.S. First, there aren’t as many. Second, a lot of the caches in this country are puzzle caches, or hides you have to decipher before you can get the actual coordinates. Third, the descriptions aren’t as, well, descripitive. Belgian cache hiders are very good at giving you the history of the area you are searching in, but not very good at describing the actual container you are looking for. In fact, most people omit that information all together. Still, we have found a few…
Our first cache find in Belgium was outside of Havre Castle. Different than the Walmart parking lots we’re used to searching in the U.S.
“La prison hantée”
This one was an a bit of an adventure. First we had to figure out how to get there. The best path turned out to be through a very muddy potato field. Then we had to climb to the top floor of this dark, abandoned, crumbling building. L hated this one. It didn’t help that the title of the cache is The Haunted Prison. Note: Belgium has a lot of abandoned buildings. Most have no Keep Out signs or fences or anything that would lead you to believe you can’t enter.
Our first log signed the European way… day, month, year.
Caching around le Château de Beloeil gave beautiful views of the castle from all angles. I’ll be happy to revisit in the summer and fall to watch the gardens and forests change.
We never found the cache we were searching for in the cemetary in Soignies.
Of course, you’re not always going to find castles, or cemetaries, or haunted prisons or beautiful vistas…
… but you may find the cache.