Kunsthof reloaded (GCNRZK) — Geocache of the Week

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Geocache Name:

Kunsthof reloaded (GCNRZK) by willimax

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/1

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

This geocache is hidden within the Kunsthof Arcade: a small, quiet group of connected courtyards in the middle of Dresden, Germany. The facades of the buildings, which were designed by local artists, might stop you in your tracks. One wall is bright yellow and dotted with warped sheets of gold metal that play tricks with the sunlight. The other wall is bright blue and criss-crossed with metal pipes that funnel water to and fro. Every half hour (rain or shine) water drips down through and along the drains and gutters, and onlookers are treated to a concert of the elements. They call it the wall that plays music. This cache is the perfect example of a hide that brings you to a unique and interesting part of town, which you might never have otherwise found.

What geocachers have to say:

“Beim heutigen ersten Besuch in Dresden, hier angehalten und das Versteck gesucht. Ohne GC hätte ich diesen schönes Platz sicherlich nicht gefunden. Daher ein großes Danke fürs Herführen. TFTC.” –Siggihentsch
Searched for this hide today on my first visit to Dresden. Without this geocache I would definitely never have found this nice spot. For that, a big thank you for placing the cache here. TFTC.

“Der Cache hat mich an eine Stelle geführt, die ich sonst nicht gefunden hätte. Es war schön, dass der Cache schnell zu finden war. So hatte ich noch genug Zeit, mich hier mal etwas umzuschauen.” –KRUMGmbH
This cache brought me to a place that I wouldn’t have otherwise found. It was good that the cache was a quick find, because it left me enough time to explore the area a bit.

Dieses war das zweite Döslein auf unserer heutigen Runde durch die Neustadt. Dank des Hinweises konnte es schnell gefunden werden und beim Loggen haben wir zugesehen, wie das Wasser durch all die Rohre plätscherte…. Danke und viele Grüße aus Leipzig!” –.Schattenkind.
This was the second cache on our trip through the city. Thanks to the description the cache was found quickly, and while we were logging it we were able to watch the water gurgle through the pipes… Thank you and greetings from Leipzig!”

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What’s the best piece of interesting artwork you’ve found while ‘caching? Post your photos and stories in the comments.

 

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By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the Week

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Excitement as the final is revealed.
Excitement as the final is revealed.

Geocache Name:

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (GC1BT32)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/2.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

This week, the final souvenir of the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 will become available: Put on Your Thinking Cap. To earn this souvenir, and potentially the Road Trip Hero souvenir, you’ll have to find a Mystery Cache. While many geocachers automatically associate Mystery Caches with puzzles, that’s not always the case. This geocache, for instance, takes you on a nighttime journey through the woods. You’ll have to follow reflective tacks and shapes through the woods until you make it to GZ.

What geocachers have to say:

 

“Woah! This may be the coolest geocache I have ever found. Seriously! What an adventure! Thank you so much for setting this up!” – ThePaigeTurner

“TFTC!!!! This was our first night cache. It was amazing!!! We had a blast. I wasn’t sure how to set breadcrumbs on the gps so we dropped glow sticks to mark our way home. However, I must admit I have seen to many horror movies lol.” – Geeky Gal

“I thought there was no way the other night caches would compare to the first one we found but this one was amazing. Looking for the silvery moon and stars was thrilling. We were all blown away when we saw the final to this adventure. It’s always nice when someone leaves the light on for you:) Thanks for the hide and smiley.” – Qaz&Kids

Photos:

Glow sticks aren't required, but they're still necessary.
Glow sticks aren’t required, but they’re still necessary.
ThePaigeTurner checks her light.
ThePaigeTurner checks her light.
Headlamps are key.
Headlamps are key.
Follow the "stars" aka reflectors
Follow the “stars” aka reflectors

What’s the best night cache you’ve ever done? Post your photos and stories in the comments.

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Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head (GCHFT2) – Geocache of the Week

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Geocache Name:                                                      Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head                                         1/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

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A Wasp Head bento box. Photo by JordsAU

This is the world’s first EarthCache. Placed by geoaware on January 10, 2004, GCHFT2 is located on an isolated stretch of coastline in Murramarang National Park, in southeast Australia. Visiting geocachers are met with striking views of rugged waters, an abundance of geological history, and the occasional kangaroo.

If an EarthCache is “a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth” (www.earthcache.org), then this EarthCache at Wasp Head is some sort of mega-EarthCache. The cache instructions take the geocacher on a geological tour through time past fossilized worm burrows (pictured below), giant boulders dropped by icebergs floating on an ancient sea, and rock channels left by the erosion of once-molten rock.

What geocachers have to say:

“What a great place. We really wanted to see fossils and this place delivered. I loved the rock formations and if geoaware hadn’t told us we would be oblivious to the dike. Thanks geoaware for a great EC.” –igotahunch

“Great tour of the headland. First attempt at geocaching and a great way to start. Thanks.” –Busterandjo

“I was out at the coast back on Oct 2 so I did the homework for this cache. It’s a beautiful spot and it was a fantastic day out. Found everything except the bryozoan fossils but that could have been my poorly entered waypoint coords. (I forgot to preload these before heading off and there’s no reception at gz). I’m always amazed to see fossils in place rather than in a museum. It makes me wonder about such life flourishing such an unimaginably long time ago and what the site would have looked like back at that time. Rather damp I suspect. I’ve attached a pic of a shell I spotted. TftEc.” –StrangeTrousers

What the EarthCache owner, geoaware, has to say:

(Excerpted from 2014 article on the Geocaching Blog)

“Ten years ago I was a lucky guy in the right place at the right time. The Geological Society of America (GSA) had just employed me to work on education and outreach programs, a GSA member mentioned the new game of geocaching to my boss, and I was on holiday here with my kids looking at the rocks in Australia.

