Once again we are so pleased to have Josh and Liz from Peanuts or Pretzels guest post for us this month!  This time they are sharing how they fell in love with Geocaching - so appropriate for the upcoming celebration of Valentine's Day.  

 

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Geo-Tour - Omaha, GA

People often ask us how we learned about geocaching, and why we got started. But one question we are rarely asked is "How did you fall in love with Geocaching?" I wish we were asked this more often. I have a feeling that people who are unfamiliar with the game think we're a little strange to run around looking for tupperware in the woods. But that's because they just don't get what made us come to enjoy it so much. Our affinity for Geocaching came over time, and one of the main reasons was because of the Georgia State Parks GeoTour that took us all over our beautiful home state of Georgia. How could a GeoTour make us fall in love with a game? Well, let me tell you.

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State Parks Around Georgia

Geocaching as a Way to Explore While We Travel

Our first time actually going geocaching together was during a road trip. That's when we got the idea of using geocaching as way to explore new territory. We also realized that geocaching is an inexpensive way to find adventure during our travels. After all, saving money here and there means that we can go more cool places! We immediately enjoyed the way geocaching opened our eyes to a different travel adventure, but we were surprised at how it opened our eyes and gave us a new appreciation for our home state of Georgia. The perfect example of this is the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites GeoTour. Suddenly, our weekends were filled with geocaching adventure and explorations all around the state!

Georgia State Parks GeoTour

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Our first Stamp and Find at Amicalola Falls State Park - Dawsonville, GA

We discovered this GeoTour during a weekend getaway to Amicalola Falls State Park in the north Georgia Mountains. We stayed the weekend in one of their quaint cabins near the top of the mountain. As the name implies, the falls are the main attraction here, but there is also a great hiking trails around the falls (and stairs right beside them). It is definitely worth the trip up and down the stairs!

During our visit, we asked the ranger at the station what else we could discover in the area, and he asked us if we had ever gone Geocaching? Of course, we were familiar with the game already, so that piqued our interest to hear what he had to say.

The ranger handed us a of brochure that he called a "Geo-Passport." He began explaining that there is a GeoTour set up at each of the state parks and historic sites all around Georgia. Each state park has an official cache hidden which contains a stamp that corresponds with a square on the back of the Geo-Passport. As you go exploring all the different state parks, you can collect the stamps to fill up your passport!

The added element of having a goal to work toward, or a challenge to complete, really got us interested in trying the GeoTour out. So we grabbed a couple Geo-Passports and decided to go out and discover the official cache of the GeoTour in Amicolola State Park, which just happened to be on top of the mountain (with the ranger station at the bottom!).

Check out the Georgia State Park GeoTour HERE

You Won't Give Up on The Goal

After a long, but beautiful hike, right up next to the waterfall, we made our way to where the cache should be located. Now, we searched for quite a while for this mystery cache with a stamp in it. In some cases, we may have given up, but this was the ONLY stamp in this park...so we had to get it if we wanted to complete the challenge. Finally, we made the discovery. We opened the cache, stamped our new passports in the appropriate square, and counted up how many more we needed to collect.

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Liz stamping her Geo-Passport at Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA

It was extremely exciting to us to place that first stamp. Now our minds were going! "Let's fill this thing" I told Liz. This moment was really the start of something with our geocaching adventures. It has prompted years of road trips all around our beautiful state, in and out of state parks.

Discover New Places With a Geocaching GeoTour

We found ourselves always planning the next weekend getaway in search of new adventures, and our next stamp. Criss-crossing our state, we both went to many places that we had never been before. We discovered lakes we never knew about, awesome hiking, beautiful views, and so much more! Constantly we found ourselves saying "this is such a great place I never knew about, I want to come back!"

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Enjoying lunch at FDR State Park - Pine Mountain, GA

Since we both enjoy road trips, we really love the fact that the Georgia State Parks GeoTour gave us a reason to get away from the big city and explore back highways. It also gave us a reason to get outside! Fresh air, and a bit of exercise can really do you some good. Especially after a long, stressful week at work. Personally, I loved being able to show Liz around my home state of Georgia. Because Liz is from Idaho and didn't know much about Georgia history and landscape, it was great to be able to show her around.

