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The Best GeoCache Hides


We all love the fun of finding a cache when he do some geocache trips with friends and family. And one of the most fun parts is when the hide is a great one and you figure it out. So what exactly makes a great hide when doing a fun geocache trip with friends? A friend of mine who runs a very fun and interesting geocache site say that the best hide is always one that belongs – in other words it is one that looks right at home where it is and not like a hide at all.

Of course – there is no such thing as a bad hide, every cache hide has something good about it. And for most of us, the best thing about it is we get to add that hide to our list! But we all know that it isn’t the hide that is important – it is the hunt to find it. After all, that is why we love to do geochaching, because we love the chase to find that elusive hide and add it to our life list of great hunts.

Some hides are easy to find, some are so hard they will have you finding new swear words. Some are just plain puzzles that make your brain hurt. I often hear someone talking about the hide that they just can’t stand, but you will notice that will never stop anyone from tracking it down and adding it to the hunt. Because half the fun of geocaching is that there are so many different kinds of hides out there.

Great Cache Hides

Everyone has their favorites. Although I would never give away the locations, I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite hides to be an inspiration for you.

The Tricky Grave – Sometimes a little family pet grave is more than just that, when you have a gravestone that clicks open to be a hide for geocaching!

Broken Branches – This is one of my faves because there are so many places where it works well. A branch on the ground can easily be hollowed out to be a hide and no one is the wiser.

Fence Post Tops – These are all around you and yet you can have one where the top lifts off and voila – there is your hide inside.

A Hollow Tree – Sometimes nature makes our hides for us. This has got to be my favorite one, it is the one in the picture above. The tree looks hollow and empty, but if you lay on your back you will see an ammo box tucked up in the hollow just waiting for you.

These are just a few of my favorite hides. Maybe you can link up and share some of yours!

Geocaching with Kids

This is the perfect thing to do with kids, if you are willing to do some homework first and have the right attitude. For kids, it is like goinig on a treasure hunt. And what kid can resist that? Because there are many different places that you can do geocaching with your kids, and these can have different levels of difficulty, it is a good idea to do some work to ensure first of all that your kids will have a great time. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Tailor the experience – Think about the age of each child and their temperament. A four year old will tire faster and begin to lose interest if it is a hard one to find.

  • Join a website – There are some great geocashing webistes that can get you started on setting these adventures up with your kids. Most of hundreds if not thousands of sites to go to, so start checking them out today!

  • The size of the cache – This is important to note when looking up caches for the hunt. Kids will probably enjoy the larger caches because they will give them a chance to do some trading.

  • What to Trade – Most caches having small items of very little actual value. We usually go to the dollar store to pick up the theme trade items for that particular hunt. Rubber animals and small toys are usually pretty popular.

So you see that taking your kids on a geocaching treasure hunt can be a very fun way for the whole family to enjoy a day in a nearby park or just a way to get out for the day. Be sure to bring lots of nacks and water so that your kids don't tire out – and get out there and have fun!

What Is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a technologically advanced version of the hide-and-seek game we all played as kids.  With geocaching, you navigate exciting new territory as you seek to find hidden loot.  It is a fun activity that everyone in the family can enjoy and you may even end up exploring the great outdoors or walking entire city blocks.  The adventure of geocaching never ends.

To begin, you need a handheld GPS (global positioning system) and the cache coordinates that can be found online at many different websites.  The locations of the hidden caches are world-wide and quite numerous.  You can find a cache to meet any of your traveling needs or just simply look for one near your home.  Most caches are actually small containers that will have a log sheet for you to sign and sometimes a small prize to take home – but, your must leave something in return.

Geocaching has become so popular that manufacturers are making special tubes just for hiding caches.  They are also making traceable tags that can be passed by geocachers from location to location called a "travel bug".  The owner of a travel bug assigns things for it to accomplish – tasks like visiting ten different countries or being carried by several different people.  These items have to be purchased but they can enhance the geocaching experience for some.

Geocaching etiquette has even developed over time now that geocaching appears to be here to stay.  The three main rules are to take something, leave something, and write something down in the log book.  There are also precautions that all geocachers should keep in mind when beginning a hunt - know where you're going before you go, do not cross onto private property, and make sure you have the full set of instructions with you as you set off.  It's not cheating to use a map.  Maps will show you a good place to start and can help with any possible problems you may encounter.  It is very important to know where you are going before you start.  Print out the instructions before you go.  Coordinates are sometimes not enough, there is often very important information in the clues provided at geocaching websites which are not spoilers, but are necessary to find the cache

Make sure to take a waypoint (gps term for a location fix) when you get ready to start searching to make it easier to find your way back.  Make sure you have water, a map, a compass, and spare batteries.   Cache hunts can often take a lot of time, so extra batteries, flashlights and things of that nature could come in quite handy after you've been looking around for hours.

Caches are hardly ever buried so unless the clue specifically it is buried, do not start digging.  Look in natural hiding places such as on fence posts or under logs, etc.  Most caches are usually hidden within 100 feet of a trail.  Do not disturb the vegetation or area near the cache because it will lead other people to it more easily and cause the cache to get vandalized.  Leave the cache covered the way you found it.  Be sure to keep the cache contents are family and animal friendly and do not use your cache to proselytize or advertise.  The most important thing to remember is to get out there and have fun.

Geocaching GPS

Popular Geocaching Websites

Geocaching is treasure hunting for the modern age that delivers a boatload of fun and enjoyment. You just need a GPS receiver, a set of coordinates that tell you the location of a cache, and a desire to see something new. Participants go out and look for caches of surprises and information.

A cache is usually just a container and a log book. It could be a small plastic box or any kind of small water proof container. Sometimes a hint on the type of cache will be included with the coordinates listed on the traditional cache page. A multi-cache involves two or more locations with the final location being a physical container. There are many variations, but most multi-caches have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has hints to the third, and so on. An offset cache (where you go to a location and get hints to the actual cache) is considered a multi-cache.

If geocaching is something you think you might like to try, then the www.geocaching.com website is probably the best place to start. They claim to be the official geocaching website and they do have some great information for anyone who wants to start this new hobby. Many national parks have gotten into the fun with geocaching games that they have set up for visitors.

The web site, whereigo.com has developed a method for letting you build location-based GPS experiences on your computer and then play them out in the real world. Imagine playing your favorite video game, but in your own neighborhood. So, instead of sitting in the house clicking the mouse to make your move, you physically move from one location to the next to advance the story. Rather than searching for puzzle clues on a screen, you look for them in the real world.

Geocachers have also moved toward making the Earth a more sustainable place by starting a program called "Cache In Trash Out". This is an effort on the part of geocachers to help clean up the areas they visit. Geocahchers have been cleaning parks, trails and other natural features to help support geocaching as well as the planet. Since 2002, geocachers have been dedicated to cleaning up cache-friendly places around the world. Through these volunteer efforts, we help preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources!

Each area around the world can have its own geocaching website that gives helpful hints on how to geocache in different areas plus a place to ask questions. Do a Google search on geocaching and your area's name for more information. For example: "geocaching in California."

Enjoy!

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Geocache Hunts

The next time you visit a new city or town, consider participating in a geocaching adventure with your friends! It's lots of fun to look for geocaches. If you like scavenger hunts, you'll love geocache hunts!  You can even compete against your friends to se who finds the geocache first!

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