January 26, 2013

Mystery Inspiration

I ran across this great post on Geocacher University discussing Mystery Caches. Need some inspiration on your next puzzle hide, or even some hints on how to solve that near-by mystery cache that's been haunting you for eons? Check out the article.

Cache On!

January 20, 2013

Slow and Steady

I'm happy to report that I just found my 3,000th cache last week. And while I'm not breaking any land speed records at this pace (I've been caching for over 9 years), I have to say that I've enjoyed every minute of it.  Looking forward to my next 3K.

Cache On!

January 12, 2013

It's Only About The Numbers

A friend of mine recently pointed me toward this site: Project Geocaching, which allows you to search geocaching.com's database to generate a plethora of statistical reports on not just your own caching numbers, but on every global caching statistic you can think of. For example, you can generate a list of caches in your state and/or country with the most logs, or the most favorite points, or the most favorite points per log. The site describes itself as follows:
"Project-GC is a website aiming to provide dynamic statistics for all geocachers in the world. Besides statistics there are several map tools that might be helpful. For example you can compare your finds with a friend or plot those D/T combinations you are missing. Some of the other things provided are statbars and overviews of your cache series."
You can map caches by elevation (no surprise the highest cache in the U.S. is at the top of Mt. Whitney), and calculate your "Caching Karma"; the ratio of cache finds logged on your caches to cache finds that you've logged, or see who has the highest Karma points in any given area. It also has a nice mapping feature that lets you see the caches that both you and your caching buddy have, or haven't, found in any given location; which is perfect for planning your next outing together.

Just one word of warning: if you're a numbers nerd like me, expect to spend hours exploring this site.

Cache On!

January 5, 2013

A Cache A Day

I don't set out each year with a goal of averaging one cache find a day, but for the past three years, it's just worked out that way.

Happy Cache Year, Everyone, and Cache On!