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Geocaching: A Modern Treasure Hunting Experience

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a (GPS) receiver or mobile device and 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 (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little financial value, although sometimes they are sentimental.

How to Have Fun Geocaching

  1. Make sure you have a working, accurate, easy to use handheld GPS. If you have an iPhone or other smartphone, you can also download the Geocaching app from the app store
  2. Find a source for your caches. Go to http://www.geocaching.com
  3. Look for cache activities that sound most exciting to you. Some caching games have prizes inside of the caches, others have codes you can turn in for rewards.
  4. Find a group of friends who also geocache. It will help you have more fun, as well as making it easier, if you go geocaching with a group of friends. Friends with similar interests will lighten it up too!
  5. Make a it fun. Pack a lunch and have a picnic near the area. Who knows if you can find it there!
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