Chase Day Diversions - Geocaching

Have you ever done any geocaching?

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JR Hehnly

Dec 7, 2003
Oklahoma City
I was wondering how many of you have gotten into geocaching.
For those that have never heard of it, it's a 'sport' where people hide something somewhere in the world and then post it's GPS coordinates at

You enter it into your GPS and go track it down. Usually the caches are hidden so you have to do some hunting once you get to the right spot.
Inside a cache there's usually a log book to sign and often there are trinkets that you can trade with something you have brought. Some geocaches are just points of interest that you may have missed otherwise.

I have not ever done any searching while out waiting for storms to initialize, but have found a few during the off season. This year I'd like to try and find some while out in other parts of the plains.

If you have found any, post your recommendations or ones to avoid.

I made a Garmin Mapsource file of the 350 or so caches within 100 miles of my house if anyone wants an easy way to get started in Oklahoma (provided you have the Mapsource software). It's at:
When I first got my GPS, I learned about geocache and it was a great way to familiarize myself with the GPS. It was pretty slow going at first, but it can be alot of fun. I haven't done much of it, but I would suggest it to someone who likes to get outdoors and wonder around.

I don't have any suggestions, but I don't imagine you'll be chasing up here in Michigan anyway :wink:

I planted a number of geocaches across the southwest in early 2001. Their fate has been somewhat interesting. The one near Matador TX was uprooted by road construction; the one at the SE corner of New Mexico was lost in drifting sand; and the one in Big Bend had to be delisted since it was in a national park (none of that kind of hanky panky allowed); the one at the Del Rio radar site disappeared; and the one at Cedar City Utah disappeared when the road was fenced off from rangeland.

The only one still remaining is at the Pecos River Bridge east of Sanderson TX. That may be because it's the only cache that's not near a major road. But it's been there three years -- not bad!

My main disappointment with geocaching is that participants like to post details about things they leave behind, even though I request them not to do this. Who wants to read an inventory list for a hidden cache? I've never understood this habit -- it pretty much neutralizes the element of surprise.

BTW, here's a map showing geocache distribution in NW Texas and W Oklahoma. Pretty good coverage.

Benchmark hunting is also quite a challenge, the site has/had a page dedicated to that form of geocaching. I get geocache updates weekly from them. Why not sign up?
How about the answer no, and I don't intend on starting.

I heard about geocashing through b/c a number of people like to leave money, and let it be tracked. Apparently it is so popular that wheresgeorge has a seperate listing for geocashed bills.

Wheres George is a lot of fun too, and I would say you're a lot more likely to get a "hit" than with geocashing, since money moves everywhere and is exchanged all the time.

My $0.02
Tried one that was within a mile of me. Coordinate was in woods behind some houses so I gave up as I didn't feel like trampling through backyards. :(
Nice try Dan, I would contact the owner of the cache, and reccommend that it gets moved to public property, as per the guidelines of the "sport".
Where's I forgot all about that site. Just went there to check on 14 bills I entered back in March/April 2002.....none of them have any hits yet!
Geocaching is fun! It's a fun way to use a GPS for another reason beside storm chasing and driving, I have hid 2 caches before along creek beds (both got washed away :oops: by the heavy rains Kansas City has had before, but I am planning to hide another soon. The ones I hid in Kansas City were along Blue River Parkway.
Once I get GPS, I'd probably do it.. I haven't surfed the site, but a couple of my friends have done it before here in Colorado and say its pretty cool. I've got a few things I'd hide and see how long they'd survive! :)
Looks like I was the only one that said I would do it on a chase day.... hahaaha, only early morning or maybe after the chase, but geocaching is addictive!!!
Benefits of Geocaching

One of the nice benefits of geocaching is that you get to practice with your GPS. You get familiar with your GPS, you get to know the area better, etc. This can be done during the off-season as well as during the chase season.

Next season, I'm hoping to be storm chasing with my GPS. I would have our target area plotted and a route to the storm area laid out. My GPS has MapSend information loaded in so that I can check ahead and see which towns has hotels, eating places and wifi hotspots. And if we do get hungry along the way or just plain too tired to go on, I can check my GPS and see where the nearest food place or hotel is.

I'm also in the process of getting a laptop computer too. Hey does anybody know of any software that can let you input your GPS coords and place your position on the map and overlay that map with a radar picture? It would be so cool to be watching a supercell take that "right hand turn" and you catch the right highway on your laptop and be in the prime position to catch a funnel or two... Please send me an e-mail. Thanks.

If anybody is looking for a good navigator, video/camera shooter or even a driver for next season, I'm willing!!

Definite sign of SDS: Dreaming about the next storm chase season...