The Cache Crate for April 2016 was sent a few weeks ago and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!

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Take a Look Inside the April 2016 cache crate from cache advance

 

Here is what's inside this month's Cache Crate!

Platypus SoftBottle

Platypus Water Bottle for cache crateNothing’s cleaner, greener*, or more versatile than a Platypus SoftBottle flexible bottle. Whether you’re out running, catching a flight, or hitting the yoga studio after work, the SoftBottle flexible bottle is your source for easy hydration.

  • Lightweight and packable – 80% less weight and bulk than a hard bottle.
  • Taste-free as well as BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free.
  • Food-grade liner with rugged exterior is pliable and durable.

 

RiTR Green Stapled 3 1/4" x 4 5/8" book:

Rite in the Rain NotebookThe Rite in the Rain Staple-Bound Notebook is compact, flexible enough to slip into a pocket, and its durable cover defends against weather and wear. The patented paper is water-resistant, archival-grade, and available page patterns are optimized for your data collection.  This is a notebook that can be brought anywhere and survive any weather.

 

 

Weather Resistant First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit for Cache Crate

  • COMPACT • DURABLE • PRACTICAL
  • First aid kit stows conveniently in your car and is ideal for outdoor activities
  • Red case only

Fisher Space Pen: SPR82 - Red Pressurized Stick Pen

Rocket Space Pen for cache crate

  • Writes at any angle, even in Zero Gravity. Simply the most versatile pen ever made.
  • Writes in extreme temperatures from -30F to 250F
  • Each Fisher Space Pen is precision assembled, hand tested, and carries a lifetime guarantee against all manufacturing defects
  • All Brass and steel construction

Trackable addon: Blue Glitter Butterfly Cachekinz

Blog Post mentioned in the packing slip:
http://www.cache-advance.com/blog/tips-for-staying-hydrated
And the Cache Crate members are having a coloring contest to help us with a Cache Crate GO Fish geocoin design!
Coloring Contest for April cache crate members

Click here to watch the video unboxing of the cache crate from The GC Doc on Youtube:

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Planning an afternoon of power caching? Maybe a 24 hour Cache Machine Run? Ready for an all-day cache adventure? We’ve had some great times power caching and would like to share some tips with you.

Just what are 'Power Caching' and 'Cache Machines' you ask?

Power Caching is any geocaching adventure for the main purpose of finding many caches over a space of time, such as an afternoon or even a 24 hour straight geo-marathon.

Pre Dawn Start!
Pre Dawn Start!

Cache Machines (popular in the US Northwest) are organized group-caching on a pre-planned route, usually from dawn to dusk, with a group dinner following the day’s activities. Travisl is the main organizer and his profile has the upcoming schedule of Cache Machines and also a great tutorial on how to put one together.

We know caching isn’t all about the numbers. We all geocache for all different reasons and some with certain goals in mind, and these can vary from day to day. So if you are thinking about a Cache Run, here are some tips to get you off to a good start and keep you going:

Location: Plan ahead and look over the area you want to cache in. Is the cache density good enough for you to find the caches you want to find? For speed caching, pick caches that are all on one side of the road; it’s hard to pass up caches on the other side, but you can come back for them later. It’s safer to not cross oncoming traffic.

20160320_114049Caches: Of course 1/1 caches will usually be faster to find. But we’d like to recommend that you throw in more difficult and higher terrain caches throughout the day. You will be ready for a challenge to clear the brain, and a good hike does wonders for your caching stamina.

Food: Geocaching is hungry business! Even if you are caching in an urban area, it’s a good idea to bring along a lunch and lots of quick snacks. You may not find a good place to stop and eat so having food along can save the day. If you are caching in a new area we also recommend chatting up the locals for dinning suggestions -you can find some great places this way!

Water, caffeine, beverages: Bring along enough beverages to keep you going. Geocaching is thirsty business too! Just as mentioned above about food, beverages can be hard to find on a power run.

Communication:  Before heading out, be sure that everyone on the trip has a good understanding of and agreement with your Power Run goals. Be sure to get everyone's cellphone number BEFORE you head out. If you are caching with a group, we recommend using FRS radios for instant communications. Geocachers traditionally use channel 2.

