Geocaching turns 20, let's celebrate!!
Yes, geocaching is about to turn 20. If it were human it would be staying up all night playing video games, using all your wifi data, asking to borrow money and eating all your food 😜.
What happened 20 years ago?
Glad you asked! On this day 20 years ago (May 2nd, 2000), the US Government led by President Bill Clinton, switched off signal degradation for non-military GPS, known as "selective availability". This led to enhanced GPS accuracy for civilians, and became a pivotal moment which sparked an idea for the game of geocaching. This has since become known as Big Blue Switch Day, though no-one is sure why as there was never really a physical "switch" to turn off selective availability, let alone a blue switch.
The very next day, Dave Ulmer hid a bucket near a road in the forest outside of Portland Oregon containing a logbook and pencil, along with various items including videos, books, software, a slingshot, and a can of beans. He posted the GPS coordinates on the internet and within 3 days, 2 different users had found the container using their own GPS, and shared their experiences online. Throughout the next week, others began hiding their own containers worldwide and posting the coordinates, and hence the game of geocaching as we know it was born.
So what is an event?
Its simply a chance for cachers of all ages and experience levels to get together and socialise! The event runs from 2:30pm-4:30pm, but you dont have to stay the whole time, just attend when you can. All are welcome to join us and catch up with old friends or make some new ones.
What will we talk about?
We thought it's a great chance to celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of geocaching by getting together as a community, and sharing our experiences of what makes this game/hobby/lifestyle/obsession so great. Take a moment to reflect on what drives your passion for geocaching, and what has brought you joy, then come along and tell us about it. It could be:
- How geocaching has changed your life in some way
- Your favourite geocaching find or experience
- Other geocachers you've met who have inspired you
- That time when something really crazy, dangerous or unexpected happened
Where will it be held?
At Bullocky's Rest, a SEQwater recreational area alongside Lake Samsonvale. We will occupy one of the tables between the playground and toilets, for convenient access to both. There's plenty of space for kids to roam, and ample parking close by. Dogs are permitted, but watercraft are not allowed on this part of the lake. If it rains, it rains. We shall not be deterred!
What should I bring?
Bring along your experiences to share, and any TBs geocoins and pathtags you'd like to swap or be discovered. Bring a chair if you'd prefer to sit, as seating is limited. Don't forget to bring water or a beverage, and maybe sunscreen and bugspray.
Sounds like a party, will there be cake?
Of course! It wouldn't be a birthday party without cake 🎂 Don't forget to log your "will attend" so we know you're coming and can save you some.
If that's not enough reasons to join us, just for attending you'll get to be among the first to receive the unique 2020 Community Celebration Event icon AND you'll receive BOTH the Community Celebration and Blue Switch Day souvenirs for your profile.
Community Celebration Events - 2020
This Event is part of a limited release of Community Celebration Events to celebrate 20 years of geocaching. Geocachers hosted events between May 2, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Learn more about Community Celebration Events on the Geocaching Blog.