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It’s Prime Time for Geocache Owners

 

You did it! You hid the coolest, most creative geocache ever and followed all the necessary guidelines…right? Well, the fun doesn’t end there. As a geocache owner, you have a responsibility to maintain and manage your geocache after it is published. The hide itself is just the beginning of your geocache-owning journey.

Read these 9 tips for maintaining the coolest, most creative geocache ever.

To learn more about hiding a geocache or planning a Geocaching Event, visit the new Hide a Geocache page. Then, take this quiz to test your hiding knowledge.

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If you build it, they will cache. — “1988 Field of Dreams” (GC359Z4) — Geocache of the Week

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If you build it, they will cache. Photo by geocacher RVtrvlkids

If you build it, they will cache. Photo by geocacher RVtrvlkids

Geocache Name:

“1988 Field of Dreams” (GC359Z4)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

There are quite a few geocaches hidden at movie sets around the world, including the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. To celebrate the beginning of the 2015 Major League Baseball season in the United States, this geocache takes us to a pretty famous place in baseball history. If you’ve seen the 1988 film “Field of Dreams”, you’ll most likely recognize exactly where this geocache is.

What geocachers have to say:

“I ended up completely altering my original plans just to visit here. I had originally planned to take 380 down to Cedar Rapids and then catch 80 out of Iowa. Then I remembered this site and decided to see where it was. Turns out, it wasn’t too far off the route I was already on. So I just HAD to detour and check it out. Got here early in the morning. What a cool place! The cache took me way longer to find than it really should have, but I got it. Then I wandered down to the house and ballfield. Looks a lot different in winter than it did in the movie. I took the time to wander around and snap some photos and of course, walk the bases. Based on the footprints in the snow, I’m not the only one to do so recently. It is so cool that they preserved this place exactly how it appeared in the movie. How cool is that? I will have to return here some day when the field isn’t partially covered in snow and the corn is actually up. Thanks for bringing me to this awesome location today!” – Tsmola

“This was a focus cache, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I have seen this movie a few times, and seeing the movie set was thrilling! Walked around the bases, and wandered out into the corn field was exciting! Thanks so much for placing this cache, as I wouldn’t have never seen this place without it.” – outsiders2

“Another must visit cache on our 7 day road trip with outsiders2 and Dr. House. We all remember watching the movie probably more than a few times. Took some time out of the schedule and became tourists and take many photos and even bought a few souvenirs. TFTC” – DDTKR

What the geocache owner, The-DuHawks, have to say:

On the favorite points and positive logs: “I think it is wonderful. It is a special place for me. In the final scene of the movie, when all the cars were driving, with their lights on, to the Field, my parents, who were in their 70’s, were driving one of the cars. I find it unbelievable that, even after 25 years, there are 1,000’s of people visiting the Field of Dreams every year.”

 

Photos:

Don't be afraid to come out and get a few hits in. Photo by geocacher Drew136

Don’t be afraid to come out and get a few hits in. Photo by geocacher Drew136

At the entrance. Photo by geocacher Hack1of2

At the entrance. Photo by geocacher Hack1of2

The house from the movie. Photo by geocacher PJM (Iowa/Nederland)

The house from the movie. Photo by geocacher PJM (Iowa/Nederland)

 

Check out this video of this geocache from the Geocaching Vlogger:

Have you ever found a geocache at a movie set? 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!

Tools Of The (CITO) Trade

Germany's Frühjahrsputz am Kemnader See 2015 CITO group photo

Germany’s Frühjahrsputz am Kemnader See 2015 CITO group photo

Cache In Trash Out®, also known at CITO, is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers around the world have been dedicated to improving parks and other cache-friendly places. Through these volunteer efforts, we help preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources.

Geocachers around the world celebrate International Cache In Trash Out Weekend annually by hosting and participating in CITO events in their local area. Events might be focused on litter clean-up, removal of invasive species, revegetation efforts or building trails. Together, we make an enormous positive impact. Did we mention that we also have a bit of fun while we’re at it?

The 13th Annual Cache In Trash Out Weekend is scheduled for April 24-27, 2015.  So it’s time for you to roll up your sleeves. But what should you bring? What should you do? And my goodness, WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR? Don’t worry steadfast geocachers – we gotcha covered!

