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Monday, September 13, 2010

Do You Cache?

Have you heard of geocaching? Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.

I started geoocaching in 2001 while on an extended business assignment in Peoria, IL (a spot not known for its entertainment... apologies to any Peorians reading this). Lots of parks in the area, lots of great places for caching.

As much as I loved this activity, it was always kind of a pain to do.  We had to go to the website, download the cache data to our GPS devices, print out the cache info... then once we are done, log allthe caches we found.  Lots of planning.  So we tended to only do it occasionally.  Once every two or three months if we were lucky.
Then we got our DROIDs.  And we got a fabulous (and free) geocaching app!  This app shows us caches nearby wherever we are, acts as our GPS to help us locate the cache, shows us all the info that we would normally have to print, and allows us to log the cache right when we find it.  SO much more efficient.

In fact, so easy that we found 8 caches over the weekend when we were out doing errands!

Have you ever heard of geocaching?  Are you a cacher?  "Friend" me on the site if you want - I'm "Aurora"!


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1 comment:

  1. We did this one time as we had this fancy handheld GPS (this was about 5 years ago so i'm sure it's long outdated) so we went to the site we found on the web and nothing. We're pretty sure we found the right coordinates but no box. Glad you are finding things though.