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

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

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: How many consecutive days is your longest caching streak?

After tallying all the answers, we found that on average, cachers streak for 20.5 days. So here’s what we heard:

  • Gas Station Tuna on Twitter shared: I'm going for my 366 Challenge, so I'm in the middle of my longest #Geocaching streak now. I'm currently at 220.
  • Mr Kaswa shared: 13! 😀 And even that was completely unintentional. Just happened to be caching along on a trip.
  • Brian shared: I went on a 600 days shortly after I started caching for real.
  • Tom on G+ shared: We succeeded at collecting the 31 days of August a few years ago. Had to take a break from caching after that. Streaks and stats just are not our style.
  • For anyone wondering, my longest streak is 33 days. I did it in February of 2011, to qualify for a winter challenge, finding a cache a day in any winter month. So of course I choose February, the shortest month, and had found a few at the end of January too.

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

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

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

All this past week we’ve been asking questions about the Geocacher’s Creed. Though Cache Advance nor I personally were involved in creating the Geocacher’s creed, we are the current custodian of it. When I heard some years ago that it was going offline, I was able to gain permission to acquire the creed and the web domain as well. As a service to the community, we pay for the hosting and keep it alive.

We recently asked: The Geocacher's Creed was last updated in 2005. Is it still relevant?

Approximately 99% of cachers agreed that it is still relevant. So here’s what we heard:

  • MUDac on Twitter shared: Yes. Just like #LeaveNoTrace, it will always be relevant..
  • Tom on G+ shared: "Be inconspicuous in retrieving, signing in, and replacing a cache to avoid vandalism." Almost always a fail. People trying to not look suspicious...look even more suspicious. I've learned to just tell curious people what I am doing.
    • Tom I would have to agree! My first strategy is to just look like I know what I’m doing, that I belong, when looking for a cache. If that fails and a muggle asks, I’m happy to explain geocaching to them. Those curious muggles will usually make great cachers!

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about the Geocacher’s Creed. You can to, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

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

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

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: Are you planning to attend any Mega Events this year?

84% of cachers are planning to attend a Mega, and for many, more than one! GeoWoodstock topped the list, Going Caching came in second, and MWGB and Yuma tied for third in mentions. So here’s what we heard:

  • Alex on Facebook shared: I started planning my GeoTour road trip to GWXV on New Year's Day. Right now it looks like Denver-Mingo-Kansas City-St Louis-Memphis-Nashville-Chattanooga-Atlanta-Asheville-Waynesville-fly home from Charlotte.
  • Kip shared: Tri-Cities Geocoin Challenge! I went last year and it was the most fun I have had in a single geocaching day!
    • Kip, we’ll see you there!
  • Like many others, Adam is attending GWS and Going Caching. He shared: Thanks to my prime location I will be able to attend both GeoWoodstock and Going Caching.
  • For those wondering, Cache Advance plans to have a booth at GeoWoodstock, Tri Cities GeoChallenge and GeoCoinFest, some of our favorite Mega events. Speak from experience, if you are looking for a great 1-day all-around Mega, GeoWoodstock is great. However, Going Caching is amazing for a 4-5 day themed experience, topped off with the Mega Saturday.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about Mega Events. You can to, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

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

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

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: Did you meet any or all of your geocaching goals this year yet?

For many the goal was to just get out and enjoy geocaching, and it was happily met by many! Other’s had more specific goals. So here’s what we heard:

  • Jay on Twitter shared: Complete a 366 streak. We're five finds/days away.
  • Jeremy shared: I did make my goals plus one. I hit #3000 in January and #4000 in November.
  • Brent on Facebook shared: yep, my goal is always is to have fun geocaching mission accomplished ! same goal for next year.
  • Chase shared: Yup, filled in my whole 366 day calendar.
  • Neil shared: I wanted to hit 5,000 before the new year. It didn't look like it was going to happen. But then a series of park and grabs published just before Christmas. Some friends and I spent the day after Christmas driving up and down country roads and ended the day with over 180 finds. That put me over 5k by more than 30.
  • Sandi shared: So happy you asked so I can brag! I hit 4,000 finds yesterday. This has been the best 10 years of my life.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about geocaching. You can to, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

The Cache Crate for November 2016 was sent last month and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!  

