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Finding beads: Geocaching for Beads

Geobeads

Geobeads

There are beads waiting for you in the strangest places.  Not in a store; not in your stash; not anywhere where you can think of.

But where you least think you will find beads, there they will be.

I call them “geobeads” because you find them according to their location in the world.

Of course, they are not sitting alone.  They are in ammo cans, camouflaged peanut butter jars, hidden in tree recesses and cleverly stashed.  There are some geocaches dedicated to beads: “Take a bead; Leave a bead” where you trade out for something new and different.

Pictured are just a few of the beads I have found in the most unusual places in geocaches.  If I took the bead, I left something else in exchange — a bracelet, a marble, or a coin.  One of the beads pictured was found at N 37° 53.253′ W 122° 33.297′ — or close.  I may have altered the N/W coordinates so you won’t find the stash unless you look as a legitimate member of the geocaching site at geocaching.com

I use geocaching.com and whenever I’m traveling, I look to see what geocaches have been hidden that I might find while on my travels.  Given that there are  2,036,805 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide in 2013, there are no shortage of treasures to find.  Some of the best finds are beads or international coins — or something that will become a fun cabochon.

Geocaching is a fun activity that appeals to absolutely all ages.  Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt?

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a container hidden at that location.  It began in 2000 and you can read a well-composed history here.

Where can you really learn more?  Try geocaching.com.

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