by Emily Waldrep
Few people have heard of or experienced geocaching, but a few adventure seekers in Tyler County have become part of the widespread geocaching community and are enjoying being able to take part in the massive game of outdoor "hide-and-seek."
For those who don't know, geocaching is a real world treasure hunting game that uses GPS devices, such as a smart-phone, to find the GPS coordinates of a small box called a "cache." The game can be played alone, or with a group of people. All you need is a free membership to a geocaching website and a GPS enabled device. Once you enter the location and find the cache, you sign a logbook or leave a treasure in the box.
There are a few rules of geocaching. First, if you remove something from the cache, you have to leave something else of equal or greater value. Many people leave old small trinkets and trade items. There is also a logbook in most caches that the geocacher has to sign and date. In addition to the paper log, geocachers log their experience on the geocaching website for others to read about.
Shelby Adaway, a resident of Woodville, has been geocaching for 2 years and has found close to 70 geocaches in and around Tyler County. She once found a cache with a "travel tag" that had been all over the country, including Hawaii.
"There is a geocaching map that shows a lot [of geocaches] around Tyler County," says Adaway. "There are some in nature trails and even in the Wal-Mart parking lot."
Brandon McKee, another geocacher in Tyler County says there are a ton of cache locations all over Tyler County, and many are in places that you drive by all the time.
If you are interested in geocaching or want more information, the website www.geocaching.com is a great resource and they also offer free geocaching memberships.