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We’re headed out on a weekend road-trip to Central California. We’re traveling out there to be with family for a memorial service and celebration of Sandy’s Uncle who recently passed away.

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Geocaching Trade Item (SWAG) Ideas

IMG_4797CI’ve previously written an article on what NOT to place in a geocache (and why) and included a few suggestions of what actually makes a good trade item. In this post I’d like to answer another question we’ve been asked numerous times.

Where can I find decent swag / trade items?

Inexpensive trade items (note, I didn’t write “junky, used, trash items) can be found all around you. Sometimes you just need to know “where to look”. Get it? … “Where to look?” Just a little Geocaching joke there … ahem. OK.

One of the places that I like to hunt for swag / trade items is at trade shows. Conventions and trade shows come in all sorts and sizes, but in general, if you walk the “vendor floor” of most conventions, you’re bound to find lots of give-away knick knacks. As always, use discretion when choosing which things to actually place in a geocache. I’ve found that if you’re friendly to a vendor, you might ask for a few extra to “give to friends”. Most likely, the vendor isn’t going to want to bring all the items

LINKS AND MORE: Geocaching Trade Item (SWAG) Ideas

Back up and on the road

PodCacher.Com is back up. Woohooo!!! For several days now this site has been down and unavailable. We’ve gone through multiple issues with our web hosting service … grrr. As you can see, we’ve resolved the issues and are back in business!!!

We’ll be off on a road trip for the next several days. If you’d like to keep posted with updates you can check our “other” blog “PodCacher: Off the Beaten Path” here: http://podcacherotbp.blogspot.com

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

Geocaching Trade Items: Things you should NEVER put in a cache and a few that you should

IMG_4801BAs a Geocacher, you know that one of the things that can make finding a cache fun is the treasure, the goodies, the swag, the trade items that you might discover (especially for younger hunters). If you’ve been geocaching for a while, you probably also know that the quality and appropriateness of swag can vary widely from cache to cache. If you’re ready to hide a geocache, or if you’re bringing items to trade, here are a few things you should know.

Geocaching is a family-friendly activity and cache contents should be suitable for all ages. Keep in mind this scenario: Young kids could go geocaching without an adult, ride a bike or hike to a cache and find it all on their own. It’s for this reason that you’ll want to make sure that you follow these guidelines (from Geocaching.com) for trade items.

Explosives, fireworks, ammunition, lighters, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), drugs, alcohol and any illicit material should not be placed in a cache.

If someone other than you places an inappropriate item in a cache that you own and this is reported, the cache may be

LINKS AND MORE: Geocaching Trade Items: Things you should NEVER put in a cache and a few that you should

4 Keys to a Great Geocaching Container

ammocan2So you’ve been Geocaching for a while now, you’ve found your share of tricky and clever geocaches and you feel that you’re ready to try your hand at hiding your first cache. One of the most important decisions you’re going to make is choosing the right kind of container for your hide.

Containers come in all shapes, sizes, materials and levels of quality. What things should you look for when choosing your container? No worries, below I’ve listed several aspects which I consider to be “must have” attributes to any good geocaching container. Read on, intrepid adventurer!

Size

The location you’ve chosen can sometimes determine, or at least suggest an appropriate container size. For instance, although some geocachers have done this, a tiny micro container hidden in a vast wooded area may not be the best selection. Unless you’re intentionally trying to frustrate the finder by hiding a “needle in a haystack” type cache, you’re going to want to select a container that’s small, medium, or even large for these spaces. Deeps woods that don’t have a lot of traffic are the perfect places for nice large containers that tuck

LINKS AND MORE: 4 Keys to a Great Geocaching Container

Go-Bag

The new Indiana Jones movie comes out in a few days and it got me thinking. Jack Bauer of “24″ and Indiana Jones both carried “Go” bags. What’s a Go-Bag? Any bag that’s got all the stuff you need to get the job done. A messenger bag, a daypack, a waist pack; the container doesn’t matter as much as what you’ve got in it. A bag that’s stocked with everything you need and nothing that you don’t. A bag that you can pick up at a moment’s notice and get the job done.

Seasoned Geocachers have some form of a Go-Bag prepped at all times. It’s in the trunk of their car or near the front door, good to go. First hand experience and sometimes mistakes teaches you what you should have in your Go-Bag. A flashlight, water, a cell phone, sunscreen, tweezers, a multi-tool, swag, a first aid kit, a compact digital camera, a small compass, just to name a few. After all, no one thinks twice about getting an overview of financial advice at a site like lovemoney.com or keeping all their RSS feeds in an

LINKS AND MORE: Go-Bag

Counting down to the WWFM III

Only a few days till the WWFM III! All around the world: Log sheets have been printed. Swag buckets have been filled. CDs have been burned. Bags of Kisses are ready to be deployed. Flashers are ready to Flash. We stand at the ready!

We look forward to attracting some positive attention and awareness out there about Geocaching and Geocachers! At our particular Flash Mob, we’ll be picking up any trash that is in the area, and handing out “Geocaching Info” flyers to passerby muggles. (That might someday join us as practitioners in the Art of Geocaching!)

The Sale of the WWFM III Commemorative Collectors GeoCoin (pictured here) ends on May 20th. It’s got the glow-in-the-dark lightning bolts, the flash bling, and sparkly rhinestones. Order them for yourself or a friend at coinsandpins.com. Don’t wait too long, they’ll be gone in a FLASH!!!

Evil Pokey Plants

I’m sure every part of the world has them. They are not in any particular Genus or Species of plant, but more like a characteristic qualifier: The Evil Pokey Plant. Not that all pokey plants are evil mind you. There are many a benevolent pokey plant out there I’m sure; those that do not poke ME for instance. Those that do their poking elsewhere or might be pokey in circumstances and conditions other than those I participate in (Geocaching!).

No my friends, I’m talking about those plants that poke me, stick me, splinter me and seem to do it with verve! They attach themselves to my person, then revel and savor the irritation, pain and annoyance they cause.

See the image for a closer view of the Evil Pokey Plant (EPP) that recently got us on our Kayak / Lake adventure (Show #163)

Cache Maintenance

Cache Maintenance

One of our caches needed maintenance recently. Maintenance is one of those things that cache hiders can sometimes ignore or disregard all together. Not a good idea.

It’s not only important to hide good quality caches, but also maintain those that we are responsible for on a regular basis. Seasoned cachers have all experienced the disappointment or frustration, after spending the time to find a cache, to discover that the container is damaged or the contents are soaked.

The photo on the right was taken after I had glued magnets to the bottom of a few film cans. I needed one to replace an old rusted Altoids tin from a cache we had hidden. I really needed only one replacement, but since I had the epoxy out, I made a few extra for future use.

 

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