GCPC EPISODE 495 – Really Great Travel Bug Hotels

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May 3rd, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The GCPC gang discuss Travel Bugs and what makes a really great Travel Bug Hotel.

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Pinterest Travel Bug Hotel Examples
https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=geocaching%20travel%20bug%20hotel&rs=typed&term_meta[]=geocaching%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=travel%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=bug%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=hotel%7Ctyped

Travel Bug Hotel Creativity

Pinterest has hundreds of examples of TB Hotels that you can make your own. You are limited to your resources and imagination.
Go over examples of different TB Hotels featured:
Giant Birdhouse – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/209910032608734278/
Pipe Cover – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358880664029729529/
Cute Ammo Box – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/422142165059161156/
Actual Model Hotel – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358880664041299033/
Elevated Hotel – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358880664032312975/
Hotel in the Woods – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358880664031419127/
Electrical Box – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/503066220857722697/
Guard Rail TB Hotel

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GCPC EPISODE 494 – April 2017 Cacher Coffee

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April 26th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The hosts pull stories out of the air because it is April Cacher Coffee where anything is up for grabs in discussion.

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Geocaching Blog:
A new logging experience is coming to Geocaching.com
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/04/test-a-new-logging-experience-is-coming-to-geocaching-com/

Hastings Tribune:
Caching in on the great outdoors
http://www.hastingstribune.com/news/caching-in-on-the-great-outdoors/article_db85453e-2913-11e7-b37e-87751ffe54c6.html

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Sarah, Happy ANZAC day to you!

http://maritime-executive.com/article/anzac-day-photos-from-april-25-1915

I’m a fan of the Geocache Podcast and I recall you mentioning ANZAC day during a show and your fellow hosts having no idea what it was. I know, and do very much appreciate ANZAC and this day. I’m a former Navy Sailor and used to be stationed in the South Pacific on Guam. I’ve been to Australia a couple times, but not NZ and hope to take my family there someday. Years back I was seeking orders to the U.S. Comms Station in Christchurch, but that facility has since closed and I didn’t make it there.

When I used to work at the Pentagon in Washington DC, the long hallways and corridors are covered in history and displays, and my favorite hallway holds the tribute to ANZAC and all the various battles that USA and NZ have fought side-by-side.

I enjoy the show. Thanks.

Terry Meier (Terry209)

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3,000,000 Geocaches Await World’s Treasure Seekers

Celebrate the evolution of geocaching with the Big Blue Switch souvenir!

Geocaching has evolved, and so have geocachers. On May 2nd, we’re celebrating the 17th anniversary of the birth of geocaching with a Big Blue Switch souvenir! Find any geocache or attend any event on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 and you’ll earn a new digital souvenir for your geocaching profile!

https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/04/celebrate-the-evolution-of-geocaching-with-the-big-blue-switch-souvenir/#more-40167

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GCPC EPISODE 493 – Preparing For Geocaching Events

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April 12th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We discuss all the important things about getting ready to attend geocaching events. Helpful hints to get as much out of an event as possible.

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Pulled From Project-GC
GC6HGXV GeoWoodstock XV 2017-05-27 Mega-Event Cache United States / North Carolina / Haywood County (NC) 1304

GC6A1AA MOGA 2017 2017-04-22 Mega-Event Cache United States / Kansas / Riley County (KS) 461

GC6R9J1 Midwest Geobash 2017 2017-07-15 Mega-Event Cache United States / Ohio / Fulton County (OH) 282

GC6PVZW Geocoinfest 2017… Welcome Aboard! 2017-10-14 Mega-Event Cache United States / California / Los Angeles County (CA) 256

GC6ZBHT Going Ape 2017 2017-08-19 Mega-Event Cache United States / Washington / Kittitas County (WA) 224

GC6VT45 Going Caching 2017: Spy Games 2017-10-07 Mega-Event Cache United States / Georgia / Floyd County (GA) 223

GC6TKHJ West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2017 2017-08-12 Mega-Event Cache United States / Wisconsin / Washington County (WI) 218

GC6M2V0 Oamaru Geofest 2017 21/10/2017 New Zealand, South Island, Oamaru
(Not got MEGA status yet, but here’s hoping – 213 will attends so far).

