Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056 - photo courtesy of ~M&M~
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Hilma Hooker (GC2W056) — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC2W056
by Hud4
Difficulty:
2
Terrain:
5
Location:
Bonaire
N 12° 05.974 W 068° 17.213
Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056 - photo courtesy of ~M&M~
Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056 – photo courtesy of ~M&M~

Ahoy, geocachers! When most geocachers think of T5 geocaches, they usually think of climbing to the top of a steep mountain. But some intrepid geocachers know that diving down, deep down, like, 29 meters (100 feet) down, is what T5s are really all about.

Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056 - photo courtesy of Lichtchef
Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056 – photo courtesy of Lichtchef

The Hilma Hooker is a shipwreck in the Caribbean Netherlands, and is well known as a popular wreck diving site. The ship was built during the 1950’s in the Netherlands and eventually ended up as a vessel used by a Colombian shipping company.

Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056 photo courtesy of De Prinnies
Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056 photo courtesy of De Prinnies

In the summer of 1984, after several months of surveillance for suspicious activities, the ship was detained in Bonaire. It was neglected for an extended period of time and took on a considerable amount of water. On September 7th, the ship was towed to anchorage, and then at 9:08 am, September 12th, the Hilma Hooker sank in just two minutes. That’s right—all 71.78 meters (235.5 feet) of this ship sank in less time than it takes to cook an egg.

Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056
Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056

The coordinates will take you to the shipwreck buoys; however, the actual geocache is 29 meters (100 feet) underwater at the shipwreck itself. The log is in the sand under the yardarm of the ship’s main mast. Here are some logs from those who’ve made the dive:

“Very nice location to visit! The wreck is easy to dive around also for less experienced divers. Just watch out the depth and current. The wreck is guarded by a couple of big tarpons (fish) and has a funny history. TFTC!” –Exploring bear

“A few days ago I have only my Open Water Diver certification get. And now even followed my first underwater cache. When we discovered the ship I was impressed. After we had found the Madonna we could create the Logproof photos. I’m still fascinated by this cache.” –moestaverne77

“As I was by myself I did a guided dive on this great wreck. Thanks a lot for all the information provided – the ship really has an interesting history and appears to have (been) sunk in a perfect location… Visibility was pretty good and there were no other divers apart from us. Using nitrox we could spent enough time to explore the wreck and of course to ‘stoop down and with the finger write on the ground’ my cachername ‘kinderarzt’… Although, by now it has probably turned into dust and ashes. Great idea – worth a blue ribbon just as blue as the surrounding water. TFTC” –kinderarzt

“Thanks for placing a cache at this famous dive spot. In this way we could log our first “terrain 5” cache without having to do major climbing .” –Woffi

  • Geocache Hilma Hooker GC2W056

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Hilma Hooker (GC2W056) — Geocache of the Week
Hilma Hooker (GC2W056) — Geocache of the Week
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Petrified Forest- Route 66—Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC3EPG9
by PEFO Ranger
Difficulty:
2.5
Terrain:
1
Location:
Petrified Forest National Park, United States
N 35° 03.067 W 109° 48.319

Today is the US National Park Service’s 100th Birthday! In addition to the NPS offering free entry into all National Parks this weekend, Geocaching HQ has created a Find Your Park GeoTour where you can explore geocaches placed by the National Park Service and their partners.

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We want to highlight a fun, car-themed geocache that was hidden by a Ranger in Petrified Forest National Park. Besides, what’s more American than a road trip on Route 66?

Made popular by the Nat King Cole Trio song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the 1960’s TV Series, Route 66, the road spans from Santa Monica, California to Chicago, Illinois. Along Route 66, you can visit Petrified Forest National Park, which was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Petrified Forest National Park was created to protect large deposits of petrified wood and other fossils from the Triassic Period, which makes this park Dino-Mite! Over 10,000 years of human history can be found in the park, including over 800 archeological and historical sites.

Things to know about the geocache:

  • There is an old car sitting in the roadbed of the previous road.
  • This place is a popular spot to visit, so watch out for muggles taking pictures!
  • This is a “TNLN” geocache, which means “Take Nothing; Leave Nothing”. Bring a pen, sign the log, and save your cool swag and trackables for a different geocaching experience.
  • Please respect the rules and regulations of the park and the resources it was established to protect.

While you’re in Petrified National Forest, check out other caches the PEFO Ranger has hidden:

Thanks PEFO Ranger for hiding some super fun and informative caches and also for serving our National Park Service.

And I’ll leave you with a seemingly relevant dinosaur joke:

What do you call it when a dinosaur has a car accident?

