Before favorite points were ever given on geocaching.com we had gcvote.com. Basically what gcvote.com is, is an extension for geocaching.com. It enables you the ability to rate the quality of caches. You add your vote with a single click and it displays the average of all quality votes received for any geocache.
I installed the plugin for Google Chrome and went to geocaching.com. Next to each cache listing is a five star rating. Some caches haven't been voted on yet, but I could see what people thought of some caches. I think the overall concept is good.
Now that geocaching.com has a 'favorites' point system for each cache, does this hinder how gcvote.com works. I don't think so. Both systems work. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. It really comes down to how you use them. It's all a matter of opi.
On Halloween, we are always looking for the adventure. As kids, we dressed up as our favorite super hero, ghost or goblin. As teenagers and adults, we enjoy dressing up but are always looking for that extra adventure on Halloween. Some go to parties, some go to haunted houses but some like me and other geocachers have been known to Geocache in cemeteries.
Out of respect for those that have passed on, I have always been a little reluctant to find Geocaches in cemeteries. I can't say, however, that I have never done it. It seems that when I do go searching for Geocaches in a cemetery, I do it around Halloween just to get the extra adventure.
When placing geocaches, please follow the rules. One of the rules of geocaching is not to place a cache in a restricted, prohibited or otherwise inappropriate location.
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My neighbor and I were out geocaching in the west desert of Utah on February weekend. With snow still on the ground, it was cold. While we were out geocaching, we seemed to be following two hummers on the ground with two Apache helicopters in the air. We would stop and find a cache and they would pass us. They would stop and do something or explore an offshoot of a road and we would pass them. We played this form a leap from for a couple of hours.
Everything was going great until we got stuck in the snow. We weren't to worried. My neighbor, Spencer, was trained search and rescue and was part of the Utah County Search and Rescue team. We had plenty of food and emergency gear just in case. As Spencer worked to get the snow chains on his vehicle, one of the Apache helicopters landed nearby. The pilot walked out and told us that the two hummers that we had been following were about a half a mile up the road. The snow had gotten to deep and they were turning around. If we wanted to wait a couple of minutes, they would come back down the road and give us a hand in getting us out.
We didn't have to wait long until the cavalry arrived. It didn't take much effort for them to tow us out either. People ask why I geocache. I would relate this story to them and explain that it isn't about what you find, it is about the adventure getting there.
I'd like to give a shout out and big thank-you to the Utah National Guard for going beyond the call of duty that day. It was fun. We had a great time. The experience made it memorable.
In the geocaching community, we jokingly tell people that geocaching is the use of multi-million dollar satellites to find tupperware in the woods. This actually isn't far from the truth.
A geocache is a container which ranges from the size of your pinky finger to as big as a water heater. Geocachers would hide these containers, mark the coordinates with their GPS and then post those coordinates online at geocaching.com for everybody to view and search.
I've been asked what the coolest thing I have found. My response is always the same. It's not what you find that is cool, it is the adventure getting there. It's about time spent with the kids without them being distracted by the TV or Nintendo. It's about learning new things and going places that you never would have gone.
I've seen water falls, visited ghost towns, and made new friends on the trail. I've been pulled over by the police as they wonder what I am looking for in a pile of rocks. I've been rescued by the Utah National Guard when I got stuck in the snow. These things I would have never done had I not been introduced to the game of Geocaching.