I must admit I know very little about the world of geocaching, but I do know how much excitement comes along with a group of geocachers arriving to seek some or all of our 35 caches. Maybe you’re a geocacher looking for a new area to explore, or someone interested in getting started with geocaching. Regardless, Tancook Island is a great place to plan your adventure. With this in mind, resident geocaching expert and guest blogger Katie Baker is keen to introduce you to the world of geocaching:
Some friends had introduced me to geocaching quite a few years ago. I thought this would be a great way to explore new places that we may not know about. It is great exercise and gets the family doing something fun together.
Geocaching is great for tourism as it brings a wonderful group of people to the island that may not have normally come. We have often heard fellow cachers say they always wanted to come and with these geocaches they now have a reason. These geocachers have found areas of Tancook that most visitors do not get to see. Your GPS-enabled device will guide you to these places as a geocache lies waiting nearby for you to discover.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a treasure hunting activity where participants use a GPS-enabled device to seek containers, known as caches, hidden in a variety of ways by other geocachers. These caches are typically hidden in areas that are not commonly visited, drawing people to a places they may not have otherwise seen. There are currently 1.8 billion caches hidden worldwide. If you are not already familiar with geocaching, geocaching.com has all the information you need to get started.
Caches normally contain a log book, and prize-like items. Normally, once a cache is found, the finder takes an item and leaves a different item of equal or greater value behind in its place. The exchange of these items makes for extra incentive to find caches. Cachers are also encouraged to sign and date the log book contained within the cache.
There are a variety of terms you may find in the logs signed by other cachers. Some common ones are:
TFTC – Thanks For The Cache
TFTH – Thanks For The Hide
SL – Signed Log
TNLN – Took Nothing Left Nothing
FTF – First To Find
Muggle – A non geocacher
TB – Travel Bug (these are special items taken from one cache and then placed in another – you can track the movement of these travel bugs at geocaching.com).
Geocaching on Tancook Island
I keep all caches well maintained. Even the ones I do not own. When possible, I put some Tancook history into the write-ups at the beginning of my cache listings. My caches are not only fun, but educational to those who want to learn more about our island. I do enjoy the hunt, however, my favorite part is coming up with new creative caches for others to find. I love reading the cache logs to hear what they thought of the cache and their experience on the island.
Interested in seeing for yourself what some of our past visitors had to say about the island’s caches – click here!
What adds to the fun and amusement is that most of the muggles on the island know about the caches, and may even be persuaded to help you in your search, if you wish. Since the island is only so big, there are not a lot of spots remaining for me to hide them. Lately my goal has been to archive the regular caches and create something new and exciting! You may find regular cache containers at some locations, but they have a theme to go with it.
So as you can see to sum it all up, come and visit Tancook Island for a geocaching experience like no other. You get the unique caches and great views. If your whole family or group are not into the hunt, there is much to keep them occupied. Leave them enjoy the sandy beach while you explore. By the way, the new one coming to the SE beach location is bound to be a hit with “treasure hunters” (hint… hint)
Are you intrigued?
Here is a little info you may not know:
There is a parking area in Chester about 20 minutes from the ferry if you cannot find one closer. (N 44° 32.692 W 064° 14.503) It is a free, park at your own risk lot. You will need to give yourself ample time to walk to the ferry.
At each of the rest areas on the island there is a cache nearby. Each of our rest areas has 2 picnic tables, a trash and recycling container.
Please remember any essentials that you may need such as epi-pens, medications, sun screen, diapers, etc. There are no stores on the island. We do have an emergency response on the island, but let’s all be safe and prepared so we do not need to use this service. If you have an emergency, simply call 911.
Although there are no stores, there are the seasonal shops. As you browse through the Tancook tourism site you will find all kinds of helpful information to help make your geocaching adventure an unforgettable one!
Katie Baker (AKA “Tancook Island Girl” in the geocaching world)
We can’t wait to see more geocachers on the island this summer, so get started planning you very own adventure, and prepare to be delighted and challenged by Katie’s unique geocaches.
Your Island Girl,