Treasure Hunting with GPS
Geocaching is a high-tech version of treasure hunting. RVers seek out hidden treasures utilizing GPS coordinates posted on the Internet by those hiding the cache. Using a GPS unit, RV geocachers venture out onto the highway and byways to find the hiding spot of the cache. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. If the visitor takes something out of the cache, they are asked to leave something in return. For RVers, the biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place that they have never been.
Geocaching is a great activity for all ages. Whether parents want to explore nature with their children or teachers want to activate the learning environment with hands-on experiences, there's a geocache adventure that's right for you.
Where are Geocaches hidden?
Geocaches are mostly hidden on public recreational lands. They are only hidden on private land if permission has been given by the landowner. Geocaching.com encourages hiders to receive permission to hide a Geocache from the land management agency responsible for the area they wish to hide the Geocache in.
Geocaches are never buried. They are mostly hidden in natural crevices created by rocks, stumps & trees. Many are cleverly camouflaged to look like branches, stumps, squirrel & bird nests or birdhouses. The person that hides a cache will leave a hint on the cache page so that a cache seeker will not damage an area trying to find a hidden Geocache.
Geocaches should be clearly marked with the name of the Geocache & the cache owner. Contact information should be found inside on the standard Geocaching letter
What kinds of containers are used?
Any container that is easily hidden and is weatherproof makes a good Geocache container. Former food containers must be well cleaned to prevent forest creatures from opening a container in search of a meal. The most popular containers are Rubbermaid, & Tupperware containers, ice cream containers, peanut butter jars, old picnic jugs, etc.
What is in a Geocache?
All Geocaches should include a logbook. This is to record those who have visited the cache. Some Geocaches include a camera for visitors to snap photos of themselves. Most Geocaches contain items for trade. This can be a wide variety of items; from kid's toys to tools, jewelry, gift certificates, the possibilities are almost endless.
What should not be in a Geocache?
Geocaching is a family activity. Therefore no alcohol, cigarettes, adult or illegal materials should be in a Geocache. Also, to prevent animals from destroying a container, no food or scented products (e.g. candles, lip balm) should be in a Geocache. Finally for safety's sake, no matches, lighters, fireworks, ammunition or other explosive/flammable items should be inside a cache. Knives are also not recommended, although the occasional pocketknife can be found as a trade item.
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