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How long does it take for you to stop looking for the cache?
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Caching for 14 years, Annie Love (username Love) has enjoyed caching adventures and meeting community members all over the world. She began working at Geocaching HQ in 2007, working at the front desk before there even was a front desk. Nowadays, Annie manages the API and Trackables programs and is known for caching in flip flops whenever the conditions allow!

Travel is one of Annie’s biggest passions which pairs perfectly with geocaching! She’s traveled to over 30 countries and has found some amazing geocaches. Here are her ten most memorable geocaches from around the world: https://bit.ly/2z6KHxS
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The latest Geocaching® app update introduces a new navigation mode, new cache preview, and new cache details header to make it easier to navigate to geocaches and find the information you need!

Read more: https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2018/11/guide-to-the-geocaching-apps-new-navigation/
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Imagine, if you can, over 10,000 km² (4,000 mi²) of empty, open, flat space. Visibility is clear for as far as the eye can see over the pristine, white ground. In the distance, you see a small land form. Is that a mirage? Not today—it’s the Geocache of the Week on Isla Incahuasi amidst the Bolivian salt flats.

Salar de Uyuni (Spanish for “salt flat of Uyuani”) is the largest salt flat and flattest place on Earth! It is part of the Altiplano ("high plain") of Bolivia in South America. Some 30,000 to 42,000 years ago, the area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, Lake Minchin, which hosted a variety of islands before largely drying up after the Incahuasi wet phase. However, the islands remained. Adjacent to the Andes mountains at 3,656 m (11,995 ft) above sea level, it’s not the elevation that leaves you breathless!

Isla Incahuasi (“Island of Inca houses” derived from Spanish and Quechua) is the hilly and rocky remains of an ancient submerged volcano and former island situated in the middle of the salar. Incahuasi has a total area of ~25 hectares (61 acres) and hosts enormous cacti, colonies of rabbit-like animals called viscachas, a tourist center, and a Traditional Cache! It is a popular destination and resting place for tourists and geocachers alike.

The geocache has been in place since 2010 and has never needed maintenance. Cache owner, thesaurus, has experience as a guide through the salar and brought that knowledge when he decided where to hide his next cache. Since rainfall is low—so low that its ~5 rainy days per month are measured in millimeters—the cache’s location preserves the integrity of the container and its logbook.

Before you strap on your hiking shoes and jump in your geo-vehicle, keep in mind that, unless you can fly, it takes several days over bumpy, salted roads in a 4x4 vehicle to get to Uyuni. Once you get to the island, there is a fairly steep climb to get to the top, complete with a rock scramble over sharp volcanic rock to get to the cache. Come prepared for these scenarios and you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable experience!

Traditional GC2FFMJ by thesaurus
Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 2
Location: Isla Incahuasi, Bolivia
S 20° 14.649 W 067° 37.535
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There isn’t a more explosive GeoTour on our planet than GeoTour Azores. Located roughly 850 miles west of mainland Europe, the Azores consists of 9 volcanic islands with a whopping 150 geocaches scattered across the lush, mountainous islands. The exotic nature of this group of islands has a global appeal and is part of a larger group of Atlantic Ocean islands called Macaronesia, or "fortunate islands," because those who visit or live there are considered to be fortunate to see the beauty of the Azores.

The islands of the archipelago are divided in three geographical groups: the Eastern Group, comprised of Santa Maria and São Miguel; the Central Group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial; and the Western Group, composed by Corvo and Flores. For non-residents each island group has its own unique prize, but if you’re ambitious enough to find 100% of the GeoTour first, you earn the Archipelago prize. It’s easy to feel excited about this GeoTour jam packed with adventure, oceanic views, and hikes along the crater of volcanoes.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2RR2pwb
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Epic geocaching adventures deserve an epic soundtrack, or at least some fun music. Here's our Top 10 list of the "best" geocaching songs (but you don’t have to take our word for it). What songs get you movin' from cache to cache? https://bit.ly/2thSsR9
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The cache is located at the top of the Wright State University sign. Seems simple enough, right? Just climb up, grab the cache, and be done with it. But here’s the catch: climbing the structure is not allowed. Plus, judging from the gallery, you may want to bring your friends — lots and lots of friends — for this Geocache of the Week.

The cache description reads:
This is going to be a little different than the kind of cache you’re accustomed to searching for. Completion requires no strength, just a lot of thought and ingenuity. You might also need to bring your bag of geostuff. I placed this cache with my feet firmly planted on the ground. Please do not climb, dig, turn over, poke or prod anything. Don’t bother the lights, it’s not there. You will be searching for a decon container hidden in plain sight.

Cache owner PZ Dude is the proud owner who drives past this location 4-5 times a week, giving him a big smile. But the with great power comes great responsibility, as this cache is at least 40 feet (12 meters) up and according to him, “…a pain the A double snakes to get back up on top of the sign.”

PZ Dude says there are a dozen ways to get this cache back in place: ropes, strings, kites, slingshots, regular tennis balls, weighted tennis balls, dog ball launcher, water balloon cannon, fishing poles, even a lift truck.

Although Event Caches cannot be set up for the sole purpose of finding caches, on one Christmas Eve a group of a dozen intrepid geocachers got together and finally logged this smiley. Many others came along for a good chuckle, to offer pointers, and hand out mugs of hot chocolate.

Need a spoiler? With blessings from the cache owner, check out this 30-second video hosted by Tom Hanks that actually shows the cache at about the 10-second mark: https://bit.ly/2REoLkw

This well-known cache was originally owned by Steve of stevensheri (who sadly passed away in 2012) then taken over by Slammer who subsequently moved away from the area. His cache was approved by the Chief of Police and the Head of Grounds Maintenance at Wright State University. A big THANK YOU goes out to them.

In the words of the original cache owner, “Take your time and work it out. When it’s signed and back in place, love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it.”

Mystery Cache GC11AT5 by PZ Dude
Difficulty: 4 Terrain: 1.5
Location: Ohio, United States
N 39° 46.645 W 084° 03.946
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Things are starting to feel a little bit GIFFerent… it must be time for the 2018 Geocaching International Film Festival!

From November 8-12, 2018, the GIFF film finalists will show at GIFF Events hosted by geocachers all over the world. Don’t miss your chance at popcorn, films, and geocaching fun. Find a GIFF event and log your Will Attend now. And hurry—seating is limited for some events! Find a GIFF Event: https://bit.ly/2CRKhj4
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Do you know the difference between geocaching souvenirs, badges, and icons? They’re all virtual pieces of art to earn, collect, and show off. However, each serves a different purpose in different parts of your Geocaching profile. This #motivationmonday, deepen your geo-know-how! https://bit.ly/2dSmCS2
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Do you know the difference between geocaching souvenirs, badges, and icons? They’re all virtual pieces of art to earn, collect, and show off. However, each serves a different purpose in different parts of your Geocaching profile. This #motivationmonday, deepen your geo-know-how! https://bit.ly/2dSmCS2
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