For more than 20 years Randy and I have belonged to the a local club that hosts a road rally twice a year For those of you who do not know, a road rally is similar to a scavenger hunt. In a road rally however, we drive between multiple points solving puzzles, in order to arrive at our final destination.
One day a couple of months ago I was scanning the internet looking for a similar but easier challenge for our grandchildren, when I came across geocaching. People all over the world have hidden small caches with little prizes inside. Then on the geocaching website they list the coordinates and sometimes give clues. I was surprised to see how many were hidden within a ten mile radius of our small town.
The next time our granddaughters were over, I took my iPad and off we went hunting. While walking with my iPad and using the coordinates we could get to the general vicinity, but would spend a long time trying to find the cache. I knew there had to be a better way to do this.
That’s why I was excited to be offered the chance to review the Magellan eXplorist GC. It was simple to set up even for computer illiterates like Randy and myself. Once it is set up it takes just seconds, to download the geocaches.
I was surprised to learn that it not only lists the coordinates but also lists the clues and the date the geocache was last found. In fact most of everything about the cache found on the geocaching website is downloaded to the Magellan.
As soon as it was set to go, Randy and I were on our way. We went back to places that we could not find the caches earlier and were very pleased to discover how much easier to locate them with the Magellan eXplorist GC.
In fact it got us within ten feet of the caches. Because it is a handheld device it’s not as cumbersome to use in the woods as my iPad. It is rugged, waterproof and submersible, which is good to know since grandchildren get caught up in the thrill of the hunt and tend to get a little careless. It is also a bright green color, which should make it easy to find if we set it down while searching.
We love how easy it is to use. It comes preloaded with 999 of the most popular geocaches and you can download up to 10,000 geocaches!
One of the side benefits of using the eXplorist is the exploring itself. You never know what you will find. We have lived in our town for 25 years and never knew their was a small, old cemetery just a couple of miles from our house.
The only warning I have is to dress appropriately for your exploration since many of the caches are in wooded areas. Be aware of ticks and poison oak & ivy. We prepare accordingly each time we go out and in doing so it reduces any worries about these obstacles. We’ve enjoyed using the Magellan eXplorist GC that we look forward to see where it will take us.
What about you? Have you ever tried geocaching?