12. Seek Geocache Treasure

photo courtesy geocache.com

Seek untold treasure while you explore Sonoma County! Geocaching has become a global phenomenon, combining GPS tracking, sightseeing, hiking (in some cases), and a bit of sleuthing into a pastime that can take you places you might never have gone! However, the treasure is in the search itself. The “cache” you find is a take one, leave one trinket of little actual value. Using coordinates you find online at geocaching.com, use your Smart Phone or GPS device to lead you to the general area. Then puzzle out the clues the stasher gives you and find your prize! Once found you can sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location for the next seeker. You can either take one of the trinkets in the cache, leaving a trinket of equal or greater value, or just leave the trinkets as they are. Then go back to geocaching.com and share your stories/photos with fellow geochachers. Whether your hunt takes you to the shores of Bodega Bay, the redwood forests of the Russian River Resort Area, or into the grape-laden vineyards that define Wine Country, Geocaching can add a new level of fun and excitement to your trip to Sonoma County!

Some caches are harder to find than others, so be prepared. Geocaching.com advises:
• if you’re headed out on the trail, pack any needed supplies such as water, food and extra clothing.
• Bring both a map and a compass.
• Check geocache terrain and difficulty ratings.
• For safety, let someone know where you are going.
• Do not forget your GPS and extra batteries.
• Mark your car as a waypoint to ensure your safe return.

Cache In Trash Out is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers have been dedicated to cleaning up parks and other cache-friendly places around the world. Include a bag in your pack items, and collect any trash you may find. Through these volunteer efforts, you can help preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources!