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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Geocaching

Somewhere in the middle of the taiga in Hovsgol province, my sister jokingly said "Wow, this would be a good place to hide some stuff for geocaching." Naturally, I had no idea what geocaching was. My sister explained that people with GPS hide stuff, put the coordinates on the web and people hunt for the cache. I did some research and found out that people have actually hidden stuff around Lake Hovsgol (November 2006/February 2007) that has not been found. If only we would have had a GPS!!! Who knows what treasures we may have uncovered?
http://www.geocaching.com/
Honestly, I think it's fascinating that people spend time doing this. Is there anyone who reads my blog who has actually done this? I would love for you to comment.

5 comments:

Bob said...

Ulaana, I have GeoCached in Chicago with my kids about 5 years ago. I tried to place some in the Chicago Loop. I placed one in the girder of the Dearborn bridge north of the House of Blues across the street with magnets so it would stick on the steel girder. I also put one on the Kinzie bridge just NW of the Merchandise Mart. Those highly urban caches disapeared very quickly in one day. Maybe police feared they were bombs or they fell off. You put some little treasure in the box and take one inside. Some sites do not actually have a box and you're supposed to post a pic or something. Its been years since I was an active geoCacher. Possibly our best find was in Pokegon Park, Indiana. We were already there. The GPS led us to a geocache in forest near the water. I took a little box of tiny screwdrivers, and left something else. It brought me to beautiful forest. Many people had logged on the sign up sheet. Cute fun. Kids get into that too. Since then I sold my GPS. A GPS is real easy to use. Even CTA buses have GPS technology. Your post reminded me that about 4-5 years ago I wanted to plant some geocaches in the Gobi. Good idea. I am coming to UB in 5 weeks. I will try to bring you a GPS. Please plant many geocaches in MGL. You just need good little boxes and little log books. I am bringing a bike, so I will consider planting many geocaches in MGL. Great idea! Your blog is awesome, Ulaana.

aveverumcorpus said...

i once found one in a hollowed out tree by mistake. without a gps, you can always do letterboxing, geocaching's wimpier cousin.

Meg said...

Annie,

Though I can't remember what sparked my thought that "Hovsgul would be a cool spot to geocache," I do remember my "first time." My one and only geocache experience occurred while in grad school at NYU. A classmate of mine introduced me to it and since he lived on Long Island, we went there. We hit two spots near Cold Spring Harbor - the state park and the beach. At both spots we located a small box and, as the previous post indicates, we recorded the date and wrote in a small notebook. We took something from the box (what, I've no idea!) and left something, too. Pretty interesting. I've also had friends in Maine who geocached with their kids - a fun treasure hunt adventure! Love, Meg

paradigmshifted said...

It's quite a bit of fun! I've had some really good luck... and really bad luck with it but it's always been an adventure. It's a great activity with kids. Who doesn't like a treasure hunt?!

-deepali

Mark Rosenwald said...

Hey Riordan.

I left some Geocache stuff of sorts for myself in the mountains off to the east of Mankhan.

But you probably don't find yourself out that way very often.

Stay warm!

-Rosie