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16 ans après l’activation pour tous de la technologie GPS…

Joyeux anniversaire Géocaching !

Le 2 mai 2000, à environ minuit à l’heure de la côte est des Etats-Unis, le gros interrupteur bleu* contrôlant l’accès sélectif a été désenclenché. En d’autres mots, les récepteurs GPS du monde entier sont soudainement devenus assez performants pour trouver des tupperwares au milieu des bois !

Le lendemain, un enthousiaste du système GPS nommé Dave Ulmer a décidé de tester cette nouvelle technologie en extérieur. L’idée était simple : cacher une boîte au milieu des bois et noter les coordonnées GPS avec un appareil. Dans les trois jours suivants, cette toute première géocache a été trouvée. Qui pouvaient s’attendre à ce qu’il y ait un jour 2,8 millions de contenants dissimulés dans plus de 180 pays ?

Donc vous l’avez compris — il s’agit du début du géocaching. Apprenez-en plus sur l’Histoire du géocaching sur le blog Geocaching. Ensuite, sortez pour fêter l’anniversaire du géocaching en trouvant une géocache !

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*Il n’y a pas vraiment de gros interrupteur bleu… en tout cas pas à notre connaissance.

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Letzte Chance für CITO-Events!

Bald ist es soweit! Im 14. Jahr in Folge haben Geocacher bei der Cache In Trash Out®-Woche die Möglichkeit durch die Teilnahme an einem CITO-Event positiv auf ihre Umgebung und die Community vor Ort Einfluss zu nehmen. Dies kann in Form vom Pflanzen neuer Bäume, Müllbeseitigung, oder sogar der Wiederherstellung von Lebensräumen geschehen. Vom 16. bis 24. April kannst Du dazu noch ein spezielles Souvenir verdienen, wenn Du an einem CITO-Event teilnimmst.

Finde ein CITO-Event in Deiner Nähe.

Du siehst keine Events in Deiner Umgebung? Dann ist es noch nicht zu spät selbst einen CITO einzureichen. Schau Dir diesen Blog-Artikel für Tipps an, wie Du Dein eigenes CITO-Event veranstalten kannst. Aber denk daran: CITO-Events müssen mindestens zwei Wochen vor dem Eventdatum eingereicht werden.

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Exploring Belize and Guatemala One Geocache at a Time

Mayan Ruins
Mayan Ruins

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

 Whenever you get the chance to travel somewhere new, do it. If you add geocaching to the mix, trips become even more adventurous and rewarding. I had the opportunity to travel to Central America  and explore two fascinating and beautiful countries: Belize and Guatemala. Along the way, I geocached underwater, through a rainforest and next to a smoking active volcano.  Here are six amazing geocaches that I found and believe all geocachers should add to their bucket list.

First stop was in Belize where the people are friendly, the way of life is chiller than an ice cube, and the geocaching is a blast. There are only 110 active geocaches in the entire country of Belize (yes that’s right, 110.)

 

  1. Kerstin and Melanie go deep (GC4V72V)-  Caye Caulker, Belize

The small island of Caye Caulker is the perfect place to sit back, grab a beer, and truly relax.  Home to only a few geocaches, you’ll be able to track down all of them in one day if you’re up for it. The only way to get around the small island is by bike or golf cart but bike is the preferred method.

Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker, Belize

GC4V72V requires swimming and complete discretion. This geocache is located at the famous “Split” where many locals and travelers alike swim and hang out. This can also be a challenging one (T2/D4 to be exact).

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GC4V72V
  1. The Best Guide Cache (GC324GD)- San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio is an amazing and unexpected treat tucked away in the rainforest. This little town in the Cayo district has some of the best day trips right outside the town. You can explore the nearby Mayan ruins, journey through ancient caves (ATM is a must-do!), and soak in the beautiful rainforest.

Cahal Pech in San Ignacio
Cahal Pech in San Ignacio

You may have to walk 1.5 miles to find GC324G in neighboring town Santa Elena, but the long walk is worth the find! Meet Feliz, the sweetest “geocache watcher” you will ever meet. She awaits geocachers in her little stone house and will shout clues as you search her front yard for the smiley.

Meet Feliz
Meet Feliz

Just across the border lies Guatemala, a country full of history, volcanoes, colorful textiles, and approximately 100 geocaches.

  1. Hot Jungle (GC2A86)- Tikal, Guatemala

Spend sunup to sundown in Tikal National Park where the ancient Mayan city will leave you in an enchanted daze.  Travel back to 300 BC when Tikal was a thriving capital with pyramids, temples, and competitive sports events.

Tikal
Tikal

GC2A86 was the first physical geocache placed in the country of Guatemala. It was hidden in 2001 and has been found by only 155 lucky geocachers. On the way to the geocache, you’ll encounter howler monkeys, wild turkeys, and some of the most spectacular structures you will ever come across.

Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey

Additional find: Virtual geocache GCGCX7 takes you to Mundo Perdido or the “Lost World.”

  1. Bienvenidos a la Antigua (GC39G2Y)- Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is a city of great historical importance in Guatemala (and it’s surrounded by three volcanoes.)You could spend days wandering the cobble-stoned streets, eating delicious food, and  learning spanish at one of the local schools.

Antigua
Antigua

Pack your walking shoes because Multi-Cache GC39G2Y will take you all over the city. The final coordinates will lead you to a stellar view.

History awaits
History awaits

       5. Volcan de Pacaya (GCGCXA)- Pacaya, Guatemala

 

The  volcano Pacaya is an active and complex volcano just south of Guatemala City. It first erupted 23,000 years ago and has erupted at least 23 times since the Spanish invasion in Guatemala. The last eruption was in 2010 and the evidence is there.

 

Pacaya
Pacaya

If you’re up for a challenging hike, this will be your favorite of the six geocaches.  You can choose to go at sunrise or  sunset, and they both are breathtaking experiences. The  molten rocks up at the top are very hot, so bring your leftovers to heat up or some marshmallows to roast.

Sunset
Sunset

          6. Santiago Atitlan (GC10TNF)Santiago, Guatemala

 

Lake Atitlan is a crystal blue lake located in the Guatemala highland. Atitlan is the deepest lake in Guatemala and also the most picturesque with its surrounding volcanoes. It is ringed by small lake towns, all great places to visit.

Atitilan
Atitilan

You can take a boat from Panajachel to Santiago to grab this geocache. Soak in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the unique village of Santiago. You won’t regret it!

Myself and Lake Atitlan
Myself and Lake Atitlan

No matter where you go in the world, adventure is waiting and there’s always a geocache to be found. What is your dream geocaching vacation?

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It’s Always Sunny in Geocaching HQ

 

There’s some serious Geocaching going on in this family.

Brothers Sterling and Ethan are avid geocachers, and it seems to run in the family. Their mother, Candice, wanted to teach a Geocaching unit to the 120 students in her school’s gifted children program. At the time, though, there simply weren’t enough caches within walking distance of the school.

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It’s always sunny at Geocaching HQ.
Sterling and Ethan are pictured in the middle, with dad David in the center back, and mom Candice on the far left.

Like a true geocacher, Sterling came to the rescue.

Once he had 100 finds, Sterling hid four geocaches that his mother could take her students to. The class was undoubtedly a success. Within several months, many of the students had over 100 finds (and their parents were getting in on it too). Sterling and his younger brother Ethan maintain their caches carefully, and Sterling himself now has over 200 finds, with 250 in sight.

We were so excited that Sterling, Ethan, Candice, and David decided to spend the day at Geocaching HQ…especially since it was Sterling’s 10th birthday. Happy birthday Sterling, and best of luck to everyone!

 

 

 

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Give Your Cache Page a Makeover

 

 

See this cache page? It’s pretty snazzy.

While the bright blue tiled image has the potential to disorient a geocacher, the photo in the center column and the color of the text tie the whole thing together.

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Bright blue looks good on Phil Harris…and this cache page.

 

How do you transform your cache page from blah to rah?

Can you say “Hypertext Markup Language” five times fast?

Check out GC57KW3...it literally sparkles.
Check out GC57KW3…it literally sparkles.

 

That’s right, we’re talking about HTML, baby.

And we’re talking about it with as much spice as possible, because we know some of you are about to fall of your chairs at the sheer boringness of it all.

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Even the HQ’ers think so.

 

HTML 101

HTML code is created using tags framed by the greater-than and less-than signs: < and > .  A piece of code usually uses two of these tags to change the text between them.

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You can have colors too. Keep reading.

 

To make a paragraph break

Enter <p> and </p> on either side of the text in your paragraph.

Give your eyes a rest. Take a (paragraph) break.
Give your eyes a rest. Take a (paragraph) break.

 

To make something bold

Enter <strong> and </strong> on either side of the text you want to emphasize.

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Be bold. Is there any other way?

 

To add italics to your text

Do basically the same thing as with bold text, only use the <em> and </em> tags.

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Italics add a little spice, I think we can all agree.

 

To add both italics and bold

Use both the <em> and the <strong> tags, with their closing tags: </em> and </strong>

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To add an image to your page

Make sure your image is saved to your cache page gallery or is available on the internet somewhere. Find the URL of the image.
To find the URL, open the image in your browser, and right-click to get the URL.

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For more information on how to add…

Fonts, hyperlinks, fancy spacing, and more, visit http://www.follow-the-arrow.co.uk/resources/htmlcodes.html

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Soon you’ll be embedding geocaching video games on your cache pages, like this cache of the week.