We recently rediscovered the great times you can have while geocaching with your dog. Geocaching is where you use a GPS to search for hidden “treasures.” The treasures can be as small as a film canister or as large as an ammo box. There’s usually a log book to log your visit and some trinkets for you to take (as long as you leave something, as well.)
Getting started is easy. All you need is a handheld GPS and the coordinates of a geocache. We use a Garmin Oregon 450t, but you can use any handheld GPS. You can even use your smartphone with a geocaching app, but that only works if you will be in an area with great cell service. I like the Oregon 450t because it has a touch screen and an easy to use mode designed just for geocaching. You can locate geocaches in your area or the area where you’ll be vacationing on Geocaching.com. Once you get the coordinates of the cache into your GPS, either by transferring electronically or entering the coordinates by hand, you’re ready to go.
Use your GPS to point you in the right direction to find the cache. Once you’re close, it’s a matter of looking for likely hiding spots. Be sure to keep an eye out for people in the area. You want to make sure the cache isn’t discovered by people who aren’t geocaching. Once you’ve found the cache and signed the log book, be sure to put the cache back where you found it.
We’ve found that one of the best parts of geocaching is discovering the wonderful views and places where people have put caches. We’ve gone some places that were really off the beaten path and discovered gorgeous settings that we never would have found on our own.
Be sure to take your dog on a leash and respect private property. Don’t forget the poop bags. It’s a fun way to get out and go for a walk with your dog while hunting for treasures.
Here’s what we discovered on another geocache in the area.
You can find out more about geocaching at Geocaching.com.