BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) -
Geocaching is an outdoor adventure and the goal is to find hidden containers using GPS coordinates.
Ashlee Schmitt Naturalist Greene Co Parks and Trails says, "One of my favorite things people put caches into places maybe you don't know about. and it takes you to a spot that opens your eyes to new things."
By going to the geocaching website
you'll find a set of coordinates that leads to a container or "cache." You have to download an app on your mobile device or plug the coordinates into a handheld GPS unit. Once you have the location the hunt begins.
The website will tell you what type of terrain you'll be going into and a difficulty rating. Some of the smaller, harder to find caches are rated five.
GPS will only take you so far. Once you get an idea of where the container is located you have to use your eyes to find exactly where the item is located. Sometimes it's easy to spot while other times you have to really look.
Once you find the geocache there's a log book to sign and date and you can take a trinket. In the sprit of the game you're asked to place another trinket in its place. And once you're finished put the container back where you found it so others can find it as well.
The game requires some patience and either a smart phone app or gps unit. While you may not find a pot of gold - the adventure of finding new places and things is a treasure in itself.
Greene County Parks and Trails will be holding a Winter Geocache event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday February 16, at the Narrows Reserve Nature Center.