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Over the Thanksgiving break, I decided to hunt down a few geocaches before stuffing my face with turkey and mashed potatoes. I chose to look around the Dreamy Draw Mountain Preserve because it is a geocacher’s paradise! Hundreds of geocaches are hidden in the area and with temperatures in the mid 60’s, I couldn’t resist spending the entire day outside!

This was my first find of the day, named Lizard Gulch (GC1NTV3). In a desert landscape, it’s easier to spot a geocache because it is usually hidden under an abnormally large rock pile, which looks suspicious to geocachers but appears unnoticeable to non-geocachers.

This was another fun, quick find named Red, Rousse, Rojo (GC1Z5WH). The difficulty rating on this one was 2.5 stars because it was cleverly hidden in a wash with a lot of rocks and bushes. After I signed the log, I decided to hike upward to find a geocache hidden on top of a peak with a breathtaking view.

Yogi’s Gold (GCHPJT) was well worth the climb. The large canister contained a zip blocked bag (pictured above) and contained some trading cards, toys and of course, the log book. I admired the beautiful view of the Phoenix area and then decided it was time to head home. It’s breathtaking moments like these when I stop and realize how thankful I am to experience nature at its finest.

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Have you discovered beautiful scenery while you were geocaching? I’d love to hear from you!

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Geocaching, as defined by Wikipedia, is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to discover containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

There are over 1 million hidden geocaches in the world, just waiting to be found. To start geocaching, just go to the Official Geocaching Website, create a free basic membership, and then click on the “Hide & Seek A Cache” tab. From there, you can look up the nearest caches by entering a zip code, address, or latitude/longitude coordinates. Once you discover a cache you want to find, grab your GPS and head outside!

Geocaching can range from an easy “park and grab”, to a difficult hike or climb. But don’t sweat! Every geocache is rated by difficulty and terrain on the website.

Once you find a geocache container, sign the log book and admire the goodies and trade items that are stashed inside.

The rules are simple:

  • If you take an item from a geocache, please leave something in return for the next geocacher to find
  • Return the geocache to its original hiding place
  • Log your experience at geocaching.com

Here’s a video to sum it all up:

Geocaching is a rewarding experience and is an unusual way to explore your community, discover beautiful scenic views, and travel outdoors. Happy Caching!

What do you think?

Have you ever been geocaching before? How did you first hear about geocaching? Leave a comment and let me know!