One of the things that we love most about Geocaching around the world is meeting all the different people who enjoy this hobby too. It's amazing how so many people, from very different walks of life, can share an interest like this. As we have been traveling, living, and working around the world -- we have especially enjoyed meeting cachers from different countries. And during our time in China, we also made some wonderful connections with geocachers who call the other side of the world home.

Frustrated in Guangzhou

As some of you may know, we spent some time last year as English Teachers in Guangzhou, China. We were ecstatic to be living in a new country and looking forward to exploring the area, while finding some Geocaches of course. Unfortunately, we were quickly disappointed because there were hardly any caches to go for. And the ones that we tried to find all turned out to be DNF's!

In a city of more than 14 million people...we never thought we would be starving for Geocaches to find!

Canton Tower in Guangzhou
Canton Tower in Guangzhou

Experiencing Hong Kong's AMAZING Caching Community

Luckily, Hong Kong was just a short 2 hour bus ride from Guangzhou. We love Hong Kong enjoyed making frequent trips there during our time living in Guangzhou. But even better was that they seemed to have a great Geocaching community. In fact, from what I had seen on the Hong Kong Geocacher Facebook Group, they seemed to be a tight-knit group who put on some really AWESOME events!

Views of Hong Kong at night from the top of The Peak lookout.
Views of Hong Kong at night from the top of The Peak lookout.

For example, they would have meet ups at KTV (a type of karaoke / club that is all the rage in Asia), arcades, zorbing arenas, and many other really fun places. They even do some quite non-traditional events such as hiking on some of the other islands (yes, there is hiking and outdoor fun in Hong Kong), and they also have some geocaching puzzle events. Even though we had visited Hong Kong many times, we never got a chance to attend one of their events until the Hong Kong Leap Day event 2016.

We arrived at the event, which was being held at a German-themed bar / restaurant in a hopping neighborhood, and we could immediately spot the lively group of cachers. They were all so welcoming and friendly, we seemed to hit it off immediately. So we had a few drinks, ate some gigantic pretzels, and continued to mingle with cachers from Hong Kong...and all over the world! In fact, that's what struck us most.

Since Hong Kong is such an international city (and travel destination), there were cachers at this event from all over the world -- 12 different countries we counted!

Some of them were in town on vacation, others were just making a quick stopover, while some were actually expats living in Hong Kong. It made for such a dynamic and fun atmosphere!

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After the meet and greet event, some of the locals offered to take us visitors on a stroll of the city to find some of the most popular (and unique) Hong Kong geocaches. And they didn't disappoint! We actually had a large group set out together, finding cache after cache...after cache. After hours of caching, we had to head back to the hotel for an early morning. But it seemed like the rest of them were going to continue hunting until the wee hours of the morning! Perhaps they did...

We really appreciated the enthusiasm of the geocaching community in Hong Kong - and really loved their friendly and warm welcome to all the visitors to their city.

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An FTF in China & Some New Friends

Just a week before we left China, we spotted an FTF opportunity nearby our home in Guangzhou. We couldn't believe it. We had only recently gotten our first FTF - in Macau, of all places. And we had gotten another FTF in Hong Kong...so we were on a bit of a roll. But since we were actually living in Guangzhou, we knew we had to have an FTF here to remember this place by.

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It was a perfect day outside for geocaching when we set out for a local park near our home in Guangzhou. We first enjoyed ourselves on the way to the cache, taking a walk through the massive park (in China you don't have to fight for FTF's because there are so few people caching!). Eventually, we made our way to ground zero and sure enough, we got our FTF in mainland China added our to books!

Geocaching in China

We did the FTF dance, signed the log, and gave a shout out to the hiders, Guangzhou Goonies, for such an awesome find! They quickly responded and seemed super happy (if not more) to hear that we had found their cache.

Meeting the Guangzhou Goonies

It didn't take long of more chatting online before it felt like the Guangzhou Goonies were friends. It was a perfect match. They were fairly new to geocaching, but they were interested most in the creative-hiding aspect...which we love to find!

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Another really creative cache hidden by Guangzhou Goonies in Guangzhou, China

We also learned that they lived fairly close to us (well, relatively close given the size of this city!) so they set up an event to get together. We met the Guangzhou Goonies, a husband / wife / two kids team as well as a few other expat cachers who joined the event. We had a blast chatting over authentic Chinese BBQ, then we set out to find an awesome cache that they had placed near one of their favorite Chinese dessert restaurants -- a great idea for dessert!

