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Do you like lakes? — plitvice lakes (GC1FNKR) — Geocache of the Week

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Absolutely gorgeous! Photo by geocacher Brainburned

Absolutely gorgeous! Photo by geocacher Brainburned

Geocache Name:

plitvice lakes (GC1FNKR)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Beautiful places like these don’t form overnight. It takes thousands of years of geologic processes for beauty to evolve out of rocks and water. While photos may enable you to appreciate the vibrant colors and incredible scenery, an EarthCache like this one gives you an appreciation for the processes behind the beauty by teaching you about the sequences that took place to form it.

What geocachers have to say:

“We had tour around beautiful lakes. Whole day we walked around the park. Lots of pictures were taken and beutiful places were seen. Thanks for the earth.” – Legsa^

“Its so beautiful there and the sun was shining the whole day! We had a very nice time here! TFTC” – Schesn

“Daily trip together with DieterRoland from Drvar – Bihac – Plitvice Lakes. Perfect weather, visiting historical sites, beautiful landscape and an impressive scenery here in the National park. TFTC!” – Steveeeee

 

Photos:

This view is ok, I guess. Photo by geocacher rum.burak

This view is ok, I guess. Photo by geocacher rum.burak

One of the pathways through the lakes. Photo by geocacher zansquare

One of the pathways through the lakes. Photo by geocacher zansquare

The lakes and waterfalls. Photo by geocacher Suikerbossies

The lakes and waterfalls. Photo by geocacher Suikerbossies

What was the last thing you learned from an EarthCache? Tell your story and post photos in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!

Announcing the April 2015 Geocacher of the Month

The April 2015 nominees for the celebrated Geocacher of the Month award run the gamut of what it means to be a legendary geocacher.

For Marchand de cailloux, it means crafting intricate, clever, beautiful wood caches.

 

 

For Zugführer, it means organizing Cache-Events that repeatedly draw dozens of old and new geocachers alike.

 

 

For hoosiersunshineFailedApparatus it means inventing a highly popular local geocaching trivia night complete with customized trophy.

 

 

The featured Geocacher of the Month is named by a panel at Geocaching HQ after reviewing community input and blog comments. It’s a tough decision, given the combined contributions of these folks to the geocaching community as a whole.

All the nominees will receive special prize packages from Geocaching HQ, but only one will receive the elusive Geocacher of the Month Geocoin.

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin.

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin.

 

After tallying the sentiment and reading the comments, hoosiersunshineFailedApparatus have been officially named the featured Geocachers of the Month for April 2015.

 

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‘Caching team hooserisunshine and FailedApparatus have made a big impression on the the geocaching community in North and South Carolina with their regular geocaching trivia events, ‘It’s All Just Trivial!’

Though the geocaching trivia nights were spawned as a way to spice up regular Cache-Events, they’ve since become an institution. The winning team at an ‘It’s All Just Trivial’ event take home medals and sometimes a trophy – both of which were created by hoosiersunshine and FailedApparatus.

Geocacher Beth Andrews says, “Hands down… my vote is for Hoosiersunshine and FailedApparatus. Not just for the great and wonderful things they have done with geocaching trivia around the whole South East…., but with geocaching as a whole. From fun hides to hair pulling puzzle caches to just being great people. I’m honored they are part of my geocaching family and no two people deserve this more than those two.”

Echoing her sentiments, Matt Norris says, “Hoosiersunshine and Failedapparatus are the best nominees I could think of for this! Anyone who has ever been to an “It’s All Just Trivial” event knows that this would be incredibly well deserved. Those who have not can’t even imagine what those two have put into these events! Not only fun trivia, but everything from fully stocked caches, to unactivated geocoins and everything in between as prizes to every person who attends. And every person who wins gets a real gold medal! They bring fun geocaching events to a new level that I have never seen. Amazing people bringing fun not only to SC and NC, but they’ve traveled to host these events in GA, FL and VA too!”

Thank you to all the April 2015 Geocacher of the Month nominees for your tireless efforts to bring joy to other geocachers. Three cheers for legendary geocachers!

 

Know an outstanding geocacher who should be recognized? Nominate them for next month’s award!

 

 

The Search for the Lost Sin of Greed – A Trackable Tale

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Original geocachers Scott Martin (left) and Geocaching Co-Founder Jeremy Irish hiding the ill-fated Greed Devil Duck

It starts like this a couple of weeks ago. People at Geocaching HQ had been sharing stories about some of their personal highlights of celebrating 15 years of geocaching. Jeremy Irish, the CEO of Geocaching and one of the founders who launched Geocaching.com in 2000 said, “So, I have a mystery story to share…”

This mystery dates back to the beginning of geocaching. It was 2001. A new game piece called a Travel Bug® had recently been introduced into the geocaching. Although most players had not yet heard of Travel Bugs many players, including Jeremy were sending out the trackable tags attached to items.

