Soak up geocaching inspiration by following Geocaching on Instagram and Pinterest. You’ll discover stunning geocache locations, like an underground city and abandoned sea forts towering high above the waves of the North Sea. Just like your geocaching adventures, you’ll discover new scenic vistas, tall pines and mountain lakes. It’s the fuel that keeps explorers ready for the next geocaching adventure.
But don’t just sit on the sidelines. Let the click of your camera connect you with geocachers around the world. Share your geocaching photos and connect with the global community by tagging @gogeocaching and #geocaching in your pictures shared on Instagram and Pinterest.
Need some Instagram-spiration? Check out a few of our favorite photos from geocachers on Instagram who tagged @gogeocaching and #geocaching:
Crumpled geocaching log sheets record simple, even fragile moments. Laughter, singing to classic country music and victorious thumbs-ups roll into three words for a daughter and her best geocaching partner. They sign logbooks with, “Guwisti and mom”. If you’ve geocached around Arkansas in the United States, you’ve probably read those three words on geocache log sheets for years.
But Kristie Boucheer Moore says all those geocaches are becoming flickers of half-remembered moments from her mom. “Her Alzheimer’s began a couple of years ago and has slowly progressed… She has problems remembering recent events and tends to repeat herself. She’ll ask me a question and say, ‘I’ve probably already asked you that, huh?’ And then she laughs. I don’t mind. She has a childlike exuberance which is infectious.”
Kristie began geocaching in 2010. The librarian happened upon something called, “geocaching” in an article. Soon she and her husband found their first geocache. She said they’ve been hooked on the outdoor adventure ever since.
After her father’s death Kristie searched for ways to spend time with her mom. “My husband and I told her about our new hobby and she thought it sounded silly. We took her to find an ammo can and she found a plastic grasshopper inside as SWAG and has loved it ever since! This was when she was in the very early stages and quite independent. She’d go caching with us every once in awhile, but not as much as she does now.”
The more Alzheimer’s becomes part of their lives, the more they find themselves searching for geocaches, “You really have no idea how much my mom means to me or how much we love geocaching together!! I am so happy my mom and I have found ‘our thing’ to do together.”
“Guwisti and mom” is now appearing on geocaching log sheets at a record pace. They recently broke their record and found 52 geocaches in one day.
“It’s definitely me and her time, my husband will usually go have ‘guy time’ and mom and I go caching. We usually go on weekends, in fact when I call her on Saturday morning she always asks, ‘any new caches?!’ She thinks all caches are a First to Find opportunity.”
Carol has also discovered she’s part of a larger community where she’s welcome to just be herself. Kristie says, “She loves all types of caches and she goes to events with us as well, she might not talk much anymore but she loves being around everyone and hearing their stories.”
The quiet stops when Kristie and Carol start driving to their next geocache, “Caching has given us a way to connect in the outdoors. My mom has never met a stranger, all her neighbors love her and help look after her. Since developing Alzheimer’s she’s quieter in group situations. But she sure talks a bunch while we’re out caching. I’ve heard more about her childhood than I ever have. She loves to sing and we listen to old classic country and sing while we cache.”
It’s the activity of geocaching that Kristie believes builds something stronger than memories. They’re focusing on the moment being lived, not the moments that have been lost, “It’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with a parent who honestly might not even remember your name in another year or so. We’re creating memories out there and while she might not remember exactly what happened, I think she will remember the happy feelings and general good times. I will always treasure the memories made while out caching with my mom. It is also, I suppose, a stress free time for both us. She’s not worried about remembering something she has forgotten and I can step out of the role of caregiver for a few hours. Geocaching has us both looking for something that neither one of us knows where it is. It lets us live in the moment.”
Einen tollen Geocache zu finden, kann sich wie ein richtiges Abenteuer anfühlen. Solche besonderen Geocaches sprießen jedoch nicht von selbst aus dem Boden, sondern gedeihen im brillianten Geist eines Geocaching-Machers oder einer Macherin. Was Geocaching ausmacht, sind ebenjene Geocacher und Geocacherinnen, die ihre Kreativität und ihren Erfindungsgeist in tolle Erlebnisse für andere verwandeln.
Vom 28. März bis zum 7. April können Geocacher aus aller Welt zusammenkommen und diejenigen in der Gemeinschaft feiern, die Geocaching möglich machen. Wir nennen diese Feier “Maker Madness”.