Georgia State Historic Sites Geo-Tour

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Georgia Historic Sites Geo-Tour

Growing up in Georgia, I thought I had seen everything it had to offer. That is, until we started exploring our state through the Georgia Historic History GeoTrail. It didn't take long for me to start saying "wow, even I have never been here before." It was eye-opening to me even though I grew up here. So often times, we are both discovering a place for the first time!

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A.H. Stephens State Park & Historic Site - Crawfordville, GA

Being the curious, history-buffs that we both are, another aspect that we really enjoy about the GeoTour is visiting and learning about all the historical sites. Again growing up in Georgia and taking Georgia History classes, I thought I was an expert on Georgia History. But there is so much to discover, we're constantly learning new things. And we love it!

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New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA

An example of this is when we were standing at the foot of the former Cherokee Capital in Calhoun, GA; at New Echota Historic Site. This beautiful site is full of history that I had no idea existed in Georgia! We walked around the site exploring and reading about buildings that were on the site. It was easy to see why the Cherokee people made this the capital on the Cherokee Indian Tribe. Just another example of using geocaching to educate, no matter how old you are.

Check out the Georgia State Historic Sites GeoTour HERE

Geo-Achievements for Your Discoveries

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For the Historic Sites, you receive cards once you discover the cache at the sites. Once you have collected all the appropriate cards, you receive a Historic Sites Pathtag for that particular set of historic sites.

How We Fell in LOVE With Geocaching?

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Finding another Geocache and another stamp at Don Carter State Park - Gainsville, GA

Being travelers, we never felt that we needed a reason to get outside and explore our state. But the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites GeoTour gave us a goal to set out and accomplish. This challenge of filling up our Geo-Passport with stamps from all the Georgia State Parks is a big reason why geocaching became such a big part of our travels. We couldn't help but love the fact that we were finding ourselves on little road trips across our beautiful state of Georgia in search of history, beautiful landscapes, and of course the discovery of geocaches. We want to thank our state of Georgia and Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites for getting us out of the house in search of new adventure.

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WatchlistsHey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.  Today we're going to flashback to replay some of our older questions and found one about watchlists.

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Monday through Thursdays, we ask our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ a question about geocaching. 

Earlier this year we asked:  Do you use watchlists for geocaches or trackables?

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that most all cachers do use watchlists for both caches and trackables.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Laura on FB shared: yes I do. Mostly for caches that are on my list of wanting to do.
    • Kurt on FB shared: Both, its a great way to see where TB's/coins reappear after 'disapppearing."
    • Chris on FB was our only dissenter. He shared: No lists. If I find one, I like for it to be a total surprise.
    • Austin on G+ shared: I use watch lists for caches I can't find, that way I can later see if it was my fault or if other cachers can't find them either. So either an "argh!" or an "I knew it was missing!"
    • Dano on G+ shared: I watch every cache I DNF so that once people find it I know to go back and who to email for an extra hint.

As always we really enjoyed hearing about watchlists, and you can too, if you-

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Cache Crates for December were sent out a few weeks ago and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!

In case you didn't know, a Cache Crates is a fun box of geocaching and outdoor gear delivered to your door!  Sign up for your Cache Crate by clicking here!

A Look Inside

 

Here's a breakdown of the items inside the December 2015 Cache Crate:

Halletts Chocolates

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Assorted Chocolates from our local friends, Halletts Chocolates!

Handwarmers, 3 Pair

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Heat-Up Hand Warmers are perfect for when the elements are cold. Great for campers, hunters, backpackers and outdoorsmen.

 

Matchholder Cache

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These make nifty micro caches, and are also perfect for keeping your matches safe and dry. Gasket on the lid helps keep out the water. Match striker is on the bottom of container.

Red and Green Bison Ball

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Small storage device that you'll carry with you where ever your keys go.  A Popular Geocaching container to store small hidden treasures within or next clue.

Trackable Addon: Red and Green QR Tech Tags

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The first of it kind, uses the QR code to take you right to the page for that trackable. No need to enter the tracking code anymore after going to www.geocaching.com/track! Each tag is unique which makes this much more difficult to mass produce, but in an effort to push the boundaries we have created the Technology Tag.

