How to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!

This Seattle area geocacher is well known for his futuristic, technological, and creative hides. His caches typically utilize electronic elements such as with lights, screens, buttons, and even electronic kick-pedals, originally from a drum set. Creating a special geocache with so many components is a complicated puzzle and Bouncebounce’s ingenuity is the catalyst to put it all together.

Since he began in 2014, Bouncebounce has taken the caching world by storm—challenging what defines a cache container. The technical skills and extreme level of detail are consistent characteristics of his hides and leave cache finders in awe.

If you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, put Bouncebounce caches on your List—they may inspire your own cache creation spirit!

Geocaching HQ: What’s your background outside of geocaching?

I’m a building engineer. However, I’ve always enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together, trying to find new ways to make things work and troubleshoot issues.  

Geocaching HQ: How and when did you hear about geocaching?

In 2014, we went on a family vacation to Newport, Oregon. While visiting the aquarium we saw on their website that they had three special caches to find. We found those and then cached from Newport to Seattle on the way home.    

Geocaching HQ: Which cache got you hooked?

While we cached our way home from Newport, we stopped in Astoria. G-7 (GC1B4FP, now archived) took something everyday normal and made a cache out of it. We spent forever looking until a worker asked if we had found it yet. With a little nudge, we figured it out and I spent the rest of the drive home thinking how and where could I do something like that.

Geocaching HQ: What is the story behind your username?

I leave bouncy balls as swag—my son suggested “Bouncy Ball” which evolved into Bouncebounce.  

Geocaching HQ: What is your favorite cache you’ve found?

Johnny Islands Throne Room (GC57ZJR). This cache has everything I aspire to include in a cache… puzzles, electronics, details, and FUN!

Geocaching HQ: What keeps you engaged with the game?

The social aspect. I appreciate the feedback from great logs where people share the excitement I was able to bring to them. Events where people can unlock and discover my puzzle boxes are fun, but I really enjoy just talking with people. Because of all the positive feedback I’ve received, I am always thinking of new ways to create great experiences for future caches.    

Geocaching HQ: For you, what makes a quality cache?

Anything that you can tell the cache owner put time and effort into creating the cache. Frequently, I get messages from other cachers looking for advice or help, which I’m happy to provide. I believe that quality caches make the game more exciting.  

Geocaching HQ: What’s the best approach to creating a geocache?

First you need a location that will work well and not get muggled. Try to utilize items in that location that will blend in and create a fun experience for those finding it.

Geocaching HQ: If someone reading this was looking for inspiration, what words of advice would you give them?

Take your time and build something that is going to last. Anything that is interactive is always fun. Most importantly, it needs to be something you have fun making that will show in the end product. It’s about quality not quantity.  

Geocaching HQ: You have a number of complicated and intricate caches. Do you find it difficult to provide maintenance on them?

If you take the time to create a good cache, maintenance shouldn’t be an issue. That being said, the environment the cache is in may say otherwise. For my caches, I always try to make sure I have the correct container and power source for the location to prevent those issues.  

Geocaching HQ: Have you ever had an idea that you thought was impossible?

Nothing is impossible, but you need to decide how much time and money you want to invest in a cache.

Geocaching HQ: Do you have a favorite hide of your own active caches?

520 Travel Bug Hotel, one of my smart gadget caches. I was able to build this cache to blend into its environment so well that I receive messages from cachers asking where it is because it looks so real they don’t want to touch it. One of my favorite details is the warning sign above it, stating that it is indeed a geocache. I’m continually modifying this cache (and others as well) to continue to bring new and exciting experiences to those who find them. Since it’s a clean and secure TB hotel, it gets repeat visitors swapping out TBs frequently.

With an endless amount of information, articles, and videos at your fingertips we have the ability to learn anything. It’s easy to stay in our comfort zone but our challenge to you is to add something new to your next cache, or to create your first geocache and hide it!

It’s always good to try something new, and who knows, maybe you’ll create the next Geocache of the Week!

Andrew Baldwin
Andrew is a community manager at Geocaching HQ. He is typically laughing at his own jokes, getting into mischief with Signal, or looking for the next adventure.