Category Archives: family

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!

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

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.

Making a change…

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written anything here. That’s the problem with employment and a busy life – keeps you from doing the things that you love the most.

The past two weekends I’ve been out caching with various members of my family. It’s been awhile since I’ve been out caching. I’ve been doing the Munzee thing lately and realized just how much I have missed caching. There’s still fun with Munzee’s, but geocaching remains to be my favorite. With Munzee, you scan the tag and move on to the next one. With geocaching, you have a more interactive experience with finding the cache, as well as those who have come before you. A trackable of some sort always makes my day – I enjoy helping other cachers move along their trackable – traveling the globe vicariously through a metal tag or a cast coin.

I’ve also been busy with getting my business up and running. Working a full time job and starting your own business is tough to do. Leaves little room for having any time to do anything fun. These recent caching weekends have ignited that desire once again to make the time to get outside and get back in the game.

Yesterday, I was reading through some old posts from this blog, and came across the video I made about Geocaching Near Historical Locations. I really miss having the time to make videos – amateur at best, but I do enjoy them. The bottom line is, all it really takes is figuring out your priorities. Easier said than done, I know … but somehow, I need to gain control of my life. Some stuff is just going to have to wait. The proverbial bus could very well hit me tomorrow – and I sure as hell don’t want to think that I’ve wasted my days being a good employee for a company that honestly doesn’t care about me. I’d much rather be out making great memories and finding places I would never had known about, had it not been for geocaching.

Priorities. It’s time for a change.