A Tyrannosaurus wreck!

Make sure to share your experience with the community by using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #Geocaching while on your National Parks adventure this weekend.

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Aloha from Hawaii! — Honu Beach Cache (GC102CV) — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC102CV
by GeoGerms
Difficulty:
2.5
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Haleiwa on the island of Oahu, Hawaii state, USA
N 21° 37.123  W 158° 05.122

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Why this is Geocache of the Week:

Cache, Surf, Sand
Cache, Surf, Sand

This traditional cache is located on Oahu’s North Shore at Laniakea Beach, a well known surf spot where the swells are big. The beach is beyond beautiful, and the geocache usually has a good number of trackables inside that have traveled from near and far since Hawaii is a mecca for international tourists and geocachers.

But the magical part of this geocaching experience is the high likelihood of encountering a green sea turtle, or “honu” as they are known in Hawaii. The turtles often come to the shore to feed on seaweed growing on the rocks, or since they are cold-blooded, will come onto the beach to warm themselves in the sun.

You’ll be able to get close, but make sure you give them plenty of space. Hawaiian green sea turtles are federally protected, and it’s illegal and harmful to touch or get close to them. They do not lay eggs until they are 25 to 30 years old, and when the eggs finally hatch, only 1 in 1,000 will mature completely to adulthood.

Encountering a honu is considered “good mana”, or good energy, by Hawaiians. If you see a honu, will you chances of finding this geocache increase?

What geocachers have to say:

“We loved this place. We saw a number of sea turtles coming up to the shore. Many people were snorkeling to see the turtles better. If it was not for this cache, we probably would never have seen this beach.” –SP4FUN

“Wow! What a great view at this cache site. Wes-rx and I wanted to make it up to Turtle Beach and discover the north shore of Oahu, and we were not disappointed. Lots of turtles just a few feet out in the water, so plenty of excitement to distract the muggles. TFTC!” –pharmanimal2016

“What a beautiful place for a geocache! We arrived at a fortunate time. There were 2 sea turtles sunning on the beach and at least 2 more out in the surf. Kudos to the volunteers who care for the area and keep us people from disturbing the turtles.” –MuStash

What the Cache Owner has to say:

We’ve contacted the cache owner, GeoGerms, to let him know his geocache is being featured as Geocache of the Week. He was very excited, but also busy. He is helping with the dengue virus outbreak on the Big Island of Hawaii. He’s an avid geocacher with over 4,700 finds, but hasn’t had time to geocache since fall of 2015. His profile states, “GeoGerms is a tad busy right now helping with the dengue virus outbreak currently happening on the Big Island. Sorry about the lapse in cache maintenance and lack of timely responses to your emails. Hope to be back fully caching soon!”

We wish everyone a speedy recovery, and hope you’re back out enjoying your hobby soon, too.

 

Photos:

The real name for this beach is Laniakea Beach
The real name for this beach is Laniakea Beach

 

Turtle TB, meet Turtle
Turtle TB, meet Turtle

 

This is a great geocaching experience for kids of all ages
This is a great geocaching experience for kids of all ages

 

Green sea turtles are federally protected so make sure to stay at least 10 feet away from them
Green sea turtles are federally protected so make sure to stay at least 10 feet away from them

 

Aloha from Hula Girl TB!
Aloha from Hula Girl TB!

 

It's considered good "mana" or good energy to encounter a honu
It’s considered good “mana” or good energy to encounter a honu

 

Going back out to the ocean
Going back out to the ocean

 

Wait! Come back!
Wait! Come back!

 

Will you be lucky enough to find the cache and see the turtles?
Will you be lucky enough to find the cache and see the turtles?

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Kuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — Geocache of the Week

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Geocache Name:

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Kuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — by haoral

Location:

Üsküdar, Turkey
N 41° 02.075 E 029° 01.926

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

D3.5/T3.5

Why this is Geocache of the Week:

This week, we’re recognizing a creative geocache in a country that just got its first souvenir: Turkey!

Birdhouses, or Kuş Evleri in Turkish, are literally built into much of the Ottoman architecture in Istanbul and other cities in Turkey. This geocache was placed in tribute to those birdhouses.

“Kuş Evi / Bird House”  is a tree-climbing cache, the first of its kind in Turkey, in fact. Finding it qualifies you to add a special banner to your profile. Starting this week, you’ll also earn the brand-new Turkey souvenir for finding this, or any other geocache, in Turkey.

