Monday, January 23, 2012
What is this thing called "Geocaching"?
So how does it really work?
GPS coordinates lead you to a location where a treasure, otherwise known as "cache", is hidden. Many caches come with fun clues that help you along the way. Once found, you log your visit into the provided logbook. Many caches have trinkets to trade - think unusual coins, fast food toys, pencils, etc. My kids LOVE to trade their junk for junk! This is their "treasure" they seek!
Just a few items are needed to successfully geocache. A handheld GPS device (we used a Garmin), a book to take notes or write the clues down, a few trinkets to trade, and a great deal of patience are all you need for a successful day.
Once you have a device to get started, log into www.geocaching.com. There you can create an account and discover caches available to find in your area. We often look up caches when we are on vacation too. They are everywhere.
When planning to go on a hunt, either download the cache into your GPS device, or enter in the GPS coordinates. Make sure to write down the clues to help you find the caches. The GPS will get you to the spot where the cache is hidden, but it is up to you to use the clues to find it. Caches are often very cleverly placed, it could be hidden under a rock, inside a tree, or even in an unusual structure. So keep your eyes open, you never know where it will be hidden! But honestly, that's the fun.....the thill of the hunt!
Once you have returned home, log back into Geocaching.com to log your find and share your experiences with the community. This helps others find the caches and tells the one who hid the cache it's still out there.
This is a fun activity that the kids and I really enjoy doing - it is a great way to get outdoors and explore places you have never seen, even in your neighborhood!
With over a million geocaches hidden world-wide, there are geocaches for every type of adventurer to find!
Check out our helpful pointers and things to know before you go geocaching here. And then click here to go on a cache along with us!