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Fitness Resolutions for the New Year-Did you make a New Year’s resolution for better health and fitness this year? Even if you didn’t make a resolution, we’d like to challenge you to get out geocaching more! Geocaching is a great way to mix up your day and get outside. Not every cache run has to be a trek out to the woods. Chances are you pass fun and quick Urban caches every day on your way to and from work, school or running errands.

Whether the new year inspired you to be more active, healthier, or you just want to break up your daily routine, caching can help you meet your goals in a new way.

If you’re looking for a way to get outside more or increase your activity level consider plotting a short caching route during your daily activities or before or after work/school. Park further away than you usually do or walk the whole way. Be sure to set the Trip Odometer on your GPS at the beginning of your jaunt and see how much extra distance you rack up just grabbing a few caches -you might be surprised. Just assess the difficulty level of your targets before you head out so you stay within your schedule, and watch the clock. You’ll find it’s a great way to get some exercise in without having to hit the gym. You also may find yourself more relaxed and able to focus better getting a little more activity throughout the day.

Take Dr. B's Cache Repair Kit with you!
Take Dr. B's Cache Repair Kit with you!

Of course the weekends are still open for bringing along the family, friends or your best four-legged pal and heading out for that trek into the woods! Or maybe you’ll want to show everybody your new favorite Urban caching route. Either way it’s a great time to go caching.

Do you have any suggestions or tips to share for working geocaching into your fitness plans?

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

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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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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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Twas the night before Cachemas, when all through the house
Not a computer was stirring, not even a mouse;
The caches were submitted to Geocaching.com with care,
In hopes that the reviewers would soon be there;

The cachers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of ammo cans danced in their heads;
And momma in her beanie, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When on the phone there came some texts,
I sprang from the bed to see what was next.
Away to the netbook I flew like a light,
Tore open a browser and pulled up the site.

The backlight on the keyboard of the new open window
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But new cache listings from eight reviewers
With a little old hider, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be Cache Nick.

More rapid than eagles his caches were approved,
I whistled and shouted and was so moved:
“Now Mnt-Man! now Cache Effect, now Krypton and Max Cacher!
On Keystone, on Nomex! on Hemlock and Roadrunner!
To the top of the queue! to the top of the call!
Now cache away, cache away, cache away all!”

As dry leaves that before hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the cache-site the FTFers they flew,
With a bag full of swag, and Cacher Nick too!
And then in a twinkling, I heard en-route,
The prancing and pawing of each cachers boot.

As I drew on my headlamp and was turning around,
Down the trailhead Cacher Nick came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fleece, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all stuck with twigs and soot;
A bundle of swag he had flung on his back,
He looked like a newbie just opening his pack.

His coins, how they twinkled, his travelers how merry!
His camo was like roses, his hides on my Cacheberry!
His small little micro was drawn up like a bow,
And the regular was quite the show;
The stump of a tree he held tight in his grip
And the logs it encircled his cache a barrier strip;
He had a five star difficulty and a three star terrain,
That confounded me and gave such pain!

The cache was stocked and had such wealth,
I laughed when I saw it, in spite of myself;
A lift of the skirt and a twist of the lid,
Soon gave me to know I was not out-did;
We spoke not a word, but went straight to work
Signed all the logs and turned with a jerk,
And laying the coordinates to the car,
We could tell it was not too far;
We sprang to the cachemobile, to the Nuvi gave a go-to,
And away to the next cache we all flew.

But I heard him exclaim, ere the logs were all signed,
“Happy Cachemas to all, and to all a good find.”

Merry Christmas everyone!

-Lookout Lisa

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Cache Crates for November were sent out a few weeks ago and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!

In case you didn't know, a Cache Crates is a fun box of geocaching and outdoor gear delivered to your door!  Sign up for your Cache Crate by clicking here!

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Here's a breakdown of the items inside the November Cache Crate:

Magnigrip Tweezer Magnifier Combo

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The OD-55 MagniGrip™ is a classic style magnifier with that comes with attached fine-point tweezers. The MagniGrip™ has a lightweight frame that houses a 4.5x acrylic magnifier that gives a clear magnification of the subject. With the attached fine-point tweezers, the user can easily work on small items and always have great visibility. It is a great tool for a multitude of activities, be it hobbies and modeling, tying the perfect fly fishing knot or removing splinters.

