Oooh, thanks for the 'congrats'. You know, I hadn't noticed. These things do creep up on you. I see you are heading towards your first 1000. Go for it, only 145 mins to go. Thats only 2 hours and 25 mins. You could do that in an afternoons walking 2682 days ago
Geocaching: The best place to look at for an explanation is either www.geocachng.com or even on Wikipidia.
Bascially its treasure hunting with a hand held GPS unit. The geocaching site is free of charge to join (we post as Water-rats so feel free to drop us a line). To find a cache you put in your post code, or zip code and the site will give you a list of geocaches close to you. Some are urban caches, some are more rural and involve a bit of walking which we adore. When you find the cache, you sign the log. If you take anything from the cache (which you are allowed to do), you must replace it with something of equal value. Mostly they are little items such as toy cars, pens, hair slides, pencil rubbers etc etc. All the items are of a family nature. You should never find anything of an 'adult' nature or any alcohol in a cache.
There is a difficulty rating system which is a line of stars. 1 star is easy, 5 stars hard. Then the next line of stars denotes terrain. 1 star easy, 5 stars is difficult terrain (some you need climbing equip for). To start with look at the 1 or 2 star caches and also look for a mediums sized cache. The description tells you the size of the cache. A nano is tiny, large is just that! Could be a bucket sized one. We've found a couple of those. Micro denotes something the size of a 35mm film canister.
In short, you put in the co-ordinates to your GPS unit. Read the description (and the clue if you like - additional hints, just hit the decrypt link) and off you go. We are premium members, which means we have paid a yearly subs (you don't have to do this) but it means we get new cache info faster and can download the caches directly to our GPS unit.
It sounds a bit of a saddo hobby the way I've explained it. When my lovely hubby decided to give it a go, I though "oh no, thats sounds really techy and lame". Now I am totally addicted and go caching as often as I can.
For some of the very easy caches you could probably use your road gps, just put in the co-ords manually, but they are a bit hit or miss. We found our first one in our local park. We didn't use a gps at all! We read the info, looked at the clue and knew exactly where it was so went to find it. One of our friends has found a few and has only just got her gps! She used the google maps and zoomed in on them online. Brilliant for local caches in your area.
Have a go and join in the game. There are 3/4 million caches worldwide to find :) Exercise without even noticing it. I do hope that I haven't bunnied on too much.
You on your hols again? Lucky old you. I'm off geocaching later today, down the canal at Wetley Rocks. Sounds pretty, doesn't it? Well it is Quiet day work wise so making the most of it and getting out walking and making my pedometer earn its keep LOL.
Hope its all going well with you. MM 2705 days ago