GCPC EPISODE 480 – Geocaching With Kids and Family

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December 21th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Guest Hosts CloakNDagger and Memfis Mafia join the show to help discuss geocaching with Kids and Family.

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NEWS:
The final new country souvenir of 2016 is … Romania!

Romania is home to Transylvania, a forested area stretching from the Carpathian mountains in the east to the Apuseni mountains in the west. It’s also famous for its impressive churches and castles. While visiting Romania, your geocaching adventures may even lead you to Dracula’s Castle, also home to Romania’s very first geocache.

Learn more about geocaching in Romania and the other new country souvenirs on the Geocaching Blog.

Romania joins Russia, Puerto Rico, China, and Singapore as the latest geocaching country souvenirs. If you’ve found any geocaches in these countries in the past, these souvenirs have been awarded to your profile. Happy holidays and safe travels!

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Guest Host:Guest Hosts:
Adam Schoenwald Alias: Cloak.n.dagger
Jesse Lunsford Alias: Memfis Mafia

HHH:
Tips about keeping the family engaged in geocaching
Rules of the Woods, City, etc. – Keeping your family safe
Being prepared – First Aid, Food, Water, Extra Swag, letting go trackables,etc.

TAZ:
Given that my family doesn’t like to geocache, at least not very much. I find taking them to interesting Virtuals and Earthcaches are the best bet. As long as it doesn’t involve spending time actually looking for a container they are up for it.

INFO:
Try to find cache types to suit the company I am keeping that day!

The lads are far more outdoorsy than I will ever be, so if I’m with them it’s go for the distance and ‘interesting’ terrain (Tip: if you can get them interested in walking, you can train them up to act as sherpas for you on longer trips, and sub contract them to do things like climb trees on your behalf if you bribe them with ice creams afterwards!)

If I’m with my parents, it needs to be an interesting location (views or historic), or a more gentle walk. Numbers runs and Park & Grabs are best avoided. Both groups find the journey much more interesting than the prospect of hunting for lots of boxes, which spoils the journey for them.

Or if we’re heading out to do something like an orienteering event, I drop them where they need to be, and return at an agreed time, having collected some of the caches around the area. Cache trips disguised as ‘driving practice’ for my eldest worked for a while, but he has his licence now.
With younger kids, (especially those who aren’t regular cachers) I’d look at finding caches in nice areas with loads of Favourite points, and (more importantly) have been found recently. The last thing you want is to have a string of DNF’s!

Caches based around museum exhibits are also good for kids on a rainy day – they can help you spot the information, and you can come back to the final later.

C&D:
Geocaching is an anytime anywhere sport, rather we have time for just a quick PnG or a weekend adventure it really just depends on the moods and our current state of readiness?? What I mean by that is I evaluate if Burgundy and Kayla Dressed for a walk in the woods, or willing to sit in the car for a PnG. Do we have our gear, and the mental state of the day. Sometimes our days get long and hard and the thought of geocaching feels exhausting while other days it can be quite exciting. I am typically the one that can go 24/7 so it’s more what they are in the mood for.

Tips for families struggling with a split geocaching home:

Remember to let your family find the geocache. You may have 100’s or even 1000s of finds under your belt, but the rest of your family does not. You may have perfected your geocaching skills with razor sharp accuracy and can spot the geocaching miles away. That is awesome, but let your family make the find. Part of the “hook” for geocaching is being the one to make the find. If the search goes a little long that’s okay, remember you’re bringing your family out to make memories, guide them in ground zero, but let them make the find, they will get a great amount of joy out of it even if you spot the geocache first.
Make it fun, if you are only going for PnG’s kids may bore of it quickly, make sure to find caches that are big enough to hold good swag.
Look for caches with a ton of favorite points. These caches tend have a reason for high FP, rather it’s a great gadget, something unique to experience or just a great view. Inspire your family with inspiring geocaches.
It’s important to make it adventure, doing “just for the numbers” type of caches can begin to feel mundane if that is all you do. Find geocaches near places to rest and play like parks and playgrounds.
Pack a picnic lunch, bring the fun and make it more about the family then the Geocaching. You’re bringing your family out to make memories, no matter what vehicle you use to create those memories make it a fun one, know the limits of your spouse and children and respect them. If you do that, the family will be more willing to go next time.
Get involved with other geocaching families. One of the things that are great about events is that you get in touch with other families and eventually have that potential be become family friends. Going out Geocaching with other Families makes for an enjoyable adventure as it becomes a play date for the kiddos as well as time to develop relationships with other adults.

MEMFIS:
I’ve found that each of my girls has a different preference when it comes to geocaching. My older one is not really interested unless there is a tree climb involved or if we are on vacation. The younger likes SWAG and quick and easy smileys.

Find what the little ones like and seek those out. Don’t go for too long. Mine have a definite point when they are “done”.
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GCPC EPISODE 479 – Nic Hubbard Goes Over NEW Cachly v2

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December 14th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The gang discuss Version 2 of the iOS Geocaching Application Cachly with creator Nic Hubbard. Come find out all you need to know about this amazing geocaching app and the new features it has in version 2.

