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 …

Hello 2022

I’m getting a late start on my recap of 2021 and look-ahead to 2022. In 2021, I found 484 caches, my second-best year in terms of number of finds. In 2017, the first year I was a premium member, I had 567 finds. Among the highlights: Cached in four new states: Wisconsin, Texas, West Virginia …

Goodbye Capt TailWagger

When I started this blog, I dreamed of our beloved German shorthair pointer going on many geocaching adventures with me and the rest of our family for many years to come. That dream ended Christmas Eve when Capt TailWagger crossed over the rainbow and went to big dog park in the sky. Capt TailWagger came …

Finding another oldie

When I listen to the radio, I consider oldies those songs from the 1960s. Others might consider songs from the 1990s oldies. In geocaching, I consider caches hidden before about 2005 as oldies. I restarted geocaching in 2015, so those caches hidden in 2005 and sooner were at least 10 years. A week or so …

A word about geocaching podcasts

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy listening to geocaching podcasts. Podcasts give me tips on finding caches, ideas about hides, places to go. Whenever they have guests, those guests add insights to aspects of geocaching I might not have known about. As far as I know, the granddaddy of all geocaching podcasts is …

Time for an EarthCache

I write this today, Oct. 8, the day before this year’s International EarthCache day. A year ago, I wrote about it and how I find EarthCaches a bit intimidating. Besides tomorrow being International EarthCache Day, Geocaching HQ has put an extra emphasis on EarthCaches for this month’s Reach the Peak challenge, with 750 points given …

End of September! Already?

Well, here we are at the end of September. Where has the summer gone? For me, summer really began in May when our family went to the Indiana Geocaching Spring Picnic at Charlestown State Park in Clark County. We followed that weekend trip to Southern Indiana with a week in Illinois. It was our family …

Mountaineering

Geocaching HQ started a new souvenir promotion this month called Reach the Peak. It will last several months, with a new peak each month. This month’s peak is Puncak Jaya, the highest peak in Oceania. Geocachers are awarded points for each cach found, and the goal is to get 4,884 points. A Multicache is worth …

Back-to-back big months

I know as I write this, there are geocachers out there who find 100 geocaches in a day or over the course of weekend. For me, a 75-find month, followed by an 80-find month is a big deal. They are the two most productive back-to-back months of geocaching I’ve had since January through April 2017 …

Beverly — Illinois’ oldest cache

In May, geocachers around the world celebrated 21 years of geocaching. The first caches were placed in May 2000, beginning with Dave Ulmer’s GPS Stash in Oregon. The oldest active cache, of course, is GC30 Mingo, hidden on May 11, 2000. I have yet to find Mingo. In fact, until this year I had just …