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 Issue # 34 August 2006 
  • Greetings from the Edi...
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  • GeoCaching
    by Jon Alexander
    August 2006
    Have some fun! Occasionally I run into a cool web site about a particular place or an exciting thing to do. GeoCaching is the best of both worlds!

    What is Geocaching? Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for Global Position System (GPS) users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capabilities 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. Here's an important tip - remember to be a good visitor. If you get something from the cache, leave something for the cache.

    Geocaching is a hoot! It's free to signup for plus it's easy to use. All you need is a GPS device and a sense of adventure.
    What is a GPS device? A GPS unit is an electronic device that can determine your approximate location (within about 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, all 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. See the documentation that came with your GPS unit to find how to enter a waypoint.

    To find a cache in your area locate the "Hide and Seek a Cache" listing down the side of the main screen after signing up. You can search by either a zip code or "state and country". If you travel internationally you can have a whole word of fun with Geocaching. I found 73 caches around my zip code. Have fun!
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