RŌP™ Wire Tie, 6in,  2-Pack, Red

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These RŌP utility ties are so versatile that you can use them for virtually everything. Whether you want to organize small accessories like earphone cords, wires, and keys, or tie bags, bundle flowers, or make a hook, you'll wonder how you managed without these utility ties for so long.

• Silicone-encased stainless steel wire
• Reusable, durable design
• Textured surface provides non-slip grip
• Will not scratch or mark surfaces
• Weather-resistant – for indoor or outdoor use
• Bends into any shape, such as a hook
• Manages cords and cables, ties bags, bundles flowers, etc.
• Ideal for camping, backpacking, and more

Make Your Own Wristband Kit -Blue Spec Camo

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All the supplies you'll need to create your own paracord wristband! This makes a fun project for kids and grownups alike, a great FTF gift for your new cache, or a unique event prize item that everyone will enjoy.

Yellow Smiley Face Rubber Luggage Tag

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Just in time for holiday travel, or for your geo-bag!  These neon smiley face luggage tags will bring a smile to your face when you're one of the first to find your luggage on the conveyor belt.

**Trackable Addon: 3" Clear/White TB decal.

Also the box included a link to view this valuable article:  12 Tips for Attending Geocaching Events

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Hindsight is a great thing.  In early October I wasn't all that sure about representing Cache Advance by myself at Geocoinfest 2015.  I'm pretty sure Cache Advance was even less assured ...

As Custom Trackable Project Manager for Cache Advance, my mission was to let everyone (who didn’t already) know that yes, you can create a Geocoin or CachekinzTM of your own design through Cache Advance and our Custom Design Services. Consequently I came armed with samples from recent projects as well the merchandise from our biggest (literally!) project ever – the Dutch Windmill. It is often debated if the Windmill is a coin or piece of art but one thing is for sure, it’s a custom trackable!  The limited edition created for this event was the final of 6 versions created as homage to the European Geocoinfest held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands a couple of weeks earlier. The image below from our friend Michael Baker (BakerGeckos) represents a rare thing – all six versions in the same room.

six-versions

Ashland, Nebraska -1,132 (.1 to be exact) miles from my home location turned out to be the site of some of the best times I have had caching/vending.  Really, my fun is what's important right?  Well that might not be true but the gang who put on this event thought it to be and they delivered.

The trip started Thursday, October 1st (from Spokane, WA naturally). The flight to Denver was uneventful.  I had plenty of time until my connection to Omaha so I scooted from terminal C to terminal B and found what I needed to find for the cleverly named "Denver International Airport Earthcache" (GC57BR8).  This one I heard about from my buddy Steven Donovan (SirCatNip) during his Podcacher interview (www.podcacher.com).  It was easy for him but I still have some research to do.

The flight to Omaha was uneventful, except I landed in Iowa.  Things are different in the midwest.  It was very late at this time zone when I got off the plane.  Everything in the airport was shut down including my designated car rental place or so I thought. I was able to secure the rental car with only one "what the heck do I do now?" call back home to Lisa.  This was a new record.  The car was (and I kid you not) the absolute furthest distance away from the counter that it could be.  I persevered, hiked the distance and placed my magnetic trackable on the car when I found it.

RentalCar

With my trusty Galaxy S5 Sport set to navigation I was off to my awesome room at the Peter Kiewit Lodge in the Eugene Mahoney State Park! (http://outdoornebraska.gov/parks/park_pages/Mahoney_SP/)

Mahoney

The first possible event for the trip was the unofficial "Calm Before The Storm" (GC633AE) breakfast meet and greet in Ashland on October 2.  However it was held way too early Friday morning for me to attend.  I did get to Ashland about 10:00 that morning to clear the vector after picking up the Dutch Windmills from the park's main building.  The first cache I tried ended up being an aborted attempt.  Someone who appeared to be living out of his pickup was parked on top of GZ.  I just scooted up the road to "Out of Bounds" (GLK3MY3Q), a nice small in the woods.  Just like that and Nebraska is on my map.

I went back to the center of town to pick up a Lab Cache set up for the weekend and met up with fellow Washingtonian and founder of the U.S. Geocoinfest (and brain child designer of the Windmill) Mark Clemens (Avroair).  We ducked into a little place called Cheri O's (http://www.cherioscoffee.com/) for some breakfast and to talk shop.  Of course in this time zone, breakfast was over so we had to eat from the lunch menu.

