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Nano gets a new twist — Nano Invasion: A Tangled Mess (GC3YJ5Z) — Geocache of the Week

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Technically, it's still a nano.

Technically, it’s still a nano.

 

Geocache Name:

Nano Invasion: A Tangled Mess (GC3YJ5Z)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

3.5/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

It’s no secret that micro and nano geocaches sometimes get a bad rap. But with the right creativity and work ethic, even the smallest geocaches can be a big adventure. To sign the micro logbook in this geocache, you’ll have to work the container through a series of tubes until it reaches the exit. Be patient and you’ll earn your smiley in no time!

 

What geocachers are saying:

“Talk about frustrating! When we found the cache I was quite confused based on the size of the container and the nano title. Man was I in for a surprise when I opened the container! While avoiding the ants and other crawley things, this one took me a few minutes to get worked around. Just glad to have figured it out. #7 with HerroSone. Submitted this one to Geocaching.com as one of the best field puzzles around!!” – Wild Dog Clan

“Got this with the kids after a long day at the beach! Awesome Cache!” – Superhero Team

“Its Caches like this that keep this game interesting. Not what we were expecting… Everyone took turns at retrieving the nano. WOW! Mahalo For The Cache!” – KALA696

What the geocache owner, ValerieAndMason, has to say:

“A few years back there was a flurry of urban nano hides (with spotty coordinates) that kind of took the fun out of the game for a large portion of the active geocachers on Oahu. My wife and I actually like nanos so I began thinking of unconventional ways to hide them, this is the one that started it all. It’s a pvc pipe maze that was built to fit the container, I had no idea what it was going to look like when I started. There was no blueprint just “what ever looked good”. I’ve already told myself that if this one goes missing, the replacement will be twice as big and ten times harder so for everyone’s sanity I hope it never gets muggled.

The goal is to make something different that will excite or even frustrate (sorry) others but still gives them a sense of satisfaction once it’s done. Favorite points are always appreciated but never expected, when we do get them we know we did something right.We really enjoy reading the logs and find ourselves going back to read them all again, from the FTF to the most recent. They also help to keep us motivated to find and build even more creative caches.

We can only hope that our geocaches keep the game fun and exciting for others and gets the gears turning for those brilliant minds out there. We know that ammo cans in the woods are the most popular and preferred geocache, especially for the veterans, but the handmade, imaginative ones are the most memorable to us.”

 Photos:

You'll have to work the geocache through the tubes from start to finish.

You’ll have to work the geocache through the tubes from start to finish.

The nano and the tubes in their case.

The nano and the tubes in their case.

The geocache in the wild. Photo by geocacher havespots

The geocache in the wild. Photo by geocacher havespots

 

What’s the best micro-sized geocache you’ve ever found? Tell us 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!

The Story Behind the Photo

 

There are no ordinary days for the adventurous geocaching duo “Chiliconsushi.” The couple spends their free time geocaching all over the world together, 30 different countries so far. They document their travels through photography, a personal blog, and detailed geocache logs. Out of their nearly 2,000 finds, GC41D89 in Laos is one of their most memorable. Here is the story behind the incredible photo they took at the geocache location.

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The young geocache watcher

 

“This cache is in Luang Prabang. We left the touristy places in order to reach this geocache. What we found was unexpected… a temple right in the middle of a rural area surrounded by the forest. The place was peaceful and quiet. At GZ (ground zero) we started searching under the stare of some young monks. One of them walked toward us but didn’t say anything. He grabbed the tip of a “temple-like” construction, put his hand in the hole and there was the geocache…the scene was unreal. We felt like adventurers, lost in the jungle, reaching a grail. After signing the logbook we gave it back to the young monk, we bowed to them, smiled and left trying to believe what just happened,” Chiliconsushi.

 

The road to the temple

The road to the temple

 

And there you have it. Geocaching takes you to the most magical places.  What magical place do you want geocaching to take you??

To see more of Luang Prabang (and additional stunning pictures), follow Chiliconsushi’s blog Seth et Lise.

