Geocaching Along The Emerald Coast
Geocaching Along The Emerald Coast The Emerald Coast loves its pirate lore and legends, and now even the most committed land lubber can explore the area’s hidden treasure without ever leaving the beach. Geocaching, a high tech scavenger hunt, utilizes GPS mapping systems and smartphone technology to send explorers on quests of varying degrees of difficulty. Using some preprogrammed websites, you can plug coordinates into your GPS system or smartphone. Follow the directions and soon “x” will mark the spot and you’ll find some inexpensive, but fun treasures.
Like any other hobby, geocaching does have a few rules, so pay heed to the etiquette before you begin:
-If you take something from the cache, leave something in return.
-Be sure to write your story in the log book. Reading about other people’s adventures is half the fun!
-Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes, so keep your eyes open.
-Return the cache exactly where you found it.
– If you would like to learn more about Geocaching make sure to read the Ultimate beginners guide to Geocaching!
The Okaloosa County Parks Department recently established a geocache trail throughout the county. You can print and complete your Okaloosa County Geocache passport and return for a limited edition coin. All Okaloosa County geocache coordinates are listed on the website and by searching Okaloosa County BCC on geocaching.com. As the weather gets a little warmer, this a great family activity. Happy hunting! Geocache