So that day we wandered around a rock platform that I had been on a thousand times before but now with a new purpose. How could I bring others here geocaching so they left learning something new about our amazing planet? Fossils, evidence for glaciers, weathering – so much in such a short walk. This was the perfect place. And so EarthCache I GCHFT2 was born—and so was the concept of an EarthCache: a place where the Earth was the treasure. A place where you would learn about the geology of the planet while you geocached. If you have not experienced an EarthCache, its time you tried. It’s a different experience – but who would ever not enjoy learning when it’s fun!”

Photos:

 

Calypso62 at a split joint.
Calypso62 at a split joint. Photo by Calypso62.
A foot massage? Photo by STORMCATCHERS.
A foot massage? Photo by STORMCATCHERS.
Fossilized Bryozoan colony. Photo by Calipso62.
Fossilized Bryozoan colony. Photo by Calypso62.
Geocachers sitting in a split joint. Photo by The Arkaroo.
Geocachers sitting in a split joint. Photo by The Arkaroo.
Patterns and seeds at the first EarthCache.
Patterns and seeds at the first EarthCache.
Kanga-muggles at GZ? Photo by cRimehUNter.
Kanga-muggles at GZ? Photo by cRimehUNter.
Sunset at Wasp Head. Photo by STORMCATCHERS.
Sunset at Wasp Head. Photo by STORMCATCHERS.

The Geocaching Road Trip ’15 is in full swing, and it’s time to earn your “High-Five for the Earth” souvenir. What EarthCache or CITO event are you going to find/attend?

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Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the Week

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We couldn't agree more, Mr. TB. Photo by Funk to Funky
We couldn’t agree more, Mr. TB. Photo by Funk to Funky

Geocache Name:

Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

5/2

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

You can now earn your Let’s Get Extreme Geocaching Road Trip ’15 souvenir by finding a D5 or a T5 geocache. For this one, some geocachers automatically think of rock climbing, rappelling or some other adrenaline-inducing geocache as their go-to for this souvenir. But don’t forget the mind-bending puzzles that can also earn you this souvenir. For this geocache, you’ll not only have to answer a few questions to get the coordinates, you’ll also have to solve a Rubik’s Cube once you get there. Good luck!

What geocachers have to say:

“Thrilled to get the souvenir and be there at bb’s mega number, but most of all it was a splendid cunning cache and and a pleasure to do, thanks.” – Wibsey Wench

“Thank you for such a brilliant puzzle and for making my special number such a memorable find.” – badgerbaby

“Well deserving of a favourite point for not only did I solve a difficulty 5 for the Road Trip 15 but the whole thing took place on a day not filled in on my caching calendar. TFTC.” – Andicap

What the geocache owner, darkskill, has to say:

What inspired this hide?
I’d purchased the treasure chest Rubik’s cube for my collection and noticed how nicely a bison Geocache container fitted inside! Thought this would be a great idea for a difficult puzzle cache and a few days later had the cache ready to go.

Did you know how to solve a Rubik’s Cube before working on this geocache?
Yes I did, I’ve got quite a large collection of twisty puzzles and enjoy speed solving some of them.

What has been your reaction to all of the positive logs and Favorite Points?
It’s nice to see this Geocache has introduced some of the cachers to the Rubik’s cube and encouraged some of them to learn how to solve it for the first time! It’s always nice to read through the positive logs and know that other people have enjoyed my cache.

Photos:

Too easy for geocacher Andicap
Too easy for geocacher Andicap
Nice work! Photo by geocacher Funk to Funky
Nice work! Photo by geocacher Funk to Funky
Solved it! Photo by the CO, darkskill
Solved it! Photo by the CO, darkskill

What has been the best puzzle you’ve ever solved to find a geocache? Post your stories and photos in the comments.

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[Chrismod75] US Army base (GC3J2M4) — Geocache of the Week

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Sci-fi movie set or geocache location? Only one way to find out. Photo by icmsv
Sci-fi movie set or geocache location? Only one way to find out. Photo by icmsv

Geocache Name:

[Chrismod75] US Army base (GC3J2M4)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Geocaching takes us to some pretty interesting places. Sometimes it’s to the top of a mountain. Sometimes it’s to a spooky abandoned place. This geocache will take you on an adventure to a decommissioned Army base in Italy. The relics of communications equipment and buildings still remain and are open for exploration. Places like this can teach us about the history of a local area and also the history about what was happening in the world at the time.

What geocachers have to say:

“A bit spooky, but it was all worth it . Classic LP cache, that was found by chance without amy searching at all – somehow I went straight to the box . That´s worth a FP!” – Noogman1

“What a must have Lost Place Geocache! For our old VW Bus was the climb up this road a really hardcore test. But he did it, and the Result was an incredible view over the valleys in front and back of us. An surely this LP is the hard way up really worth. Thanks for bringing up here.” – Mystic-G

“what a fantastic lost place. The satellite dishes were very impressive. It was scary to explore the abandoned buildings. The view was great and the wind was strong. Thank you for showing this great lost place.” – CharityLaird

Photos:

Even without the history, the view makes the journey worth it. Photo by CharityLaird
Even without the history, the view makes the journey worth it. Photo by CharityLaird
One of the many empty corridors. Photo by snoopyschiri
One of the many empty corridors. Photo by snoopyschiri
Spooky, isn't it? Photo by snoopyschiri
Spooky, isn’t it? Photo by snoopyschiri
I bet you can get every channel from there. Photo by tlapak
I bet you can get every channel from there. Photo by tlapak

What’s the most amazing abandoned place you’ve found while geocaching? Post your photos and stories in the comments.

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