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!
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.
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.
Since 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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
The waiting is finally over – my pathtags arrived last week! The quality is amazing and I am very pleased with the final product. During the proofing process, I had a couple issues with how they appeared, but the problem was with my artwork and not PathTags.com. Now that I understand the process, I will use Adobe Illustrator rather than their tag editor program to create tags. My addiction for pathtags has only gotten worse. I have three additional tags already in my mind to create, and I’m sure there will be more in the future.
While attending the Midwest Geobash this past July, I happened to be standing in line to place an order at a food truck, when the guy in front of me turned around and read my lanyard that displayed my geocaching name and my real name. His voice trailed off reading my lanyard … “T4TH … hmmm, oh ok … thanks for the hi…… so, Jim … do you have any pathtags to trade?” He caught me off guard as I had never been asked that question before, and the other people who heard his question had also turned around, waiting on my response.
Suddenly, I felt like I had been taken back to the wild west. I could almost hear the whistle from “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”… it was as if everyone within ear shot of the question had turned around. Everything went silent and in slow motion as I noticed each person wore a pouch on their belt. Their hands poised over their pouch, as if a Hollywood gunslinger … a slight finger twitch, waiting … waiting for my answer and watching my hands to make the reach. Their eyes were trained on me, reading every move.
“Well…”, I began, “I had hoped to have them in time for this event, but they didn’t arri…”, and with that, the spell had been broken, and they turned their backs to me … their hands relaxed from hovering above their pathtag pouch … and in my mind, I heard the piano player start back up on another tune in a crowded saloon.
What the hell just happened? One minute, I’m waiting to place an order for food, and the next thing I know, I have 5 to 10 people ready to pounce on the opportunity to trade for a pathtag that they did not already have in their collection.
The significance of that moment makes sense to me now, as I look at the pile of T4TH pathtags before me. I will be very stingy with placing these tags in caches, as the pathtags are more expensive and a cache has to be very memorable before I make a drop. Instead, I will continue to use my T4TH signature tags as they are very inexpensive, yet incredibly durable. Still, I look forward to trade with others – in fact. If you’re reading this and have a pathtag of your own, please contact me and we’ll see if we can work out a trade.
As for upcoming pathtags to create … one for my wife, one for my business, and one to celebrate our new geo-dog, BristolDobe. I doubt these three new tags will be the end of this obsession, which is ok. Until then, I am ready for the next opportunity to trade.
Now, where can I find one of those pathtag pouches to hang on my belt …