Your family can get as involved as you want them to. You can stray as far from home as you wish. You can purchase trackable items to leave in a cache that you find, or leave in a cache that you hide, and then track them on your computer to see how far they travel. There are geocaches all over the world! The trackable items that we looked at included coins, called geocoins, key chains, and tags that looked similar to dog tags, called travel bugs. They have registration numbers that you register at Geo-Caching, and then you are able to track the tags as each new receiver enters their information in.
We purchased a "Find-a-cache Starter Kit", and I also liked the looks of the "Hide-a-cache Starter Kit", but we are not ready for that, as GeoCaching recommends that you find at least twenty caches before you hide your first, so that you have a better understanding of what to leave in your cache.
Setting up your own geocache and hiding it is a commitment, as you need to put together the cache (in a water-proof container that will survive our tough winters) keep up the cache, and check on it from time to time, but what an adventure that could be! One man left $75 in his cache for the first person that found it. Another person set up a night-time hunt, and the clues that he left were little reflectors, called Firetacks, which only glowed up at night, while using a flashlight or headlamp. His geocache was hidden in the city, with reflectors placed in trees along the sidewalk, and his cache was hidden inside a piece of playground equipment! The contents of caches vary widely, but always include a log book or log sheets for the finders to sign in on. You can purchase a log book, water-resistant printer paper, and use provided templates to print up your own log sheets. You can purchase cache containers, or buy official Geo-Cache stickers and make your own.
We live in the north country, Hamilton County, in a rural setting, and we have been trying and trying to think of something new and exciting to do, and geo-caching sure fits the bill! We don't need to drive any further than we want to, with geo-caches hidden in every community around us, and the thrill of planning what caches we want to hide is already filling us with excitement.
When deciding where you're going to hide your cache, the consensus, seems to be that there should be a personal investment of sorts...some place that is meaningful to you for historical reasons, scenic beauty, etc. We have two really good plans for hiding our geo-caches...one in Northville, near where High Rock Lodge used to be, and another in Wells, at the site of two plane crashes that happened on the same day back in the Eighties. Our second cache will be called a Multi-Cache, because it will be a two part search, with a box at each crash site.