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Your New Mission: Earn the 7 Souvenirs of August

 

 

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New Souvenirs for August, New Quiz Now

 

Welcome to your geocaching mission this summer. During the month of August, earn six new Geocaching souvenirs by finding specific types of geocaches. Only by finding all six souvenirs do you unlock a special seventh “Achiever” souvenir. And we always knew you were an achiever.

Check out your personalized 7 Souvenirs of August Trophy Case for details. It’s a page that’s worth adding to your bookmarks. You’ll need it. Once you’ve collected all six souvenirs, visit your 7 Souvenirs of August Trophy Case to unlock the rare 7th “Achiever” souvenir. If you’re new to geocaching, a souvenir is an exclusive digital reward for your online profile.

While your journey to find the 7 Souvenirs of August begins on August 1 and lasts through August 31, you can start the adventure right now. Take the new Geocaching Personality Quiz. Each of the six personality types in the quiz reveals a souvenir you’re challenged to discover in August. Questions? Check out your 7 Souvenirs of August Trophy Case for answers. Ready to begin celebrating? Check out the new 7 Souvenirs swag on sale now.

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Airstream Find & Go – A Geocaching Trackable Giveaway

 

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 by Christy: 

Do you enjoy summer adventures and a good geocaching road trip? We have just the treat for you! Geocaching has teamed up with Airstream for a trackable tag designed for those with a penchant to roam, a heart for exploration and a willingness to Find and Go.

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The Airstream Silver Bullet Trackable Tag will make its debut at select Geocaching events in the United States in August. 2,000 tags will be released among the events. If you can’t make it to the events, keep an eye out for Airstream Silver Bullet Trackable Tags in the wild as they make their way from geocache to geocache and travel across the country. Find one and take it some place incredible, whether it’s a big city or the great outdoors, it’s all about having an experience and sharing it with others.

Submit photos of where the Airstream Silver Bullet Trackable takes you for chances to win prizes from Airstream. Photos of the trackable can be submitted to the Airstream Facebook Page. A winning photo will be selected each month starting in August, for Airstream prizes including a t-shirt, a journal, a flashlight, and more! See contest rules for details.

Geocaching Premium Member, FluteFace, is planning to attend the Airstream event in Redmond, WA. “As both a geocacher, and an Airstream (1984 Sovereign) owner, I’ll be there! What a great combination!!” She adds, “We have enjoyed caching with our Airstream and, since we’ve recently equipped it with a solar panel, we intend to find more caches in cool places, off the beaten path.”

To make things even sweeter, geocachers can earn the Socializer Souvenir for attending an event in August as part of the 7 Souvenirs of August program.

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A photo of FluteFace’s Airstream on a caching/camping trip with other geocachers in Washington State’s Deception Pass State Park, about a month after she purchased the Airstream

 

37 Ways to Spice Up Your Geocaching

What inspires you to geocache? For some, it’s the pure hunt that ignites the excitement. For others, it’s the adventurous and often unusual things one partakes in along the way. Here are 37 amazing ways to spice up your geocaching.

 

1. Hike to a viewpoint that you never knew existed

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Geocaching journey to Bariloche, Argentina (GC1M51M)

2.Take care of our planet

Good planets are hard to find. While you’re out on a geocache hunt, make sure to CITO (cache in trash out).

Cleaning up Yosemite (GC4Y868)

Cleaning up Yosemite (GC4Y868)

3. Equicache (horseback geocaching)

Jump on up and gallop away. Explore the geocaching wilderness with the help of a furry friend.

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FDR by Horse – Lonesome Dove (GC4AHH8)

4. Make new friends

There are thousands of worldwide geocaching events each year. Join in the fun and meet fellow geocachers. Check out a geocaching event near you.

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2014 Geowoodstock

5. Deep sea dive (divecaching)

Take a deep breath and venture down into deep blue waters to uncover some of the most mysterious geocaches in the world.  “Clearwater Paradise – SCUBA” (GC1T16F) by BlazerDiver has yet to be found since it was hidden in 2009. FTF anyone?

GC1T16F off the coast of Honduras

GC1T16F off the coast of Honduras

6. Complete a geocaching quest

We all have different bucket list items to check off.  There’s no better feeling in the world than when you do (and drink an ice old mini-beer to celebrate).

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Celebrate

7. Release your inner artist

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced,” Vincent Van Gogh.

Motopony Fan Cache (GC3R8RN) by "HugeBeef"

Motopony Fan Cache (GC3R8RN) by “HugeBeef”

8. Encounter a celebrity

Hugh Jackman (aka Wolverine) geocaches. ‘Nuff said.

The wolverine himself geocaching in Australia

The wolverine himself geocaching in Australia

9. Explore by water (kayaking, canoeing, cruise ships)

Some geocaches are only accessible by water. And they are awesome.

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Water-caching

10. Propose to that special someone

See how a FTF hunt can turn into a marriage proposal.

