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Geocaching: Do… or do not. There is no try.

Locations from all 7 of the Star Wars movies – with geocaches to be found!

Nerds. They’re all around us. Some nerds are into geocaching. Some nerds are into Star Wars. And some nerds are into both. A quick Google search for, “geocaching Star Wars” returns multiple interstellar geocaches, bookmark lists, blogs, vlogs, Trackables, and just about anything. Here are seven geocaches you can visit near filming locations—one for each episode of the series.

So if you love Star Wars…

We know.

 

1. Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Royal Palace of Caserta, Caserta, Italy
Interior of the Queen Amidala’s Palace, Naboo 

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cache raggia A (GC2FFMD)

The interior shots of Queen Amidala’s palace were done at The Royal Palace of Caserta in Caserta, Italy. The construction of the Baroque palace begun in 1752 for Charles VII of Naples, and has never been fully completed. It is often referred to as the, “Italian Versailles”.

The cache listing page doesn’t give too much information, but many geocachers write wonderful logs after visiting this spectacular location. Said geocacher Mouseblue, “Found whilst visiting the huge palace and beautiful gardens. Immediately recognized where Star Wars and Mission Impossible had been filmed Hired bikes to cycle round the gardens as so big. Watch out for biting bugs at cache site. TFTC”.

 

2. Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Plaza de España, Seville, Spain
Exterior of the Queen Amidala’s Palace, Naboo

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Plaza de España, Sevilla (GC30564)

The gorgeous exterior of the Plaza de España was used as a backdrop for Queen Amidala’s palace on the planet Naboo. Lush, long, sweeping shots of the two star-crossed lovers spending time together was supposed to make us believe they had fallen in love. Did it work?

Regardless, according to the listing, the area isn’t great for phone reception. For that reason, the cache description page recommends looking at the spoiler photos before you go searching for the cache. But hey, there are way worse places to be stuck with no cell phone coverage.

 

3. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Mount Etna, Italy
Duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, Mustafar

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Etna Vulcanos (GC24JQF)

Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Anakin vs. hot lava… hmmm… I wonder who won? Although Episode III was filmed almost entirely in the studio, many exotic locations were used for background shots and served as inspiration for backdrop artists. Mount Etna’s lava flow gave an Oscar-worthy performance as the planet Mustafar during the light saber duel between the two Jedi.

According to the geocache listing, “Etna is Europe’s highest active volcano and when visiting Sicily you should take the opportunity to visit her. It is an experience to stay clear at the top where the ground is warm and the hiss and smoke from several craters.” No worries about us getting too close!

 

4. Episode IV: A New Hope
Tunisia
Spaceport town Mos Eisley, Tatooine 

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Star Wars cache (GC2FDRQ)

According to Obi-Wan Kenobi, “You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy” than this famous of Star Wars filming location. It’s known in geocaching circles too as this geocache was once featured as the Geocache of the Week. The blog post says:

Even without the presence of Tusken Raiders, the journey to this difficulty 1, terrain 5 geocache can be quite treacherous. Geocachers will have to travel through miles of sand dunes to reach the town. However, once you arrive in the town, finding the geocache won’t be too difficult—just make sure to use your cloaking device to prevent muggles from catching on. Geocachers from around the world have traveled to this iconic location to see a piece of galactic history. Geocacher s1las wrote, “My son and me found the force and the Cache…Our first overseas cache its the best yet TFTC.

 

5. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Finse, Norway
Empire vs. Alliance battle, 
Hoth

Finse Stasjon (GC1VKKF)

Finse has a wonderful train station, and is now a popular route for summer time bicyclists. But geocachers have claimed this fairly remote location too. You can see evidence of this in the top left photo where someone actually brought Star Wars toys up to Finse and placed them in the snow to hilariously recreate the epic battle scene. This is a fairly quick train n’ grab cache. 😉

 

6. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Northern California Redwoods, USA
Ewok planet Endor

The lush forests of Northern California

There are several locations in Northern California where principle and establishing shots were filmed. Although the original filming location, on Miller-Rellim Redwood Company land, has since be forested, many of the speeder bike chases scenes were filmed in the Avenue of the Giants area about 35 miles southeast of Eureka.

