Category Archives: friends

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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Midwest Geobash … it’s finally here!

We are VERY excited to be attending the (GC5D6DK) Midwest Geobash (MWGB) held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio this coming weekend. We look forward to meeting other geocachers.
slingbag
I recently purchased a new sling bag from Amazon for geocaching and I’m really happy with it. Previously, I was using a backpack type bag with two straps, but it just wasn’t holding up very well. It had very few compartments and pretty much jumbled all the contents around.

This is the bag I bought from Amazon. I decided to go with the tan bag rather than black or the digital camo. I’ll be adding a couple external pouches in the future using the molle strapping. Below is a photo of what I take geocaching, and even though this might seem like a lot of stuff, the main compartment of the bag is empty.

My brother and I will be attending the MWGB on Saturday and we’re hoping to hit a few caches along the way and at the event.

Here is the listing of what’s in my caching bag … is it similar to yours?

1) various sized plastic bags and also trash bags for CITO 2) pens, silver sharpie, golf pencils 3) rubberbands 4) emergency blanket 5) various sized caches ready to hide 6) screws, eye hooks, etc 7) headlamp and flashlights 8) multi-tool 9) zip ties 10) extra cache logbooks 11) screwdrivers, pliers, ratchet, vicegrips 12) Instagram tags, signature tags 13) bead necklaces (swag) 14) poison ivy cleaner 15) signature tags of wood, plastic and aluminum 16) knife, scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, electrical tape, and carabiners

slingbag contents

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.

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?”)

Past mistakes and new beginnings

I’ve been taking a walk down memory lane today. I decided to take a break from updating the website of my side business of laser engraving, to revisit this blog and my involvement with geocaching and munzee. I started this blog on October 15, 2010, and at that time, I had only 20 geocache finds and was having a great time with this fantastic new activity. Fast forward to February 2013 and while my number of finds is only in the low 200’s, my interest in geocaching has only grown. I still enjoy this activity nearly 3 years later.

Last Friday, I ended a nine month nightmare by leaving the worst place of employment I have ever encountered. As my daughter so succinctly put it … the “worst pregnancy ever.” During my first week at that job, I knew I had made the worst mistake of my life by accepting that position. With a terrible economy and trying to find a job in my field, it’s taken nine months to find a suitable place to work. My first day at my new position starts tomorrow. I am nervous, excited, and looking forward to working with professionals in the graphics industry, rather than incompetent drama-queens and paper pushers. I don’t feel I should have to let someone know that I am leaving to use the restroom. Ridiculous.

My ability to geocache or participate in munzee activities has been extremely limited these past nine months. Once I get acclimated to this new position, I plan to ramp up my finds and also post more here, which I really do enjoy. I have many plans for this blog that I cannot reveal right now, but my involvement will definitely increase and I can have the freedom to participate a great deal more. Spring is just around the corner and I intend on boosting my finds and more importantly, enjoying many more experiences.

Present day connections to a past life…
Through the use of Facebook, I have been catching up on the lives of friends, relatives and interest groups. Recently, I have connected with schoolmates from 30+ years ago. My experience is nothing different than what millions of people do each day. But within my experience of making contact with past friends, is the ability to slowly introducing geocaching to them. By Facebook posts and photos, I have piqued the interest of friends who wonder just what in the hell I am doing. I sometimes find it difficult to explain, because overall, the most common theme that people assume, is that it’s merely an electronic scavenger hunt. When they assume that, they are only hitting the tip of the iceberg. Once they determine that’s all there is to it, they almost immediately dismiss the activity as a waste of time, or will roll their eyes and only half listen to the explanation that follows.

I have been looking on YouTube for geocaching videos, but I really haven’t been impressed with what I have found. Some people are way over the top when it comes to their videos, and while that’s their style and way to express them self, it’s not what I have in mind in the way to inform or impress people with geocaching or munzee. I’m not putting their videos down – I only want to do it in a different way.

So, I look forward to more involvement with caching and munzee, as well as here on this blog. I encourage your comments, suggestions and stories to share on this blog … hope to hear from you!