On Thursday, March 17th I was a guest on the GeoGearHeads podcast. We talked about the new markdown used in logs, answered some listener questions about logging geocaches and some features we’d like to see related to logging cache finds. A big thank you to Darryl (DarrylW4) and Chris (The Bad Cop) for having me on the show. Check out the GeoGearHeads website or look for them on YouTube.
When I first started caching, I found the idea of trackables very intriguing. Your item can travel the world to places you may not be able to go and you can virtually watch the adventures. I also enjoy helping other cachers trackables and moving them along. I try to move them to a new cache within a few days, but I admit that sometimes I hold onto them too long. It has become hard to find a cache that is large enough and secure enough for trackables.
I have recently begun collecting geocoins and other trackables to keep. I like purchasing geocoins from Mega events that I attend to remember the event. I also like to do geotrails that give you a reward, often a geocoin, for finding a certain number of caches. I also have quite a few other geocoins that I just find interesting. Many of these are displayed in cases at my house but sadly hardly anyone gets to see or discover them. With this in mind, I have hidden tracking codes for some of my trackables on my Geocaching profile page and on my blog. If you find tracking codes on either of these places, please feel free to discover it.
To find out more information about trackables, check out this FAQ page from Geocaching.com.
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This year geocaching.com offered 2 souvenirs for this year’s Leap Day. The first souvenir could be earned by finding a geocache between February 27-29 and the second souvenir could only be earned by attending an even on Leap Day, February 29th. They hinted in their blog post that “you will want to earn both of these.”
On Saturday, February 27, my boyfriend, McDoogins and I went into town with our geopup Rogue to find some caches. Our first stop was GC6BTFJ “Bookworm” in a small park in our town. It was a very creative cache but unfortunately we did not find it in the condition it was intended to be in. We found the cache probably 50 feet away from the intended location. I’m hoping that it was not found by some muggle teenagers. We continued walking through town so McDoogins could find some caches that I had already found.
On Monday, February 29, I hosted an event at a different local park, GC69B3Z. Since I had to work that day I made the event from 5 – 5:30pm. I wasn’t going to be a big event; just a quick meet up so the local cachers could get the souvenir. Some prizes were kindly donated by IB Geocaching and the cachers really enjoyed them. I had a mob cache publish for the event where 6 cachers had to be connected to a site in order for the coordinates to the cache to pop up. In total there were 28 attendees at the event. Sadly, I completely forgot to take a group photo.
Have you figured out the hidden message in the two Leap Day souvenirs? If you haven’t take a look at the Geocaching.com blog post here.