Monday, March 06, 2006

GeoCaching, New Adventures in Treasure seeking

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Geocaching.com was created to promote the new sport of Geocaching, better known as treasure hunting! It was created/designed/programmed by Jeremy Irish, with the help of Elias Alvord and Bryan Roth!
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a thrilling adventure game, where the basic idea is to have people (would be tresure thrillers/archaeologist buffs) set up caches all over the world. Then share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches( Like Reading an ancient treaure hunt, remember the Goonies). 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.

The word GEOCACHING: broken down is GEO for geography, and CACHING for the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms is information usually stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve, but the term is also used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions.

However, you will need a GPS Unit! GPS Units can range from $100 to $1000 depending on the kind of capabilities you are looking for. The author uses a Garmin eTrex , which runs for around $100, and can get you to within 20 feet of any geocache (depending on the location). The next step is one with a built-in electronic compass, has topographic maps, more memory, etc.

Geocaching Rules:
1. Take something from the cache
2. Leave something in the cache
3. Write about it in the logbook

In Conclusion, GeoCaching is a new sport, not limited to the US, The Geocaching Phenomenon is now all over the world. It is perfect for the Treasure/Adventure Seeker and Archaeologist Buff! Or for Anyone who loves to try something new! Please visit the Geocaching website at
http://www.geocaching.com/ Or scroll down to my adventure links at the end of the left column!
Lisa!

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