Category Archives: Facebook

Geocaching Product FREE Giveaway

FoundItGiveawayThe first drawing from the Thanks For The Hide Facebook page will be held this Friday evening at 7:00pm EST. I plan on making the drawing somewhat live as I will be shooting video of the actual drawing and uploading it to social media and here on this blog as well. Since social media has become such an important part of our lives, I thought it would be appropriate to share it that way. This week, the drawing will be for one set of the Found It® Smiley Tags.

The process I have decided to take to make the drawing fair for everyone is as follows … everyone who “likes” the Facebook page will have their name engraved on a plastic coin and will be placed in a bag. One coin will be randomly pulled from the bag. This process will be videotaped and shown as described above. My friends and family who “like” the page are not included in the drawing.

The month of August, I will have a drawing each Friday. In September, there will be two drawings (11th and 25th); in October, on the 16th and November on the 13th. Since December is the time of giving, one drawing will occur each Friday, 4th, 11th, 18th, and yes, Friday, the 25th (Merry Christmas!) The Christmas drawing will be more than one item and will make someone VERY happy!

As you may have noticed, there are only a few products on the Etsy site. This is because we just started it up – there are many more products coming … some of which are not available anywhere else. Good luck to those who are already following us on Facebook and those yet to sign up. And, tell your geocaching friends about the Facebook page so they can have a chance to win as well!

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Human Trackable and Social Media

bigbugI’ve been working on my oversized trackable tag that I’m taking to the Midwest Geobash this Saturday. It’s made of a special plastic that looks like brushed aluminum and measures 23″ x 11.5″. I’ll be walking around like a human trackable. I’ve been looking forward to this event all year.

Facebook, Etsy, Instagram and YouTube
I also just launched my Thanks For The Hide Facebook page for people who are into geocaching. If you’re reading this … that means YOU! With this Facebook page, I will be keeping track of everyone who “Likes” the page and entering their name into monthly drawings for FREE products that I am selling on my Thanks For The Hide Etsy site. For the month of August 2015, I will draw one name per week to receive a free product. Starting in September, I’ll have monthly drawings for a free product. If you haven’t Liked the Facebook page yet, be sure to do it soon to be entered in the drawings. There is NO purchase necessary! If you have Instagram, please follow me at Thanks for the Hide and I will gladly follow you back. Instagram allows everyone the opportunity to share a moment of life with people having common interests. I really enjoy seeing photos from geocachers from all over the world, and right here in the US. If you don’t have an account, I would encourage you to open one. I’ve learned how to create specialty caches that I might not ever have found in my area. Go see what your caching friends are up to…

Whenever I get ambitious, I will shoot video while we’re out caching and then try to edit something worth watching. Here at the T4TH YouTube page, you can see some of the videos I have made. At some point, I really need to put together a blooper reel for all the screw-ups that have occurred while shooting the videos.

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

The conversion has begun…

I had pretty much given up on trying to explain geocaching to my ‘friends’ on Facebook. Whenever I have posted photos of enjoying my outdoor experiences, it is normally met with indifference. No ‘likes’ here, or God forbid, someone make a comment. Yet a different person could post a single vacation photo or sadly, and even more common, a photo of a plate of food from a restaurant … and the flood gates open with comments and the ‘likes’ pour in.

FBGCI can honestly say that for awhile there, it upset me. How does a plate of food, with its distorted Instagram filter, rate higher than a beautiful sun-drenched day outdoors, with smiling faces of people who have hiked into the wilderness, and experienced the joy of finding an object that very few people have ever found (or you had the honor of finding it first)? The excitement of venturing out to places in the world that you never knew existed only adds to the joy of this activity.

But then … it hit me. The answer was right in front of me. What appeals to these individuals about a plate of food is merely the fact that it’s an activity that we all share – eating. Who among us doesn’t enjoy a good meal – especially when we’re surrounded by people we care about. There’s little difference between loosening your belt after a gluttonous feast, and picking the briars out of your clothes after signing the logbook. Well, ok, there is a difference, but still, it’s all about the experience and sharing a common activity.

So, I took it upon myself to ask a FB friend (former classmate from school) to join my wife and I in the hunt for a few geocaches. We drove to her home, picked her up and off we went. She lives in a more suburban location, so the finds were very common placements and not very exciting. One cache find was somewhat eventful, as the location put us at the end of a fence line of a driving range. We soon became the goal of every golfer who had the power to hit a 300+ yard drive. I’m not sure if our laughter was out of fear or just the absurdity of looking for a loc-n-loc under fire. Regardless of the reason, she no longer wanted to be an observer … she now wanted to play this game for real. She brought out her smartphone, opened a new account on geocaching.com, downloaded the app, and we were on our way to the next cache. Just like that, a casual observer became a player. And at the end of the day, she wanted to know when we can do this again.

So, now when I post a photo on FB from caching, I can rely on one additional ‘like’ or possibly a comment, other than from a family member. It’s one small victory in sharing this activity with others. Not everyone will enjoy this, which I understand. But it’s my mission to see more photos of smiling faces holding a travel bug, than a massive plate of gravy-dripping carbohydrates.

Let the conversion begin … (FB post: “Who’s up for an adventure?”)