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Hello Fellow Hunters and Gatherers!!

 

I am thrilled to have been turned on to this game of geocaching (I did say thrilled right?) I guess I should first start with the "how" this happened. I received a phone call from a cousin recently who wanted to share with me the adventures she had been having;

 

me: hello how the hell are you?

her: ok, don't call me crazy. this is going to sound weird at first but it is really fun. all my friends thing I am a goofball for this, but ..alright, have you heard about this geocaching game yet?

me: geowhat?

her: geocaching (giggles)

me: geocatching?

her: no caching!

me: geocashing?

her: C... A.... C... H... I.... N.... G.... (poor girl, I made her spell it like four times!)

me: uhhhhh, nope.

her: so this is how it works (insert brief breakdown of the game)

me: sounds really interesting. are you sure there are some by me (she is in the midwest, I am in FLorida)

her: they are EVERYWHERE!!!

me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (ok just kidding, I wasn't scared at all)

 

She proceeds to tell me about some of her cache hunting adventures. She told me about some travel bugs, and some kind of key chain collection thingy with keychains from all over the friggin place.

I was intrigued.

I come to the site, and enter in my zip (I suppose that is how all of you got started) and low and behold, YES caches are EVERYWHERE> and what is even cooler is that some are hidden in some of my favorite little scenic spots. Spots where I like to walk, or catch a sunset, or watch the manatees or other wildlife. Spots that I seldom see other people, or very few.

I took this as a sign. You see, I was sitting just 2 nights before in a location, looking out over the bay (no dock for you song lovers, just a seawall) and unbeknownst to me there was a cache hidden less then 20ft from where I sat!!

The next chance I got I gave it a go, and knowing the location so well, I had no trouble locating the stash, I mean cache. I checked the contents, read the log a bit, but I didn't log. I did leave some swag behind because it was fun to do that and I had read the "geocaching for dummies" briefly before heading out.

 

Late that night while the rest of my household slept I went a hunting for as much understandable information I could cram. I watched youtube videos,read blogs, I more carefully read the "geocaching for dummies" log, I read forums here, I looked at maps, and I googled endless questions I had along the way. Granted, a fair percentage of these questions involved googling the acros/terms that you geocachers use!! Muggles.... HA!

I think I get it. I mean I get it enough to play. I do not have a GPS, but I do have other means (as some of you well know these means, since i found them on forums and blogs about geocaching)

I can see how a GPS is likely to become a necessary implement should I only get further into this adventure.

I also am thinking (for now anyhow) the more "off the beaten path" or not PGs (see I did learn somethings) are going to be more to my liking. We will see how that pans out. I can already feel it as I drive through town......

"there might be cache there, or there or there!!!"

maybe I might hit just a few suburban nano/micros, but I do like the fun-sized cache ideas! (meaning ones with swag and trinkets)

 

While reading up on this game I came across several things I do not want to know about geocaching. Likely those things that are inevitable, but never were thought to be an outcome of the game. But we are humans, eh? For example, I learned of other cache sites and drama surrounding them. I heard of vandalized caches, or caches filled with nothing but garbage.... or worse! (I will touch a little more on this topic in the next paragraph) I want to say that anything negative I found about geocaching or it counterparts (friend or foe) discouraged me not one little itty bitty bit. I LOVE THIS IDEA! All I can think about is the possibilities. The possible places I will find that I didn't know were right in my neighborhood, new parks, new lookouts, new trails. I think about the awesome potential of art and sharing art. The information I found about signature items was so inspiring that I spent the last two days thinking A LOT about what I might create and share. The great joy of getting out in a time and place, and age (not that I am old, just busy) because I am pushed, "called" to do so by the adventure and the unknowns. Just like when I was young and the world was my playground. Even if discovering the unknowns means knowing after I found the cache it has been neglected or simply pillaged. I think I can live with that. I hope so. I do not want to ever find myself in a place as some posters seem to be after years of geocaching where they are a litttle miffed and discouraged by the lack of participation and friendly guidelines of the game.

 

While reading the forums and other sites discussing caches I have discovered, particularly in my area, that some hub-bub has come about over cache swag being of a weaker, or just plain junk, genre. Well, my fellow local geocachers I give you my word as a unpaid free-member newbie that my intentions are to put as much "good" into circulation as possible. I want you locals to know that geocaching has inspired an outdoors girl with a missing of outdoors things to take back to the trails and back to her creative, imaginative, child-like wandering wondering ways!!

 

I have decided not to go to anymore caches in the coming days. I designed and I am creating a signature stamp to seal all my signs into any log books. I will, in the mean time, also be working on some homemade signature crafts to add to all caches I visit. In the theme of environmental consciousness I will be making my trinkets and charms of at least a 1/3 portion recycled or gathered materials.

Over the years I have collected many stones, and mini pinecones, and dried flowers, and various other odds and ends that have always been a symbol to me of the great world we have been given for each of our times. This world we all share, as it so endlessly shares with us. I have plans to incorporate them into my designs.

Until the time that said stamp is finished, and my first few signature pieces are constructed I will not visit anymore caches. If I am to do this, I want to do it the way it was intended. With some thought, some care, some creativity, some love, and much respect.