Logroller-1Geocaching supplies: Be sure to have plenty of batteries, pens/pencils, extra log sheets, and swag and trackables for trading. You can make up a special stamp or group sticker for the day, but we recommend NOT using stickers on micro caches as they can quickly fill up the cache container causing extra work for the cache owner. On Cache Machines, one signature (such as "TCCM" for Tri Cities Cache Machine last weekend) can cover everyone in your group for micro cache logs. Be sure to do any cache maintenance that you can, and add extra log sheets to caches that might be getting full. Always Cache In Trash Out (CITO).

Bathrooms: These can also be hard to find -don’t pass up a bathroom break! We also recommend bringing wipes and other cleanup items to use throughout the run.

Local street maps: Even if your GPS has roads on them, a local map can be helpful as roads do change and you will get more detail.

Pets and small children: Power Runs are a lot of in-and-out of the car and park-and-grabs. These are not much fun for little children and hard on pets too, especially if it is hot, or even just sunny. We recommend leaving them at home or being sure that everyone understands what the day’s activities are all about.

First Aid Kit: It’s all fun and games until someone gets a cut or other injury. Be sure to check your kit before heading out to see if it is well stocked and if anything has expired. On a recent power run our driver got a head cut, and we discovered that the first aid kit was all out of band aids. Duh!

Keep it going: Lastly we recommend keeping an eye on the gas gauge (running out of gas sure can ruin the day!) and and the setting sun if you don’t want to cache in the dark. Of course you should have a flashlight or headlamp with you just in case and if you want to carry on after dark. And of course, it is all about having fun, right?

Do you have any additional power run tips or stories to add?

Last night we lost one of our local geocaching community members, Larry Canfield. He had terminal cancer; we only found out he was ill very recently.

Cardinal Flyer Larry was very well known in the Geocaching world by the name Cardinal Flyer. Larry, his wife and granddaughter (as Team Nimrod) hid "Caitlyns Caches" throughout the Inland Empire. Larry was a prolific geocacher and has 234 hides in the area. If you have ever cached in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area you've probably found at least one of his Caitlyn Caches, named after his beloved granddaughter, Caitlyn.

Team Nimrod and Martin 5Pictured here is one of Jerry Martin’s (IE Chapter WSGA Representative), memories of caching with Larry. There will be an event in the next couple of months to honor/remember Larry.

In the meantime, we have contributed to the Go Fund Me campaign to help with costs and expenses. We encourage our caching community to pause for a moment, and to consider donating as well. Let’s help this family in their time of need.

https://www.gofundme.com/LarryCanfiedIsTerm

February 2016’s Cache Crate is all about use, care and maintenance of your device. Taking good care of your phone and/or GPS will keep you and your devices happy and finding (and hiding) geocaches out in the field for a long time!

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1. Your GPS or phone is NOT waterproof!

It may be water-resistant but most devices are not waterproof. Over time water resistance is reduced, the rubber on the GPS body and the flap that protects the USB port degrade and loosen, water and dust may begin to enter these areas after time.

When I once was geocaching via boat I jumped in the water to get to shore, my Garmin Colorado went under water, I didn't think too much about it, shortly after it was not operating. Bring a ziplock bag with you for those rainy days or if you might take a swim with your GPS.

2. The mini-USB or power port needs to be closed all time when you’re in the field!

This mini-USB or power port is very important! You can’t transfer or connect your GPS device with your computer if this port has trouble, or power your phone. Make sure this port is protected especially during usage in the field to avoid dust and water particle to prevent corrosion. Do not open the port unless you are loading caches or powering up.

3. Do not mix partially used batteries with new batteries, this can disturb electricity current that will affect your GPS device.

4. Do NOT mix the types of batteries.

There are several kind of batteries on the market:

a. Carbon, cheap and easy to get.
b. Alkaline, a bit expensive. This is the standard battery for GPS
c. Rechargeable battery (NiMH or Li-Ion), more expensive but you can save the environment.

Never mix them! For example, you put a carbon battery then an alkaline battery for your GPS. The chemical reaction is different and it can cause leaking on the batteries that can damage your device.

5. Remove the batteries when the GPS is not used.

This will prevent any chemical leaking from the batteries especially when the device won’t be used for long time. Remember:  Any kind of electronic device will be damaged if exposed by chemical ingredients from the battery.

