The Oamaru Geofest Trackable!

I got some mail recently all the way from New Zealand! I got two really cool pathtags from Nellie also known as Nosynel. The first is one of Nosynel’s personal tags which has a steam punk owl on it, that she had made for the New Zealand Mega that just happened a few months ago. The other is a really cute snoopy tag, which commemorates her work as a Kea scout leader. Both are very nice!

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Nosynel sent me these for helping with the Oamaru Geofest trackable. This trackable is being passed from one geocacher to another in order to spread the word about the Oamaru Geofest event in New Zealand next October. Unfortunately it’s been getting cold here in New York and I haven’t had the chance to get out and go geocaching as much as I’d like. But I have taken it around to some nice places in my area.

Nosynel is working to coordinate this event and is hoping to get enough Will Attends for it to be a mega! The Oamaru Geofest (GC6M2V0) will be October 21 & 22, 2017 in Oamaru, New Zealand. If you are at all considering attending please be sure to log your will attend for the event!

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Thank you so much to Nellie for sending me these very cute pathtags! I will be sending the Oamaru Geofest trackable along to Startdustzzz in Georgia! Hopefully she can take it on some cool adventures.

You can check out the Oamaru Geofest on many social media sites.

Facebook: Oamaru Geofest 2017

Twitter: @OamaruGeofest17

YouTube: Oamaru Geofest

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You could win 12 pathtags!

I have partnered up with two other geocachers, softball29 and Geocaching Jangie, for a contest to win 12 awesome pathtags, 2 of which are mine.

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There is one mandatory entry, comment on softball29’s blog post (link here) saying why you would like the set of tags.

There are many other ways to get chances to win which are outlined on the blog post by softball29, linked above. Following me on Twitter (@SherminatorGC) or on YouTube (here) gets you extra entries to the contest.

You have until November 23rd to enter! All of the rules and other ways to enter can be found here.

Adventures with a Crazy Geopup

Many geocachers enjoy taking their furry friends along on their caching adventures, including myself. We adopted Rogue, an American Staffordshire/Boxer mix, in July 2015 from a local animal shelter; she was just over a year old. At times it seems she has an endless supply of energy. We could go for a 5 mile walk and she would just keep going. Anytime she sees us grab the backpack and put on our boots, she gets overly excited and stands at the door, waiting. She especially loves the woods, mainly because of the squirrels I assume.

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Anyone who has met Rogue will tell you that she is an absolute spaz. She has about a 10 second attention span. If she sees a squirrel or other small animal, she will chase it. She has nearly pulled me over many times, too. This can make geocaching with her difficult. It often takes us longer to get to the cache because she gets so distracted. One big benefit of bringing Rogue along is that she loves to climb. She doesn’t care how steep an incline it is, she just wants to go up. She will often pull us up a hill with minimal effort.

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10 days after we adopted Rogue, we packed up the car and headed to Pittsfield, Massachusetts for the Berkshire Geobash Mega Event. I don’t think Rogue had seen that many people in her entire life. She was very skittish at first, but she got accustomed to it quickly. They had a small pen there with goats and sheep, which Rogue was amazed by. We also all met Signal for the first time. As soon as Rogue saw the giant, green, fluffy frog, she thought he was her new chew toy and wanted to fling him around like a rag doll.

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We have also taken Rogue caching by kayak a few times. She usually goes in my boyfriend’s kayak because he has a little extra room. This means I’m usually the one who has to actually search for and sign the cache. When kayaking, Rogue enjoys jumping out and going for a swim; which usually almost makes the kayak flip over. She also loves seeing ducks, geese and other birds, which she tries to attack, usually without success.

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Rogue also came along on our trip to Denver this past summer for GeoWoodstock 14er. We made the drive from New York to Colorado in a span of about 2 ½ days. She was surprisingly well behaved in the car; sleeping for most of it. We stopped every few hours for a cache, which we were all thankful for. She accompanied us to caches in 9 new states, on a brewery tour for the lab caches, up to Pike’s Peak, to Mingo, the oldest active cache and to the St. Louis Arch.

