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Great Kaskaskia Dragon — Geocache of the Week

19. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GCHWFZ by Barronvondobbin Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Illinois, USA N 38° 58.467 W 089° 07.191 As the quest for thirteen legendary Hidden Creatures enters its final phase, we search the world for the last of the elusive beings. There is quite a stir in the midwest region of the United States where a dragon, who once devoured maidens and guarded his treasure-filled cave, now watches over a sacred Traditional Cache. He may even be a distant cousin of this summer's infamous dragon and could hold the key to finding more creatures of lore. Image by NRL Regarded as one of the longest staring contests known to man or beast, the Great Kaskaskia Dragon stands opposite a knight in freshly painted armor. The dragon plays with gentleman's honor and never blinks, all while donning a dapper top hat. We hope he doesn't realize one of these days that the knight is unmanned and release a fiery blast upon us all! Image by Infinity TeamWhen the top hats come off, the real show begins! In actuality, the Great Kaskaskia Dragon has a nearby business at its beck and call, covering all sacrifice…err…dragon feedings including the fuel that lights the way for any geocacher who stops by. Visitors are bequeathed a golden coin inscribed with the little-known adage, “Dragon fire brings good luck, make a wish” which may be sacrificed to appease the Great Kaskaskia Dragon, resulting in a fiery blaze from his magnificent mouth. Image by LedbettePlease note, you may use the knight as an inhuman shield, but you will have no success coaxing him for the cache container. Only when you politely request an audience with The Great Kaskaskia will you be free to search within his scaled, metal body for the modest micro container. May the luck of the dragon's fire be with you all in the final quest for this geocache and all other Hidden Creatures! Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

Feelin’ groovy? Fall CITO Week is 2 months away!

18. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Grab your denim jacket, a pair of garden gloves, and get your CITO on. Fall Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) Week is Saturday, September 15 through Sunday, September 23. Geocachers, that means you have 2 months to plan an event, enhance our Earth, and earn that prized CITO souvenir! Start planning [...]

Last chance! Collect all 13 Hidden Creatures

18. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

The mountains are calling and you must go. Your final exploration location requires a set of strong legs and endurance. This mighty batch of creatures includes a grumpy Troll, a cool Yeti, and a ferocious Dragon. Do you have what it takes to track them all down? Now through July 25, find geocaches or attend events to confirm sightings of 13 Hidden Creatures and earn new souvenirs as you discover them! Check your progress [...]

Request a Treasure X trackable and be a part of a treasure hunt like no other

13. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

X marks the spot for a hunt like no other! This summer, search for REAL Gold dipped treasure with one of the Treasure X heroes. Goldcrown, Gold-Fin, Goldblade, or Pharaoh Loot Loot trackables are ready for their treasure hunts, but they need your help to get started! Request a Treasure X trackable at geocaching.com/treasurex and share photos of your adventures with #TreasureXgeo. About the new and exciting scavenger hunt toy, Treasure X: Search for REAL Gold dipped treasure through 10 levels of adventure! Treasure X is the ultimate surprise-reveal collectible with a multi layered reveal process, cool figures, and the chance to find REAL treasure! Rip, Fizz and Chip away to reveal the layers and discover the secrets hidden within! Will you be the hero that finds the REAL gold or will you end up with the booby prize?! Unbox the Adventure Pack and journey through each level to find a collectible figure and possibly even uncover the greatest treasure – REAL GOLD! [...]

Vergissmeinnicht – Geocache of the Week

12. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Multi-Cache GC6Z4NP by DiePastorentöchter Difficulty: 4 Terrain: 3 Location: Niedersachsen, Germany N 52° 28.379′ E 007° 33.964′ Cache owners are the cornerstone of geocaching and many of them spend a lot of time, energy, and money to create memorable caches for the geocaching community. Some cache owners may even rent an entire house and turn it into a Multi-Cache which everyone who visits it will never forget. Vergissmeinnicht tells the story of Wilhelm, a scientist who is obsessed with building a time machine. After a few failed attempts (one of them leading to the untimely demise of a wiener dog) Wilhelm and his friends, Conrad and Carl Eduard, are ready for another promising test. And while everything looks good at the beginning, a catastrophic failure causes the electricity which powers the time machine to short circuit and go out with a loud bang. Wilhelm was gone — but where in time did he end up? His story is re-discovered when you, the cacher, find a letter from Wilhelm to his lover Sophie, in which he asks her to return to his house, restart the time machine, and set things right. He left clues within the house to help you figure out how to reactivate the time machine and bring Wilhelm back. DiePastorentöchter is a team of six geocachers who found an abandoned house and immediately thought it was a great place to design an elaborate Multi-Cache. They rented the property and developed the background story so the cache had a central theme. Each room was decorated in a different way and contains different challenges for cachers to solve. It took about a year to build everything before the cache was available to the public and the cache owners are still making small refinements to enhance the experience. The cache is designed for a group of three cachers with a maximum of four at the same time, and takes four to six hours to complete. It has accumulated over 1100 Favorite points and is so popular that a reservation is required. Currently, there are no open spots until summer 2020. What is the most impressive geocache that you have found? 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. [...]

