How do I get started?
Visit the Geocaching official website-- this is your "one-stop shop" when it comes to all that is geocaching! The site offers a country-by-country search of all registered caches and users can download coordinates, maps and commentary from other members about caches. Also, there is a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions and an explanation of all of the different kinds of caches and trackable items that are found in some caches. It is really amazing to find out that there are so many hidden treasures so close to your own home!
A few of the really cool items that you might find in a cache in your neighbourhood:
No, it's not something that will have you keeping the tissue companies in business-- it's a tag that is attached to an item. The tag has a number on it that allows for the item to be tracked as it moves from one cache to another. There are thousands of these travel bugs in existence moving across the world-- one cache at a time. The first travel bug we found started off in Washington, D.C. with the hope of making it to Africa. We tracked the little Timone keychain travel bug along his journey by logging on to the geocaching website and by typing in his tag number--last time we checked he was in the U.K.! Check out where Timone is on his way to Africa!
A GeoCoin is a specially minted coin with a tracking number on it. These coins come in all sorts of themes and can be ordered online. They look similar to little bronze medals and are hidden in caches all over the world. Usually, the coins have a national flair so they are even more special when found abroad!
Each cache contains a logbook (as we've already discussed). We feel that it's worth highlighting the importance of signing the logbook when you find a cache and most notably when you swap an item in and out of a cache. Part of the fun of this adventure sport is noting the ever-changing contents of the cache and the rare and unique items that some people leave behind! Some people have created their own signature stickers, geocaching cards and cool team names and it's really neat to check them out in the logbook.
Reflections on our First Geocaching Experience:
To be honest, we just couldn't get over the fact that there were hidden treasure boxes all over the place! When Rob's parents told us that they had found a cache not more than ten minutes from our place, we just looked at each other with dumbfounded looks on our faces. When we logged on to the official geocaching site prior to heading out on our first cache hunt, our interest grew ten-fold. This geocaching thing was EVERYWHERE-- not only nearby but aroudn the world. Suddenly, we found ourselves putting in familiar postal codes from our places of work and homes of friends, just to see how many caches were hidden in the areas. It just blew our minds how many caches were out there and how big the geocaching community was!
We set off in search of the Mullett Creek Repeat Cache with Rob's parents and their GPS. Getting to know the GPS proved to be a task onto itself at first-- learning how to input the coordinates of the cache, figuring out all of the buttons and then seeing how the different screens could show us the way to the cache.
Here is a list of the geocaches we have found so far:
Mullett Creek Repeat: Our first experience with Geocaching. My parents took us on this first one, and it was a blast!
DEVIL ducks IN DE SKIES have landed! Ok, the only geocache we have ever gone looking for and never found. This was our second one, and man were we pissed! It's a micro-cache, so it's smaller than normal (or so we are told!)
Birthday Cache Great first cache we found with Nancy's parents. really fun, and easily found (well it should have been... we were too much into the deceptive thinking)
Want to try it? Check out the offical geocaching website (you will need your own GPS unit).
|Here is a list of all of our hike pages with Geocaching in or around them. Scroll down on each page to the light blue box for a link to the Geocaching main website for that particular geocache: