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6.11.2015

A Beginner's Tips for Geocaching






It seems like this is the week of "beginners" over here at the ol' Bear Den.  I've mentioned a few times that I enjoy a little geocache when we go exploring.  I figured I'd share some basic tips I've stumbled upon while... stumbling around the woods.

Don't know what Geocaching is?  Head over to the Geocaching website to learn the basics and create a (free!) profile.  You can stalk me down under Dorrie.Elizabeth!  I don't have a GPS, or even the premium version of Geocaching on my phone- so this is definitely a beginning beginner guide!

Geotours.  Start with geotours organized by reputable sources.  For instance, the Florida State Parks system has a geotour that encompasses 70-some parks around the entire state.  The city of Pensacola also has one.  They are meant to get you out and about, exploring areas that you may not have gone to otherwise.  A lot of times, you wind up learning some interesting history along the way.  Aside from that, these are maintained on a regular basis, so you're not searching for nothing.

Do Proper Research.  For me, this includes 4 things:  1) Check the most recent date found.  2) Read comments for any reviews of terrain or any maintenance needed.  3) Check the photos- some have the actual cache pictured, some have the surrounding scenery.  It's helpful when starting out, to see what exactly you're looking for.  4) Unscramble the "hint."  There may or may not be one, and the complexity of it varies depending who the owner of the cache is. 

Use Google Maps.  If you have a smart phone and the Geocaching app (especially the free version), I haven't had much luck with it as far as accuracy.  I go to the geocaching site in Safari, and then copy and paste the coordinates into Google Maps.  This has worked out well for me... As long as I know what I'm looking for!  I'd love to get a real GPS someday, but that will come when we finally get to do our Rocky Mountain vacation.

Dress Appropriate.  Doing a city walking Geotour?  You may want to wear something different than if you're out hiking in the woods trying to find these things.  My big tip for Florida- especially for the woods- is to have a walking stick.  Or something.  At the ready to poke at the potential hiding spot.  Snakes and bugs everywhere, and palm fronds are a good place to hide.  Both caches and creatures.

Have ya'll been Geocaching before? Any success?

Linking with Hodges Podges / Kristin's KnookHome of Malones / East Coast Chic, The Diary of a Real Housewife, F. Dean Hackett

7 comments:

  1. I've heard about geocatching before! I think this would be so much fun to do!

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  2. Some caches are better than others- most of the tours, you collect certain things (in Maine, it was stamps that was part of the state park passport program) , some you just sign your name and be on your way. Some have "travel bugs" that you can move from place to place and track online. it's great for kids. And for us, it gives a framework to explore an area!

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  3. I had never heard of geocatching until earlier this year. It sounds like a pretty cool concept and I bet it allows you to explore some places you wouldn't have before.

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  4. It does, and it gives me a goal, kind of, while out hiking. Which sometimes I need to keep me motivated.

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  5. I've seen this on Switch At Birth and thought it'd be fun to do but I never knew where to go or how to start. This is really helpful thank you so much. :D

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  6. I didn't watch Switched at Birth for long, so I didn't realize they mentioned it on there! Letterboxing is also apparently a popular thing, but I haven't looked in to that much!

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  7. I've never heard of letterboxing. I'll definitely look it up. Thank you. :)

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