Lighthouse
After our visit I picked up the other lab cache in town and then scooted down state Highway 6 to get the 3rd lab cache, a lighthouse.  Yep, a lighthouse in Nebraska (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linoma_Beach)

 

The balance of the afternoon consisted dropping the windmills off back at my lodge room and zipping into Lincoln to pick up some bubble wrap I would need later for packing the windmills for safe transport for the customers who will be purchasing them on Saturday.  On the way I picked up the 4th lab cache called "Wildlife Safari Park" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_G._Simmons_Conservation_Park_and_Wildlife…).  While in Lincoln I went over to the house of an old friend from Spokane, Mike Church (dodgerfanmc), for a great visit.  It had been five years since I had last seen him.

On the way back I picked up the final lab cache that was not inside the Strategic Air and Space Museum - the I80 Rest Stop.  I thought that to be an odd place for a lab cache until I did it and found a nice tribute/historical plaque.  (I couldn't find a link as to the plaque but here is the rest stop - which almost shows the plaque - http://www.schemmer.com/portfolio-item/ndor-platte-river-rest-area/).  I had just enough time to take in the virtual "Holy Family Shrine" (GLK3MY4Q) before getting back to the lodge to clean up for the next event.  Full disclosure: a current Spokane area friend Robert Shepler (CDAgeogeek) lived in the Omaha/Lincoln area for a while and gave me the 'Geocacher Things To Do' list.  This was on it, LOL!

 

Shrine

The Friday night meet and greet was held in the ball room of a nearby establishment called Round The Bend Steakhouse. (http://www.roundthebendsteakhouse.com/ordereze/default.aspx)  One of their claims to fame is a "testicle festival" held every June.  I will let you do your own research on that but it was a very nice hook for this event.  Here we got our registration packages, had some drinks, talked with all sorts of friends new and old, and had some dinner.  It was crowded, it was fun, and the venue was only 85% prepared for us.  I believe my log for this event said something like "with a waitress on the dirty edge of going postal…" But in the end she did a fantastic job, and the food was great.  After the event I headed back to the lodge.  I had work to do getting all that new bubble wrap installed.

FridayNight

Saturday October 3 turned out to be bright and sunny for game day.  I loaded up the car and drove the quarter mile to the venue.  That venue was the awesome Strategic Air and Space Museum (http://www.sasmuseum.com).  I was directed to the vendor parking around back where it was a mere 75 to 100 steps from Dale and Barb's Space Coast Geocaching Store booth (http://www.shop.spacecoastgeocachers.com).  Space Coast is our excellent partner/reseller that carries many Cache Advance products, and for this event, the Limited Edition Windmill. It was in this booth where I set up the Cache Advance Geocoin display.  Barb and Dale had the booth almost good to go when I got there so before you know it we were all set up and doing business with the other vendors and staff before the main gates opened.

Fun Fact: Space Coast Geocaching Store is the very first brick-and-mortar store in North America!

It was quite awesome when those main gates did open.  This place was an airplane hangar after all and those "gates" were very huge doors.  Their opening was accompanied by a very loud buzzing for safety's sake.  It was quite a crowd that came streaming through.  The people had so many choices you could see them trying to decide where to go to first while at the same time trying to look at the airplanes in the room... the giant room.

GCF 2015 Opening

The morning was very busy for the vendors.  People knew what they wanted and they flew to the booths that had it. (Flew - get it!)   Then they wandered by everything else to check it out.  I would razz the locals (We can see where everyone is from because it is on our name badge) on their long commute.  They didn't see the humor until they noticed where I was from!  I really wanted to explore this museum and get the 5 lab caches strewn about the building.  About 11:00  Dale and Barb encouraged me to go explore. (Because they are gracious people and not because I was making their sales suffer….I hope…)

The Air and Space Museum was great.  It took me 23 minutes to wander from our hangar A, through the lobby, and to the back side of hangar B.  I was taking video the whole time with our Garmin Virb Elite.  It was so fascinating to me that I lost track of time and missed Jon Stanley's (Moun10Bike) talk on Geocoins.  Yeah... his claim to fame is inventing the Geocoin but I gotta tell you - there were cool planes everywhere!

