What is Geocaching?
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. These tresures can come in any size, shape, and form. They also can have any thing in them from money to toys. 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 at Geocaching.com. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache, NOTE: If just getting started you do not need a GPS necessarily. You can use a program like Google maps or Google Earth to see its location.
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Where do I find a Geocache?
To Get started log on to Geocaching.com and Register for a free membership.
Then navigate to the "Hide & Seek a Cache" portion of the site!
Enter your postal code and click "search." Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device or search w/ Google Maps/ Earth to see its location to help you on your search. Once you find the geocache sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.
What comes in a Geocache?
A geocache can contain many things. Depending on the size of the cache. Mostly the cache has little trinkets and novelty items such as bouncy balls, pens, coins, trading items, sun glasses, cd’s and dvd’s…etc.
What does Terrain, Difficulty, and Size mean?
Terrain- Terrain is based on a 1-5 star scale. 1 meaning wheel chair accecable and 5 meaning thick forest (woods), Rock climbing, water..etc. Everything else is in-between those two extremes. Its really up to you to figure your own scale in a weird sort of way, i.e. if you have bad knees a 2 star could be a 5 for you so check the cache page very thoroughly!
Difficulty- Difficulty is also based on a 1-5 star scale. 1 meaning in plane sight and less than five minutes to find. 5 meaning extremely hard and not usually in plain sight and also take more than 30 minutes. Everything else in in-between those two extremes. Depending on how many caches you have done you might find a 2 that is a certain type of container you haven't seen before and make a 4 out of it!
Size- There are five different types of sizes!
Micro- Micro is a small container, usually a 35mm film canister or similar but can be small. If the cache page says bring a pen, its small!
Small- Small usually can contain a log and small items ( at least two small items or a geocoin.) Small containers are similar to a tupperware or season sause container!
Regular- Regular is usually an ammo box or lock and lock container. These container can hold multiple items and a large log book! Some even hold cameras in them to take a photo see the visitors of the cache!
Large- Large is a really big cache. Most of the time they are a five gallon bucket of a huge Tupperware maid box. This well of course hold big stuff. These are great for kids!
Other- Other is really not a cache at all. It is here to state that the owner of the cache does not what to tell you what type of cache it is. You find these on hard or caches that want to be a little mysterious.