 

I hope that any of you who do find my signature pieces enjoy them. Keep them, or pass them along. I would really like to see one get to my cousin in the midwest (anyone with any suggestions how to help this to happen, please let me know)

 

I look so forward to getting positively addicted to this game!!

So geocachers, good to meet you all, thank you for being a kind cacher and MAY THE WORLD ALWAYS BE OUR PLAYGROUND!!

 

much respect~ 5$

 

 

(ps, if you read all of this, you deserve a hug)

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Hello Fellow Hunters and Gatherers!!

 

I am thrilled to have been turned on to this game of geocaching (I did say thrilled right?) I guess I should first start with the "how" this happened. I received a phone call from a cousin recently who wanted to share with me the adventures she had been having;

 

me: hello how the hell are you?

her: ok, don't call me crazy. this is going to sound weird at first but it is really fun. all my friends thing I am a goofball for this, but ..alright, have you heard about this geocaching game yet?

me: geowhat?

her: geocaching (giggles)

me: geocatching?

her: no caching!

me: geocashing?

her: C... A.... C... H... I.... N.... G.... (poor girl, I made her spell it like four times!)

me: uhhhhh, nope.

her: so this is how it works (insert brief breakdown of the game)

me: sounds really interesting. are you sure there are some by me (she is in the midwest, I am in FLorida)

her: they are EVERYWHERE!!!

me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (ok just kidding, I wasn't scared at all)

 

She proceeds to tell me about some of her cache hunting adventures. She told me about some travel bugs, and some kind of key chain collection thingy with keychains from all over the friggin place.

I was intrigued.

I come to the site, and enter in my zip (I suppose that is how all of you got started) and low and behold, YES caches are EVERYWHERE> and what is even cooler is that some are hidden in some of my favorite little scenic spots. Spots where I like to walk, or catch a sunset, or watch the manatees or other wildlife. Spots that I seldom see other people, or very few.

I took this as a sign. You see, I was sitting just 2 nights before in a location, looking out over the bay (no dock for you song lovers, just a seawall) and unbeknownst to me there was a cache hidden less then 20ft from where I sat!!

The next chance I got I gave it a go, and knowing the location so well, I had no trouble locating the stash, I mean cache. I checked the contents, read the log a bit, but I didn't log. I did leave some swag behind because it was fun to do that and I had read the "geocaching for dummies" briefly before heading out.

 

Late that night while the rest of my household slept I went a hunting for as much understandable information I could cram. I watched youtube videos,read blogs, I more carefully read the "geocaching for dummies" log, I read forums here, I looked at maps, and I googled endless questions I had along the way. Granted, a fair percentage of these questions involved googling the acros/terms that you geocachers use!! Muggles.... HA!

I think I get it. I mean I get it enough to play. I do not have a GPS, but I do have other means (as some of you well know these means, since i found them on forums and blogs about geocaching)

I can see how a GPS is likely to become a necessary implement should I only get further into this adventure.

I also am thinking (for now anyhow) the more "off the beaten path" or not PGs (see I did learn somethings) are going to be more to my liking. We will see how that pans out. I can already feel it as I drive through town......

"there might be cache there, or there or there!!!"

maybe I might hit just a few suburban nano/micros, but I do like the fun-sized cache ideas! (meaning ones with swag and trinkets)

 

While reading up on this game I came across several things I do not want to know about geocaching. Likely those things that are inevitable, but never were thought to be an outcome of the game. But we are humans, eh? For example, I learned of other cache sites and drama surrounding them. I heard of vandalized caches, or caches filled with nothing but garbage.... or worse! (I will touch a little more on this topic in the next paragraph) I want to say that anything negative I found about geocaching or it counterparts (friend or foe) discouraged me not one little itty bitty bit. I LOVE THIS IDEA! All I can think about is the possibilities. The possible places I will find that I didn't know were right in my neighborhood, new parks, new lookouts, new trails. I think about the awesome potential of art and sharing art. The information I found about signature items was so inspiring that I spent the last two days thinking A LOT about what I might create and share. The great joy of getting out in a time and place, and age (not that I am old, just busy) because I am pushed, "called" to do so by the adventure and the unknowns. Just like when I was young and the world was my playground. Even if discovering the unknowns means knowing after I found the cache it has been neglected or simply pillaged. I think I can live with that. I hope so. I do not want to ever find myself in a place as some posters seem to be after years of geocaching where they are a litttle miffed and discouraged by the lack of participation and friendly guidelines of the game.

 

While reading the forums and other sites discussing caches I have discovered, particularly in my area, that some hub-bub has come about over cache swag being of a weaker, or just plain junk, genre. Well, my fellow local geocachers I give you my word as a unpaid free-member newbie that my intentions are to put as much "good" into circulation as possible. I want you locals to know that geocaching has inspired an outdoors girl with a missing of outdoors things to take back to the trails and back to her creative, imaginative, child-like wandering wondering ways!!

