Caching Bro’s

It was a very cold and windy day to cache this past weekend. A mere 26°F with occasional wind gusts that cut right through to your core. I try not to let the weather interfere when geocaching … we’re definitely not fair-weather cachers. Last Sunday my brother arrived to cache with me, which is something we don’t get to do very often. He lives about an hour away and both of us have jobs that take up way too much of our lives, so it nearly takes a rare planetary alignment for us to be able to spend a few hours caching or just hanging out.

LyndeThe first cache (GC4A2Y7) I took him to was one that I had already found some time ago, but I wanted him to enjoy finding it as much as I did. As we arrived at GZ, I had him bring up the description on c:geo and read the details about the cache.

He was shocked, just as I was when I learned that the cache was within feet of the grave of comedian Paul Lynde. We grew up watching Paul Lynde on the Hollywood Squares and Bewitched. I had no idea Paul was from Ohio, let alone that he was buried here as well. He rests next to his brother and sister, and his parents grave is right next to them.

birdhouseThe day remained cold and windy, but we continued to make our way from cache to cache, until finally stopping at a local restaurant. One last stop for the day, as I took him to a cache that I had already found, but wanted him to experience. A clever hide at the end of a driveway by the cache owner, it proved to foster some thoughts of making a similar cache container that we could place sometime in the future.

Apathy Toward Geocaching
It continues to amaze me at how much people literally do not care whenever I post something on my Facebook page about geocaching or the really cool location of a cache. Any other topic or comment about my day or experience yields comments from friends and family. But let me mention geocaching, and the silence is deafening (except for the single cricket chirping in the dark recesses of the comment box.) I am not one to push things onto people … to constantly post the same topic over and over. I may post a caching comment once a month, if that. It is consistently left hanging out there and treated like a turd in the punch bowl. Noses are turned up and it is immediately dismissed. I have made offers (twice) to meet with any of my FB friends, family, or anyone to explain or teach them about geocaching, and you’d think I’d been arrested for beating puppies.

It’s hard because I want to share this cool activity, but it’s just not something that anyone seems excited about. I look at it two ways … they have no idea about the fun that geocaching brings … the locations they would never have known about, the fellow cachers you sometimes meet for the find, or the meet-n-greet events that are fun, etc. But I also think, ok … that’s one less person I have to beat to win a FTF. But seriously, I guess I should just stop worrying about it and just enjoy geocaching for what it is … one of the best activities that my immediate family (and GeoDog) can enjoy together, and leave it at that.

Maybe I’ll run into you someday looking for the same cache container. You can trust that I won’t treat you like you’re from a leper colony. Unless it’s a potential FTF … then you’re on your own!

Happy Caching!

Geocachers … A Show of Support #ImOnBoard

As a family of geocachers, I wanted to pass along a small request to other geocachers in support of the NASA Orion program. Following up on the recent post on Facebook by astronaut and fellow geocacher Rick Mastracchio, I was hoping we geocachers could offer a simple show of support by taking a selfie and post it to Twitter with the hashtag of #ImOnBoard

The #ImOnBoard campaign supports the Orion program and NASA’s ongoing space program. With the recent photo of a travel bug floating in space aboard the International Space Station posted by Astronaut Mastracchio, and given that we geocachers rely on satellites circling the Earth to let our GPS know where we are … I think it’s fitting that we offer a show of support for NASA and our space program.

The Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) is based on the Orion design requirements for traveling beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.

As we are out caching today with our geodog BristolDobe, we will be sure to upload our selfie and show that we too are on board!

Additional information:

https://twitter.com/NASA_Orion

https://www.facebook.com/NASAOrion

Plastic Munzee Tag Manufacturing Comes to an End

I have enjoyed meeting, at least virtually meeting anyway, many Munzee players from around the world, when they have placed orders for Munzee tags that I have been manufacturing. It has been a great experience knowing that tags that I have manufactured, have been deployed from coast to coast here in the United States, as well as in other countries such as Germany, Portugal, Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand and others.

But all good things must come to an end, and the plastic Munzee tags I sell will no longer be offered through t4th.net or traditionsengraving.com.

This website, t4th.net, has and always will be, primarily a source of information and sharing with others, the great activities of Geocaching and Munzee. I have enjoyed both activities for a number of years, and this website is a way to share those experiences. As always, I welcome comments as they relate to both activities, and guest authors to share their stories as well.

