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What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations 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. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something is to leave something for the next person who finds the cache.
What is a GPS device?
A Global Positioning System is an electronic device you can use to determine your approximate location (within around 6-20 feet) on the planet. Coordinates are normally given in Longitude and Latitude. You can use the unit to navigate from your current location to another location. Some units have their own maps, built-in electronic compasses, voice navigation, depending on the complexity of the device.
You don't need to know all the technical mumbo jumbo about GPS units to play Geocaching. All you need to do is be able to enter what is called a "waypoint" where the geocache is hidden.
What are the rules in Geocaching?
Geocaching is a relatively new phenomenon. Therefore, the rules are very simple:
- Take something from the cache
- Leave something in the cache
- Write about it in the logbook
How can I geocache during my stay at Larsmont Cottages?
There are two ways to participate here at Larsmont Cottages:
Option one: The On Property Hunt:
- Borrow a GPS unit and ask for the first "hunt hint" from the front desk or activities staff. It will include GPS coordinates to the location of the 1st cache and a written hint to help you locate the cache when you arrive at the coordinates. The staff can also provide you with the instruction manual for the GPS unit if you are unfamiliar with how to operate one.
- Use the hand held GPS unit to follow the coordinates to the location of the first cache, use the hint to locate the exact spot were the box is hiding.
- Open the box, enter the next coordinates and read the hint - place the hint back in the cache and put the cache back exactly the way you found it. Part of the game is leaving things just the way you found them so the next geohunter can enjoy the game as well.
- Follow the coordinates and clue to the 2nd cache. And so on. The course on Larsmont Property has 4 caches in all. Upon finding the last you will be instructed to bring a token to the front desk to redeem a prize. Don't forget to turn in the GPS unit and the manual.
Option Two: North Shore Hunting Off Property:
- Borrow a GPS unit from the front desk or activities staff
- From your laptop go to www.geocaching.com (if you don't have a computer you can ask front desk or activities staff to assist you).
- At the top right corner of the page you will see a place to enter information to search for caches. Enter the zip code 55616 and hit the arrow to the right of the white box.
- This will bring you to a list of caches in our area. The closest cache sites will appear near the top of the list. Here you can read about the caches, get the coordinates and hints. Chose one or several caches to hunt for in the area and you are off to enjoy a day of treasure hunting along the north shore.
- When you find one of these caches please remember to write a note to the owner of the cache about your adventure and remember - if you take something from the cache you must put a small treasure back in for the next person to find.
- Please remember to turn in the GPS unit and the manual to the front desk upon your return.