DNF-Geocaching-Question-of-the-DayHey 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 onFacebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: Do you always log your DNFs (Did Not Find)?

After tallying all the answers, we found that only 1 out of 10, or 10% of cachers always log their DNFs. For the majority of us, well… it depends.

So here is what we heard:

  • James on FB shared: Always. My logs are the story of my caching day. If I didn't post the DNFs, the story would be incomplete
  • Jim shared: Most always. Sometimes I don’t, but only because I didn't look very hard, especially when looking for a cache in a high-muggle area.
  • Another Jim brings up a good point: It depends. I always cache with my bride or a group. Is it really necessary for us all to DNF when one should suffice?
  • Rebecca shared: Yes and no. If everyone else is finding it, then I have probably just missed it but when I look more than three times for a specific caches then I start logging my DNF.
  • Most of us will log a DNF if we’ve had a good amount of time to thoroughly search an area, and also if there are previous DNFs too.
    • I’m in this group too; I’ll log a DNF if I’ve had a good chance to look, often on more than one trip. My husband will almost always log a DNF, and he tracks that stat too!

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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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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 onFacebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: Do you carry a first aid kit while geocaching?

After tallying all the answers, we found that 18% of cachers do not carry a first aid kit, and the other 82% either carry one or have one nearby while out caching.

So here is what we heard:

  • Stacywilson00 on Twitter shared: No, but I will be soon for our local 4-H club, it will be a year long project!
  • Fishgirl27 shared: Only when we don't end up needing it. Get injured more going after P&Gs
  • Kari on G+ shared: No, don't think it would be necessary unless I was in deep wilderness. Not much of that where I live.
  • Ry_Too_D2 shared: I cache with two kids. A first-aid kit is a necessity!
  • Chad on FB summed it up for most of us. He shared: It depends. A deep hike in the woods w/ my Geo-backpack is a yes. Short hikes no. Urban caching, I've got a first aid kit in the car.
  • And Scott shared: No. But now you've got me to thinking that I should.
    • Good to hear Scott, and stay safe!

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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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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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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 onFacebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: How many geocaching events have you attended?

After tallying all the answers, we found that cachers have attended 63.5 events on average. I’ve found that once a newer cacher attends their first event, they are usually hooked and go to as many as they can. And we can be a pretty social bunch!

So here is what we heard:

  • Adam on FB shared: As of today I have attended 2 Megas, 40 Events, and 10 CITOs. I go to events as often as I possibly can! It's always a great excuse to meet up with my friends who seem to primarily be cachers these days
  • Maryann really hit the ground running. She shared: we have attended 15 in the 6 months that we have be caching.
  • Peter shared: 151. But we don't log our own events, as some do. So it might be more...
    • Today we asked about logging your own events –very interesting reading!!
  • So for those wondering, I have 271 events logged, but as usual I’m a little behind in my logging so it should be a tad higher. Yes, as a professional cacher, it is my job to attend events. What can I say?

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Outdoor Retailer (OR) is an amazing trade show that happens twice a year in Salt Lake City, winter and summer. Cache Advance has attended for many years, and even exhibited three times. The show is closed to the public; only qualified buyers and sellers in the Outdoor Retail industry can attend.  This is the show that folks like REI attend to buy items for their stores.

This winter Lisa (our CEO) and J.D. (our Custom Coin Project Manager) headed down to OR to attend some great retail educational sessions, and to go shopping! OR is the best place to connect with all the vendors and see all the latest and greatest in gear, clothing and gadgets in the outdoor industry.

Our main goal was to find awesome new gear for the Cache Cave, and both of our monthly subscription boxes:  Cache Crate (http://cachecrate.com) and The Outside Box (www.theoutsidebox.com). Also on the list was to attend some educational sessions and do some networking. Oh and beer, Utah actually has some nice beers (and a few good whiskeys too).

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Here is Eve back in her 'booth babe' days at some previous OR shows.

Day 1, Tuesday January 5th 2016:
Dawn broke cold, clear and very icy in Spokane as we packed up the car and made our way out of town for the 12 hour drive to SLC. We found out later that day that an airplane actually slid off the runway at the Spokane International Airport and closed the airport so we’re really glad that we drove! Plus we had our trusty 15 year old Border Collie, Eve, with us. OR is a dog friendly show and Eve has attended many times. She is the best booth babe ever. Eve is retired now so this show she’ll be chilling in the hotel room while we wander the aisles and network.

Not much else to report, it was a long and somewhat snowy drive over 4 major passes including the continental divide, and we didn’t even find any caches! We have taken this route quite a few times and found most of the caches at the good stopping points and didn’t want to dally. We arrived well after dark and settled in just north of SLC.

Day 2, Wednesday January 6th 2016:
We met up with J.D.’s sister, Rachel, and her son for breakfast. Coincidently they were travelling from Mexico to Montana (a major move!) and driving right past us today! After a fun breakfast we said out goodbyes and headed downtown to The Leonardo Museum (http://www.theleonardo.org/) for the afternoon to attend RISE: Retail Inspired Specialty Excellence (https://outdoorindustry.org/events/rise/). This event was invitation only, and we were honored to be invited! We got to connect with many other outdoor specialty retailers (think fishing, guiding, and outdoor gear stores) for an afternoon of learning.

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The highlight of the day was finding Utah GeoTour - Salt Lake - GEO AT THE LEO (GC 63R5H)! This GeoTour cache was actually inside the Leonardo Museum, and it was fun to explore and eventually find it. We found a few other nearby caches afterwards in a nice walk in the rain.

