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WHAT IS GEOCACHING?

Geocaching is a treasure hunt! It’s an outdoor activity that combines hiking and exploring using a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate either virtual or actual treasure caches.

Hidden treasure chests lie unprotected waiting to be found by the few who know they exist. One might be in a hollowed out log, another magnetically attached to the underside of a downtown bench. The trinkets within aren’t anything extraordinary, because the real treasure is the hunt itself. “After my first find, I was hooked” said Walter Secore, who has been Geocaching for six years. Geocaching not only tests your skills, but brings you to new areas, many spots a geocacher may never have known existed. Finding a Geocache can be as simple as strolling down a sidewalk or as challenging as a five mile hike through the woods.

Geocaching is an increasingly popular, inclusive fun and healthy pass-time for individuals of all ages. It is also great for groups like families, friends, and classes and youth groups working as a team. The sport combines technology with adventure. What Is Geocaching? Devyn Shemon and Becky Secore after finding a small geocache in the Walker area.

What does a cache look like?
Geocaches come in many forms—from water bottles to ammo cans, as long as it is a covered, water-proof container.

What’s inside a cache?
Depending on the size of the geocache container, often people will leave little trinkets (key chains or mini toys). Food is not allowed inside geocache containers. Geocachers will remove the loot and replace it with other cool stuff for you to find!

Where can I find a cache?
Anywhere! Over 1,000,000 geocaches are hidden around the world. In the Walker area alone there are 283 within a 30 mile radius.

How do I get started? Easy Steps to Geocaching

  1. Register for a free Basic Membership at geocaching.com
  2. Click “Hide & Seek a Cache.”
  3. Enter your postal code and click “search.”
  4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
  5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
  6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

Even if you don’t have a GPS unit, there are 25 Minnesota State Parks that offer free GPS rentals, part of the DNR Geocaching Program. Each state park in Minnesota has hidden geocaches.

What do I do after I find a cache?
Inside the cache will be a logbook for you to record your find. If there is treasure inside, you can take it, but make sure you also leave something in its place. Remember to hide the cache exactly how you found it for the next geocacher to find! Then when you get home, you can post your find and share your experience on geocaching.com.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Secore Construction at (218)838-0227. Have Fun!

 



 

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