I was at the Washington State Geocaching Association Summer Picnic in Newcastle, Washington which is near Seattle. Unfortunately I arrived late because I was in the Cascade Mountains and not being familiar with the terrain, it took longer to get back than anticipated.
It was (unusually I am told) a beautiful day with crystal clear blue, cloudless skies. Lots of people turned up from all over the state and out of state.
Various geocachers showed off their handiwork.
Mr Gadget #2 is known in the Wenatchee and Central Washington regions for his evil but ingenious cache containers. In this video he shows how some of them work. I had trouble figuring out how to open them even with him prodding me with hints. You would not want to come across one of these in the wild! Just when you you have found it, and you think it is all over, it is in fact, just the beginning.
The reason for showing videos of high quality geocaches like these is to inspire everyone to come up with creative caches themselves. Hopefully as more people put out quality geocaches, we'll all have great experiences.
Check out this video:
If you want to build a Cryptex geocache similar to this, check out this video.
I visited Bloomington, Indiana and hung out with a great group of geocachers - MonsterCatAmbush, DJHobby, ErWin and Mickey4Jes. Bloomington is famous for being the home of Hoagy Carmichael and Indiana University.
The geocachers here are concerned about improving the quality of geocaches, and go to a lot of trouble to put out the highest quality hides. They were very hospitable and showed me some of the quality hides around town. They were kind enough to give their views on video, and I'll put them soon.
Here's an amazing geocache container called a Cryptex created by MonsterCatAmbush which will be used as part of a mystery geocache. It consists of an outer container made from three concentric tubes and an inner container. You can only remove the inner container by rotating rings that form a combination lock.
You can see that he has gone to a lot of trouble to put this together. He really knows how to geocache with high quality geocaches. Check out the video.
Don't we love to receive the emails when people log a find on one of your caches.
If I'm honest it's one of the reasons I hide caches - especially if I know that there is something great about the cache. I enjoy hearing about peoples' experiences leading up to the find. If you place really good geocaches, then expect to receive a lot of positive comments.
Geocachers are usually polite when it comes to logging their caches. If they think the cache is rubbish, they probably won't be too negative; but they also won't be very effusive. You might get some terse comment. If you're not receiving positive comments then maybe the cache isn't as good as you think.
Another way to see what people think is to look through the list of your caches and see how many are marked as Favourites. If there are not many in the list, then maybe you need to review your cache hiding techniques.
Check out the survey to see what people like about geocaches ... then give them what they want!