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Near the top of Europe (GC2BVRY) – Geocache of the Week

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Found it! Photo by geocacher bubendorf

Found it! Photo by geocacher bubendorf

Geocache Name:

Near the top of Europe (GC2BVRY)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

5/5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Beginning tomorrow, you can earn your Let’s Get Extreme Geocaching Road Trip ’15 souvenir by finding a D5 or a T5 geocache. Or, if you want to get SUPER EXTREME, you could find a 5/5 geocache like this one. This geocache is located on Mont Blanc, the highest point in Europe and one of the most popular alpine climbs on the continent.

What geocachers have to say:

[translated from German] “A super cache up here, great views safe is our highest cache and I’m pretty proud to have done it! thanks for hiding!” – D Gniesser

“It was our first find after the climbing Mont Blanc (summit). We have decided to look for the caches along the route on our way down. This cache was really great and I liked it very much. I also guess it´s my highest placed cache I´ve ever found. Merci!” – -Iti-

“My 6-th time on MontBlanc and 5-th successful time on the summit! And just first time remember to look for a cache :) It wasnt easy – still a lot of snow, ice. Was looking around, turning rocks for ~15 mins while found it :) Also placed small lithuanian flag to container. Thank you for cache in amazing place!” – Pilypas.lt

Photos:

On top! Photo by geocacher Maacher

On top! Photo by geocacher Maacher

Sunrise from the top of Europe. Photo by geocacher Gnas

Sunrise from the top of Europe. Photo by geocacher Gnas

On the way up! Photo by geocacher DeepButi

On the way up! Photo by geocacher DeepButi

The approach. Photo by geocacher heli89 & Mr. Pink !

The approach. Photo by geocacher heli89 & Mr. Pink !

What geocache are you planning to find for your Let’s Get Extreme souvenir? Post yours 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!

 

How a Geocaching.com Co-Founder Found Geo-Love

unnamedSome people find much more than just cache containers when they’re introduced to geocaching. Geocachers may discover parks they never knew existed, the hidden history of their community or even the sting of stepping in poison ivy. But some geocachers wander into something else. They’re lucky enough to find the person they’ll spend the rest of their lives with.

It happens. It happened to one of the founders of Geocaching.com. Bryan Roth attended a geocaching event fourteen years ago. Fellow founder Jeremy Irish encouraged Bryan to attend.

Bryan says, “This was the first of [88] total geocaching events that I’ve attended so far. Jeremy had suggested that I attend and I figured it’d be a great opportunity to meet some members of the local geocaching community. I really didn’t know what to expect but, of course, that day has changed my life forever.”

What happened next may have been one of the very first cases of geo-love.  The event’s name was innocent enough. It was called Washington Geocaching Potluck & Quilting Bee.

Event in 2001 where Bryan and Hydee met (Hydee far left of picture)

Bryan’s “will attend” log read, “I will be there (with chocolates).” Bryan says he wasn’t fishing for love with those chocolates, “Not at all.  At the time, I don’t think I was even looking for a date. I was only thinking about meeting geocachers and getting more involved with the local community.”

But Bryan says he soon met a geocacher named Hydee and her son Dylan. He remembers his first thought, “Yeah [my first thought was]—she looks like trouble.  I was right, of course.  ;)”

She later told Bryan the chocolates helped cement her intuitions that he was the right person for her. She loves chocolate.

Jon Stanley, Moun10Bike, hosted the event where Hydee and Bryan first met. Jon says, “That event is actually where I first met Bryan. I didn’t know that the spark had been lit at that time, but I soon found out. Hydee and her friend CameraThyme kept referring to “AFM,” which stood for “Action Figure Man.” After a while I discovered that this was their code name for Bryan. Then, all became clear!”

The Roth’s 10 Year Anniversary geocoin

Hydee’s friend CameraThyme also played a key role. Bryan says, “Thanks to CameraThyme for letting me know that Hydee was single.”

Bryan and Hydee were eventually married. They’ll be celebrating their 15th anniversary of meeting in November 2016.

Jon says Bryan and Hydee are lucky, geo-love can be a rare commodity, “I attend a fair amount of events, though, and while I’ve heard of people meeting through them, Bryan and Hydee are the only ones I personally can name who linked up as the result of an event!”

