Geocaching Safety: Post 911

Geocaching Safety: Post 911

Geocaching is one of the most enjoyable scavenger hunt type games in the world. And apparently a LOT of people agree with me. In the last thirty days alone, over 7 million caches have been logged. I wouldn’t’ want to discourage anyone from playing, either as “finder” or a “hider.” But there are some post-911 realities to think about. CBC News in Edmonton, Canada reported today that a geocache closed down a road and cost the...

Earth Day CITO

Earth Day CITO

Today is Earth Day, which used to be one of my favorite holidays. I know, it is not a big holiday like Christmas or Easter, or even one of the "fun" ones like Halloween. Earth Day is a day of obligation, a day to remind ourselves what we are doing to the planet and to make a recommitment not to keep doing it. It was one of my favorite holidays for several years because my...

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Winter Geocaching

This week, a good friend came up from Texas to visit me. He had never been in a "real" winter and Nebraska decided to fix that for him. We had a near blizzard set in the second day he was here with temperatures dropping nearly 30 degrees in a day and the sky dumped nearly 6 inches of snow on us. The next day, even in icy, snow covered, white out conditions we set out...

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Geocaching In The New Year

The New Year has started and like everyone else, I've made resolutions.  The first one is to apologize for being away from this blog for so long.  Life caught up with me and some things fell by the wayside, including this. I have made resolutions in several areas of my life, as I'm sure you have.  Weight loss, friendships, personal growth have all figured highly in these lists, but my hobbies have as well.  I'm...

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What’s On Your Bucket List?

I'm a list maker.  I make packing lists before I go on a trip, I make "to do" lists every night before I go to sleep.  I make lists of reasons to stay in a relationship, Christmas presents I need to buy and things I want to knit.  I even keep a list of geocaches I want to do around the country.  You would think, with all that list making, I was a very...

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Disappointment, Heartache, And Three Not Founds

Wednesday, I was up in South Dakota for National Fossil Day and decided I would go geocaching.  I have two geocoins that need to be sent out into the world, and I had the perfect place picked out. It was a crazy day to be out and about.  If you have never tried to drive across the high plains with a 60 mph cross wind, you haven't lived, let me tell you.  And when your...

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Agate Fossil Beds Earth Cache

Sunday, October 14, was International Earth Cache day and I just couldn’t resist.  I've never done an Earth Cache before, so I went searching for a really interesting one. Now, I have to admit I goofed a bit.  One of the reasons I chose the Agate Fossil Bed cache is because I misread their website and thought they were having a National Fossil Day celebration on Sunday… with cake! I was off by a day on...

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And The Geocache Of The Week Is…

Every week, geocachers nominate their favorite geocaches for the official "Geocache of the Week" recognition. The chosen cache is announce in Latitude 47, the official Geocaching.com blog with a big write up, photos, and sometimes even a video.  The cache can be located anywhere in the world. For example, the last three have been in Cologne, Germany, Salzburg, Austria and Cape Town, South Africa.  The lucky cache also gets this spiffy symbol on their cache...

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Literary Gold – Literally

I told you briefly in a previous post about the Jeep contest that happens every year in Geocaching.  Other contests happen as well, and right now, there is a rather exciting one. What more could you possibly ask for?  Combining great reading, a mystery, a contest and real gold with geocaching seems like every treasure hunters dream come true! John Grisham is releasing a new book on October 23, "The Racketeer," and to celebrate, Geocaching.com has...

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International Earth Cache Day

Sunday, October 14th, is International Earth Cache Day.  What is an Earth Cache?  Earth Caches are listed in Geocaching.com like other caches, but they are a bit different.  They are administered by the Geological Society of America, and are specifically designed to get you out into the outdoors and learning about Earth Science. Earthcache.org says, "an Earth Cache site is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect...