Before Pokemon Go and Munzee, there was geocaching.  Often described as a real-world treasure hunt, geocaching is a fun way to explore the world around you with family, friends or by yourself. More than 2.5 million geocaches exist and can be found all over the world, in parks, underwater (known as divecaching), on hiking trails, inside buildings—almost anywhere and in many different forms. According to www.geocaching.com, there are 9,635 geocaches near Bremerton, including one in each branch of Kitsap Regional Library.

Geocaching began on May 3, 2000, when Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, decided to test the accuracy of the Global Positioning System by hiding a target locatable only by its coordinates.  The first "Great American GPS Stash Hunt" target was a plastic bucket that Ulmer hid in the woods near Beavercreek, Oregon.  This stash contained several prizes, including a logbook, pencil, books, software and a slingshot.

Ulmer posted the stash’s coordinates on an internet GPS users' group board on May 3, 200, and by May 6th, 2000, the bucket had been found twice.  The only rules were that the searcher locate the container using only a GPS-enabled device and that they "Take some stuff, leave some stuff."  (That first stash was found at 45°17.460′N 122°24.800′W.)

Originally called GPS stash hunt or gpsstashing, the word “geocaching” was coined by Matt Stum shortly after the first hunt.  He combined “geo”—short for “geography”—and “caching”—meaning the process of storing or hiding something—and the term “geocaching” was created. (Some searchers felt that the word “stash” could have negative connotations.)

Find out more about this fun activity and download free GPS app at: https://www.geocaching.com/play

    

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