 

I have decided not to go to anymore caches in the coming days. I designed and I am creating a signature stamp to seal all my signs into any log books. I will, in the mean time, also be working on some homemade signature crafts to add to all caches I visit. In the theme of environmental consciousness I will be making my trinkets and charms of at least a 1/3 portion recycled or gathered materials.

Over the years I have collected many stones, and mini pinecones, and dried flowers, and various other odds and ends that have always been a symbol to me of the great world we have been given for each of our times. This world we all share, as it so endlessly shares with us. I have plans to incorporate them into my designs.

Until the time that said stamp is finished, and my first few signature pieces are constructed I will not visit anymore caches. If I am to do this, I want to do it the way it was intended. With some thought, some care, some creativity, some love, and much respect.

 

I hope that any of you who do find my signature pieces enjoy them. Keep them, or pass them along. I would really like to see one get to my cousin in the midwest (anyone with any suggestions how to help this to happen, please let me know)

 

I look so forward to getting positively addicted to this game!!

So geocachers, good to meet you all, thank you for being a kind cacher and MAY THE WORLD ALWAYS BE OUR PLAYGROUND!!

 

much respect~ 5$

 

 

(ps, if you read all of this, you deserve a hug)

 

 

Props! I'm working on my sogniture piece too

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I did read it all, and I'm new to the game as well. Just found our first 7 caches last weekend, and made a cache as well. Don't feel out of place, I have not stopped talking about it to everyone I know. As a matter of fact, I even wrote about it in our local paper this week.

 

You should have seen the look on the faces of the two Amish guys I hired to shingle our house. I tried to explain the game to them over lunch break. It's like stepping back in time. I think they were more mesmerized when I showed them how to predict the weather by watching the radar over the Internet satellite feed :wacko: I was having so much fun, I even placed a 2-way radio as a cache up in a tree. Each time one of them would walk past the window I'd go "PSSSST ... Hey, you! What do you think you are doing!" :o I thought it was funny, but I'm not so sure they did when I let them in on the joke. However, it gave me a great idea for watching over a active geocache on a busy weekend :D

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I did read it all, and I'm new to the game as well. Just found our first 7 caches last weekend, and made a cache as well. Don't feel out of place, I have not stopped talking about it to everyone I know. As a matter of fact, I even wrote about it in our local paper this week.

 

You should have seen the look on the faces of the two Amish guys I hired to shingle our house. I tried to explain the game to them over lunch break. It's like stepping back in time. I think they were more mesmerized when I showed them how to predict the weather by watching the radar over the Internet satellite feed :wacko: I was having so much fun, I even placed a 2-way radio as a cache up in a tree. Each time one of them would walk past the window I'd go "PSSSST ... Hey, you! What do you think you are doing!" :o I thought it was funny, but I'm not so sure they did when I let them in on the joke. However, it gave me a great idea for watching over a active geocache on a busy weekend :D

 

Thanks to you and Grayson for taking the time to both read that loooooong post, and reply!! great to meet ya both!

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Looks like someone got a bad bite from the geobug!

 

Welcome to Geocaching!! Personally, I fell into the sport when searching for alternative ways to get my butt out from in front of the tv.

 

After some researching I discovered geocaching.com and plugged in my postal code with very low expectations as I thought the sport was relegated to the US, or densely populated areas. My jaw literally dropped when I realized that there was over 200 caches hidden within a few kilometres of my home... I purchased my first GPS within a couple of days (a Garmin Dakota 20) and although I'm only up to a couple of dozen finds, I am completely and utterly hooked.

 

I wish you the best of luck! Don't sweat over the swag. Just do your part to trade equal or up.

 

Happy caching!

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Looks like someone got a bad bite from the geobug!

 

Welcome to Geocaching!! Personally, I fell into the sport when searching for alternative ways to get my butt out from in front of the tv.

 

After some researching I discovered geocaching.com and plugged in my postal code with very low expectations as I thought the sport was relegated to the US, or densely populated areas. My jaw literally dropped when I realized that there was over 200 caches hidden within a few kilometres of my home... I purchased my first GPS within a couple of days (a Garmin Dakota 20) and although I'm only up to a couple of dozen finds, I am completely and utterly hooked.

 

I wish you the best of luck! Don't sweat over the swag. Just do your part to trade equal or up.

 

Happy caching!

 

Thank you for the warm welcome.

I am not sweating the swag at all. I am sincerely excited to do my part, and to do it creatively. Like I said, I wanna do this the way it is meant to be done, with a little heart.

I am a crafty person anyhow, and I enjoy making stuff, so what a great way to share that stuff with the people who take the time to follow the hunt. No sweat at all.

 

Mainly I mentioned it because I want to put a message out there to you cachers who have been doing this for sometime now (long enough to see how it has played out over one-ten years) that there are still newbies coming into this with a great wonder and respect for the game. Newbies with every intention of keeping the game going or even adding just a little bit summin summin new to make it just that little bit better. I would guess that in a game like this, the more people who set out to make it fun/creative/exciting the better the game will be for the community that is Geocaching.

 

I will make my signature pieces because, well, because I want to. ; ) Hopefully some will want to take them home with them or pass them on!!

 

Thanks for reading this Intemp, and for replying!

