Thursday, April 22, 2010

Geocaching


Geocache Treasure
Originally uploaded by Cajie.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. The official website provides more information about this interesting game.
You basically create an account on the website and then search for treasures (or caches) that are hidden around your area.
Each cache is identified by its GPS coordinates. You punch the coordinates in your GPS device and let it guide you to the cache location. Since there is always a margin of error, the GPS will basically take you very close to your target, and then it is up to your skills to actually locate the cache.
The game is very popular in U.S. However, there is not much interest in the game here in Kuwait (where I live). When I created my account and started searching for hidden caches, I could only find a handful hidden caches in Kuwait, and most of them were located on restricted U.S. military areas.
One cache did catch my attention. It was hidden in Jal Al-Zour on top of Mutla Ridge (considered to be the highest point in Kuwait). The ridge is a long hilly area made up of sand and stone that lines up the bay of Kuwait. Since it's a family oriented game, all of us got into our 4x4 and decided to go on an adventure to find the treasure.

What has geocaching got to do with photography, you say? Well, it is an excellent opportunity to go out and explore - which in turn gives you an opportunity to take pictures.

We did manage to locate the cache - and take some nice pictures in the process.

5 comments:

Marzouq said...

Where the hell was that place! looks like a crazy place to stash the item!

I tried a long time back when you mentioned it but gets annoying for me! lol

NicoleB, Egypt said...

I didn't even know that place existed,nor that Kuwait has hills :D

Cajie said...

Yeah..I've been in Kuwait for nearly 18 years and this is the first time I managed to get there.
It is definitely a must-see place.

NicoleB said...

But you need a 4-wheeler to get there, no?
Doubt a taxi will take me there *grin*

Cajie said...

@Nicole. You don't need a 4-wheeler. Any car will take you right to the base of the hill. A short (but tiring) walk to the top.