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Shamrock Cafe — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GCP8FN
by saso_362, saso792 & Hunter
Difficulty: 
1.5
Terrain: 
2
Location: 
Kansas, United States
N 39° 06.111 W 096° 22.340

Why is this Geocache of the Week:

Thousands of people criss-cross America’s heartland on Interstate 70 each day. However, only a rare few are aware of a highly-rated Kansas cafe. It’s located just a mile or so from the highway. But you won’t find this hot spot in any travel guide. It’s certainly not Michelin-rated. Nevertheless, it hosts a geocache that’s earned a favorite point from nearly 50 percent of those who’ve found it!

Shamrock Cafe is nestled among the renowned Flint Hills, the world’s largest remaining continuous area of tallgrass prairie. From here, you can see a beautiful sunset, or watch thunderstorms roll across the prairie. But come early, because seating is limited!

What the Cache Owner, saso_362, has to say:

Can you share a bit of history about the cache?
“I stumbled onto this spot while taking back roads to a virtual cache located a few miles north of here. As soon as I found the location, I knew it was just perfect for a cache. Quiet, remote, quirky and an awesome view. The property is owned by a local ranch – Shamrock Farms. They are aware of the cache and have been very supportive.”

When is the best time to visit?
“Sunset is best. But anytime is good, unless the Kansas weather is acting up.”

What do you hope people take away from this geocache?
“I just hope they take a minute to enjoy the view from the “Cafe.” This is one of those caches that make you realize it isn’t always about the numbers.”

Photos:

Yep, the Cafe is open 24/7.
Yep, the Cafe is open 24/7.
Kansas' tallgrass prairie.
Kansas’ tallgrass prairie.
Uh oh, the weather is acting up!
Uh oh, the weather is acting up!
Kick back and enjoy the scenery.
Kick back and enjoy the scenery.
Enjoy the view of the Flint Hills.
Enjoy the view of the Flint Hills.
A welcome from the land owner.
A welcome from the land owner.
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You can’t miss it. Just go to the intersection of Tallgrass, Tallgrass, Pavillion and Pavillion.
Flagging down a waiter might be difficult!
Flagging down a waiter might be difficult!

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Celebrate Get Outdoors Month 2016!

Every geocacher has experienced the magic of the great outdoors. That magic — whether it’s diving into a cold alpine lake at the end of an arduous hike or watching the sun disappear over the horizon from a hidden beach — is the reason we’re teaming up with the American Recreation Coalition for National Get Outdoors Month this June. And you’re invited to join us!

Here’s how you can get involved in Get Outdoors Month:

  1. Earn the Get Outdoors Day souvenir! To do so, find any geocache or attend any geocaching event on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
  1. Participate in one of the Get Outdoors Month activities (listed here) or host your own geocaching event to introduce your friends to the great outdoors. Please note that there is no souvenir for participating in these events, except on June 11, Get Outdoors Day.
  1. Celebrate the National Park Service’s second century by exploring the “Find Your Park” GeoTour. Do you have a fourth grader in your family? The “Every Kid in a Park” initiative grants free admission until August 2016 to each and every fourth grader (and their guests) across the country to check out their public lands and waters in person.
  1. Inspire others to get outdoors by sharing your Get Outdoors Month experiences on social media! Tag your posts with #Geocaching #GetOutdoors for a chance to be reshared by Geocaching.
Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a souvenir for attending a Get Outdoors Month event?

There is no souvenir for attending a geocaching event during June, with the exception of Get Outdoors Day. If you attend a geocaching event in the USA on June 11, 2016, you will receive the Get Outdoors Day souvenir.

I don’t live in the US. Can I still earn the Get Outdoors Day Souvenir!

Yes, you can! The Get Outdoors Day souvenir is part of a bigger initiative with the American Recreation Coalition and other US-based outdoor organizations to get more Americans outside during National Get Outdoors Month. Given the interest expressed by geocachers all over the world in participating in Get Outdoors Day, we’ve decided to make the souvenir available to anyone who finds a geocache or attends an event (anywhere in the world!) on June 11, 2016.

Lid with Log

This Week’s HCue Lesson: Put a Lid On It!

We all know what happens when a geocacher puts the logsheet in the base of a micro or nano container, right? They explode. Metaphorically of course. We try in vain to fish them out with small objects as they cram in further causing people to then smash them on hard surfaces. No one wants this in their lives. For the sake of geocachers everywhere, put those tiny logsheets where they belong: in the lid.

The latest HCue video makes this tip easy to remember.

