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Old 11-04-2010, 07:20 AM   #1
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I saw this on another forum I belong to. Its called geocaching. Apparently you go to the geocaching.com website and you can put your zip code in and it gives you coordinates to go and find these hidden boxes. Inside the box is a log book that you sign and date and there might be something inside and you can take it if you want it but you have to leave something of equal or greater value in return. Seem like it might be kinda cool. I might try it. There are a about 10 or so in my area.

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Old 11-04-2010, 07:27 AM   #2
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there are several members on here that geocache, myself included. my friend and i do it and we have a blast.

for the iphone and android users, there are some really good aps out there for it. i have an android phone, and i use c:geo. that one works much better than the actual geocache ap, ad it is free.

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thats cool. im gonna give it a try. whats some cool stuff youve found in them?
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I haven't done it lately, but I used to be an avid geocacher. Hid a few of my own as well. Now that I have the Jeep I may pick it up again. There are some off-road-accessible caches in the area. I prefer the Garmin trail GPS units to the phone units, mainly because they're a bit more accurate and they're waterproof. But the phone will definitely work in a pinch.
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thats cool. im gonna give it a try. whats some cool stuff youve found in them?
What you find in them really isn't the point. It's mostly little trinkets and travel bugs. And many of them don't have anything other than the log to sign.

It's completely about the experience and finding new places in your area that you didn't know existed.
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thats cool. im gonna give it a try. whats some cool stuff youve found in them?
we have done a few of them, but the have all been the micro ones, so no stuff.

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I haven't done it lately, but I used to be an avid geocacher. Hid a few of my own as well. Now that I have the Jeep I may pick it up again. There are some off-road-accessible caches in the area. I prefer the Garmin trail GPS units to the phone units, mainly because they're a bit more accurate and they're waterproof. But the phone will definitely work in a pinch.
it isn't so much for the GPS feature, but for the recording of the cache and looking up caches. we use a hand held gps too.
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It's completely about the experience and finding new places in your area that you didn't know existed.
On that point, I remember one of the early caches I went to find, I had been living in the city for probably almost 10 years at the time. It took a while to drive to the general area because it was along some back roads (when I geocache I don't use turn-by-turn GPS systems. Just a compass arrow to make it much more interesting).

When I got as close as I could in the car, I jumped out with my handheld receiver and walked through a fence into a beautiful public park that I had never seen before! And here's the kicker: Mounted dead in the center of the park was a beautiful, fully restored B-52!
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On that point, I remember one of the early caches I went to find, I had been living in the city for probably almost 10 years at the time. It took a while to drive to the general area because it was along some back roads (when I geocache I don't use turn-by-turn GPS systems. Just a compass arrow to make it much more interesting).

When I got as close as I could in the car, I jumped out with my handheld receiver and walked through a fence into a beautiful public park that I had never seen before! And here's the kicker: Mounted dead in the center of the park was a beautiful, fully restored B-52!
so you took the b-52, what did you leave in it's place?
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it isn't so much for the GPS feature, but for the recording of the cache and looking up caches. we use a hand held gps too.
That's how I do it as well. When I started geocaching, it was before the era of iPhones and decent mobile web capabilities so I had to write stuff down or print it out. Now I can view the caches from the phone, which is much easier than trying to upload the data to the Garmin alongside the waypoints.
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so you took the b-52, what did you leave in it's place?
Lol
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:57 AM   #11
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yep, my first geocache adventure was about 10 years ago.....there are thousands of caches around now.....gets you out of the house........
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:06 AM   #12
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Here's the park I was talking about on Google Maps:

Bomber Park

The cool thing about it was that it was nestled right alongside a major highway, but you can't see it from there. There's about a half-second time period where you can see the tip of the tail as you drive by, but that's it. Really easy to miss.

And since the only way to get there is to drive into the international airport, it's hard to find by accident. People don't just drive around the airport ring for fun.

Anyway, that's the kind of thing I enjoy about it. You'd be shocked how little you've seen of your own town.
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:16 AM   #13
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sounds cool, I accidently found one a couple of years ago and though it was cool but forgot about it. I was given a gps for xmas last year and never used it.
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yea...def might try to find one this weekend...
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:36 AM   #15
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yea...def might try to find one this weekend...
Just remember to be discrete.

Often times, they get stolen because non-geocachers see geocachers messing around in the bush somewhere, so they wait until that person is gone to go see what the fuss is about. That's how the caches get stolen or vandalized.

If it's in a crowded area, visible to people/traffic/etc. you have to be all ninja about it.
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Just remember to be discrete.

Often times, they get stolen because non-geocachers see geocachers messing around in the bush somewhere, so they wait until that person is gone to go see what the fuss is about. That's how the caches get stolen or vandalized.

If it's in a crowded area, visible to people/traffic/etc. you have to be all ninja about it.
...........AKA Muggles

I use the c:geo app as well, works just fine...its great for recording your finds, and works fine in place of an actual gps device...This may be a bit different for more extreme geocachers..but for me locally its great!

I just started and have only found a few, but its a good time. Myself and a couple friends search out caches as a team.
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The wife and I have also stumbled across a couple geocaches (without trying) while just being out on our own hiking adventures.

By all means, if you do checkout the Geocache website, you might be surprised to find that there may be some caches located right near where you live.

Some can be pretty easy to find, but others can be quite a challenge.

LOL.. at times, the clues on the harder ones can be like trying to decipher clues from the National Treasure movies.


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