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I did read it all, and I'm new to the game as well. Just found our first 7 caches last weekend, and made a cache as well. Don't feel out of place, I have not stopped talking about it to everyone I know. As a matter of fact, I even wrote about it in our local paper this week.

 

You should have seen the look on the faces of the two Amish guys I hired to shingle our house. I tried to explain the game to them over lunch break. It's like stepping back in time. I think they were more mesmerized when I showed them how to predict the weather by watching the radar over the Internet satellite feed :wacko: I was having so much fun, I even placed a 2-way radio as a cache up in a tree. Each time one of them would walk past the window I'd go "PSSSST ... Hey, you! What do you think you are doing!" :o I thought it was funny, but I'm not so sure they did when I let them in on the joke. However, it gave me a great idea for watching over a active geocache on a busy weekend :D

 

Hilarious!

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Looks like someone got a bad bite from the geobug!

 

Welcome to Geocaching!! Personally, I fell into the sport when searching for alternative ways to get my butt out from in front of the tv.

 

After some researching I discovered geocaching.com and plugged in my postal code with very low expectations as I thought the sport was relegated to the US, or densely populated areas. My jaw literally dropped when I realized that there was over 200 caches hidden within a few kilometres of my home... I purchased my first GPS within a couple of days (a Garmin Dakota 20) and although I'm only up to a couple of dozen finds, I am completely and utterly hooked.

 

I wish you the best of luck! Don't sweat over the swag. Just do your part to trade equal or up.

 

Happy caching!

 

Thank you for the warm welcome.

I am not sweating the swag at all. I am sincerely excited to do my part, and to do it creatively. Like I said, I wanna do this the way it is meant to be done, with a little heart.

I am a crafty person anyhow, and I enjoy making stuff, so what a great way to share that stuff with the people who take the time to follow the hunt. No sweat at all.

 

Mainly I mentioned it because I want to put a message out there to you cachers who have been doing this for sometime now (long enough to see how it has played out over one-ten years) that there are still newbies coming into this with a great wonder and respect for the game. Newbies with every intention of keeping the game going or even adding just a little bit summin summin new to make it just that little bit better. I would guess that in a game like this, the more people who set out to make it fun/creative/exciting the better the game will be for the community that is Geocaching.

 

I will make my signature pieces because, well, because I want to. ; ) Hopefully some will want to take them home with them or pass them on!!

 

Thanks for reading this Intemp, and for replying!

 

You seem to have a good grasp about what this game is about.

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Looks like someone got a bad bite from the geobug!

I wish you the best of luck! Don't sweat over the swag. Just do your part to trade equal or up.

 

Happy caching!

 

Thank you for the warm welcome.

I am not sweating the swag at all. I am sincerely excited to do my part, and to do it creatively. Like I said, I wanna do this the way it is meant to be done, with a little heart.

I am a crafty person anyhow, and I enjoy making stuff, so what a great way to share that stuff with the people who take the time to follow the hunt. No sweat at all.

 

Mainly I mentioned it because I want to put a message out there to you cachers who have been doing this for sometime now (long enough to see how it has played out over one-ten years) that there are still newbies coming into this with a great wonder and respect for the game. Newbies with every intention of keeping the game going or even adding just a little bit summin summin new to make it just that little bit better. I would guess that in a game like this, the more people who set out to make it fun/creative/exciting the better the game will be for the community that is Geocaching.

 

I will make my signature pieces because, well, because I want to. ; ) Hopefully some will want to take them home with them or pass them on!!

 

Thanks for reading this Intemp, and for replying!

 

You seem to have a good grasp about what this game is about.

 

Hmmmmm, well it seems like it shouldn't be too hard to wrap one's head around, or arms for that matter.

But, as I stated in my OP, I did do some reading up, and the more history and background of the game I learned......

the more inspired and propelled I became.

I hope coming in as a newbie-tadpole my excitement and motivations can give back some inspiration (an encouragement about newbies and their intentions) to you froggie geocachers (or whatever an all grown up and wise geocacher is called : )

 

thanks for reading!! much respect 5$

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It's really heartening to find fellow new cachers like yourself who want to improve the experience of others.

 

During my first few searches I kept noticing familiar names in the log books. I've come to find that these cachers have hundreds of finds and I am always in awe. One local cacher I've looked up has almost 8,000 finds!!

 

Geocaching has a wonderful community spirit. I am honoured to be a new part of it.

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Welcome to the addiction. Been doing this just shy of 8 years.

 

ridiculously pleased to be here.

thank you for sharing how long you have been hunting and gathering.

 

may I ask, how, if at all, has this game changed in your opinion in the last 8 years?

 

(if for any reason this kind of a question is opening a can of "don't really wanna go there" I take no offense to you not answering)

 

great to meet ya, love the muddy truck!

 

(oh and another thing, just below this box, what does the "enable signature" box do when checked?)

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Welcome to the addiction. Been doing this just shy of 8 years.

 

ridiculously pleased to be here.

thank you for sharing how long you have been hunting and gathering.

 

may I ask, how, if at all, has this game changed in your opinion in the last 8 years?

