Saturday, July 17, 2010

I Found It!

What is geocaching?  Definition from Wikipedia:  Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a tupperware container or ammo box) containing a logbook. Larger containers can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is most often described as a "game of high-tech hide and seek".  Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. After 10 years of activity there are over 1 million active geocaches.

Mike claims I've entered a higher level of geek-ness with our new found hobby of geocaching.  I can't help it.  I get a rush when I find the cache!  After some research and getting familiar with our new hand-held GPS, we finally ventured out to three locations today, all within a mile walking distance from our park.  The first cache was found by a tree under some rocks, the other in a hole under a large rock, and the last location we could not find it.  We've been back twice, but no luck.  The GPS puts you almost on top of the location--almost.  It is more like a 24-foot radius you need to search. 

The most-used website gives you the locations (latitude, longitude, and a google map) with particular clues.  People get really creative when they hide the cache, the clever clues they give out, and then finders will write with a review of the "hide".  What is so great about the search is it takes you places you wouldn't normally seek out which is really fantastic when you are exploring new parts of the country. 

This is just so cool. 

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