1. Go to www.Geocaching.com
2. Create an Account
3. Fill in your profile to track what you have found for the future
4. Go to: Play tab on website and hit Hide & Seek a Cache title http://www.geocaching.com/seek/
5. Put in the Zip Code (LBI is 08008), State, or Country you want to look in (home, vacation area, visiting friends, college town, troop excursions etc.). If you like to do trails like the LBI GeoTrail search the other trails listed on Geocaching.com and plan to do their trail while on a vacation there or a day trip.
6. Print out the caches you want to find or use your GPS or Smart Phone to load the caches you want to go find. Smart phones have several apps to choose from, many are free. Search for Geocaching on smart phone.
7. Bring a pen or pencil to write in the log book that will be in cache. When you are looking for the cache be discreet so Muggles don’t get suspicious. When you find the cache sign the log book with your sign in name you used on geocaching.com website, this helps tracks who finds what, where, when etc. The people that hid the cache love to see how many folks have found it and see comments if any were left.
8. Bring some small trinkets that you can put into the cache containers you find, if you plan to remove a trinket in the cache.
Here are some ideas: keychain, silly bands, small toys, coins, dollar, hair clips, stickers, logo items, pens, or erasers, use your imagination. Keep in mind this is a family sport so please no dangerous or inappropriate items, or food (animals may try to get into it). If you don’t want to bother with trading trinkets in the cache boxes you don’t have to, just sign the log.
9. After the day of searching go back to Geocaching.com and log in and log all the caches you found. The website will chart your progress. It shows how may FTF (first to finds) sometimes there is a special item in these boxes to reward you. If you find a Trackable the website will map them so you can see its journey.
10. All right, you're ready to go and do the LBI GeoTrail and other hides on Long Beach Island, ENJOY! Have fun and spread the word!
Geocaching is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family of all ages as a group or alone. Geocaching may encourage you get some extra exercise in. Geocaching will encourage you to travel to somewhere you never thought to go before and discover a new favorite place to vacation. It is fun and also a learning adventure if you have kids in your classes, head up a scout troop, or run a youth group. Some even use Geocaching to propose to their future spouse!
Geocaching – Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’ s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.
Cache- Many different size and shaped containers with a log book and possibly trinkets (micro cache only has log book).
Muggle-A non geocacher.
Trackable- A tag that you attach to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online. Learn more at geocaching.com/track/travelbugfaq.aspx.
LBI Geocoin – A collectable geocache coin made for the LBI GeoTrail.
If you would like to learn more about geocaching and the LBI GeoTrail please go to the LBI GeoTrail Facebook Page and ask questions. Geocachers are very friendly and love to share their sport with others.