But you never know. Attend a geocaching event before September 2nd this year, and you might come away with more than just your Meet Your Road Trip Crew souvenir—you could meet your own Geo-Love.

Can’t get enough geocaching love? Check out these sweet videos from the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival.

Do you know any geocaching love stories?

 

 

Colorado’s South Park GeoTour

 
 
 

GeoTour: Colorado’s South Park
Location: South Park, Colorado
Number of Favorite Points: 385

 

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Explore hidden lakes surrounded by 14,000 ft peaks. (GC3PAXQ)

Why South Park is a great place to visit:

South Park offers world class recreation opportunities and a true wilderness experience. Activities include gold medal fishing, hiking some of the tallest peaks in the continental United States, and endless mountain bike and 4×4 trails.

Best time of year to visit:

Beat the heat and visit in the summer when highs are usually in the 70s. In July, there’s an annual Burro Days, music and arts festival, and the Park County Fair!

Must-see attractions:

Get lost in South Park City, a recreated 1880s mining town full of bits and pieces of Colorado’s pioneer heritage. Check out the Old Courthouse (GC3PCT7) across the street!

Hidden gems only the locals know about:

Don’t miss the Magnolia Mill (GC3PQ5Y) and its stunning views of mountain vistas and scenic waterfalls. In the winter, you can also spot ice climbers exploring the slopes above!

Prizes:

There are three unique trackable geocoins awarded to you for finding 30, 50, or 75 geocaches.

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GeoCoins

What geocachers are saying about South Park GeoTour:

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Discover ghost towns that still tell the stories of the miners and ranchers that once called South Park home. (GC3Q2F6)

“Cannot thank SPNHA, and Ms. ED (you know who you are) for all that this series allowed us to experience. You have our sincere appreciation and admiration. THIS is what geocaching is all about, and the CSP GeoTour is truly an experience that we will never forget.”-3 Williams Kidz

“THIS is why I geocache. Wow, beautiful! About half way up I wondered why I was doing this… Then I remembered there was a geocache at the top.”-Phyl & Mike

“This was my first CSP cache, and I’m impressed, by the quality of the cache page, the historical site, and the work on the container – all very nice. Found the cache and took a minute or two to check out the cabin, SL TFTC!” -hiking_fool

Additional Information:

You can also find the oldest geocache in Colorado while you are here (GC18)!

Visit The South Park National Heritage Area website for more information.

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Caches will bring you to unique locations that celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of South Park. (GC3PQ2Z)

 

{GHQ} Heidelberg Redux (GC2GA9Y) – Geocache of the Week

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The "Dotty-Wotty" house in Detroit, MI. Part of the Heidelberg Project. Photo Credit paulhitz

The “Dotty-Wotty” house in Detroit, MI. Part of the Heidelberg Project.
Photo Credit paulhitz

Geocache Name:

{GHQ} Heidelberg Redux (GC2GA9Y)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Discovering new places is one of the best parts of geocaching. For example, almost every city has hidden pockets of art—even Detroit. This geocache will take you to the Heidelberg Project. Wikipedia describes this neighborhood of art as, “an outdoor art project in Detroit, Michigan. It was created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey (“Grandpa Sam”) as an outdoor art environment in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on the city’s east side, just north of the city’s historically African-American Black Bottom area.” Many people wouldn’t even know about this amazing area had it not been for this geocache.

What geocachers have to say:

“This location is just another reason why I love geocaching. Without this cache being here, I would never have known this unique area existed in Detroit. Thanks for putting a cache here for me to find, and for seeing this local street art. Amazing spot.” – LucyLee

“So glad that we made it down here. I figured my niece would like the area and I was correct. We had fun trying to retrieve the cache but we got it. What an interesting place. As the CO said when I mentioned coming to get this one….take the time to explore. Thanks for placing this cache and bringing us down to the area.” – ShihTzumommy

“AWESOME! Anybody that enjoys art in any form should check this area out. very unique and creative, i’m sure the pictures speak for themselves. adding as a fav for the overall location. thanks” – RE4isNumber1

Photos:

Polka dots are so hot right now. Photo by ShihTzumommy

Polka dots are so hot right now. Photo by ShihTzumommy

What do you think happen next? Photo by mlaniel

What do you think happen next? Photo by mlaniel

Three happy geocachers in front of some of the art. Photo by MI Chickenlegs

Three happy geocachers in front of some of the art. Photo by MI Chickenlegs

What interesting art have you seen while geocaching? Post your 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!

