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“The Emerald Lakes” GC24VY3 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 4, 2010

View of "The Emerald Lakes"

The Emerald Lakes” (GC24VY3) reveals the rugged beauty of New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park.  Geocachers hike to the top of Mt. Tongariro to discover the three picturesque lakes.  The lakes themselves began as craters formed during volcanic activity.

Geocacher funkymunkyzone created the cache in March of this year.  The difficulty two, terrain 4.5  EarthCache requires a day hike of nearly 20 kilometers (12 miles).

There are three requirements to claim the EarthCache.  Geocachers must use their GPS units to record the elevation of each of the three lakes, describe the color of the lakes and take a photo of the lakes showing their GPS device at the published coordinates.

View of "The Emerald Lakes"
View of "The Emerald Lakes"

More than a dozen geocachers have already logged a smiley on the cache.

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“Riddarhuset” GC18T59 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 27, 2010

35mm geocache canister for Riddarhuset
35mm geocache canister for Riddarhuset

“Riddarhuset” (GC18t59) is one of the most popular geocaches in Sweden.  More than 1500 geocachers have logged  a smiley on the geocache.

That’s an average of nearly two finds a day since the geocache was placed by Librex back in January of 2008.

The geocache sits in the shadow of what Librex describes as the “foremost monument of Sweden’s Age of Greatness.”

Riddarhuset

Riddarhuset translates into English as “The House of Nobility” and was the palace where the Swedish aristocracy met for sessions of Parliament.  It’s still used by Swedish nobility today.

The “Riddarhuset” micro-cache is listed as a terrain one, difficulty one.   Geocachers traveling to Stockholm often thank the cache owner for enriching their trip by showcasing Riddarhuset.

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“As the Raven Flies” GC1E3QC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 9/20/2010

View of Raven Glacier from near the cache site

“As the Raven Flies” (GC1E3Qc) takes geocachers into the wilds of Chugach National Forest in Alaska, USA.   Kmags & Ak4me placed the cache in July of 2008.  It’s rated a 1.5 difficulty with a four terrain.  Adventurers must to hike to Crow Pass with an elevation of 3500 feet to find the small-sized cache.

The location offers a bird’s-eye view of Raven Glacier. It’s rated a four for a reason.  The hike is challenging.

Only ten geocachers have logged a smiley for this geocache.  The logs are a testament to the power of the view and the location of this cache.

One log reads, “Awesome view. I have hiked this trail many times and have never seen the glacier, always socked in with clouds. Today was awesome with partly cloudy skies and enough of a breeze to keep the bugs at bay. We had lunch right by the cache and soaked in some rays.”


Not far from "As the Raven Flies"

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“One, If By Land” GC16C0 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 9/13/2010

Ship wreck near GC16C0

One of the joys of geocaching is what you discover on the way to the geocache.

Geocachers searching for One, If By Land (GC16C0) are challenged to hike along the rugged coast of Maine, U.S.A.   They’re rewarded with the skeleton of weathered shipwreck and, according to the cache page, greeted by notorious Maine mosquitoes.

More than 150 geocachers have logged a smiley on this geocache.  It was hidden more than nine years ago in August of 2001.

Hardy adventurers have to travel to Sawyer’s Island, Maine.  The cache reads, “The mosquitoes hope our cache you’ll seek. Under oak, fir and birch, go take a peek. Near water’s edge you will want to be. Just follow trail in clockwise route, past an ancient wreck, you’ll see.”

The Maine coast on the way to GC16C0

Cache owner BRLT adopted “One, If By Land” in 2006 and tells us that coordinates may soon be readjusted to bring geocachers even closer to the difficulty two, terrain 1.5 cache.

It might be the ideal time of year to search for “One, If By Land.”  The leaves in Maine are just beginning to change color as the fall season approaches.

Your exploration doesn’t have to stop here. There are now more than 6000 geocaches in Maine, and nearly 1.2 million geocaches around the world.  You can explore all the Geocaches of the Week here.

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“Wat Prachumrat” GC2D5PM GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 9/06/2010

Wat Prachumrat (GC2D5PM)

Wat Prachumrat (GC2D5PM) is one of nearly 500 geocaches in Thailand.  This urban Micro Cache takes treasure hunters outside of Bangkok to the district of Lam Kuk Ka. It was published just last month and has only been logged once so far.

Geocachers visiting the cache will discover a Buddhist temple nearby. The three story gold Buddha you see to your left sits inside.

The geocacher who hid this cache, JamieZel, is the owner of 33 geocaches.

He says, “I love how Geocaching helps people explore what is around them. The place you drive past hundreds of times but never take the time to stop and look. Wat Prachumrat is a great place to stop and see a part of Thailand that most just quickly drive by. Yes there are many temples and each one is beautiful but this one had an interesting twist. A huge statue of Buddha. The temple is very peaceful and one that I go past a lot while taking the daughters out to a wake board park.”

A sign you're getting close

He goes on to say, “I hope over the years to draw more locals and tourists out of the suburban jungle to see the beauties that Thailand has to offer and use Geocaching as a tool to do so.”

There are now more nearly 1.2 million geocaches around the world.  You can explore all the Geocaches of the Week here.

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