Alle Geocache-Macher, Macherinnen und Leute, die ihre Lieblings-Macher und Macherinnen feiern wollen, können einen Event organisieren und die nächste Generation an Geocache-Machern inspirieren. Jeder, der sein “Attended” bei einem registrierten “Maker Madness” Event loggt, erhält ein “Maker Madness” Souvenir.
1. Finde Inspirationen und Tipps, wie Du einen erfolgreichen Event organisieren kannst, in diesem Artikel.
2. Reiche Deinen Geocache hier ein. Der Titel und die Beschreibung für Deinen Event sollten mit der zur “Maker Madness” beitragen. Events müssen mindestens 14 Tage vor dem Event-Datum eingereicht werden. Es kann bis zu 10 Tagen dauern, bis Dein Event überprüft wird. Der Event muß zwischen dem 28. März und 7. April stattfinden, um sich für ein Souvenir zu qualifizieren.
3. Sobald Dein Event von Deinem freiwilligen Reviewer freigegeben wurde….
4. …Fülle dieses Formular aus.
5. Überprüfe in dieser Liste, ob Dein Event erfolgreich registriert ist. (Es kann 3-5 Tage dauern, bis Dein Event hier erscheint.) Anmerkung: Events, die nicht im Geiste der “Maker Madness” organisiert sind, qualifzieren sich möglicherweise nicht für ein Souvenir.
6. Drucke das offizielle PDF Zertifikat für die Gäste Deines “Maker Madness” Events aus.
7. Hab’ Spaß und teile Deine Fotos und Anekdoten von Deinem Event mit uns bei Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest und in den Kommentaren hier.
At the beginning of this month, the I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache experiment launched. During the month of February, Geocaching Premium members have the chance to create a temporary, personalized Lab Cache for one special person. This new test is different than normal geocaching and is open to all sorts of creative interpretations. In fact, in the short two weeks that the test has been live, we’ve already seen a number of amazing Lab Caches from the geocaching community. If you’re a Geocaching Premium member and you haven’t created your Lab Cache yet, do it here, then post your ideas in the comments below.
A few comments from FlyingMoose regarding his Lab Cache: “I think what inspired me was that only one person could log the cache and I wanted more to enjoy making the find. As for the responses to the cache? I would say that the responses have been positive, who wouldn’t like the idea of claiming such a unique find? I heard about the Lab Caches last year and thought they were a cool idea, when I heard we could create our own I thought this would be a great chance to do something fun for everyone and I hope to find a bunch of ballots next week when I open it up and pick the winner! “
This story comes from Geocaching HQ’er, Maria: “I sent a small plastic container to my father in AK [Alaska, USA] via mail to hide for my bestie since 6th grade, Jennifer. I had him hide it on his property in an old CAT grader. This particular location served multiple purposes. First, my dad could see the grader out his window. This meant that when Jennifer came to find it he could watch, I got a play-by-play on my voice-mail of her entire adventure. Second, Jennifer got a huge promotion at her job (a CAT dealership) this year and her co-workers are always grading on her nerves…see what I did there? So punny. Anyway, Jennifer was ecstatic and my dad loved being part of the action. It was a great way to stay connected to people I love who live 2, 300 miles away. “
Finding a great geocache can make for an awe-inspiring adventure, but those adventures do not magically appear on their own. They are concocted inside the brilliant mind of a Geocache Maker. This crazy thing we call geocaching would simply not exist without the people who channel their creativity and innovative spirit into making great experiences for others.
From March 28 – April 7, geocachers around the world will join together to celebrate the people in their community who make geocaching possible. We call this celebration Maker Madness.
We’re calling all Geocache Makers (and folks who want to celebrate their favorite Makers) to host events to celebrate geocache creation and to inspire the next generation of geocache makers. Anyone who logs an “Attended” at a registered Maker Madness event will earn a Maker Madness souvenir.
Check out this blog post for ideas on how to host a magnificent Maker Madness event.
Submit a geocaching event for publication. Make sure that it is clear in your event’s title and description that this event is part of the Maker Madness celebration. Events must be submitted at least 14 days prior to your event date. Late submissions will not be eligible for a souvenir. Events must take place between March 28 and April 7 to qualify for the souvenir.
Wait for your event to be published by a geocaching community volunteer. It can take up to ten days for your event to be reviewed. Once that happens…
Fill out this web form.
Check out this bookmark list to see if your event has been successfully registered. It may take 3-5 days for your event to be added to this list. Note: Events that are not in the spirit of Maker Madness may not be eligible for this souvenir.
Print out this official PDF completion certificate for guests who attend your Maker Madness event.
Interested in attending an event? Check out this bookmark list to find Maker Madness events near you.
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