episode 61 – What is Geocaching in Florida All About?

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What’s up this week?

Have you ever heard of geocaching? We will show you an adventurous activity you can do with your entire family just about anywhere. But of course, we think Geocaching in Florida is the best geocaching. It all started in the early 2000s. It began with 75 geocaches. Today, there are over 3 million geocaches and millions of active geocachers playing the game. There are geocaches of all shapes, sizes, and levels of difficulty.

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This week we are sponsored by Trusted Tours and Attractions. Trusted Tours and Attractions provides discount tickets to top US sightseeing tours, world-class attractions, museums, and other amazing things to do while on vacation. Some of our favorites are here such as the trolley tours in St. Augustine and Key West. You’ll also find discounted tours in Miami, Naples, Orlando, and Tampa. Visit floridatravelpod.com/tours to get started. 

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What is Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor activity that utilizes GPS to locate hidden “caches”. It is like a treasure hunt. Why would you want to geocache? It is an activity that can involve all ages and skill levels. It teaches exploration, navigation, and outdoor skills, and can take you all over to places you may have never seen had you not explored for a geocache.

How do you get started?

Create a free basic account and use Geocaching.com or the free Geocaching® app to search for geocaches near your location. When you reach a location, you open the app and it will tell you all the geocaches in the area. Then, you hike! A geocache can be as simple as a roadside stop or it can go deep into the woods. It can be a simple find and practically out in the open or it can be well hidden and challenge you to use some detective work. You might find geocaches up in a tree, under a bridge, you might even need to solve several clues to find the hidden treasure.

These caches can be found in many types of containers. We have found them in ammo boxes, film canisters, decorative birdhouses, and even just buried in a hole. Inside, you will find your trinket. There are all sorts of things you can find; army men, Hotwheels, keychains, sometimes coins, just something small. I found this Pinterest board with ideas of things you can use.

Once you retrieve your cache, you will find and sign the logbook. Be sure to go back to the app and track your find. You can win badges in the app.

Geocaching in the Florida State Parks

The Florida State Parks has a great geocaching program. Operation Recreation GeoTour Search for geocaches for one of six possible nature cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the official tracking sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

Ways to Connect

Learn more and connect by visiting:

 Geocaching Blog

The Geocaching Channel on YouTube

 Geocaching Help Center

Share ideas and lesson plans in the Geocaching.com Forum section for education.

Connect on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest.

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Florida Product of the Week

This week’s Featured product is https://spacecoastgeostore.com/ Geocoins, travel buddies, trinkets, logsheet tubes.  My favorite is The Lackey Coin and trackable tag each have its own unique tracking code so you can keep this amazing trackable mini ammo can to be discovered in your collection, and send the tag out to explore other ammo cans throughout the geocaching world! 

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