Make a muggle your valentine
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Guest blog from The Geocaching Junkie: Four reasons to make a muggle your valentine

We are featuring The Geocaching Junkie on our guest blog for Valentine’s Day.

 

Falling in love with a fellow geocacher might just be the epitome of finding the perfect partner for many cachers, and we have all heard stories of eyes meeting across a crowd at an event, and diamond rings hidden in ammo cans – the ultimate swag! Take German cachers reality666 and annimiles for example: they met at a geocaching event in 2012 and got engaged at Europe’s First geocache (GC43) in April 2016.

Unfortunately, since muggles (non geocachers—based on “muggle” from the Harry Potter series, which are non-magical people) outnumber geocachers by quite a margin, it’s unlikely that everyone can be lucky enough to be half of a geocaching pair. So what are the benefits of dating a muggle? I happen to be an expert on this subject, so here’s four reasons why having a muggle partner who supports your geocaching addiction has its own advantages!

1. They make excellent lookouts

Sure, they may not love poking their hands into places or generally getting their hands dirty, but their presence as lookout means that you can get stuck right in with your search without having to look over your shoulder every five seconds.

 

2. They’re good for security

As a singleton I rarely had any qualms about going geocaching alone, but FTF runs at night in the woods on my own? Not so much. A supportive muggle will understand why you want to go look for a lunch box in a tree hollow in the dark, and will accompany you for safety. It’s also good to have someone who knows where you’re going and will be concerned if you’re not home when you say you’ll be (it’s good common sense to have such a person aware of your movements, regardless of your relationship status.)

 

3. They can hold stuff for you

This could be the geocaching equivalent of holding your wife’s purse while she is shopping! I won’t even comment on how many times I’ve dropped the lid of a nano while caching alone (I’ve always found it, honest!). When my muggle is with me, he now holds out his hands to me out of habit and holds the container while I sign the log.

 

4. If all else fails, they will probably help you search for the cache

Even if it’s just so they can finally go home and have dinner, they are likely to help you search if you’re having trouble, and often will find it straight away—it’s amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can see, even in the same spot you’ve been searching for ten minutes!

While finding another geocacher to be your partner-in-crime might seem like the perfect scenario for a dedicated cacher, having a ‘snuggle muggle’ as your significant other is really not such a bad thing. Are you coupled up with a muggle or a geocacher, or are you still looking for the first to find your heart?

You can read more witty and adventurous articles from The Geocaching Junkie on her personal blog page: thegeocachingjunkie.com

Soak it all in
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Geocaching a geothermal geocache (GC25643)—Geocache of the Week

EarthCache
GC25643
by goldohulk
Difficulty:
1.5
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Iceland
N 63° 52.810 W 022° 26.976
Iceland's Blue Lagoon
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

No doubt if you plan to visit Iceland, you will probably plan to work a visit to the Blue Lagoon into your itinerary. With its otherworldly landscape, promoted benefits to your health, and mix of rugged rocks and modern architecture, it’s obvious to see why it’s the country’s top destination.

You don’t need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache. But if you do, know that the waters are rich in minerals, and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The temperature in the bathing and swimming areas of the lagoon are warm to quite steamy-hot. The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.

No need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache
No need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache

How did this come to be? In 1976, a pool of wastewater formed near the geothermal power plant that had just been built. In 1981, people started bathing in it after its supposed healing powers were popularized. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established, and the bathing facility was opened for the public.

So no, the Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon; it’s actually created by the runoff from the nearby geothermal plant. But it’s fascinating, nevertheless. Check out what some geocachers have to say about this geothermal geocache:

EarthCache logging is tough business
EarthCache logging is tough business

Diabolic27
Brilliant trip. Went in 54 yrs old and emerged a mere 21(again). Well worth a visit.

Soapy Joe
Well the sun actually came out today, for the first time during our trip. What an odd feeling to be bobbing away in warm water when the air temperature was 3 degrees! Made the sprint to the changing rooms even colder than normal! Thank for placing this cache at this iconic location. TFTC

Beinhart
We had already visited a geothermal plant, so we knew what is done here. It is fascinating that a company uses the geothermal power, can sell electricity and hot water and that they can even make money from the “waste” (the used water) by building a bath, a hotel and by selling beauty products and other stuff under the name “Blue Lagoon”.

