What is geocaching? Solve the puzzle to unlock the treasure. Use what you find to search for more. Unlock three boxes to move on to the next level. Play in Atlanta or anywhere in the world. Still confused? Read on.
What is Geocaching – And Why You’ll Love It
Those words may sound like the instructions for a popular video game, but although this game requires high tech devices like a smartphone or GPS system, the answer to what is geocaching is more about exploring the real world around you than a virtual realm. Some people call it a high tech treasure hunt. Explain what is geocaching to kids by comparing it to an Easter egg hunt.
What is Geocaching All About?
Geocaching is a great inexpensive way to get outdoors and explore – both in your own backyard, or while on vacation. There are close to two million active caches in the world and chances are is you are wondering where is geocaching near me, the answer is probably less than a mile away. Who knew there was so much hidden treasure so close.
Where do you find Geocache?
Caches can be in the middle of the woods, or the middle of a busy city block and can be anything from an easily spied green ammo box to a container that looks remarkably like chewed gum. Every cache has a logbook, but other than that, it can contain any number of items to be traded or collected.
What is Geocaching: A Beginners Guide
I could write several blog posts about how to get started in Geocaching, but my friends Josh and Liz from Peanuts or Pretzels have already done it much better than I could showing you how to start geocaching, so make sure to check out their Geocaching 101 Guide. It has all the details for getting started geocaching.
What is Geocaching About? Swag!
I’ll let Josh and Liz give you the nitty-gritty on process, we’ll move on here to something more fun, swag.
What is Geocache Swag?
Common Swag. Geocache logbooks are located in most caches. It’s a record of who has been there. The logbooks are always fun to read. I love to see where folks are from, but kids love getting something a little more.
The person or organization that creates the cache usually seed it with small items or nick-nacks. Those who find the cache are welcome to trade an item of equal value for an item in the cache. So make sure when you Geocache to bring something cool to trade.
Ultra Cool Swag: The Georgia State Parks has an incredible Geocaching Program in Georgia. The GeoCoins and History Trail GeoTour take the common swag caches to a new level by offering collectibles for those who solve multiple caches.
Georgia State Park Geo Coins: Every Georgia State Park (and I’m guessing other state and National parks too) has a cache. Visit them all and have your Geo-Tour passport stamped with the letter stamps you find in the caches. Trade them in for impressive collectable Geo Coins. 15 completed caches gets a bronze coin. 30 a silver. 40 a gold.
History Trail Geo Tour: 14 Georgia State Historic Sites have special caches that make up the History Trail GeoChallenge. Answer questions related to each site. Solve a padlock code and open the cache. Inside each cache are collector cards. Collect the cards and trade them in for collectible pathtags (penny sized coins that can be worn on a chain). If you like the idea of taking a GeoTour, the city of Blackshear in Southeast Georgia has their very own GeoTour.
How to Play Geocaching: Grab the Extension Pack
As with any popular videogame, there are always extensions. Geocaching is no different. Here’s how to trick out your cache.
Trackables: Trackables are a special type of object found within geocaches that contain a unique tracking code.
Travel Bugs: Travel Bugs are a type of trackable, similar to a dog tag and attached to objects. When you find one, go online and see where it’s been, and track where it’s going. It’s like a hitchhiker taking a ride with you to your next cache.
Travel Fleas – Travel Fleas attach to the Travel Bugs and are personalized – It’s like leaving your business card to go along for the ride.
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Great places to Geocache in Georgia
If all of this is just too much, try other ways to explore like the very low tech ClueTown Books or apps like Strayboots City Tours and History Heroes, a kid-friendly video game for touring historic landmarks. Here’s a great review of History Heroes from from Tough Cookie Mommy.