High-tech hide and seek

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You’re never too old to search for hidden treasure. And the real-world hunt is happening all around you.

New discoveries hide in the woods, under park benches and probably just a short walk from where you are right now. The possibilities are endless.

Geocaching — an outdoor game of searching for cleverly hidden objects by using GPS coordinates posted online — has spread worldwide with more than 2 million active geocaches and more than 6 million active geocachers in more than 180 countries, according to geocaching.com. A geocacher hides a geocache, lists it online and challenges others to find it using a GPS device or geocaching app.



Types of caches

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A geocache is a hidden container that includes, at minimum, a log book for geocachers to sign. But there are many different types of geocaches hidden throughout the world. Here are five examples to get familiar with:

— Traditional cache

How to find a cache

— Create an account at geocaching.com. A basic account is free. The premium account is $29.99/year, which includes exclusive features, such as access to VIP caches, advanced maps and the ability to track your statistics, among other things. For more information on the upgrade, go to geocaching.com/premium.

— Download the app. (Not necessary if using GPS device). The official geocaching app is available for iPhone and Android. There also are premium, pay versions of the app, which include additional features. Apps are titled “Geocaching” or “Geocaching Intro” by Groundspeak Inc., or “c:geo” (for Android only).

How to hide a cache

Before considering your first geocache hide, experts suggest that you find a variety of caches in your area to help you understand what makes a great cache hide.

Here are five steps to hiding a geocache:

Pringle Nature Center offers geocaching classes

Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave. in Bristol, offers a beginning geocaching class every fall and spring at the center. It also rents out GPS units for $5 each year-round, and people can get a crash course any time as long as a staff member is available, said Pringle naturalist Valerie Mann.

The GPS units must stay in the park and are pre-programmed with the caches that are hidden there.

10 acronyms that have to do with geocaching

BYOP

Bring your own pen/pencil (to sign the cache logbook).

Sunken treasures: Expert says about 25 wrecks are off Kenosha’s shore

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What shipwrecks are left to be discovered off the shore of Kenosha County?

You’d be surprised.

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Sunken treasures: Expert says about 25 wrecks are off Kenosha’s shore

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What shipwrecks are left to be discovered off the shore of Kenosha County?

You’d be surprised.

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