CacheCrazy.Com: March 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

LoveMyGuinness - The Sport Of Geocaching

The Sport of Geocaching by: LoveMyGuinness

***This post was written for the CacheCrazy.Com Geocaching Blog.***


Yes, I said sport, because if you're doing it correctly, it's real work. I do, very much, believe that there is a right way and a wrong way to Cache. I have an unfathomable love for the sport, but that love is not unconditional. I'm covering two very important aspects here that seem to be overlooked frequently. Cache Ownership & Placement and Tradeable Goodies.

This is an example of a regular run of the mill cache.
A logbook and some other random crap that no one wants to keep.

After hunting this dangerous thing, I cannot begin to explain how disappointed my kids were at the items inside. Guys, you can do better than this! Regular cache maintenance is a MUST. I wish more people cared about it. Geocache Ownership is NOT about numbers. It's aboutQUALITY. Who cares if you've placed 65 caches, if they all look like this crap? That's a waste.



What's even worse is when I pull up to a cache and this is what I see... Really? Are you that hard up for a fix that you would diminish the very essence of Geocaching just to place some container in this slum hole so you can find it while you shop? For real? Yum. Just what I want to do with my family on a day off. Sift through garbage to find more garbage. The contents of the cache at this site were atrocious. A broken keychain, an eraser and a parachuting santa toy from 1980.
Geocaching, ideally, should be about discovering new amazing places that you didn't know about or haven't explored yet. They should contain things that people want to trade. This is how I enjoy seeing my family cache. Notice there aren't garbage piles, furniture dumps or broken glass.


These are places that I want my family to see....
They were well chosen by their Cache Owners for their beauty...

How could you not want to Cache in an awe-inspiring place like this?
Or this?
These are places that I want my family to remember.
These are the memories I am building for my children.
These are the areas that we need to protect and cherish.
I consider myself a fairly responsible Cache Owner. While I only own four, they are each placed with loving care for a reason. They are places my family enjoys and that we'd like to share with others. When they were placed, they were stuffed to the gills with brand new goodies. You don't need to spend a fortune for Tradeable Items. $20 at the Dollar Store will make you look like a hero. Check up on your caches every few weeks to bulk up the goodies, because sadly, there are way too many people who don't use the honor system. Brand new l.e.d. flashlight for a business card? Sometimes people make me shake my head in complete confusion.
These were the first 6 caches that we ever assembled and you know what?
We emptied 2 of them and divided the extra goodies amongst the other containers.
Why? ...

Because THESE are the people that are finding your caches.
I keep my caches as I would like my children to find them.
Full of Awesomeness and Adventure.

Please. Don't ruin their memories.
-Shell : LoveMyGuinness

Thursday, March 5, 2015

OUR ADVENTURE BEGINS

Hey folks,
Big Al here from Thirsty Thursday bringing you another post by Tony. When I read this post I knew I had to share it with all of you. This guy is amazing with how he has weaved Geocaching into their lives to make some real adventures. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you go out and make some adventures for your own family. Hey, and if you don't have a family well then find someone else to go out caching with and make them your caching family.




Our Everyday Adventures begin


Adventure is worthwhile in itself
-Amelia Earhart
In my last post I wrote about a few years in our life that could have been better. I don’t want anyone to think that it was all bad, there were good moments also, but a lot of the time we just tried to survive. And we did survive …
Once March 21st, 2008 had passed (and our Discovery of Geocaching) we used Geocaching as a way to transform our car trips from something I had to do just to keep my son happy, to something that we both wanted to do. This in turn made it all much easier for me to keep my son in a good mood. Once all the easily accessible caches close to our home were logged we started to plan for the harder ones that involved some light hiking to be done, and this was something new for us as we had never before walked any long distances with my son, and I wasn't sure what to expect if he got tired or just decided he didn't want to go any further. 
So our everyday adventures began; not only did we learn that he could walk long distances, but he even liked it, and as long as I planned for the walks and made sure I had some motivational treats with me we never had any problems. At this moment in time we were out almost every day and went on long trips on the weekends. I noticed that the physical activity made him sleep better and for longer periods of time.  His sleeping habits changed from 4-5 hours a night to 6-8 hours, which made a lot of difference for us all. I also learned not to decide on beforehand what my son can and can’t do. As Amelia Earhart said, ‘Adventure is worthwhile in itself’, as every experience is an enabler, a key to new adventures.
I guess some who read this shake their heads thinking that our walks in the woods aren't adventures and in part they are right. Our adventures aren't what most people count as adventures, but for us it is right on the edge of what we have tried before; it teaches us about ourselves and our capabilities, just as it teaches “real adventures"  so I’ll insist it is our everyday adventures.
We continued our adventures and got further and further from home until we reached a point where we no longer could return home for lunch. This was the next step that brought some anxiety for me until we tried it, and it went much better than anticipated. I think this is where I started to realize that it wasn't my son’s disability that was stopping us, it was me as a father and my need to protect him; to lower mountains and raise canyons in his path that made it so hard to try new things. We pushed on further and further from home, and one day in July 2008 I decided to try something new.
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After work I packed our car with a tent, food, clothes and a toilet, and my son and I left home for a road trip with Geocaching as the goal. We drove in total about 1800 km over seven days, slept in a tent far from camping sites, cooked by the road, and just had fun. I think this was one of the best times I've ever had and I also think my son enjoyed it a lot.
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No more thoughts about what we can and can’t do. From now on we think in terms of ‘how can we do it?‘ Five years later, we have been Geocaching in places that are 13 hours flight from home. Before we started, we would never have dreamed about taking our son on a plane. I guess that Geocaching was the thing that motivated me to break out of my box and start to think outside it. I have thanked the people at Geocaching.com knowing that nothing I do can ever match what they have done for us.  Now, stop reading and go find what motivates you and make it an adventure. 
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Thanks so much Tony for another great article. You have helped us to see that nothing can stop us if we put our minds to it. 
Cache on my friend!

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