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  • Wine Glass Charms, Set of 4, Just in time for the holidays/
  • Geocaching Window Cling - Stick to the inside of any window!
  • Go Fish! Geocoin, 1, Go Fish Contest Winner: Pinky the Go Fish!
  • Weatherproof Logbooks, 2, Rite in the Rain!
  • Leave No Trace Hangtag, 1, For a cache, or to share
  • *Add on Trackable: 1 Camo Go Fish! Geocoin

Watch the unboxing here:

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We all know one, or have heard the legend: that geocacher who can do it all, and has it all. They have the tools needed to make the find, retrieve the log, solve the puzzles and make the grab. They fix broken caches, come to the rescue of befuddled cachers, sidestep DNFs, mentor newbies, hide great caches and always have a good hint when called on. 

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You can be one too, and we can help! Our Cache Crate Hero plan will give you the tools you need to be a geocaching hero. 

Each quarter we will ship top-quality high-value gear and inspiration for geocaching in the Hero Crate.  This will include cool stuff to help you find and retrieve challenging caches, hide favorite worthy caches, and keep comfortable on the hunt. 

Be a Geocaching Hero.

Introducing the New HERO Quarterly Cache Crate!

  • A bigger Cache Crate shipping every three months (March, June, September and December)
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  • Includes larger higher priced items than the monthly cache crate
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  • Price:  $150 per quarter

Our first Hero Crate will ship in mid-late January -a tad late for winter solstice or Christmas... However, everyone who signs up between now and December 20th will receive a card from us that should arrive before Christmas (US only). This card will explain that the first Hero Cache Crate will ship in January 2017.

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

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

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: What about geocaching do you enjoy the most?

For some cachers, they enjoyed the creativity that goes into so many caches. Some enjoy hiding caches for others to find. But the overwhelming majority of cachers enjoy getting outside for a nice hike and seeing something new, often with friends and family. So here’s what we heard:

  • Heidi on G+ shared: Going for new hikes in new places.
  • Schwan's man Shawn on Twitter shared: I like the hunt and the awesome places it takes me. It's better than any travel agent.
  • Wh00 shared: getting outside with friends and seeing our sons faces when they find the caches
  • Alexarcuri shared: getting outside and going new places. And always having something to do no matter where I go!
  • JT on FB shared: That I am tricking myself into getting exercise and fresh air while doing something fun!
  • Don on FB shared: Going to places I would never have visited, and seeing things I would never had seen. You could have lived in an area all your life, but it's said you never really know an area until you have geocached in it!
  • Daniel mentions the caches themselves, not just the location. He shared: History aspect. Knowing u can go to a cache that's 10yrs old that still holds the same log book and container. Knowing all the cachers that were there before you and those who will be there after you.
  • Dave on FB shared: We never seek things for themselves—what we seek is the very seeking of things. - Blaise Pascal

As always, we really enjoyed hearing what motivates cachers to geocache. You can to, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

Many of us have had that one special pet that was our favorite in some way. All of my fur-babies in the past 50 years, both canine and feline, have been very special to me each in their own way. But my Border Collie, Eve, was so special to me in so many ways!

I found Eve at the last cage in our local shelter on the day our country went to war with Iraq in 2003. I had planned to wait until finishing my masters later that summer to adopt a canine companion, but found myself stalking the runs at both of the local shelters and then instantly bonding with Eve. I had started geocaching the previous year and really wanted a pooch to hike with on the trails. I’ve never had such a bond before, but I’d never had a Border Collie before either!

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After clearing her of the kennel cough and getting caught up on vaccines, she started joining me out and about. She was 3 years old when I adopted her, had some training, but wow was she a quick study in housebreaking and how to be my best friend!

 

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Eve was my constant companion out geocaching, camping, hiking, biking, herding the cats at home, and then my sounding board as I was starting and growing my business, Cache Advance, back in 2005. She came with me when I vended at Midwest GeoBash and the West Bend Ca$h Bash one summer –that was a great 3 week road trip, and we both got to meet so many more cachers!

