Sunday, May 22, 2011

Geocaching 101

On Facebook, I regularly post about going geocaching with David, my husband.
What is geocaching?  From the website---www.geocaching.com---the exact definition is: "Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location."
   In more fun terms, it's taking a walk in a nice spot finding some treasure boxes along the way.
   

Today, our hike was on the American Tobacco Trail.  There are oodles of caches hidden about one  every tenth of a mile, easy to get to, with scenery, birds, and today, cicadas to enjoy.
Each icon on the map is a hidden treasure along the American Tobacco Trail!




American Tobacco Trail (Rail to Trail in Durham, Wake, and Chatham counties)


My geocaching partner on one of several bridges.

Under same bridge looking.



Can you see it?

The more fun ammo box cache


GPS---cache is 20 feet away


To go geocaching, you should have a GPS unit---preferably hand held.  Ours is a Garmin but there are several options.  You also need to become a member of www.geocaching.com.  (There's no charge for basic membership.)  This is a great way to see things you wouldn't normally see, go hiking, and get to know your community better.  I'm sure I'll be posting more about our geocaching adventures!

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