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Show 483.0: An Unexpected Desert Find

On our geocaching podcast today, we share the story of an unexpected find in the desert that came with some rather unusual adventures!

We also have feedback on Geocaching and Genealogy, some listener email from Norway and South Africa, some cool geoart in Wyoming, an exciting announcement and an opportunity for you to be involved, and much more.

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Show 482.1: PMM – Lost Satellites

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On this geocaching midweek micro we chat about a cool idea for Nonprofit organizations to compete for prize money – and it involves geocaching! We also mention a news report about 2 Galileo satellites who lost their way.

Nonprofits to compete for $35,000 in geocache adventure
The Greater Race: A GeoCASH Adventure

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

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Hiding a Tribute Geocache

Hiding a Tribute GeocacheHere are some tips and ideas for hiding a tribute geocache. If you have ever browsed the geocache listings and noticed the letters IHO and wondered what that stood for, it normally means “In Honor Of”. A geocacher might hide a tribute cache in honor of a fellow geocacher for a lot of reasons:

– a milestone caching achievement – a thank-you for giving back to the caching community – a birthday or other event – a joke or a challenge for that specific caching friend

Another possibility for a Tribute Cache (or an IHO “in honor of” cache) is for a friend or family member who isn’t even a geocacher. We did this recently for Sandy’s Dad’s 75th birthday celebration. Here are a few tips and things to keep in mind if you are interested in hiding a tribute geocache of your own.

First, take some time to think of what you appreciate about this person, or what interests, skills and hobbies they have. It’s really cool to have a theme for the cache that is perfectly tailored to the person you’re honoring. In our case,

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Show 482.0: Accidental Find

On our geocaching podcast today, we share the story of an unexpected and accidental find that turned out to be kind of amazing.

We also have a report from the NorthStar Geoseekers in Northern Minnesota, some feedback on ways to get to a cache, the BBC type cache in Montreal, “advanced camo techniques” in the news and much more.

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Show 481.1: PMM – GIFF Film and 7SofA

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On this geocaching midweek micro we chat about an important thing to know about the 7 Souvenirs of August and an award winning film from the GIFF.

7 Souvenirs of August (7SofA) Trophy Case

The Deadliest Cache – GIFF2014 Winner – Youtube video

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Geocaching Advice for Beginners

GeocachingSo you are a beginner geocacher and are looking for some great advice. Or perhaps you’re a veteran cacher and you want to give some awesome tips to the geocaching newbies in your life. We went on a hunt for the best geocaching advice to give a beginner, and decided to ask the experts (aka PodCacher listeners). Sometimes a question like this can generate verbose replies, so in the interest of brevity, we enlisted the help of the 140 character limit of the Twitter world. Here are the resulting tips and tricks.

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For fun, advice and safety, beginners should find an experienced geocacher to go caching with. Attend an event and introduce yourself.

Please type more than TFTC (thanks for the cache) on your online log, log DNF’s (did-not-find’s) and don’t hide your own cache till you find at least 50.

Carry extra batteries for your GPSr and flashlight.

Bring bug spray with you.

Don’t give up. Read all clues thoroughly and keep an open mind; there are some diabolical cache hiders out there.

Start with simple ones. Don’t give up. Don’t rely

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Show 481.0: Sole Caching

On our geocaching podcast today, we share about a CITO weekend coming up in Great Britain.

We also have a story of geocaching and genealogy, a question about asking permission, the story of 3 continents in one day, earth sandwich geocaches, shoes that tell you where to turn and much more.

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Log Drying Tips

Geocache logsheetOne thing we love to share on our PodCacher show are tips and tricks – for newbies and veteran cachers alike. On one show we talked about geocaching on a very rainy weekend, which is a bit unusual for us here in Sunny San Diego, but it does happen! We encountered a small container with a rolled up log that was completely drenched. Now as you all know, there are few things worse than a totally wet log in a geocache (well, except no geocache at all!). The one requirement for logging a geocache and getting a smiley (other than actually finding it) is to sign the log. This is very hard to do when the paper is damp or soggy. It’s always a good idea to carry spare logbooks or logsheets with you in your cache bag. But the downside to replacing the log is that all the prior signatures will be gone! If you CAN dry out a log, that’s an awesome thing to do for the cache owner.

Geocache Log Drying TipSo on our recent rainy

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Show 480.1: PMM – Proactive Police & Poison Ivy

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On this geocaching midweek micro we chat about some proactive police officers, and a potential way to desensitize yourself from poison ivy reactions.

Police: Birdshot in suspicious device in Beavercreek

Vote for the August Geocacher of the Month

Drug regimen builds immunity to poison ivy

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5 Things Your Kids Will Love About Geocaching

Kids Love Geocaching

Family GeocachingBeing with YOU
Younger kids especially are longing for time with Mom and Dad (or Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, friend, you get the idea!). Take them geocaching! We have found that our son kinda doesn’t care WHAT we do, as long as we do it together as a family. You may think this doesn’t apply to older kids, but you might be surprised. We have heard from many families who shared how communication with teenagers was improved on geocaching hikes.

Being OUTSIDE
The fresh air and the sunshine (or the rain can be fun too, especially if there are a lot of puddles to jump in!). Running up that hill over there, climbing on that fence. The sticks and rocks and bugs that will find their way into pockets. The flowers that will be brought to you clutched tightly in small hands (for you, Mommy!)

Sean flowers backpackThe EXPLORATION
Learning about and exploring the world around them. Searching through bushes or rocks that may be hiding the treasure. Finding out about themselves. Gaining skills in

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