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Geocaching is a great way to explore your community

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There’s no better way to spend a day than experiencing the wonders of geocaching. Geocaching is basically a giant outdoor game of hide-and-go-seek, where you might end up at a park or in a parking lot.

Geocaching is a fun way to get out and explore your town with some friends. To start geocaching, you must download the free Geocaching app, then it’s off to the races. A cache is a container that varies in size. One of the most common sizes is extra small. The app provides you with a compass that directs you toward the hidden cache. You tap on a little green bubble on your phone and read about the size, the terrain and a hint on how to find it. Then press start to begin your search.

If you find a cache, you open it to find a scroll on which you can add your name and date. If you find a larger cache like a large or medium size, it might hold little items such as toys and stickers. The rule is you can take something out, but you put in another item of equal value.

I have ended up at places like a train station, a football field, inside a tree, and even McDonald’s! Geocaching brings endless hours of fun, so go and try it now.

Debbie Cain and Derrick Horodyski’s sixth-grade class, Chatterton Elementary School, Merrick

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