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What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an entertaining fun adventure game for those who use or have GPS systems. Participating in a cache hunt especially while RVing is a great way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of your GPS unit and have fun.
The basic is that individuals and organizations have set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches, which can be challenging and yet rewarding. Once the cache is found, it can provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.
If you're interested in finding more information about Global Positioning Systems, check out GPS: The New Navigation by PBS. They have an excellent web page that explains how GPS works! www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/longitude/gps.html
How do you pronounce Geocaching?
You pronounce it Geo-cashing, like cashing a check.
Are there any other names for Geocaching?
The GPS Stash Hunt, Global Positioning Stash hunt is interchangeable. Geocaching has become the standard for the game, however.
The word Geocaching broken out is GEO for geography, and CACHING for the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms is information usually stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve, but the term is also used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions.
So what's the big deal? You gave me the coordinates so I know where it is. Seems pretty easy.
It is deceptively easy. It's one thing to see where an item is, it's a totally different story to actually get there.
All you want to know about Geocaching can be found at http://www.geocaching.com
Now go have some fun. Try it, You’ll Like It!
Submitted by Mike Sundberg - 2/08/06
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