I was moving from Northern California to Southern California and was doing the big 500 mile drive and thought – this is a great opportunity to do a geocaching road trip along the way to make it a bit more fun. This geocache blog post walks through how to make a pocket query for your geocaching road trip using Google Earth and Groundspeak Geocaching site.

First I had to set up my GPS with the caches along the route. You can’t just just load up all the geocaches in each region because you will likely hit up the limit on your geocaching device. I’m using the Garmin Colorado which has a limit of 2,000 geocaches. So instead you need to set up a “route”.

I went to Google Earth and created a route. I saved the file with a .KML extension which is the extension needed to then be imported into the geocaching website.

 

google earth Geocaching Road Trip Tool using Google Earth

 

When the route is uploaded to the Groundspeak geocaching website, you can run a query to show all geocaches along your route based on your needs. I set it up within 0.5 miles to the route so I would not make a big detour – had to get to the new location eventually! And here is the map with the caches on the route.

 

caches route Geocaching Road Trip Tool using Google Earth

 

Ended up only finding 10 caches on this geocache road trip because we drove through the night, and we wanted to get to our final location. But it was still a fun break for a morning to geocache in the middle of nowhere!

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