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2014 World Wide Flash Mob

posted Mar 29, 2014, 3:22 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Mar 29, 2014, 3:29 PM ]

The date has been set for this years round of fun events as part of the World Wide Flash Mob, a Geocaching set of events that is coordinated by the super fun group of people at Podcacher (Sonny, Sandy and Sean).    On Saturday, June 7, 2014 - look for a currently setup event or hold your own.  All the events have their own theme, but have a common event style - arrive at the time of the event, participate in event for 15 minutes and then disperse.
 
Geocoins and Pathtags have been created to commemorate the date and events on Flash Mob date!


Earth Day CITO Weekend!

posted Mar 29, 2014, 3:01 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated ]

This article appeared on the Geocaching.com Blog!

Get ready for a classic win-win situation from the geocaching playbook: lend a hand to improve the geocaching game board (a local park, trail, or geocaching-friendly location) and earn the 2014 CITO souvenir. It’s easy and rewarding.

It all happens during the 2014 CITO Weekend on April 26 and 27. Everyone who logs an “Attended” at a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) Event earns this year’s CITO souvenir for their Geocaching profile. So start planning your event now!

During a CITO Event, geocachers search parks, trails and forests to earn a smiley—but they’re not looking for geocaches. They’re clearing litter and trash from geocaching-friendly areas around the world. On CITO weekend, thousands of geocachers will walk away from their events with bags of trash and a sense of pride. They’re preserving the natural beauty of our world. It’s often more than litter clean up. Some CITO events remove invasive species, plant trees or build trails.

Join the geocaching community movement. CITO events are held all year long, but you’ll have plenty of events to choose from on April 26 and 27.  Last year, over 13,000 geocachers from more than 30 countries combined in the annual worldwide environmental effort, which is tied closely with Earth Day.

Share this CITO video, create a CITO event near you and gear up with CITO trash bags, trackables and more at Shop Geocaching. See you in April for the 2014 CITO Weekend!

Central Texas Geocachers are cleaning up their portion of the highway on April 27th, 2014 @ 1pm.

Maker Madness!

posted Mar 29, 2014, 2:59 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Mar 29, 2014, 3:30 PM ]

Maker Madness Souvenir Image
The following article appeared on the Geocaching.com Blog.

Whether you’re a Social Butterfly or a Nature Lover, a Stats Geek, Traveler, or Puzzler (take the quiz and find out your geocacher type), it’s time to say thank you to a geocache maker near you. 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.

Every geocacher who logs an “Attended” at a registered Maker Madness event will earn a Maker Madness souvenir.

Take a look at these tips for hosting an event that will have your guests inspired to go forth and create their own magical geocaching experiences:

1.) Think ahead. The best geocaches are not just thrown together willy-nilly.  They are a labor of love that take time and careful planning. The same should apply to your Geocaching Event. Do you need to make reservations for a venue? Do your guests need to bring their own creative supplies? Keep in mind that you have to submit your Geocaching Event at least 14 days prior to your Maker Madness celebration, which means that Monday, March 24th is the cut off date for your online submission. You will also want to submit the Maker Madness registration form as soon as your event is published.

2.) Think collaboration. Geocaches are a gift to the community. It’s time to get the community together to give back to those who make geocaching tick. To maximize the number of geocachers at your event, check to see if there is already another event published in your area. If there’s already an event, be a team player! See if you can help the event host with planning their event.

3.) Think education and inspiration. Are you an accomplished geocache maker? This is your chance to share your mad skills and big brain with your fellow geocachers. Incorporate a class or workshop into your event to show others how you implemented your best creations, or teach them the very basics of geocache making. Imagine what it would be like if every one of your guests walked out of your event inspired to make their own awesome creation. Imagine all of the cool, new geocaches to find!

4.) Think celebration.  We heart geocache makers and we know that their local (and world) communities do too. If you yourself are not a maker, this is your chance to celebrate your favorites! Organize an event to show your appreciation, showcase their geocaches, and maybe even ask them to share a few of their best tips and tricks with all of their fans who attend the event.

We hope that these tips will help you to spread your creative geocaching juices, inspire a new generation of awesome hiders, honor your favorite makers, and (let’s hold nothing back) make your event the very best Maker Madness bash ever.

