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3 reasons to write great logs

You’re on a geocaching roll, earning smileys left and right. With so many finds piling up, it’s tempting to post a TFTC and leave it at that…

(Cue the screeching halt.) Before you do, give us a chance to convince you otherwise.

3 reasons why great logs are a good thing:

1: You’ll make a cache owner’s day.
Yes, cache owners read your logs. Be sure to give your heartfelt thanks.

2: Thoughtful logs help future seekers.
Are there new conditions in an area? Did you find the geocache trickier than the difficulty rating implied? Geocachers will appreciate the information (but beware of leaving spoilers).

3: Record a story-worthy moment.
Logs are like a geocaching diary, helping you remember the great moments — and the hilarious.

This just in: Drafts

Drafts are now in the Geocaching® app. Drafts lets you start writing a log in the field on the Geocaching® app and finish it later in the app or on Geocaching.com. This feature was formerly known as Field Notes.

There you have it: three reasons to write great logs and a new feature that makes doing so, easy. What are you waiting for? Get logging!

Have a log you love? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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And the winner is…

The geocaching community has spoken. The Mission 9: Tunnel of Light APE cache will be returned to its original location and restored to active APE cache status. Once reactivated, the cache will be loggable throughout the year.

We will reactivate the APE cache on August 19, 2017, the date of the Going Ape 2017 Mega-Event at Washington’s Iron Horse State Park.

More than 10,000 geocachers helped make this decision. (Read the February 20th blog for more about the ballot choices.) Here are the results:

61% — Return and Reactivate

17% — Activate Once A Year

13% — Display at Geocaching HQ

9% — Traveling Artifact

Geocaching HQ’s Bryan Roth and Jon Stanley examine the recovered APE cache container at HQ in October 2016.

Many of you argued passionately on all sides of this issue. In the end, the consensus from the community was clear.

We understand people around the world are eager for more details. In the coming weeks, Geocaching HQ will work closely with the Washington State Geocaching Association (organizer of the Going Ape Mega-Event) and we will keep you updated as plans are made.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the process. From the Seattle-area cachers who rediscovered the long lost APE cache to the thousands who helped write its next chapter!

(Anyone wishing to visit Geocaching HQ around the time of the Going Ape event should see our Schedule A Visit page. It’s always a busy time, so there is a ticketing system in place during August 14 to September 8.)

Jon Stanley (aka Moun10Bike) at the hiding of the Mission 9: Tunnel of Light cache in 2001.
Several members of team who discovered the long-lost APE cache. At Geocaching HQ in October 2016.
Here it is! van "Kluis tot Kookhuis"
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van “Kluis tot Kookhuis” — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC2JV5X
by Rebel & the Bandits
Difficulty:
3
Terrain:
1
Location:
Limburg, Netherlands
N 50° 51.091 E 005° 41.410
An idyllic town square in Maastricht
An idyllic town square in Maastricht

The town of Maastricht in the Netherlands has an impressive number of 1677 national heritage sites, which is the second highest number of a Dutch town, after Amsterdam. It’s become known as the birthplace of the European Union, European citizenship, and the single European currency, the euro.

A lovely row of buildings
A lovely row of buildings

As with many European towns, there is a idyllic town square in Maastricht. On the perimeter of this area sits a lovely row of buildings. One building in particular has an impressive history. Over the years, this building has been:

  • Butchery
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Rehearsal space
  • Savonnerie (rug seller)
  • Soap merchant
  • Glass and pottery store
  • Piano seller
  • Housing casualties of World War II
  • Mayor’s residence
  • Location of signing of Treaty of Maastricht
  • Bank
  • Cookware retailer (current use)
Currently a cookware shop
Currently a cookware shop

This geocache has 6,891 logs and 2,733 favorite points, earning it unofficial cult-status amongst devout geocachers. Since it was formerly a bank, the thick walls of concrete and steel prevent accurate coordinates from being received. To find this geocache, you’ll need to guesstimate the location, take note of the address, then head inside.

Formerly a bank
Formerly a bank
Can you figure out which box is the geocache?
Can you figure out which box is the geocache?

It’s placed with permission of the owner (who’s also a devoted geocacher), and there are limited hours, so plan accordingly. What you find shall be worth more than all the riches in the Netherlands: a smiley. Just make sure you don’t get logged out, or locked in.

The geocache looks exactly like one of these...
The geocache looks exactly like one of these…

K-WAY (translated from German)
After the visit of the marvelous market, you can also see what it is all about in “Kluis tot Kookhuis”. When visiting the cache, of course, should not be forgotten, which I like to give an FAV. WOW. I was just thrilled and would have no idea how long to stop me. TFTC Karsten

Cabo da Roca
This cache has been on my wishlist for a long time! Today KatnissTonks and I went on a trip to Maastricht. Right at the beginning of our tour we looked for the old vault room. Really awesome, that there is such a nice cache! Thank you for the exceptional experience and the showing of this interesting place!

