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By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the Week

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Excitement as the final is revealed.

Excitement as the final is revealed.

Geocache Name:

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (GC1BT32)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/2.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

This week, the final souvenir of the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 will become available: Put on Your Thinking Cap. To earn this souvenir, and potentially the Road Trip Hero souvenir, you’ll have to find a Mystery Cache. While many geocachers automatically associate Mystery Caches with puzzles, that’s not always the case. This geocache, for instance, takes you on a nighttime journey through the woods. You’ll have to follow reflective tacks and shapes through the woods until you make it to GZ.

What geocachers have to say:

 

“Woah! This may be the coolest geocache I have ever found. Seriously! What an adventure! Thank you so much for setting this up!” – ThePaigeTurner

“TFTC!!!! This was our first night cache. It was amazing!!! We had a blast. I wasn’t sure how to set breadcrumbs on the gps so we dropped glow sticks to mark our way home. However, I must admit I have seen to many horror movies lol.” – Geeky Gal

“I thought there was no way the other night caches would compare to the first one we found but this one was amazing. Looking for the silvery moon and stars was thrilling. We were all blown away when we saw the final to this adventure. It’s always nice when someone leaves the light on for you:) Thanks for the hide and smiley.” – Qaz&Kids

Photos:

Glow sticks aren't required, but they're still necessary.

Glow sticks aren’t required, but they’re still necessary.

ThePaigeTurner checks her light.

ThePaigeTurner checks her light.

Headlamps are key.

Headlamps are key.

Follow the "stars" aka reflectors

Follow the “stars” aka reflectors

What’s the best night cache you’ve ever done? Post your photos and stories 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!

 

New Quiz: 15 Years of Geocaching Around the World

Columbus RiverWalk GeoTour

GeoTour: Columbus (GA) RiverWalk
Location: Columbus, Georgia
Number of Favorite Points: 125

A great view of the Chattahoochee River; the river was the primary reason Columbus was founded here in west central Georgia. This is the furthers most navigable part of the river; going from Columbus to the Gulf of Mexico. GC3EY98

Why RiverWalk is a great place to visit:
Columbus is the second largest city in the state and was the last planned city in the 13 Original Colonies. Since its founding in 1828, the city has grown as a family-friendly destination with over 46 attractions, all within an hour’s drive of the heart of the city. Columbus is home to two national museums, one of the largest art & history museums in the southeast, the largest urban whitewater course in the world, a vibrant arts & entertainment district and more.

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Not unusual to see wildlife of all kind along this trail – from birds, turtles, alligators, and even this little guy. GC3BAYW

Best time of year to visit:
That’s the best part. Columbus is a year-round destination whether you’re visting for geocaching or for the sites.

Must-see attraction:
With 46 attractions, the bucket list can be overwhelming. But because the RiverWalk GeoTour is located along the 15-mile Chattahoochee RiverWalk, there are many great activities to choose from. Some of the activities include whitewater rafting, a zip line, Space Science Center, National Civil War Naval Museum and the arts & entertainment district.

Hidden gems only locals know about:
When it comes to food, you have to experience a scrambled dog and Cherry Coke from Dinglewood Pharmacy. It’s not uncommon to see bankers, families, and blue-collar workers sitting around the counter enjoying this typical Columbus and southern tradition. A scrambled dog is basically a hot dog served in an open bun, smothered with chili, onions, pickles and oyster crackers. You can get it done almost any way – double wiener, extra pickles, mustard, ketchup, etc.

Prizes:
The RiverWalk GeoTour provides a number of prizes including three coins and unique playing card.  If you find 10 geocaches, you’ll receive a bronze coin. If you find 20 geocaches, you’ll receive a silver coin. If you complete the entire challenge, you’ll receive a gold coin. All three coins are earned as the geocacher advances in the GeoTour. Plus, there are six playing cards that you can win for finding a specific group of geocaches.

