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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Geocache Basics

In my previous post I wrote about how Cody and I went Geocaching. As promised, I'm going to tell you what Geocaching is and why you will absolutely love it!

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is basically a worldwide scavenger hunt that uses GPS coordinates to lead you to hidden caches.

What is a Cache?

A Cache is a container that is hidden by a fellow geocacher. You use the GPS coordinates given to find them. The size of a cache can range from extra small to large. Within each Cache is a log. On this log the geocacher who finds it, writes down the date and their geocache name. Some Caches contain "swag." "Swag" is just stuff that people leave in caches for other geocachers.  It can range from cheap trinkets, to more expensive things, like DVDs, to Trackables.

What is a Trackable?

A trackable is a type of swag left in caches by other geocachers. Each trackable is given a code. The trackable is moved from geocache to geocache and the code on the back is logged. You can see all the wonderful places that it has traveled.

How do I get started?

 When starting out, most people download the free Geocache app from the app store. It's available on both Android and Apple. You register for a basic account (later you can pay the $30 to get the year long Premium membership, which is well worth it). The app will then show you what caches are in your area. You click on the one you choose to find, and hit start. The app will then lead you to the cache. Some are easy to find and some aren't. Once you find it, log on the app that you have found it.

If you still aren't convinced, here are some of the caches that we have found.

Geocaching is a great way to stay active and have fun without spending money!

1 comment:

  1. So cool! Makes me want to head out right now. :)