Geocaching Through Fort Wayne: What is it?

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Geocaches are small and well-hidden, like this one found in northwest Fort Wayne.

Growing up a fan of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, I was intrigued to learn about “geocaching,” a choose-your-own-adventure meets treasuring hunting activity. According to the official global website for this activity, there are over 1.933 million active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide. Simply searching the 46802 postal code brings up a list of more than 3,000 geocaches in the Fort Wayne area.

So what is it exactly? It’s simply a free real-world treasure hunt all are welcome to be a part of. You can track them, hide them or both. All you need is some creativity, stealth, and a smartphone app or GPS. Check out this link for a great 101 primer in getting started.

If you’re using a smartphone app, it will use your phone’s location services and suggest three caches for you to find. You can select the one you want to hunt based on distance, terrain, difficulty of view, and size. The clues provided will depend on the geocacher who hid it originally. It will also tell you if there’s an opportunity to leave a ____ or if you need to bring your own pen to record your find in the log. Once you’ve found the geocache, you’ll receive a “Victory!” message confirming your find.

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Whether you are looking for an urban adventure, a hike through the woods, or simply something to do over your lunch hour, geocaching will certainly fit the bill.

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What’s inside a geocache will vary, but there will always be a log to write down your find. BYOPen!

If you cache, please share your tips and tricks in the comments below. We’d love to hear about your favorite local geocaches!

Heather

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A Fort Wayne native, Heather is a married with two children and works as a Senior Associate with MKM architecture + design. She's passionate about serving in the community with organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana, NeighborLink, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her free time, you’ll find her spending time with her family or friends - most often in downtown Fort Wayne or on Sylvan Lake in Noble County. Team Schoegler's favorite activities are cheering on the TinCaps and Komets as well as catching area concerts. What keeps her calling Fort Wayne home are the many opportunities to make memories and create traditions with her family.

3 Responses to “Geocaching Through Fort Wayne: What is it?”

    Diane Stiles
    November 28th, 2012
    If geocaching is a bit too challenging, check out its cousin, "waymarking" at www.waymarking.com Run by the same company that does geocaching, it's more of a visual hunt and find and a way to connect with local hotspots. There are various categories such as museum, diners, statues...almost anything you can imagine. Photographs prove you are at the spot you say. During the Being a Tourist in Your Home Town event, my caching/waymarking partner and I took our pink flamingo mascot to several of the waymarked spots and had a blast. The mascot even blogged about it at www.mingmusings.blogspot.com. That being said, geocaching has a place in our hearts as well. We love to find "travel bugs"...specially marked items that move from cache to cache. Larger caches often hold "swag", or "stuff we all get" that can be traded. Sometimes the obvious is the best place to look; other times things are a little more challenging. Whether geocaching or waymarking, it's fun to be out exploring. Go for it!
    Heather
    Heather
    December 3rd, 2012
    Diane - thank you for sharing about "waymarking!" What another fun idea. It's terrific that you incorporated it into your #BeATourist activities!
    Shaun
    April 8th, 2014
    Remember that it's nation wide, and even world wide. Some of my best geocaching experiences have been in Scotland and England. It's an excellent way to spend extra time if you're in a new location and want to see a little more than the average tourist. This is especially true because caches are typically hidden near interesting places to visit.

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