Sunday, 3 November 2013

Souvineers and Geo101 events

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Hello fellow cachers and blog followers....

So here we are almost at the end of the year, and I have not gotten this blog out at the time I wanted to as we have been very busy. We are in the process of moving again...this time to the mainland. 

I made a commitment to grab at least a cache a day on Jan 1st after finding 12 that day. There were times that it was tough(rainy days, work, life, etc)but as of writing this I am still going strong.
(day 307) I have grabbed quite a few at 5 in the morning on the way to work just to make sure I have one. Lol.
After looking at my stats recently, I decided to up my challenge...Instead of just the year long caching streak, I decided I want to break 1000 caches for the year 2013. I started doing as many caches as I could each day to bump up my numbers and as of right now as long as I get at least 1.8 caches per day till the end of the year I will hit it. The other morning on the way to work I got 7 caches between 4:30 and arriving to work.(Not an obsession at all. lol)

Int. caching day
August rolled around and Groundspeak was giving out souvineers (virtual peices of art work for doing specific things....)for every day of the month. While some people made a decision to get a cache a day for august I was already in motion so it was sort of a no-brainer for me to get them all. On aug17th I actually received 3 souvenirs.
Block Party

Groundspeak HQ


 

Had to go to Whistler for work and while I was there I found some very cool cache sites. (after all that is what caching is all about...where it takes you and the people that you meet!!!!)


 

 

 
 
 Found a few cool caches in and around Vancouver and over on the sunshine coast as well.



 



 

 



 
 Can you spot the caches...I did!!!

Last month I helped organize a Geo101 event in Victoria, and spoke to everyone on behalf of the BCGA.
Landsharkz, Soobaxm, The Incredibles, Barbatlarge, krisandtim, and the rest of the team did an awesome job and made it a great event for all who attended. The weather was awesome and a lot of newbies got to go caching nearby. I gave some helpful tips and discussed some of the new policies in BC.
 
Also as BCGA Vice President I was privy to an early announcement of the upcoming mega event on Vancouver Island "earthcache" coming in August 2014

Sounds as if it will be larger than last years mega that was held at the same location. (Island spirit)
Looking forward to coming back to the island for this event!!!

 
Came across this cool site for putting some stats on your profile page if you wish, plus it helps figure things out when you do some of those challenge caches.
http://www.mygeocachingprofile.com/
 

Also found this list that compiles 100 things that should or will happen to you as a cacher at one point or another, whether you like it or not. How many can you check off?
  1. Log a multi cache.
  2. Become FTF.
  3. Hide your own cache.
  4. Log your 100th find.
  5. Buy geocaching stuff online.
  6. Think “this would make an excellent hiding spot” on your way to work or school.
  7. Geocache on your vacation, to the horror of the rest of the family.
  8. Cache abroad.
  9. Participate in an event.
  10. Listen to a podcast about geocaching.
  11. Upgrade to a new GPS.
  12. Download GSAK.
  13. Go geocaching in a group.
  14. Log a mystery.
  15. Cache in the dark.
  16. Phone a friend to get help finding a cache.
  17. Get lost.
  18. Log a traditional.
  19. Organize an event.
  20. Walk the birds’ path even if it’s not the most suitable one.
  21. Use a flashlight while searching for a cache.
  22. Move a TB or a coin.
  23. Buy and send your own TB or coin.
  24. Have a pre-packed geocaching bag.
  25. Randomly meet another geocacher.
  26. Drop your GPS in the water.
  27. Log the wrong date online.
  28. Log a DNF.
  29. Drive on a private road.
  30. Visit http://www.awesomegeocaching.com.
  31. Miss your favorite TV show to log a cache.
  32. Google “geocaching” out of boredom.
  33. Say or think “only one more cache”.
  34. Have a dream about geocaching.
  35. Register in a local or national geocaching organization.
  36. Have your photo taken while up in a tree.
  37. Geocache in a metropolis.
  38. Buy a lock n’ lock container.
  39. Hope for an update/new feature on geocaching.com (or other similar website).
  40. Log a webcam cache.
  41. Brag about a geocaching achievement.
  42. Get weird looks from muggles.
  43. Get stopped by the police.
  44. Have a special music playlist for geocaching trips.
  45. Stare for ages at a physical map.
  46. Do something physical you would otherwise never have done.
  47. Pick up trash while geocaching (CITO).
  48. Stand right next to a cache without seeing it.
  49. Park where you shouldn’t park.
  50. Log an earth cache.
  51. Film a geocaching adventure with a video camera.
  52. Have the phone number of another geocacher in your cell phone.
  53. Upload a photo to geocaching.com.
  54. Search online for a cache of a specific difficulty.
  55. Become surprised when darkness falls.
  56. Try to place a cache that gets denied by a reviewer.
  57. Blog about geocaching.
  58. Ask a newbie question about geocaching on a forum.
  59. Write a cache description in a foreign language.
  60. Explain geocaching to a muggle.
  61. Download something related to geocaching.
  62. Become wet during a search.
  63. Write the wrong date in a physical log.
  64. Read about geocaching in a newspaper or magazine.
  65. Log your 1000th cache.
  66. Think “what the heck am I doing here?”
  67. Accept a challenge related to geocaching.
  68. Become FTF for the 10th time.
  69. Log DNF three times in a row.
  70. Participate in a CITO-event.
  71. Wish that your GPS device was better.
  72. Find something really fun in a geocache.
  73. Have a bad GPS reception.
  74. Run out of batteries at an unsuitable moment.
  75. Wish that you could be out geocaching, when you’re stuck with something else.
  76. Log a cache that would not be possible to take without the help of someone else.
  77. Bring a friend for a geocaching trip.
  78. Trade up a cache, meaning to leave something of greater value than what you take.
  79. Log a cache in a cache bomb.
  80. Log all caches in a cache bomb.
  81. Criticize a fellow geocacher.
  82. Log at least 10 caches in a day.
  83. Attempt a 5/5.
  84. Complain that people don’t put the cache back at its original location.
  85. Not put a cache back at its original location.
  86. Complain about bad coordinates.
  87. Pretend to tie your shoes to avoid muggles.
  88. Tell a friend about geocaching.
  89. Fix a damaged cache that belongs to someone else.
  90. Become thrilled about an e-mail from geocaching.com.
  91. Applaud another geocacher.
  92. Be annoyed by all the trash in caches and then place something useless yourself.
  93. Lose your GPS.
  94. Geocache together with children.
  95. Take a break of over a month.
  96. Tease someone who can’t find a cache that you have already found.
  97. Forget to log a cache online.
  98. Log a cache in a cave.
  99. Log a letterbox cache.
  100. Complete everything on this list.
I have not done 26 thankfully!!
Did 36(but no one to take pic)
Have not done 44 or 59 or 85, 98 and 100
Doing 57 as we speak!!!
93...My wife angelcheeks has.lol
97 read blog "A cache a day"

This coming month is a busy one as I will be attending and helping at the "Tri-City Three of Clubs Magic Convention" and also.....“WE’RE GOING TO SPACE!”

Yeah! A Geocaching Travel Bug is hitching a ride with astronaut Rick Mastracchio straight to the International Space Station. The mission is currently scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan at 4:08 GMT on November 7, which is November 6 at 8:08 p.m. here in the Lower Mainland.

To celebrate this special event there are several events happening all over the world. I will be attending one in the Vancouver area, but more about those two events next month.





See ya next month
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65




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