Geocaching is Catching!
April 19, 2011
Geocaching (say "gee-oh-cash-ing") is relatively new, in fact, I've never tried it myself. The first documented geocache was placed on May 3, 2000. Basically, it entails using GPS (global positioning system) coordinates to find a certain location. At each registered location, there is a surprise waiting! Each location includes a logbook, which allows visitors to leave their mark, a message, or a gift. Frequently, each visitor to the cache will take what is there, and leave something of equal value. You just plug in your coordinates, and then the adventure begins. I have been told it is deceptively easy, as knowing where to go, and actually getting there are not the same thing. Geocaching.com has some information on the different types of geocaches, as well as how to get started, what all the fuss is about, and what events are going on in your area! Why am I telling you about all this?
I was recently approached by a patron who enjoys geocaching with his grandson. He heard another library branch was participating, and wanted to bring us in on the fun. We will be hosting our very own geocache at South Independence! In the spirit of the game, our patron has provided some fun instructions on how to find just where to look. If you'd like to play, follow the instructions below!
Start out locating the coordinates: latitude N39 03 28, longitude W94 25 05.
Start with the last 2 digits of the year you were born, add the age you will reach next year, subtract the last 2 digits of this year, (if you were born in this millennium, add 100,) multiply by 8, and add 0.8312 to find the number you will need. We can't wait to meet our geocaching fans! A special thank you goes out to "Richard the Wanderer" and his grandson "Crazybobcat" for bringing this idea to us.
For some more great information about geocaching, check out some of the books MCPL has to offer on the subject.
South Independence Branch