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When there are 366 days in a year…

This Leap Day, Get Outside!

It only happens every four years. It gives us 366 calendar days which means we all have one extra day to go geocaching. So of course, we’re celebrating with a souvenir — actually, make that two!

The first souvenir can only be earned on Leap Day itself — February 29 — by attending a geocaching event. The other souvenir can be earned all weekend long (February 27-29) by getting outside and finding a geocache. 

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Why does Leap Day exist?

Leap Day exists to correct for the difference between the calendar year and the astronomical year. The 365 days of the calendar year represent Earth’s movement around the sun every 365 days. But Earth just ate a pizza and is actually moving a bit slower than that: it takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds for Earth to revolve around the sun.

And so, the calendar is adjusted to compensate for that extra time, by adding an extra day to the year about every four years (but not every four years). If we didn’t correct for the difference between the two calendars, the northern hemisphere would eventually end up celebrating New Year’s Eve during summer. In the southern Hemisphere, more cities might see a snowy Christmas. By the year 2736, the US would celebrate the 4th of July in deep winter.

And if you like swirling down an interesting internet search spiral on the mixed-up history of the Julian and Roman calendars, click here.

 

Geocaching near GC322MF in Croatia.
Leaping at GC322MF in Croatia.

Alex
Alex is a Community Manager at Geocaching HQ. When things get crazy, she sends in the big puns. She is also an avid [fill in outdoor activity here] and has secret (not anymore) dreams about having lots and lots of cats.
  • Janne

    Where can I see how the souvenirs look?

  • Najla

    Is it only in the US or worldwide?

  • Najla

    I mean for the souvenirs!

  • Mark Story Jenks

    Some years ago a boy and his father planted one out in front of my house, under a buoy. I think I whacked it with the weed whacker by accident. I should put a new one there. Hint: “Slow Speed No Wake”.

  • Ellen Hayes

    Geocaching is worldwide but some areas it is scarce. Geocaching can be done by pulling up a map that shows cache locations in the area you want searched.

  • Ellen Hayes

    Souvenirs ? Not sure what your meaning. The items placed in a cache usually do not have a value some times they are a item like a Childs toy you get at a hamburger restaurant or a decal to place on your car. But nothing of value

  • Ellen Hayes

    These items placed in caches usually have no value. They are usually items
    Like a Childs toy such as a ball or yoyo or a postcard. Or pin on type button.

  • Tami Friedrich Trakh

    I think the others are referring to the souvenir the post refers to for leap day: “The first souvenir can only be earned on Leap Day itself — February 29 — by attending a geocaching event. The other souvenir can be earned all weekend long (February 27-29) by getting outside and finding a geocache. ” I have the same question. Thank you

  • TrecOn!

    actually Ellen whats placed IN the caches is “swag”. Souvenirs are special awards/stamps you receive from Geocache Headquarters. (GH) They are seen and added to your profile.

  • mel carrol

    I have a coin traveling w me I want a close event I can take it to .I’m in eugene or

  • Mark Kettelhut

    Does attending an event on the 29th earn both souvenirs? Or is the other one specifically for a ‘regular’ or non-event cache?

  • Fab Seeker

    Hi ! It seems that it willl earn only the “event” souvenir. The other souvenir to get between the 27th and the 29th is for any type of caches “except” an event.

  • Sisi

    If you mean where you can earn souvenirs, then location is not important. Event in China or geocache in Antarctica are fine 🙂