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This is another cache hidden by Guangzhou Goonies - My Home (Batteries Required - GC6C1P3)

This cache, Shuang Pi Nai (Shuang Pi Nai - GC69G9C), is named after the famous local dessert found at the restaurant. After a bit of searching, we were able to make the find -- a truly great cache! Then we sat down to sample this tasty dish - which the two of us still crave to this day!

We were all having so much fun together, that we then headed back to their apartment to find an awesome gadget-type that he created outside his apartment...now THIS was absolutely one of the coolest caches we have found. Worth the trip to Panyu, Guangzhou for sure!

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The Guangzhou Goonies geocaching crew

Making Memories and Friends Through Geocaching Around the World

We have cherished these memories meeting up with other cachers around the world. It has been wonderful to bond with them over our shared hobby, and it's such a cool way to learn about other cultures too. It's been a blast and we look forward to meeting other great geocachers as we continue to explore and go #travelcaching all over the world!


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From our traveling experts, Peanuts or Pretzels - this month's guest blog is for all of you who are traveling to GeoWoodstock soon!  Take it away, Liz and Josh!

Fun Things to do in Denver

It's almost here...one of the biggest Geocaching events in the world is about to take place in Denver, Colorado. Are you attending? Have you planned out your road trip to GeoWoodstock, including making your list of "must find" geocaches? Well don't forget to also look up some of the fun things to do in Denver during your visit. Denver is an awesome place, with so much fun to be had. Check out some of our picks for fun activities in Denver during your visit!

Denver Skyline at Blue Hour

For The Outdoor Enthusiasts

Colorado is home to some of the most scenic areas in all of the US. There are plenty of hiking, camping, and exploring opportunities for those who love to enjoy the great outdoors. One place that we highly recommend visiting is Rocky Mountain National Park. We love our national parks and it's always great to support them, but this is one of the best! The park is not far from Denver, in the mountains northwest of the city -- so it is particularly convenient for those travelers coming from the north of the west into town.

Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is another great park that's actually just 30 minutes from Denver, just a quick drive west into the mountains. With more than 12,000 acres of dense forest, there are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as horseback riding. From the lookout, visitors can even see 100 miles of the continental divide!

Another epic place to visit in Colorado is the Garden of the Gods. Located south of Denver in Colorado Springs, this is a must-see for anyone coming from the south into Denver for GeoWoodstock -- and a highly recommended side-trip for visitors coming from other directions. Visitors can hike around and even climb on some of these amazing rocks, and kids will love the interactive activities in the "Kids Corner" at the visitor's center. But there are also exciting Jeep and Segway Tours to choose from, a truly unique way to experience this memorable place.

View of the Stage

Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park is also a highly recommended place to visit just outside of Denver. This natural amphitheater is a true wonder, but it also has an interesting visitor center...and it's just fun to walk around.

Oh, and there IS a Geocache hidden nearby...so don't forget to grab it (we found it)!
Geocaching at Red Rock in Colorado
Geocaching at Red Rocks in Colorado

For the True Adventurers & Adrenaline Junkies!

For those of you who might be looking for even more adventure during your visit to Denver, you won't be disappointed with the variety of exciting and even some extreme activities. Personally, we love ziplining because it combines a bit of adventure and excitement with the beautiful scenery. And what better place to go ziplining than around Denver - with those spectacular mountain views?!?!

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Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventures is actually located up in the mountains fairly close to the Littleton area, where the main GeoWoodstock festivities are being held. But for those coming from the south, Broadmoor Soaring Adventure is a convenient option located in Colorado Springs.

If you are looking for something totally new and unique, then check out SUP-Glo Night Paddling right in Littleton! It's basically night time paddleboarding, and you have led lights on your board, which light up the water all around you. We've actually gone night paddle boarding before in Thailand, not Denver -- but it was by far one of the coolest things we've done! It's so peaceful and calm on the water, you can watch the sunset and see the stars, plus the fish actually come out and follow the led lights! So you can see them in the water, it's really cool. No need to worry, SUP-Glo is actually a great activity for kids and everyone in the family! Definitely check it out.

Of course, Denver has many other adventure activities to choose from -- such as white water rafting and rock climbing. In fact, if you are new and want to learn how to rock climb check out some of the half day beginner courses available which are also great for families!

