Monday, December 31, 2007

Geocaching GPS Treasure Hunt

If you have a GPS you should give this a try. It's called Geocaching. It's like a treasure hunt for GPS. Be sure to go into the settings of your GPS and un-select "Snap to Road". I know the Jensen NVX-225 has this option

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little value. Today, well over 480,000 geocaches are registered on various websites devoted to the sport. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica.[1]

A little more info.
For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container, containing a log book (with pen or pencil) and trinkets or some sort of treasures, then note the cache's coordinates. These coordinates, along with other details of the location, are posted on a website. Other geocachers obtain the coordinates from the Internet and seek out the cache using their GPS handheld receivers. The finding geocachers record their exploits in the logbook and online. Geocachers are free to take objects from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value, so there is treasure for the next person to find.
Microcache hidden and found beside the Roman Colosseum
Microcache hidden and found beside the Roman Colosseum

Typical cache treasures are not high in monetary value but may hold personal value to the finder. Aside from the logbook, common cache contents are unusual coins or currency, small toys, ornamental buttons, CDs, or books. Also common are objects that are moved from cache to cache, such as Travel Bugs or Geocoins, whose travels may be logged and followed online. Occasionally, higher value items are included in geocaches, normally reserved for the "first finder", or in locations which are harder to reach.

Geocaches can range in size from "microcaches," too small to hold anything more than a tiny paper log, to those placed in five-gallon buckets or even larger containers. [4]

If a geocache has been vandalized or stolen, it is said to have been "muggled" or "plundered." The former term plays off the fact that those not familiar with geocaching are called "geo-muggles" or just muggles, a term borrowed from the Harry Potter series of books.[5]

If a cacher discovers that a cache has been muggled, it can be logged as needing maintenance, which sends an e-mail to the cache owner so it can be repaired, replaced, or archived (deactivated).


Here is a huge Geocaching website.

I haven't had a chance to do this yet. I'm looking forward to starting. I'll probably wait closure to summer. I figured some other people would be interested in this.


I encourage you, and anyone else, to give geocaching a try. It's truly addictive. My wife and I have been caching since last June and are nearing our 200th find. It has taken us places that we never knew existed - places we would never have visited. And now my grown sons are taking the grandkids. They love it. If interested, we blog (no spam) at Plenty of pics & videos for the curious.
Cache on!

Yes, it's definitely great fun! We have been caching for about the same time but not near as active as the Geocats but we're working on it! It gets you outdoors with a purpose. And as Norm said, it takes you to places you never knew existed.

Hey, if you would like to find out more about Geocaching check out our resource called Geocaching Online It has a regularly updated blog and hundreds of links to Geocaching how-to's, information and more.

All the best and hope to see you on the trails!

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