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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Complete a GeoTour or GeoTrail
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!
We're Josh & Liz, expert travelers who love a good Geocaching adventure. Visit our website Peanuts or Pretzels to find out how we can help make your trip planning easier and more fun...as well as incorporating Geocaching into your next vacation!
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