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A Cache In Trash Out (CITO) Event Branches Out

CITO Event cache, "Come plant a tree"

Vila Real, Portugal – Geocachers in Portugal recently gathered for a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) Event cache.  The geocachers helped the environment, but they didn’t take out bags of trash.  Instead they left something behind.   The group of geocachers planted hundreds of trees in an area of Portugal ravaged by recent wildfires.

Tree destroyed by recent wildfires

Jorge Cardoso, Osodrac Team, organized the CITO called, “Vem plantar uma Árvore” (GC25KYV). The event translates from Portuguese into English simply as, “Come plant a tree.”  More than a dozen geocachers grabbed shovels and got to work on October 16th.

Geocacher planting a tree at CITO event GC25KYV

Cardoso says local authorities were quick to provide the willing geocachers with help. He says, “We talked with the people of the Municipality of Vila Real, who gave us the trees and talked with the President of the Parish of Vila Cova who gave us a plot of land.”

Hugo Silva, SUp3rFM, is the Volunteer Reviewer who published the CITO event.  He says, “I thought of it as a very nice idea. A cool concept. The owner was really into it. He gathered a lot of local support for the authorities, got some equipment, seeds, hardware, etc. His goal was to plant trees on an area that was caught by wild fires in the past. Geocachers would certainly go along. I always say they’re very nice people.”

"Bosque do Geocacher"

The geocachers didn’t just plant trees.  They placed a geocache.  It’s a geocache Cardoso describes as unique for Portugal.  It’s a standard sized cache located near a plaque to geocachers.

The plaque was placed after the CITO event.  The plaque and the new cache have the same title.  They’re both called “Bosque do Geocacher” (GC2FPJW).   It translates to “Geocacher’s Grove.”

Silva says, “I think that we, as a group, have something to say to the non-geocaching community. Our common interest takes us to remote locations to enjoy wildlife and nature, clean out the trash that some forgot along the way, with only a few rewards as a prize: A smile and a great feeling of good will.”

According to Cardoso he’s considering another CITO event next year.  He says, “Finally, I tell you it was an action that left us – Team Osodrac – I, my wife and my son very proud of all of the geocachers’ achievements. We think our great community can organize themselves and work towards a cause that leaves a mark for a more promising future. We believe we have fulfilled our purpose of helping our world, on a small scale, it is true, but what matters is the intention of improving it.”

Geocachers after CITO event GC25KYV
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“Geocaching Rhode Island DeLorme Challenge” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

Follow along in our latest video as geocacher DiverVan attempts to complete the “Little Rhody DeLorme Challenge” in a single day.

DiverVan

In geocaching terms, a DeLorme Challenge requires a geocacher to log a geocache on each page of a DeLorme State Atlas & Gazetteer. Some DeLorme State Atlas & Gazetteers have more than 50 pages and require traveling hundreds of miles. Other DeLorme Challenges are for portions of a state, such as the South Central Alaska  DeLorme Challenge.

The challenge might take geocachers months or even years.  Because of its comparatively small size, The Rhode Island DeLorme Challenge can be completed by a well-prepared geocacher in a single day. The challenge, called “Little Rhody DeLorme Challenge” (GCZK7D), was created by BBWolf+3Pigs in November of 2006.  So far, more than one hundred geocachers have logged a smiley on “Little Rhody DeLorme Challenge.”

For a recent list of the other DeLorme Challenges in the United States see this bookmark.

You can explore more videos on the adventure of geocaching.  Check out  the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  Meet a family who says geocaching helps their autistic son, experience a haunted cache in Texas and find out why a U.S. Army bomb disposal technician says geocaching kept him safe in Iraq.

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Geocaching Caption Contest 15 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

WINNING CAPTION:  Does this skirt make my cache look big? – ShellenPam

Try your caption writing skills in the fifteenth installment of our Geocaching Caption Contest.   You could win a barely coveted prize.  This photo of an unusual lamp post cache comes courtesy of the ventura_kids.

What caption would you write? “Lamp post caches keep getting easier and easier.”  You can do better!

Submit your caption and see what captions other geocachers have suggested. Please include your geocaching username in all entries.

You can also help sway the vote.  “Like” the caption you think should win.  If you think your caption should win, convince friends and strangers to vote for your caption.  Lackeys will then decide between the top captions to crown the winner of this Geocaching Caption Contest.

Barely coveted prize

The winner receives a barely coveted prize from Groundspeak Headquarters.

Click on the image to discover the winning caption from the previous Geocaching Caption Contest.

Click here to see winning caption from the last contest

19 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the fourteenth Geocaching Caption Contest a barely coveted prize.

Click on the picture to the right to see who won.

Explore the wit and wisdom of geocachers by checking out all the Geocaching Caption Contests.

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“Godzilla” GC28YAD GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2010

Location near "Godzilla" GC28YAD

More than 30 million people call Tokyo, Japan home.  It’s ranked as the most populated city on earth.  Among the countless crisscrossing streets and towering skyscrapers more than 700 urban geocaches are hidden.

“Godzilla” (GC28YAD) is one of the growing number of geocaches in Tokyo.  It was placed by hogehopo in May of this year.  The micro cache takes treasure hunters to a statue of the monster movie and pop culture icon Godzilla.

GC28Y Muggle rich environment
GC28YAD is a muggle rich environment

The challenge with this, as with many urban caches, is avoiding the seemingly ever-present muggles.  One of the other obstacles is “bounce” from the GPS signals a result of the tall buildings surrounding the cache location.

Even with such challenges, more than 40 geocachers have logged “Godzilla” since the geocache was hidden in May.

Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world.  Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.

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“Mother says geocaching helps her autistic child” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

Beth Hurley’s nine-year-old son Ryan is autistic.  The disorder affects his social, developmental and self-care skills. While many children his age feel a sense of accomplishment on the sports field or in the school gym, Ryan’s mother says, he’s left out.


Geocaching team, "meandthekiddoz"

The family found geocaching about a year ago.  They geocache under the name meandthekiddoz and already found more than 60 caches. Beth says geocaching offers Ryan an independent way to sense accomplishment, bond with his family and even lose weight.

Watch Ryan and his family hit the geocaching trail in the latest Lost & Found video.

You can explore more videos on the adventure of geocaching.  Check out  the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  See geocachers unite to break a record on 10-10-10, experience a haunted cache in Texas and find out why a U.S. Army bomb disposal technician says geocaching kept him safe in Iraq.