Enjoy this modern-day treasure hunt, combining technology and the great outdoors, while exercising both your mind and body! Hidden by fellow geocachers, West Point Lake has many cashes waiting to be discovered. With geocaching, there are no clubs to join or dues to pay. All you need to do is log into Geocaching.com to find the coordinates for the caches near you, and set out to find them. Caches vary in size, some as small as a film canister. Difficulty of the search and terrain is rated by stars, and clues may need to be deciphered in order to find the cache. To view a listing and map of local caches visit Geocaching.com.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity where participants hide and search for waterproof containers which house a small hodgepodge of inexpensive trinkets and a log book. Instead of using a map marked with an X, you use your cell phone’s GPS. The cache may be hidden under a rock, under a log, or in a tree. Once the cache is found, simply log the date, the time, and your geocache code name. Some cache instructions ask that you trade an item in the container. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back in the exact location where it was found.
- Exchange trinkets (also called “trade items”) with those of equal or greater value. “Travel bugs” are different than trade items. Sometimes called “hitchhikers,” these are often intended to travel the world. They are okay to take, as long as you promise to put it in another geocache. Be sure to log the travel bug number online so its owner can trace its travels.
- Do not cross private property to reach a cache without permission from the landowner.
- Do not include offensive material in a cache.
- A geocache box should be camouflaged so that it blends with the environment in which it is placed.
- Don’t reveal the hiding spot to others.
- It is proper etiquette to sign the log book to let the geocache owner and fellow geocachers know of your visit. Afterwards, go online to geocaching.com to record your visit there as well.
- Once you’re finished with your find, return the cache exactly where you found it.
- Practice the “Tread Softly” and “Leave No Trace” philosophy.