For the Beer-Lovers Out There!

Beer-lovers rejoice, because they take their beer seriously around Denver! In fact, there are numerous opportunities for you to sample some of the finest beer around. Of course there is the big one, the Coors Brewery in Golden. We've done that tour before and really enjoyed the experience, and the sampling room!

But if you are more into the craft beer (as we are), then Denver won't disappoint! There are numerous craft breweries in the area. From Breckenridge Brewery, Avery Brewery, Boulder Beer, New Belgium Brewing, Great Divide Brewing Co. and more! But if you would rather sit back and let someone else drive you around on a beer tasting tour, then you will definitely want to check out the Denver Craft Beer Tour!

Wine-Lovers?

If you are more into wine then beer, then don't worry...Denver still has you covered with the Mile High Wine Tour!

For the Family or Non-Cachers Traveling With You

Being the Fourth of July holiday, we are sure that you may have some other family members traveling with you who want to do some other activities besides Geocaching. Places like the Denver Zoo or the Downtown Aquarium are a great way for those non-cachers to spend their day while you are enjoying the festivities. Other sites include the famous Molly Brown house, the 16th street Mall (which is great for walking), the Buffalo Bill Museum and even the Children's Museum of Denver or the Natural History Museum.

Buffalo Bill Museum

If you are looking for a way to see many of Denver's sights in an easy and convenient way (also good if you are history buff), then check out the Denver City Sightseeing Tour. But if you are also interested in some of the natural surroundings as well as the city, then how about the Denver Mountain Parks With Optional City Tour option.

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Have Fun Planning Your Trip to Denver & Enjoy GeoWoodstock 2016!

We hope you have a blast in Denver. It's by far one of our favorite cities in the States, mostly because of the combination of amazing scenery and outdoor activities with great city attractions and museums. No matter if you are coming from the north, west, east, or south...there are lots of road side attractions and fun things to do along the way.

Just the Resource for You!

To help you plan out your route to GeoWoodstock in Denver, we've put together a complete GeoWoodstock 2016 Guide including interactive maps, highlighted Geocaches, GeoTours, road side attractions, and fun activities everyone will enjoy. We've also included some hotels and camp sites that are convenient for your travels -- so be sure to check it out today!

Don't delay, because the event is just around the corner.

Happy Travels & Happy Caching to you all!

 

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Guest Post by Josh and Liz from Peanuts or Pretzels

It's no secret that Liz and I love spending our days outside exploring the world. From big cities, to National parks, museums loaded with history, to hiking on back trails. In fact, one of the reasons we love Geocaching is that it goes along perfectly with our travels. So it's important to be prepared for your Geocaching adventures at all times, and that includes having the right equipment in your Geocaching bag.

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A Good "Geocaching Bag" is Essential

Since we enjoy combining all of these things into our trips, it's essential to have a good geocaching bag that meets our variety of needs. It's important that the bag not be too small, or too big. And for us, it needs to fit everything we need to be prepared for a day hike, or traveling and exploring a new city. Luckily for us, we've found the perfect bag for our geocaching adventures. In fact, we enjoy it so much that we refer to it as our "adventure bag!"

Our "adventure bag" is always stocked and ready to go at a moments notice.

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Must Haves in Your Geocaching Bag

Must Have's In Your Geocaching Bag

SmartPhone or a GPS & Spare Batteries

One of the first essential items for your Geocaching Bag is, of course, some kind of GPS unit. You may opt for a handheld unit, or you might be happy with the good ol' smartphone and Geocaching App. We started out using the Smartphone, but realized that it limited us when we wanted to get out into the wilderness. It also because a problem when we traveled abroad, those data roaming fees will get you!

No matter which item you prefer to use, you should always make sure it is fully charged - or that you have spare batteries on hand too!

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Hitting the GA Geo-Trail with our Adventure Bag

Sun & Bug Sprays

Being an outdoor activity, you should always carry some kind of protective sprays. Whether it is for the sun or for bugs, you never know when you might need it. And it could make for a miserable experience (maybe more miserable AFTERWARDS) if you don't have it on hand. But it's not just the wilderness, you will also need these even if you are in the city! I can't tell you how many times we've gotten caught up while wandering around town, sightseeing and Geocaching. Only later did we realize that our faces were super sunburned!

