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Published January 28th 2014
Get out and find treasure in your area
Before you start planing to spend you new found fortune, the treasure is not going to make you rich. It will however introduce you to new places and some interesting sights and you can make some friends on the way when you run into another geocacher or join in a group.
Geocaching is a GPS game that is played world wide. You can get started with a smart phone and a sense of adventure although a hand held GPS is a good investment if you want to play this game a lot. The first thing you need to do is to sign up to a Geocaching site like www.geocaching.com . This is free and you can sign up as a individual or a group. Download a geocaching app for your smart phone and you are ready to find your first treasure.
After you sign up search for a cache near by to start with. There will be a rating of how hard the cache is so pick a easy one to start with. The size of the container will be listed on the cache page and a bigger cache will be easer to find. It will also be more likely to have swaps and travel bugs in them.
Swaps are usually small toys that you can swap for something that you take with you. This can be fun for the younger kids. A travel bug is normally some thing personal that you attach a trackable tag to and place in a cache. Someone will take it and place it in another cache. So your travel bug can go anywhere in the world and you can track its progress.
There are also puzzle and multi caches but you can learn about them as you go along.
This is a typical geocache page that you can print out and take with you or view on your smart phone.
I have recently visited this cache and as it was a good example of what you can expect.
With this puzzle cache you need to find a sign at the listed co- ordinates and get some information from it to solve the puzzle.
Luckily it is easy to solve this one. I entered the new co-ordinates and I was soon off to find the cache.
The cache and log
I don't want to give the location away but I had to walk about 100m to the cache and remove the nano cache from its hiding place. I signed log in the cache and returned it for the next person to discover the treasure.
Below is a photo gallery of the area showing the old bridges in the cache description.