A few things to remember:
  • Dates: March 28 – April 7
  • Don’t forget to register your event after it has been published by a reviewer. Events that are not registered will not qualify for a souvenir.
  • You can check to see if your event or an event you are attending has been officially registered here.
  • Share photos and stories from your event with us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.
  • And don’t worry – special Maker Madness GeoCoins, Tags, Trackable Patches, and T-shirts coming soon to Shop Geocaching!

Geocaching in Space!

posted Oct 28, 2013, 12:51 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 12:51 PM ]

From the Geocaching.com blog:

Geocaching is heading towards the International Space Station (ISS). All of geocaching? No, not all of it, but a very special little Travel Bug® named TB5JJN1 is tagging along with Nasa astronaut Rick Mastracchio on his mission to the ISS. Mastracchio will be using the Travel Bug as an educational tool to help teach students around the world about geography and geocaching.

Mastraccio will Rocket into Space on November 7, 2013 (GMT). Every geocacher who attends a Geocaching Event on November 6 or 7, 2013 will be awarded a “Geocaching in Space” souvenir. In additional, Geocaching in Space Mission Patches will be sold, and proceeds will to the educational charity DonorsChoose.org.


  International Space Station Travel Bug II by the 5th Grade Class of Chase Elementary School-Waterbury, CT
Follow Astronaut Rick Mastracchio on Twitter!  (@AstroRM)
Follow the Geocaching Blog regarding events, updates on the travels, and how to get your unique "Geocaching in Space" souvenir.

2013 Best of the Road

posted Oct 28, 2013, 8:43 AM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 9:00 AM ]

Recently Rand McNally posted a blog and a website after taking nominations for "Best of the Road".   The categories were for America’s Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Friendliest, Most Patriotic, Best for Food, and (new this year!) Best for Geocaching small towns.

Helena, Montana won the prestige award for the best town to go Geocaching in.  

Rand McNally wrote:
"Geocaches on the Helena GeoTour are so rewarding that even locals swear they learn new things about their town. As one poster put it: 'People have reported that [geocaching here] is fun, hard [with] different terrains.'  What else would you expect from a Rocky Mountain town in Big Sky Country?"

Judges’ Take:
“I was convinced by the words taken directly from the geocaching community: this is an authentically engaging place to geocache. You can feel the historical connection to the gold treasure hunters from long ago while using today's satellites and smartphone apps. The gorgeous scenery just adds to the adventure!”

Check out more at the "Best of the Road" websiteThey have the runners up listed and photographs and comments from readers on their site.

River Place Nature Trails to Reopen

posted Sep 26, 2013, 6:26 AM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Oct 13, 2013, 4:32 PM ]

by Keith (Indigo Parrish)  Picture from the Event has been added!

More Information

For information is available at the "Friend of River Place Trail" website. 

Caches that could become available if trails re-opened:
The friends of River Place Trail want to hold a rally at Sun Tree park at 7pm on Oct 12, 2013 to show public support for reopening the River Place Nature Trail segments that have been closed to hikers (and cachers).

Note: The trails to the 'Solar System' and 'Rainbow' cache series are the ones that were affected.  It would be great to have those trails re-opened and the geocaching community certainly has a vested interest in showing support to do that.

So why not host a geocaching Event at the rally?  That should help with turnout.
Are there any River Place cachers willing to host an event at 7pm Oct 12 there?









 Check out the event that is happening to support the trails:
Event Cache  Sunset Rainbow Flash Mob and Travel Bug party (GC4P2TC)

An event cache by S6sputnik
Event Date: 10/12/2013
N 30° 22.660 W 097° 51.200

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
Please arrive by 6:55pm and randomly mill about the Soccer field and Park area
Then at sunset (7:03pm) we'll all line up toward the center of the Soccer Field in Rainbow Order L-R facing West for a group photo: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet

Again please arrive by 6:55pm and randomly mill about the Soccer field and Park area
We want a COLORFUL PHOTO so please wear a bright T-shirt of a color of the rainbow. you got it
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, or  Violet or  maybe several of those colors!
 
Then at sunset (7:03pm) we'll all line up toward the center of the Soccer Field in Rainbow Order L-R facing West for a group photo:Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
 
After the group photo we can trade bugs and stories at the nearby benches and pavilion

    Click the image to enlarge!    


