Hunting for Treasure: Geocaching in Paudash

Submitted by Sheila Griffin

Our Paudash Lake Geocaches have been getting a lot of action. Burnt Island Cache has been found 5 times this spring, Footbridge Cache 3 times and Soldiers of the Lake 6 times! More geocaches to come this summer! Get out and enjoy the lake.

Geocaches vary greatly in size and appearance. In the field you will see everything from large, clear plastic containers to film canisters to a fake rock with a secret compartment. So, how do you find the cache? The first step is to get a general idea of the cache's size:

Micro - Less than 100ml. Examples: a 35 mm film canister or a tiny storage box typically containing only a logbook or a log-sheet. A nano cache is a common sub-type of a micro cache that is less than 10ml and can only hold a small logsheet.

Small - 100ml or larger, but less than 1L. Example: A sandwich-sized plastic container or similar.

Regular - 1L or larger, but less than 20L. Examples: a plastic container or ammo can about the size of a shoebox.

 Large - 20L or larger. Example: A large bucket.

Other - See the cache description for information.

Small, Regular and Large containers typically contain trade items. Here are just a few examples of what they could look like:

 

How do I find the cache and what should I do once I've found it?

There are many things to know about searching for a cache. For instance, did you know that there is a slight "error" to every GPS device due to technological limitations? Your device can get you close to the cache, but not right to it. Use your eyes and always be aware of your own safety and the safety of your fellow cachers. Caches are not permitted to be placed in dangerous locations.

When you find the cache, sign the logbook and return it to the cache. You can take an item from the cache if you like - just make sure to leave something of equal or greater value in its place. 

When you are finished, put the cache back exactly as you found it, even if you think you see a better spot for it. Finally, visit the cache page to log your find and share your experience with others.

For more information about getting started with Geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com.

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