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From: Merlin1392, aka Tim Green
Guys and gals,
I really like listening to the show, and especially like the foreign perspective of InfoFerret. However, could Andy please stop bashing the Geocaching App? I know Sonny hates LPC’s, but when it was minus 7, snowy, windchill about minus 20. and I wanted to find a quick cache, the LPC was the perfect fit! Do I look for them frequently, no. Do I even like them, No! However, they do server their purpose. They keep streaks going, and fulfill puzzles, when the skill and thrill is in the puzzle or WhereIgo and not the cache.

Likewise, I mostly cache with a GPSr, but recently have been doing more urban caching, and using my iPhone. When the new app came out, I jumped in, seeing the handwriting on the wall. As a basic tool for finding caches, it works well. I happen to like the new drafts feature, so that I can leave a simple note and compose a good log upon returning home. I mostly use the app to bring up Google Maps to route me to the area of the cache, then I switch to my GPSr.

That said, I’ve recently come into some free itunes credits, and made the jump to Cachly. I find Cachly much more comprehensive, which is usually beyond what I need to find a cache, but it’s growing on me. Today while caching I started with Cachly, but switched to the Geocaching App for the trail guides, and compass to finish off a DNF (the tree was recently removed!) I have many tools in my toolbox, including at least seven different hammers. The right tool for the right job!

Your caching experience is beyond the “starter” nature of the Geocaching App. That doesn’t make it a bad app, nor even an incomplete one. It serves an audience it was designed for, and as users gain experience they can move to the many other options available.

Thanks for an interesting show, but please give Geocaching HQ credit for creating a starter App for beginning cachers. Maybe someday it will be more, but for the sake of beginners, I hope not.
Merlin1392, aka Tim Green
Rockford, Michigan

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Hi everyone,

We have released a new feature called Send to Garmin. With this feature, Premium members can now send a list of caches to their Garmin GPS device with the click of a button. Here’s how it works:

Download the latest version of Garmin Express.
Search for geocaches you want to find.
Add those caches to a list.
Visit My Lists.
Select Send to Garmin in the (…) menu.
Unplug and go geocaching.
This feature should work with any geocaching-enabled Garmin GPS device supported by Garmin Express.

We shared this news via Release Notes in our forums, and will announce it more widely in coming days via our newsletter and the Geocaching Blog.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Yours in caching,

Chris Ronan
Geocaching HQ

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GCPC EPISODE 492 – Creating Your Film For GIFF 2017

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April 5th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast: the hosts discuss their experience with making video and come up with helpful suggestions for geocachers that wish to submit this years GIFF (Geocaching International Film Festival).

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LINK – https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/04/6-tips-for-submitting-a-film-to-giff/

Geocaching International Film Festival 2016

The Geocaching International Film Festival is returning for another year of epic geocaching moments captured on camera.

If you’re a filmmaker, a geocacher, or something in between, GIFF 2017 is your chance to have your geocaching film viewed by thousands of people on movie screens all over the world. Submissions are due August 1, 2017.

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Hi Guys!

Now that Geocaching.com has announced the Ape Cache will be re-activated at the 2017 Going Ape event, you have your work cut out for you. Y’all have to start the drumbeat, lead the band and any other metaphor you can think of to boost the “will attends” for the event to Giga status.

Just think, the historic reactivation of the Ape Cache along with the Western Hemisphere’s first Giga Event will simply be epic! Many cachers will be able to get an two-fer on just one “iconic” trip. (See what I just did there?)

So call your contacts at Geocaching.com, find out what it takes to attain Giga status, and get it started. Sign up yourselves, sign up your friends and get everybody you know and everybody they know to sign up (even if they don’t think they can make it). North America needs this to happen!

Keep up the good work.

