What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the Internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. 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.
How do you pronounce Geocaching?
You pronounce it Geo-cashing, like cashing a check.
Are there any other names for Geocaching?
The word Geocaching broken out 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.
What is a GPS device
A GPS unit is a electronic device that can determine your approximate location (within around 6-20 feet) on the planet. Coordinates are normally given in Latitude and Longitude. You can use the unit to navigate from your current location to another location. Some units have their own maps, built-in electronic compasses, voice navigation, depending on the complexity of the device. You don't need to know all the technical mumbo jumbo about GPS units to play Geocaching. All you need to do is be able to enter what is called a "waypoint" where the geocache is hidden.
Once you enter the coordinates (waypoint), you let your GPS lead the way and find the cache. Sound easy?
HA! Sometimes it is and sometimes you will be scratching your head. A cache container can be anything from a nice big box to a magnetic container the size of a pencil eraser.
Can you find the cache in this picture??
OK, that is a very quick view of what Geocaching is.
Why are you blogging of Geocaching you might ask?
Well we have been caching since 2001 and are addicts. Since we don't get out as much now that we have the Arbor Inn
, we would love to spread the word about this great activity. We also have a cache placed on our property and some of our guests have had lots of fun watching geocachers
search for it during breakfast or while they are relaxing on the side porch. There are some great caches here in Prescott, as well as many, many close by.
If you are interested in learning more about the great sport of Geaocaching, let us help you. When you stay we can give you a crash course and set you up on a fun route in the area. Let us know ahead of time and even if you don't have your own GPS yet we will set you up with one to use.
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