Looking for a different, entertaining, and fun diversion for your afternoon off? Try geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt using your smartphone GPS. With the simple technology behind the Geocaching app, you and a bunch of friends can turn an afternoon into the adventure of a treasure hunt.
Every city in the world has geocaches. Fort Lauderdale has 2,477 geocaches, so no matter your location there is no end to this app’s entertainment value.
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How does Geocaching work?
1. Create an account
Create an account online or through the Geocaching® app (get it on Google Play or the Apple App Store) to view a map of geocaches near you.
2. Find a geocache
Use the app to navigate to a geocache nearby. Don’t forget to bring a pen!
3. Share your experience
Once you find the geocache, sign and date the logbook. Place the geocache back where you found it and log your experience online.
The Geocaching account is free or $30 a year to unlock more hunts with greater challenges. Each hunt is ranked one to five in difficulty and navigability of terrain. There are prizes or souvenirs at the successful completion of a hunt, but the fun is more in the journey, not the prize. Challenging caches give custom tokens for the prize. Like all things social, your app profile can collect tokens you can show off for completing seemingly impossible caches.
Who creates the caches?
Once you’re hooked, you can create them. Fans who are designers and engineers have created very clever ones. Geocaching has a team creating new caches every day.
Imaginary Geocaches you can do at home.
A good example is a search for Hidden Creatures which began June 27, 2018, and will go on for four weeks. Spotted: Three legendary creatures are hidden among towering trees and overgrown greenery. As the hunter, you will be on the lookout while navigating through the mossy forest and looking for objects familiar to all geocachers. This Geocache goes on for four weeks highlighting the different habitats that are home of the Hidden Creatures. This hunt could be complete in a week or do it over the four weeks. New Geocaches are created often so if you miss that one there will be others!
Here is what some people say about their Geocaching experience.
• It’s an excellent way to de-stress.
• It’s fun for the whole family to get out of the house and do something together.
• Create a Geocaching event for a great way to meet new people.
• Geocaching is another great thing to do with friends.
How did Geocaching begin?
Geocaching uses GPS to find treasures. In May of 2000 access to the U.S. military Global Positioning System was made available to the public. That month a fellow named Dave Ulmer posted a waypoint online for a bucket of treasures he hid near his home in Beavercreek, Oregon. Dave invited friends to the hunt, and soon they were tracking it down using their GPS devices. Many were inspired to create and share their own quests. The Geocaching app soon followed. Now there are more than 3 million caches hidden worldwide which anyone can find using clues and coordinates on the Geocaching app.
Easy geocaches can be magnetically attached to city light poles you may pass on a ride to work or walk to the store. More adventurous caches might be found clipped to the side of a mountain or floating in a pond. Complex caches require dozens of destinations and puzzles to interpret.
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