Geocahing: Fun in Hidden Places

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A weekend with Texas Outdoor Family introduces tricks of the camping trade and activities that families can enjoy together outdoors. One ever popular event is geocaching.

Geocaching is using GPS units to find hidden treasures. It’s kind of a fun way to get outside, and kids absolutely love it. We got to go with something that was like a telephone but it wasn’t. It told us where to go so that we could go find a green box and there’s something inside it. I got a badge out of the green box. It was a picture of a fish. It was cool.

Dan Hayes is the outdoor education specialist who led the Naredo family on their first geocaching excursion. They found that it’s not the plunder, but its pursuit that matters.

People have hidden these caches which are essentially boxes with little, cheap toys in them that people go find. The cool thing is the trading piece of it. You take one but you put one, so there’s always treasure in that box. Those little containers or wherever you find it, they told us that they disguised them and some could’ve been like inside of a soda can or some could’ve been on a magnet that they stuck to a rail fence. I mean, they’re really well hidden because they don’t really want them to find it, but at the same time they want you to find it.

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That’s our show…with research and writing help from Sarah Loden… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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