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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. [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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! [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

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! [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Which Hidden Creature are you?

13. Juni 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Have you ever wondered what type of mythical creature you are? Are you elegant and keen-eyed like a Unicorn? Beautiful and fiery like the Phoenix? Strong and shy like a Yeti? Take this quiz to find out which one of the Hidden Creatures you are! The search for Hidden Creatures begins on June 27! Are you ready? Take the quiz! [...]
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