Joining me in many more business trips over the years, Eve has been to two Geocaching HQs on three different occasions! She has even had her own badge at many Outdoor Retailer Markets in Salt Lake City, and was our official ‘booth babe’ when we exhibited there too. I think a lot of folks thought that she was my service dog as she was so attentive to her people and went with us everywhere!Eve-Ape-Cache

Many of you have met her at our booths at the Block Parties and other regional geocaching events as well. And of course Eve was always ready to greet cachers when Cache Advance was home based in the early days, and then at our store when we opened the second only Brick and Mortar geocaching store in the US.

Eventually Eve retired from traveling and events, but she could still be seen lounging at the Cave now and again, and she always enjoyed meeting cachers and being petted, even though she was going rather blind and deaf.

me_eve_winter2011 It is with a heavy heart that I share with you all that Eve crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in November of 2016. I was quite overcome with all the wonderful comments and remembrances of times with Eve that were posted on my personal Facebook page, so we wanted to be sure that our tribute to a most amazing caching canine, that touched so many, was also shared with our larger geocaching tribe.

We hope that Eve inspired more canine companion adoptions, and more hikes and more geocaching adventures shared with our dogs! Here’s to my best hiking buddy, our family companion, and our Cache Advance mascot, Eve!

vehicle travel bug trackableThere is no better way to easily show your geocaching pride than by putting a Travel Bug on your geo-mobile!

We saw the potential for this back in the summer of 2007: while camping at the WSGA Summer Campout another cacher had one on his rig that was handmade. What a fun way to identify your car as a caching car! Instantly intrigued, we did some R&D (research and development) and soon we were licensed by Groundspeak to officially standardize, make and sell decal-style Travel Bugs for any vehicle.

Since 2007 Cache Advance has been the source for Vehicle Travel Bugs! We started with only a 7" (17cm) white decal for the outside of a vehicle window. Back then we had to order TB tags, transcribe the codes, make the decals, then match them back up with their tags –kind of like a giant game of concentration. This was quite the process when you're dealing with thousands at a time!

Soon we had requests for different colors, sizes and types, such as static clings and even magnets, so we added to our line. A few years later, partnering with Groundspeak, we developed a tag-less method that streamlined the process to make these.

So now, 10 years later, we’ve added a few more vehicle travel bug sizes to our line!

These new sizes complement our existing three inch and the original seven inch TBs, all found here.

We also make replacements of any existing decals, static clings and magnets! Click Here for Details!

Vehicle TB Pro Tips:

General: Vehicle TBs are just like any other Travel Bug in how they work and activate. However, they are meant to only be discovered, not grabbed, if you see one.

Static Clings:

  • Can be moved from window to window.
  • These even work on plastic windows like on some soft top Jeeps.
  • Static Clings do not show well through tinted windows of any sort (only perfect if you want to make it really incognito or hard to discover).

Decals:

  • Our decals are adhesive backed to go permanently on the outside of the vehicle, window or wherever it is placed.
  • Apply to a clean, warm surface. The decals like it warm and can even be applied over window defrosters.
  • Once applied, these should last many years.
  • If you want to move it to another location, you will need to have a duplicate one made.
  • If you need a duplicate (new car or it was damaged somehow) we’re happy to make another one for you with the same code!

Magnets:

  • Made to go on the body of the vehicle.
  • These are perfect if you don’t want anything permanent on your car.
  • Also perfect to take on trips for your rental –instant geo-mobile!
  • Remove the magnet before going through a car wash, unless you want us to make you a duplicate…!

How many of your cars have a Vehicle TB on them?  Tell us in the comments!

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

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

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: When caching in a new area, do you sort by favorite points?

About 2/3, or 63% of cachers do, but it does depend on some things too! So here’s what we heard:

  • JT doesn’t sort. He shared: I'm almost always on my way to somewhere else, so I search along a route, and take what I can get!
  • Stephanie on FB has a great method. She shared: No usually by route. I try to put them in order of my route but I also star the ones I really want to get (high fave points, particular spot, etc) so if I run low on time I can focus on those.
  • Tom on G+ shared: Additional factors are Scenic View attribute and whether user's photos support the "scenic view" claim.
  • Don shared: Definitely! Especially when I'm on a trip and I have limited time in a new area. You want to skip the LPCs and go for those top favorites from area cachers!

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about favorite points. You can to, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!