• Crafts,  Other Stuff,  Uncategorized

    Craft: Geocaching Map Candles

    I collect maps. Everywhere I go, if I see a free map, I have to take it. And if I see somewhere online to send away for a free map, I do. Most states have a department of tourism that will send you maps and travel guides for their area. I have hundreds of maps and decided it was time to finally do something with them. This is the first of what I hope to be a series of projects to do with paper maps. (contains affiliate links) I like maps and I also like yogurt, especially Oui by Yoplait. It comes in these super cute little glass jars that…

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    Craft: Geocaching Inspired Keychains

    Looking for a fun geocaching related craft that’s fun for children and adults? Look no further! I’ll show you how to make these super easy and cute geocaching inspired keychains. They make great gifts or swag for geocaching. (contains affiliate links) Start out with transparent plastic pony beads like these. I used transparent green, orange, turquoise, and yellow. Arrange them in the bottom of a nonstick muffin pan. Nonstick is key – I learned my lesson here and tried to use an old tin mini muffin pan and ruined it! The melted plastic will pop right out of a nonstick pan. I used one like these. Make sure that you…

  • Adventures,  Geocaching,  Other Stuff,  Tools

    Playing Hooky for Hockey (and Geocaching)

    Confession: I played hooky for hockey today. Ok, so it was really a vacation day that I had been planning for the past couple of months. My kiddo was playing with his school band at the local minor league hockey team’s daytime game today. I love watching him play and I kinda like hockey, so I thought it would be fun to go to the game. If you take away one thing from this post, let it be this: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, ever under any circumstances go to any sporting event on one of the “Get Schooled by Skates” school field trip days. When I tell you…

  • Geocaching Favorite Points
    Basics,  Favorites,  Geocaching

    Geocaching Favorite Points

    Let’s talk about favorite points and geocaching. I recently watched a YouTube video by a fellow geocacher which was about favorite points and what they mean. It really got me thinking about what they are for and why we should or shouldn’t award them. According to Geocaching.com, “Geocaching Favorite points are a simple way to track and share the geocaches that you enjoyed the most.” They are available only for Premium members to give. Every 10 finds earns 1 favorite point to give.  To me a favorite point should be given for a cache that’s special to the finder for one reason or another.  I tend to give them to…

  • Adventures,  Day Trips,  Favorites,  Geocaching

    Water’s Edge: A Virtual Geocache

    When you think of a virtual geocache, you most often think of something that’s quick and easy to find. Maybe you just need to take a picture or email the cache owner the answer to a simple question that can be found at ground zero. You usually don’t think of a 3.5 terrain multi stage virtual. But that’s exactly what Water’s Edge is. I saw this cache on my map every time I looked in the area, and for years I’d been putting it off. I mean a 4-mile hike for one smiley? Who does that? But I knew inevitably I would have to complete this cache one day. It…

  • shortyknits geocaching
    Geocaching,  Products I Love,  Tools

    10 Perfect Stocking Stuffers for Geocachers

    It’s that time of year again! When we all scratch our heads, peruse the shelves of the local department store, scroll for hours through online stores, and still can’t come up with that perfect stocking stuffer for the special geocacher in our life. Fret no more! Here’s a list of 10 items that every cacher will appreciate.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Wallet Ninja Telescoping Space Pen Bison tubes Fake Rock UV flashlight Camo Duck Tape Pura Vida Bracelet Pocket compass Ultra Fine Point Sharpies Life Straw I know I would love any one of these items in my stocking (hint, hint!). If you’re looking for more of a gift…

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    Basics,  Geocaching

    50+ Geocaching Acronyms

    Every hobby has its own lingo, and geocaching is no exception. Not only are there many, many new terms to learn when diving into this great hobby, but there are also many abbreviations to go along with them! Some of them are pretty simple to figure out, but others had me scratching my head for a while. One thing I’ve learned is that most acronyms are regional. Certain hide styles might be more common in some parts over others, and so the local cachers have created their own terms and abbreviations for the hide styles and hints. I’ve compiled a list of many of these geocaching abbreviations/acronyms/inialisms/whatever you want to…

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    Basics,  Geocaching

    The Social Side of Geocaching

    I started geocaching as something cheap to do with my son, who was only 4 at the time. I was newly divorced, broke, and trying to make sense of my life. When I discovered geocaching, it seemed to be perfect. My son and I could go out on treasure hunting adventures together! For free! For the first year and a half, geocaching was something he and I did when the weather was nice or when we went somewhere on vacation. I had a large percentage of out-of-state finds that first year. My son and I would visit family in Ohio and West Virginia and go out and explore the area…

  • 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…