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21st Century Treasure Hunting by Mary Syrett

A hike or canoeing trip through the Tidewater to find a container holding a pocketknife, a flag, trinkets and some change may not sound like a totally fun outing, but the activity is, nonetheless, becoming increasingly popular. Geocaching (pronounced geocashing) is an activity that resembles a modern day treasure hunt. The word “Geocaching,” broken down, is GEO for geography and CACHING for the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms is information stored in memory to

make it easy to retrieve; the term is also used in camping lore as a hiding place for provision. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or simply “caches”) anywhere in the world. The idea is to have individuals set up caches and then share their location on the Internet. GPS users use the location coordinates to locate the caches.

A typical geocache container is weather-proof and usually bears an official geocaching sticker. 69

February 2012 Tidewater Times  

Tidewater Times February 2012

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