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Jul 18 2008

Geocaching – A Fun Worldwide Treasure Hunt

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geo cachingOne of our very close and personal friends, Rolf Hohmann, recently told us about a new hobby of his that he was really excited about. It’s called “Geo Caching” and it’s something like a worldwide treasure hunt.

I still haven’t tried it, but I did make an account at GeoCaching.com and learned more about it… it’s actually really cool and believe it or not, it’s becoming very popular. I put in my location and saw that there were hundreds, possibly thousands, of caches in the Indianapolis area and there were even several in my little hometown of Washington, IN.

What is “Geo Caching?”

Here is a snippet from the F.A.Q. section of the official Geo Caching Website:

“Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.”

So, you can go to the site, do a search for caches in your area and go find them. Obviously you will need a GPS that shows grid coordinates, but you can find these for fairly cheap (you can get a GPS here.) Some are hidden very well, so only the creative adventurer will be able to find them, while others are extremely easy to find.

What’s in a “Cache?”

That’s a good question 🙂

It’s normally a small waterproof container hidden somewhere like under a rock or behind some bushes. Inside you may find a million dollars, a shoe string, a candy wrapper or nothing at all. From what I understand each and every one should have, at the very least, a “log book” which is written in by each person who finds the cache and if you find something you should leave something.

Here is yet another snippet from the F.A.Q. section of the official Geo Caching website:

“A cache can come in many forms but the first item should always be the logbook. In its simplest form a cache can be just a logbook and nothing else. The logbook contains information from the founder of the cache and notes from the cache’s visitors. The logbook can contain much valuable, rewarding, and entertaining information. A logbook might contain information about nearby attractions, coordinates to other unpublished caches, and even jokes written by visitors. If you get some information from a logbook you should give some back. At the very least you can leave the date and time you visited the cache…”

How do I Get Started?

Go to GeoCaching.com and sign up, it’s free, but I believe there is a “Premium” upgrade you have the option of taking, which gives you more features, not sure what though.

What if Someone Leaves a Bomb in a Cache?

lol that was my first thought when I initially heard of the game. All I can say is that this is a very popular game, going by the sheer volume of caches that appear all over the world (yeah, it’s everywhere.) Our friend, Rolf, is in Germany and they are all over the place there too. So, I’m guessing it hasn’t been an issue so far and if it does become an issue I’m sure it will be big news lol

I think it sounds like a really fun game (I guess it would be considered a “game”) and I’m looking forward to playing 🙂

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