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    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…

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    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…

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    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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    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.…

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    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…