Texas Outdoor Family Workshops

posted Sep 18, 2013, 9:22 AM by Greg Jewett

Learn everything you need to know to have a successful camping experience at a Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) workshop.

TOF Workshops are hosted at state parks where your family receives hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills.  We provide all the equipment, too!
  • How to set up and break down camp (including your tent)
  • Fire starting
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Guided walks
  • Nature activities
  • How to use a GPS
  • Geocaching
  • Introductions to a wide range of outdoor activities (such as fishing,
 kayaking, wildlife watching) depending on the site location, facilities and the season of the year
  • Best of all, no experience is necessary and you get all the help and advice you need from highly skilled outdoor specialists and trained volunteers!
Find a Workshop!

For Questions About Texas Outdoor Family Workshops:
    •    Visit the TXPW Frequently Asked Questions Page
    •    Contact TXPW by phone, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at (512) 389-8903
    •    Contact TXPW by e-mail


Local Central TX Geocacher spotlight!

posted Sep 11, 2013, 6:24 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Nov 13, 2013, 11:59 AM ]

Miss. Toni Brown (TattooBarbie), one of the many Central Texas Geocachers was put into the spotlight with a film that was submitted to the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF).   The film titleBreaking Aspergers Through Geocache" was a finalist at the GIFF this year (2013). Now TPWD has released a different version with more about GC 101 and the State Parks.

I believe I see Mrs. Captain Picard can be found in a camo in film.

UPDATE

This story has mades it rounds in the Geocaching world, and has now been featured on the official Geocaching.com Blog.

http://blog.geocaching.com/2013/10/tattoobarbie/


Breaking Aspergers Through Geocache


Help Emma Long Park!

posted Aug 31, 2013, 5:55 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Aug 31, 2013, 5:56 PM ]


Let’s Save Our Park.

Developers are in the final stages of securing approval for a sports Megaplex on a hill overlooking Emma Long Park.  The complex would:

  • Scrape 30 feet off of two hills and fill in creeks to create a flat area the size of 22 WalMarts, wiping out habitat for a variety of animals including the Golden Cheeked Warbler.
  • Dump run-off with pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and parking lot drippings into the waters of Lake Austin just upstream from Emma Long, and consume tremendous amounts of water.
  • Flood Emma Long Park with lights equivalent to 15,000 streetlights and noise from multiple sound systems until 9 or 10pm every night, all year.

Be Heard! 

For the Kids? Not really.

The developers claim this is just about a place for kids to play.  In reality, they have rejected every effort to find a more appropriate setting, or to locate the fields in neighborhoods close to the kids.  The focus is on making money and creating a Megaplex like you’d see in Dallas or Houston.  The project includes:

  • A 60,000 square foot for-profit gym which one potential investor described as “an extremely attractive investment”
  • No enforceable county or city restrictions on how bright, how loud, or how late activities will be
  • Plans to rent out the fields to make more money after the kids have gone to bed

This can be stopped, but only if City and County officials hear from you. Then tell your friends so they can be heard also.  Finally, please sign up for notifications about the meetings where we need you to stand up and be counted to save Emma Long Park.

ALERT: St. Edwards Park Area Burglaries!

posted Aug 18, 2013, 7:36 AM by Greg Jewett

Sad News

We went to go get a few caches on the trails at St. Edwards today to celebrate International Geocaching Day (and day 17) and came back to the passenger window of our SUV smashed in and my purse which was under the front seat taken. We had to get new locks for our home doors tonight since my keys were in there as well. The cashier at Home Depot said that St. Edwards has had a lot of car break-ins lately because people have come in to get new locks and have mentioned it. We had not heard about that. I wanted to let you all know so the word gets out.

My poor, little 6 year old can not understand why anyone would do that to us. Hard lesson learned today. :-(

Christa
(Mom of the Cacherats!)

Fellow cachers - please be alert if you are geocaching in the area of St. Edwards Park area.  One of our own was burglarized recently in the area.   Employees of the local Home Depot brought this string of events to our geocaching Mom - saying they have seen a lot of key and lock replacement requests from recent people of have been burglarized.



Map of the area (click to enlarge).






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