As for Traditions Engraving, the product line is expanding as the business continues to grow, and the Munzee tags are a product that was decided upon to discontinue. Traditions Engraving’s focus has shifted, to provide a greater diversity of products, and that decision has been a very good one. Items in the outdoor recreation division that relate to geocaching, hiking, camping and fishing will still be available.

Should you decide on placing an order for plastic munzee tags from Traditions Engraving, you have until Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11:59pm to place that order. Traditions Engraving is the only company that offers a variety of the plastic Munzee tags in size, shapes, or colors. But, as mentioned before … all good things must come to an end.

Once again, a huge thank you to all you munzers who have purchased our tags. We hope they have enhanced your experience with this great activity and made it easier for other players to cap your easy-to-read, durable tags.

Munzee Ohio Challenge Has Ended

I made the decision this weekend to end a challenge that I initiated with Munzee players of Ohio. A year or so ago, I thought I would offer a challenge to Ohio Munzee players to capture a special plastic tag that was created to look like the state of Ohio which had been deployed in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. Those who captured the Munzee’s would receive a personalized, engraved award or other useful tool for Munzee or Geocaching.

OCCtagSince starting the challenge, it became clear that driving from county-to-county would have to be methodical and thought out to save on gas and make the best use of time. Eighty-eight counties is a lot of ground to cover … actually 44,825 square miles of ground. Interestingly, Ohio is 220 miles wide and 220 miles in length.

The problem wasn’t so much in the deployment of the Munzee tags, but rather, the issue with the messages received from other players who could not find the tags. When you have spent a great deal of time and money in gas to hide these tags, you would hope that players would be a little more responsible in reporting a DNF (did not find). After a couple reports of a missing tag, the folks at Munzee have a way of “undeploying” your tag until it has been verified or replaced. Time after time, I drove to the location of a county deployment, only to find the tag was still in place. It only takes a few of these wasted trips to rethink the purpose of the challenge.

As I reviewed the stats today of players who found most of my county challenge, I wrote to the top three and explained the reason for the cancellation. I thought that because they made the effort to capture my tags, I wanted to thank them for participating in my game. I asked each player to provide 10 undeployed Munzee barcodes, so I can engrave free plastic tags for them and ship them out this coming week. It’s just my way of saying thanks.

It’s too bad it had to come to an end. We were really enjoying visiting parts of our state we have never seen before. We can still do that, but the urgency isn’t as great now.

So, to everyone here in Ohio that participated – thank you and I hope my Ohio county tags earned a few extra points along the way. My Ohio tags are still in place, but the challenge is no longer in effect.

Trading Pathtags / Guest Authors

Seven envelopes are headed to the post office in the morning. Since receiving my T4TH pathtags, I’ve been busy looking for tags that I would like to add to my collection, as well as fielding requests for my tag.

I’ve really become quite interested in pathtags recently, and hope to add a few more to my own personal tag designs. I have been designing them in my mind, but the time to actually create them continues to escape me. So much going on with my life regarding work and trying to get my business going full time.

I’ve set my goal to officially launch promoting my business this coming Labor Day weekend, so I will shamelessly be plugging it as much as possible. I will have a greater number of products, and offering more geocaching items as well. With Christmas coming up, it’s time to start thinking about what to get friends and family. Personalized gifts show that you really care about the person. Every year we end up grabbing something off the store shelf that everyone else has grabbed before you. One-of-a-kind gifts mean a heck of a lot more to someone. See … I’m already starting the promotion…

Anyway … I have been enjoying these pathtags and will soon have my second design created and ready to go. Do you have your own pathtag? If so, leave a comment and I’ll take a look at your tag.

Guest Authors
Do you have a geocaching or munzee story to tell? How about a thought provoking question or comment about either activity that you’d like to share? I am always open to allowing visitors to this website the chance to be a guest author and share their caching experience. We all have geocaching stories to tell – why not share yours here with people from around the globe.

If you’re interested, send your story and/or photos to accompany the story (photos are always a big plus) to thanksforthehide@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to post your experience. Please keep in mind, this website is family-friendly … comments, photos, or articles will be reviewed before being published.

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