Geocaching Events for March 2015

piAs I stare out at the snow coming down, I have to remind myself that this kind of weather will be around until after March 28th (High School Boys Basketball State Finals).  So the chances of meeting another cacher on the trail is pretty slim unless they are just as crazy as you, or you happen to be visiting another state.  I hope everyone stays safe and warm.

The big thing for this month is Pi Day March 14th with a number of events celebrating 3-14-15.  I just don’t understand why we don’t have that many Tau Day celebrations.

March 3

Hanging With Hoosier Reviewer Part II – West Side!
by go-purdue | GC5MY4T | Brownsburg

March 9

2L X 4L X 5 + 5 = Happy Birthday TRB!
by seekersearcher, an AWOL Pirate, and Yodaboyz | GC5MK35 | Indianapolis

March 10

March, March, March – a gathering of cachers
by dtmtndew | GC5N2B0 | Brownstown

Let’s Have A Shamrockin’ Good Time-March 2015 GIG
by Indigo500 | GC5N8TZ | Indianapolis

March 14

A Moment with π!
by bsabadger | GC5KC68 | Zionsville

Last Chance for Pi
by Fortislander80 | GC5N4M7 | Fort Wayne

Pi Day Event!
by Wright04 | GC5N9PN | Evansville

Pi for Breakfast East
by Rooski22 | GC5NCGQ | Greenfield

Odd Pi
by kemtek | GC5NFX7 | Indiana

An Indianapolis Pi Gathering
by RedjackRyan | GC5NKDY | Indianapolis

March 21

3-2-1 Spring Cache Blast Off!
by TeamPhoenix421 and Fartbag | GC5JJ63 | Merriville

April 11

Mounds Geocache Adventure 2015
by Mounds_State_Park | GC5K56V | Anderson

April 18

Southern Indiana Scavenger Hunt Event
by graciedi and Mama Jane | GC5N1KZ | Evansville

April 26

NEI-GEO 2015 Earth Day CITO
by Lord Elwood | GC5M9B8 | Fort Wayne

CITO Eyes of Brownsburg #2
by Ripples 2 Waves | GC5MGMJ | Brownsburg

May 16

2015 Indiana Spring Picnic
by lakedawgs | GC5GDZJ | Turkey Run State Park

 

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Geocaching Events for February 2015

Yes, I know… February is almost over.  Those of you who know me, know that I am an elementary school teacher, and in Indiana things in area of education have not been pretty.  I’ve been working on preparing my students for whatever high stakes test our children will have to take so we can grade our public schools and our public school teachers over things that they have virtually no control over.  So I apologize for not getting this out to you sooner, I’ve been a little busy.

With the weather, and the time of year there tend not to be that many events.  I’ll post everything that’s been posted up to today.  I hope everyone stays safe and warm as we patiently wait for Spring.

February 15

I Heart Geocaching!
by kiralira | GC5K0XE | Bloomington

February 16

Hanging with Hoosier Reviewer
by ProfessorZoom | GC5KNMB | Indianapolis

February 21

2 Late 4 Lunch 2 Early 4 Dinner
by Rooski22 | GC5KKF1 | Greenfield

February 22

Feb 2015 GIG Dinner I heart My Caching League
by TeamAdorkable | GC5M5CE | Avon

February 25

Lunch With Geofriends
by Lair | GC5MB6H | Bedford

March 3

Hanging With Hoosier Reviewer Part II – West Side!
by go-purdue | GC5MY4T | Brownsburg

March 9

2L X 4L X 5 + 5 = Happy Birthday TRB!
by seekersearcher, an AWOL Pirate, and Yodaboyz | GC5MK35 | Indianapolis

March 10

March, March, March – a gathering of cachers
by dtmtndew | GC5N2B0 | Brownstown

March 14

A Moment with π!
by bsabadger | GC5KC68 | Zionsville

Last Chance for Pi
by Fortislander80 | GC5N4M7 | Fort Wayne

March 21

3-2-1 Spring Cache Blast Off!
by TeamPhoenix421 and Fartbag | GC5JJ63 | Merriville

April 11

Mounds Geocache Adventure 2015
by Mounds_State_Park | GC5K56V | Anderson

April 18

Southern Indiana Scavenger Hunt Event
by graciedi and Mama Jane | GC5N1KZ | Evansville

April 26

NEI-GEO 2015 Earth Day CITO
by Lord Elwood | GC5M9B8 | Fort Wayne

CITO Eyes of Brownsburg #2
by Ripples 2 Waves | GC5MGMJ | Brownsburg

May 16

2015 Indiana Spring Picnic
by lakedawgs | GC5GDZJ | Turkey Run State Park

 

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Geocaching Events for January 2015

So it’s a new year, a perfect time for those of you looking to start a 365 day challenge or just a really long streak.  Each year brings new adventures.  Are you going to finally clear out all 92 counties?  Are you finally going to get that cache down the street?  So many opportunities.  This year we will still have some great events and I know a number of people have already started to make plans to head to Maryland for GeoWoodstock over Memorial Day.  As for Indiana in January… it’s a little cold out there and no one is quite sure what the weather will bring (especially after last year).  Stay safe and don’t forget to sign my name on the log!

