Let’s go on a treasure hunt through Tri Cities Washington, instead of using a map with a ‘X’ on it, how about we use a GPS (global positioning system) to direct us to the treasure. This is precisely what geocaching is all about! For those who have never heard of Geocaching before let me give you an overview of the game. The idea of geocaching is to find hidden containers using a GPS devise. Inside each container, or cache, there will be a logbook, writing utensil, and most of the time some sort of trinket collection.
Geocaching in the Tri Cities is the same as geocaching anywhere, right? Wrong. Geocaching in the Tri Cities is a great thing, every area is unique in terms of Geocaching. The City of Richland has several events centered around Geocaching, one of the events going on right now is the Geocoin Challenge Event. The Geocoin Challenge Event is spread out in 12 different locations, throughout Richland Washington there are geocaches strategically placed. On the lid of each container there will be a code, keep track of each code you find and for each person to visit 10 of the 12 geocaches they will receive a special geocaching coin.
There are 4 types of geocaches:
Traditional – This is the original type of cache, containing only a logbook inside the container.
Multi-Cache – This is a cache with involving 2 or more locations, hints are found at multiple locations to lead the seeker to where the final cache is positioned.
Mystery or Puzzle Catcher – To find this cache the seeker must solve a puzzle first to determine the coordinates of the cache.
Event Cache – This is an event to gather fellow geocachers together, the coordinates leads you to the events location.
Geocaching in 8 easy steps from Groundspeak:
1. Go to the Geocaching website and register for a free account.
2. Click “Hide and Seek a Cache”
3. Enter a postal code or address and click “Search”
4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name
5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your device
6. Use your GPS device to help you find the hidden geocache
7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location
8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online
For more information visit the Geocaching website or call one of the local parks and recreation departments.