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- We bought
our Garmin GPS12 online for Valentine's Day
(how romantic) and were excited the day it
came in the mail. We learned the basics from
playing with the buttons, but needed the
manual for some of the advanced functions.
After we figured out how to enter
coordinates, we were ready to try it out.
- We got the
GPS when we were in Phoenix, but didn't have
time to try it out until we arrived in Las
Vegas. We started at the Geocaching
and entered the zip code of the Valley of
Fire State Park area north of Las Vegas. Up
came several geocaches including
The last time we were in the area we did some
rockhounding on the Bitter Springs
Backcountry Byway, so we had a pretty good
idea about the geocache location. We entered
the coordinates in our GPS, grabbed our map
and set out on a beautiful
- With the
help of the directions and the GPS device, we
found the cache with no problem. The cache
was located on the top of a hill overlooking
an old borax mine with desert wilderness in
- It was
exciting to unpile the rocks and discover the
plastic tub. We opened the cache and checked
out the "loot". The leather logbook was
impressive. The official geocaching printout
was included along with a pencil. You could
tell the people that placed the cache read
the guidelines at the geocaching site for
creating an effective cache.
- As we wrote
in the logbook, we explored the treasures.
The plastic tub was full of fun items to
explore. After a successful first cache, we
were ready for another one and set out for
our second set of coordinates just a few
miles down the road.
- For more
information about finding your first cache,
check the Geocaching's Finding
Created by Annette
02/01. Updated 07/01.