6. Store your GPS or phone in dry place!

Humidity is the main enemy for every electronic device including your GPS and phone. Humidity can make the corrosion process faster in your device. Using a dry box to store your GPS is recommended.

7. Use cases for your devices to keep them protected from drops, water spills, scratches and dirt.

I buy mine from the camera department or sporting goods store. I just got one that can be looped thru a belt or backpack hip belt.

8. Screen guards.

These are great to help protect your screens from scratches and drops. They are made to fit your device or can be cut to fit with a scissors.

9. Your GPS transfer or phone power wire.

Be careful with this. Keep it from kinking and being tossed about, laying on the floor, etc. I like to get a couple additional transfer and power cables and keep one in my vehicle, one in my geo bag, etc. I've had to do "Pocket queries' 'On the go" several times, sometimes in my vehicle with my laptop, other times at a public library or computer store.

Use care when plugging in your transfer cable to your GPS. This includes cell phone charging cables, keep things "In line" and don't force connectors into your devices. I have several vehicle GPS Nuvi's that don't work anymore because the power cable connector to the device has loosened and won't provide constant power, There are fix remedies to be found online but I haven't tried them yet.

10. Keep battery contact surfaces and battery compartment contacts clean by rubbing them with a clean pencil eraser or a rough cloth each time you replace batteries.

11. Take your GPS devices with you.

Thieves love these so it is best not to keep an automobile GPS on the mount when you are not in the car, boat or bike. Take them with you or put them in a trunk. Just don't leave it in plain view or you may get it stolen. Most insurance companies will not cover a GPS if stolen as they are portable and not part of the original car built-in components. You will need to make a claim on your renter’s or home owner’s policy.

12. Hot & cold.

In cold temperatures it is very important to not let any GPS or phone sit in cold weather below 32 degrees. That insulated camera bag will help keep it from cold dipping temperatures when it is not in use. Most GPS units and phones do not like heat if they can't breathe.

When you stop to have a lunch break in summer, your car temp can soar as there is no air flow.  So once again keep devices in an insulated camera bag out of direct sunlight and protect them from the heat. When in use in extreme hot weather make sure you have your air conditioning on or a few windows rolled down for air circulation. Wait to use the unit when the car has cooled a bit.

13. Keep your devices clean.

Keep your GPS and phone screen clean with a microfiber cleaning cloth, like the one included in February’s Cache Crate.

If your touch screen does not work properly then break out your owner’s manual and recalibrate it.  Most GPS units and phones are set up for this and will get you running again. It is very simple to do.

When your device arrives make sure you keep your receipt, the original box and all paperwork contents in case you ever have a problem with your unit and need warranty repair. This is a good way to send it back, just like it arrived!

Contact the Manufacture immediately if you have any problems with setup or you're not getting the response you expected to troubleshoot before contacting your dealer you purchased from.  Most problems are just a setting that can be fixed with the MFR tech support.

Your GPS with an Internal antenna will only work when mounted near your windshield or if it has a clear view of the open sky so it can read the satellites.

Keep learning about your GPS, experiment with the button features, read the manual and check online for tips and help.

Update your devices from time to time online.

GPS

Battery care & information 

Power Saving Tips for Phones:

  • Black wallpaper
  • Turn down your backlight –don’t use adaptive/auto brightness
  • Turn off your GPS (location service) when not actively using it
  • Use a shorter screen timeout setting
  • Switch off vibrate
  • Use Plane Mode if you don’t need to be connected
  • Keep your apps updated
  • Explore your phone’s basic battery saving mode

Bonus material:

What is battery memory effect?

Battery memory effect is about batteries remembering remaining charge if you didn’t let them go all the way to zero too often. So a battery frequently charged from 20% to 80% might ‘forget’ about the 40% that’s left uncharged (0-20% and 80-100%). Sounds crazy but that’s sort of true – but only for older nickel-based (NiMH and NiCd) batteries, not the lithium-ion batteries in your phone.

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries don’t suffer the memory effect so you almost need to do the opposite – charge them often but not all the way throughout the day, and don’t let them drop to zero.

The rule with Li-ion batteries is to keep them 50% or more most of the time. When it drops below 50% top it up a little if you can. A little a few times a day seems to be the optimum to aim for.