 

(if for any reason this kind of a question is opening a can of "don't really wanna go there" I take no offense to you not answering)

 

great to meet ya, love the muddy truck!

 

(oh and another thing, just below this box, what does the "enable signature" box do when checked?)

 

correction.... not muddy truck..... old truck. least I think its a truck. I thought I saw like a big off roader, and now.... perhaps I need sleep.

love your whatever it is whatcyamacallit icon avatar wheeled thing.

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It was my 38 dodge pickup. The sport has changed to more micros and more park and grabs but everyone hunts what they like.

 

yep, I could have guessed that. I am thinking and suspecting my likes are going to veer toward nonPG and I think I would prefer more than a micro. Though, I suppose things can change. Never say never.

It seems like the whole thing would be more enjoyable IMO the further you were from traffic.

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Sock Puppet...I Googled it to get a definition as I wasn't sure what the term meant at first. It came up on our local (non geocaching) forum a while back - sadly we have one with many aliases.

Welcome aboard - we've been caching for about 3 or 4 years and 5 GPSrs. Don't ask about the GPSrs........!

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I had been hoping that the forums would liven up a bit. :D

 

Welcome!!! You sound like I did when I first found out what the cool people did for fun.

 

I probably wouldn't know "cool" from "uncool" if it was chewing on my leg, but I do know some things are just worthy of some positive participation. :wacko:

I think forward to putting some energy into the game.

thank you for the greeting!!

~ 5$

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Always good to see a new geocacher introduce themselves with such enthusiasm for the game! I know EXACTLY how you feel and was just talking about this yesterday with another caching friend of mine. While I'm not AS excited as when I first started two years ago, I know I'll be caching for the rest of my days as long as I'm able to. We just completed the Texas Parks Geochallenge which took us over 800 miles to complete over three days. CRAZY!

 

Welcome to the game!

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What a refreshing read your initial post makes – it has left me grinning from ear to ear

 

Your enthusiasm for your newfound hobby is infectious!

 

We live on different continents, so the chances of me coming across one of your hand crafted signature items is tiny (although I have visited Florida a few times, I’ve not cached there – yet), but if I did, I would definitely appreciate it :D

 

I too prefer reasonable sized caches (although a well placed micro in a spot of outstanding beauty or interest is also OK by me) far from the madding crowd. I prefer to spend all afternoon picking up one excellent cache, than plod around a dull trail and collect 10 smileys in a couple of hours.

 

This is perfectly possible, despite the proliferation of uninspired “we’re just here to pad out your numbers” caches out there – all you need to do is a bit of research before setting out….read the cache page and some recent logs for any cache you think you might want to do – you will soon get an idea for whether it is worth the effort of going after or not

 

(this approach explains why it has taken me over two years to find a paltry 40 caches – but each one – bar one early on which taught me to be a lot more selective – has been a great one!)

 

Enjoy enjoy enjoy!

 

All the very best

 

Sarah

 

PS I claim my hug :wacko:

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Hello and nice to meet ya CastingCrows, and Sarah (chaos)!!

 

It is honestly easy to be enthused by this whole idea. I love the outdoors, camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, etc, and I easily get sucked into activities that involve some kind of creative outlet. I actually do play a 5$ guitar. : )

 

Thank you sarah for your tips about finds the quality caches, seems this will be important if I am hoping to get signature items into the hands of folks that will appreciate them.

I was wondering, is it ok to make a signature piece and attach a little note that asks it to be moved along? I know their are hitchhikers and such items that are designed for this type of thing, and registered trackable. Would it be ok to have an unofficial traveling signature item. I understand I will never know if it made it anywhere, but I thought it might be fun to pass it along with "old school" means of charting, like maybe an inserted small scroll which would only carry abbrev. of states or countries. Is this allowed or frowned upon?

 

thank you for your very kind "hellos"

 

much respect~ 5$

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I started a little over a month ago (39 finds). I too freaked out when I signed up @ geocaching.com and plugged in a local zip code. HOLY CRAP! The # of caches blew me away, and some of the craziest locations! I just thought there was one here or there, mainly in a remote forest area. Boy was I wrong :D

 

We love the outdoors. I hunt, hike, canoe, and camp and thought this would be the perfect addition to add to our outdoor enjoyment. I even enjoy the urban caches, with their unique challenges. I'm not interested so much as to what's stashed in the cache. I enjoy the challenge of the hunt the most.

 

Some people do look at you a little odd when you try to explain the game. I'm getting used to that, and have printed out several brochures that I keep with me for such occasions.

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I started almost two months ago (39 finds). I too freaked out when I signed up @ geocaching.com and plugged in a local zip code. HOLY CRAP! The # of caches blew me away, and some of the craziest locations! I just thought there was one here or there, mainly in a remote forest area. Boy was I wrong :D

 

We love the outdoors. I hunt, hike, canoe, and camp and thought this would be the perfect addition to add to our outdoor enjoyment. I even enjoy the urban caches, with their unique challenges. I'm not interested so much as to what's stashed in the cache. I enjoy the challenge of the hunt the most. Just need more time for the sport.

