Geocachers from around the world celebrated ten years of geocaching at Groundspeak Headquarters in Seattle, Washington on July 4th, 2010. The Lost & Found Celebration brought together thousands of geocachers, dozens of Lackeys, Groundspeak’s mascot Signal the Frog, the Bubbleman, a dunk tank and The Founders of Geocaching.com.
Geocachers were also able to explore the Fremont neighborhood and earn a trackable HQ tag by completing a scavenger hunt.
There’s more celebrating to come. Stay tuned for additional plans to commemorate ten years of geocaching.
Tell us, how have you celebrated a decade of geocaching?
You can see even more geocaching adventures by watching our Lost & Found video series here.
I enjoyed a three-hour geocaching adventure with Quadmommy this week. It did, however, involve a little molten lava. I’ll explain.
Quadmommy wasn’t alone. As her name implies, Quadmommy has four kids. There’s more. The mom from Washington State, USA, doesn’t just have four kids. She has four boys. And get this, all the boys are eight years old. They’re quadruplets. We can all learn from her.
Quadmommy is a very patient person, who’s like an attentive director for her boys. She’ll say, “Go there. Stop that. Don’t jump in the water. Put THAT DOWN!” She’s on high alert now. The boys are out of school for the summer.
Imagine occupying four boys for the whole summer? Quadmommy has a plan. She started geocaching with the kids in 2005. She’s a professional at engaging her children. Geocaching is part of the family’s summer routine. The boys take turns holding the GPS. They race to be the first among them to find the cache. They’re outside and away from the TV.
Quadmommy enjoys geocaching to expose the kids to new adventures. They family has geocached in multiple states. She says, “It’s so much fun, we go all sort of places.” They’ve even cached outside of the Grand Canyon.
But Quadmommy isn’t working alone to keep everyone entertained. The kids bring something to the geocaching equation too. They bring LAVA. Half the time that we were geocaching, we were also tossing a stuffed animal over an imaginary lake of lava.
Geocaching wasn’t just an exercise, in well, exercise. It’s also an exercise in imagination and creativity.
But I think this lava thing might be catching on among geocaching kids. Probably just like where you live, there’s a geocache not far from my house. I was walking my dog this morning. I walked past a family geocaching. The kids there were jumping rock to rock, avoiding the “lava.” Then I remembered that I used to jump from couch to couch as a child to avoid the “lava.”
Maybe lava is a great gift idea for kids? Okay, let’s strike that idea. Don’t buy lava for your kids. Imaginary lava is the best way to go on this. Plus, it’s free.
Quadmommy’s quads brought more to geocaching than just lava. They turned toys from caches into “Franken-toys” – combining pieces of one toy with another to create a new toy. We had a local TV crew along for the geocaching adventure, so you too can watch some of the adventure with Quadmommy and the quads.
So, the next time that you’re geocaching with kids, don’t forget your GPS, pen or pencil and some swag- and definitely don’t forget your “lava.”
Tell us, how do you engage your kids while geocaching? What tricks and games can other geocaching parents learn from you?
The “Ruins of St. Paul’s” GC20BD5 was hidden in late 2009. This nano cache was placed in a bustling tourist destination in Macau, China. The church burned in 1835, leaving just this intricate facade. Geocacher AirQ from Hong Kong hid the cache.
AirQ is one of so many geocachers to travel thousands of miles this past week to gather in Washington State, USA. They celebrated GeoWoodstock VIII and Groundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration, commemorating ten years of geocaching. AirQ also celebrated a birthday. Wish him a happy birthday by logging one of the dozens of caches AirQ placed in and around Hong Kong. “Ruins of St. Paul’s” is just one.
Joe Armstrong, JoGPS, had an idea more than eight years ago. The avid geocacher from Tennessee planned to gather the top ten geocachers in one location. He thought, why not invite others? And so, GeoWoodstock began. Hear JoGPS tell the story in his own words. JoGPS says it started as “all about the numbers” but continues as “all about the number “of new friends you make and smiles you share.
Watch for a Lost & Found video story from this year’s GeoWoodstock VIII in Carnation, Washington, USA. The story will debut on July 20th.
Inventor Mikal Hart shifts geocaching in reverse. Hart’s “Reverse Geocaching Puzzle Box” is a locked box that needs you to deliver it to a secret location. The box won’t unlock until you take it to this pre-programmed destination.
The GPS-enabled box presents users with a deceivingly simple button and a small display. You press the button and the display reads a distance. Players only have 50 chances to move the box to the correct location before the box locks forever.
There are many more geocaching adventures. Take a look at all the Lost & Found videos here.
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