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Juni 2018

Calorie Alley—Geocache of the Week

21. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GC5DAMP by TeamPhoenix421 Difficulty: 1 Terrain: 1 Location: Indiana, United States N 41° 28.290 W 087° 16.252 Calorie Alley—Geocache of the WeekIf you drive along Route 30 in northwest Indiana between the cities of Hobart and Merrillville, you will pass between two famous confectionery suppliers. One of America's largest candy companies (makers of gummy animals and various chocolates) sits on the eastbound side, while a small local popcorn company (featuring over 200 flavors) sits on the westbound side. This small stretch of road was dubbed “Calorie Alley” for obvious reasons. But here's a kernel of truth: “Calorie Alley” is also the name of a sweet geocache for you and your special sugar to discover. The delightful geocache was constructed by cache owners and the popcorn shop owner.The delightful geocache was constructed by cache owners TeamPhoenix421 (aka Tim and Monica) in collaboration with the popcorn shop's owner to cover a PVC pipe protruding from the ground. The themed exterior was built over the course of a couple of weeks out of plywood, expanding foam sealant, and artfully applied paint. The exterior was built over the course of a couple of weeks out of eyeball-measured plywood, expanding foam sealant, and artfully applied paint.SPOILER ALERT (straight from the cache owners, so it's okay!)The “Popcorn” sign to the west is actually a trick door — simply pull it open to find a smaller popcorn container. It may be a little corn-y, but this is actually the geocache container! The inner container is crafted from a plastic popcorn box purchased from a dollar store with custom foam “popcorn” added. Just pull back the hinged top and POP! there's the logbook! SPOILER ALERT“Calorie Alley” has earned over 100 Favorite points and a 50 percent approval rating since it was published in 2015. When reading through the logs, words like, “awesome,” “creative,” and “fun” keep popping up. This giant popcorn has turned into an attraction for muggles too, given the number of selfies taken on this spot. “Calorie Alley” has earned over 100 Favorite points and a 50 percent approval rating.This may be the perfect geocache to get your creativity flowing to submit a film for this year's Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF). Geocachers are not required to enter any businesses to find or log this cache and it can be found outside at any time day or night (and placed in cooperation with the business owner). The cache owners hope you have a fraction of the fun finding this cache as they did when building it. Calorie Alley—Geocache of the WeekAnd now for a little popcorn trivia according to Wikipedia During the Great Depression, popcorn was fairly inexpensive at 5–10 cents a bag and became popular. Thus, while other businesses failed, the popcorn business thrived and became a source of income for many struggling farmers, including the Redenbacher family, namesake of the famous popcorn brand. During World War II, sugar rations diminished candy production, and Americans compensated by eating three times as much popcorn as they had before. The snack was popular at theaters, much to the initial displeasure of many of the theater owners, who thought it distracted from the films. Their minds eventually changed, however, and in 1938 a Midwestern theater owner named Glen W. Dickson installed popcorn machines in the lobbies of his theaters. The venture was a financial success, and the trend soon spread. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

Extreme Hitzewelle in Sicht!

21. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Nach der Schafskälte am Freitag und Samstag steht eine ausgeprägte Hitzewelle an. Dabei könnte es sich um eine extreme Hitzewelle mit Höchstwerten von teils mehr als 35 Grad handeln.Mehr dazu: https://www.unwetter24.net/2018/06/20/extreme-hitzewelle-in-sicht/ [...]

Shop the official Hidden Creatures merchandise

20. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Next week, geocachers will begin searching all over the world for Hidden Creatures while adding up to 13 souvenirs to their profile. Add even more to this experience with the Official Hidden Creatures merchandise from Shop Geocaching. Hidden Creatures merchandise is being sold by 19 different shops in 11 countries thanks to our participating distribution partners! Shop now [...]

From Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden Creatures

20. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

With eight years of Geocaching HQ experience, graphic designer Roxxy is one half of the creative creatures that make up the design team here at HQ! She's been designing souvenirs, geocoins, art, and more since 2010 and she is the artist behind the mythical beings of Hidden Creatures. We chatted with Roxxy to learn how Geocaching souvenirs come to life! Going back to the beginning, were you always interested in art growing up?Always! I can't remember a time when I haven't been drawing. My mom used to give me her old art supplies and a big stack of blank paper, and I'd sit on the living room floor and do nothing but draw. She never stopped encouraging me, so I never stopped drawing. What is the first geocaching souvenir you created?I think it may have been the Arizona souvenir for the US—it was inspired by the kind of post card you'd buy along the side of the highway if you were driving through. We made all of the US souvenirs in alphabetical order, but we released them in order of statehood, so one of the first ones anyone saw might have been Pennsylvania or Georgia… How many souvenirs have you created for geocaching?I've lost track, to be honest, but it's over one hundred by now. I started with about one third of the US states, the Canadian provinces and territories, and the states of Australia (that's around 36 right there), and after that I've lost track. That's where we start to add souvenirs for more countries, plus promotion souvenirs, and event souvenirs. What is your favorite part of designing souvenirs?When I was designing country souvenirs, I really liked the research. It gave me a reason to learn about a place I haven't been to, and find out what their customs and traditions were, but also what the fun or silly stuff was about a place that made it unique. Sometimes it was really hard to find just one thing to feature for the souvenir itself, because there were so many wonderful choices. I hope I made good ones. For promotional souvenirs, like Mary Hyde or Mission GC, I really enjoy figuring out the best way to bring the idea to life. For example, during Mary Hyde, I found out that the best way to make something look like a hand-drawn map, torn into four pieces, and then beat up, is to actually make a hand-drawn map, tear it into four pieces, and beat it up! I spent part of an afternoon making stains and rubbing sandpaper on a map I had created (and photocopied, just in case I went too far). I have to say, my favorite part about designing any souvenir, is seeing how people respond to them. I like to make things that make people happy. What is your favorite souvenir to design? (Promotional, Country, Etc)Promotional souvenirs are my favorites, because that's when I get to try different things. I don't just design the souvenirs for our promotions, but I often get to design the geocoins and social media images as well. If creating a souvenir is like making a cake, then creating the artwork for a whole promotion is like throwing a party. How did you decide on the different Hidden Creatures?There are so many to choose from, that we had to give ourselves some guidelines just to even get started. We began by narrowing it down to four types of environments—forest, oceans, deserts, and mountains—and then started looking for which creatures could be found there. We also looked at creatures that appear in different cultures and mythologies, and tried to use them whenever possible. Then we tried to pick the 12 most recognizable creatures that didn't look too similar to each other. It was a lot of research and work, and that was before I even started to figure out what they were going to look like. What was your inspiration behind the World Turtle?I knew I wanted a creature that somehow combined all four of the environments, and I wanted it to be big, so that left me with only a few options. A creature like the World Turtle shows up in a few different mythologies, either as the turtle that supports the world on its back (with the help of four elephants), or as a whole country or island that rests on the back of a giant turtle living in the middle of a lake or ocean. The idea of the World Turtle felt big and wonderful, and I knew we had to have one. What is the process for creating a souvenir?The first step is always research; we need to know what we're trying to show before we can show it. I often do a little extra research on my own, to make sure I haven't missed any details, and I'll gather up some reference as I start to get some ideas. We also figure out the best way to show our souvenir. For Hidden Creatures, I started with sketching—yep, everything starts with a real life pencil on real life paper—and I tried a few different ways of putting something together. It's easier to explore a lot of different ideas when I can compare them to each other right in front of me at the same time. This is usually the most time-consuming and important step for me, because it's where most of the idea takes shape. Once I have a sketch done, I'll scan it into the computer, refine it digitally, and then start to add ink, color, and effects. Which Hidden Creature souvenir is your favorite?I've spent so much time with each of them that I can't pick just one. All of the Hidden Creatures have something about them that makes them my favorite, and that thing is usually something that happened along the way to creating a wonderful, magical creature for you to enjoy. I still think of the moment I got the sketch just right, or the hours it took to get the fur just right, or how I figured out how to paint crystals. I do like finding out everyone else's favorite. I think it's always a little surprising! People who I thought would like the Mermaid the best end up falling in love with the Yeti, or someone wasn't very interested until they found out there was a Kraken at the bottom of the ocean. I like to see how excited people are about finding their favorite. In the end, the best part of bringing a souvenir promotion to life—whether it's the souvenirs or the storyline—is hearing all of the fun geocaching stories that come out of each adventure. Hidden Creatures starts June 27! Share your favorite mythical creature souvenir with #hiddencreatures on social for a chance to be featured on the Geocaching blog in August! [...]

Frost! Kälte! – Das ist dran am Medienrummel

20. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

In den Medien ist derzeit häufig von einem Temperatursturz die Rede. Nachfolgend soll es so kalt werden, dass es sogar Frost gibt. Wahrheit oder alles nur übertriebene Überschriften?Mehr dazu: https://www.unwetter24.net/2018/06/19/frost-kaelte-das-ist-dran-am-medienrummel/ [...]

Kräftige Gewitter am Donnerstag in der Südosthälfte

19. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Nach den teils heißen Werten am Mittwoch erwartet und am Donnerstag, 21. Juni, eine Kaltfront aus Nordwest. Dabei gibt es besonders in der Südosthälfte Deutschlands Schauer und Gewitter.Mehr dazu: https://www.unwetter24.net/2018/06/18/kraeftige-gewitter-am-donnerstag-in-der-suedosthaelfte/ [...]

