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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Getting Started

As with any new hobby, there is the learning curve to deal with....

First things first, you need to go to geocaching.com. This is where the list of hidden geocaches are kept. You can search them by zip code. Go ahead, check it out, see what hidden treasures are located just around the corner from your place. We'll wait.

So, now you just log the coordinates into you bitchy GPS and away you go...on a treasure hunt.

You might want to take a few things with you. A pen, to log your find. Take some water, and some snacks. Wear some decent shoes.

Take some patience, as the owners of some caches can be pretty clever. For example, here is a shot of a cache that was hidden inside a super ball, the ball was rolled in gravel and just laying in the rocks at the location. Unbelievable.....




Some caches are a bit larger and contain little trinkets. You can exchange something inside the cache with something you brought along of equal or greater value. That is, if you remember to bring something along (a mistake we've made more than once).



There is terminology to deal with too. Muggles, for example. These are non-geocaching people that might be in the area. You want to avoid letting on what you're doing, as you don't want people not playing to disturb a cache once you leave.

Nano, we haven't quite figured out. Some cachers in our area have nano, or nanoman in their clues...we have no idea what this means, and its getting rather nerve racking. If anyone has any ideas, let us know.

And it helps if you know what you are looking for....what the heck is a bison tube, you might ask. We didn't know. Beth, being a farmer, thought maybe it was a type of rail used in fencing. No. Its a very, very small tube with a lid. Had we googled it before we left, we would have known. Damn learning curve.


Guarded cache, like hidden inside a guard rail. Duh.



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