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Geocaching 101: A Quick Start Guide to Fair Weather Geocaching

Have you heard of geocaching? It’s a great activity to enjoy with family and friends of all ages! My family prefers to take the “fair-weather” approach to geocaching, so if you’re like us and want to give it an easygoing try, here’s what you need to do: 


Geocaching 101: A Quick Start Guide to Fair Weather Geocaching

 

Quick Start Guide to Fair-Weather Geocaching

1. Download the app and watch this video.

2. Pack a bag. 

Our bag has extra socks, pants, sunscreen, bug spray, and trinkets. If the caches are large enough, they will contain trinkets. The idea is you take a trinket and leave a trinket. We went to the Dollar Tree and bought 5 packages of little trinkets to leave at the caches.

3. Look for Caches.

Use the app to look for caches in your area. We’ve had the best luck finding caches in city and county parks. The app will tell you about the difficulty level of of finding the cache, the terrain, and the size of the cache. Some geocaches will require you to walk through creeks, climb trees, and scale bridges. I skip those caches and stick to the ones that are easily accessible for you and your kids. (Our biggest obstacles we have encountered are poison ivy and spiders.)

4. Find the Cache.  

The microcaches usually only contain the logbook–no trinkets. 

Happy Caching!

 

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2 Responses to Geocaching 101: A Quick Start Guide to Fair Weather Geocaching

  1. Sarah
    Sarah July 11, 2018 at 7:21 am #

    Did you know you can check out bags and GPS devices from the North Liberty Rec Center? I believe there is no cost, or a minimal deposit.

  2. Kate July 11, 2018 at 7:42 am #

    I did not know that! Thanks for the heads up. (Any chance you’d be willing to share the same comment on the FB post too?)

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