Year of the Hide

Geocaching HQ has decided to dedicate this year to the Year of the Hide. After all, if people don’t hide and maintain geocaches, there is no geocaching. So, to reward people for hiding caches, anyone who hides a cache between March 1 and December 31 gets a souvenir. I hid a multi in early March and have the souvenir.

Souvenir I received for hiding a cache after March 1 this year.

We get only one souvenir, not matter how many caches we hide. Geocache Talk Network has a challenge out there for its listeners to hide each of the different cache varieties this year. I have ideas for Wherigo caches, I just have to figure out how to set one up. I also want to put out another letterbox hybrid. I’m not even sure where to begin when it comes to placing an EarthCache. I was not awarded a virtual cache this most recent go-around, nor was I awarded another Adventure Lab credit.

In April, Geocaching HQ began a new 12-month souvenir promotion: Signal’s Labyrinth. The idea is to find geocaches to help Signal get through the Labyrinth. Every two months the points reset. I have already earned the first souvenir for the current labyrinth, but I have yet to do enough geocaching this month to get all the way through.

The first of a potential 13 Signal’s Labyrinth souvenir

Another souvenir coming up at the end of this month and the beginning of next is Blue Switch Day, when Geocachers around the world commemorate the day in May 2000 when the Clinton administration removed Selective Availability from GPS technology.

Meanwhile, we’re in the midst of CITO Season 1. No one has organized a CITO in our area. At present, I really don’t have the time to organize one myself.

Finally, I really hope to make this blog a higher priority. I have been geocaching. I successfully completed Reach the Peak by the end of February. And I got my first FTF in quite awhile last week.

Bonus souvenir for successfully completing the Reach the Peak promotion

I hope you, loyal reader, are getting out geocaching too.

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