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  1. Hello Wet Pancake.


    I'm happy to hear that you like the GeoTours a lot. :) That makes my day! Your solution (and observation about) the GeoTour attribute is a very good one.


    We haven't created an Instant Notify Tool yet for GeoTours since there are not so many of these for now. There are currently 32 live in our Global Directory. Take a look:




    We do post on our Facebook wall as GeoTours go live. Those posts are often limited to the region around that GeoTour. So for example, someone in Seattle (like me) might not see the announcement about the recently-launched Birthplace of Texas GeoTour. But those in Texas and neighboring states would. As the volume of GeoTours increase, it will make sense to incorporate something into the more mature Instant Notify Tool.

  2. Some of the logs from the event are below. I sure wish I still lived nearby!

    "Well done Ranger Brian O'Donnell and Dr. Darrin Lowry! This is the second Smithsonian event that I have attended and each time I come away with a wealth of new information -- I can tell some of it stuck when I find myself telling others all about the rattle snake program and how a knife blade from South Mountain ended up on the edge of the continental shelf. "
    "What an excellent event this was! Both presentations were fascinating and we learned a lot. Both were not over anyone's head but were also not overly simplistic. There was also a nice bunch of cachers too and lots of very interesting conversations. Here's hoping for more educational events! TFTE!"
    "Many thanks to the weather man for brewing up a perfect afternoon. The presentations were both informative, and in their own way, witty, a most excellent interpretive strategy. ... many stars for the presenters and sponsors!"
    "Thanks to the NMNH for putting together this wonderful event. We drove up from southern Maryland and were well rewarded with the excellent presentations by both speakers. We enjoy the outdoor classroom and hands-on features of these "The Doctor is out" events. The speakers are such great teachers and really bring the science to life in an easy to understand for the layman style. "
  3. Come learn about the forces that shaped South Mountain.


    Get first hand information about recent discoveries that are causing anthropologists to rethink the prehistory of humans populating North America.


    (GC4M3B8) The Doctor is out #3 South Mountain

    An event cache by Smithsonian NMNH


    Saturday November 16th, 2013

    11:00am – 2:00pm

    More info at the cache page: http://coord.info/GC3RRWA

    The organizers of this event also created the nearby cache called CINMAR South Mountain and it is is part of the Smithsonian NMNH GeoTour.



  4. Conservation Futures GeoTour

    Over 111,000 acres of forests, valleys, parks and shorelines that we see every day exist because of Conservation Futures that protects it from development. King County is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the program with a GeoTour that takes you to 20 properties.







    King County has just issued this Press Release, below. (link to original)


    Last chance to earn a geocoin while touring beautiful King County parks and trails


    Just one month left in the year-long, GPS-guided tour of properties protected through Conservation Futures funding


    King County Parks' GeoTour of 20 beautiful and fun parks and trails comes to an end Oct. 6. All properties, including iconic Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park that was slated for housing development in the 1980s, were purchased and protected with help from Conservation Futures funding.


    Since the event began in October 2012 with an event on Cougar Mountain, nearly 100 people have earned a commemorative 30th anniversary Conservation Futures geocoin by finding a cache box and stamping their GeoTour Passport with the unique stamp found inside each of the 20 caches.


    "We have received so many positive comments from geocachers who have told us that they enjoy the opportunity to explore new areas of King County's parks and trails systems as part of this GeoTour," said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.


    The sites that have earned the most "favorite" points from geocachers include Lewis Creek Park, Snoqualmie Valley Trail at the Tokul Creek Trestle, Pinnacle Peak Trail, Ring Hill Forest, Tolt-MacDonald Park and Rock Creek Natural Area.


    Commemorative coins are still available for those who get their passports filled by Oct. 6, when all caches will be taken offline.


    Geocaching is a GPS-guided treasure hunt that started in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the new century when government satellite technology became available to the public. The King County Parks geocaches are among over 2 million geocaches worldwide. Free GPS apps are available at geocaching.com.


    King County Parks partnered with geocaching.com on the GeoTour to celebrate the accomplishments of Conservation Futures funding, which has been used to protect 111,000 acres of land and leveraged $150 million in matching funds for parks, trails and open space.


    The enthusiasm and appreciation for these parks properties from the hundreds of GeoTour participants has been overwhelming since the event's kick-off at Cougar Mountain on Oct. 6, 2012.


    Get a passport, the list of parks and trails on the GeoTour and view cache logbook entries on the Parks GeoTour website.


    # # #


    Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 26,000 acres of parks and natural lands, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 180 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs. Learn more at http://www.kingcounty.gov/parks/.




  5. I guess my position is that rather than officially recognizing the temporary caches, why not encourage Mega organizers to make their event-related caches permanent?


    My personal hope is that geocaches created around Mega events that are good candidates for permanency and positively add to a visitors' travel/tourism experience to that area eventually get included in an official GeoTour.

  6. However, I seem to be missing something, here. I click on the "Download this GeoTour" link, and all I get is "Sorry, an error occurred while processing your request." Just in case, I even hooked up my gps to the computer. Same result.


    Thanks for reporting this bug. Let me ask some develop-types who know more than I do to look into that.


    This malfunction with the download should be fixed at this point. Actually, it's been fixed for a few days...

  7. However, I seem to be missing something, here. I click on the "Download this GeoTour" link, and all I get is "Sorry, an error occurred while processing your request." Just in case, I even hooked up my gps to the computer. Same result.


    Thanks for reporting this bug. Let me ask some develop-types who know more than I do to look into that.

  8. So Sorry, my Alaskan and Hawaiian friends. Rand McNally's Best of the Road contest rules state the following:


    3. Eligibility:

    a. CONTESTANTS: A "Small Town" eligible to participate as a contestant in this Contest is an individual city, municipality, town, township or village located in the 48 contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), with a population of less than 150,000, as reported in the 2010 U.S. Census ("Contestant Towns" or "Small Towns") .

  9. Geocaching has partnered with Rand McNally to search for the Best Small Towns in America.



    To nominate your town: Type it's name into the big box near the top of the page that says Find Your Town.


    To see who has been nominated: Click on the "Best For Geocaching" tab.


    Vote now. And vote regularly - as often as once a day.


    Also, spread the word. Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to vote to get their favorite towns on the map. Rally the troops – your fellow citizens, elected officials, visitor centers, and social networks – encourage them to let us know why your pick should be on the map.




    The Best of the Road program kicked off on July 1st and is sure to provide excitement, inspiration, and an increase in travelers interested in visiting America's best small towns.


    Who: Towns in America with populations under 150,000


    What: "Best of the Road 2013" - a competition among towns. There are six categories: Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, Friendliest, and Best Food, plus a new category this year – Best for Geocaching!


    When: Voting begins on July 1, 2013 and will end on September, 3rd, 2013. Winners will be announced by mid–October.


    Where: All the action takes place at http://www.bestoftheroad.com .

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