Geocaching

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Geocaching is a real world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices such as your smart phone. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the cache hidden in that location.

Geocaching is often described as a game of high-tech hide and seek, sharing many similarities to orienteering.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container, containing a logbook. After finding it, the geocacher enters the date and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers can also have items for trading which are usually toys or trinkets of little value which range from weird to wonderful.

How to Play: Geocaching requires 11 simple steps:

  1. Think of a code name to call yourself or your group.
  2. Visit www.geocaching.com online and register for a free basic membership.
  3. Visit the hide & Seek a cache page and enter your post-code and click search.
  4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on it’s name
  5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS device.
  6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  7. Sign logbook and return it to its original location
  8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online and plan your next geocaching adventure.
  9. Consider whether this cache deserves a favourite point or not. For every ten finds, you automatically get one favourite point token that you can award to any cache you think deserves it. What do you need? The only essentials are a GPS device or a GPS enabled mobile phone, so that you can navigate to the cache the free geocaching.com membership and a pen/pencil.

 

There are only four rules:

1. Do NOT move the geocache from it’s original location.

2. Sign log-book.

3. If you take something from the container, make sure you replace it with something of equal or greater value.

4. Log your find at geocaching.com

Caches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide them in places they find interesting. Therefore you get to go places you wouldn’t normally go and see things that only the locals know about. These places are often special to them, reflecting a special place of interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. A local attraction, park, along a hiking path, underwater, on the other side of a creek or beside a city street. Let’s go! We encourage you to explore the The Macleay Valley countryside, as well as the township of Kempsey and surrounds.

Start with the beginner caches below. Janet’s memorial (coordinates S 31° 06.053 E 152° 49.980). This is an existing reserve with lovely gardens and a memorial to Janet Hayes. There is ample parking for caravans and motorhomes and is a great spot for lunch or a rest stop near the highway.

Janet was the mayor of Kempsey from 2001 until 2006 and was loved by many in the Kempsey Shire for her ongoing work in the district. Later she was appointed showground administrator and it was her efforts that enabled secure overnight camping for RV Travellers who now can enjoy better amenities right in the heart of town. Janet has left us but her legacy lives on though this beautiful memorial. The cache container is a small magnetic and contains a logbook & pencil. Hint: Rest sit down and feel around.

For more information contact Mike or Gloria at ozglory1946@gmail.com or phone (02) 6566 9037.


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