Happy Birthday Geocaching!!GPS, or Global Positioning System, was developed by the US Department of Defense. This satellite navigation system was intended for military use and therefore the signals were scrambled, limiting accuracy for civilian use to about 100 meters. On May 1, 2000, President Clinton announced that this scrambling, known as Selective Availability (SA), would be turned off. Civilians were then able to enjoy accuracy on the order of 10 meters.
On May 3, 2000, Dave Ulmer proposed a way to celebrate the demise of SA. He hid a bucket of trinkets in the woods outside Portland, Oregon and announced its location in a posting made to the USENET newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav. This announcement is remarkable for laying out the essence of the hobby that is still in place today. It's all there. The container. The trinkets. The log book. The rule of take something, leave something, sign the logbook. Dave Ulmer invented geocaching in one fell swoop in that newsgroup posting.
Within a day, the original stash had been found. Within days, more stashes had been hidden in California, Kansas, and Illinois. Within a month, a stash had been hidden as far away as Australia. The hobby was fast on its way to being a worldwide phenomenon.
18 years later and there are over 3 million caches hidden worldwide!!!! #geocaching
I found my first cache find on 09/07/2008 and have been caching now for almost 10 years, and writing this blog every month since 2012!!!
I was fortunate enough to visit the original spot on July 1/2010 where this momentous cache was placed. The original container is no longer there, but it has been replaced by the "Original Stash Tribute Plaque"
|Magicman65 at the Original Stash Tribute Plaque|
|Original Stash Tribute Plaque|
That same weekend we found the A.P.E. Cache and went to Geowoodstock VIII
This was my first Mega event, and I must say it was AWESOME!!!! Had a ton of fun, met a load of interesting people from all over. Met MNT-MAN(He was our BC cache reviewer at the time) Saw lots of interesting stuff and grabbed lots of interesting caches on the road to get here. All in all a very cool trip. Thanx to all that made it happen, and I was glad to have done it with some great friends from BC. T4TE
Was at a Lego convention with my little boy last month and I purchased an engraved Lego mini figure and keychain. It is now trackable on geocaching.com
Gold country caching
Cache for Gold - MerrittThe weekend of May 11-13 was the Gold Country Events.
It was in a yard and there was a bunch of art and sculptures made out of many different objects.
|My new ride!!|
Cache for Gold -LyttonToday was the wrap up event in Lytton in Caboose Park, so I got up this morning and went out and grabbed a few caches nearby that I did not get yesterday when I got to town. The event was a good one, with some mini events that took me around town on a scavenger hunt with some other cachers (Momma and Baby Bear)
"The 8th Tunnel" in an awesome location.
In order from south to north, they are:
The Hell's Gate tunnel is the only tunnel that does not have lights, while the China Bar tunnel is the only tunnel that requires ventilation. A project at the Ferrabee Tunnel was to install warning lights that are activated by cyclists before they enter the tunnel. This was required because the tunnel is curved. Later on, the China Bar and Alexandra tunnels got the same warning lights as they too are curved.
from the event also heading home, so we teamed up and grabbed several caches together. Left the bridge and grabbed a few more on the way back into town. A great 2 day trip!!!