The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continues

11. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Once said to be folklore and myth, the legends of the desert have proven to be more than a mirage. While geocaching through a landscape of sand, harsh sunlight, and tumbleweed, you will have to look sharp to find evidence of the creatures in the desert. There is still time to confirm a sighting of the regal Sphinx, the legendary Gryphon, and the elusive Phoenix! Now until July 25, travel to the ends of the Earth to confirm sightings of the 13 Hidden Creatures. Find geocaches or attend events to earn souvenirs of the Hidden Creatures! Check your progress [...]

Rolex watch lost 20 years ago recovered by geocacher (and it still works!)

10. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

A Rolex watch was found in Southern California by a geocacher 20 years after being lostThis guest post is written by Southern California geocacher, snowyisland. One sunny Saturday in Southern California, geocacher snowyisland went on a moderate hike to get some fresh air and log a few caches. In addition to the geocaches, she found one incredible piece of SWAG; a Rolex watch, twenty years after it was lost by the original owner. Here's her story: The trail was very overgrown.On a Saturday in June, I went hiking along a side trail near Santa Monica in Will Rogers Park. I'd found many geocaches out there a month ago, so I returned to grab some neglected caches which had been dormant since 2016. This trail was very overgrown. On the very first cache I went searching for (GC6MM4Z Give Peace A Chance), I looked around for a good ten minutes before marking it as a DNF. I looked high and low and could not find the cache, but then I saw something shiny behind a tree. I crawled through the bushes to grab it and withdrew a Rolex watch! I thought It had to be fake. I noticed a name inscribed on the back so I put it in my backpack with the intent to research the name when I got home. A Rolex watch was found!Of course, right after that I spotted the geocache about ten yards from where I found the watch. I signed the log and continued my day logging the other neglected caches on the overgrown trail. When I returned home, I ran an internet search for the name inscribed on the back of the watch. I actually found a listing for a man living in Los Angeles with a matching name. When I called the number, I learned that the watch had been lost some 20 years earlier when the owner was helping to clear the overgrown trail (with a machete!). He said he'd been back to the trail more than ten times to search for his watch. “Peace” is a theme throughout caches in this areaI brought his watch to his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, where his family was visiting for Father's Day. He had purchased the watch in Germany on a business trip 40 years prior. And now it was back in his hands after being gone for 20 years. And amazingly it still works! I should mention he is now 87 years old. A few of my friends have looked up the value of the Rolex and told me what it's worth, but being able to reunite this gentleman with his watch on Father's Day was a feeling of gratification like none I ever had before. I didn't mention or try to explain geocaching to his family, although they mentioned it was odd for me to be on that trail. But without geocaching, the watch would still be ticking away under a tree. I mean this more than I ever have before: TFTC! [...]

Security Update Required for Android Devices

6. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

What happened? The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard is a security standard for organizations that handle credit cards from major credit card providers. In order to remain compliant with these security standards, we had to stop supporting an older security protocol for interacting with our servers. In this case, we removed support for a standard called TLS 1.0. We stopped support on June 30th which can affect Android devices that run an OS of 5.1 or lower. You can read more on this here. The Geocaching® application has made those changes in version 6.5.1 and will reflect in future versions as well. The Geocaching® application supports Android OS 4.4 and above. What can I do to get the Geocaching® app up and running again?First, check your phone's operating system (OS) version. If your Android OS version is 4.4 or higher, you only need to update your app to the latest version. You can do this through the Google Play Store. If your Android OS version is lower than 4.4 you will need to see if there are any updates for your device. If you are able to update your device to an Android OS version of 4.4 or higher, you can then update your app through the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, versions of the Android OS that are lower than 4.4 are no longer supported by the Geocaching® app. Go to Geocaching.com in your phone's browser if you wish to continue using a device with an OS level lower than 4.4. What about third party apps that use Geocaching's APIs? Applications that Geocaching does not maintain can be difficult for us to diagnose. However, there are a few things you can check first to see if the problem can be resolved. First, check and see if there is an update to the third party app in the Google Play Store. This will ensure we are up to date and can start from a good place. If updating the app does not resolve the issue, check your Android OS version. If it is lower than 6.0, check if there are any updates for your phone. Having both an updated OS and the most updated version of the app from the provider should help with resolving most issues. If these steps do not resolve your issue with the third party application, we encourage you to reach out to the app's developer for support. [...]

