What is a PodCache?
It’s a combination of geocaching and a podcast. You need to have an MP3 file that you can play as you walk to find the geocache. Here is an example of a podcache that exists in Balboa Park, San Diego.
I stumbled upon this one whilst looking for geocaches in Balboa Park and realized that the easy grab and go geocaches were not to be found and that I had to tackle the puzzle caches. These have the “?” symbol on the screen.
I clicked on the geocache details and found I needed to go to the PodCache site. I’ve heard and met this husband and wife team – they are very friendly and have been podcaching for over 5 years now. Quite an achievement!
So to start this PodCache I had to go to the coordinates listed and then press play on my iPhone, where I had downloaded the MP3 file to listen to. The team started by letting me know I’d visit several locations in Balboa Park, so I was glad I had brought this map.
At the various locations I had to make a note of a specific feature and collect numbers that would help me calculate the final coordinates. One example was at the Balboa Park Fountain where the questions was “How many spouts on the outer circle are there?”
I collected over 10 different places and was glad I had brought a pen and paper with me! I calculated the coordinates and off to the final location. I continued to listen to the podcache and realized that I had more steps to take when I got there. So I followed the trail at the next location and was able to find the geocache with Watson, the GeoDog.
If you’d like to take a walk in Balboa Park, San Diego and listen to this podcache, then here is the link to the PodCacher website where you can download and listen to it.