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Geocaching

by Nancy Giorgi

July 31, 2008

 

Do you like treasure hunts?  Do you like to spend time with your family?  Do you like to visit new places?  Do you like to get some exercise?  Do you have a GPS?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, geocaching could be your new sport!

 

The following is an excerpt from the Geocaching Website: 

 

What is Geocaching?   (pronounced "geocashing", like cashing a check)

 

Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

What is a GPS device?

A GPS unit is an electronic device that can determine your approximate location (within around 6-20 feet) on the planet. Coordinates are normally given in Longitude and Latitude. You can use the unit to navigate from your current location to another location. Some units have their own maps, built-in electronic compasses, voice navigation, depending on the complexity of the device.

You don't need to know all the technical mumbo jumbo about GPS units to play Geocaching. All you need to do is be able to enter what is called a "waypoint" where the geocache is hidden.

Sound interesting?  Go to the web site, sign up for a free account, load up the family and go have some fun!  If you have any questions feel free to email me:  ngiorgi@panesu.org

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