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Geocaching and encounters with animals....part 2

Good morning everyone.  I was too preoccupied last week with submitting a puzzle cache that I completely forgot to include a geocaching fun fact.  I did realize this after I had published last week's blog and tried to include a fun fact in the comments on Twitter and on my FB page.  Normally the fun fact is one of the last things I add to the blog but I'm doing that first so I don't forget again.  LOL.  Without further ado, the top calendar loopers (having found a cache on every calendar day over time) in Canada is 3-Bearss from Nova Scotia.  They have completed the calendar 30 times.  In the States, it's IMSpider from Newark, Deleware with a whopping 110 times completed.

This week I want to go back to the animals we come across in our geocaching travels.  For those who see my Twitter account, or my FB page, may have seen this pic as my cover photo.
The story behind this goes as follows:  About two years ago, I drove out to Riding Mountain National Park for an event ho…
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Geocaching and the cache owner part 1

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For this week, I want to look further into a question that was asked on USGeocachingHour a couple of weeks ago.  As a cache owner, when should you archive a cache that you own?  It is of common belief that a cache should be archived by the owner if the container has gone missing and the owner doesn't feel like replacing it.  Some will archive if they are moving away and won't be able to maintain or if they're no longer geocaching.  Some caches get archived by the reviewer as the cache owner has basically fallen off the face of the earth and is not maintaining their cache that's in need of repair or replacement.

Should a cache be archived for the purpose of placing a new cache by the same owner?  That was the question put out there.  On one hand, you have a cache that's seeing very little activity, so why not archive it, place a new container, or same container with a fresh log sheet to generate more activity.  There is the argument that doing…

Geocaching and getting started.

Good morning everyone.  This week's fun fact is all about total caches found.  Ever wonder who has the most?  That would be a retired couple from Reno, Nevada by the name of Alamogul with 178,828 finds.  They've completed their fizzy grid an incredible 42 times.  At least 6 times they have logged 4,000+ found caches in a single month.

How did we all become geocachers?  How did we here about this crazy/interesting hobby?  Do you remember your very first find?
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Geocaching and Social Media

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This week's fun fact is all about the Webcam caches.  According to Project-gc, there are 114 webcam caches in the United States, with 14 in California and none in North Dakota plus nine other states that don't have one.  On the Canadian side of the border, there is a total of 7 webcam caches.  Three in Nova Scotia, 2 in Ontario and one each in B.C. and Saskatchewan.  I have only one webcam cache found so far.  That one was in Calgary (as noted in my last blog) and has been archived since.

This week will be a little different.  Instead of caches I've found or adventures I've been on, I want to look at Geocaching in social media and what I've experienced so far.  When I started geocaching, getting involved in the social media side of things wasn't on my mind at the time.  I did post some pics on my personal Facebook page, but that was about the extent of my social media experience.  I'm not sure how I got started on Instagram or exactly …

Geocaching and the vacation

Good morning everyone.  I'm hoping that by the time this is published, my move will be completed.  All that should remain is unpacking and getting settled into my latest place to call home.  4th move in three years.  I'm wondering if I should change my name from Geocacher Ken to Gypsy Ken.  The initials would remain the same.  LOL.

This week's fun fact is highest and lowest elevation for caches.  In Canada, the highest elevated cache is Mount Temple, GC1607, at 11,476ft above sea level.  The lowest is Eureka Coffee Pot, GCX4P7, at -8.458ft below sea level.  The highest in the States is Big Denali, GC4C79N, at 20,203ft above sea level, while the lowest is DharmaInitiative Phase II - Graduation, GC167RW, at -14,780ft below sea level.  Just to compare, the highest in the world is Earth's Roof - Mount Everest Peak, GC2BX63, at 28,921ft above sea level and the lowest is Earth's Orientation - South Pole, GC2BX66 at -18,235ft below sea level.

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Geocaching and encounters with animals of the fake kind.

Good morning everyone.  Welcome to blog #6.  Before I start with this week's topic, here is today's geocaching fun fact:  The province of Ontario has the most active Earthcaches with 500.  Manitoba ranks 7th in Canada with 63.  By comparison, California has 974 while Delaware and District of Columbia have 11 each.  Personally, I have only done 29 so far and hope to increase that total this year.

This week's topic is encounters with animals of the fake kind.  These would be mostly crows, spiders, rats and snakes of the plastic, rubber type.  I'm sure we've found our fair share of these.  They're always fun to find and certainly are a break from film canisters in pine trees.  How many of these made you jump when you found it before you knew it was a geocache?  Most of these give me a good chuckle although I will have to admit that one did make me jump back initially.  More on that one in a bit.  If I was in a tropical locale, then my reaction to some of these mig…

Geocaching and the First to Find

Good morning everyone.  Welcome to blog #5.  Before I get started with this week's topic, I want to roll out a new feature to my blog; Geocaching fun facts.  Not to be confused with Fun with Flags.  This week's fun fact is oldest active caches.  The oldest active traditional cache inside the city limits of Winnipeg is "Bison Castle Cache" GCJAG7, hidden May 28, 2004.  Oldest active traditional cache in Manitoba is "C1BUA - cache 1n a builtup area"" GC21C and can be found in the town of Killarney.  It was placed on February 5, 2001.  I found this one in August, 2015 on a day trip with another geocacher, Auntie Mo.  I got caught with my hand in the cache.
Now for this week's topic, I'll be discussing the coveted, most sought after prize of all geocaching.  The FTF or First to Find.  Bragging rights to being the first one to find a newly published cache.  There are a select bunch or individuals that will drive great distances to claim that right. …