Geocaching is 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. – Geochache Wiki.
The basic idea is that people with GPS positioning devices are out having treasure hunts finding and hiding secret caches all around the world.
As it turns out my new G3 iPhone works as a GPS unit, and a nice discreet one at that. Someone (Tammi I think it was you) over on Facebook made a mention of Geocaching, and then a few days ago Scott Johnson on the AppSlappy podcast did a report on his first adventure and cache find. Also in the post was a review of Geocaching, the new App. for the iPhone.
Starting to see the connection?
Intrigued, I downloaded the App and began playing. I entered my coordinates and selected the option to search for nearby caches. One popped up less than a mile away, neat! I bookmarked it for later research.
When I arrived at the Venetian for work I did another search for nearby caches, and what do you know there are several on the strip. Once of which is on the Venetian property itself, and I was immediately hooked.
In my free time at work I did a little research on the cache GC17A8V, also nicknamed “Venice the Menice”. It seemed like an interesting thing to go find on a quiet Thursday evening so after work let out I grabbed a Haggen Daz ice cream cone and headed out on foot to find this small treasure.
I searched around for a bit and got hopelessly confused, then I realized I was reading the GPS tracker backwards. The blue pinging dot was actually me and not the treasure. The cache is represented by a green pin head on the map….
/iPhone + forehead
Once I got that straight all the clues added up fast and I soon had the cache in my hands, and signed the logbook.
What a cool feeling! Here is the view from the cache at about 10:00 p.m. Sorry folks, no spoilers here. You’ll have to go locate it on your own.
I will tell you that the view rocks at night (and its a much cooler time of day to search in Vegas).