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“Monkey’s Lament” GC23C94 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 10th 2010

View from near "Monkey's Lament"

This 2/2.5 cache hides in Central Park, New York City, NY.  GeoMiss placed “Monkey’s Lament” GC23C94 in January of this year.  This was the first geocache she ever placed. It’s already clocked more than 170 finds.  There’s a high muggle possibility so stay stealthy.  You’ll be rewarded, not just with a great find, but with a world class view and location GeoMiss says is perfect to “ponder… life, love, or the mysteries of the universe.”

She also said, “I started geocaching in June of 2009 in Michigan, and after my first find, I was hooked. In the fall, I moved to New York City to pursue my doctorate in Art History.”  She goes on, “I realized what a great hobby it really is, especially in an overwhelming place like NYC.  I am very proud of this cache, and hope others continue to enjoy it as much as I do.”

View from near "Monkey's Lament"

View more Geocaches of the Week here.

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Geocaching Caption Contest 5 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

Winning Caption, “I put the WAG in SWAG!!” – Sparknut

This is the fifth installment of our Geocaching Caption Contest. What caption would you write for this photo?  “Why is this swag barking at me?” You can do better. The photo you’re looking at now was submitted by a North Carolina, USA geocacher to the Geocaching.com Facebook page.  The geocacher who writes the winning caption receives these barely coveted 10 Years!  stickers.

You could win this Barely Coveted Prize

Please include your geocaching username in all entries.  The winner will be chosen by an ad hoc committee of Lackeys.

17 Lackeys voted in our last contest. It was our most popular Geocaching Caption Contest yet.  There were more than 200 entries.

See who won the barely coveted prize from last contest here.

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That’s a Geocache?!? The Unending Evolution of Geocaches

Traditional geocache

For most, the evolution of the geocache container begins with a sturdy great-great-great-grandfather geocache.  It’s the iconic metal ammo can. But in one decade of geocaching, the geocache family tree branched off into dozens of directions.

Each branch embodies the spirit of evolution.  Geocaches now blend more and more into their natural environment.  Say you place a cache on the outskirts of an estuary?  There’s a bird geocache for that.  You’re considering an urban cache on a park bench?  We’ve heard of magnetic microcaches that resemble gum for that.

Take a quick look at the picture below on the left.  Guess how many geocaches are in that picture?  Ok, I know there are a few caveats. There can only be one geocache every tenth of a mile and none of these are activated, but how many possible geocaches do you see? The answer is… six. The bird, those pinecones, that rock, even two of the sticks are actually geocaches.

How many geocaches are hidden in this picture
Just enough room for a log

Geocaches are not the only part of the geocaching equation to evolve.  Geocachers developed a keener “geo-sense” over the past decade.  Say that you placed a corn cob shaped cache in field of corn… the cache will be found.

A cache like this one pictured at the bottom of the page is all in a days work for an average cacher.

I’d love to hear your most difficult find.  How many DNF’s did you log before uncovering the cache?  Let us know, just post a comment to this blog.

Thermometer reveals a geocache
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Geocaching Caption Contest 4 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

Winning Caption: Wise man say, “Man with one GPS knows exactly where he is. Man with twelve GPS is never sure…” – David Krug

This is the fourth installment of our Geocaching Caption Contest. What caption would you write for this photo from the Ten years! event GC26RQJ the U.K.?  “So… you’re saying twelve GPS receivers still tell us we’re completely lost?”  You can do better.  The winner receives these barely coveted Cache In Trash Out stickers.

Barely Coveted Prize
Please include your geocaching username in all entries.  The winner will be chosen by an ad hoc committee of Lackeys.

15 Lackeys voted last week to crown the winner of the third Geocaching Caption Contest.  The winning entry was decided by just one vote!

Take a look at the post to see who won.

Good luck!

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Highest and Lowest Geocaches – Geocaching Presents

Editor’s note: the Travel Bug® aboard the International Space Station returned to earth in early 2011. The Travel Bug can now be viewed (and logged!) at Geocaching HQ in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Richard Garriott is a man on a mission. The active geocacher holds two extreme records in the world of geocaching.  He’s placed the highest and the deepest caches.  One cache is on the International Space Station, the other in an ocean trench off of Europe.  Hear why he’s spent millions to push the treasure hunt to the edge.

See all the Lost & Found videos, from an 88 year old geocacher to how Geocaching.com got it’s start, here.