The best adventure so far that I’ve had with Rogue was the Tough Mudder series of caches that we did in my area. 6 multi caches were placed that really challenged each cacher physically and mentally. We walked through creeks, climbed rocky embankments and hiked many, many miles. Rogue was with me for every single one of those Tough Mudder caches. I am so proud of what we accomplished together and will never forget that experience.

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Our special, spazzy geopup has brought a lot of joy into our lives. She can be pretty hyper and crazy but I wouldn’t trade her for any other dog. Rogue has traveled many miles with us. You can see all the caches she’s visited here: Going Rogue Rogue’s Trackable

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Does your furry friend accompany you on your geocaching trips? Tell me about it in the comments! 🙂

Oldest of the Cache Types

Recently I’ve heard a lot of talk about finding the oldest cache in a certain region. It is always fun to find the oldest cache in your county, state or country. I decided to do some research and look for the oldest active cache in my state, New York, for each cache type. Here’s what I’ve found:

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The Spot GC39 – Placed on May 26, 2000. There are 4 other caches in New York State placed in the year 2000 that are still active. They are: Sleepy Hollow – 1 GCAE, Boston Cache GCBF, Turkey Cache GCBE and Hudson’s Folly GC101.

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Carlton Hill 1 GC8F7 – Placed May 9, 2001. This multi cache originally had two waypoints, but now currently only has one, even though it is still listed as a multi. The 2nd oldest multi that is still active in New York is CNY Falls #5 (GC1275) and it still has 3 waypoints.

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Saxon Woods Ge-“O” -Cache GCC84 – Placed June 15, 2001. This puzzle, near New York City, provides a map with a marked spot. The finder has to use the map and a compass, like orienteering, to find the location of the cache.

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Doink GC3D22 – Placed February 24, 2002. This letterbox cache is placed in Heath Park south of Syracuse, New York. The cache is not found very often and has gotten only 131 finders in over 14 years.

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Henry Hudson’s hidden treasure GC1B3M3 – Placed April 10, 2008. This one is an ammo can hidden south of Albany. Wherigo caches haven’t been around as long as many other cache types. There are also only 42 wherigos currently active in New York State.

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Air Crash 1 GCF92 – Placed July 7, 2001. This virtual is located on a mountain 3080 feet above sea level and about a 3 mile hike. This virtual is the first in a series of airplane related caches. It features the site of an airplane crash from 1987; the engine and many other plane parts are strewn about the forest.

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Christy’s Motel GC3C3A – Placed February 22, 2002. This webcam is one of 3 remaining in the state. This one is located at a motel in Old Forge in the Adirondacks. It is very surprising to me that the webcam is still up and running. I have actually done this webcam cache.

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Onondaga Escarpment #2; Glen Falls Earthcache GCMW3P – Placed February 20, 2005. This earthcache is about Glen Falls in Ellicott Creek in Williamsville, just outside of Buffalo. Finders must estimate the width of the falls, also called the crest. I have actually been to these waterfalls many times throughout my life, but haven’t been back since I learned about geocaching.

 

Have you found any of the oldest caches in your state or country? Let me know in the comments!

My Favorite Earthcaches

Since this Sunday, October 9, is International Earthcache Day, I wanted to share some of my favorites! These are in no particular order because it is just too hard to choose.

Table Rock Earthcache (GCMH1C)

Ontario, Canada

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I have lived in New York my entire life and have visited Niagara Falls many times. It was only this past May that I had the chance to visit again for the first time as a geocacher. While the falls are stunning from anywhere, the view is much better from the Canadian side. For those that don’t know, there are actually two sets of waterfalls at Niagara Falls. The one pictured here is called the Horseshoe Falls. Even though I have visited many times, the falls still stun me every single time.       GCMH1C

 

Eternal Flame Falls Earthcache GC10VMY

Orchard Park, New York

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The Eternal Flame was something I had always heard about, but had never been to. A geofriend of mine decided to make this earthcache his 1000th find and of course a large group, including myself, tagged along to celebrate with him. This earthcache is definitely one that I would recommend to everyone. As the name suggests, it features a flame that burns continuously, due to gaseous fossil fuel escaping through cracks in the rock. Not only is it unique because of the flame, but it also has a waterfall that flows over it.      GC10WMY

