Since my first post on Geocaching a month ago, I have become quite adept at geocaching. I now have 40 finds to my name and working on getting over a hundred before the summer is out. As the weather gets warmer, I spend more time ridding myself of pesky bugs and weeds. Therefore I may be spending a little less time treasure hunting. Check back in about another month for an update on my progress.
This is my GPS. The screen is an adequate size but the printing is a bit on the tiny side. If you are close to my age, you had better have your good reading glasses with you to go exploring. Last time, I spoke about digit accuracy. Now I understand a bit more about it. This particular model has a “check satellites” function. It tells you how many satellites you currently track and how accurate your reading will be. In Prince Edward Island, I usually have only 2 satellites in the green. This translates to an accuracy between 9 and 30 feet. So I have gotten into the habit of looking at my accuracy periodically to determine my search radius once I reach my destination.
One of the fun places to find geocaches is on the Confedertation Trail. There are many good caches just a few steps away from a roadside parking area. Of course, if you are walking or cycling the trail, you can find many more. I am still looking for an easy way to locate all the Geocaches on the trail. In the meantime, I have a workaround.
- Go to Geocaching.com and look at their Google Map Interface.
- Zoom in to a reasonable detail level
- Look for a string of caches that do not seem to be on a roadway
- Turn on the satellite view – you should be able to see the trail
- Select the Caches of interest
- Happy hunting
If you are new to geocaching, stick to the simple caches. You can progress to the more complicated caches like letterbox, puzzles, mystery, and multi once you get the hang of the sport.
Geocaching is a wonderful way to explore PEI. Many geocachers who have placed their caches on the Island have chosen the more picturesque areas – you will see those descriptions in some listings. So please come to PEI and do some treasure hunting.