But don’t charge it all the way to 100%. It won’t be fatal to your battery if you do a full recharge – most of us are forced to do this every now and again in emergencies. But constantly doing a full recharge will shorten the battery’s lifespan.

So a good range to aim for when charging a Li-ion battery is from about 40% to 80% in one go. Try not to let the battery drop below 20%.

Remove batteries from a device when it is not expected to be in use for several months.

Remove batteries from equipment while it is being powered by household (AC) current.

Make sure that you insert batteries into your device properly, with the + (plus) and – (minus) terminals aligned correctly. CAUTION:

Some equipment using more than three batteries may appear to work properly even if one battery is inserted incorrectly.]

Store batteries in a dry place at normal room temperature.

Do not refrigerate batteries; this will not make them last longer. Extreme temperatures reduce battery performance. Avoid putting battery-powered devices in very warm places.

Do not attempt to recharge a battery unless the battery specifically is marked “rechargeable.”Some dead batteries and batteries that are exposed to extremely high temperatures may leak. A crystalline structure may begin to form on the outside of the battery.

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DISPOSING OF GENERAL-PURPOSE & ALKALINE BATTERIES

You should recycle rechargeable, lithium, lithium-ion, and zinc air batteries. In addition to “traditional” rechargeable batteries like AAs or AAAs, rechargeable batteries like the ones found in everyday household items such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and power tools should also be recycled. Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries.

Some retailers often collect batteries and electronics. Some communities offer recycling or collection of alkaline batteries—contact your local government for disposal practices in your area.

To find a rechargeable battery recycling location near you, visit Earth911 at www.earth911.com, Call2Recycle® at www.call2recycle.org or recyclinghttp://www.energizer.com/about-batteries/battery-care.

If recycling is not an option, alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Never dispose of batteries in fire because they could explode.

Due to concerns about mercury in the municipal solid waste stream, some manufacturers like Duracell have voluntarily eliminated all of the added mercury from their alkaline batteries since 1993. Those alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals—steel, zinc, and manganese—and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal. It is important not to dispose of large numbers of alkaline batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely dead. Grouping used batteries together can bring these live batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks.

Do keep batteries, especially small and coin lithium batteries and the devices that use them, out of reach of children. If swallowed, coin lithium batteries can cause serious injury in less than two hours.

Contact the National Battery Ingestion Hotline for more information:www.poison.org/battery or 202-625-3333

DON’T dispose of batteries in a fire — they may leak or rupture.

DON’T disassemble, crush, puncture, or otherwise damage batteries. This can result in leakage or rupture.

DON’T carry loose batteries in a pocket or purse with metal objects like coins, paper clips, etc. This can short-circuit the battery, leading to high heat or leakage.

 

Resources used for this post:

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/mobile-phone/how-charge-phones-battery-36…

https://www.duracell.com/en-us/battery-care-and-disposal

http://www.energizer.com/about-batteries/battery-care

http://www.ebay.com/gds/GPS-TIPS-and-Care-guide-for-the-new-GPS-owner-/1000…

http://allthingsnav.navigation.com/article/give-your-gps-some-tlc

http://openstreetmap.id/en/tips-merawat-perangkat-gps/

https://www.androidpit.com/how-to-save-battery-life

 

February 2016 Cache Crates were sent 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 what was inside:

Stuff-It™ Red - SN-50MO

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The SN-50, Stuff-It™ is a patent pending lens cleaning system that features a super-soft microfiber lens cloth housed inside a protective pouch. Simply pull the lens cloth out of the pouch to use. When not in use, pull the drawstring to retract the lens cloth back into the pouch and stuff the remaining cloth in with one finger. The protective pouch will keep the cloth clean and dry so it will always be ready for use. The Stuff-It™ is compact and extremely portable. The Stuff-It™ fits easily in your pocket, camera bag, binocular case or use the attached hook to clip it to your jacket. The Stuff-It™ is ideal for cleaning binocular lenses, spotting scope senses, telescope lenses, camera lenses, GPS devices, eyeglasses and more. The microfiber lens cloth is safe to use on all Lenses. Will not scratch or damage Lenses in any way.

Leap Day Frog Geocoin

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Special geocoin for Cache Crate Subscribers specifically designed for Leap Day 2016!