Luckily, most stores sell small travel versions of bug spray and sunscreen. So it's easy to pop a couple of them into your Geocaching bag, that way you will always have them.

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Navigating the halls of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Don't Forget the Water!

It is critical to stay good and hydrated anytime you are outdoors, but it's especially important when you are out geocaching. As travelers, we make it a habit to bring a bottle of water wherever we go -- from sightseeing around town, to boat rides, beach trips, or a hike. It's a good habit to have.

And when you are geocaching in the wilderness, it's even more important to have water with you. So be sure to look for a Geocaching Bag that has space for you to carry a water bottle. Don't forget it!

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You never know what you might run across while out Geocaching - Grand Cayman Island

Bring a Notebook and ALWAYS Have Extra Pens!

All cachers can relate to the "pen problem" at some point or another. So we make it a point to put many pens in our Geocaching bag, you don't want to be caught without...or without one that works! Also, you should consider bringing a small notebook too. Sometimes you need to take notes for multi-caches, or have another situation where you need to write something down or make calculations. So the notebook will definitely come in handy.

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Located the Geocache!

Nice-to-Haves in Your Geocaching Bag

For us, there are some other "nice-to-haves" that we include in our Geocaching Bag too. These aren't critical items, and some people might not are to bring them along. But for us, these items seem to be quite useful or enhance the experience. For example, we like to bring a small flashlight in case it gets dark or if we are looking inside a dark place. We also prefer to bring a small first aid kit as well as some snacks to munch on. We also like to bring an iPod and mini-boombox, which we turn on at a low volume when we are hiking. The sound helps to warn off wildlife, and makes for a peaceful walk in the woods for the two of us.

Lastly, we have a bag of trackables that always stays in the Geocaching Bag as well as some swag items - just in case we stumble across something we want to trade for inside a cache. If you take something out, you have to put something in. Always be good to your fellow Cachers.

Oh, and we also like to bring the camera along. You never know when you will come across an amazing site!

 

 

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Turning back after finding the geocache to enjoy the beautiful view of the Petronas Towers! -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tell Us What's in Your Geocaching Bag!

While this is our list of "must haves," we know that everyone has their own unique list from their experiences. So please, tell us what is in your Geocaching bag in the comments below. Cheers and happy caching!

 

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Florida was our family vacation trip: something called Disney World & Universal Studios (geocaches) was taking us from Washington state across the country for a week of warmth, a refuge from Spokane's winter grip. Geocachers usually have ulterior motives on such trips, adding as many geocaching finds in as many places as they can possibly fit in while still enjoying Mickey Mouse.

First priority was selecting how to get there, 2,807 miles, 38 hours driving without traffic, 172 hours driving while finding geocaches, I was out voted ... we're flying. While checking flights online, one must consider many important factors; cost, departure, arrival time and layovers which may facilitate the finding of geocaches near the airport. We had 2 layovers. Unfortunately they was only one hour each at Salt Lake City and Cincinnati, which had a nearby virtual cache (GCB6FD). I could only hope for a delayed flight if I wanted to pick up any of these states as finds.

The weeks that led up to the trip were filled comparing prices at the parks, where to stay and of course what caches to find. I knew a visit to the only other brick and mortar geocaching store in the nation was a given, Space Coast Geocaching  on Merritt Island, Fl near the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

As the departure date neared, there were many evenings of repeated "pocket query" searches & making "Geocaching Lists" - favorite points, olds, virts, & earth caches. As I copied and printed all the requirements for the virtual geocaches so they would be easily accessible on a few sheets of paper, it brought back the memories of geocaching with my old Garmin HCX. Ahh ... the paper days of geocaching, no description or hints in the GPS.

I had my plan laid out well. The night before departure I'd run final "Pocket queries" and set up future "Pocket queries" to run automatically thru the trip so I would simply access Geocaching.com and load them via my laptop while in Florida. My plan was perfect until a storm packing near hurricane-force winds slammed into the Inland Northwest knocking out trees and power to over 200,000 customers including us. The PQ's would have to wait until we arrived in Florida.

As we left the storm ravaged area we arrived at our first layover. No delays, but I got a window seat and took some pictures of caches that lay below outside of Salt Lake City, Maple Mountain High, (GC8106) a 1x4 2002, 12-hour hiking cache, soon after came Denver and a super view of the site for upcoming GeoWoodstock 14er - 2016 (GC5Q1ET). I was looking forward to attending this event & hadn't even completed this trip yet. Cincinnati offered no cache finding...where's a delay when you need one? I need Ohio on my geo map!

