Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching Acronyms

When we started geocaching, I was constantly googling to see what another acronym meant.  When I read the Activity log in the geocaching app, I would have to stop and check what something meant. GZ, FTF, TFTC, CO, P&G, SL. WHAT?!? So what do all those geocaching acronyms mean? IDK: I don’t know! This is a beginner’s guide to geocaching acronyms.

Every hobby has its own lingo. Every sport has its own vocabulary. Geocaching is no different.

Should I Log a DNF when Geocaching?

We are relatively new to the geocaching game (or hobby, or sport). The basic concept is that, when you find a hidden cache, you use the geocaching app to log it as a find. But what do you do when you look for a cache but don’t find it? The other option on the app is to log it as a DNF (Did Not Find). So that brings up the question, should we log a DNF when geocaching?

Beginner geocachers

As beginners, we frequently did not find the cache we were searching for. Our searching skills were still pretty raw. Face it, until we gained some experience, we didn’t know what we were looking for!

Every time we found a new style of cache, we learned more about what to look for the next time. The truth is, when you are new to geocaching, your search skills are still unrefined.

We already felt bad enough that we couldn’t find what should have been an easy cache. We didn’t want to add to our humiliation by making it public knowledge! If we logged each cache we didn’t find as a DNF, we were publicizing our failures, right? Well, that is how we felt when we started geocaching so we didn’t log DNF’s at first.

Ten Tips For Geocaching Beginners

There is so much to learn when you start geocaching. Much of it can only be learned by experiencing it, but there are some specifics things it helps to understand before you jump in. Here are ten tips for geocaching beginners.

Read Basics of Geocaching to learn how to get started geocaching. You will need to set up an account and download the app before you are ready to head outside and start searching for those hidden caches. Once you have those basics accomplished, you are ready to head out the door and start logging some finds. Here is some additional information for geocaching beginners.

Basics Of Geocaching

One evening a few weeks ago my daughter called and asked if we wanted to go geocaching with them. I said, “Sure!  What’s geocaching?”  This is a beginner’s guide to geocaching. I will share with you what we learned from my daughter and her husband and from my own research and experience geocaching. We have a few weeks and about 50 finds under our belt at this point, and we enjoy sharing our new hobby with others. So here are the basics of geocaching.

Perched On The Edge Of Our Empty Nest

Ten Ways To Adjust To Life With An Empty Nest

Our nest is almost empty. In a few weeks are youngest child leaves for college. Our other four children are out on their own and now the last one is walking out the door. He signed a 12-month lease on an apartment and, as fiercely independent as he is, we know he will likely never move back home. Since his older four siblings are already married we will never, unless unforeseen circumstances occur, have children living in our home again. We will have an empty nest.

This is difficult for me to wrap my mind around. My identity for so long has been wife and mom. Homeschool mom. We have lived with children so much longer than we lived alone, 31 years compared to a few.

Another factor is that we are a very close family. I not only raised five kids, I was also their teacher. We spent a huge amount of time together when they were growing up, right up through their teen years.

So how are we supposed to adjust to this very permanent change?