Geocaching...
a modern day treasure hunt!

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)  receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little monetary value. Today, hundreds of thousands of geocaches are currently placed in over 200 countries around the world, which are registered on various websites devoted to the sport.

(Additional information about Geocaching can be found at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocache)

A Travel Bug is a registered trademark of Groundspeak Inc. used to describe a dog tag used in Geocaching. It is moved from cache to cache, and its travels can be logged on a website. Each travel bug tag is printed with a unique number, which is needed to post a log online. Most tags are fastened to some small object, such as a plastic figurine, before they are let loose. Some travel bugs have missions to travel to a specific cache, location or a certain type of location. Other travel bugs simply have the goal of traveling as far and widely as possible.

(Additional information about Travel Bugs can be found at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travel_Bug)

A Geocoin is a special coin created by individuals or groups of geocachers as a kind of signature item or calling card. Like Travel Bugs, each Geocoin is assigned a unique tracking ID which allows them to travel from geocache to geocache or to be passed amongst friends, picking up stories along the way.

(Additional information about Geocoins can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocoin)

 

Even if you are not interested in finding caches of your own, you can still join geocaching.com for free and track activity of Travel Bugs, Geocoins, or maybe even some caches that are of interest to you.  If you are signed up, you can also receive updates vie e-mail for any item that you may be tracking.

View some of our track logs in Google Earth here


As with any web site or online group, unique names must be used to identify the participants.  Our family goes by the following Geocaching names:

Dan - Spyder_Cacher Nancy - Blonde_Spyder_Cacher Sereina - Jr_Spyder_Cacher
Profile for Spyder_Cacher  Profile for Blonde_Spyder_Cacher  Profile for jr_spyder_cacher
     
Tiana - Pink_Spyder_Cacher Alina - Silly_Spyder_Cacher Danel Jr. - Spyder_Cacher_Dude
 Profile for Pink_Spyder_Cacher  Profile for silly_spyder_cacher  Profile for Spyder_Cacher_Dude

Note: The Found/Hidden quantities for Spyder_Cacher (Dan) include finds for the whole family for tracking purposes.  Therefore it will always be higher than everybody else's finds.

Nancy (a.k.a. Blonde_Spyder_Cacher) maintains a blog called Spyder Caching which documents our adventures.  Click here to view our stories, photos, and adventures in Geocaching!


Caches we have planted: The Springs at Silver Lake (GC27D9D)

Travel Bugs and Geocoins we have found:
 

 

Moose_Drool - Found at Deception Pass State Park.  Follow the adventures of this moose from his travel beginnings back on June 18th, 2005.  View travel path in Google Earth. -June 23rd, 2007



Groovy Cachin' Dude! Geocoin - Found at Martha Lake Airport Park in Lynnwood, WA.  This park which is under construction used to be a small neighborhood airport which I have flown out of back in the early 90's.  -May 3rd, 2009


Rock, Paper, Scissors Geocoin - Found at the small pond near The Springs at Silver Lake neighborhood.  This area is right in our neighborhood.  -May 8th, 2009

    
World Class Tourist - Found in a hollowed out trunk of an apple tree during our Orcas Island camping trip with our friends.  Part of an interesting trek across 5 countries.  View travel path in Google Earth. -July 6th, 2009


Mark's Black Generic Geocoin - Found by Spyder_Cacher while waiting for the ferry for our trip home after an awesome Independence Day weekend camping trip with our friends at Moran State Park on Orcas Island.  -July 6th, 2009

Compass - Found by Spyder_Cacher during a quick weekend trip to Winthrop, WA  -April 3rd, 2010

 

Lincoln City Geocoin - Found by Silly_Spyder_Cacher during a quick weekend trip to Manson, WA  -April 3rd, 2010

 

 

Equator Geocoin - First Geocoin found by Spyder_Cacher_Dude during a Geocaching day in Kirkland, WA  -April 18th, 2010

 

 


Our Equipment

Up until late 2010, we were using dedicated GPS units as shown below.  Since the move to Smart Phones, that is all we use for geocaching due to the ease of use and lack of need for pre-planning.  We started with the HTC Aria Smart Phone powered by the Android Operating System and have now moved to the HTC Vivid.  The smart phones provide for a much easier process to find and log geocaches while out in the field since there is no longer any prep time required prior to going out.

I am using an application (app) called c:geo to locate and log caches found.  It integrates seamlessly to the Android OS and is a vast improvement over other apps I have tried.

The Android powered devices also work great as a phone, internet browser, e-mail client, calendar, camera, etc., etc., etc.

 

Legacy Equipment  

Garmin GPS V

  Garmin iQue M5
This unit is water and vibration resistant and can be used in the horizontal or vertical position.  It is ideal for geocaching since it is small and durable.   This unit is designed primarily for automotive use, but can be used as a handheld unit since it is portable.  It is also a PocketPC and runs many Microsoft Windows applications.

 

Both units feature maps and turn-by-turn routing for all of North America as well as thousands of points of interest which makes navigation a breeze.