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.
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?"
“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" website
. They have the runners up listed and photographs and comments from readers on their site.
|by Keith (Indigo Parrish)
|| Picture from the Event has been added!
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
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:
Sunset Rainbow Flash Mob and Travel Bug party (GC4P2TC
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
N 30° 22.660 W 097° 51.200
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!
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!
Find a Workshop!
- How to set up and break down camp (including your tent)
- Fire starting
- Outdoor cooking
- Guided walks
- Nature activities
- How to use a GPS
- 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!
For Questions About Texas Outdoor Family Workshops:
• Visit the TXPW Frequently Asked Questions
• Contact TXPW by phone, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at (512) 389-8903
• Contact TXPW by e-mail
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/
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
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.
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).
Geocaching.com has provided an epic challenge for all geocachers to partake in to both get outdoors and help geocachers learn how to complete a Geocaching Streak.
The challenge inauguration is July 13th, with a Geocaching streak of 31 days through the month of August.
Earn More Than 30 Souvenirs in August
Start plotting your crafty strategy, rally your friends and prepare for a month of geocaching like no other. August is being celebrated by geocachers around the world as the “31 Days of Geocaching.” Find a geocache, log a “Found it” (or an “Attended” for an Event Cache) and earn a unique calendar-style Geocaching souvenir for each day in August. That’s 31 souvenirs up for grabs.
Warming up for this month-long geocache fest will take more than planning. It’ll take practice. You can get ready for the 31 Days of Geocaching by earning the Geocaching Get Outdoors Day souvenir. You’ll only be able to earn it on this Saturday, July 13. The same rules apply. If you log a “Found it” or an “Attended” on July 13 you earn the souvenir seen in this newsletter for your Geocaching profile.
To prepare for this epic challenge, you should tap into some expert advice. Check out the Top 8 Tips for Maintaining Your Geocaching Streak
post on The Geocaching Blog about planning for your geocaching streak. Spread the word about the 31 Days of Geocaching to your friends by attending the event on the Geocaching Facebook page. And keep watching the Geocaching Weekly Newsletter for more details about the August adventure, 31 Days of Geocaching.
Opinion article by GeoJewett
If you have not watched the "Are you tougher than a Boys Scout?" on the National Geographic channel - it is a fun and entertaining show especially if you have scouts in your family! They really get into the show and relate to the activities and are cheering for both sides (adults and scouts).
However, on the March 18th, I was very disappointed that the Boy Scouts and the directors on the show did not follow the rules of Geocaching for the Geocaching Merit Badge and predominately showed that scouts and adults having to dig to locate a Geocache! You are allowed to place the cache on the ground and stack rocks or other concealing materials on top, but you should never need to use a shovel to get to the cache.
I knew it was going to be bad when the two things they had to find in the sinking row boat was a shovel and a GPS, when the prefaced the challenge stating they were going to use the skills from the Geocaching merit badge!
I was hoping they would include some really cool on the spot puzzle based caches to further challenge the scouts to obtain a pair of binoculars and a key to a ski-do, as they did in the previous challenges with the 6-questions. However, every cache was marked on the ground with a X made with rocks, which they needed to clear and then dig to expose the cache. Additionally they never focused on any other aspect of Geocaching, such as making sure to return the cache back to the way they found it when they have found it.
This is the first faux-pas that I have seen on the show, and hope they will post some corrections to their website -- to ensure that future scouts, existing scouts and people looking to learn more about and join the great sport of geocaching!
The reality TV show “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” shows on the National Geographic Channel on Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern/7
p.m. Central time.
If you have not heard of Podcacher, you are missing out! Sonny, Sandy and Sean put on a excellent family friendly show about all the varying and different aspects of the sport Geocaching!
The most recent show for February 25th, 2013 features an interview with Dave Ulmer, the father of Geocaching ("GPS Stash Hunt"), after he placed the very first Geocache (at the time known as a "Stash") in the state of Oregon.