January 12, 2015

SCIG Winter B.B.Q.
by South Central Indiana Geocachers | GC5JCK9 | Bedford

January 14, 2015

An Introduction to Geocaching
by coachstahly | GC5G1JW | Noblesville

January 17, 2015

Dunes Geocache Adventure 2015
by Indiana DNR | GC5H8MV | Indiana Dunes State Park

February 2, 2015

SIG’s Groundhog Day Event
by Payneboys | GC5JHMG | Newburgh

March 21, 2015

3-2-1 Spring Cache Blast Off!
by TeamPhoenix421 and Fartbag | GC5JJ63 | Merrillville

May 16, 2015

2015 Indiana Spring Picnic
by lakedawgs | GC5GDZJ | Turkey Run State Park

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Happy Holidaze!

While geocaching is about the find and seeing new places it is also about the people. I’m writing this post as I sit at the GeoSecret Santa listening to everyone talk about their highlights for the year.  It is fun to see everyone and I found it interesting that a number of people commented about how this year was not about the numbers but more about people.  Those folks who participated in in the event had a great time, thank you to all those who organized the event and heard some great tales of caching in 2014. So what was your favorite memory from 2014?

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Geocaching Events for December 2014

So here we are closing in on December…the weather in Indiana is… Indiana-like,  and the question on most Geocacher’s minds is something like “So what should I buy my favorite cacher for the holidaze?”  I guess we’ll need to come up with a cool gift giving guide some time or just link to the one on GroundSpeak, but for right now I think it’s pretty safe to just stick with the events in Indiana as the stand when this was posted.  Geo Secret Santa is back so be ready for some holiday fun with Jolly old St. Signal.

December 6
The last day to sign up to be eligible to participate on the Secret Santa gift exchange is Saturday, December 6th, 2014.  Secret Santa sign up will end officially on December 7th, midnight. See Secret Santa Geocaching Style – 2014 for further information.

December 13

Last of the Century 12-13-14
by HowDee | GC5FNP3 | Indianapolis

12-13-14-15 Holiday Flash With Santa!
by 2young2stayathome | GC5FWA0 | Jeffersonville

December 15

The 3rd Annual MCC Monumental Christmas Flashmob
by Yodaboyz | GC5FZKP | Indianapolis

December 20

Secret Santa Geocaching Style – 2014
by GeoSecretSanta | GC5GT7G | Indianapolis

Note from GeoSecretSanta:

Requirements for logging “will attend” for Secret Santa…
1) If you are a team, add number of adults/children (age of children/gender).
2) ADD YOUR SIDE OF TOWN – North, South, East, or West

NOTE: If you do NOT wish to participate on the gift exchange, but still want to attend, you are welcome to. Please contact me personally, because I may ask you to be my Elf :)

Drawing names…
I will draw names and let you know who you got – Expect a contact email from me no later than December 8th.

Now the REALLY fun part!

The game period…
There will be 4 different pre-defined locations for dropping your Secret Santa gifts — all in the Indianapolis area. The locations will be on each side of town. I am currently working on setting these up. The reason for being pre-defined is that the locations have to be easily accessible so children can also participate. The coordinates for these caches will be given to you by email when the time comes.

The game will be played during the period from 12/09/14 to 12/19/14. During this period, place a little gift or two for your person in one of the pre-defined locations. There is no limit of little gifts you can give, and little gifts can also be simple things…like a Christmas card, etc. Be sneaky…let your giftee wonder who you are! :)

***VERY IMPORTANT!*** Contact me when you place a gift so I can post an announcement on the event page to let your person know that he/she should visit their predetermined gift exchange box. 

The Final Exchange…
The final exchange will be held on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 Time = 10am – 12pm.

Pitch in…
Please bring food/drinks to share in the final exchange event day – let’s do brunch this time!!!

Guideline…
Your total spending guideline for each person should be $20.00. This should include the little gifts and the final gift exchange.

If you’d like to be one of Santa’s elves and would like to make a donation to a prize drawing, please contact me.

Let the reindeer games begin! HO! HO! HO!

December 27

Xmas Cheer Meet-n-Greet in Syracuse
by iowaPete | GC5GPEG | Syracuse

January 14, 2015

An Introduction to Geocaching
by coachstahly | GC5G1JW | Noblesville

May 16, 2015

2015 Indiana Spring Picnic
by lakedawgs | GC5GDZJ | Turkey Run State Park

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Geocaching Events for November 2014

As the weather turns colder & colder until the warming trend next week… cachers seem to be staying close to home, except when they aren’t.  So what’s going on in November?  Not much as of today… If you were caching with Abe, then you’ve already eaten your breakfast by the time this gets posted.  I hope you and our 16th president had a great weekend!

As for the monthly GiG dinner… I’m not sure where or when, but I’m sure it will happen sometime and get posted to Geocaching.com before it happens- hopefully I’ll catch it and be able to add it to this rather meager list.  Have a great November & Goooo Sportsteam!

