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Geocaching Mob Rules!Nov 10, 2007

“Trying to look inconspicuous… lurking around the downtown core… it’s getting closer… closer… closer… it’s time!

We converge on the designated spot at the designated time. A mad dash to fill out the log sheets. Lots of laughter in the air. Meet and greet friends old and new. Dozens of cameras taking photos. Local TV station recording the event. A candy toss, children scrambling for the sweet treats. Prize winners announced. Another scramble for the group photo. More laughter. Final time is announced and there we were – gone.”

We just got back home from the local World Wide Flash Mob Event and we don’t believe we had so much fun in such a short period of time. It was hard to wipe the grin from our faces!

It just keeps getting better!

Keep on cachin’!

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Geocoinfest AttendedOct 07, 2007

We had the opportunity to attend a local Geocoinfest yesterday and had a great time!

GeoCoinfest is an international event that is put on to get Geocoin collectors together to meet and trade. The first Geocoinfest was held in Temecula California with over 400 people attending. Since then it has been taken up in various cities of the world. A quick search on GC showed 24 scheduled events in the US, Canada and New Zealand.

Our local event was attended by more than 50 people and spirits were high. Great conversation and laughter filled the room throughout the course of the afternoon. A silent auction was held that led to quick bidding as closing time drew near. There were also lots of great prizes donated by various sponsors.

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What is an EarthCache?Oct 05, 2007

An EarthCache is similar to a Virtual Cache in the way that there is no traditional cache container or a log book, but because of their purpose they differ greatly.

The purpose of an EarthCache is to share information about a particular geological feature of our planet Earth, and the object is to learn something about it. When you visit an EarthCache, you learn something interesting about the geology of the area. Usually the information is freely given but you have to do a bit of investigative work to answer proposed questions in order to claim the cache.

EarthCaches are created by Geocachers who have knowledge of geoscience and like to share it with the world.

The Geological Society of America administers the listing of EarthCache sites around the world and offers a ‘Masters Program’ where you can receive a pin as a reward for learning more about the Earth. There are four EarthCache Master Program levels:

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Parks Canada FriendlySep 28, 2007

Parks Canada has just made a press release announcing their new guidelines for Geocaching on their managed properties including national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas. Not only is Parks Canada welcoming Geocaching, but they hope that these guidelines will also encourage Geocaching in these areas.

Although these guidelines may seem restrictive to place a cache (they require you to contact the individual park involved where a Parks Canada team will then guide you to place a cache, in the selection of the location, the container to be used and the content) they will ensure the directive of the Parks Canada Caches (ParkCache?) which is to promote aspects of the particular location. Instead of the traditional trade items ‘ParkCaches’ will include a personal story, anecdote or information about the location.

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