That being the case, the focus here for this episode is on a general area rather than a specific geocache. Prepare to drive, prepare to hike, and prepare to be blown away by the majestic beauty and size of the giant redwood trees.

 

7. Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Skellig Michael, Ireland
Luke’s hideaway,  Ahch-To

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Skellig Michael has an Earthcache (GC4K77T), and a Multi-cache (GC4B2JR)

The Tech Times has an article about this location, saying, “…the setting for Ahch-To is actually Skellig Michael, which is an island just off the coast of Ireland. The ruins there are an ancient monastery where Celtic monks once lived solitary lives, separated from the rest of the world. Strangely enough, this coincides with Luke’s story, who moved there to live the life of a hermit.”

There are actually two geocaches on this remote island—an Earthcache and a Multi-cache. To reach Skellig Michael, you’ll need to hire a licensed boat operator in the area and be prepared for any type of weather and terrain. After all, this is a T 4.5 geocache so it should be difficult but so incredibly worth it!

 

Have you used the force to find a geocache? Share your story with us in the comments below!

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New Giga Announcement!

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We are excited to announce the newest Giga-Event!

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Project Glück Auf 2016 (GC55555) – June 11, 2016 in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Giga-Events are the largest event type and are attended by over 5,000 geocachers. For those who attend, you’ll earn the rare Giga icon in your statistics, plus you’ll get the opportunity to meet tons of geocachers from around the world. See the list of upcoming Mega/Giga-Events.

Will you be attending a Mega or a Giga this year?

Pimp My Pump Series (GC555R0) — Geocache of the Week

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Geocache Name:

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See here for full bookmark list of series.

Location:

Zagreb, Croatia
N 45° 48.170 E 015° 58.378

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/1.5

Why this series is Geocache of the Week:

Marge Simpson, Kurt Cobain, and Mr. Spock have taken up residence on the streets of Zagreb, Croatia, thanks to a group of local artists and a project called “Pimp My Pump.”

Scattered across Zagreb are a series of old water pumps dating back to the end of the 19th century. You’ll find them in yards, the spaces between buildings, and at the sides of busy roads. Originally constructed to bring water to neighborhoods not connected to the municipal water supply, the pumps had long been disused and mostly ignored before the “Pimp My Pump” crew came along and transformed them into colorful, astonishingly creative, and at times hilarious figures.

Now, geocacher ArizonaSmith has placed a geocache at many of these pumps, effectively creating a geocaching tour of the series. Find all of the caches on this bookmark list, and you’ll also find a sidewalk Pac-Man game, a pump in jail with a police pump standing watch nearby, and Jimmi Hendrix pump.

Photos:

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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.

 

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Advantages (and Disadvantages) of Being A Geo-Teen

Guest blog written by Mark Webb, aka Troopbiz

Geocaching in September, 2015
Troopbiz Geocaching in September, 2015

                                                                                                                                       
Introduction

My name is Mark Webb. I’m fourteen years old, live in West Virginia, USA, geocache as Troopbiz, and have over 1,800 finds. I love geocaching because I get to explore new places around my hometown that I’ve never been to and it allows me to get outside and explore nature. 

 

Getting Into Geocaching                                                                                                     

The early days of geocaching
The early days of geocaching

I first started geocaching on July 1, 2009 at the age of 8. My Mom came across a link to Geocaching.com while looking at the local parks and recreation site, and it snowballed from there.  I found my first geocache, Black and Gold (GCRET0) two days later. I was hooked. What started out as a family activity to get outside and explore new areas, turned into a new loved obsession. Within that first year, I found over 100 and was eager to find 100 more. Three years later, I found my 1,000th geocache, Gadgets at Deckers Creek. (GC1M90Y).