We arrived safely in Orlando and I deployed my first weapon, a Garmin Nuvi I brought from home. No extra fees from the car rental company and I did manage to previously load it with geocaches, a great tool in a new area which shows the roads and the best way to get there. My Nuvi version showed where the toll roads were so that was a bonus in this area.

Once morning came we were off to the Disney Parks. These are not only some of the best theme parks on earth but each themed world has a virtual geocache (EPCOT has 2 virtuals!) These are probably the most expensive caches I've ever found (but well worth it) as you must buy a ticket to enter, with the exception of one at a Disney resort. The Magic Kingdom cache (GC10FB) is the oldest in these parks, July 2001 with over 900 favorite points, it's the most favorite pointed cache in Florida. The other virtuals are from 2002 so it was nice to add numbers to my Jasmer challenge.

Untitled designThe next day it was more parks then I got the golden ticket, I got a free day to geocache on my own! I dropped the kids at Disney and headed to Crockett's Wilderness Adventure (GCA402), a 2002 virt that included several waypoints. I got thru security at the main gate then found WP1, however the trails were closed for remodel for the next WP. I wasn't giving up and continued searching the grounds for another way to WP2, eventually finding another trail and set off with a successful find but I had paid dearly in time finding an alternate way.

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I headed south & found a few traditional caches, including a 4.5 x 1.5 cache, Evil - Tribute to the Master of Stress (GC54MDA) - it has over 50 finds and nearly as many DNF's. Once I found GZ, I began the search, palm trees & some tropical bush bigger than a fir tree, I widened my search and got lucky by just a glimpse of something out of place, a cool 5 minutes had passed by from start to finish. I can usually find a nano in the woods but not a small or regular geocache! I headed north as I hadn't planned on the many freeways causing such havoc on getting from location to location in this area.

I was in a newer area of Orlando and most the caches were just outside gated communities. I'd park the car just out the gate and make a made dash to the cache.  I found one ammo can and that was cool.

Florida caches are surely different than the Pacific Northwest, its flatter than a pancake, there's sand, big plants and many strange bugs, I got tangled in several spider webs just waiting for a geocacher meal. I jumped around and swatted virtual creatures off me several times. Then there's the possibility of an alligator...I kind of wanted to see one and kind of didn't want to meet up with one.

After a long series of DNF's I headed east on another toll road. The closest thing to toll roads at home is a bridge 280 miles away in Seattle. I brought plenty of spare change with me and got pretty good at tossing my change into the cache (cash) tube.

I arrived at an old Orlando cemetery "Home of Very Distinguished Roots" cache GCGGT a 2003 virt. The warm Florida rain soon drizzled, then poured down to help me with my finds. There we're several other caches nearby and then another nearby 2003 virt and a few traditionals. The sun was setting and I needed to get back and call it a day.

We continued with Universal Studios where I logged another virt "Divided we fall" GC73A6, a section of the Berlin Wall, very historic and the 2nd piece of wall I've found, both having a geocache. The first was near Hope, Idaho "Fieldtrip of History" GCGRCF.

Another cache type I did pocket queries for was event caches. There were three nearby events three days before we arrived & a day after we left! It would have been fun to meet up with other cachers from around the world.  I had also brought along my magnetic travel bug & stuck it to the back of our rental car hoping another geocacher would discover us along a busy road or parking lot. None discovered us but it was still fun to display.

Soon we were heading east to the Atlantic Ocean via Hwy 528 & a series of coin tossing cache toll booths - it was almost like doing a multi cache!

Space Coast was the first stop. It was awesome seeing another geocaching store and Dale & Barbs was similar to the Cache Advance store. They had quite a collection of geo goods and hospitality to boot! After looking at everything on the shelves & walls I even found a bottle of Cache Advance wine which I suggested we pop open! It was time to discover the many trackables they had to share with visiting geocachers. There was even a collection of Pathtags on a refrigerator door that had tags from cachers back home; Kidvegas19, Chumpo, Mtngoat50 & others.
I had brought some trackables from home to exchange too. I had already taken a few of the trackables into the Disney Parks and included them in part of the trip taking photos of them (minus the TB numbers) then posted them on the trackables log page.

