Geocaching is a recreational pastime that I discovered in 2011. I find it goes well with birding and has led me to several new birding spots. Geocaching is basically a worldwide treasure hunt. People look for hidden items, using a GPS or an app on a mobile phone. The GPS can narrow down the location of a cache to within a few metres. The geocacher then has to think of the many extremely clever and devious ways an item can be hidden. The ones you can't find are devious. The ones you do find are clever.
More than 4 million people around the world enjoy geocaching and more than 2 million caches have been hidden! You can find listings of caches atwww.geocaching.com including the ratings for difficulty of finding and of the terrain. Caches always contain a logbook or log sheet on which to record your visit. Larger caches may also contain a number of items which turn the cache into a true treasure hunt. A geocacher never knows what the owner or other visitors to the cache may have left there for you to enjoy.
A cache may contain a "Trackable," such as a "Groundspeak Travel Bug" which geocachers record and move from geocache to geocache. "Geocoins" are trackable coins which are also moved from cache to cache.
Geocachers are usually hidden in locations of great natural beauty or historic significance, from beaches to mountaintops to urban areas.
If you take something from the cache, leave
something of equal or greater value. Write about your find in the cache logbook
and log your experience at www.geocaching.com.
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