SR-71

I was able to find the speaking venue almost in time to not be late for Chris Mackey's (fox-and-the-hound) talk on the creation of the event coin for this year.  I was awestruck last year in Houston (not knowing what to expect) as he explained how every little detail of the coin represented something.  That event coin instantly became the favorite of my collection.  I was ready for more of the same with this year’s awesome set sporting magnet technology, the two versions of the base (for the more basic registration package - which is me all the way!  There are three bases if I am correct) and all the airplanes I get to attach to them.  I wasn't disappointed, the event coin this year has tied the coin from Geocoinfest last year as a favorite in my collection for the exact same reason - every detail is important to the essence of the coin.

Coin

My phone notified me that my old Spokane friend was on the grounds.  Too cool!  After touring the museum for a bit, Mike and I zipped to Ashland for some late afternoon lunch.

 

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Mike, being a semi newbie cacher, explained to me how he has a hard time actually finding caches.  After lunch I navigated him to a nearby hide.  After 20 minutes we found everything but the cache.  We gave up and headed back to finish up at the venue.  In the weeks that followed I had a chance to do some research and have been able to verify that my friend Mike suffers from Occultum Visibilium Dysmorphia.  It is a rare affectation (1 in every 500,000 Geocachers - so basically around 12 people in all the world and he's one) that unknowingly projects a force field/invisibility cloak up the geocache being sought rendering it unfindable by the afflicted cacher or anyone in their party.  Poor guy. Hope it clears up for him soon. At least he was able to find Signal and some Moun10Bike coins (thanks Joe McCoskey (JoeFriday)!) at the event.

MikeSignal

The coolest thing for me at this event was to hook up with some friends who finished our Spokane History Geotour. (https://www.geocaching.com/play/geotours/spokane) Turns out, we didn't take their picture at the finish (like we have done for everybody else).  Well, Ryan Semmels (Semmels123) and Lynn Worley Litherland (LadyCache) happened to have their Geotour coin with them so we took advantage and had some fun.  This is what amazes me about this community - Spokane, Omaha, Boonsboro, Carnation, Rome, Houston, or Warren - doesn't matter, we are friends wherever we may be.

 

GeotourFinishers

Geocoinfest 2015 came to a close right on time.  Attendees filed out leaving vendors to pack up.  I had very few things to pack as most of the windmills sold.  I got it all into one box which was going with Barb and Dale anyway.  But even then, they had their booth all but packed in the same time and they had much more table space to cover!  They have it down to such a science that even though I felt bad I didn't contribute more I had a feeling if I had I would've only slowed them up.

From there it was off to the sports pub in Omaha for the Geocoinfest Poker Tournament (GC5QPNH).  That event got started late because of a college football game on the big screens.  I'm no detective but I could soon tell the crowd was pulling for the Nebraska Corn Something-or-others.  We got started as soon as the game ended and the sports fans departed.  My goal this year was to finish better than my 14th place showing last year.  Just like last year though, I had no clue what I was doing.  And just like last year those at the table who were knowledgeable were willing to help.  My strategy of fold early and fold often proved worthy as I muddled through to a 12th place finish.  Mission accomplished!  Sometime during all this hubbub a birthday cake (and required singing of the song) happened for Jason Judt (Geojudt), a Geocoinfest 2015 Committee member.  Not too shabby.  Once I was out of the tourney I said my goodbyes to the remaining attendees and headed with Mike deeper into (and the more sketchier part of I assume but it was dark) Omaha to a billiard hall to play some games and catch up.  Got back to my lodge room around midnight.  A great day indeed.

Sunday morning found me checked out of the lodge and back in Omaha for the Farewell Breakfast (GC5QPPC).  Yet another chance to visit with friends from what seemed like everywhere.  Soon enough a small band of us had figured out that we all had time on our hands until we needed to hit the road or be at the airport.  With that Marlin01, Avroair, Joengps, and yours truly KidVegas19 hunted some virtuals, a challenge cache, and some Earth Caches.  My favorites were "Road to Recovery" (GC8146 virt), "Social Butterfly" (GC4ZW13 Mystery/Challenge), and "Heron Haven Wetland" (GC2DFPX Earth).