 

Penn Grade Crude Oil GC2BCBY

Bradford, Pennsylvania

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My favorite thing about this earthcache is that it is at a McDonalds!! The McDonalds in Bradford, PA was built at the site of a working oil well. The oil well was originally drilled in the late 1870s. The rights passed through many hands over the years. By the 1970s, the surrounding area was becoming more urbanized and the city of Bradford tried to force the well to be plugged. McDonalds expressed interest in incorporating the well into their design plan and thus the well remained! This one of a kind well can still produce one barrel of Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil per day.     GC2BCBY

Speeding Along the Dinosaur Freeway GC1PR86

Morrison, Colorado

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This earthcache is one of four at Dinosaur Ridge near Denver, Colorado. This one in particular was interesting because it brings you to a large area with tons of dinosaur tracks! There are over 335 tracks from 37 individual dinosaurs. This earthcache asks you to calculate the speed at which a particular dinosaur was traveling when the tracks were made. This can be calculated by measuring the footprint length and the distance between the tracks. This one really appealed to my nerdy side!      GC1PR86

The Amazing Balanced Rock GC2QQGY

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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As the name states, this rock amazed me. It is located in Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs, Colorado; about an hour south of Denver. The huge rock, which is made up of sand, gravel, silica and hematite, weighs over 700 tons! The rock is roughly 290 million years old. One can only wonder how long it can stay balancing like that.     GC2QQGY


 

Do you have a favorite earthcache? Tell me about it in the comments!

And get out there this Sunday and find an earthcache!

Filling in My Finds Calendar

There are many different grids and challenges people can accomplish with geocaching. One in particular that I have put in a solid effort to finishing is the My Finds Calendar which requires someone to find a geocache on every calendar day.

For some people, they had to wait 4 years to grab the elusive February 29th this past year. I decided to hold an event on Leap Day and therefore ensured that I filled that calendar day.

I have slowly been making progress on my calendar; filling in days here and there when I have an open spot. I haven’t missed a day since March. As of right now I have 6 months completely filled in.

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I have only 57 days left to fill; 9 in October and only 2 in November. As it gets colder here in New York months like December, January and February will be hard to fill. But I have been saving new caches nearby to fill days that I need.

Hopefully I can press onward to March and finally fill up my calendar with finds 🙂

Are you working on any geocaching related challenges? Tell me about it in the comments!

Mission GC: Complete!

Mission GC, the summer souvenir promotion from geocaching.com, is complete. Throughout the month of August, cachers had the opportunity to obtain multiple new souvenirs for finding specific geocaches during 3 weekends.

Mission GC 1: Favorites Are Forever

For the first souvenir, cachers needed to find a geocache with 10 or more favorite points to earn the Favorites are Forever souvenir. I found “Auto Art” GCJ8M8 near Erie, PA; a virtual with over 430 favorite points. You can check it out on my previous blog post.

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Mission GC 2: One Cache is Not Enough

For the second souvenir, you needed to find a multi cache. I found “Veterans of Sampson” GC6PRWX; a new cache put out for a local event at a state park with a really cool final location.

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Mission GC 3: The International Cache of Mystery

The final souvenir could be acquired by find a mystery cache. I had a cache in mine for this, “Armstrong Cemetery” GC6PNZN. This puzzle requires you to go to the cemetery and search for 6 different gravestones and then do some math to get the coordinates for the cache. I did find all 6 of the grave markers, but some of the numbers were worn off and hard to read. I just couldn’t get the numbers to work out. Finally after getting home and doing some more number crunching I got the geochecker to give me the thumbs up. The cache was an easy find after that.

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To my surprise there was a bonus souvenir if you completed all three missions! This was a cool little surprise that I enjoyed.

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Overall, I enjoyed this summer’s Mission GC. I thought the puzzles were reasonable and the requirements for obtaining the souvenir weren’t too drastic. I know a lot of people could care less about souvenirs, but I think they’re fun. It gives me a little encouragement to get out and find caches I might otherwise not seek out. And I enjoy looking through my souvenirs and remembering all the fun things I did to get them.

 

Did you get all the Mission GC souvenirs this summer? Tell me about it in the comments!