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!