Wildlife Wednesdays: Birthday Geocache

Unique Geocache Idea #36928

My friend found a cache where there was a birthday card inside. It is a wonderful idea! To sign a birthday card and then when that “log” is full, it gets to be given to someone for their birthday. 

Here are some links to birthday themed goecaches:

His premise is that  “You must leave something you would put in a birthday card”

When you type in “Birthday” you get 330 hits!

And one you are supposed* to log on your birthday!

Seattle Specific Saturdays: Groundspeak!

Geocache MEGA event at Groundspeak
In case you were not aware there is an amazing event going down right here in Seattle! Some of us are so very super duper close to this event that we do not have to plan months in advance and book a hotel and a plane in order to attend. We can hop in the car and wiz on down to Groundspeak HQ in Seattle. 
It’s the 2013 Geocaching block party at N 47° 38.943 W 122° 20.931 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on August 17th
Mark your calendars because Seattle is the place to be for geocachers! Also, check out the Geocaching Mega-Event on Sunday August 18th
My very first geocache find! Micro magnet that took “2 hours to find”

Wildlife Wednesdays: Cover Your Cache

Wildlife Wednesdays: Creatively Camo Your Cache
The other day I told my friend I was cruising Amazon for fake poop. Not only would it be a great gag but I was intent on getting some as creative camouflage for my geocache. Other ideas I can think of are fake chewed gum to cover those tiny magnets that are placed under park benches. 
Here are some of the more creative cache camo’s I have found. The crab was on the beach and the container was attached to its underside. Clever and I was afraid to touch it at first because it was semi-realistic. 

This is one of my favorites and quite clever. I actually met the owner of this cache. 

 Though not a natural covering, I liked how this one was decorated.

Socializing Sundays: Simple Dates

Socializing Sundays: Simple Dates
I keep a list of dates in my “to do” list not because they are things I need to do but I like to keep the ideas written down where I can find them. Recently a guy told me that in his younger days he didn’t date much because he was poor, i.e. he couldn’t AFFORD to date. I believe that this is a very incorrect statement. You don’t always have to invest a lot of money on a date. You can invest time and effort instead. Sure, a lot of conventional dates cost money (bowling, movies, restaurants) but dating doesn’t have to always consist of the expensive things or out-of-your-budget things. Occasionally you can plan on a conventional date and save up the necessary funds but in the meantime you don’t have to stay home and stare at the wall. Here is a preliminary list of ideas for you lug-heads:
1. Cook something intricate together
2. Plan a personal wine tasting (Wine can be as cheap as $3-$4 a bottle)
3. Karaoke (Some restaurants host karaoke and you can spend minimal amounts)
4. Geocaching picnic adventure
5. Or just geocaching.
6. Flashmob (free dance class and awesome memories)
7. Costco (samples are free and hot dogs are still $1.50 and you can do your grocery shopping together)
8. Hiking
9. Free community events (Craigslist is where I found flashmobs, dodgeball, and writing groups)



Wildlife Wednesdays: Light-Skirt Caches

Wildlife Wednesdays: Light-Skirt Caches
Recently I was looking up blogs about geocaching to follow. I found a link to a website that talked about light skirt caches. They are quite popular but they can also be dangerous, I found out. Check out the blog: 
His picture of an electrical burn victim was quite gruesome and most intriguing. Could that really happen during my happy geocaching adventures? Johnny Geo points out that light skirts are there to encase the housed electrical equipment and even though most of the time if you lift up the skirt the wires and electrical bits are contained, it doesn’t mean that it is safe. 
I am a big geocaching advocate but this is a concern. Check out his blog for more in depth information and some grody and disturbing photos.

Wildlife Wednesdays: The DNF

Wildlife Wednesdays: The DNF

 Sometimes time and space align to bring you a moment of irony. Some call it “perfect timing” while others refer to this phenomenon as hilarious.

I am a geocacher. It is one of the hobbies I pursue regularly and think about often. DNF’s or Did Not Find’s are nothing more than a challenge for the average geocacher. They present a learning opportunity, a chance to advance your craft, and a way to hone your finding skills. At times they can be aggravating, such as when the DNF signifies a cache that is actually missing, misplaced, or with wildly inaccurate coordinates. In all my geocache finds (200 now), only very few have I found when they were misplaced or far from the Ground Zero coordinates. Of those that I have found, I have looked for at least 50 more that I did not find. Sometimes I didn’t bother putting enough effort looking for these or the area was too muggle heavy and I planned to go back to look. Some of these, though, are truly missing. And here is the geocacher crux. I don’t want to assume that when I can’t find it, it doesn’t exist but I’m getting close to that point in my geocaching career that when I can’t find it, it truly is missing or buried in the forest without markings.

Here is the story of my favorite DNF:

At an undisclosed location in Washington State, two friends were hunting for caches in the area. She chose one and the hunt began. Behind a historic building at a sign was ground zero. It was fairly dark and the two friends whipped out their phone flashlights and swept up and down the sign and the surrounding area. After a thorough search, they looked up the hint, but still nothing. After twenty more minutes overturning every stone, they gave up. A week later she went back by herself and spent half an hour searching. She searched high and low and turned over every rock again. In the daylight, she was convinced that she was going to find it. She was fairly convinced, going over all the previous logs that it was on or very close to the sign but nothing. A week later they both went back, determined to find that sucker. He started perusing one side of the sign and she the other. Exasperated that it was difficult to find and obviously a creatively concealed cache, she said, “I’m convinced it’s on the sign but there’s nothing that comes off.” And with that she grabbed a chunk of wood in her hand to exaggerate her point and lo and behold it came off in her hand. They had finally found the DNF and could log it as a smiley.

Wildlife Wednesday: The Stump Geocache

What better way to get exercise and view what Washington state has to offer than geocaching! This activity is great for all ages and can be taken at whatever pace suits your lifestyle. You can pull an all day geocaching adventure or pick up a few here and there. I like to do both. I love the concept of geocaching from every angle. I enjoy finding something that is hidden. I love the creativity and planning that goes into most of the geocaches. I get giddy when I crack a harder than usual geocache whether it be container or location based difficulty. I especially find the places chosen fascinating. Both city, forest, and everything in between caches are enjoyable.

I’m beginning to get really into the stump geocaches. I’m not talking about piddling stumps where a tree was cut down but a humongous rotting specimen of prior grandeur randomly in the woods that only a geocacher or a serial killer would know about. For example:

This is one massive tree stump a friend and I found out on the Cedar River Trail near my house. It was out of the way of the trail, down a leaf-filled slope. The geocache was up and inside the stump, out of reach unless you literally climbed your way into the stump or shimmied your way over a branch that was like half of a scary-looking see-saw.

Here is the listing for this particular geocache, sorry for the spoiler!