About Elise Taylor

Elise was born and raised in Texas, spending her first 18 years in the greater Dallas area, and the next decade in Austin. She moved to Chicago for work in 2011, and still misses good margaritas and queso. Professionally, she's a training manager at a dot-com. In her spare time, she's an avid geocacher, an active in the geocaching community of the Chicagoland area.

Geocaching? What’s that?

Hi everyone!

Just a quick introductory post. Although the rest of this blog focuses on aspects of outdoors life, tools you might use for that, and so forth, I’ve been asked specifically to talk about geocaching. Considering that it’s one of my favorite topics since I cache frequently under the name of PandaChic, I was happy to do so.

But what is geocaching? Well, the definition that I give people is, “Geocaching is like a worldwide scavenger hunt where people hide containers, upload the coordinates to a website, and other people use their smart phones or GPS units to find those containers.”

Geocaches can range in size from smaller than a pinky finger to a full sized 120mm ammo can or larger. Most commonly in parks and forrest preserves, it’s a tupperware container or something along those lines. At the bare minimum, it contains a piece of paper you sign once you find it. Just be sure to put the container back exactly how you find it so the next person can get it.

It’s a game dedicated to the journey.

So what do you need to get started? Three simple things:

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