A Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching in Tri-Cities
Geocaching is a fun hobby enjoyed all over the world. It's a great activity for families, groups and clubs -- and even by yourself! What is geocaching? It's basically a treasure hunt guided by GPS, which is easily done by an app found on the website below.
The "treasure chest" is called a cache. Inside the cache there will be a notebook or paper, where you write down the date you visited and your geocaching name. There will also be a little collection of small items such as little toys or coins.
Once you find the cache and sign the log, you can choose to leave something behind in exchange for something in the cache, or you can just sign the log.
Some caches contain travel bugs, which are logged on the geocaching website and their journey can be tracked as they travel from cache to cache. There are different sizes of caches, small, medium and large, which usually are in plastic containers, coffee cans, and a multitude of other storage devices.
There's also a very tiny type of cache, called a micro cache. These are the hardest to find, as they are often hidden in a very small place and some aren't much bigger than your pinky finger. These just have a paper log inside to sign and date, and most take quite a bit of patience to find.
Once you get the hang of geocaching, why not create and hide your own? The geocaching website, (see link at the end), is where you will not only find all of the caches in your area, and everywhere else, they also have a store where you can purchase containers, travel bugs, tokens, and lots of other stuff!
Or you could just use a common household container instead, which is what most caches are made of.
When you're out looking for other caches, most likely you will see lots of good hiding places for one, which not only makes it easier for you to find a place to hide your cache, it also gives people another cache to find while they're looking for one nearby. Or, you could find a place completely free of other caches to make the find a bit harder for others.
To start your geocaching, below is a list of helpful tips.