Creating story-worthy geocaches: Interview with cache owner jewilk1

In Beaverton, Oregon, cache owner jewilk1 and his son OmNom! create fun hides by using a 3D printer, puzzle logic, and googly eyes. You may recognize the name from this week’s Geocache of the Week. They are examples of creative freedom in the geocaching world because they make both a simple cache and a puzzling cache memorable. After 7 years of caching, 60 hides, and 6,700 finds, jewilk1 continues to add a unique touch or a new level of deception into their cache creations. Some of their puzzle caches have knobs, codes, and keywords to search for on the back of books that help make their hides so interesting.

Often jewilk1 caches with his son OmNom! and his wife. Aside from the technical side of cache hiding, they enjoy the social aspect of the game and how it brings their family together. In their own words:   

The hobby has led us to places we would never have experienced, such as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution or the view of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Likewise, it is hard not to smile after a fellow geocacher relates a positive story about finding a geocache which you designed and introduced to the game. These smiles have inspired us to continue to create unique cache designs and become a better designers.

We wanted to know more about their creative process, what got them interested in geocaching, and what makes for a quality hide so we interviewed jewilk1 to get the inside scoop.

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A peek into a secret cache building society: Interview with cache owner CacheDweeb

Dog and dog's best friend, CacheDweeb
Dog and dog’s best friend, CacheDweeb

Did you know there are groups of gadget cache builders who slave away, day after day, week after week, huddled deep inside cluttered garages, endlessly tinkering with magnets, locks, pulleys, springs, clasps, and other such bric-a-brac? They do this for you, to put a smile on your face, and in turn, an even bigger smile on their own.

Meet one such clever cache creator, CacheDweeb. His claw-machine, drawer-popping, and sound-enhanced DONKEY KACHE was featured as a Geocache of the Week. We ask a few questions, get a few answers, and learn the method behind the madness of this master cache owner.

Geocache of the Week: DONKEY CACHE
Geocache of the Week: DONKEY CACHE

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DONKEY KACHE Geocache of the Week

DONKEY KACHE — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC79VAX
by CacheDweeb
Difficulty:
2.5
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Massachusetts, United States
N 42° 06.581′ W 072° 04.198’35
DONKEY KACHE Geocache of the Week
DONKEY KACHE Geocache of the Week

Oh yeah, geocachers — it’s on like Donkey Kong!

We’re taking it back to old skool like an old fool with a Geocache of the Week that combines the retro-arcade fun of Donkey Kong with another, like, totally rad hobby: geocaching!

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The magical world of Harry Potter caching

Welcome to the magical world of witchcraft, wizardry, and geocaching! Harry Potter has captured the hearts and minds of millions of muggles and geocachers since its creation in 1997. Drawing inspiration from the books and films, geocache hiders continue to place Potter-themed caches around the globe that bring the magic to life in the game of geocaching. In fact, there are nearly 1,000 geocaches placed globally with “Harry Potter” in the cache titles. Whether you identify as a Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, all will love these seven Harry Potter themed geocaching adventures.

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Calorie Alley—Geocache of the Week

Calorie Alley—Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC5DAMP
by TeamPhoenix421
Difficulty:
1
Terrain:
1
Location:
Indiana, United States
N 41° 28.290 W 087° 16.252
Calorie Alley—Geocache of the Week
Calorie Alley—Geocache of the Week

If you drive along Route 30 in northwest Indiana between the cities of Hobart and Merrillville, you will pass between two famous confectionery suppliers. One of America’s largest candy companies (makers of gummy animals and various chocolates) sits on the eastbound side, while a small local popcorn company (featuring over 200 flavors) sits on the westbound side. This small stretch of road was dubbed “Calorie Alley” for obvious reasons.

But here’s a kernel of truth: “Calorie Alley” is also the name of a sweet geocache for you and your special sugar to discover.  

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