 

 

Through Twist of Geocaching Fate, #PSNoBoundaries Photo Contest Brings International Space Station Travel Bug to Geocaching Block Party

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Earlier this year, the National Council for Exams of Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) kicked off the Surveyor Trackable and #PSNoBoundaries Geocaching Contest. Geocachers were challenged to explore benchmarking by taking a selfie with a NCEES trackable at a NGS marker. The winning photographer would receive a trip for two to the 2015 Geocaching Block Party in Seattle.

As a twist of geocaching fate would have it, the winning photographer was Lieutenant Bob Cizaukas (Username: cizzors). Bob happens to be the geocacher who made Geocaching in Space possible. In 2013, 11 trackables hitched a ride to the International Space Station with Astronaut Rick Mastracchio. Bob convinced Mastracchio to take the trackables into space with him on Expedition 38. He also made this an interactive experience for elementary school students in Connecticut by giving each trackable to a school so that students could follow its adventure into space.

Thanks to NCEES, Bob will now be bringing one of the trackables that made the voyage to space to Geocaching Block Party for other geocachers to enjoy! We asked him to tell us about his experience with #PSNoBoundaries.

How long have you been geocaching?

I started geocaching with my wife, Jennifer, my daughter Karisa and my son Ethan (little cizzors) in November 2010.

Why did you start geocaching?

I geocache with my family and friends to exercise and be adventurous. My wife likes hiking, but I seemed to enjoy hiking more with the challenge of finding a cache. We also really enjoy the great places we have discovered and the friends we have made through geocaching.

I learned about geocaching through a chance conversation with a hot air balloon pilot about navigation. The pilot, while explaining how her GPS helps guide her hot air balloon, mentioned that she also uses the GPS for geocaching which intrigued me and so it began. I don’t recall her name and never saw her again after that 30 minute conversation in November 2010.

Tell us about the NCEES #PSNoBoundaries winning photo!

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Blooper photo #1!

My family had never found a benchmark before so we were excited about finding one and taking a picture. We noticed there was one on the Thomaston, CT Police Department, not far from our home. We activated our new trackable, attached a bicycle reflector (since we have seen surveyors use reflectors) and headed out. My daughter Karisa, age 7, my son Ethan, age 10 and our dog Pluto, age 7 months, headed out in our geomobile to search for the benchmark. We found it and intended on getting Pluto in the photo but he wouldn’t stay still and didn’t make it into the final submission. We took the photo and a couple months later we found out we won!

The picture was of NCEES surveyor TB (TB726TN) at Benchmark LX0604.

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Blooper photo #2! Pluto did not make the final cut.

What was the first thing you did when you learned you won tickets to Geocaching Block Party?

When I found out I won, I called my wife at work and told her the exciting news. I have always wanted to go to the Geocaching Block Party but have not had the opportunity.

What is the #1 thing you are excited for at Block Party?

I am most excited to be able to show everyone attending my Geocaching in Space bug (TB5JJN1) and the ISS geocache log.

What tip would you share with new players who want to start having fun with trackables?

My advice to new geocachers wanting to have fun with trackables is to do your best to log them and drop them into another cache as soon as possible. I also like to post a picture when possible. Attending geocaching events and asking questions to other cachers is how I found the best information about trackables.

We also asked Bob to take the What’s Your Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 Vehicle? quiz. His result was “Station Wagon.” (Although we’re guessing he’ll be taking an airplane to Block Party!)

The last Geocaching Block Party will be Saturday, August 15. Explore new geocaching adventures, celebrate 15 years of geocaching, and hang out with nearly 3000 of your new best friends. There will be plenty of fun events, food trucks, interactive exhibits and vendors. Plus, it’s a great way to earn the Meet Your Road Trip Crew souvenir. Mark your Will Attend here.


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