Geocaching

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This is really a cool thing, and it’s free!!  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s like going on a treasure hunt.  It’s called Geocaching.

gps

gps

You go online at http://www.geocaching.com/ and enter a zip code or an address or GPS coordinates and you get a list of geocaches for that area.  Each Geocache is basically a hidden box that you need to find.  It’s free to join, and unlike the library there are no late fees.  You can read through the descriptions.  Once you pick one that looks interesting to you you then enter the coordinates into your GPS and start walking through the woods in search of the cache.   Some of the caches are compound so you first have to find one location and then there may be a riddle or some question that needs to be answered in order to get the clue to go to the location of the cache.  Something like, ‘with your back to the stonewall look at the rock between the two old aspens.’ Then when you get to the location you need to start looking for the cache.  You look in hollow logs, stumps, under rocks.  There are all different difficulty levels.  If you need an extra clue you have to decrypt the clue using a decryption key.  One cache took us three tries to finally find it.

cache1

cache1

Here is a cache hidden in an old stonewall. So you find the cache, you reach under the rock overhang and clear the leaves from the old ammo can.

Eureka!

Eureka!

There she is with the rocks pulled away.  You pull it out and open it up.

What a cache looks like

What a cache looks like

Inside each cache is a small notebook and a bag of tschochkes.  You write a little note in the notebook, the date, maybe the weather, who you are.  Then you take one of the little toys, figurines, coins, key chains, dice or whatever and in return you leave a different valueless little tschochke.

Tzotches

Tzotches

So you take one of these things and you leave another useless thing.

The notebook

The notebook

This is the notebook that you sign.

At http://www.geocaching.com/ you can then record your adventure.  Some of the caches are located in historic areas or have stories associated with them, like maybe a family lived there that was killed by Indians or Henry Ford paid for the monument.  People post pictures of their experiences.

Any reason to get outside is a good reason.  And geocaching is a great reason.

My pics from walking about and then an example of a geocache.

You know what this means?

You know what this means?

Does this help?

Does this help?

Huh, do you know what it means?  More to follow tomorrow….

Here is an example of a geocahce from South Carolina:

Traditional Cache Guarding the Hollies
A  cache by The Scout Master Hidden: 10/18/2008
Size: Small (Small) Difficulty: 1.5 out of 5 Terrain: 1.5 out of 5 (1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)

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N 34° 51.739 W 082° 15.915 [Other Conversions]
UTM: 17S E 384347 N 3858504

In South Carolina, United States [View Map]

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<!– Description written by The Scout Master: –>This is a relatively simple cache. The 1.5 diffuculty rating is due to the soon-to-be-huge muggle factor.

You are searching for a large pill bottle, 5.5 inches tall and 2.3 inches across. It contains small trade items, a pen, log, and is large enough for small Travel Bugs and regular Geocoins.Please be stealthy. The best access is to turn off Pelham Road onto Old Boiling Springs Road, between the CVS and the Hardees, go down that road a short diatance, and turn right into the area.
>>>>>FTF Honors go to….Basset Hounds!!!<<<<<

Additional Hints ( Decrypt )

Decryption Key
A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z
(letter above equals below,
and vice versa)

Zntargvp, vafvqr (Decrypted Hints)

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