Stylus Pen - Colorful, curvy plastic stylus/ballpoint pen with silver trim and Cache Advance Logo!  Use as a pen for signing logs or other writing needs or a stylus for your device!

AAA Battery Case
AA Battery Case
-Cache Crate Sticker was value added freebie.

We also included a link to a Device Care and Maintenance Tips article for our subscribers.  You can read it here!

Watch the unboxing video:

You can get your own cache crate or start a subscription for the geocacher you love at the following links:

To buy the Individual Cache Crates:
 http://www.cache-advance.com/products.asp?cat=4

To subscribe:
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January 2016 Cache Crates were sent 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

 

USB Mini Light

mini-lightThe UrbanGear Collection includes multipurpose and durable items that make everyday life easier.

You can easily attach this MiniLight to your backpack so that when you need a little more light, you already have it with you. UrbanGear is engineered to prepare you for any situation.

• Bright 10 lumen LED light
• Lasts up to 120 minutes with continuous use
• Full charge in 2-3 hours via USB port
• Keychain clip attachment
• Comes with water-resistant case

GEOCACHING GPS: GREAT PERSONAL STORIES (love stories, in time to read by Valentine's Day)

51bu_z1bqglThis book is the first-ever anthology of heart-warming stories dedicated to geocaching. Inside, you’re invited to enjoy 43 geocaching stories from 4 different continents and experience:

Stories of Romance… You’ll discover six stories that show just how creative geocachers can be when it comes to meeting the love of their life, proposing to that person, and honoring the love over the years.

Stories of Adventure… From the dangers of searching for geocaches near cliffs or lakes, to hunting for a cache in prison, these 28 stories are sure to have you feeling the adrenaline right along with the cacher.

Stories of Connection… Geocaching is so much more than just finding the cache – it’s also about forging life-long friendships, bonding over a shared love of the outdoors, and meeting new people.

Geowoodstock Blue Hippy Van Cachekinz**

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**The Cachekinz have all been activated, and are ready to be adopted out.

The GeoWoodstock HippyVan Race:
http://www.tb-run.com/show-race-CRATE2GWS14ER.html

Race details here:
http://www.cache-advance.com/blog/cache-crate-travel-bug-race/

Trackable Addon: Dasher Dragonfly Geocoin

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GQotDPinterestHey 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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: Have you ever been a geocaching date?

After tallying all the answers, we found that just over 32% of cachers, or 1 in 3, have been on geocaching dates.

So here is what we heard:

  • Will on FB shared: Definitely not
  • Doug on G+ shared: I was already married when I started geocaching, and I am a geocaching bachelor.
    • Oh Doug, you married a snuggle muggle!
  • On the flip side, Jo shared: We started Geocaching so we'd have a hobby we could do together, so I'd say yes.
  • Nora on FB shared: My husband and I had lunch together and he asked me if I heard of geocaching. I looked at him funny and then he took me to find a geocache in my hometown.
    • And so it begins…
  • Jim shared: Neither of really knew (or thought) it was a date but we ended up married a few short years later
  • Brenda shared: Not until recently. Husband has caught the bug. He even helps me hide.
  • Nora shared: My Husbands and my first real date (not just hanging out as geocaching buddies) He took me out to dinner and afterwards we walked down to the rivers edges and found a Virtual cache together.

As always we really enjoyed hearing about geocaching dates, 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!

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If you didn't get to answer the question, please feel free to do so in the comments!

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

What is geocaching, geocaching, geocaching app, best geocaching app, geocache, geocaches, geocaching for kids, geocaching gps, geocaching supplies, geocaching free, geocaching definition, geocache definition, road trip ideas, road trip games, road trip essentials, road trip tips, road trip planner, planning a road tripOnce you have acquired enough stamps on your passport, you can then receive a Georgia State Park Geo-Coin. There are three levels in where you earn Geo-Coins. You receive a Bronze level Geo-Coin with 15 finds, Silver for 30 finds and Gold for 40 finds. There are also bonus caches in various parks once you have reached these different levels.

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.

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. 

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.

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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

Dec-tech-tags

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.

Watch the December 2015 Unboxing on YouTube:

A Look Inside (1)You can get your own cache crate or start a subscription for the geocacher you love at the following links:

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