Category Archives: travel bug

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.

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

GeoWoodstock IX – What a great time!

My first GeoWoodstock didn’t disappoint me. I guess in a way I was expecting something different, but I can’t complain about anything. My only real beef had nothing to do with the event itself, but rather the heat and humidity. I was a walking commercial for anti-perspirant – the sweat was rolling off me. Obviously there’s nothing you can do about that, so overall, it was a great day. I was having issues with my cellphone once we got out of the car and on the fairgrounds. I was hoping to meet P.J. from A ‘lil Hoohaa, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I was trying to contact him through Twitter, but alas, no signal.

The vendors had some nice gear and I bought a couple geocoins and geocaching containers. I wanted a GeoWoodstock IX ball cap, but they were sold out. I was told they can be ordered online, so I’ll be doing that soon. I also sat in on a couple of the podcasts going on and it was pretty cool seeing the shows that I watch online occur live in front of me. Gave me a little perspective on how things work for those who report on geocaching.

I tried shooting some video and taking a few photos, but that massive tripod I was lugging around got to be a real nuisance. The heat was making me miserable and shooting video soon became a chore. So I know when I go back and look at what I’ve shot, I’ll get pissed at myself and try to piece together something salvageable from all the crap.

We took six trackables to exchange and brought home six that belong to others. Amazing to have a trackable that has traveled over 42,000 miles. I hope mine travel just as far. My only real request is to have those that find my travel bugs to take a photo of either where it’s found , where it’s dropped or of the geocachers. I have yet had any of those options take place.

So, I understand that GeoWoodstock X will be held in Indiana. Woo Hoo!!! A quick trip across the border and it’s going to be in May of 2012. I hope the weather holds out and it’s not a Spring monsoon. I know I will definitely be attending more than just one day. I feel gipped that I only spent a few hours there today. Next year, I will be better prepared.

Travel Bugs

I’m dropping off some travel bugs at GeoWoodstock IX and I hope those who find them will visit this blog. Looking forward to an exciting day of meeting other geocachers and seeing what the day brings.

Gotta run…

What’s in your bag?

The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared”. While I was never a Boy Scout, I try to be prepared, as best I can anyway. When you’re out geocaching, there are certain items you always want to keep on hand. Things like a first aid kit, trash bags for CITO, pens and/or pencils. Those items are pretty much a necessity, just to get by. But depending on the individual, one persons backpack can be totally different from someone else.

I stumbled upon a grouping of photos of various geocachers’ bag contents and I was intrigued at the similarities and differences. I thought about my own backpack and what I take to the field. I’m typically the person who throws everything in but the kitchen sink, but lately, I’ve pared back on what I consider to be the essentials. Depending on the time of year and the weather, I try to travel light. I carry around enough of my own weight – I don’t need to add to that burden.

The photo identifies the various items held within my backpack. Items not shown are garbage bags, walking stick, and extra logs for cache maintenance.

1. travel bugs, 2. electrical tape, 3. ziploc sandwich-size bags, 4. back-up GPS, 5. flower seed packets for trade items, 6. wipes and poison ivy lotion, 7. canister of drywall screws and screwdriver, 8. 2″ x 3″ ziploc bags, 9. signature tags and cards, 10. flashlight, 11. caches ready to go, 12. writing tools, 13. mini-kites for trade items, 14. disposable rain poncho, 15. first aid kit, 16. match container caches w/log, 17. magnetic key holder cache w/log, 18. tweezers, 19. bison tubes w/log, 20. point-n-shoot camera, 21. various cache trade items.

What items do you think I’ve overlooked or can do without? How does your backpack compare to mine?