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Groundspeak’s ‘Kitchen of Affirmation’

Letters to Groundspeak

The kitchen at Groundspeak is stocked with pretty much the standard condiments and food you’d find in any kitchen.  The fridge is home to ketchup and mustard and some random unlabeled containers.  The corner coffeemaker generates a little morning rush hour traffic as Lackeys clamor for a cup of morning energy.

But this week, Lackeys walked into the kitchen recently and walked out with more than coffee. It’s what appeared on the cabinets that gave those leaving, coffee mug in hand, with a feeling of affirmation.

Letters taped to the cabinets read, “Once again your donation is making school cool” and “I also want to thank you for donating to our class.  I think it is the sweetest thing anyone did to our class.”

Groundspeak donates money for GPS devices to a cause called DonorsChoose.org.  The donations put GPS devices in the hands of students.

The Lost & Found video crew visited a Texas, USA class that received a donation of GPS devices.  You can watch how a teacher intertwined a lesson plan about science with the outdoor adventure of geocaching.

The students went geocaching.  They solved problems in small groups, learned direction and distance, and engaged with technology.

More than 30 letters from different classrooms have arrived at Groundspeak over the past year and we are committed to putting more GPS unites in the hands of students.


Letter to Groundspeak

A half-dozen thank you letters from students are on display in the kitchen now.  One line from a grade school student reads, “Thank you thank you thank you (1,000,000,000 times) much for donating to our class.”   How the letters are signed may say more.   Some of the chunky grade school writing spells out “thank you” or “your friend” or even “love.”

But students aren’t just thanking Lackeys.  They’re not just affirming that geocaching can be a powerful force for learning.  They’re thanking geocachers for making this donation possible.  You fuel Groundspeak.  Those letters of thanks (a 1,000,000,000 times much) are really written to you as well.

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“A Record Breaking 10-10-10” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

Watch this video to see geocachers from around the world united on 10-10-10 for a record-breaking day.  More geocaching accounts logged caches on 10-10-10 than any other day in geocaching history.  The previous record of 56,654, set on April 18, 2010, was shattered by more than 15,000.  Geocachers recorded video of their adventures and posted the videos on the official Geocaching.com Facebook page.  Join them and Lackeys as they celebrate ten years of geocaching and ten years of Groundspeak on 10-10-10 by getting outside, geocaching and breaking a record.

The official final count for accounts logging a cache on 10-10-10 is 78,313.

Geocaching on 10-10-10

Explore even more geocaching adventures in the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  Go along on a SCUBA cache, see 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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“Travel Bugs” A Geocaching.com Video

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Travel Bugs® are Trackables that move from geocache to geocache.  They are attached to “hitchhikers” that take many forms everything from action figures to toy cars to cinder blocks.  Travel Bugs are explorers and ambassadors that crisscross the world, gaining stories on each step of their trek.

Travel Bug

This  Lost & Found video showcases the journey of a Travel Bug around the world.  Geocacher Devbrain launched Coaster Coast in 2006. The Travel Bug ended up back in his hands after traveling more than 23,000 miles around the globe. Watch as he launches another Travel Bug, Coaster Coaster Coast, in an attempt to repeat the journey.  You’ll also discover how easy it is start your own Travel Bug.

Have you ever launched a Travel Bug?

Explore even more geocaching adventures in the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  You can go along on a heart racing five difficulty/five terrain geocache, see the geocache on the International Space Station and find out why a U.S. Army bomb disposal technician says geocaching kept him safer in Iraq.

ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:

Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:

Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win this rare and coveted Moun10bike Trackable.
Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win this rare and coveted Moun10bike Trackable.

Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and coveted Moun10bike Trackable.

Teile jetzt Deine TrackableGeschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.

Learn and share Trackable Etiquette

Prüfe und schaue Dir die Trackable Etikette an

Shop Now to Find Trackable Week Discounts of 10% or More

Finde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche
(Für Trackables von teilnehmenden Anbietern)

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Geocaching Caption Contest 14 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

Winning Caption:                                                                                                                                                                                                   Peter Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife but couldn’t keep her.
Put her in an ammo can
Traded for a matchbox van! – Morgan’s Marauders

Try your caption writing skills in the fourteenth installment of our Geocaching Caption Contest.   You could win a barely coveted prize.  This photo comes directly from Groundspeak Headquarters.  The lobby is decorated for the Halloween holiday.

What caption would you write? “Muggles sure have gotten smaller, more orange and weirder.” 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 help sway the vote.  “Like” the caption you think should win.  If you think your caption should win, tell (bribe) friends and strangers to vote for you.  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 of a single German-language Official Geocaching.com Logbook .


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

17 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the thirteenth 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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“Lloret de Mar – Panoramic view” GC14XM5 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK, October 11, 2010


GC14XM5

“Lloret de Mar – Panoramic view” (GC14XM5) delivers what the cache owner promises.  The search for this micro cache leads geocachers to a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean.  Apache87 hid the cache in August 2007.  More than two hundred geocachers have logged the difficulty 1.5, terrain 1.5 find.


GC14XM5 - A micro cache with a view

The growing tally of those to log GC14XM5 includes more than a dozen geocachers that found GC14XM5 on 10/10/10.


GC2EY5G - Flashmob MEGAEVENT CATALUNYA 2010

It’s the same day hundreds of geocachers gathered near the cache for Flashmob MEGAEVENT CATALUNYA 2010.

The event celebrated ten years of geocaching.  The flashmob lasted just 10 minutes as the geocachers formed a giant number 10.

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.