What geocachers have to say about it:

“This cache was my main target this afternoon: I like tree-climbing and I like banners . This one combined both. At least after I had found it! There were quite a few people around, thus I had to look carefully. After a looooong while I found a short trail and the tree. Getting to the cache was no problem but then there was the locking system that needed to be overcome. It wasn’t too difficult but something new to me! I really liked it! This whole cache is definitely worth a favourite point! Greetings to the owner! TFTC!” –kinderarzt

“I wanted this one to be my 300. cache, so i saved itaccordingly during our Kuzguncuk tour. I have bern listening to the praises of this cache for months. I found some bird house caches in Europe before but i encounter one with a puzzle for the first time. Initially, my wife went up the tree. But when she had some difficulties with opening the lock, we switched places. I also could not open it immediately. The numbers must be aligned precisely to open it. I didn’t have a magnet with me but a swiss army knife. The rest eas not so difficult. And for sure, it deserves a fav point.” –blastrula

What the Cache Owner has to say about it:

Tell us a little bit about why you decided to hide this cache?
“There were not many handcrafted caches in Turkey or Istanbul. I saw a lot of nice, maker caches in the web and want to make one myself. It should be not to difficult but should have some field puzzle elements in it. And it should be a example of handcrafted caches for the growing community in Istanbul.”

There don’t seem to be many tree caches in Turkey. Do you know if yours was the first?
“I am very sure it is. It is a tree cache where searchers have not to use technical equipment, but have to climb nearly 3 meters high. Today there are more caches in Turkey like this.”

Do you think this cache requires more maintenance that your other geocaches?
“No the place is more secure than the other caches in the city. Also it is chained to the tree, so Muggles are less a problem.”

Do you have anything in particular you’d like to say to the geocaching community?
“I produced this and some other caches in Istanbul to show the community that nice crafted caches are more fun than simple ones.”

Photos:

 

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The making of the cache.

 

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Intrepid geocachers in an attempt to disguise themselves as monkeys.

 

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The puzzle box that contains the cache.

 

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The cache itself.

 

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The littlest geocachers may need some help finding this one.

 

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View from the cache.

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Kolmanskop – A Ghost Town (GC1Z46T) — Geocache of the Week

 

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Geocache Name:

Kolmanskop – A Ghost Town (GC1Z46T) — by Udjat

Location:

Kolmanskop, Namibia
S 26° 42.167 E 015° 13.876

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

D2/T2

Why this is Geocache of the Week:

Boom-and-bust desert ghost towns are not an exclusive trademark of the American west. The site of this EarthCache is a ghost town at the edge of a Namibian desert. The town’s name is Kolmanskop.

In 1908, Namibia was a German colony called South-West Africa. That year, a German man named Zacharias Lewela found a diamond while working on a railway line. Lewela’s lucky find sparked a frantic diamond rush, with floods of diamond hunters arriving and settling in the area, and naming it Kolmanskop.

The town was quickly built up by its residents, with a distinctly German architectural style. At its pinnacle in the 1920’s, Kolmanksop was home to about 700 families, and its amenities and institutions included a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theater, gym and swimming pool, a casino, an ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere. That was the boom.

The bust came after World War I. The diamond fields of Kolmanskop had been milked for all they were worth, and diamond mining in other areas created competition. By 1954 the town was completely abandoned.

Over time, the geological forces of the desert filled the remaining buildings with heaps of sand, blasting brightly colored paint from walls and scouring roofs. Now, visitors who want to see the eerie sights for themselves can take a tour of the town. The company that runs the tours has restored a few of the buildings to their historical looks. But most of the leftover buildings have been left to fill slowly, but surely, with sand.

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What geocachers have to say:

“Hat mich irgendwie an Arizona erinnert wo es auch Ghosttowns gibt. Nur waren es hier keinen Diamanten sondern Gold. Absolut sehenswert. Vielen Dank für den Earthcache. Natürlich ein Schleifchen von uns.” Reminded me a little bit of Arizona, which also has ghost towns. Except here, of course, it wasn’t gold, but diamonds. Absolutely worth visiting. Thank you very much for this EarthCache. Of course it gets a favorite point from us. b012887

Check out this amazing story-log by geocacher Henzzhttp://coord.info/GLBGA7J4

“Great area, easily the coolest Lost Place we have ever been! Thanx go out to the owner, that did a great job at creating this wonderful esrth cache. The questions involved, brought us to think even further about our experience at Kolmanskuppe. If you’re in town, this is the definite must do and the Cache as well! Thank you very much and greetings from germany!” John Milton

Photos:

 

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