Micweig (translated from German)
Today we are together with Team “bone crusher” started from the Eifel to graduate from our personal 3-country Challenge. Maastricht was our first stop of the round and on this one we were first aware that Favi points speak for themselves. 😉
After some Sucherei we were still able to find. Brilliant. Something we have not seen. Secured as Fort Knox, we have registered us in the logbook. Of course, we leave here a bow and thank you for this great start!
For me personally memories were awake. Here I have but spent many weekends in my youth, a great city, again and again!

Found it!
Found it!
Always sign the log
Always sign the log
This is one of Signal's favorite geocaches!
This is one of Signal’s favorite geocaches!
Make sure you don't get locked out (or locked in)
Make sure you don’t get locked out (or locked in)

Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.
Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.

Death in Venice — Geocache of the Week

Multi-Cache
GC7BA4
by daoloth
Difficulty:
3
Terrain:
3
Location:
Italy
N 45° 26.069′ E 012° 20.332′

A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him. -Arthur Symons

What you see on this Multi-Cache journey in Venice will surely turn you into a romantic. For anyone visiting Venice (Venezia) you will want a tour guide to navigate you through the tight twists and turns of this unique city with a transport system of interconnected canals.

Death in Venice will take you on a 7-part Multi-Cache tour of the city, weaving you through back streets and historical sites, transporting you to a time over a thousand years ago. This is a death themed Multi-Cache that will take you to spots plagued by stories of death and misfortune. How intriguing!

Hidden in 2002, this older Multi-Cache took almost a whole day for the cache owner to create. Some geocachers have taken several days days to complete the entire adventure. Make sure to take note when certain locations are accessible.

Part 1: The Bells, the Bells A good spot to view the entire trip ahead of you and gather your first set of clues.

Part 2: A reminder of nastiness amidst beauty A beautiful and often missed campo with a spooky memorial.

Part 3: Hunchback This ugly statue was a welcome sight in Venice’s colourful past. Miscreants would be flogged across a nearby bridge and run a gauntlet of angry citizens. They would be spared if they could make it to this figure.

Part 4: Dragon-Slayer A tough campo to find, but if you can spot a dangerous looking bell tower you are nearly there! There is a mosaic of a famous dragon slayer nearby.

Part 5: Wages of Sin There is a wall here with 3 intriguing statues.The story goes that these were merchants who tried to cheat an old lady and were consequently turned to stone.

Part 6: A sorry tale This is a real gothic horror story. The tale is that a mad turk ripped out his mother’s heart and ran to this spot with the dripping organ in one hand and the knife in the other. The heart spoke to him (did I mention that he was mad?) and in his fright he tripped up the steps, fell into the canal and drowned. Apparently the area is still haunted by his restless spirit.

Part 7: Don’t Look Now The final resting place for the cache, wink wink.

This one was awesome! Loved the places it took us and the stories we discovered at the waypoints. Favourite! 

Siemke95x

Found this beautiful cache over the course of two days while exploring Venice. Thanks for showing us sights beyond the well trodden path, especially San Michele! TFTC! 

Velarion

Skybluesbazza and I were spending a few days in Venice. Yesterday we explored the back streets, picking up the clues for this Multi – thanks for a very well set up Multi, that took us to places that we would have otherwise missed, and gave us some information about the different points. Today we got an all day boat ticket and visited Murano. This was just a short stop off on the way back to the main island! We soon found our way to the final coordinates and we were very relieved to find the cache! 

Guiding Nutter

We have been staying in Venice for three days, so there was enough time to visit all the interesting places you showed to us. It is so amazing – and enjoyable for us – that there are less tourists as soon as you leave the main streets. Thank you so much for hiding this cache. It was a great pleasure to walk through Venice and to visit the various stages. Of course, it is one of our favorite caches. 

axogang

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Where in the world is Signal? (Hint: Grüße aus Deutschland!)

In 2017, we’re celebrating geocaching around the world. You’re invited to join Signal the Frog® as he travels to different countries to geocache like a local. No plane ticket required!

Signal’s first stop: Germany. On Thursday, April 13, players will gather to celebrate the 11th annual Dönerstag. You can earn the first-ever Dönerstag souvenir by attending a geocaching event on that day. Keep reading to learn more!

About Dönerstag.

Dönerstag began in 2007 when German cachers met at kebab shops around the country all at the same time. The tradition caught on!

These special events are held each year on a Thursday. In German, this makes the name “Dönerstag” a pun: The German word for Thursday is “Donnerstag.” Kebab translates to “Döner.”

Last year, over 6000 players attended 233 Dönerstag events. The events were held all over Europe, from Germany and Austria to the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

How to join in.

You’re invited to join in this year’s Dönerstag from wherever you are in the world. Attend and log a geocaching event on April 13, 2017, to earn the souvenir. You can find events using the geocache search tool.

Remember, geocaching events need to be submitted at least two weeks before the event date. Submit your Dönerstag events for review no later than March 30, 2017.

Note: CITO events do not qualify for this souvenir.

Where is Signal going next?

After his stop in Germany, Signal will travel to other countries with rich geocaching traditions to experience the game like a local. Stay tuned to find out where! (Pro tip: Double check your Geocaching.com account settings to make sure you’re subscribed to the weekly newsletter.)