And for those moments when you need to tightly roll the smallest nano or micro logsheets with ease, check out The Ultimate Log Roller in the Geocaching Shop.

Gooey-caching

Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)

This is part of a series of blog posts shining a spotlight on the people of GeocachingHQ. We hope to show you the “geo-who” behind the “geo-what”. :-)

What is your name?
Dave, but there are 3 other Dave/Davids at HQ so early on people started referring to me by my last name, Wilson. It took a little getting used to, but now I really enjoy having a name that is unique. And yes, I share my name with a volleyball. :)

Yeah, but what’s your Username?
HiddenGnome

A Geocaching HQ "requirement".
A Geocaching HQ “requirement”.

How did you come up with your username?
My wife and I love to garden and we have a growing collection of gnomes around our yard and house. I like to think that gnomes are clever, stealthy and a little bit mischievous (not always in that order). Those traits felt like a good match for me as a geocacher too.

What is your job title? 
Senior Software Developer
Gooey-caching
Gooey-caching
What does your job title actually mean? In other words, how do you explain what you do to someone that has no idea what you do?
I work on the geocaching.com website, keeping the website running and adding new features. There are many steps and people that are required to take an idea and turn it into something on the website, but my primary role is to turn the ideas into something that a computer can understand. One of my favorite responsibilities is helping to layout the structure of new projects so they scale over time, similar to how an engineer might map out a city that is continually growing.

Tell us about your geocaching style (exotic locations / quality over quantity)? 
I am not a powercacher and definitely prefer quality over quantity. I love geocaching when I travel and often use it to find out about areas that are off the beaten path.
Off the beaten path
Off the beaten path
What’s something that surprises you about geocaching – whether it’s the game itself, working at headquarters, or anything else?
There have been a number of geocaches that have completely blown me away. Whether it is a particularly brain bending puzzle, a clever multi or an elaborate night cache; the thoughtfulness and creativity that goes into certain geocaches is what keeps me interested. Also, some people are willing to blindly stick their hand into a dark hole in search of a geocache. I am not one of those people.
Deep thoughts, with Dave
Deep thoughts, with Dave
What’s the best piece of geocaching advice or information you ever learned?
The obvious spot is sometimes exactly where you will find the cache.
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Tweety Bird — Geocache of the Week

Multi-Cache
GC2VA7J
by Hope and a Prayer
Difficulty: 
2
Terrain: 
1
Location: 
Washington, United States
N 46° 12.090 W 119° 10.690

Geocachers Hope and a Prayer are a husband and wife team, whose love of creatively recycled yard art may only be surpassed by their love of cartoon characters.

According to Mr. Hope and a Prayer, the allocation of the team name is ambiguous. “We have never figured out who is Hope and who is Prayer. Although, I need lots of prayer.”

One of several art pieces in Hope and a Prayer's yard.
One of several art pieces in Hope and a Prayer’s yard.

Back in the late 1970’s, Mr. Hope and a Prayer was an aviation electronic technician — or ‘AT’ — and a radioman navigator on the HU-16E Grumman Albatross. “We were called Tweets because we tweaked the black boxes on the plane to keep them in good running order.”

Mrs. Hope and a Prayer collects old 1960’s cartoon characters figurines, and has a particular affinity for Tweety Bird. Plus, says Mr. Hope and a Prayer, “It is by coincidence or providence that my wife and I live on Tweedt St.”

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‘Tweety Bird’ cache is hidden on Tweedt Street

It’s no surprise, therefore, that Tweety Bird became the theme for GC2VA7J, their highest-favorited geocache.

The cache is a multi hidden at their house. At Stage 1, geocachers meet Tweety Bird.

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A young geocacher finds Stage 1

At stage 2, one finds a small wooden barn decorated with copper leaves and flowers. Mr. Hope and a Prayer built the barn out of spare cedar fencing.

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Hope and a Prayer made this cache out of old, spare cedar fencing.

The door of the barn opens, and something amazing rolls out on four wheels…recycled from a pair of in-line rollerblades.

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Like a train car, the cache rolls out of the barn.

The cache was intended to surprise and delight young geocachers, but even the most seasoned geocaching veteran will agree — this cache is cute.

“We wanted something really fun for children to find. Something really large with lots of toys. We collected over time old fast food restaurant toys by the box full at yards sales. We thought what fun it would be for children digging thought toys, picking out their favorite and putting a large smile on their face. It would be like Christmas thought out the year.”

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Rifling through the contents of GC2VA7J is a delightful way to go geocaching.

The cache is hidden in a safe spot (good for trackables!) with the permission of their neighbors.

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Photo credit: Maggie Pietila

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.