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    It's my new hobby.

    A few of you have asked about it so here's a brief description.

    Essentially it's a global treasure hunt in which participants use a hand-held gps unit to find "caches" hidden all over the world. The basic idea is that individuals or groups set up caches and then log their coordinates on a website - www.geocaching.com Members then programme these coordinates into their gps unit and go off and find the cache. A cache at its most basic will be something like a 35mm film canister with a logsheet in it. You sign and date the log to confirm you've been there and then log your find on the website. Larger caches contain "swaps". These are generally small, inexpensive items like small toys, puzzles, hair clips, anything really. I'm famous for leaving glow in the dark yoyos in caches. The idea is that if you take something from a cache you leave something too so that there is always a few items for the next person to choose from.

    That's it really. You go out and look for things. But - speaking personally it's got me out into the countryside and I have discovered that I live a few minutes from some truly beautiful areas. I've seen wild orchids growing, pheasants wandering about, day old lambs, all sorts of wildlife and beautiful scenery. And I've lost a bit of weight. :D

    A dog is not compulsory but they enjoy the walks too.

    If you want to see if there are any near you go to www.geocaching.com and click Hide and Seek a Cache. Put your postcode in the Zip Code box and it will search the nearest ones out for you. There are 930 within 20 miles of my home address.

    There are also virtual caches which involve you getting your photo taken at a particular coordinate - there are several of these inside WDW. :D

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    Oh and I use a Garmin etrex gps unit that I bought on ebay for 30.

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    We're just starting to get into this and found our first two caches locally to us. We're going to buy a hand held Garmin over in Florida and will be looking for loads of caches around WDW, when we're down in Vero and on Castaway Cay
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    Thanks Dawn! I've always wanted to give this a try but last time I looked there were hardly any caches, that's certainly changed now!! Are they usually just "placed" somewhere so you dont need to dig?
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    They have to be placed. Anything that requires digging up is not allowed. Some caches do require specialist equipment like rock-climbing equipment but it will tell you that in the cache decription. Also you get some like one cache in Cornwall where you don't need special equipment but you can only find the cache at low tide. There are some really ingenious hiding places being used - holes in tree trunks are always popular but you have to be careful with those. Once I stuck my hand in a hole and I don't know who was more scared, me or the bird hiding in the hole.

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    Hi Dawn!

    We used to do a lot of geocaching when we lived in Virginia. There were hundreds of them in our area and we loved discovering all of the little out of the way places we never even knew existed! There aren't near as many here in OH, but we still go out occassionally. Jordan used to really love them when he was little...we made sure to let him *find* each cache.





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    Dawn, what do I need to look for in a GPS doda? Do they do different things depending on cost? Would something basic be enough to get us started and keep us going? I might go off to Cotswold Outdoor store tomorrow to get an idea of what's available. Is this the sort of thing you use?





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    can you use *any* GPS system? My dad has a garmin something or other and I'm not sure you can put in co-ordinates?
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    Wow! Just checked and there are loads near me some literally just around the corner, can't wait for the dog to be able to go out now I could definitely get into this :D






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    Two very close to me! I'm very tempted
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