Geocaching: Fun for the whole family

What is Geocaching?

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Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to find the geocache.

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How do I get started?

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First create an account (free) on Geocaching website. Then spend a few minutes reading the Geocaching guide page. This explains everything you need to know about geocache. Familiarize yourself with the terms used on the geocache by visiting the glossary page and reading some of the logs posted by people who found caches.  A good starting point is to read: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching

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What you need to start?

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The main necessity is a GPS device or a GPS enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache coordinates. Not familiar how a GPS works or how to use one, the Outdoor Navigation with GPS book will help get you up to speed. Other items can be found in a starter kit, but it is not essential.

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Tool of the Trade.

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Things I like to carry:

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WARNING: This adventure could be addictive and fun, so get the family involved. If you have kids who think their cell phones are only for text messaging or playing video games with their friends. Tell them they can use the GPS feature in the cell phones to pinpoint the cache location using coordinates posted on the website for each geocache.

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