What can you do as recreation when you are on a budget? This article discusses two aspects of outdoor recreation, parks and geocaching.

Recreation on a Budget

Recreation is becoming harder and harder to afford. I’m not talking about sitting down with a movie and a box of popcorn, although that is certainly an option. I’m talking about getting “out and about’’. Where to go?

What to do? The explorer in you will find the suggestions below intriguing. Next article, who knows, culture, history, anything’s possible!

Even those who like staying at home and putting their feet up still want to get out and blow the stink off every now and again. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or just an occasional bug slapper, the great outdoors offers a number of options for your recreational needs, we’ll discuss two today.


Most areas have some sort of park within a radius of say, fifty miles. Not just the local playground but trees, mountains, rivers, and streams. The United States is riddled with national parks, and each state can advertise at least one state park. Options galore! Most parks boast a number of different activities, most either free with the cost of parking or minimal charge. Take your pick:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Boating/Kayaking
  • Spelunking


A technological scavenger hunt, this is an amazing way to spend a day with your family or by yourself. The searcher uses a GPS unit, cheap ones work just as well, to locate a geocache (aka treasure chest). Inside that cache is information on the location of the next cache, a log book, and sometimes a trade item. Bring something to trade! Doesn’t need to cost much (dollar store is fabulous!) but not knowing what you’ll get next adds a whole new element to your hunt! There are different types of geocache containers too, so you never know what you’ll find next. Some favorites are:

  • Multi-cache – these have coordinates that point you to another cache
  • Puzzle cache—has a puzzle that needs to be solved before you can get the next set of coordinates
  • Letterbox cache – Children love these! Inside the cache is a stamp and inkpad, the stamp is the signature for that cache (think passport) which is used to stamp your personal log book. Kids love to stamp their own personal log books. You sign the cache logbook with a stamp of your own.

So whatever your thrill, or whatever you’re hiding from for the weekend, let nature choose your course!

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