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ADIRONDACK GEOCACHING

I read an article about three years ago in Adirondack Life magazine about a new craze called Geocaching in the Adirondacks.  Basically, what this is, is a type of outdoor activity (it is even considered a sport by some) in which you attempt to find a hidden item (called a cache) in the woods by using your GPS. The cache, usually an old ammunition box or tupperware container, will contain some sort of a reward that you can take with you if you find it, but the goal is really just to find the cache.  I did one in the past while at the lake and it was a lot of fun. The picture above is funny and this is pretty accurate with how the process works:

Go to the official Geocaching website (www.geocaching.com) and enter the zip code of the area you are interested in. In our case at the lake, you would enter "12032." You will notice there are literally hundreds of caches in our general area, one of which we noticed was on the top of Kane Mountain. After you enter your zip code, you will pick a cache that you are interested in (from a long list), and follow the instructions.

You will obtain the coordinates from which to start your search and enter them into your GPS unit. You will then attempt to locate the cache using your GPS as described on the webpage. In some instances, there are clues or hints, and they vary by degree of difficulty. Keep in mind that your GPS will only get you so close to the box, and that finding a box in the woods is more difficult than you might expect. We found the cache on Kane Mountain, and in it we found a log book with instructions. The book told us to take a picture of ourselves with a disposable camera we found inside, write a brief entry in the log book (there were probably about 50 people who had found the cache before us), and to take an item from the cache. There were lots of items inside including fishing tackle, hiking patches, gum, etc. The idea is to only take an item from the cache if you leave something behind in the box for the next group to find. When you are done, you then return to the website at a later date and complete the entry indicating that you had found the cache.  Sue and I found this to be a fun activity and it would appear to be something that children would enjoy. Evidently, this is an international craze now and there are caches anywhere and everywhere.  When we returned to New Jersey, I entered my zip code and noticed there is a cache located in the park across the street from our house.

I have spoken to a few resident around the lake who have given in a try and enjoyed it and one in particular who now claims to be addicted!  There are additional caches around Good Luck Lake, Ferris Lake off of the Powley Piseco Road, Nine Cornered Lake, and Persch Road.  Good luck and let me know how you do!