Searching for a microsize container that blends in with the environment is the exciting part of geocaching. Not getting frustrated when you can’t find the container is the challenge. We love visiting new places and finding those unique spots. Geocaching is a great way to do just that.
Finding Geocaching Sites
Are you wondering where to find Geocaching sites? We went to the internet and types in “Geocaching in Arizona.” From there were found multiple websites that shared Geocaching locations. We found one that had a phone application. The phone app is helpful for when we are out in the field I use the GPS on the app. The phone application we choose also gave hints, which we used many times.
When you are choosing your Geocaching spots to learn about the terrain levels. Is the area in a local city park and has a flat ground? If yes, then maybe you can get away with wearing flip-flops. It the Geocaching spot on the side of a rocky mountain covered in cactus? If yes, then maybe you should be hiking boots. Be mindful of the terrain and dress accordingly.
If you are using a map and compass, write down the contain size description. We would read and record what size in advance and I was grateful for that because sometimes the container was large (a 6 in x 4 in x 2 in) and other times it was less than 2 inches in length. When I knew it was micro size, I would look in small cracks and between tight spaces.
Tip: bring a pair of tweezers to pull out the paper in the micro-containers. Note: the paper is what you write your name and date on when you found it.
Difficulty Finding Rating
Each organization will have a different rating for the “difficulty of finding the container.” Understanding the rating helped us after our first few finds. Usually the harder the “difficulty finding rating” the more the container blended in with the environment. There are ones that are listed as easy and the stand out from the environment, therefore easy to spot.
Have you gone Geocaching before? If yes, what state or country were you in? What did you find?