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From: Anteaus

Howdy from Texas! I came across this article and thought y’all might want to share this for your listeners in Utah or anyone planning on going there. Sounds pretty cool, you can get a patch from each of their counties and a geocoin once completing the tour.

https://www.visitutah.com/things-to-do/outdoor-adventures/geocaching

NEWS:
Via Infoferret:
http://www.enterprisepub.com/movalley/news/geocaching-sends-west-harrison-students-all-over-the-world-from/article_b279b824-be55-11e6-8628-d3d1e697e6bc.html
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Guest Host: Nic Hubbard
Creator of Cachly Geocaching App
www.cach.ly

Talk points v2:
Offline OSM vector maps
Souvenirs
Updated User Profile now shows Finds, Hides, Logs, Souvenirs, User Gallery and much more.
Updated map callout, list view and cache details screen with more information such as favorites and trackables.
Highlight caches
Highlight caches from GSAK GPX import if user flag is set
Refresh caches in an offline list

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GCPC EPISODE 478 – Causes and Cures For Geocaching Burnout

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December 7th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Tonight’s topic deals with and hopefully brings helpful suggestions for Geocaching Burnout. Even the most ambitious geocacher can hit a dry patch. We disucuss when this happens and how to snap out of the rut.

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Have any one of you been totally creeped out at a cache?
jdkint

NEWS:
The newest country souvenirs: Russia and Puerto Rico

We’re excited to announce the newest country souvenirs for you to collect on your geocaching travels: Russia and Puerto Rico!

As the largest country in the world, Russia spans eleven time zones and covers more than one eighth of Earth’s inhabited land area. Find an urban cache in St. Petersburg or venture to a volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Puerto Rico is home to over 1000 active caches and a geocaching community known for its warm hospitality and friendliness to strangers. Enjoy stunning beaches or discover one of Puerto Rico’s best-kept secrets: its extensive cave system.

Learn more about geocaching in Russia and Puerto Rico on the Geocaching Blog.

Geocaching Burnout – What is it?

When Geocaching is no longer fun? When you are getting bored or frustrated by the game? When you stop doing it?

Are there different reasons for burnout around the 50 finds mark (I tried the hobby, it wasn’t for me), and the 1000+ cache people (something’s changed, and it’s not fun anymore)?

What is causing them to burn out and or quit?
IF: Time / Family pressures? Lack of variety in the local area? Just other interests? Bad weather / winter?
SB: crappy hides, bad community
TAZ: Hide quality/availability of good hides. Feeling uncomfortable when searching for hides. Poor maintenance by local hiders, Too many DNFs.

IF: some comments from others in the NZ caching community (edited):
When:
You have fewer than 100 geocaches within an hour from home. Especially if you are trying to spread your finds (e.g. dot days) or get 1000 finds a year.
The only puzzles left have only been solved by a few people.
All the caches are urban micros, even those placed in non-urban locations.
Making yourself get out and find caches whether or not you want to, can make it a chore rather than a fun hobby. (e.g. ‘burnout’ after trying to complete a geostreak).
Local cachers form a clique that you are not in.
Your caching buddies get a boyfriend or something else more important than geocaching.
Your family make it unbearable to stop for a geocache when you want to.

Electronics making it too easy to play?

IF: Hell no! Smartphones are what got me into the game! Also smartphones give scope for all sorts of puzzles (e.g. Wherigos).
TAZ: Nope, while electronics have improved, they’ve only made it easier to get to the hide (planning, navigating, logging, etc.), not to find the hide itself.

Is there too much emphasis on the numbers?

IF: For some people perhaps? Numbers don’t generally bother me, unless someone is bragging about them.
SB: As someone with 14.5k finds, I’d say numbers definitely add to the burnout.
TAZ: I don’t see these as community imposed emphasis, but more personal desires to achieve something specific. Though, I know I had burnout when I was trying to close out my 365/366 Challenge.

Things to help prevent burn out:
TAZ: Step back, search your area for high favorited caches, and hit one or two. Or even take a break from caching, but keep that app ready in your pocket because you’ll end up someplace and say, hey that would be a great place for a cache!

IF: If you can work out why you’re not enjoying caching any more, you’re halfway to finding the solution (if you want to).

Challenges, challenges, challenges! – SB

Geocaching vacation or road trip with pals. – SB

Change things up.
Try different types of geocaches instead of the same ole same ole.
Geocache with other geocachers – helps save on gas and make for a more competitive geocaching day.
Treat (force) yourself to at least a geocaching afternoon or day every other week or so.
Spend some time making creative geocaches and the hiding them. Some people like hiding geocaches almost as much a finding them.

Infoferret’s suggestions:
(From another NZ cacher) I’ve solved this by being more selective of the caches I hunt for. I make sure I don’t just go find a cache for the sake of it. I am mostly doing it because I enjoy walking, hiking and mountain biking. The caches are just the bonus along the way.
Try and write an interesting log (if it’s a halfway decent cache) – encourages the hiders to keep going, and (hopefully) others to write better logs on your hides in return.
Is there a challenge that you could chip away at? I had a couple that pushed me out of my comfort zone, and possibly kept me in the game when I might have given up. It doesn’t have to be a nearby challenge, just one that interests you.
Going somewhere out of town? See if there’s a cache anywhere near the places you are visiting / staying. You know you’ll need a break at some point in the proceedings.
If there’s an event near you, go to it (even if it’s only for 10 minutes) and speak to somebody you don’t know. If they’re a newbie, let their enthusiasm rub off on you!

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