LAST THROWS OF WINTER
On May 2nd, 2000, President Clinton signed an executive order that removed “Selective Availability” or (SA) from a fleet of 24
geostationary satellites. These satellites scrambled signals received by Global Positioning Systems (GPS) so that in theory, a foreign government couldn’t use our own technology against us by using our own GPS to guide their weapons. Overnight, GPS capabilities became much more accurate.
On May 3rd, 2000, Dave Ulmer wondered how the improved technology of Global Positioning Systems could be used. Previously, GPS had variations in accuracy as much as a few feet to a hundred feet. The improved accuracy could be seen in a matter of minutes while standing in one spot. What was Dave Ulmer’s big idea? Use the device to “geo-cache.” Thus, the Great American GPS Stash Hunt was devised.
The idea is simple. Gather a stash of stuff, put it in a container,
large or small, use GPS coordinates to mark it, and log the
information on a website for others to discover your treasure. The concept: find and take some stuff, and leave something in its place for others to find. You can read about the history of Stash Hunting at www.Geocaching.com
I decided to test this idea. I logged on to the website, and after
registering with a login name and password, I became a member. I
searched the site and by using their maps found a geocache near me (which happened to be in the parking lot where I work). I discovered a film canister with a rolled up piece of paper in it and a list of scrawled geocaching login names. I learned that with this size
container, the “finder” simply prints their login name and date then
logs back onto the geocatching.com website to record the discovery. You’ll see a list of others who have discovered it before you.
First, you will need one piece of equipment to play this game—a GPS or a smart phone with a built-in GPS. (Most smart phones now have these capabilities.) Download the coordinates from geocaching.com into the device and head out to find the nearest geocache you never even knew was there. I was surprised to see the number of geocaches around the 573, not to mention all over the country!
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