Let’s talk about geocache quality

19. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Today, we're inviting you to join a community conversation about geocache quality. You have the opportunity to share thoughts about how you define geocache quality and what you think the community or Geocaching HQ can do to improve it. But before we get into specifics, let's talk about why we think this conversation is necessary. Cache quality has always been an important topic. In order for geocaching to continue to thrive, people have to enjoy what they're finding. Here at Geocaching HQ, we've taken steps in recent years to bring cache quality into greater focus, including: the Geocache Health Score, the introduction of Virtual Rewards, recognition of great cache hiders in the Geocaching Blog, and more. If we're going to do more, we'd like to first give geocachers a place to make their voices heard and see how others in the community feel about cache quality. We have opened a new thread in our User Insights Forum. (We're also opening dedicated threads for German and French speakers. For all other languages, please answer in the English thread and we'll translate when compiling the feedback.) There are four questions to answer: In your mind, what is a high quality geocache? In your mind, what is a low quality geocache? What steps can the community take to improve geocache quality? What steps can Geocaching HQ take to improve geocache quality? The threads are open for three weeks. After compiling the feedback, we expect to follow up with a survey to gather more information. Geocaching is played by a vibrant community of millions of people across the world. We hope this conversation will help identify common themes and possible next steps as we continue to build tools and services for the game. [...]

Public-Viewing-Wetter am Sonntag

16. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Die Fußball-WM hat begonnen! Am Sonntag steht das erste Spiel der deutschen Nationalmannschaft (Deutschland – Mexiko) auf dem Plan. Dabei finden zahlreiche Veranstaltungen mit Live-Übertragung statt; viele davon im Freien. Somit spielt das Wetter eine wichtige Rolle.Mehr dazu: https://www.unwetter24.net/2018/06/15/public-viewing-wetter-am-sonntag/ [...]

Get notified every time you earn a souvenir

16. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Great news! You'll never miss when you earn a new souvenir while using the Geocaching® app. You now get a notification every time you earn a new souvenir. Tap it to view the full souvenir, or simply dismiss it and keep on caching on. Speaking of souvenirs, don't forget you can earn up to 13 new souvenirs with Hidden Creatures starting June 27! Learn more [...]

Auf eine Hitzewelle folgt eine Hitzewelle

15. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Die kurze Pause ist vorbei. In den kommenden Tagen steht besonders in tieferen Lagen wieder Hitze auf dem Plan. Zwar ist die nächste Hitze-Pause schon in Sicht; danach folgen aber gleich wieder heiße Temperaturen.Mehr dazu: https://www.unwetter24.net/2018/06/14/auf-eine-hitzewelle-folgt-eine-hitzewelle/ [...]

Jardin du Tripot — Geocache of the Week

14. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GC5G0BH by scrouny Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Basse-Normandie, France N 49° 25.128 E 000° 13.967 In the heart of Normandy, overlooking the southern bank of the Seine, lies the small medieval town of Honfleur. Its history can be traced back to 1027 in a letter from Richard III, Duke of Normandy. The past has been preserved with the landmarks of its rich history, including a converted garden atop a retired tannery with commissioned art pieces and a hidden logbook for this Geocache of the Week! Le Jardin du Tripot is not just any other garden. The location is serene, with the waters of La Claire routed carefully in stair-stepping troughs on their way to La Morelle. However, the water element serves another purpose: it makes the bronze statues in the courtyard come alive on the hunt for a geocache. Image by familiatableto – 2011, “Sous la pluie” Placed in December 2013, artist Annick Leroy supplied two special sculptures meant to interact with the drainage system of the nearby stream. The first depicts a young boy perched under an umbrella. When water is routed to the pipe directly overhead, it gently cascades over the edges of the boy's cover as he gazes with a dry smile to the opposite side of the garden. Behind his eyes, there is a secret…perhaps it has something to do with the cache hidden close by? Image by CarPat – 2009, “4 oies crachant de l'eau”If you follow the young boy's gaze, just beyond the pedestrian streets lined with half-timbered houses, you will easily locate the second converted fountain. Try not to ogle too long at this gaggle! The water is pumped to gracefully exit each beak of the four geese in a steady arc and returned to the river below. They decide to avoid eye contact with any geocacher so as to not give away ground zero. Image by piot57 – 2011, “fresque représentant des teinturiers,” length 10 m (32.8 ft) Luckily, the cache does not incorporate an active water feature to retrieve and tries hard to stay dry in its surroundings! Once the cache is located, the finder can appreciate the mosaic fresco nearby, depicting six focused men and women. The scene is in tribute to the hardworking tanners and dyers that inspired the preservation of the vestiges of the old tanneries in the area, one of which is located adjacent to the garden, and an integrated part of Honfleur's past. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]
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