Houma Travel GeoTour (GT53)

4. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Location: Houma, Louisiana Favorite Points: 678 The Houma Travel GeoTour (GT53) is Louisiana's first and ONLY official GeoTour (so far!) and takes geocachers on a journey to 55 geocaches with unique culture, delicious Cajun cuisine, outdoor adventures, and amazing festivals, while enjoying the joie de vivre or ‘love for life' that's ingrained in every aspect of Louisiana culture. Image by MissJenn The caches are maintained by Houma Travel and are located in scenic areas throughout Terrebonne Parish, shaded by an endless canopy of moss-draped cypress trees, highlighting the beauty and uniqueness of Louisiana's Bayou Country. Here are a few geocache highlights: HTGT2: Cecil's GC655R4 Image by BAMBOOZLECecil Lapeyrouse Grocery in Chauvin has been open since 1914. Cecil's grandfather Gustave opened the business which evolved from serving permanent residents to catering to a seasonal crowd. This one-of-a-kind shop has hidden treasures beyond its store shelves—a birdhouse cache in one of the property's trees! HTGT: Victorian Gothic Plantation GC5J0N1 Image by SilliamsStep back in time at this historic grand scale Victorian Gothic sugarcane plantation home. Direct descendants of the original owner are still in residence to this day. The movies Crazy in Alabama, Deadline, and Tribute were filmed here. A micro cache is placed to welcome geocachers from near and far. HTGT: Wildlife 2 GC5HF85 Image by Traveling ArmadillosThe Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge has a span of 4,212 acres that is composed of freshwater marsh and cypress-tupelo swamp. It provides an excellent habitats for waterfowl, wading birds, neotropical songbirds, and—gulp—alligators! This one-mile walking trail through the refuge is home to three geocaches from the GeoTour, just be snappy in case any ‘gators are lurking! HTGT: Garden & Art Museum GC5J0NN Image by mike ‘n pinkMore than 100 concrete sculptures are located on the narrow, bayou-side property of the Chauvin Sculpture Garden. The sculptures by Kenny Hill portray a mixture of biblical references, rich Cajun colors, and the evident of pain and struggles within the artist's life. A walk through this sculpture environment is an emotional experience, evoking a sense of deep spirituality and personal emotion. The Traditional Cache here pays a special tribute to its artistic environment. What geocachers are saying: Visiting Vet Tech and I love to travel, and this weekend was no different. Upon learning that her family was going to be having a small family get together in Houma, we planned a 4-day swing into and through Louisiana hopscotching parishes, tourist attractions and places she passed in her youth. A 6 hour drive quickly turned into a 10+ road trip as we cache our way across the land. The big bonus for our weekend vacation were the 2 GeoTours published by the great city of Houma. We found so many great caches, some innovative,some tricky hides, all in great locations that took us to some unforgettable locations through the area. A huge thank you to the people of Houma who helped place and maintain these hides. -Draegon The Florida Fun Bunch strikes again!! The Fun Bunch, consisting of horseshoechamp, Funfinderone and myself, came to Houma to do the Houma Travel Geo-Tours, both 1 and 2. We had a blast driving all around the bayou and towns in the area. The caches are really great and a lot of fun. We signed the logs with either “Florida Fun Bunch” or “Fun Bunch” or “FFB”. A big “Thanx” to the Houma Travel staff for placing and maintaining all these cool caches. -gatorman83 In Houma for the long holiday weekend… We had a great time doing these Tours.. plus seeing the area.. AMAZING.. we even according the satellite photo we even drove across water (even though it was a limestone road that did not show up on the satellite image ..) We had to take a detour to get some caches.. but we didn't care as we were enjoying the scenery too.. Thanks for putting these tours together and for bringing us to Louisiana from Florida. – cyclist81550 Prizes: Geocachers receive up to two exclusive geocoins for turning in their passport for both phases of the GeoTour. After finding 20 or more caches on the first tour or 27 or more caches on the second tour, you receive a signature Houma Travel geocoin for that tour! Visit in autumn to experience beautiful weather, delicious seafood, and some of the best festivals Louisiana has to offer. Fall events include Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Rougarou Fest, Downtown on the Bayou, and more. Houma Travel also hosts annual geocaching events—GeoGras (during Mardi Gras) and Cache de Bayou. Find out more about the Houma Travel GeoTour. Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ. [...]

Discover the creatures of the oceans

4. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Centuries of exploring uncharted waters resulted in legends describing fantastic creatures, almost too strange to be true. Though the ocean may be vast, there's still time to search for the giant Kraken, the elusive Hippocamp, and the mysterious Mermaid. Now it's your turn to confirm the tales! Now through July 25, find geocaches or attend events to find Hidden Creatures earning up to 13 new souvenirs. View your progress [...]