11. Help a newbie find their first smiley

 

12. Take a leap of faith (literally)

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The Leap (GC16R4B) in Arizona

13. Stumble upon something totally random

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Gnomesville (GCH7MR)

14. Spot an exotic animal

Ever so often, you’ll come across a rare breed…

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Lava Iguanas in the Galapagos

But, more commonly you’ll come across…

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Geo-cat

15. Climb Mount Everest

Many geocachers are unaware that climbing Everest results in (obvious) bragging rights as well as an awesome geocache find.

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Geocacher “kenyansherpa” making the impressive climb

16. Reach a fitness goal

A recent study by the Texas A&M Health Science Center shows that geocaching is a great way stay healthy and burn some extra calories. So get off the couch and start hunting!

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Washington Coast Camping and Geocaching

17. Travel to a new and exotic place

Get ready to pack your bags. With over 2 million geocaches worldwide, the game can take you anywhere. Oh, the places you’ll go.

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Geocaching in Morocco (GC35436)

18. Venture out at night

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Night  Caching with friends

19. Photograph your journey and share it with others

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Bubbles, geocaching and photography

20. Go to the end of the world

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Geocacher “apres ski 66″ at Fin Del Mundo (GCH7MR)

21. Become a historian

Geocaching is a great way to learn about the history of a location. The Star-Spangled Banner GeoTour takes geocachers to the locations of significant historic events during the War of 1812.

Star-Spangled Banner Geotour

Star-Spangled Banner Geotour

22. Solve a puzzle

Release your inner geek and solve a puzzle geocache.

Puzzle cache tBLT - The Klingoni Sudoku (GC53BPD)

Puzzle cache tBLT – The Klingoni Sudoku (GC53BPD)

 

23. Climb (anything and everything)

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Climbing to a find

24. Taste the local cuisine

Mmm! There’s nothing better than a scrumptious meal after a day of geocaching. Bloggers and geoachers “Peanuts or Pretzels“ stumbled upon a delicious Venezualan restaurant while exploring the city of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

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25. Film your adventure

Just like the Geocaching Vlogger, you too can capture your favorite geocaching moments and share them with the world.

The Geocaching Vlogger

The “Geocaching Vlogger”

26. Blast off to space

If you ever get the chance to discover the International Space Station (GC1BE91) geocache, do it.

Geocaching and Space

Geocaching and Space

27. Master a new language

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Un train peut en cacher un autre?

28. Create a new identity (in the geocaching world)

What’s in your username?

 

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

29. Step outside your comfort zone

Do something you never thought you could. Like 116 geoaches an hour at the ET Highway.

ET Highway. Complete.

ET Highway. Complete.

30. Trek through snow

Lace up those boots and get ready for snow and ice. Some of the best geocaching memories can be made in the coldest of months.

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View from GC1CWV4 in Iceland. This EarthCache is a glacial river lagoon.

31. Build something

In geocaching, there’s the hunt and there’s the hide. Hone your carpentry skills and create a masterpiece that others would want to find.

The Maker

The Maker

32. See the place where it all began (original stash)

The only thing missing from the picture below is you and the original can of beans.

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Original Stash (place feet here)

33.  Visit the Geocaching Headquarters  in Seattle

And join us for the Geocaching Block Party. We’d love to meet you!

The official HQ Geocache

The official HQ Geocache

34. Complete a challenge (7 souvenirs of August)

You can do it!

35. Venture out on two wheels

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Geocaching and biking in Mendoza, Argentina

36. Soak in the beauty of the world around you

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Summer geocaching on the coast of Portugal

37. Last but not least, remember where you parked your geo-car (you have to return to reality eventually)

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Geo-Car

Now, what’s #38? How do you spice of your geocaching experience, and how many of the above have you already accomplished?

Dirty Your Hands with a Geocaching Good Deed

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Summer Time is the Right Time for CITO

 

The geocaching community is about giving back by getting a little dirty and clearing a lot of trash. Cache In Trash Out, or CITO, helps preserve the natural beauty of the geocaching world by cleaning up litter, removing invasive species, planting trees and building trails.CITO events are held all year long, especially during the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere. Check out the CITO calendar for events and join one near you. And who says good deeds go unrewarded? Earn The Nature Lover souvenir during the 7 Souvenirs of August by attending a CITO event in, you guessed it, the month of August.

Interested in bringing friends along on your CITO adventure? Share geocachers in action at CITO events with this CITO video in English or this CITO video in Czech and German.

7 Tips to Sprinkle Extra Awesome on the 7 Souvenirs of August

 

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Geocaching HQ staffers love August. The Seattle weather is perfect. We get to meet geocachers from all over the world who come to log the Geocaching HQ geocache or attend Geocaching Block Party. And each year, we find a new way to challenge each other to geocaching greatness.

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See, we love teamwork at Geocaching HQ!

This year, we have a collective goal: 100% of the 70+ HQ’ers will earn all 7 Souvenirs of August. This is something we’ll do together, and we would love to see you use the same teamwork-based strategy in your local geocaching community.We’ll carpool to geocaches, help each other solve Mystery Caches, and cheer each other on.

