From the Mailroom…

Original post written by Andrea Hofer

We recently had the pleasure of receiving the following letter from Bannack of Cave Creek, Arizona. Here’s an excerpt:

Hello, my name is Bannack and I am a geocacher from Cave Creek, Arizona. I would like to say thank you for everything about Groundspeak and the geocaching because if it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t be seeing amazing places, going on treasure hunts, and meeting great people. You have made my life change in a good way. I would like to ask some questions about geocaching to help me with my geocaching career. 

A few of us here at Groundspeak/Geocaching HQ answered with some of our thoughts:

Hi Bannack,

My name is Andrea and I have worked at Geocaching HQ for 2 years. Through geocaching, I have met many wonderful people, yourself included! I’ll do my best to answer your questions with the help of a few friends at Geocaching HQ…

If I had to pick only one geocache to go to in the U.S. where do you think I should go?

From Andrea:
I personally am excited for my upcoming trip to find the very first geocache. It’s near Portland, and it’s called GCGV0P Original Stash Tribute Plaque. One day I’d like to hike the Zion Narrows in Utah to find Earthcache GCZ5YD Zion Narrows.

GCGV0P - Original Stash Tribute Plaque

GCGV0P – Original Stash Tribute Plaque

GCZ5YD Zion Narrows

GCZ5YD Zion Narrows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Cathy:
There are too many amazing geocaches in amazing places to pick just one, so I’d say go to visit GCK25B, Geocaching HQ. It is a unique experience to visit HQ and there are many, many excellent geocaches nearby to experience as well. The cache I am looking forward to finding one day is GC2B034 Necropolis of Britannia Manor III in Texas. I will get there someday!

GCK25B Geocaching Headquarters

GCK25B Geocaching Headquarters

GC2B034 Necropolis of Britannia Manor III

GC2B034 Necropolis of Britannia Manor III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
From Derek:
My favorites are EarthCaches, but it’s hard for me to pick just one. I’m looking forward to finding GC1F7W3 A Dynamic Earth, on the summit of Mt. St. Helens, this summer!

GC1F7W3 A Dynamic Earth

GC1F7W3 A Dynamic Earth

Which mega geocaching events have the best trackables and geocoins to trade and keep?

From Annie:
At just about any event I’ve attended, I’ve found at least one geocacher showing off their personal trackable collections or offering up their personal trackables for trade. However, if trackables are your passion, you won’t find a better place to embrace that passion than at a Geocoinfest event. These events typically happen twice a year – once in the United States and once in Europe and they draw diehard trackable enthusiasts from all over the world. You’ll have the opportunity to browse the latest and greatest in Geocoin designs from vendors or find new friends willing to trade. Just make sure you set a budget before leaving the house when attending Geocoinfest – all the beautiful new coins or rare collector coins may be hard to resist.

Geocoins!

Geocoins!

From Cathy:
Geocoinfest – there are lots of trackables traded at every event, but nothing comes close to this.

From Derek:
Every Mega I’ve been to has had tons of trackable trading. Although, I bet the Giga events in Germany have even more since so many people attend.

 

Should I go to the Geocaching Block Party this year?

From Andrea:
Absolutely. The 2015 Block Party on Saturday, August 15, will be our 6th and last, to give us more opportunities to focus on other ideas and projects. You’ll get to come to our Visitors Center, see the HQ cache, and get/trade some great trackables. Then on Sunday, don’t miss the Going APE Mega-Event up north.

From Cathy:
YES!

GC5G4X5 2015 Geocaching Block Party

GC5G4X5 2015 Geocaching Block Party

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I’m posting this to our blog to give the geocaching community a chance to share their answers to your questions, too. These will be included in my letter back to you. Happy caching!

Best,
Andrea

 

Now it’s your turn, geocachers! Who, what, where, when, how, and why do you geocache? What would answers would you suggest to Bannack?

 

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