Geocaching, according to definition from Merriam-Webster is "a game in which players are given the geographical coordinates of a cache of items which they search for with a GPS device". More simply put, using a GPS device you find hidden containers aka caches.
Geocaching has been around for a number of years now and there are multiple resources out there for anyone interested in getting their head in the game. If you are a newbie geocacher it is suggested you check out Geocaching.com. Geocaching.com is available both online as an app from the iTunes and Google Play stores with the cost varying depending on your level of involvement. A variety of third party apps are also available however it is suggested that you read reviews by other users to determine the ease of use and functionality.
One thing you'll discover when checking out geocaching is that there are millions of geocaches out there to be discovered. People all over the world with an interest in the game have taken their creative talents to build on this network of explorers and are just waiting for you to find their treasures.
As previously implied you are going to need some tools to partake in this adventure, namely a Global Positioning System (GPS) device. This can range from anything like a Garmin or Tom Tom to your smart phone. This device is needed in order to lock on to the coordinates provided by your fellow geocachers. Aside from having a GPS device you will most likely need a writing utensil, pad of paper and something for trade.
Something for trade? The art of geocaching is community and although not required in all caches some will ask that you "take something and leave something" for the next explorer. This item doesn't have to be something of financial value however it can be something of significance to you or your adventure. Bring unique buttons, stones, foreign coins or you can even buy and collect specific geocaching coins. The writing utensil and pad of paper are for you to solve any questions or riddles that are involved in the game. Sometimes to discover a cache you must find multiple points or objects and solve a riddle to find the final answer. In other cases instead of leaving a treasure you simply add your name to a log with the signatures of your fellow explores that have found the geocache.
If you are in or around New York State a great opportunity for geocaching is the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, starting from Lake Erie and Western New York and ending at Saint Lawrence River and Thousand Islands area.
Guide books are available at countless locations across the state, mostly in travel & tourism areas that will also provide additional information on where to eat and stay if you are away from your home area.
The Great Lake Seaway Trail (GLST) in total has a series of five trails. When discovering the official geocache identified with the GLST logo you find a punch. This punch will be used in your official logbook. Once you found at least ten geocaches you can visit the center for that region or wait and visit the headquarters, Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center and collect all five coins at once.
If you decide to get out there and get exploring, good luck with your future adventures. If you see the handle "Arcee", I've beaten you to it. See you on the trails