Do any of you know what this means? Well here is the dictionary’s definition:
1.the recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website.
Here is the way the main geo-caching website explains it: “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”
And here is how I describe it: It is a big huge world wide Hide-and-Seek game, where people hide containers (that hold everything from a tiny piece of paper to lots of great prizes – also known as “swag”) all over the place. You use GPS coordinates (and some times have to answer trivia questions, solve puzzles and do math) to find these treasure boxes. Depending on which kind you find and what is inside – you make decisions and take certain steps to prepare the cache for the next person to find.
There are a lot of different levels to the game and lots of different rules – but here are the basics:
Find the cache.
- Open the cache and sign log.
- If you take any object from the cache to keep – you must put something of equal or greater value in its place.
- If the cache has a theme or special instructions – you must follow along – or leave it for someone else.
- Replace cache in the same (or better) condition that you found it – in exactly the same spot.
- Log your find online.
- Find the next cache.
- Share your love of geo-caching with like-minded friends and family!
You log all of your finds and look for new cache’s at www.geocaching.com. You can sign up for your FREE membership there. You can sign up for a Premium account which gets you perks like special cache’s that only Premium members get the location for!
The only things you need to geocache are a GPS enabled device (a smart phone works best IMO), always bring a pen (because some cache’s are too small to carry one) and if you plan on taking trinkets – bring things to replace your picks.
Cache’s are hidden EVERYWHERE!! I can almost promise there is one near you! They are hidden in trees, behind fence posts, under water – we even found one last week under the shell of an old car that an automotive shop is using for their business sign! Cache’s shouldn’t be hidden on private property without the owners permission!! However, I have come across a ton in really neat places where the property owner either gave permission or hid themselves!!
There are over a dozen different kinds of geocaches. As we go along I’ll do a different post on them so you can get an idea and a good feel for them. This post is just to give you an introduction to geocaching. I will be posting articles with our finds and info on the sport/hobby as often as I can.
If you don’t think you are ready for your first geocache – you can read up on my blog for a few weeks until you are comfortable. If you think you are ready now, I suggest you go to www.geocaching.com and read up on Geocaching 101 page, just to make sure you have the basics down.
Some of my followers are in Texas (I live here so most of my geocaching is done here. However, when I travel I always hit the “Search for geocaches near me” button!!) If I am going to post about a specific find – I will post the word *Spoiler* in the title. Some people get really angry when they are reading about someone else’s geocaching experiences and they accidentally get clues as to where a specific cache is. So if you are one of those type of people then I wouldn’t click on the ones that say *Spoiler*.
It is way past my bed time so I’m off to bed. We have found 23 geocaches so far. I will be blogging about each one eventually. I’ll try to get a few in tomorrow. Good night. Good luck. Happy caching. 😉