Lackeys Cindy, Carly, and Annika CITO up a storm

Lackeys Cindy, Carly, and Annika CITO up a storm

If you’re hosting a CITO, make sure to have:

  • A well stocked first aid kit
  • Directional signs so people can find the CITO location
  • Garbage bags – lots and lots of garbage bags
  • More garbage bags
  • Extra work gloves to protect hands
  • Necessary tools such as shovels, buckets, rakes, etc.
  • Water and snacks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Safety vests for high-traffic areas
  • A lanyard for your whistle, camera, GPS, or any other gear you may need within reach
The Geocaching CITO Host Kit includes: 10 Official CITO Trash Bags 1 CITO Vest 1 Pair CITO Work Gloves 1 Standard Lanyard  1 Lanyard Pen 1 CITO Geocoin- Gold 5 CITO Trackable Tags

The Geocaching CITO Host Kit includes:
10 Official CITO Trash Bags, 1 CITO Vest, 1 Pair CITO Work Gloves, 1 Standard Lanyard, 1 Lanyard Pen, 1 CITO Geocoin- Gold, 5 CITO Trackable Tags. The Kit includes some items for getting the job done, as well as some very sought after give-a-ways for your guests.

If you’re attending a CITO:

Definitely dress for the weather, and for the area you’ll be working. For example, if you plan to clear blackberry bushes, shorts probably aren’t your best choice. Always bring work gloves, water, snacks, sunscreen, plus any tools that might come in handy like a grabber, shovel, or rake. Pro tip: labeling your tools with your name and phone number is a great idea in case your tools get mixed up during the event.

Tools of the (CITO) Trade

Tools of the (CITO) Trade

What about CIRO (Cache in, Recycle Out)?

Did you know that blue is the new green? Recycling bags are for anything that we can reuse, so make sure to bring some recycling bags to pick up those discarded water bottles, beer/soda cans, and the like. We found 50 bags selling on Amazon (30-gallon capacity) for about $20.00.

Signal is a fan of Cache In RECYCLE Out

Signal is a fan of Cache In RECYCLE Out

Treat yourself:

You’ve worked hard. You smell like sweat and garbage. You’ve taken good care of Mother Earth. How about treating yourself to something pretty like a CITO Geocoin, Travel Tag, patch, pin, or a fresh T-shirt?

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All these CTIO-licious items can be found in our shop at shop.geocaching.com

Make it a daily habit:

Why wait for a special event? How about you always bring an extra bag or two, and help keep Mother Earth happy whenever you’re out searching for that next smiley?

CITO whenever the opportunity arises - Cheers!

Why wait? CITO whenever the opportunity arises!

Will you be attending or hosting a CITO event this year? Tell us about it in the comments below!

2.5 Weeks Left Until CITO Weekend 2015

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CITO Weekend is Coming Up! Find an Event and Earn Your Souvenir.

CITO (Cache In Trash Out®) Weekend is coming up soon! On April 24–27, geocachers around the world gather at events to clean up natural areas, plant trees or remove invasive species and earn a souvenir. If you’re planning on creating your own event, remember that all events must be submitted at least two full weeks before the event date.

For those planning on attending an event and earning your souvenir, check out the Event Calendar or new geocache search to find CITOs near you. Make sure to mark your ‘Will Attend’ to let the event organizers know you’re coming.

Find a CITO Event Near You

In Case You Missed It: Journey to the Center of the EarthCache

On April 1, we released a short documentary video featuring a group of brave geocachers as they journeyed to the most difficult EarthCache in the world. Their trip was nothing short of incredible. If you haven’t seen it, watch it here.

Ready to join the team? Show your HARDCORE EARTHCACHER pride with a t-shirt and sticker from Shop Geocaching.

Oh, the huge manatee! — Bubbles! (GC1VQ12) — Geocache of the Week

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Aww. Hugs for Bubbles. Photo by geocacher lorriebird

Aww. Hugs for Bubbles. Photo by geocacher lorriebird

Geocache Name:

Bubbles! (GC1VQ12)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/1

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

It’s been said that the best part of geocaching isn’t what you find, but who. And while out geocaching, you never know who (or what) you’ll meet. In the case of the Geocache of the Week, you’ll meet Bubbles, a giant manatee that likes to dress up for different holidays.Who knew manatees were so stylish?

What geocachers have to say:

“Found this morning. Bubbles had her Easter hat on. How cute! Thanks sheppardnik for bringing us here. We took several pictures with Bubbles.” – Livingourdream 2

“Great place for a cache and great photo op. Found the cache and posed for a quick pic with Bubbles. This one gets a favorite from us. TFTC” – Grand Illusion Crew

“How cute is this for a geocache!? Love it!” – HelloSweetie

 

Photos:

I never knew there were Irish manatees. Photo by geocacher jkandkt

I never knew there were Irish manatees. Photo by geocacher jkandkt

Rabbitee? Manabbit? Either way, here's Bubbles. Photo by geocacher Teachbs65

Rabbitee? Manabbit? Either way, here’s Bubbles. Photo by geocacher Teachbs65

Bubbles is ready to party. Photo by geocacher safechrisLaurie

Bubbles is ready to party. Photo by geocacher safechrisLaurie

 

What’s your best we-met-while-geocaching story? Tell us 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!


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