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I highly recommend anyone going to Florida to make sure they stop by and check out the big ammo can geocache and Dale & Barbs store which has the 2nd highest favorite points in Florida.

The warm waters of the Atlantic was our next quest & we got prime directions to a public beach complete with an earthcache "Molly Says Sand, do you dig it?" GC32Z0C. After some excavation in the sand and fulfilling the requirements I deployed my two meter parafoil stunt kite & buzzed the sky while standing in the warm ocean, pretty cool.

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Cocoa Beach provided souvenir shops then we had "Chinese picnic" at a restaurant that specialized in take-out. The food was good, well-priced and we were starving! Chinese food with paper plates and plastic silverware, it was classic!

The last days we finished up the theme parks, the virtual caches. Then up early for a morning flight taking us to Minneapolis, Minnesota another one hour layover, there was a nearby virt "Falcon" GCJAHG, however the cache was disabled as the museum was closed for the season. There were a few other close traditional geocaches however a person can't get a delayed flight when they want one! We spent the extra time on the tarmac being de-iced for the return to Spokane.

Flying across the northern states crossing cache after cache, I'd been down there via Amtrak a few years ago and cached my way to Chicago, Los Angeles and back to Spokane. Altitude decreasing, I was recognizing these mountains in Idaho - hey I'd been on the top of that one, "4x4 series, Top of the World" GC5AVX3 & gotten FTF with BruhnWa, & there was the St. Joe River and Lake Coeur d'Alene. Gear lowering, flaps down, tires screeching, were back to snowy Spokane.

It was a great trip, I found 19 caches; 9 virtuals, 1 earthcache & a handful of DNF's.

Traveling is a great way to see the hidden unique places, away from the theme parks and the crowds.

If you geocache, prepare with "Pocket query searches", make geocaching "Lists," find the types and difficulty terrain caches you enjoy, and be familiar with how your GPS or phone operates while caching, and you will have a great trip too!

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This week we have a wonderful guest blog post from Josh and Liz over at Peanuts or Pretzels!  Thank you Josh and Liz for sharing your geocaching experiences with us!

Geocaching Resolutions

As the year draws to a close and a new year is on the horizon, it's common for many of us to look back on our experiences and look forward to the new adventures that await. One of the coolest things about being a Geocacher is that we have the opportunity to have some pretty amazing, and unique memories that many others don't have the opportunity to experience. Even with all these great memories, there is always something more to be had. And the first step to accomplishing something is to set a goal. So to help you come up with some goals for the new year, we have put together our recommendations for Geocaching Resolutions for the New Year.

Discover a Geocache High in the Mountains

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Sometimes nothing beats setting out on a 3 to 5 hour hike in search of a view that can take your breath away. What makes it even more rewarding is being able to sign a logbook at the end of that hike. Not only can you get some good exercise, see some amazing views, but to do it all in the name of geocaching is a great resolution to set for for the new year. Go get that 5/5 geocache.

Discover a Geocache Low on the Beach

Red sand beach in Hana - Maui, Hawaii
Red sand beach in Hana - Maui, Hawaii

To be able to accomplish this geocaching resolution you will need to head to the beach. On a beach you might be able to find an actual cache container or an EarthCache, which helps to explain the science behind the beaches.

Heading to a beach in search of a Geocache may take you off the beaten path, and to some beautiful hidden beaches around the world that you may never have known about. We once found a geocache on a secret Red Sands Beach in Hawaii. No signs, no directions other than our Garmin leading the way for us. And it was a truly beautiful and unique beach!

Read Also: Celebrate International EarthCache Day

Turn a Muggle into a Geocacher

Geocaching Muggles
We met these ladies while out geocaching in Sydney, Australia. We needed them to move to be able to get to the cache. We explained geocaching to them and they were so excited to help us find it. Who knows, maybe they have since discovered geocaches all around Sydney.

Don’t keep this awesome geocaching hobby to yourself, share it with friends and family. This can include a co-worker, a relative, or a close friend. We all know that Geocaching is a fun adventure, and it is even more fun if you are able to share it with someone.

When introducing geocaching to someone new, start off with something easy. A simple 1/1 geocache is a great way to show someone what a geocache looks like, and help you to explain the game. Then take them on a hike or to a really cool and cleverly hidden geocache...then you will have them hooked.

