Sunday, January 11, 2009

Geocaching... Explained

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Geocaching in Ohio

I've recently started geocaching and it has become a bit of an addiction. Since I'm sure I'll be blogging about it in the future I decided to explain it a bit more. I started doing it a few weeks ago, and since then I've had to explain it a billion times! Here is the explanation from the website:

"Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache."

Some geocaches are simply logs, where you write down your name as "proof" that you found the cache, while some are much larger containers that you can put little trinkets and what not in. The "rule" is that if you take something - you must replace it with something of similar value. There are also other "rules" that you learn... like not being seen while finding the cache! Some caches will warn you ahead of time that muggles are often present. A muggle being a non-geocaching person.

It is very fun and a great way to get out and moving! You might even see fun things along the way (like the Indian Pictographs above)!! It is also fun to hear that other people find what you leave behind!! This little girl found a neckalce I left in the first cache I found!

Check out the TINY cache my mom found today.

...And if any of you would like to add me as a friend on www.geocaching.com .... my name is ErikaJean on there ;-) Make sure you also have changed your settings to allow requests!


4 comments:

  1. Did you see they exchanged the necklace for a CANDY BAR? They need to read the rules. We found candy in another cache yesterday, what are they thinking?!

    It's a great way to learn about the area tho, we went to an actual lake today that had RC Airplane launches and RC Boat facilities. Who knew, it was only 5 miles away!

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  2. Woohoo another geocacher! You must be QuiltingFitzy's daughter. Isn't geocaching great! It's like a secret little world that most people know nothing about. I love secrets, spying, detective stuff... Those Indian pictographs are fantastic. I get so excited when others get turned on to geocaching. I'll check back often.

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  3. I like the new look here!

    I've heard of this and thought it sounded fun. I'm just way too lazy, I think. :P

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  4. Excellent. Thanks for the introduction to geocaching it had slipped under the Polybore radar.

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