 

Some people do look at you a little odd when you try to explain the game. I'm getting used to that, and have printed out several brochures that I keep with me for such occasions.

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Just curious... you are so obviously enthused about this activity... when do you plan on logging your finds? I was hoping to be able to read what you wrote about them.

 

Hello Knowschad!!

 

I wrote in my OP that I was waiting it out for starting officially until I have myself organized. Here is my list of things I personally think are important before finding a cache and logging it in as a find;

 

1. finish the stamp with what is to be my log book insignia

 

2. get at least a few of my signature items created. I started my first today after days of thinking and planning and gathering materials. I am making something kind of like charms out of those plastic caps that you can not throw into the recyclable bins with your plastic bottles. I am painting them (spray painting those puppies seems to be what is going to take me the most time) and then adding recycled clip art from catalogs I collected years back when I worked as a picture framer. There are many awesome small prints of great art and images that would otherwise just go in the trash. I have been hand drawing my guitars, musical notes, and other instruments on sheets of computer paper (I am using those pieces that we all end up with when you misprint or those pages that you print that somehow just one or two lines ends up on a clean sheet. Once that happens, those pages are trash, and I thought I would make use of them) I am adding the musical genre clippings to the art images and then adding very tiny charms or shells or dried flowers, pieces from old and/or broken jewelery, or any other odd and end I can think of to layer the piece. This is a process because everything has to be coated in either a clear glue, or a spray sealer, piece by piece during the assembly. This process has to be done to protect the integrity of the item before I cast the whole piece by filling it with epoxy. So far the first one I have just about completed seems to be coming out quite nicely!! I almost do not want to part with it.

 

3. and the last thing I need is to create a caching pack. I want of course the usual, pens, bug repellent, ziplocs, grocery bags for trash carrying, and any other thing I think of along the way that might be useful. I have noticed some people commenting about there being a lack of a log book in some caches, so I thought I might purchase just a few small spirals for those emergencies.

 

Once I have all this in order I will officially find my first cache and log it here. I have located 2 caches already, the first was to check this whole thing out (I did not sign the log book here) The second I went too simply because I had a taste for it and I couldn't stand waiting for my list to be complete. I did sign the log book at this one, and left some fun swag, but I didn't log it as a find because I really intended on waiting until I was ready by my standard.

 

So there you have it, I am planning, creating, and trying really damned hard to be patient. The signature items I am making are going to be time consuming, I know, but I think it will be worth it!

 

I will be making a gallery at my profile on the geo site of all my signature items, well, until there are just to many to photograph. Like I said they will all be constructed of as reused material. They will all have some kind of relationship with the theme of music.

 

Hope this answers your question!!

 

much respect~ 5$

 

ps, my stamp is probably a week out from finished, and judging by how the first signature piece went (there is a lot of drying and cutting and drying, gluing and drying, and painting then drying, then I have to pour the epoxy which has a considerable dry time) I should be able to have at least 3 made in time to take my stamp swag to my first official cache.

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im a fellow floridian(pensacola) and i agree the swag area is :D weak

 

Hello fellow Florida Folk!!

 

This is the rumor I have heard. I plan to do everything I can from my end to add positive, creative, and inspired pieces to the caches I find. Here's to hoping one makes it's way to where you are!!

 

Happy caching!

~5$

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I started almost two months ago (39 finds). I too freaked out when I signed up @ geocaching.com and plugged in a local zip code. HOLY CRAP! The # of caches blew me away, and some of the craziest locations! I just thought there was one here or there, mainly in a remote forest area. Boy was I wrong :D

 

We love the outdoors. I hunt, hike, canoe, and camp and thought this would be the perfect addition to add to our outdoor enjoyment. I even enjoy the urban caches, with their unique challenges. I'm not interested so much as to what's stashed in the cache. I enjoy the challenge of the hunt the most. Just need more time for the sport.

 

Some people do look at you a little odd when you try to explain the game. I'm getting used to that, and have printed out several brochures that I keep with me for such occasions.

 

BROCHURES!?!? or dear god, don't go giving me another thing to add to my list!!

ROFL.

yea, I think I will leave those to you!

Music and nature are some of life's best medicine!

(laughter is right up there with those)

 

much respect~ 5$

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Just curious... you are so obviously enthused about this activity... when do you plan on logging your finds? I was hoping to be able to read what you wrote about them.

 

Hello Knowschad!!

 

I wrote in my OP that I was waiting it out for starting officially until I have myself organized. Here is my list of things I personally think are important before finding a cache and logging it in as a find;

 

Hope this answers your question!!

 

much respect~ 5$

 

ps, my stamp is probably a week out from finished, and judging by how the first signature piece went (there is a lot of drying and cutting and drying, gluing and drying, and painting then drying, then I have to pour the epoxy which has a considerable dry time) I should be able to have at least 3 made in time to take my stamp swag to my first official cache.

 

One other thing I want to add quick, I am not too concerned with how many caches I find or how quickly I accumulate logs. Right now I am more concerned with having some kind of (granted small and likely unnoticable to the geo masses) influence on the quality of the game. Put positivity in, get positivity out.