If you want to help them started, how about the Dr. B Newbie Starter Kit

Hide a Creative Geocache

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Creatively hidden geocaches make geocaching so much fun. Here we are trying to solve this gadget cache with some friends in St. Charles, MO at GeoWoodstock XII

Another great geocaching resolution is to make a creative geocache that you can share with your local geocaching community. If you are a creative person, and enjoy making things (or enjoy stumping other people), you can let your imagination run wild with the many unique ways to make, and hide a geocache.

Most caching veterans recommend that you find at least 100 caches before attempting to hide a cache. This will help you get ideas on various creative techniques. Another way to get creative ideas for caches is searching on YouTube and by following a couple of geocaching boards on Pinterest.

Help a Trackable Reach its Goal

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Here is a Trackable we released in Key West from our wedding. We wanted it to make it to Hawaii, and we saw a picture of it online in Hawaii just a couple of months later. Thanks to the geocaching community!

Some people may not be able to travel and see some of these iconic or off the beaten path destinations around the USA (or the world). So a fun aspect to the Geocaching game is to release a trackable with a specific destination goal. This let's them feel like they are going on the journey too -- especially when people share fun pictures of the trackable in all these locations.

As travelers, we find it SO rewarding to be able to help others reach their goals through geocaching. **Make sure to read the profiles of trackables to help them reach their goals.**

Read more about Geocaching Trackables here

Get 10 New Geocaching Souvenirs

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Geocaching.com NEW Thailand Souvenir

If you are like us, then you love to see new souvenirs in your geocaching.com profile. Another great geocaching resolution is to set a goal of collecting 10 new souvenirs. You can get a new souvenir by attending a Mega Event or Giga Event.

You can also get a new souvenir by discovering a geocache in a new US state, which you have not found a cache in previously. Also keep an eye out for geocaching.com summer souvenir challenges. That's a great way to get some souvenirs added to your profile.

Host Your Own Event With a Twist

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Liz and Victoria from (I Hunt For Fun) picking out the perfect disguise at a local geocaching event

Do you attend geocaching events in your community? Did you know you can create and host your own event in your community? But not just a normal event...make it unique, interesting...and fun!!!

Hosting a fun Geocaching event with a special twist is another great Geocaching Resolution for the new year. You can create a geocaching event during your travels, or host a lunchtime meet and greet. Have a pot luck and get to know your local geocachers (and their cooking skills).

How about hosting a water balloon fight to cool off in the summer, a cookie cook off, potluck, Christmas gift exchange, etc.

The possibilities are endless with a little creativity!

Discover the Oldest Cache in Your State

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Here is the Oldest Active Geocache - Mingo GC30 in Kansas

There is something cool about holding a piece of geocaching history in your hands. Geocaching has been around for over 15 years now and there are caches hidden around the country that are still active from when geocaching went live.

A cool geocaching resolution is discovering your state's oldest cache. If you have already done this then find the 10 oldest caches in your state. If you have already done this, then search for the oldest in another state.

Read Accidentally Discovering the Oldest Active Cache in Mingo, Kansas

Complete a GeoTour or GeoTrail

Josh Geocaching in Seattle - a great way to tour the different areas of the city!
Josh Geocaching in Seattle - a great way to tour the different areas of the city!

Completing a GeoTour or GeoTrail is no easy feat, so adding this to your geocaching resolutions is a must. There are so many great GeoTours all around the world. From Washington, Italy, Peru, and Australia, there are GeoTours and GeoTrails for everyone.

GeoTours are a great way to get to know the history of an area better while also discovering new off the beaten path destinations as well. Another bonus is that most GeoTours have an award for completing the tour. So it's a really fun way to explore a destination while on vacation, during a short getaway, or if you are just passing through.

Checkout the NEW Spokane History GeoTour

Search out GeoTours & GeoTrails near you HERE

Make a New Year Resolution to Accomplish a Personal Geocaching Goal

So as you think about the past year and all you accomplished, take some time to consider the upcoming year and all the the things you want to accomplish. The best way to accomplish something new is to set a goal and go for it. That's why Geocaching Resolutions for the new year are great!

The great thing about geocaching is that you can do it however you like, and it has a little something to fit everyone's interests. And surely there are some things you would like to see and do through geocaching that you haven't yet accomplished. So we hope these Geocaching resolutions have inspired you to come up with your own Geocaching goals for next year.

Happy New Year & Happy Caching!

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