The Cache is Not at the Posted Coordinates.
Get out your GPS equiped smart phone and come on a different kind of caching adventure! This is an interactive geocache that will take you on a short tour of Finch Arboretum.
Please read before you head out!
What's an intercache?
An InterCache is an interactive geocache. It's a new way of creating a mystery geocache, similar to a wherigo geocache. The biggest difference is that the entire geocache can be developed, edited, and played on your mobile phone's browser with no software required to download!
How do you play?
First, make sure you have a compatible device. Go to intercaching.com on your smart phone and select the test button. I recommend doing this outside for best results. You should see your current coordinates as well as the estimated accuracy. If you see something reasonable, you'll all set! If you get an error, you may need to enable the GPS and other geolocation settings on your phone. You may also not have a compatible phone.
If your device is compatible, then head on over to my intercache page on your phone and start. At each of the stages you will be given coordinates, though you shouldn't actually need them. There is a compass that has a red arrow pointing you the right direction as you move. You may have to walk a little bit before the arrow points in the right direction as this application doesn't have access to your phone's digital compass if it has one. At some of the stages you will be asked a question, and you must answer it correctly and be within 75 feet of the destination in order to move on.
- This is a new way of looking for a geocache. I haven't extensively tested this yet, so you may encounter some problems.
- Make sure you have adequate battery. My experience has been that I loose about 15% to 20% when testing.
- I recommend that you do NOT close the active intercache browser window during play. On my iOS device I have successfully opened other browser windows. I'm able to switch apps while playing/testing, and also received phone calls and texts, but if you close the browser window, you may have to start over.
- It's safe to let your screen timeout while walking. When the screen times out, your GPS *should* go off and not waste battery. When you turn your phone screen back on, it might take a few seconds for the app to get your coordinates again.
- I have occasionally had my GPS "lock up" and not update while testing. I don't think this will be a problem when playing but I've been able to "fix" it in the field by switching to my default map app and then back to the browser (without closing the browser).
- If the page seems to lock up only showing part of the information try refreshing the browser page.
- If the text window seems to disappear when entering an answer, keep typing and it should reappear.
I would appreciate hearing constructive comments on your experience. As always, thanks for playing, I hope you enjoyed the tour and the cache.