Geocaching is a trendy new outdoor activity that channels the treasure hunter in everyone. It is a great way to get the whole family exercising while exploring the great outdoors. Before you check out the best bike trails in Atlanta, check out this beginner’s guide to geocaching.
How to Get Started
Geocaching is so easy to get into. All you need to get started is a GPS unit or a smartphone with GPS capabilities. Basic, standalone GPS units that mount to your car’s dashboard will work but you can also find GPS units specially designed for kids and families on the hunt for treasure. Once you have your GPS unit, check out sites like Geocaching.com for coordinates. There are millions of treasure caches all over the world in landmarks, national forests, and local parks. GPS coordinates will pinpoint the cache but directions are ‘as the crow flies.’ Follow your map and the clues to find caches. Geocaching will put your detective skills to work and get the whole family involved.
The Golden Rule is the number one rule in the Geocaching world. Treat your fellow treasure hunters the way you want to be treated. Geocaching is essentially a treasure sharing system. When you find a cache with unique trinkets inside, realize that someone left those items for you, items that may have had personal meaning and value to the last person. Leave a trinket of your own of equal or greater value for the next person to discover.
‘Travel bugs’ are special trinkets that are tracked around the world. If you find one, you can take on the premise that you will find another unique cache to put it into. That is how the ‘travel bug’ travels. Sign the caching log inside the container and record your visits online later. Always put the cache back where you found it and in the exact way you found it. Don’t take it with you or try to hide it better.
Treasure Hunting Gear
Depending on when and where you will be hunting, here are a few supplies to bring along:
- Water bottles
- Nutritional snacks
- First-aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Camera for memories
- Notebook and Pens to log your findings
- Trade items, trinkets, souvenirs, small toys, figurines that are nondegradable and family friendly
What are you waiting for? Plug in the coordinates, grab your hiking boots, and get geocaching on the best bike trails in Atlanta!
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