Soon it was Avroair and myself catching some more of his most favorite kinds of finds - Earthcaches, virts,  and Web Cams.  We somehow worked our way from Heron Haven to Creighton University to capture our image on our phones from the GCP9FF "Creighton Web Cam" web cam.

 

Creighton

We then went down to the riverside for an Octoberfest style lunch (http://storzbrewing.com/oktoberfest/) and a virt (GCCA9B "L & C Landing").  Avroair picked up another Earthcache (GC1XHG1 "Missouri River of Hope and Change Earthcache" because he's good at that kind of stuff).  Mark's flight was earlier than mine so after we said our goodbyes I went over to Council Bluffs to grab some super-favorited hides GC1DTXV "Cuckoo" and GC3P29E "Here they be pirates".  Then it was off to the airport.

The flight from Omaha to Las Vegas was eventful, sorta.  I was looking forward to the 2 hour layover in Vegas (being KidVegas19 it is mandatory that I look forward to Vegas layovers…) but the 'check engine' light came on as the plane pushed away from the gate.  It took about an hour and a half before they figured out how to put a piece of electrical tape over the light.  This left me enough time when I landed in Vegas to dash from the landing gate to the designated boarding gate.  The flight home to Spokane was indeed, uneventful.

 

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It was good to be home, but it was great to attend Geocoinfest 2015.

 

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European Geocoinfest 2016: http://coord.info/GC60A2F

US Geocoinfest 2016:  http://coord.info/GC631BQ

 

JD Parkman is the Custom Trackable Project Manager for Cache Advance.  

Hey cachers this is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

Cache Advance is your geocaching hub for all of your caching needs, including the Cache Crate, a monthly subscription box of geocaching and outdoor gear.

Monday through Thursdays, we ask our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ a question about geocaching.

Back in February, we asked: Do you have a signature item that you leave in caches?

 

After tallying all the answers, we found that about half of cachers have or have had signature items.

So here’s what we heard:

    • ShashaVIE shared on T: Yes, but I use it very, very rarely.
    • DGS479 shared: I leave signature pathtags in quality or memorable caches.
    • Kelly on FB shared: Most caches are far too small.
    • Kurt summed it up for many of us: Pathtag when I have them, and cache is big enough. It's a crying shame we live in "Micro-World" anymore.
      • Lots of fans posted pictures of their signatures item on our FB page –I encourage you all to take a look!
    • Laura on FB shared: I'm a rock & fossil hound, so when I have small rocks, agates, crystals or fossils, I leave them.

As always we really enjoyed hearing about signature items, and you can too, if you-

-Follow us, Cache Advance, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the Geocaching Question of the Day.   

Thanks, and Happy Caching!

Make Geocaching aOften the Holiday Season brings with it an influx of family members from out of town. They arrive in your city expecting you to show them the sights and take them to some of your favorite places ... And how better to do that than to take them on a fun (and Holiday treat calorie burning) Cache Run!

But before you go, keep some of these fun-enhancing tips in mind:

Make sure you have a GPS unit you know well and plenty of extra batteries.
You don’t want your GPS to die in the middle of the search. And bring along one for the kids! The youngsters love to be in on the hunt!

Consider the activity/energy level of your caching buddies.
Although you may be an experienced cacher those with you may be new to the game or have never cached before. If this is the case plan a cache route that will be appropriate for them. Also keep in mind that if you have an older family member along they may not have the mobility or stamina that you’re used to.

Have a newbie in your group? Dr. B's Newbie Kit can help!
Have a newbie in your group? Dr. B's Newbie Kit can help!

When caching with Newbies we recommend avoiding Micro and Small caches.
Caches with larger containers are easier to find and usually have fun trade items for the kiddos. Also try to steer clear of caches with high terrain and difficulty levels.

Have a clear idea of the route you want to take and it’s great if it includes cool landmarks or points of interest.
Don’t plan a full-day, not everyone has the caching stamina you do! And don’t forget to pack snacks!

Remember, this is your opportunity to show your family some of your favorite local spots and also share your love of the game. With a well-planned, thoughtful route, a fully charged familiar GPS, and the right supplies, you and your family will be headed for a fun-filled caching adventure.

What tips can you add?  Please share your comments below!