Hot spot in the lagoon are near the steam vents
Hot spot in the lagoon are near the steam vents
Yup. It's cold outside the spa!
Yup. It’s cold outside the spa!
Now THAT'S a wet bar!
Now THAT’S a wet bar!
Mud mask
Mud mask
Mud mask
Mud mask
Soak it all in
Soak it all in

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Take a stachie with a mustCACHE

Geocaching ammo can with face

One of world’s most divisive questions: Is it spelled moustache or mustache? But more importantly, shouldn’t it be spelled mustCACHE?!

As people around the world grow their facial hair in honor of Movember, we wondered about mustache-themed geocaches. Most encourage people to pose with a mustache in their log. Here are some of our furriest finds:

Facial Hair – GC3F6P2

This D2/T2 traditional geocache is appropriately found in the mossy pacific northwestern state of Washington. Take a short hike to find this geocache, and you’ll find a fun prop to (optionally) pose with in your logs. The cache page even offers some mustache trivia:

Mustached Americans first arrived in the US to work. But in the 1800s, people started appreciating mustaches, and Mustached Americans were given high status. Our first mustached president was John Quincy Adams, whose presidency lasted from 1825-1829.

Facial Hair – GC3F6P2
Facial Hair – GC3F6P2
Facial Hair – GC3F6P2
Facial Hair – GC3F6P2
Facial Hair – GC3F6P2
Facial Hair – GC3F6P2
Facial Hair – GC3F6P2
Facial Hair – GC3F6P2

Other names for MustCACHE include Bristle batons, Brocha, Bro-merang, Bro-mo, Bro-stache, Cookie duster, Crumb catcher, Crustache, Dirt squirrel, Double hamster, Face lace, Face furniture, Facial fur, Flavor saver, Grass grin, Handlebars, Lip cap, Lip caterpillar, Lip doily, Lip foliage, Lip luggage, Lip rug, Lip sweater, Lip toupée, Lower brow, Manometer, Mouser, Mouth brow, Mr. Tickler, Nose bug, Nose neighbor, Pushbroom, Smoke filter, Snot catcher, Snot mop, Soup strainer, Stache, Tache, Tea strainer, Upper lipholstery.

Moustache Cache – GC57VAQ

This geocache is found in Michigan near a disc golf playing field and coincidentally is also a D2/T2 traditional. The cache is a metal box painted camo with moustaches. You can find the cache without bushwhacking and stomping through mud, but only if you enter the woods at the right place.

Moustache Cache – GC57VAQ
Moustache Cache – GC57VAQ
Moustache Cache – GC57VAQ
Moustache Cache – GC57VAQ
Moustache Cache – GC57VAQ
Moustache Cache – GC57VAQ
Moustache Cache – GC57VAQ
Moustache Cache – GC57VAQ

Some famous people with mustCACHES include Albert Einstein, Alex Trebec, Billy Dee Williams, Burt Reynolds, Captain Kangaroo, Charles Bronson, Charlie Chaplin, Cheech, Clark Gable, Ditka, Dr. Phil, Freddie Mercury. Gene Shalit, Geraldo Rivera, Groucho Marx, Hulk Hogan, Jimi Hendrix, John Waters, Lanny McDonald, Lionel Richie, Ned Flanders, Nick Offerman, Prince, Richard Pryor, Ron Burgundy, Salvador Dalí, The Swedish Chef, and Tom Selleck.

Movember – GC415QR

In an unassuming area of the gorgeous Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, you’ll find this geocache. Coincidentally, every third Saturday of November the Moustache Miler a 5km fun run happens close by.

Movember – GC415QR
Movember – GC415QR
Movember – GC415QR
Movember – GC415QR
Movember – GC415QR
Movember – GC415QR
Movember – GC415QR
Movember – GC415QR

Looking to join the fancy follicle festivities? Check out our new mustache (ahem… mustCACHE) themed trackables at Shop Geocaching. Take a stachie, and tag your photos with #stachecache. We may feature your photo!

Cache Stache on!

Take a Stachie
Take a Stachie
Take A Stachie
Take A Stachie
Take A Stachie
Take A Stachie