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Columbus RiverWalk Geocoins

What geocachers are saying about RiverWalk GeoTour:
“Found while on a week long spring break camping hiking and geocaching trip with Mom and Dad (Jerdawg and LilyGA) and my brother Agent J. We got to go to 5 different state parks and also do the Columbus geotrail and get our gold coins! The whole week was a blast. Thanks for placing the cache out for us to find!” -SwimDawg

“One of the many amazing geocaches found with my family as we worked our way toward the gold coin level status on the Columbus RiverWalk Geotrail. This was a really well-done trail, and much harder (though not impossible) than any other geotrail I have done before up to this point. It didn’t help that it started to pour down raining on us the last day. Thanks for a great time and for placing all of these caches out here.” -Jerdawg

“Came down with PlagueRider from Atlanta for a geocaching weekend in Columbus and after grabbing on the way to Columbus some Georgia counties I was missing we attended the “WWFM Flash Mob over the Border” event and started to hunt down the geocaches on our list. It took a couple of minutes to spot this hide but we did so we wrote down the information for our RiverWalk GeoTour Grid Sheet and placed everything back as we found it after we signed the log.” -Solokrieger

Additional information:
The 6.5 mile Challenge can be completed in a long day. It’s best to rent a bike from the nearby bike shop, pack a lunch and have a blast exploring.

A word from the host:
“It’s about the hunt. The numbers. About going places and seeing new things. That’s why we spend our time geocaching – using multimillion dollar satellites to find tupperware hidden in some of the strangest places.

This summer marks my 60th birthday. It’s also the 10th year that Cibachrome and I have been geocaching, and it’s the 15th anniversary of geocaching. A lot of milestones to keep up with. So what to do? We decided to strike out and create our own “geocache challenge.” We left late May 2015 to geocache the lower 48 states.

After 21-days (or so) and 9100 miles later, the final goal was to arrive back in Columbus on my birthday mid-June — hopefully surviving the task of the caching and traveling those miles and hours with one another. At any rate, we reported our trip with words and photos that can be seen on my blog. In addition, we dropped a travel bug into each container to mark the find. That TB’s goal, return to Columbus.

So why did we do it? Adventure. Numbers. Maybe it’s was about looking for something else that’s just hard to describe. To pick a favorite cache from the trip is almost impossible. There was the Terrestrial Highway, the rails to trail walk on a crisp morning in Vermont, or the conversation over pizza and beer in Corning, NY, or coming out of the rain in Orangeville, Ill after a hike, soaking wet and a small dine and town decked out from Memorial Day. All those miles have a cache and a story and amazing people.”

Peter

Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head (GCHFT2) – Geocache of the Week

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Geocache Name:                                                      Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head                                         1/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

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A Wasp Head bento box. Photo by JordsAU

This is the world’s first EarthCache. Placed by geoaware on January 10, 2004, GCHFT2 is located on an isolated stretch of coastline in Murramarang National Park, in southeast Australia. Visiting geocachers are met with striking views of rugged waters, an abundance of geological history, and the occasional kangaroo.

If an EarthCache is “a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth” (www.earthcache.org), then this EarthCache at Wasp Head is some sort of mega-EarthCache. The cache instructions take the geocacher on a geological tour through time past fossilized worm burrows (pictured below), giant boulders dropped by icebergs floating on an ancient sea, and rock channels left by the erosion of once-molten rock.

What geocachers have to say:

“What a great place. We really wanted to see fossils and this place delivered. I loved the rock formations and if geoaware hadn’t told us we would be oblivious to the dike. Thanks geoaware for a great EC.” –igotahunch

“Great tour of the headland. First attempt at geocaching and a great way to start. Thanks.” –Busterandjo

“I was out at the coast back on Oct 2 so I did the homework for this cache. It’s a beautiful spot and it was a fantastic day out. Found everything except the bryozoan fossils but that could have been my poorly entered waypoint coords. (I forgot to preload these before heading off and there’s no reception at gz). I’m always amazed to see fossils in place rather than in a museum. It makes me wonder about such life flourishing such an unimaginably long time ago and what the site would have looked like back at that time. Rather damp I suspect. I’ve attached a pic of a shell I spotted. TftEc.” –StrangeTrousers

What the EarthCache owner, geoaware, has to say:

(Excerpted from 2014 article on the Geocaching Blog)

“Ten years ago I was a lucky guy in the right place at the right time. The Geological Society of America (GSA) had just employed me to work on education and outreach programs, a GSA member mentioned the new game of geocaching to my boss, and I was on holiday here with my kids looking at the rocks in Australia.