Data Wrangler

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GCPC EPISODE 491 – Offline Functionality and Underwater Hockey

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March 29th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The gang talk about Geocaching.com’s looking for user feedback about Offline Functionality. What is needed and what not so much. As for underwater hockey goes. You are just going to have to see for yourself.

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Straight from the Geocaching.com Forums
User Insights Section
http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showforum=191

Offline Functionality What information is important while caching offline?

For the folks that use a smartphone to cache, the Product Development Team is curious to learn more about how you use offline functionality. It’s a tricky thing to balance data bandwidth/space constraints, performance/speed, and access to the information that you need to have fun playing the game. Your feedback will help us to find that balance in our apps. Thanks!

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GCPC EPISODE 490 – Fun With Geocaching Acronyms and Terms

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March 22nd, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast: Sarah is taking tonight off so the guys are going back to geocaching basics to discuss the proper use and need of geocaching acronyms and terms.

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Reference:
http://gagb.co.uk/acronyms.php

Glossary of Terms
https://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx

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GC4Z21M Keaconcrete (fiordland) — mentioned in the show in New Zealand

I attempted this one in February but turned back after “TRAIL CLOSED” signs were posted due to rock falls.

I heeded the warnings. Others apparently do not.

Question for your show: would you do something “illegal” to get a cache. Might need to debate “illegal”, or perhaps really crazy like going beyond barriers.

A couple pictures are attached for your amusement, fog moving in and the pesky Kea bird. Send to Infoferret too. Note: She dropped my name on your show a couple weeks ago about an event in Wellington she missed.

Thanks for your show.

Randy / foundinthewild

Geocaching Tank

NEWS:

Speakpipe From Joshua Johnson the Geocaching Vlogger
This Sunday March 19 (his birthday) is going to be “Geocaching For Michael Day”
In Memory of Geocacher Michael Costello (age 14)

This is a quote from Joshua the geocaching vlogger, but we feel the same way here on Geocaching Podcast.
“It is with sadden hearts and tears that we acknowledge the passing of fellow geocacher Michael. All are prayers go to the Costello family and we are spreading the news about Geocaching For Michael Day this March 19th. Warm regards from the Geocaching Podcast and the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast.”
Michael was born with a congenital heart defect and had a heart transplant, and used Geocaching as a form therapy.
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GCPC EPISODE 489 – March 2017 Cacher Coffee

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March 15th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We have some bitter sweet news about a 14 year old geocacher named Michael Costello who recently passed away and the starting of GeocacheForMichael. More details to come plus a whole lot more of geocaching discussion with our Cacher Coffee.

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APE CACHE VOTE
Happy Friday everyone!
Just moments ago, Geocaching HQ announced via the Geocaching Blog and our social channels that the community has voted to return and reactivate the Mission 9: Tunnel of Light APE cache.
We will reactivate the APE cache on August 19, 2017, the date of the Going Ape 2017 Mega-Event at Washington’s Iron Horse State Park.

Here are the result of more than 10,000 votes:
61% — Return and Reactivate
17% — Activate Once A Year
13% — Display at Geocaching HQ
9% — Traveling Artifact

In the coming weeks, Geocaching HQ will work closely with the Washington State Geocaching Association (organizer of the Going Ape Mega-Event) and we will update the community as additional details are worked out.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Yours in caching,
Chris Ronan
Geocaching HQ

Found a great story that made me think of InfoFerret on New Zealand. Smart kea birds along the Milford Sound Highway at the Homer Tunnel

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3990098/amp/Birds-caught-dragging-cones-road-New-Zealand-people-stop-feed-them.html

Best geocache in proximity actually lends itself to the story GC4Z21M Keaconcrete (fiordland)

The Hiking and Geocaching on NZ sounds spectacular. Gotta get myself there someday. Thanks Sarah and GCPC for introducing the GCs “down under”

Terry209 (aka Terry Meier)

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Hey guys I have been a listener for a while now and also contribute to the Patreon cause I love the show. I was wondering how you guys find time to get the caching in. I started in 2008 and find myself being into it for a week then off for a quarter. One of the best things I use the game for is finding new places when I visit a new town. I first visited my brother at his new house in Ft. Lauderdale in 2010 and one of the ways I learned how to get around down there is through Geocaching. Needless to say, it helped my find cool new areas. Up until recently I have only made about 325 finds. Now that my kids are older I am making a push for 500 by year’s end and 1000 by the end of 2018. Any tips that you can give me to hit my milestones?