At the same time, we couldn’t resist throwing a healthy dose of competition into the mix.

To add in an extra sprinkle of challenge and fun to keep us geocaching all month long, we’ve formed seven teams that, in addition to supporting each other in achieving the 7 Souvenirs of August, will compete against each other to be the best in the following categories:

  • First team to have every member complete all 7 Souvenirs of August
  • Most geocache finds in August
  • Greatest distance traveled
  • Greatest number of Travel Bugs moved
  • Average difficulty rating
  • Average terrain rating
  • Best geocaching-themed Instagram video with the hashtag #7SofA

This summer, you and your family, friends, coworkers, and geocaching organization can take the 7 Souvenirs of August to the next level too.

Here are Geocaching HQ’s 7 steps to attaining geocaching greatness this August:

1. Break into teams. Here at HQ, we decided to randomly assign teams to allow staffers to spend time with coworkers they don’t usually get to work with. Dividing by skill level or geocaching interest (i.e. the perfect blend of geocaching personality types) is also a great way to ensure the competition will be close.

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Last year was all about orange headbands; this year, we’re rockin’ green sunglasses.

2. Give your team an identity. Team names are a must. Without one, what will you chant when you are victorious? Our  teams are (surprise, surprise) named after the 7 Souvenirs of August: The Nature Lovers, The Explorers, The Puzzlers, The Collectors, The Socializers, and The Sightseers. (We’re all going to be Achievers, after all.) Bonus points for jerseys, headbands, sunglasses, and 7 Souvenirs of August SWAG.

3. Set up a leaderboard. Share a spreadsheet to track individual and team stats, or if you’re technically inclined, work some GPX magic.

4. Strategize. Get together with your team to talk shop. Will someone host a midnight Event Cache so the team can earn all 7 Souvenirs first? Or will you focus on find count or terrain rating? Is your team made up of people who are great at solving puzzles, climbing trees, or road-tripping? (Hint: Eating pizza while strategizing helps the brain think. It’s science.)

5. Make a calendar of geocaching outings. Once you have your strategy, plan when you’ll make it happen. Geocaching together is a great way to keep inspired and avoid the dreaded DNF.

6. Create a shared online space. Setting up a Facebook group or email chain is a great way to share updates, make sure you’re on track to achieving your goals (and winning!), and keep the team engaged and inspired.

7. Capture your favorite geocaching moments. So maybe your team won’t find the most geocaches or travel the furthest distance, but you can show off that you had the most fun. Create a geocaching highlight reel and be sure to share it on your favorite social media platforms. Don’t forget to use the #7SofA hashtag.

Ready to start plotting your August strategy? Share this video and invite your friends to join in the fun:

Now Tell Us Your Tips

How will you and your geocaching organization sprinkle a little extra awesome on the 7 Souvenirs of August?

That’s one way to get ahead. — Heads of State (GCE041) — Geocache of the Week

These fashionable gentlemen were always a'head' of the curve. Photo by geocacher TresHntrs

These fashionable gentlemen were always a’head’ of the curve. Photo by geocacher TresHntrs

Geocache Name:

Heads of State (GCE041)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

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Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

There are some places that deserve to be seen. These rarely visited gems can be anything from a hidden pocket park to a piece of beautiful graffiti—or even a place full of giant presidential heads. However, you can’t always place a geocache there to bring people in. That’s where Virtual Caches come in. While a few rule changes made new Virtual Caches into Waymarks, some of the older Virtual Caches have been grandfathered in since they existed before the rule change. This spot, located in Houston, Texas, is where an artist sculpted and cast these presidential busts for use in a park near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. You’ll also find sculptures of the Beatles here.

 

What geocachers are saying:

“I came down to Houston for the weekend to grab a bunch of challenge caches and virtuals…this one was on my list…..very cool place….added a few pictures to my log….thanks for bringing me here……TFTC!” – mightymouse21

“Wow, this was a hoot! Detouring through Texas on our way to GeoWoodstock and had to stop at this one. Glad we did. Took pictures so we will post after we get back to Florida next week. Thanks for the adventure.” – Wilemon

“Wow this is great…the things you get to see while geocaching, never would have come here or new about this had it not been for caching, thanks for placing!!” – Holn1b4IDie

 

Photos and Video:

Busted! Photo by geocacher MXTrekker

Busted! Photo by geocacher MXTrekker

Watch out for the giant Beatles! Photo by geocacher Drew136

Watch out for the giant Beatles! Photo by geocacher Drew136

Just "head" over to this cache to meet these folks. Photo by geocacher ArdentEnthusiast

Just “head” over to this cache to meet these folks. Photo by geocacher ArdentEnthusiast

Not even Abe 'nose' what you're looking for. Photo by geocacher Scorpios2931

Not even Abe ‘nose’ what you’re looking for. Photo by geocacher Scorpios2931

What little-known spots have you discovered by geocaching? Tell us in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.

If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!


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