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Old 04-13-2011, 07:47 AM   #1
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Rock hunting and/or geocaching

Anyone do these? I have a handheld GPS that has the geocaching program for it; but, in all honesty, I don't see the point.

When we hit the road full-timing, my wife (who is a certified teacher and has been teaching for 20+ years) will be road-schooling our kids. We plan on doing a whole semester or two on geology and the rock hunting aspect will fit.

Is there an educational aspect to geocaching that I am missing? Any suggestions would be appreciated...
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:28 AM   #2
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We are on the opposite side of the continent but we have taken our DD to Rockhound State Park just outside of Deming NM. People come from all over go there to find geodes. It is a smaller park. We just enjoy the family time. Summer months gets pretty warm so it is a warmer winter destination. It is desert camping at the base of the Florida Mountain Range. The park offers electric and water and has a dump station. You may want to google map it to take a look at it.

For Mom and Dad there is a great winery called St. Clair's Winery just 3 miles up the road from the park.

Another place are the lavander turquioise mines in Bisbee AZ. It is the only place in the country that has them. There is a campground right at the very top of the mines with a view of the strip mining below. There is also a shaft mine tour at the base of the hill.

Hope this gives a few ideas.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:39 AM   #3
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We are a pretty big geocacher when camping - dont confuse geocaching with anything to do with rocks.

You are navigating to a point and trying to find either a landmark or some type of container. Most of the containers contain little trinkets or toys - which is why the kids love them. I love them as an adult because they take you to really cool places that you may not have found otherwise - overlooks, waterfalls, interesting landmarks, parks, etc. People put them in places generally because they think it is interesting to them and they want to share the location.

Give it a try sometime and I think your family will really enjoy it.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:00 AM   #4
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We have been Geocaching for 9 years all over the US and some foreign countries. We have seen things we would never have seen if not for Geocaching. At least give it a try. http://www.geocaching.com/
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:08 AM   #5
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In retrospect, the only story I have head concerning geocaching came from a friend; he went to Gillette Stadium (home of the NE Patriots) with his cub scout pack and discovered an inappropriate item in the cache. So, with the exception of his encounter, I have not heard any first hand experiences. I will definitely keep an open mind and make sure I inspect the location first - before the DW and kids.

Also, @ Mar: I hear that your corner of the States is the ultimate for rock- hunting. I'll definitely include this area for our journey. Keep em coming!
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In 10 years of Geocaching, I can not recall a single inappropriate item. Geocachers are like campers - they love their hobby and take pride in it, as well as police themselves. There are of course a few bad apples, but you rarely see it.

Take the kids out and give it a try! Bet they will love it. Make sure you take some trinkets to trade -- small items like happy meal toys, stickers, plastic rings, etc all make for good trades.

Here is a pic of my kids and some friends finding a cache.

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Teaches you how to use the GPS and how to THINK...
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[QUOTE=Shin Pond Hunter;17382]In retrospect, the only story I have head concerning geocaching came from a friend; he went to Gillette Stadium (home of the NE Patriots) with his cub scout pack and discovered an inappropriate item in the cache. QUOTE]


In our 9 years of Geocaching we only once found something inappropriate.
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About four years ago, I found out about geocaching. I found a few locally, and have one cache of my own. Through the website, I discovered waymarking. Waymarking is more my thing.

I love local history, and have waymarked many old churches, graveyards, memorial markers, etc. As there are about 1000 different categories, there is no end to things to waymark. I love to make notes, record with digital camera, dig up history online and through other sources, so this is where I've settled.

I will still maintain my cache and maybe snoop around for the odd cache when I am out and about. Both are great for keeping the mind working.
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About four years ago, I found out about geocaching. I found a few locally, and have one cache of my own. Through the website, I discovered waymarking. Waymarking is more my thing.

I love local history, and have waymarked many old churches, graveyards, memorial markers, etc. As there are about 1000 different categories, there is no end to things to waymark. I love to make notes, record with digital camera, dig up history online and through other sources, so this is where I've settled.

I will still maintain my cache and maybe snoop around for the odd cache when I am out and about. Both are great for keeping the mind working.
See, this is what I like about the concept; I have just been leery of the excution. If I was doing this now, I would add stuff like I do for Halloween (e.g. Local coupons for a burger or bowling, or maybe a space blanket @ $.99)
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