Thanks! JDKint

NEWS:

Speakpipe From Joshua Johnson the Geocaching Vlogger
This Sunday March 19 (his birthday) is going to be “Geocaching For Michael Day”
In Memory of Geocacher Michael Costello (age 14)

This is a quote from Joshua the geocaching vlogger, but we feel the same way here on Geocaching Podcast.
“It is with sadden hearts and tears that we acknowledge the passing of fellow geocacher Michael. All are prayers go to the Costello family and we are spreading the news about Geocaching For Michael Day this March 19th. Warm regards from the Geocaching Podcast and the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast.”
Michael was born with a congenital heart defect and had a heart transplant, and used Geocaching as a form therapy.
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GCPC EPISODE 488 – Geocaching Bucket List Take Two

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March 8th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Its been several years since we brought up our favorite geocaching bucket lists we wanted to see before we take the eternal dirt nap of life. We discuss them with each other in this episode. Maybe it will entice you to go searching for your must haves as well.

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Hi Guys,

Loved Show 485 with the different Geocaching vehicle ideas. Investigated the Tifffin Coach Zephyr and really love this luxury coach. So here is the idea. This coach is able to pull 15000 lb. So get a trailer that fits your favorite SUV + this trailer (came across this link by fluke)

http://conqueror4x4usa.com/index.php/videos/

Watch the trailer video of the UEV-440 The Swiss Army Knife Camping Trailer, to find out how unique their design is.

We believe this combo would get you to ANY geocache accessible via ground (no water, though). And think about the luxury that awaits you when you come back…

Keep on cachin’

Three Stars
Chris, Yvonne and Sascha

NEWS:

On April 13, earn the Dönerstag souvenir.

Hey Premium members! We are telling you first: This year, we’re celebrating geocaching around the world. You’re invited to join Signal the Frog® as he travels to different countries to geocache like a local. No plane ticket required!

Signal’s first stop: Germany.

While he’s there, Signal will celebrate a local geocaching tradition called Dönerstag. To earn the Dönerstag souvenir, attend an event — anywhere in the world — on April 13, 2017.

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GCPC EPISODE 487 – The Geocaching Blog Article Discussions

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February 22nd, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Headhardhat is out on assignment leaving the rest of the gang to run free with the show. They are supposed to discuss some interesting Geocaching Blog Articles but who knows what they will do.

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From The Geocaching Blog
Vote on the fate of the Mission 9: Tunnel of Light APE cache
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/02/ape-cache-vote/

From The Geocaching Blog
“You have to be odd to be number one” — First of each geocache type.
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/02/you-have-to-be-odd-to-be-number-one-first-of-each-geocache-type/

New tools for your next trip into the great outdoors!
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/01/new-tools-for-your-next-trip-into-the-great-outdoors/

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GCPC EPISODE 486 – Surprise GCPC Host Quiz

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February 15th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We put the GCPC hosts to the test or quiz rather to see who has bragging rights and wins tonights surprise quiz contest.

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Greetings to the fabulous GCPC Hosts,
I’ve been listening for a while now and I find it entertaining to count the number of times Andy says “I’m just saying…” in an episode. Because of this, Andy, from this point in the show until you “wrap this puppy up”, I challenge you to not say your little catchphrase. Good Luck!

Alex

BroncoCole

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Three Levels of Difficulty
Each Level has 10 questions

Level One – Easy and 10 Points Each
Level Two – Intermediate and 20 Points Each
Level Three – Hard and 30 Points Each

If you answer any question incorrectly you forfeit all of your points!

Winner Goes To Scott Berks!

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