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Celebrating 1,000,000 Active Geocaches in the USA

1 million US geocachesBreaking News from Geocaching HQ:

We are on the cusp of reaching 1,000,000 active geocaches in the U.S.!! We’re expecting to hit the 1 million mark sometime on Monday (if current tracking remains consistent). When we do, we’ll release which lucky geocache in the U.S. is the 1,000,000th active geocache. [NOTE: We're not counting disables, to ensure there are 1,000,000 findable geocaches in the field when we make the announcement.]

We’ll also use this opportunity to name The 8 Most Amazing Geocaches for Beginners (in the US) and welcome new geocachers to the game. Each of the eight geocaches named already has an event listed. Here’s an example in Wisconsin.

Geocachers and those new to geocaching will be able to attend the event, celebrate the award and potentially receive swag from Geocaching HQ (no souvenirs will be issued). After the event, geocachers will be able to pair up with new geocachers and find the special geocache and maybe take in some additional geocaching.

Here’s the list of the selected 8 Amazing Geocachers for Beginners in the

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Geocaching With Dogs

Geocaching with dogsToday we want to talk about a fun subject: geocaching with dogs. Many geocachers love to take their canine friends along on the hunt. In some ways it’s no different than taking your dog to the park or on a walk. However, if geocaching will take you on a longer hike than you or your dog are used to, then here are some things to keep in mind.

Do your research:

Make sure the geocaches you plan to find have the “dogs allowed” attribute (attributes are the little black and white icons on the right side of a cache description page underneath the map) Find out the leash laws of the location where you will be geocaching Think about the length of the hike and the terrain – and how YOUR dog will do in that setting Plan for any special gear that your dog may need

Take the basics:

Doggie bags (to pick up dog poo) – check out Dicky Bags A leash Water (with a collapsible bowl) and dog treats

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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.

Listen to the PodCacher podcast! (awww, shucks!)

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

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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
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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

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Heading in a New Direction

Important info you’re gonna wanna know:

We know that some of you were not able to hear all the weekly Geocaching Goodness that we normally bring you since our last show was a MAPP show for financial supporting members, but we wanted to keep you posted with an exciting new direction that PodCacher is moving towards.

In this ever growing age of social media, PodCacher has to stay relevant and grow with the times. You probably realize that the production of an audio show each week is cumbersome and costly. The distribution of the weekly audio file is now archaic and very confusing to some. It is for these and many more reasons that PodCacher is moving to a more nimble and socially current format …

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Show 440.0: COMING SOON

NOTICE: Due to sickness at PodCacher HQ, Show 440 will be delayed this week. Not sure yet when it will be published. We’ll keep you updated!

Major Problems at PodCacher.com

We’ve had some catastrophic problems on our website and hosting service over the past few days. We’ve been working hard to address these issues and are making plans for the future to avoid these problems. The posts / shows from March have been restored, but we are still dealing with some back-end server problems. In case the site goes down, go to our fan page at Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PodCacher for information. Thanks for your patience.

How do you describe Geocaching to a muggle?

Okay, before I even get started, let me say that this is a rant hidden in a question. It’s a pet peeve on a genuinely trivial topic and I acknowledge that before I get ramped up.

What metaphor do you use to describe Geocaching?

I’ve seen:
A high-tech game of hide and seek
A high-tech scavenger hunt
A high-tech treasure hunt
(I’ve seen “modern-day” substituted for high-tech.)

We use these in an attempt to quickly describe to muggles what Geocaching is. To be effective, the catch phrase should simplify and project an image or vision to the non-geocacher. Do some of the above metaphors do that well? I don’t think so. Let’s take a look at a couple definitions that I copied from Wikipedia (just to give us a starting point).

“Hide-and-seek or hide-and-go-seek is a game in which a number of players conceal themselves in the environment, to be found by one or more “seekers”.”

My memory of playing Hide and Seek when I was a kid was that of hiding MYSELF (I was pretty good at it too, being small, I could hide pretty easily) not a container. Have any of you played Hide

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19, 70 and 1000

So, I’ll bet you’re wondering what on earth those numbers mean?!? Someone needs to learn how to count!

Actually, we are on our way to Yosemite for a brief camping trip with 19 family members to celebrate Sandy’s Dad’s 70th birthday, and on the way we plan to get our 1000th cache at the breathtaking overlook at the entrance to Yosemite Valley.

If you’d like to keep posted with updates you can check our travel blog “PodCacher: Off the Beaten Path” here:

http://podcacherotbp.blogspot.com

You can also follow us on Twitter, since we’ll post there when we can.

For those of you concerned about Jake the fat cat, no worries. We’ve got a highly-qualified cat-sitter at Jake’s beck and call poised to make sure that he’s well fed and loses none of the girth that gives him his trademark “Jabba the cat” profile that he’s come to be known for.

Have a great weekend and go get ‘em!!!