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What is GEO Caching? It's a treasure hunt using Global Position Satellite readings and a handheld GPS devise.

8/4/2007 I have been away from geocaching for a couple years but have recently ordered a new GPSr and will return
to the sport as soon as it arrives and I can get some caches loaded into it.

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My current GPSr
Just ordered
Garmin 60CSX

Geo Caches

Travel Bugs


Stats and Info
You start by getting a hand held GPS receiver then going to www.geocaching.com to find caches hidden in your area. Type in your home coordinates or simply your zip code and the caches will be listed closes first with an arrow showing the direction, the type of cache and the difficulty of the hide and terrain.  Plug the coordinates from the cache page into your GPS, get a backpack with water, food, a camera and maybe a few toys or other goodies (I'll discuss this later) and head out.

Caches come in all sizes. From the small breath strip containers to 5 gallon buckets.  The type you like to hunt for is up to you. 

The smallest are the Micro caches. They are the more urban type and can be hidden just about anywhere. Usually hidden in city parks, shopping centers and the like. They can be frustrating to find since they are so small and can be very cleverly hidden. As an example I once found a breath strip container with a magnet glued to it and painted the same color as the park bench it was stuck to. 

Most are either in ammo cans or Tupperware type containers. This is the type I prefer to hunt. While they can be hidden in an urban setting (A big bush in a parking lot) they are usually found in nature parks or the hills outside and away from houses and the city. I like the challenge of getting there more than the reward of finding it so I seek out the ones that take a while to get to but are not to difficult to find once you get there. They are also large enough for trade items.

Scab Island named for the scabs you will get hiking to the cache.

A standard Ammo can cache

Once you find a cache you sign the logbook. You can just sign it or write a short story of your adventure getting there if interesting. It is also neat to spend a few moments reading others comments that have found the cache before you. It's always special to be the first to find a cache. Some do a FTF dance when they do so and write about it. 

Next if it's large enough you can trade items. Usually they are small trinkets or toys for kids, a reward for finding the treasure, but can also include specialty items such as Travel Bugs, Geo Tokens or Where's George dollars.

Always make sure to replace a cache in the same place you found it. Your GPS receiver might show that it should have been 50 feet away but the next cacher might show it 50 feet in another direction. do to differences in GPS receivers accuracy, weather and other conditions the cache will not always be exactly where you think it might be. If you find it way off you can note it in the geocaching web site and if the owner gets enough complaints they should go back and re-evaluate their coordinates. Make sure you cover it up in the same condition you found it in unless you can determine that the last person to visit it left it in a condition that leave it vulnerable to Muggle or non geocachers that may stumble on it and take it or damage it. 

A Travel Bug

A Group Event

I like to take a digital camera along to take pictures of the caches I find along with anything interesting I spot along the way. Wildflowers, an old barn or anything else that would make a nice picture. Another good thing to bring is a few pens and something to write on (log book) to keep track of your day.

After a day of caching you return to the Geocaching website logon and post your finds for the day. It will keep your statistics and help in contributing to the fun of Geocaching. 

Here is a little information to get you started. Warning this hobby can be addictive. It can lead to better health from exercise, meeting new people with similar interests and finding interesting places close to home you might not have known existed otherwise.

Travel Bug: An object that has it's own serial numbered dog tag. Some have goals like being dropped off in a cache when the owner is visiting somewhere on the other side of the country and wants to make it's way back to a cache in the owners home town. Other Travel bugs have specific caches they like to visit such as mountain tops only. Usually Travel Bug owners prefer that you post a story of the Travel Bug's travels and posting pictures is encouraged. 

BenchMark: Pretty much since the United States was occupied territories were marked off. For the last 100 years or more the USGS has created benchmarks to establish boundaries. They can range from a pile of rocks to a more modern round brass emblem with the latitude, longitude and  Number engraved into it.

Where's George Dollar: This is not limited to Geocaching but seems to fit right in. A website wheresgeorge keeps statistics on dollar bills. They are tracked on their location. When you enter a bill you can see where it's been. 

75 foot waterfall found caching

GEO Token: A small item like a coin that an individual Geocacher creates to the fun of finding caches. There is no reward other than the one received when it becomes popular to find.  

Muggle: A non Geocacher that may stumble on a cache. This can be good or bad. They may wonder what you are doing and call the cops, go to the cache after you and damage or steal it, but good Muggles sign the log book, find it a fun hobby and become Geocachers themselves. 

Event Cache: Geocachers unite for a day of caching, a meal, getting to know each other, sharing stories and trading travel bugs.

CITO Event: Cache in Trash out. To help give Geocaching a good name and keep the trails as enjoyable to future visitors CITO is a winner for everyone. Throw a couple trash bags in your backpack and on your return from finding your caches pickup the garbage thoughtless others have left behind.