• Adventures,  Basics,  Geocaching,  Tools

    Attending a Geocaching Mega Event: 10 Planning Tips

    Geocaching is so much more than just finding hidden containers and signing a log. There’s a whole social side to the hobby! Most geocachers love getting together with others who share the same love of the activity, compare notes, plan outings, etc. What better way to do all that than by attending a Mega event? A Mega event is usually an annual event with more than 500 attendees. There are many different types of Mega events, and each one has its own draw. Most are themed, have other side events, have contests and prizes, and have new caches hidden for the purpose of the attendees to find. They can certainly…

  • Basics,  Geocaching,  Other Stuff,  Products I Love,  Tools

    10 Father’s Day Gifts for Geocachers

    Not sure what to get that special geocaching dad in your life for Father’s Day this year? Last month, I put together a list of Mother’s Day gifts for geocachers. It only seems appropriate that I do the same this month for Father’s Day. Most of the items on the Mother’s Day list would definitely be appropriate and appreciated by your favorite geocaching dad, so be sure to check out that list as well. I’m adding ten more items with a geocaching dad in mind. Any of these would make terrific Father’s Day gifts, or birthday gift, or milestone gift, or just because! (contains affiliate links) 1. Start with a card…

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    Basics,  Geocaching

    Geocaching Promotion: Hidden Creatures

    Geocaching.com has announced another upcoming souvenir promotion! We started seeing hints a few weeks ago, and this week more details have emerged. The promotion is Hidden Creatures and looks to be a bit simpler than the last couple promotions. Unlike previous promotions, there are no Friend League points and no crazy algebraic equation based on cache type and favorite points used to calculate points. This promotion is pretty much as simple as you can get. Find a cache, earn a souvenir. The more caches you find, the more souvenirs you earn for your geocaching.com profile. That’s it. In the past, these souvenir promotions have involved complicated formulas and points and friends.…

  • Basics,  Geocaching,  Other Stuff,  Products I Love,  Tools

    10 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts for Geocachers

    Seriously, at least twice a week I make a comment about how fast time goes. Can you believe next weekend is Mother’s Day already? That means we’re only a few weeks away from this year being half over. How does that happen? Yes, I know, we’ve been busy geocaching (and other stuff). But if you’re like me, that means you don’t yet have a gift for that special geocaching mother in your life. I’ve tried to help you out and put together a list of a few items that will be sure to make her day! She’ll think you put a lot of thought and effort into it, and no…

  • Basics,  Favorites,  Geocaching

    My Top 30 Favorite (active) Geocaches

    Favorite points. Geocachers are granted one favorite point per every ten finds. Do you award them as they are intended? Or are you like me and have hundreds stockpiled? Like I’m waiting for that cache find that was just a bit better than all the others. I don’t know why I have so many saved up, other than the fact that I really don’t find that many that are truly spectacular and worthy, in my opinion. I’m fast approaching 10,000 finds (that’s crazy!), so I have nearly 1,000 favorite points to award. I have handed out only about half of what I could. I took the time to scroll through…

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    Adventures,  Travel Destinations

    Spring Break at Great Wolf Lodge

    Most people go someplace warm for spring break. Not us! This year, our family chose Minneapolis, Minnesota, where there was still about a foot of snow on the ground in some places! We stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, MN, which is just a few blocks from the Mall of America. It may have been cold out, but there was plenty to do inside. And let me tell you, it was the perfect spring break destination with three boys 13 and under.   The Room We arrived at the Great Wolf midday on Saturday. Even though we were there before the official check in time, our room was…

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    Adventures,  Geocaching

    Stories of Foolish Geocaching

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of sitting in on Episode 325 of the geocaching tech podcast, GeoGearHeads. This weekly show has been around in its current form since 2011 and is hosted by DarrylW4 and ChrisOfTheNorthwest with a revolving third and sometimes 4th guest host. Scott and I have appeared a few times to talk about various subject matters. This week’s topic was “Foolish Cachers III.” I don’t think it was a coincidence that we were asked to join them for this particular topic, since we have a few stories about doing what some may consider foolish things while caching. We did tell a couple of…

  • Earn Extra Cash While Finding a Cache
    Geocaching

    Earn Extra Cash While Finding a Cache

    We all walk, especially when geocaching, so why not use those steps to earn some extra cash while finding a cache? Here are three apps that I use to earn a little extra money each month.   Achievement Achievement is a really simple way to earn some extra cash based on your steps. Link apps such as Fitbit or Apple Health to the Achievement app to earn points that can be redeemed for cash. The more steps you take, the more points you earn. Link more apps and earn more points. Logged workouts through MyFitnessPal earns points as well. Plus, there are occasionally special offers to earn you bonus points,…

  • Hosting geocaching event shortyknits
    Basics,  Geocaching

    How to Host a Geocaching Event – Who, What, When, Where, & Why

    One of the things I love about geocaching is its community. And there is no better way to bring that community together than to host a local geocaching event. A geocaching event is simply a gathering of geocachers. It’s a great way to meet new cachers and catch up with old caching friends. A geocaching event could be a simple meet and greet. It could be a regularly scheduled get together, such as a Friday Lunch Club. Maybe you’ll be on vacation and would like to meet some local geocachers while you’re there. It could be a themed event. I have hosted events called For the Love of Caching in…