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Squabbling roosters in Luang Prabang

 

Geocacher Finds a Veteran’s Lost Dog Tags – 25 Years Later

“Stranger still is what I found on my way into the location. I found hanging from a tree an authentic set of military dog tags.”

– Kelley Piekarek

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Found while searching for “1415 Challenge” outside Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kelley Piekarek geocached in the northern U.S. state of Michigan in the ice cold of winter. That’s an act of bravery that might warrant its own story. But on January 6, Kelley came out of the snowy woods around Ann Arbor with more than a geocache find. As she tromped to the location of the hidden geocache container, she caught the flash of metal in a low tree. Kelley thought it might be a Geocaching game piece called a Travel BugⓇ. The game pieces resemble dog tags. But she soon recognized them as a weathered pair of real military dog tags.

“It honestly looked like the small tree had grown up through the chain, it was that twisted in.” Kelley said.

Kelley in January of this year

Kelley in January

Holding those dog tags in her hands, she made a decision. She’d find their owner, Raymond Morin. Kelley said, “First I contacted the Armory at the recommendation of a fellow Geocacher on Facebook. They were only able to tell me he was not dead.” Kelley kept asking questions. She placed a call Veteran’s Affairs. They were unable to help. A Wisconsin lead fizzled. Facebook didn’t lead anywhere.

Then, Kelley got a break, “I searched the online White Pages and found a person of this name lived in a town nearby. I called the number and spoke to Henry Morin, Raymond’s dad and he told me that yes, his son was in the military and his penchant for wandering in the woods.”

Raymond's lost dog tags

Raymond’s lost dog tags

Raymond’s parents said he’s lived in a group home for the past twelve years. They met at the home. Almost as soon as Kelley walked in the door she was able to place the dog tags into Raymond’s hands.

She said the search to find Raymond mirrored geocaching, “It was really an uplifting experience. This whole thing has been a lot like a puzzle cache-but in reverse-where I found the cache and then had to find the owner, following few clues. He and his parents were very gracious and appreciative.”

Look at these three pictures, as the exchange happened. 

Kelley meets Raymond

Kelley meets Raymond

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Grateful hugs are exchanged

Selfie with dog tags

Selfie with dog tags

“…they believe he lost the tags about 25 years ago.”

They discovered the tags were lost for more than two decades. Kelley said, “They discussed it and they believe he lost the tags about 25 years ago. He remembers setting them down when he was walking in the woods when he first was getting sick but could not find them again. Apparently he lived only a mile or so away from where I found the tags.”

And Kelley was ready to act when she found those tags. Being an everyday hero has been part of her life.

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Each geocacher chooses a username. Kelley chose her’s when she started geocaching in 2006. She wanted that name to inspire her young children, to teach them an important lesson. That lesson she says, “Live your life as an example to others of ‘a good person.’ Someone who loves others and respects themselves, does good for the community and asks nothing in return. Thinks of others first and encourages learning in all its aspects.”

Kelley’s Geocaching username name is I-AM-THAT-HERO. Kelley says, “I believe kids need to see more ordinary hero’s So ‘I am that hero’ to my kids.”

And now she’s that quiet hero to a veteran, his family and so many more.

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Raymond was honorably discharged from the military in 1984

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Raymond wearing his dog tags

‘Tis Only a Flesh Wound — On a Dark Night (GC1JHWA) — Geocache of the Week

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Are you brave enough to earn this smiley?

Are you brave enough to earn this smiley?

Geocache Name:

On a Dark Night (GC1JHWA)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/2

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

As nearly any geocacher knows, scrapes, scratches and other flesh wounds are inevitable when you’re searching for a geocache in the woods. But just like the black knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, mere flesh wounds can’t stop a geocacher. This geocache also reminds everyone to keep their sense of humor around while out searching. If you’re up for the challenge of finding this geocache, grab your coconuts (from an African Swallow, of course) and embark on your journey!

If you need a reference for the joke, here’s a YouTube clip. Warning: Some violence and mild language.