Local Landmarks #1: The little Mermaid (Havfruen)—Geocache of the Week

28. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GCR5F6 by Elmbaek Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Copenhagen, Denmark N 55° 41.489′ E 012° 35.937′ Thirteen legendary Hidden Creatures have been recently spotted around the world. It's been said they only appear in their respective habitats. Reports are pouring in from Copenhagen, Denmark, when one of the friendliest Hidden Creatures, the mermaid, breached the water's surface to say hello near a famous landmark in her image. Denmark has a long history of mermaid lore, originating with Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid (published in 1837) which made a big splash with readers everywhere. It inspired this bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, and eventually as a part of our world via Disney's movie of the same name released in 1989. This statue became an icon along the quaint Langelinie waterfront promenade in the early 1900's for Denmark, and is now regarded as a must-see destination for travelers worldwide. Mermaids are known for being very elusive and clever creatures, so to grab the cache successfully you need to be elusive and clever as well due to the high volume of traveling muggles. The Lock & Lock is big enough to host a few trackables and some SWAG, and is near the statue, whose fabled popularity can be proven by the sheer amount of smileys represented here. Since its publication in 2005, The Little Mermaid has logged almost 12,000 Found It logs with over 900 Favorite points scaling up to one of the most found caches of all time. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Weeks on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

Six Do’s and Don’ts for GIFF Filmmakers

27. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

The Geocaching International Film Festival is returning for another year of epic geocaching moments captured on camera. If you're a filmmaker, a geocacher, or something in between, GIFF 2018 is your chance to have your geocaching film viewed by thousands of people on movie screens all over the world. Submissions are due August 1, 2018. But before you start filming, check out these do's and don'ts of making a GIFF entry. 1. Do read the Submission Rules This one is pretty straightforward. You can find the rules here. There are 1497 words on that page. Now, we know that's a lot of fine print to digest. Here are some tips for making it through: Find a comfortable spot to sit Keep a snack and water nearby for stamina and hydration Do take the rules seriously! We hate having to turn down awesome films because of small, preventable guideline problems. 2. Do watch films from previous years For inspiration and context, it's generally helpful to get to know your peers. Don't know where to start? Check out the films from prior years for a nice variety of genres. While you're watching, try to pinpoint one thing each film excelled at, and start to make a mental list. Then when you set out to make your film, you'll have some ideas of what you might want to make your film excel at. 3. Don't use music without permission It's in the submission rules too, but it never hurts to mention this one again. We see so many submissions come in with background music that the filmmaker doesn't have the rights to. Yes, it definitely would be neat if you could open your film with a sunrise shot accompanied by music from The Lion King. There may be a way to get permission for that, but it's probably expensive and difficult. Instead, we recommend using one of these free, fair-use music resources to source your tunes: Free Play Music Vimeo Music Store (choose Creative Commons/free) Garage Band (mac app) LMMS (PC app) 4. Do show, Don't tell Film is visual medium—you'll have your audience on the edge of their seats by keeping the voiceover and dialogue short and sweet. Be merciless with your final editing. Bad lines aren't like your children. You're allowed to give them up if they're awful. 5. Don't sacrifice quality Many GIFF filmmakers are geocachers before they're…well…filmmakers. Which is completely fine. Your experience producing a film may not match your experience finding nanos. And let's face it—this isn't Cannes and it's not Hollywood. But we do prefer videos that look and sound good on the big screen. Invest some time in figuring out how you're going to make the audio clear and the visual crisp. 6. Do seek advice and listen to feedback Most filmmakers will work as a team with at least one other person. This is helpful considering the work it takes to produce a GIFF film. But it's also helpful to bounce your film ideas off of others before the final product. Collect your closest friends or family and show them your storyboard (or whatever you're using to brainstorm). Keep in mind that your film shouldn't be shared beyond those you consider your filmmaking team in case it becomes a finalist! Submission deadline is August 1, 2018! [...]

The search for Hidden Creatures begins June 27, 2018

27. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Spotted: Three legendary creatures hidden among towering trees and overgrown greenery. Be on the lookout for the hairy Bigfoot (and its enormous footprints), glorious Unicorn, and whimsical Fairy. Navigating through a mossy forest and looking for objects should feel familiar to all geocachers. For the next four weeks we will be highlighting the different habitats these Hidden Creatures call home. If you find 100 caches in the first week you will earn all of the souvenirs at that time. You can take your time and cache over all four weeks or challenge yourself to find them all as fast as you can! Get started on your search! [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]
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