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GeoCaching: My Beginning

GeoCaching: an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. Thanks Wikipedia. So that sounds simple enough, right? Just a big game of hide and seek. Sounds like fun to me.

There are a lot of things like geocaching that sound like a lot of fun but I never get to try because I’m stuck here in South Dakota. Do you know how many cool things are in South Dakota? One. That’s right, there is only one cool thing in South Dakota. The Corn Palace. (There was a lot of sarcasm in that statement, just so you know. I can also say that because I am from Mitchell, SD.)

Every time I find something new and cool like Foursquare or Twitter or Twestivals or big conventions, I never get to take part in them. Why? Because they are no where near South Dakota. That is the reason that I have never been geocaching before. I figured I would have to go three states away to find the closest cache. Of course I never bothered to check…..

I was tipped off the other day by @DakotaGeek that there are over 500 caches in the Sioux Falls, SD area alone! I was awe struck. There are hundreds of caches all over South Dakota! They are every where, all over the US! Why had I never checked this before?!?

As a result, I have found a new hobby/addiction, I’m not sure which to call it yet. As of right now, I have found three caches and I have already started up a new blog for my finds. You can follow my adventures at DevonSchreiner.com. I know that’s not the best domain name but I already had it and I figured I should put it to use.

My tip for today, try GeoCaching. If you haven’t yet, it is a fun, inexpensive time-waster like no other. It also gets you outside and finding places you never imagined finding. You also get to connect in a weird way with everyone that has found that cache before, it’s really cool. So go to GeoCaching.com and sign up! Tell the Devon sent you!

Do you geocache already? How long have you been doing it? Let me know in the comments or @DevonSchreiner or @InflectoVita or on our Facebook Page.

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