 

What geocachers are saying:

“I couldn’t help but think this was supposed to be a night cache! Anyway as I spotted GZ a huge grin appeared on my face – loved this one! :)” – slieschke

“Having found the tribute cache to the Co a couple of weeks ago I took the opportunity today to find a couple and this was number one… worth the effort… and deserving of the fave points… left my own fave point, some Phillipino coin and Hamster Tag tb that I found in the tribute cache to continue on… tftc…” – Peppa

“Wow, wow, wow… This trail is really upping the game for the caches that I have found thus far. I also think that I am going to be out of Fav’ Points as I keep giving them to every cache of ‘wingaap’ that I visit including this one! The idea and just finding the cache gave me a giggle and the wow factor. Awesome!” – MinkosDes

 Photos:

A brave warrior facing almost nearly certain ankle biting.

A brave warrior facing almost nearly certain ankle biting.

The black knight and his creator, Wingaap.

The black knight and his creator, Wingaap.

What’s the funniest geocache you’ve ever found? Tell us 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!

December’s Geocacher of the Month

Geocachers of the world, earlier this month you read about the three outstanding geocaching teams nominated for December 2014’s Geocacher of the Month award. Spanning three countries and two continents, these folks are absolutely the cream of the geocaching crop…assuming there is such a thing.

And the nominees are…

 

Ralph en Thomas is a geocaching duo out of the Netherlands whose creative cache hides are piling up with favorite points and include everything from beautifully crafted trackable hotels to spine-chilling night-caches.

Geocaching team Ralph en Thomas

Geocaching team Ralph en Thomas

seastar255 is a husband-and-wife team known for their above-and-beyond CITO events on the Space Coast of Florida. Their works helps keep the geocaching game board (earth) a clean and healthy place for all.

The Seastars at their favorite zone.

The Seastars at their favorite zone.

Starkiller_ geocaches out of Ontario and is an all-around awesome guy. His monthly geocaching workshops help people advance their geocaching game, and his work with local municipalities and conservation authorities has brought geocaching to places where it might not have been otherwise. 

Starkiller_, taking geocaching to new heights.

Starkiller_, taking geocaching to new heights.

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

After tallying the sentiment and reading the comments, Starkiller_ has been officially named the Featured Geocacher of the Month for December 2014.

 

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Congratulations Starkiller_ !

Starkiller_’s contributions to his local geocaching community are well-established. Blort says, “Starkiller_ takes great effort to research local history to make interesting caches that teach and inform. He has a knack of finding information that often the people next door do not even know about their area. His CITO events are always well done, complete with a catered breakfast in the woods and lots of local politicians and VIP’s in attendance. Great press coverage follows that showcasing geocaching as a very positive hobby.”

adh-yow says, “Whether it was the canoe-borne adventure associated with North Cassel, the incredible creativity of The Rocky Road or the learning opportunities he’s offered through his many South Nation Conservation caches, his time and effort to promote caching in Eastern Ontario has touched many visitors to this part of Canada. Many thanks Starkiller – you exemplify what geocaching can – and should be!”

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Did we mention that Starkiller_ hosts regular monthly workshops on different topics related to geocaching? If you’re in Eastern Ontario and you’re interesting in up-leveling your geocaching game, you’re probably going to want to find a seat at the table above. Don’t worry…there’s always room for more folks.

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waxwing454 says, “Starkiller_ is a great geocaching friend and is always helpful as far as advice goes. He’s encouraged me to hold my own event which would never have happened without his support and encouragement. The monthly events which are held in small town in Eastern Ontario attracts ‘cachers from far and wide since they know that besides being able to enjoy a good meal with great caching company, will learn something valuable at the workshop.”

Starkiller_ will receive the very special Geocacher of the Month coin and a special prize package from Geocaching HQ, in recognition of his efforts.

Send your kudos to Starkiller_ and our other December Geocacher of the Month Nominees. They’ve made the hobby we love a little more fun. :)

 

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

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


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