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“Solar Sailing” GC908D GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – March 21, 2011

Since 2002 geocachers in Washington, D.C. have explored the solar system on foot. “Solar Sailing” (GC908D), a Multi-Cache, transforms geocachers into interstellar explorers. RobAGD writes on the cache page: “This cache will walk you from our Sun to the furthermost reaches of our solar system. The walk is scaled so that everything is within scale of the real solar system.”

The solar system is so reduced in size the walk is less than half a mile through the Washington, D.C. Mall.  Earning a smiley on this cache requires uncovering information from your scaled down journey through the solar system. You must email answers to the cache owner.

The Sun at one 10-billionth actual size

More than 1200 geocachers have logged a find on the Multi-Cache to date. “Solar Sailing” has earned 53 Favorite points, making it one of the top ten favorite caches in the U.S. capitol. Geocaching Favorites is a new feature on Geocaching.com.

Geocachers often use their log as a chance to thank the cache owner. One geocacher writes: “It’s nice to see that you can learn a bunch just walking the streets. Very nice walk, and it took us to a few other caches along the way which is always nice! TFTC.”

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Geocachers Care – Worldwide Well Wishes for Japanese Geocachers

Sendai Airport before and after (courtesy: "Smell the Roses")

Worldwide well wishes pour in for Japanese geocachers caught in the chain reaction tragedy: a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a tsunami and then a nuclear disaster.

A Japanese geocaching family, tmiya, is located near the flood ravaged epicenter of the deadly March 11th earthquake. Tmiya, a married couple with two daughters, live in Miyagi, Japan. The geocachers placed GC2173Z “Underbody of a jet plane” in 2009.

The traditional geocache was hidden in the port city of Sendai. Eleven geocachers logged a smiley on the difficulty 1.5, terrain 1 geocache before a wall of blackened water scoured the coastal landscape.

Location of GC2173Z

The cache page for GC2173Z now has more than 130 notes. Most are well wishes from the global geocaching community. The notes read: “May you and your family have much strength during these tough times for you” and “Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this terrible time. I have found a lot to admire about the Japanese people.”

They are posted from countries around the world such as Germany, the U.K., Canada, France, the United States of America, the Czech Republic and from inside Japan itself. One note from a French geocacher is simply signed, “Fraternité Geocaching” or the “Fraternity of Geocaching.”

This fraternity united in their compassion for a family most will never meet. Perhaps the most endearing post came just three days ago. Japanese geocacher strikeeagl wrote: “We were Tokyo geocaching community confirmed a cache owner tmiya and his family both alive in safe.” Another note posted more recently reads, “We could confirm that he is fine 5 days after the earthquake… I would appreciate you if you could encourage him.”

Join the geocaching fraternity and post your own note of encouragement to tmiya and the Japanese geocaching community on the cache page.

 

 

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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 17, 2011

Fun, After the Find!

While the thrill of finding a geocache can make your caching journey a huge success, the geocaching experience does not end once you’ve found the cache. After the find is when the fun of interacting with the global geocaching community begins! You can flip through the logbook, read others’ logs and look for usernames you’ve seen in other logbooks. When you add your own log, it is fun to let people know something about yourself – perhaps where you are from or something interesting that happened to you while searching for the geocache.

Similarly, you can often learn something about geocachers who previously visited the cache based on what they left behind. By sorting through the SWAG (Stuff We All Get) in the cache, you can get an idea of who has been there before. Keep in mind that you are welcome to take an item from the cache as long as you replace it with something of equal or greater value. If you find a Trackable in the cache, you may take it without placing anything in the cache, but you must be willing to keep the fun going by moving the Trackable to another cache within two weeks’ time.

When you are ready to head back down the trail, please take the time to re-hide the cache where it was before you arrived and preserve the experience designed by the cache owner. Searching for a cache hidden as it was originally intended to be hidden is a much better experience than searching for a cache that has been moved or accidentally left out in the open.

Finally, have fun by logging your find on Geocaching.com and uploading photos from your adventure. Be sure to mark any images that might give away the cache location as “spoilers.” Logs that provide a thoughtful description of your experience finding the cache are a great way to thank the cache owner for hiding and maintaining a quality geocache – and a great way to continue the fun after the find!

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“Zero Emission” GC234PG Geocache of the Week – March 14, 2011

Near the geocache "Zero Emission"

The icy, austere beauty of Antarctica is home to one of the most remote geocaches on the globe. “Zero Emission” (GC234PG) challenges adventurers to brave a journey to the bottom of the world to find the traditional cache. Leovinci81 placed the small geocache in January of 2010 outside a Belgian research station.

Leovinci81 explains the story on the cache page for Zero Emission: “I created this geocache for people to find in one of the greatest places I ever visited. During the first quarter of 2010 I visited the Belgian research station on Antarctica.

“After the first explorers Adrienne de Gerlache & A. Cook, 110 years later, Belgium returned to the South Pole with the team of Alain Hubert.   It’s the first zero emission research station on South Pole, running on solar and wind power.”

Belgium research station

The difficulty three, terrain five cache waits patiently in its extreme environment for the next geocacher. Could it be you?

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Geocaching.com Caption Contest 22 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

WINNING CAPTION: "This is knot what I wood have expected.” - 1Delta10Tango.

Try your caption writing skills in the twenty-second installment of our Geocaching.com Caption Contest.   You could become the proud winner of a barely coveted prize! What caption would you write? “You’ve barked up the right tree.” You can do better!

Caption contest prize

Submit your caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your geocaching username in all entries. Then, explore the captions that other geocachers have crafted.

You can influence the voting. “Like” the caption that you think should win.  If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers to “like” your caption. Lackeys decide between the top captions to crown the winner of this Geocaching.com Caption Contest.

The winner receives a barely coveted prize from Groundspeak Headquarters. This time it’s a much coveted prize, a Jeremy Irish Trackable Gnome.

Click on the image to discover the winning caption from this contest

19 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the twentieth Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize. Click on the image at right to discover the winning caption from the previous Geocaching.com Caption Contest.

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