is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a
Global Positioning System
(GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek
containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A
typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and
"treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little monetary value. Today, hundreds
of thousands of geocaches are currently placed in over 200 countries around the world, which are
registered on various websites devoted to the sport.
A Travel Bug
is a registered trademark of Groundspeak Inc. used to describe a dog tag used in
Geocaching. It is moved from cache to cache, and its travels can be logged on a
website. Each travel bug tag is printed with a unique number, which is needed to
post a log online. Most tags are fastened to some small object, such as a
plastic figurine, before they are let loose. Some travel bugs have missions to
travel to a specific cache, location or a certain type of location. Other travel
bugs simply have the goal of traveling as far and widely as possible.
A Geocoin is a special coin created by individuals or groups of geocachers as a kind of signature item or calling card. Like Travel Bugs, each Geocoin is assigned a unique tracking ID which allows them to travel from geocache to geocache or to be passed amongst friends, picking up stories along the way.
(Additional information about Geocoins can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocoin)
Even if you are not interested in finding caches of your own, you can still join geocaching.com for free and track activity of Travel Bugs, Geocoins, or maybe even some caches that are of interest to you. If you are signed up, you can also receive updates vie e-mail for any item that you may be tracking.
View some of our track logs in Google Earth here
As with any web site or online group, unique names must be used to identify the participants. Our family goes by the following Geocaching names:
Note: The Found/Hidden quantities for Spyder_Cacher (Dan) include finds for the whole family for tracking purposes. Therefore it will always be higher than everybody else's finds.
Nancy (a.k.a. Blonde_Spyder_Cacher) maintains a blog called Spyder Caching which documents our adventures. Click here to view our stories, photos, and adventures in Geocaching!
Travel Bugs and Geocoins we have found:
Compass - Found by Spyder_Cacher during a quick weekend trip to Winthrop, WA -April 3rd, 2010
Lincoln City Geocoin - Found by Silly_Spyder_Cacher during a quick weekend trip to Manson, WA -April 3rd, 2010
Equator Geocoin - First Geocoin found by Spyder_Cacher_Dude during a Geocaching day in Kirkland, WA -April 18th, 2010
Up until late 2010, we were using dedicated GPS units as shown below. Since the move to Smart Phones, that is all we use for geocaching due to the ease of use and lack of need for pre-planning. We started with the HTC Aria Smart Phone powered by the Android Operating System and have now moved to the HTC Vivid. The smart phones provide for a much easier process to find and log geocaches while out in the field since there is no longer any prep time required prior to going out.
I am using an application (app) called c:geo to locate and log caches found. It integrates seamlessly to the Android OS and is a vast improvement over other apps I have tried.
The Android powered devices also work great as a phone, internet browser, e-mail client, calendar, camera, etc., etc., etc.