Geocaching

Posted on Aug 11, 2005


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Geocaching is something my husband and I have been doing for a couple of years now.  The sport started in Portland (we live in such a cool town!) and now they can be found all over the world.  Basically it’s a treasure hunt.  You use your GPS to put in coordinates that people have entered on the geocaching web-site.  Using the GPS you find the hidden cache.  The usual protocol is to take something out of the cache and then put something in to take it’s place.  There is almost always a journal for you to write in. 

Whenever we go on vacation we always print out several geocaches to find.  We went to two during our stay in Florence.  The first one is pictured above.  Usually they are more hidden than this, but even with the bright blue container, it took us a good 15 minutes to find the darn thing. 

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We have had tons of family members go Geocaching with us.  They have all loved it.  Especially the kids.  It’s great to see their eyes widen when they come across the treasure and actually get to take something. 

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This is the inside of cache number two.  We usually go to Goodwill and pick up small trinkets to put in the caches or I will leave a bracelet that I have made.  The rule of thumb is not to leave any food or things with scent that could attract animals. 

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Here is my husband writing in the log and my niece trying to decide what she wants to take.  We rode quads to each of these caches, hence the helmets.  They have caches for all different skill levels.  Some are just a short walk from a parking lot while others might be a long hike.  It’s a great way to explore the outdoors.  Blue Skies!

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