What is your favorite geocaching memory of 2021?

As 2021 comes to a close and we turn the page to the new year, we have reflected on our favorite geocaching memories from the past year and what we’re looking forward to in 2022. Of course, we wouldn’t have these memories or aspirations without you, the geocaching community, so we went to our social media to ask the same questions: “What was your favorite geocaching memory of 2021?” and “What geocaching moments are you looking forward to in 2022?”

Below, we compiled some of the best responses for your reading pleasure!

HQ: What was your favorite geocaching memory of 2021?

Seemyshell: Moving across the other side of the world (Australia to USA) to marry the geocacher I randomly met after the Giga in Cincinnati.

HQ: What geocaching moments are you looking forward to in 2022?

Seemyshell: More geocaching adventures, travelling across the USA and ticking off the 50 states.

HQ: What was your favorite geocaching memory of 2021?

berdwn: Any time I was geocaching.

HQ: What geocaching moments are you looking forward to in 2022?

berdwn: Any time I will be geocaching.

HQ: What was your favorite geocaching memory of 2021?

LawFunTimes: We started geocaching in November 2020 and hit the ground running. We met cachers who became fast friends, some who had been geocaching for years and some who were relative newbies like us. We teamed up with some of these cachers to take on a series of caches in Pennsylvania called the War of the Roses. Intense puzzles, even more intense hiking, and a surprise twist for a final puzzle that has you kayaking to an island in the middle of the Susquehanna River.

We had always been an outdoor family, but scaling rock walls, fording creeks, uphill climbing through briars and brambles, and above all kayaking were all skillsets we didn’t possess before 2021. We set out for the final War of the Roses cache with a group of good caching friends and it was an amazing day on the river. The whole series pushed us to our limit in such a good way, but that cache specifically was the greatest caching moment of 2021 by far for us!

HQ: What geocaching moments are you looking forward to in 2022?

yevgets: We have four kids, ages 3 to 10, so any time spent outside with them is a good time! I LOVE geocaching for that reason—spending time with my favorite people in beautiful and new places. Also, unless we have a really busy caching December, we’ll be hitting our 1000 milestone in the new year. I also am planning a weekend away with my good friend and puzzle-solving buddy, cachingcrew6, to go after a mess of Mystery Caches around Rehoboth, Delaware.

HQ: What was your favorite geocaching memory of 2021?

LeighTimbe: Starting to geocache! My fiance and I quickly became addicted this summer and found 100 already—even in multiple states!

HQ: What geocaching moments are you looking forward to in 2022?

LeighTimbe: In 2022 we are looking forward to finding even more—especially on our honeymoon to Hawaii!

Naturally, we wanted to extend these questions to Geocaching HQ’s president and co-founder Bryan Roth, as well! Here’s what Bryan had to say:

HQ: What was your favorite geocaching memory of 2021?

Bryan: I actually have two favorite 2021 geocaching memories, and it’s really tough to choose just one.

The first was my July 9th Community Celebration Event on Long Island (GC8HJBM). The Geocachers of Long Island helped me to coordinate an event for 200-300 geocachers in Eisenhower Park. I was home visiting my family for July 4th and I brought them all to the Event. It was really cool for my parents, brother and sister (and their families) to get to attend a geocaching Event and to meet other members of the geocaching community. It was my first event in a very long time and so much fun to be there.

Another ‘favorite’ geocaching moment for me in 2021 was on November 18th when I attended GC20YR5 – The Day We Met. The event was the 4th in a series of anniversary events celebrating the fact that I met my wife Heidi and son Dylan at GC26D6 20 years ago on November 18, 2001. We’ve held a 5, 10, and 15 year event, and this one was a 20 year celebration for our family. It was so wonderful to see how many geocachers showed up to celebrate with us, including a few who had been at the first event in 2001.

HQ: What geocaching moments are you looking forward to in 2022?

Bryan: I am very much looking forward to the Geocaching 20th Anniversary Celebration Event (GC896PK) so we can welcome the global community to Seattle to celebrate 20 (or now 22) years of Geocaching. I am also looking forward to getting back to Mega and Giga Event travel again. So many of us at HQ would love to be back out in the community, attending events around the world, and seeing our geocaching friends in person once again.

It’s been a busy year, and there’s lots to look forward to, but none of it would be possible without the global geocaching community. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you and can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store! We’ll leave that one up to you, geocachers. Make 2022 the best story yet.

Eric is a Community Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. Among other things, he's passionate about animals, the outdoors, and reading.