Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.
Now, before I ruin my reputation, I just participated in Geocaching for the 1st time a few weeks ago. My son had a friend over and we were at the park. This kid started spouting off about Geocaching etc, etc. I think I ignored him for a bit but then finally caught on about what he was talking about. Before long they had us downloading a free Geocaching app on our iPhones and searching for our 1st treasure. I found a great web site www.geocaching.com that offers tons of suggestions and even a video about Geocaching.
For spring break I thought it would be fun to share with all of you the essentials of Geocaching. The Austin Explorer shared a great piece on Geocaching. Here is what you need to know.
Things that you MUST have:
- GPS Receiver. Most smart phones have GPS built in, however you will need an app that will allow you to track coordinates.
- Swag. I guess it is important if you take an item from the cache that you leave an item. They recommend the dollar aisle at Target for items.
- A pen. Learn from our inexperience. Carry a pen, always.
Things to consider bringing:
- Trash bags. They suggested getting in the habit of picking up a bit of trash every time you leave a caching area.
- Hiking Boots.
- Notepaper. If you come across a cache that has a full log book you can start a new one.
So, who’s ready to get out there and start an adventure? Happy Spring Break to you all!