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Shortly thereafter, I joined the Boy Scouts and quickly earned the Geocaching merit badge. I have educated many Boy Scout troops as well as a 4-H club in my community about geocaching by going caching with them around a local park.

 

 

 

Quality Over Quantity

Troopbiz's geocache, Brick By Brick (GC5JB1H), is built completely out of LEGOs!
Geocachers find Troopbiz’s cache, Brick By Brick (GC5JB1H), built completely out of LEGOs!

Although it can be fun to get wrapped up in the numbers, what really matters in the find behind the numbers. What makes geocaching fun is when someone puts a lot of thought and planning into a geocache.


Therefore, I like to do the same with my hides. My first geocache, Up, Down, & Up Again! (GC29NWE) currently has 242 finds and 51 favorite points. I hid a cache called Brick By Brick (GC5JB1H) made completely out of LEGOs. I also have a Puzzle Cache called Cars Cache (GC5AK6Y) based off the movie Cars. I enjoy Puzzle Caches the most because they offer an initial thrill of solving the puzzle, then another after you find the cache. I have also made friends with several other creative geocache hiders in my area such as arealwhit and killlerbee, and we go caching together on a regular basis.

 

 

 

It’s Not Always Easy Being Young

Being a young geocacher does have its advantages, like thinking differently when looking for a cache or climbing a hill with ease. But there are several disadvantages. The hardest thing about being a young geocacher is not having my driver’s license yet. My family and friends assist me on most of my caching adventures. It takes a lot of planning (and convincing), but they usually let me grab “just one more” cache.

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Hosting CITOs, earning T5s, cachin’, and getting the FTF – all in a day’s work for Mark


It is also very difficult to complete challenges like the
Fizzy Grid or the 365/Every Day Challenge with family members who don’t have the same drive as me.  Another disadvantage of being a young geocacher is not understanding older references. Many Puzzle Caches in my area revolve around older movies, tv shows, and songs. Although I don’t always understand what references a geocache is making, Google usually does!

 

The Future of Geocaching

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What adventures await us in 2016?


I’m excited to see what the future of geocaching has in store for 2016. One huge accomplishment I would like to achieve is making my 2,000th find. I would also like to continue working on my Fizzy and Every Day grids. Although I don’t think I will complete them any time soon, every block filled is another step closer.

I’m also looking forward to events in 2016, such as attending my 5th Midwest Geobash. In general, I would like to see more teens get into geocaching as it is a good way to get away from reality and explore new areas in your hometown. I can’t wait to see what the new year holds and what geocaching adventures await!

 

 

 

 

We love meeting members of the geocaching community that inspire us. Have you ever geocached with someone from a different generation, and learned a thing or two? If you’re a younger geocacher, what tricks of the trade have you learned from more “mature” geocachers? Tell us in the comments below!

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When there are 366 days in a year…

This Leap Day, Get Outside!

It only happens every four years. It gives us 366 calendar days which means we all have one extra day to go geocaching. So of course, we’re celebrating with a souvenir — actually, make that two!

The first souvenir can only be earned on Leap Day itself — February 29 — by attending a geocaching event. The other souvenir can be earned all weekend long (February 27-29) by getting outside and finding a geocache. 

Plan an Event

Why does Leap Day exist?

Leap Day exists to correct for the difference between the calendar year and the astronomical year. The 365 days of the calendar year represent Earth’s movement around the sun every 365 days. But Earth just ate a pizza and is actually moving a bit slower than that: it takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds for Earth to revolve around the sun.

And so, the calendar is adjusted to compensate for that extra time, by adding an extra day to the year about every four years (but not every four years). If we didn’t correct for the difference between the two calendars, the northern hemisphere would eventually end up celebrating New Year’s Eve during summer. In the southern Hemisphere, more cities might see a snowy Christmas. By the year 2736, the US would celebrate the 4th of July in deep winter.

And if you like swirling down an interesting internet search spiral on the mixed-up history of the Julian and Roman calendars, click here.

 

Geocaching near GC322MF in Croatia.
Leaping at GC322MF in Croatia.