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Dinos in Fremont

A couple of times a year, we have “Geaocaching Mania Month” at work (Geocaching.com) to encourage staff to get outside and geocache more. Of course, there is always friendly competition to see who can find the most geocaches, the farthest geocaches, etc. In the spirit of the game, I went geocaching before work several mornings. My reward? This amazing scene of dinosaurs in someone’s yard in Fremont! Definitely a highlight of the day!

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August 20th marked International Geocaching Day, and the annual Block Party in Fremont, WA – near the Geocaching.com headquarters. Visitors from all over the world came to meet with Groundspeak Lackeys, enjoy the fun events and mingle with other geocaching fanatics. Signal the Frog made an appearance despite the summer heat and company founders took a splashing in the dunk tank. A geocaching course was set-up around the area to encourage visitors to see the area and earn a prized geocoin puzzle.

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In August 2011, I attended Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was my first trip to Utah and it was great to meet with so many big name retailers and meet representatives from National Parks. The first day of the show was held off-site at a lake where visitors could test out kayaks, canoes, and other summer time equipment. Magellan set up a nice geocaching course for people to try – it had a mix of easy and difficult caches.

Seeing all the outdoor gear made me want to return for the Winter Market to try out the winter ski equipment!

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I accomplished my first T5 Geocache find at Mailbox Peak Summit on July 4, 2011. “T5” refers to the difficulty level of the terrain on a scale of 1-5. Most of my geocache finds have been in urban areas, since I live in the city. So, I usually find small containers or nanos. (Often times, cities don’t have enough room for large cache containers to be hidden.)

The Mailbox Peak Summit geocache is a long way from urban – a long way up. The cache is hidden at the top of a long, steep hike. The distance from the trail head to the cache isn’t a long distance, but the amount of steep terrain is certainly long. The hike is roughly 3 miles, something that would take about 45 minutes to walk on flat ground. With the elevation gain, the 3 miles up Mailbox Peak took nearly 3 hours to complete! (more…)

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REI Camp-Us Day

On June 8th, I attended the REI Camp-Us Day at the outdoor retailer’s Kent, WA headquarters. Camp-Us Day is an REI employee appreciation day and a chance for vendors to display products and give special offers and games to staff members. We were there to share the experience of geocaching. A GPS manufacturer had helped arrange for geocaches to be hidden, and staff could borrow a GPS device. We showcased a series of creative cache types for people to learn about and engage with. Other vendors set up camping tents and relay races. Other than the Seattle rain, it was a fun event!

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What an adventure! On June 3rd, I set-up shop at the Wild Canyon Games in Antelope, Oregon (a Very remote area!) to support the Games on behalf of Geocaching.com, alongside other fundraising sponsors, like Nike. Wild Canyon Games is a weekend-long multi-sport event in which teams of 7 compete to win. The race events include a triathlon, zip line, and massive geocaching course. Check out the Wild Canyon Games web site to see the amazing event photos! Several charitable organizations benefit from the Games.

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Last weekend, I attended my first official CITO event! CITOs (Cache In Trash Out) are hosted globally by members of the geocaching community. Although I’ve been working for Geocaching.com for more than 2 months now, this was my first formal geocaching event. In the past, my geocache hunts have been done with family or friends, not with the greater geocaching community. It was a lot of fun to meet some the community and help to clean up the environment, just in time for Earth Day.

My colleagues, MissJenn and Dani were along for the CITO, as well. We chose to attend “This CITO’s a Beach” on the waterfront of Everett, WA. The event was hosted by the friendly johnny cache. (more…)

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