Epic Geocaching SWAG – A Journey Inside the HQ Cache

Lackey Mike (SanNiccolo14) models what might be the best SWAG ever.

I’m always struggling to impress the Lackeys behind the reception desk here at Groundspeak with amazing and bizarre facts.  It almost never works.  They tend to trump me.  But yesterday was suppose to be different.  Unfortunately, what you’re about to read unfolded instead.

Another Lackey had just provided me with some series and unimaginable conversation ammunition.

I walked up inflated by this powerful factual nugget and stood before Sara (Gonzogrrl) and Nicole (Louie Bliss). We locked eyes. Then I just blurted it out.  “Guess what? You can buy scented bowling balls! They have cherry, vanilla, even blueberry…”  I exhaled.  “Can you believe it?!?!?”

Lackeys Sara (Gonzogrrl) and Nicole (Louie Bliss) at the reception desk

Then… nothing, not a word.

What followed was an eerie combination of  blank stares, awkward blinking and a long unfilled void of silence.  The sun rose. The sun set.  Trees outside changed colors.  The seasons marched on.

Then Sara finally spoke.  “Oh yeah, look at this.”

HQ Cache

She walked over to the treasure chest cache inside HQ.  She reached into the cache and pulled out a knitted hat. But no, this was no normal mocha colored knitted hat.  A full beard and mustache was also knitted onto the hat.

CaityPa modeling her creation
CaityPa modeling her creation

CaityPa knitted and placed, what will now be referred to as “The-Best-Lumberjack-Knitted-Cap-Swag-Ever,” in the cache just last week.  It’s a powerful fashion statement, modeled at the top of this post by Lackey Mike (SanNiccolo14).

But it begs the question, what’s the best swag you’ve ever encountered?  Any other knitted hat/bread combos out there?

It’ll be tough to dethrone The-Best-Lumberjack-Knitted-Cap-SWAG-Ever, but give it a go.  Post the story of your best SWAG find ever in the comments section below.

P.S. – This is also a cautionary tale.  We can learn something here.  You never know where the conversation will take you, when you start by talking about blueberry-scented bowling balls.  Beware.


GPS Adventure Maze – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California hosts the GPS Adventure Maze Exhibit now through September 6th. The thrill is in the hunt. Learn about geocaching, navigation and the cutting-edge Global Positioning System all while negotiating the twists and turns of a real maze.

Geocachers who attend can even log a GPS Adventure Exhibit cache.  But geocaching isn’t just indoors here.   Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the surrounding area are home to hundreds of geocaches.

The GPS Adventure Maze is the creation of Groundspeak and Minotaur Maze Exhibits.  See the Lost & Found video series, including stories of a geocache in space and the geocache diet, here.


“Geocaching Diet” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

Geocaching squares off again the battle of the bulge.  Geocacher Martin Pedersen is on a diet. Martin is determined to lose 100 pounds by the end of the year.  He’s using geocaching to shed the weight.  His aim is to find 1000 geocaches and walk 2500 kilometers.  Root him on by posting a comment and sharing your geocaching weight lose stories here on our blog.  You can also track his progress and send well wishes his way on his must-read family website, http://familynavigation.com


Roadtrip? Just add Geocaching…

Lackeys and friends celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the "The Goonies" film and add geocaching to the fun

You can’t take it with you.  The adage is a common enough saying, but when it comes to geocaching, it’s an outright lie.  You can take it with you whether you’re road tripping for business or during a family holiday.

A group of Lackeys did just that this weekend.  They road tripped from Seattle, Washington USA, one state south to Oregon.

Why? The Lackeys revisited a movie at the heart of all things geocaching.  They took part in the celebration “Never Say Die – The Goonies 25th Anniversary Celebration”.

“The Goonies” is a classic location based treasure hunting film featuring a pack of outcast kids seeking a pirate’s hidden treasure with the mob in hot pursuit.  The movie based in Astoria, Oregon.  “The Goonies” is in a word, hilarious.

But what’s hilarity without sharing the fun with friends?  Enter the Lackeys.  In true geocaching tradition, they created an Event Cache.  More than 50 people showed up to share their own stories of hunting hidden treasure – though geocachers were not armed with a treasure map or chased by the mob (I hope), they were packing some serious GPS power.

Trackable t-shirts

There were also Trackables (like the t-shirts in the pictures.) trivia and trading at the Event Cache. Getting any ideas about hosting an Event Cache?

Right now, there are over four million of your geocaching friends out there in the wide world.  If your holiday travels take you to a fun and exciting destination, why not add geocaching to the equation?

You’ll be able to finally put faces to geocaching usernames and connect with local cachers.  It’s easy to create an Event Cache, just go to the Hide and Seek a Cache page.  Begin planning your Event Cache by reviewing how to Hide a Cache.

Your next road tripping adventure will multiply in fun.  Because with geocaching, you can take it with you.

Let us know, what has been your favorite Event Cache?  What’s your advice for a geocacher who’s thinking about attending their first Event Cache?


“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.