We shall see how well my theory works out for me. Just the thought of one happy cacher finding a unique signature item makes me smile!

I will be sure to leave some words about my finds when I log.

ok, I think that is all for now. Thank you for reading and responding to my post : )

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I get all excited over signature items, and the ones you've described sound absolutely awesome. I have a friend who makes these book necklaces that are very similar to what you are making, and in fact I'm buying me one of her necklaces for myself. I'm in New Mexico, but maybe someday I will run across one of your items. :D Someday, I might make my own, but as you have already figured out, it takes time!

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I get all excited over signature items, and the ones you've described sound absolutely awesome. I have a friend who makes these book necklaces that are very similar to what you are making, and in fact I'm buying me one of her necklaces for myself. I'm in New Mexico, but maybe someday I will run across one of your items. :D Someday, I might make my own, but as you have already figured out, it takes time!

 

thank you so much for the encouragement!! When I first heard about this game (as I wrote about in my OP) I went looking for all the information I could handle reading on this glowing screen. The one thing I found was a lot of talk about how the best finds have been signature items, I googled the term and found several results to picture galleries that people have compiled of the signature items they collected.

 

I just love the idea of signature items. The time that goes into them translates into something more then just an item. It's kinda like cooking, the love you put into it, you know?

 

I think the notion of spreading some humor, or art, or knowledge, or whatever on a signature piece has endless opportunities for creativity. The format for sharing art is not like anything I can quite think of. This is the reason I find it so exciting and inspirational.

You add to that the adventure, the outdoors time, the new spots you find, and what the heck is there to not be excited about!

 

While I have your attention, I wonder if you could answer me something? It has occurred to me that I posted this thread with my geocache ID, and did not take the time to become a sock puppet (just learned about those yesterday). I couldn't understand why people would make 2 IDs..... but now it registers in my wee little thinker that when players log caches, particularly players who do not travel too much, that other people here will be able to deduct roughly where someone is living. At least the home town.

Has this ever been an issue for anyone at GC? Should a new player follow any particularly safety rules when it comes to anonymity?

 

thanks for your time with this, and for replying!!

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I was excited about geocaching years before I even started. It's right up my alley, for all the reasons you love it.

 

As to your question, most people, from what I gather, use sock puppet accounts because their real account has been banned, so they create a whole new one.

 

If you don't want your personal information displayed on either the forums or in your profile, simply don't put it in. As far as I know, there hasn't been any problems with personal information being used in a devious manner, but I am not an "old timer" so take my opinion for what it's worth (about $0.56, give or take a penny.)

 

The geocaching community as a whole does not seem to attract many nefarious characters. Yes, we have our "problem cachers" but they are usually discovered quickly and tend to get bored with antagonizing cachers. I'm not aware of issues spilling over into "real life" (in other words, I suspect that no one is going to show up at your house with gun and insist you tell them EXACTLY where your nano is hidden.)

 

Geocaching.com has the least amount of my personal information, especially when you compare it to Facebook or other sites I frequent.

 

Did I answer your question?

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I was excited about geocaching years before I even started. It's right up my alley, for all the reasons you love it.

 

As to your question, most people, from what I gather, use sock puppet accounts because their real account has been banned, so they create a whole new one.

 

If you don't want your personal information displayed on either the forums or in your profile, simply don't put it in. As far as I know, there hasn't been any problems with personal information being used in a devious manner, but I am not an "old timer" so take my opinion for what it's worth (about $0.56, give or take a penny.)

 

The geocaching community as a whole does not seem to attract many nefarious characters. Yes, we have our "problem cachers" but they are usually discovered quickly and tend to get bored with antagonizing cachers. I'm not aware of issues spilling over into "real life" (in other words, I suspect that no one is going to show up at your house with gun and insist you tell them EXACTLY where your nano is hidden.)

 

Geocaching.com has the least amount of my personal information, especially when you compare it to Facebook or other sites I frequent.

 

Did I answer your question?

you most certainly did! thank you.

I was kind of thinking that my question might come across that I was either;

 

A. entirely to full of myself to think that anyone would care to go out of their way to track me down

~or~

B. entirely too paranoid

 

the truth is, and it is a sad truth, there are creepers in the world. Being new to this and new to a forum and whatnot, I just thought I should double check my actions. I figure there are a lot of cachers out there so the odds that I would be the one cacher selected by some creepy lurker with bad intentions........ well it must fall somewhere around the odds of being strike by lightning naked while holding a plastic spoon.

 

(I seldom use plastic spoons, so I think I am good to go)

 

thank you so much for your time!! I will post something back to this thread to share with you some pictures when my signature crafts are completed : )

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Good morning 5$, welcome to the addiction! What part of Florida do you call home? There are a few groups you may want to check out, as they are chock full of energetic, fun loving cachers like yourself: The FGA is comprised of folks from all over the state. NEFGA focuses mostly on the 12 northeast counties and SCGA which focuses on the space coast. Good folks all the way around. Hope to see you on the trail or at some events!

