"When you go to hide a cache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot.
If the only reason is for the cache, then find a better spot."
.... Briansnat


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Geocaching and a Droid

Cell phones and geocaching are a mixed blessing. Since they will switch gps navigation from satellite usage to cell tower triangulation without notifying the user when they lose satellite signals, they have made for some spectacularly bad coordinates on newer cache hides placed with cell phones. Still, they have brought a bunch of happy, new cachers to the game so that is good. For me, I never load caches along my entire trip when traveling, so it would be great to take a break while traveling and look for a nearby cache if one is available. I have been eagerly awaiting Geocaching.com's Droid Ap and downloaded it the first day it was available.

This evening we were on an important mission to play minature golf. :-) There is a cache in the parking lot which we had already found so it seemed a perfect one to try the gps. I liked the compass screen while driving. It seemed stable and agreed with the car's compass. At the cache location, it went quickly to ground zero. we found the cache with the gps reading six feet. We would have definitely been successful if this were a new find. The ap is really fast. At $10 it serves as a gps and a paperless cache option. We'll stick with our Garmins for our hides, but it seems a no-brainer as an extra tool for geocaching.

There's the cache.

Droid says six feet.

Ali displays her winning putting form.

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