This summer, geocachers around the globe will embark on the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 to celebrate 15 years of adventure and exploration. Nowadays, no road trip is complete without photographic evidence! Tag your posts on Instagram with #Geocaching15 for the chance to have your photos become geocaching famous.
Over the next few months, we’ll feature our favorite photos tagged with #Geocaching15. Sign up for the Geocaching Co-Pilot mailing list to see if your photos are featured.
At the end of Geocaching Road Trip ‘15, we’ll select the best of the best and feature them in our weekly newsletter (reaching over 6 million geocachers around the world!) and on social media. Here are some of our favorite photos to get your wheels turning:
Raise your hand if in middle-school math class you said, “I’ll never use this stuff!” Don’t worry, my hand is raised, too. And now here we are, remembering back to our algebra teacher’s lessons so we can earn another smiley.
Excellent journeys and even better puzzles go hand-in-hand. This geocache combines the two and adds in a fantastic geocache container to create a story-worthy moment. All you have to do is figure out the numbers, remember how to use the Pythagorean theorem to solve the puzzle and unlock the lock. Simple!
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!
Doing a happy dance by yourself after making a find is fun, but nowhere near as much fun as doing a happy dance with a bunch of your friends. No, really—see for yourself.
The Geocaching Road Trip ‘15, celebrating 15 years of Geocaching, is kicking off in a little under two weeks. Now is the time to get your friends to join you on the adventure. It’s easy. Just use our Refer a Friend page to post an invite on Facebook or Twitter, or to send an invite email. It’ll have all the details your friends need to join Geocaching. Plus, you’ll have the chance to earn a few more stats.
Begin assembling your Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 team now! Visit the Refer a Friend page.
We all know the online log is where the meat of your geocaching story goes after a successful find.
There’s one constant with your traditional geocaching experience. You find the geocache and you sign the log book. Usually the geocache logbook get nothing more than a signature and a quick smiley-face. But some geocache owners have taken their maker madness to the next level, crafting such elegant and clever logbooks you’ll wish you had more to say.
As with this Tolkien-inspired logbook by Mr Derek M, some geocache owners decide to fit the logbook to the theme of the geocache. Lord of the Rings fans may find themselves scrambling for good Gandalf quotes after they’ve made this find. Might we suggest, “Not all who wander are lost…”?
There are logbooks that take things literally. And when we say literally, we really mean literally.
Just because it’s a nano, doesn’t mean it can’t have a cool logbook!
The Geocaching HQ Geocache logbook is one example of a non-traditional logbook. Visitors to Geocaching HQ take their silly photos in a photo-booth, and paste one of the resulting photo-strips in the photo-logbook.
In a similar vein, this Hong Kong geocache has finders take selfies with a Polaroid, which they can place in the log on the spot.
Amidst all this creativity, practicality has a role to play as well. As a geocache owner, you may simply not want to have to replace the logbook very frequently. The solution? Giant logbook.
Of course, it’s really at Event-Caches where you can take your logbook creativity to the next level.
Geocaching partnered with Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney to create a fun set of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul trackable tags to celebrate the book’s release last year. What you may not know is that the Wimpy Kid trackables came about because Jeff Kinney is a geocacher. He enjoys taking his kids out on geocaching adventures. We are thrilled that he wanted to share one of his geocaching experiences with us.
If you are following his series, you will be excited to learn that the next book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, will be released on November 3, 2015. This book is particularly exciting because it will go on sale on the same day in 90 countries around the world, which has never been done by any book before!
Kinney shared one of his geocaching experiences with us, in his own words.
By Jeff Kinney
When I first learned about geocaching a few years back, I was thoroughly confused. People have stored little treasures in hiding places all around me? It seemed like an odd pastime to me. But mysterious and exciting at the same time.
I was looking for something fun (and cheap) to do with my two sons. And so I downloaded the Geocaching app. I was ready to head off into the wilderness some miles away, armed with a walking stick and an iPhone, braving ticks and scrambling over felled trees. But as a swarm of blue dots filled the map on my screen, I was surprised (alarmed?) to find that there was a hidden treasure not 200 yards from the back of my house.
Now this was exciting. I made sure my kids had adequate footwear and we headed out, stepping from the verdant grass of our backyard into actual raw nature. There was some scrambling and some hopping over creeks formed by snow melt runoff. There was some negotiating of brambles. There may have even been some burs. I’ll admit, I’m not exactly the outdoor type, so the thrill of forging my way through the wild… with two of my progeny in tow… had the feeling of real danger.
Eventually, we reached a clearing where power lines cut through the woods (OK, so maybe it wasn’t raw nature). By now, we were getting close. The pulsing blue dot was nearby, but where could the hiding spot be? These were early days of GPS pinpointing, and the dot hopped madly around the screen. It seemed that our quarry was on the move, taunting us.
I was waiting for the dot to stop. Then we’d creep up on it, look down, and find the treasure at our feet.
My kids must’ve detected the confusion on my face. This was a strange ordeal for them to begin with, so the sight of me spinning in place and shaking my iPhone violently didn’t give them a feeling of confidence.
But then I realized I needed to start thinking like the first person who had decided that this was the place to hide a cache. I gave up on the teleporting dot on my phone and started using my eyes.
My eyes fell to a fallen tree. It was all starting to come together. But where was the cache? Under the tree? Oh no! Did someone place a cache in this spot and a tree fell on it? This was going to be very hard to explain to my sons.
By then, my eldest son had climbed over the tree to investigate it from a different angle. And that’s when he found it. A plastic box, hidden in a hole in the log.
A real eureka moment. Inside the box was a giant pencil. A decent treasure for the effort put in. We added our names to the log, proud members of a long list of explorers who had come to the same spot, but from different starting places.
Neither of my kids saw me palm a baseball I had brought from home and slip it into the box before putting it back in the fallen tree. I didn’t need the tears.
A good bite-sized adventure and one I’ve repeated in locales further from home.
I never did teach them how to throw a baseball.
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