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Good morning 5$, welcome to the addiction! What part of Florida do you call home? There are a few groups you may want to check out, as they are chock full of energetic, fun loving cachers like yourself: The FGA is comprised of folks from all over the state. NEFGA focuses mostly on the 12 northeast counties and SCGA which focuses on the space coast. Good folks all the way around. Hope to see you on the trail or at some events!

 

Hello Clan Riffster,

Thank you for the tidbit. I need all the little bits of info I can get. Afterall, I am learning about geocaching pretty far out from the beginning. I am certain there is much I do not know about the game.

I did come across some of these local sites while searching different queries on the sport.

I am on the central gulf coast. Not sure if there are any sites to this region or not.

It would be nice to participate in a local forum of geocachers though, so I am going to have to look into this a bit.

Thank you again and great to meet a fellow Fla cacher!

much respect~ 5$

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Hello Knowschad!!

 

I wrote in my OP that I was waiting it out for starting officially until I have myself organized. Here is my list of things I personally think are important before finding a cache and logging it in as a find;

 

1. finish the stamp with what is to be my log book insignia

Letterboxing uses stamps. Geocaching uses a pen or pencil.

 

2. get at least a few of my signature items created.

Again, not in the least bit neccessary to geocaching. A few people use signature items, some people appreciate finding them, others consider them to be annoying.

 

3. and the last thing I need is to create a caching pack.

Again, optional. I really don't know of a single cacher that put a kit together before finding their first caches. That's something that you can build up as you go.

 

So there you have it, I am planning, creating, and trying really damned hard to be patient.

You really don't do things in a small way, do you? :)

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Never could set still, started Geocaching about 5 months ago. My wife and I are Ex orienteers, always loved the map and compass to find the controls, but needed a meet to participate, geocacheing you can do at your liesure, I made a bracket for my bike to hold my gps, get to combine the two things I like. I had a bad time of it in Arizona (got skunked) but chalked it up to inexperiance (next year). Yeh, when the Geo bug bites it leaves a big welt. Happy Cacheing, Mesa

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Hello Knowschad!!

 

I wrote in my OP that I was waiting it out for starting officially until I have myself organized. Here is my list of things I personally think are important before finding a cache and logging it in as a find;

 

1. finish the stamp with what is to be my log book insignia

Letterboxing uses stamps. Geocaching uses a pen or pencil.

 

2. get at least a few of my signature items created.

Again, not in the least bit neccessary to geocaching. A few people use signature items, some people appreciate finding them, others consider them to be annoying.

 

3. and the last thing I need is to create a caching pack.

Again, optional. I really don't know of a single cacher that put a kit together before finding their first caches. That's something that you can build up as you go.

 

So there you have it, I am planning, creating, and trying really damned hard to be patient.

You really don't do things in a small way, do you? :)

 

ok so the stamp for letterboxing, can I not use one to sign log books? I just liked the idea. I won't be breaking any rules right? It is a pretty small stamp.

 

the signature items are as much for me as anyone else. I would be thrilled to come across others' signature pieces, and I do hope anyone annoyed by mine will just leave them for someone who appreciates the art.

 

I want to put a pack together because I like to be organized. It is all apart of the process for me, makes it feel official and important. : )

 

Finally, inspiration should never be taken in small doses. I know most things are best followed by the rule of "everything in moderation" but when it comes to inspired creativity, I think we can pitch that saying right out the friggin' window.

 

It is not that I feel any one or all of these things are required, I simply feel motivated to approach the whole affair with as much respect and heart as I can muster. If that makes me a lunatic, well then.... "come on in, the water is fine!!" : )

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Never could set still, started Geocaching about 5 months ago. My wife and I are Ex orienteers, always loved the map and compass to find the controls, but needed a meet to participate, geocacheing you can do at your liesure, I made a bracket for my bike to hold my gps, get to combine the two things I like. I had a bad time of it in Arizona (got skunked) but chalked it up to inexperiance (next year). Yeh, when the Geo bug bites it leaves a big welt. Happy Cacheing, Mesa

 

thank you Mesa! and EW to the getting skunked!

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Welcome to the addiction, $5.

You can use a stamp as a signature.

 

I've been doing this just over a year; 500 ish finds and just 2 hides so far. I got introduced while visiting a friend in Chicago, who suggested we go geocaching. Like you, I said "what"? I thought it was kind of fun; then when I got home (England) and saw how many caches were near me (the closest was 400 feet away), I got hooked.

 

Currently I am without GPSr as I had to send it off for repair, so I'm having withdrawal symptoms. I borrowed by wife's iPhone over the weekend and found some with that, but I had to give it back to her...

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Welcome to the obsession, friend!

 

I am glad to see someone with so much enthusiasm start to cache. I've been caching since March of 2006, and I am still just as enthusiastic as when I started. Caching is truly my favorite thing to do! I love Sig items. I collect them. I have a great big book full of them. It's fun to look through it. We make our sig items out of shrinkey-dinks. I draw our logo and otherwise decorate them, cut em out and bake them, and they make waterproof, attractive, small enough to fit in almost any cache items.

 

When you're making your cache pack don't forget to put CITO (Cache in Trash Out) bags in so that you can pick up trash while you're caching. :)

 

Hope you enjoy this game as much as we have.

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