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Geocaching

Geocaching is the recreational pursuit of searching for caches hidden in the real world. One geocaches by using the Global Positioning System, via a GPS receiver or other mobile technology. The geocache is usually a waterproof container filled with items of little monetary value, the fun is in following the directions and GPS coordinates, finding the geocache, and usually signing a logbook that is included in the geocache as proof of one’s treasure-seeking prowess. Geocaching took off around the year 2000, when  the Global Positioning System became available to ordinary people. Dave Ulmer is the first documented geocacher, his GPS directions appeared on a Usenet newsgroup in 2000. Originally, geocaching was called geostashing, the negative connotations of “stashing” gave way to caching, meaning the storing of valuable items. Geo- is a Greek prefix which means earth, or the Earth. The word geocache is increasingly used as a verb and an adjective.


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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park will offer the winter version of its intro to geocaching — on snowshoes. (The St. Cloud Times)

These geocaches not only have a certain location, but some also have some history attached. (The Humboldt Journal)

A suspicious item in a treeline near University Avenue and 48th Street in Grand Forks was identified as a geocache in a PVC pipe by police Sunday but only after bomb squad officers blew it up. (The Grand Forks Herald)

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt game that uses GPS enabled devices to navigate players to specific coordinates where geocache containers are hidden. (The Kansas State Collegian)

To start it on it’s journey, I also created my own geocache, which I registered as “Crazy Camo” and hid in the Bangor Rolland F. Perry City Forest, a public place that permits geocaching. (The Bangor Daily News)

Now this Scout leader takes her Girl Scouts geocaching and plans vacations around the activity. (The News & Observer)

 

 

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