Geocaching: Technology, Trinkets and Natural Treasures

Looking for geocaches

Does treasure hunting in your own woods sound appealing?  Or perhaps you like to have a goal while hiking and get that sense of accomplishment when you find something challenging?  Or maybe you have someone in your family who can't put down their smartphones?    Then download a GPS app or purchase is a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and get ready to have fun geocaching! 

Geocaching didn’t exist before accurate GPS readings were declassified by the U.S. military in 2000. Now, according to Groundspeak, the company that runs the sport’s leading website,, there are more than two million geocaches in 185 countries, and six million geocachers worldwide. 
Geocachers call their sport “a real-life treasure hunt” or, sometimes, “goal-oriented hiking.” Geocachers search for a container, called a “cache” (pronounced “cash”) using GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates and a few clues. Geocaches can be hidden in deserts, fields, or in the middle of big cities, but our favorite geocaches are found in woodlands.

With its mix of technology, mystery and outdoor adventure, geocaching is a great way to coax reluctant friends and family into the great outdoors. Here’s how it’s done.


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