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Geocaching

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 2.29.34 PMApril flowers mean May geocaches. In case it’s been a while since you’ve found or hidden a geocache, here’s a refresher course.geocache1

1. What is geocaching? http://bit.ly/1ffnwzc tells us that Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt powered by GPS technology. To play, you navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then try to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Once found, you sign a log book, take something from the cache, and leave something interesting behind.

2. Who invented geocaching? At http://bitly.com/1jOaCtO you learn that on May 3, 2000, a guy named Dave Ulmer hid a bucket of trinkets in the woods outside Portland, Oregon to celebrate the fact that GPS technology could be Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 2.01.17 PMused by the general public. He announced the coordinates online and invited people people to try to find it. We found a video with Dave Ulmer in the YouTube playlist, below.

3. I want to Geocache! What do I need? At http://bit.ly/1dqFpz7 you can see a list of things you’ll need, including a smart phone, an app and a good pair of shoes.

4. Is there a geocache by me right now? There are over 2,368,183 active geocaches worldwide, according to Geocaching.com. To find one close to you click on http://bit.ly/1ffnwzc, and enter your information into the search bar.

5. What are some dangers of geocaching? You’re going to be outside, so look out for bugs, ticks, poison ivy, snakes, mean dogs, and always geocache with a parent or friend. Here are some good suggestions http://bitly.com/QF8ig9.Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 1.43.22 PM

6. What are some things I can find?  You might find a geocoin, or a hand made bracelet, trinket, or toy. Or you might strike it big and find a gift card.Here are some examples of things people have found http://bit.ly/1rlKUjc .

APPLICATIONS

1. Create, and hide  your own geocache-http://bit.ly/1i8A0wN

2. Go on a family geocache adventure- http://bit.ly/1lEIY8nScreen Shot 2014-04-23 at 2.03.16 PM

Megan’s You Tube Geocache Videos

Want to see the can of beans that was part of the very first Geocache?

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