So that day we wandered around a rock platform that I had been on a thousand times before but now with a new purpose. How could I bring others here geocaching so they left learning something new about our amazing planet? Fossils, evidence for glaciers, weathering – so much in such a short walk. This was the perfect place. And so EarthCache I GCHFT2 was born—and so was the concept of an EarthCache: a place where the Earth was the treasure. A place where you would learn about the geology of the planet while you geocached. If you have not experienced an EarthCache, its time you tried. It’s a different experience – but who would ever not enjoy learning when it’s fun!”

Photos:

 

Calypso62 at a split joint.

Calypso62 at a split joint. Photo by Calypso62.

A foot massage? Photo by STORMCATCHERS.

A foot massage? Photo by STORMCATCHERS.

Fossilized Bryozoan colony. Photo by Calipso62.

Fossilized Bryozoan colony. Photo by Calypso62.

Geocachers sitting in a split joint. Photo by The Arkaroo.

Geocachers sitting in a split joint. Photo by The Arkaroo.

Patterns and seeds at the first EarthCache.

Patterns and seeds at the first EarthCache.

Kanga-muggles at GZ? Photo by cRimehUNter.

Kanga-muggles at GZ? Photo by cRimehUNter.

Sunset at Wasp Head. Photo by STORMCATCHERS.

Sunset at Wasp Head. Photo by STORMCATCHERS.

The Geocaching Road Trip ’15 is in full swing, and it’s time to earn your “High-Five for the Earth” souvenir. What EarthCache or CITO event are you going to find/attend?

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!

 

6 souvenirs. 5 Geocaching HQ’ers. 300 miles. 24 hours.

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Unless you’ve been living in an unfound geocache, you’ve probably heard about the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15. Just in case: we’ve challenged the geocaching community to earn 6 new souvenirs by finding 5 different types of geocaches before September 2.

But we’re not ones for issuing a challenge and not completing it ourselves. So not only will a group of folks from Geocaching HQ find all five types of geocaches that can earn the new souvenirs—they’re going to do it all in 24 hours on one epic road trip. Before the wheels start rolling, let’s get to know the crew:

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Bottom-Right: Zach (Jaquish)

  • Job: Mobile Developer
  • Souvenir: Meet Your Road Trip Crew
  • Zach’s van, Diego, is where all of the team will be spending their time in between finds.

Bottom-Left: Meg (Ponystream)

  • Job: Business Development Coordinator
  • Souvenir: Put On Your Thinking Cap
  • If you’ve ever found a GeoTour geocache, you can thank Meg. She helps local areas create awesome GeoTours in their areas.

Top-Left: Dave (HiddenGnome)

Top-Middle: Holly (HollyWollyOxenFree)

  • Job: Guest Experience Coordinator
  • Souvenir: Fun with Favorites
  • Holly has one of the funnest jobs at HQ. She hosts the thousands of geocachers who come to Seattle and visit Geocaching HQ!

Top-Right: Paige (ThePaigeTurner)

  • Job: Marketing Specialist
  • Souvenir: High-Five for the Earth
  • Even though Zach is driving the van, Paige is behind the wheel of the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15. If you see her at HQ, be sure to give her a high-five for the fun!

We’ll be putting together a video of the whole journey after it happens—but you don’t have to wait for that to come out to join the fun. Follow @GoGeocaching on Twitter or stay tuned to this blog post to follow their journey live. We’ll post updates, photos and more. The adventure will kick-off this Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 8:30 am PST at this event.


P.S. Yes, you’re correct. Not all of the souvenirs will be available during our road trip. We know. We’re going to see if we can find all 5 types of geocaches that can earn souvenirs in 24 hours. Once the Put on Your Thinking Cap souvenir actually becomes available, we’ll each go find a Mystery Cache to earn it.


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