Day 3, Thursday January 7th 2016:

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Top: Honey Stinger: Met them last year too and have included their waffles in the Cache Crates. Look for more from them in the future! Bottom Right: Green Goo: Used to be Sierra Sage, but changed their name. We've included many of their products in both Cache Crates and The Outside Box. Bottom Left: UST-Great survival gear, also in both boxes.

Day 3 for us was actually Day 1 of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market tradeshow. We spent most of the day in ‘The Ballroom’ where new and smaller vendors exhibit all their new wares. We also attended a few more educational sessions. One has to keep abreast of all the new trends, tech and best practices!

Dinner was at one of our favorite haunts, Squatter’s Pub and Brewery (http://www.squatters.com/). We snuck over early so we just beat the dinner crowds, and then made it back to the Salt Palace to drop in on the Industry Party that evening. On the way we made quick work of Grandma's March #3 (GC54Q3H), and then took Eve for a nice long walk (for her) around our hotel area.

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Yes, the makers of the original "Bison". Great folks that we have worked with for many years. The red and green 'Bison Balls' in December's Cache Crate was from them!

Day 4, Friday January 8th 2016:
We spent most of the day in the southern part of the main showroom at OR, and also touring the vendors in the main hallway. This included Bison Designs, the original makers of the ‘Bison’. Using Yelp we found a great Chinese restaurant, Joy Luck, for dinner. I never would have guessed it was even there, as it was rather an industrial area north of our hotel. Afterwards we managed to roll out and find a few caches, including a virtual!

Day 5, Saturday January 9th 2016:
For our final day at OR we arrived a little earlier to finish walking the main showroom. It went quicker than I had planned as much of the northern end was shoe and clothing vendors (like Keen, Sorrel, Hi-Tec, Teva, Columbia, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware) and also snow sport vendors (such as K2, The North Face, Scott, Polartec, Smartwool and Salomon) all of which we love to look at, but don’t do much business with them.

So this gave us extra time to visit with all the non-profits that also exhibit on the mezzanine level. One of our values at Cache Advance is environmental stewardship of our playground (the earth) and our community. We have been corporate partners with Leave No Trace for years, and got to visit with some of their team along with many other non-profit folks.

After finishing the entire show, we hiked down to Whiskey Street (http://www.whiskeystreet.com/) to, well, have a whiskey and beer, and an early dinner. Then it was back to our car, and a fun couple of geocaches on the hike back: Six Flags...of SLC (GC2YBN) and one of the cutest LPCs we’ve found: Golden Violin (GC1HQ6).

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We also swung through the Visitor’s Center to visit the Salt Lake City Travel Bug Hotel (there). I bought a souvenir and attached it to a newly activated Cache Crate Cachekinz (TB7G3Y7) and launched it in the TB hotel.

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Day 6, Sunday January 10th 2016:
Today was all about getting home, and trying to listen to the Seahawks game on the radio out in the middle of nowhere… We had some areas of no coverage, but we did manage to hear most of the game, including the missed field goal at the end –wow what a game! The roads were clear and the day was sunny, but we arrived home well after sunset, and cacheless for the day after DNFing the one that we tried for due to too much snow.

Now to sort through all the cool stuff we found and make connections with some great new vendors! Thanks for coming along with us to the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market by reading this trip report. 2016 is off to a great start!!

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 onFacebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: Do you have any geocaching goals for 2016?

Lots of cachers have some far flung challenge caches in their sights this year, such as the Jasmer and the Fizzy challenges.  Others are looking at their area Delorme and county challenges. A few shared their finds goals, including getting a find on Leap Day, and some even have hiding goals for the year. Many others, well, they just want to have fun.

So here is what we heard:

  • Darrel shared: To complete our D/T grid, as we finished our calendar last year.
  • Aleisa shared: My one year anniversary is March 3rd of geocaching so my goal is 365 in the first year. I stand at 255.
  • Bart on FB shared: Just to get out and do more caching this year.
  • Don really summed it up for most of us. He shared: To go out and have fun with the game and the people I meet along the way. Keeping it simple and easy this year yes I will work on jasmer and placed dates throughout the year but realistically if they are not complete by 2017 it does not matter it’s the trip along the way that matters and the memories that will be made.
  • My goal is to get in more hiking this year, and hopefully some great caches along the way. Our winter isn’t helping much so I am predicting more hikes this spring and summer!

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

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

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.

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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 http://www.cache-advance.com/products.asp?cat=4

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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 Twitter, Facebook and Google+ a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: How many Souvenirs do you have?

 

After tallying all the answers, we found that on average cachers have 63.4 souvenirs.

So here is what we heard:

  • Jim on FB has an interesting viewpoint. He shared: Too many and I keep having to hide more and more of the stupid ones that have nothing to do with a location based game. Foolish waste of server resources..
  • Allan shared: Interesting question - more than I thought - I'm at – 63
  • Dale shared: 124 so far. We are not collectors of them either they just seem to happen. Lots of event souvenirs.
  • Jody shared: 75- I'm kind of a sucker for them. Kind of like Girl (or Boy) Scout badges.
  • Karin shared: 115 total. 49 are states & countries, rest are special icon days or events. Will we go get a cache on Dec 31& Jan 1 just for the icon? Yes indeed.
  • And for those of you wondering, I personally have 130 souvenirs. Although I’m a tad behind in my logging so that may be off. And since I’m helping to host events New Year’s Eve and New Years Day, that will go up!

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

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!