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Let's Go Caching!
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Let's Go Caching!

So, I've given you a brief overview of geocaching. I have described a few examples of geocaches and I have told you about my favorite geocache.

Now, it is time to apply what you have learned and go find your first geocache.

First of all, you will need a GPSr (GPS receiver).

A GPS navigation device is a device that receives Global Positioning System (GPS) signals to determine the device's location on Earth. GPS devices provide latitude and longitude information.

These vary in cost from under $100 to well over $500. Since this is your first cache, I'll let you borrow mine.

A great cache to start with is located in Burr Oak Iowa at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. This cache is called Laura Ingalls Wilder and the code is GC3T72V (on geocaching.com).

You'll see that the arrow (the compass on the GPSr) points to an old covered wagon located just to the south of the museum. As you approach this wagon, the distance to the cache keeps getting smaller. Yes, you are on the right track.

You read in the geocache's description that this particular cache is regular sized, meaning that this container is, according to geocaching.com, 1L or larger, but less than 20L. Examples: a plastic container or ammo can about the size of a shoebox.

Knowing that caches can't be buried, there is just so many places where it can be, right?

Those wooden boxes on the side of the wagon.....what do you think?

Congratulations! You just found your first cache. Wasn't that easy? Now, be sure to sign the log and replace as found.When you get home, log your find on geocaching.com.

Much like your favorite potato chip, one geocache is just never enough. So now it is time to research you next geocache to find.

Next time, I'll tell you about some different kinds of geocaches.

Till then....Cache On!!

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