Thursday, 10 April 2008

Looking forward to Geocaching

I have been reading on this topic since last fall when we went for a couple of days to Haliburton. The area seemed to be very popular for that activity. Today, I checked to see if our future home town has any caches hidden...and it does! Once I have unpacked a little, we will try to find a few of these!
I thought I would share some information I found useful about geocaching.
First, a definition of geocaching from Wikipedia:

"Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little value. Today, well over 650,000 geocaches are registered on various websites devoted to the pastime. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica."

One of the sites where you can sign up for free and find out about caches in your area, as well as instructions on how to place your own caches for others to find, is called Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site.
Another good site to visit is Geocacher University, here you can find a treasure of information and great free resources such as a brochure that explains it all simply, a kid's colouring book, logs, labels, certificates and a ton more!

My next step is to research the GPS unit, and I will be starting by reading this page.

I will be posting our first adventure in geocaching, so come and visit again!

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