Geocaching.com homepage  circa early 2002

Geocaching.com homepage circa early 2002

Jeremy says, “When we first started Travel Bugs, I released 7 Deadly Ducks in the wild.” Each of the new trackables were based on one of the deadly sins. Devil ducks with the names of Sloth, Envy, Pride, Gluttony, Lust and Anger head out into the world to travel geocache to geocache. Did you catch that? Only six of the deadly sins were listed.

Jeremy says, “Well, I actually only released six, since the Greed Devil Duck, conveniently enough, was placed in a geocache that was never listed on Geocaching.com and may still be hidden in Virginia.”

 

Get your detective hats fitted.

Here’s The Search for the Lost Sin of Greed – A Trackable Tale.

 

Jeremy went on to say:

On December 16, 2001 I was visiting Scott Martin, a longtime friend who lived in Franklin County, Virginia and we decided to place a geocache there together. He had an old decoy duck and I put my Devil Duck in there along with some trade items and a logbook. We then headed over to either Waid Park or Franklin County Recreation Park – we’re not quite sure. I remember hiking on a short loop trail and going down a hill next to a small pond to place it. Sadly, the coordinates were lost before I was able to list it as a geocache. It may still be there today.

Currently Franklin County Virginia offers fewer than than 100 active geocaches to try to find. Geocaches are also located in both Waid Park and Franklin County Recreation Park, locations where Jeremy believes he may have hid the lost devil duck. So maybe the most difficult geocache find in Franklin county is a geocache that’s never been active. If you lived near Franklin County Virginia, would you search for The Lost Sin of Greed?

So, do you think you know the history of geocaching? Check out the 15 Years of Geocaching quiz.

Buckle up! Your journey to six new souvenirs begins here

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Every road trip needs a co-pilot.

Snacks? Check. Music? Check. Co-pilot?

That’s where we come in. Over the next few months, we’ll all be going on a geocaching adventure to celebrate 15 years of geocaching. You’ll have the opportunity to earn six new souvenirs for your geocaching profile.

To get ready, sign up for your Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 co-pilot below. You’ll get emails with first looks at upcoming souvenir art, plus tips and tricks on earning your souvenirs from the folks at Geocaching HQ.

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Geocaching HQ Says Geocaching without Speaking a Word

Editor’s Note: What you’re seeing above is a word that sparks the imagination and inspires exploration. The ingredients a person must possess to go geocaching include only a spirit for adventure. It’s not bound by any particular facilities and especially not bound by hearing. The blog post you’re about to read is from Holly Walker. She’s the guest experience coordinator at Geocaching HQ who hosted our first visit with an American Sign Language interpreter for deaf geocachers. 

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Geocaching HQ Lobby

Geocaching For All!
At Geocaching Headquarters (HQ), our goal is to make everyone an explorer and make every location an adventure. One of the most fun adventures for us is hosting guests from around the world here in our awesome lobby! Each week, Geocaching HQ schedules a limited number of Hosted Visits for the Geocaching community. It’s a great way to see a behind-the-scenes look at what happens here at HQ, meet the lackeys and hear about new things we are working on, and get the opportunity to log the official Geocaching HQ geocache. We literally get people from all over the world who travel to our headquarters here in Seattle, WA. Recently we realized that we might be missing an important opportunity to meet and engage with a large number of our worldwide geocachers, in particular, our deaf community!
 
On March 25th, it was our pleasure to invite two ASL interpreters to our Geocaching HQ Hosted Visit for the first time! The hour long visit provided the opportunity for deaf geocachers to come to HQ and get the same experience as any of our other guests. It was an awesome experience for guests and staff. We covered Geocaching history and the growth of our company from 3 employees to now just under 80, swapped geocaching stories from back home, and traded a few trackables, too. The hour flew by too quickly but we already have plans to invite the interpreters back another time! 
 
Moving forward, we hope to offer more Hosted Visits with ASL Interpretation as well as find ways to improve and increase accessibility to the sport of Geocaching for all people. We’d love to know your thoughts, ideas and stories below.
How can we make Geocaching available to everyone who wants to play? What great ideas have you seen to ensure there are variety in geocaches and accessibility for all? 
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Geocaching HQ Hosted Visit


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