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A month ago I knew nothing about geocaching. I quickly learned that geocaching involves using a smartphone app to follow GPS coordinates and hints to caches — small hidden containers full of items left by visitors. I usually leave technology behind when I head outdoors. But to my surprise, the appeal hit me as soon as I gave it a shot. I unwittingly ed a huge movement of people discovering new places around the world.
It gets you to spots you probably would never have visited otherwise. As a kid I dreamed of going to all 50 states or all seven continents. On my first outing on the tour and first geocaching experienceI visited two parks with caches not far from my Virginia home. When I parked near one site, I immediately pulled up the app.
It gave me some interesting history about the park and opened a satellite map that beamed a line from my location to a dot about feet away. It was simple. I just followed the line to a clearing in the pine trees, where the cache lay in a plastic watertight box hidden under a log. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes, but it was a blast. I took the rest of the afternoon to explore cypress-studded waters of a river in a site I had never visited before.
It was a triumphant feeling after what had happened earlier that day at a different site. When I arrived there, I quickly found a post that the app noted as a key point. I headed off northwest to a small clearing in the forest.
Then I searched and searched. And searched. I just knew that the cache had to be hidden in that clearing. I stood scanning the ground between silky dogwood trees flecked by tiny white flowers. Leafy vines had grown across the forest floor, making it tough to see if anything was hidden there.
I examined tree branches. I honed my senses, traced and retraced my steps. Cicadas buzzed. I found some kind of survey marker that had nothing to do with the geocache. I even spotted a black snake crawling along the forest floor. And, eventually, I gave up and headed off without finding the cache. I chalked it up to the vines that had covered nearly everything.
It took me back to the fun I had as a kid exploring the creek in the woods behind our house. The heightened senses, the mystery, the ultra focus on tiny details in nature. So how do you get started with geocaching? All the info you need is on the GeoTour site.
In the warmer months, long pants, boots, and bug spray will guard against poison ivy, ticks, and mosquitos. Bring along some curiosity, energy, and patience. He loves fishing and paddling on creeks and rivers, enjoys a nice walk in the woods, and is always on the lookout for a great story. Toggle. June 14, Main image: Kenny Fletcher photo. More Trip Ideas. Paddling with Your Dog. A Foraging Revival. Waterfowl Hunting On the Chesapeake Bay. How to Canoe with Young Kids.
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