What is Geocaching?
How to Get Started
How to Find a GeocacheWhen we first started the process of finding a Geocache it was far more complicated than it is with the app on your smartphone. If you find yourself in a park or wandering around with extra time on your hands, open up the Geocache app and you will probably find a cache location hidden nearby.
You can use the information listed on the cache to find out more information, but really, it's about following the coordinates to get within about 10 feet before you start looking around. Knowing what size container you are looking for also helps. Some containers are disguised as rocks, screws, bolts or fence caps. Others have magnets and can be found secured to guard rails or under benches while some are hidden in tree knots or inside a rock wall.
Some Geocaches have hints you can look at if you are struggling to find the cache. The activity log is also helpful to find clues from other hunters who found the cache.
Once you find the cache, take out the log book, sign it, and record your find in your app. If there are trinkets, feel free to take one but leave one in it's place.
You can also keep your eyes peeled for Travel Bugs and geocoins. Both items have unique tracking numbers on them. Travel Bugs usually have some kind of goal they want to achieve, like traveling to all 50 states. You are part of the equation in helping that Travel Bug travel to it's next location. You can collect the Travel Bug at one location, log it so that you can see where it's traveled and what the goal is, and then hide the Travel Bug in a new location. Take these items only if you intend to put it into a new Geocache location. This all starts to sound complicated, but it's totally not and you will catch on in no time to this new high tech treasure hunt.
Give it a shot! I think your family will have the best time. Our family is really enjoying getting outside and exploring our area together.