November 1

Geocaching with Abe 2014
by Lincoln State Park and Sialis | GC58YFY | Lincoln State Park

2014 Hanging Around The Campfire With Abe
by daggy | GC5DXAM | Lincoln State Park

November 2

Pancakes and Sausage with Abe
by sialis and the Friends of Lincoln State Park | GC5D6ET | Lincoln State Park

November 9

Costumes and Pizza
by Lucky Chavez | GC5F03A | Bloomington

November 11

2 Late 4 Lunch? #66
by Treazure Hunterz and WitchWink | GC5FE4N | Fishers

November 15

Hoosier Buddy? Breakfast v7.0
by salz69 | GC5FJFK | Highland

Hoosier Daddy? Dinner v7.0
by salz69 | GC5FJFV | Schereville

December 13

Last of the Century 12-13-14
by HowDee | GC5FNP3 | Indianapolis

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Calling all SmartPhone Cachers

Dear Emily,

I just bought a new phone and learned about geocaching!  I went and logged a cache and my log was deleted!!! The cache owner said I hadn’t met the requirements for the cache!  I found it, so why can’t I log the cache?

Sincerely,

Ringy Dingy

_____

EmilyLamp-PostDear Ringy,

You’ve fallen into a trap many new smartphone cachers fall into by not recognizing that there are different kinds of geocaches. You most likely have found a “Mystery or Puzzle cache” type which was a “Challenge Cache”.

So many times a veteran cacher will put out something called a “Challenge Cache” to get other cachers to try new things.  While these have other requirements that are usually placed like a traditional cache.  One of the more famous Challenges in Indiana is the Indiana Epic 92 County Challenge in which you must prove that you have found once cache in each of Indiana’s 92 Counties.  Another would be the Indiana DeLorme Challenge (there’s one for each state) where you need to find a cache on each page of the DeLorme map for that state.  These are fun ways to challenge yourself and also include challenges for consecutive days caching, and thousands of other ways to challenge you.

I would suggest, if you are a new cacher and using a smartphone, start by following this rule of thumb- read the cache description before you go searching.  Not only will it give you some great information, but most special caches have something in the description alerting you to the nature of the cache like “This cache is at the posted coordinates.”  That means there’s something not quite normal about the geocache.

on the iPhone this is what the settings screen looks like so you can pick to only see traditional caches

On the iOS Geocaching App this is what the settings screen looks like so you can pick to only see traditional caches

The other thing to simplify your early caching would be turn off your ability to see all the caches around you and just stick to traditional caches.  On the app under the app “Settings” you should see Search Filter and it defaults to “Show All” just change it to “Traditional Only” until you’re comfortable with how caching works and maybe even attended an event to learn from other cachers.  As you learn more about the various kinds of caches and how they are displayed on your phone you can then try out each type of geocache each is special and fun.

Emily Lamp-Post
Caching Etiquette Columnist

Got questions about caching etiquette
or comments on my column?
Email me at EmilyLampPost@gmail.com.

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Geocaching Events for October 2014

We used to direct you to clicking on the “Newest in Indiana” link on your profile page, but it looks like the powers that be at Groundspeak have decided to pull a Facebook style update to their site and make that button go away… either that or I just can’t find it anymore – which is always possible.

So “a day late and a dollar short” this is what happens when a website is run entirely by volunteers or for the most part a single volunteer. Sorry, but until IndianaGeocaching.com pays the bills- grading papers, planning lessons, and tracking data points is going to have to be a priority. For those whose events got skipped over this month, mostly over the weekend of Earthcache Day, I apologize. I’ll try to make sure that everything is up to date in a timely manner for the rest of the year.

As the weather cools, the spiders go way and geocachers start trekking out to find and hide. I know many schools have been heading out on Fall Break which is a perfect time to go caching.

So what’s going on for the rest of the month? Let’s check it out and see.

October 13

South Central Indiana Geocachers Fall Dinner
by Monkeedaddy, Bethro67, and FaithQuest | GC5DDAH | Bedford

October 14

Happy 7th Birthday, GIG!
by Jenischmeni | GC57FE2 | Indianapolis

October 16

Geocaching 201 – Whereigos
by archeoarchaic1939 | GC5DWD7 | Indianapolis

October 18

Fritz’s 2014 Halloween Bash
by katandkev | GC5A8E9 | Fort Wayne

October 20

2 Late 4 Lunch Round ?????
by tallulahtulip and seekersearcher | GC5DM7V | Speedway

October 21

InKy Goes Boom In October!
by 2young2stayathome | GC5CTPX | Jeffersonville

October 31

Friday Night with Abe Halloween Event
by Dr. Who and K-9 | GC59X5H | Lincoln State Park

November 1

Geocaching with Abe 2014
by Lincoln State Park and Sialis | GC58YFY | Lincoln State Park

CITO with Abe 2014
by El Pollo Loco Gang | GC5A8D1 | Lincoln State Park

2014 Hanging Around The Campfire With Abe
by daggy | GC5DXAM | Lincoln State Park

November 2

Pancakes and Sausage with Abe
by sialis and the Friends of Lincoln State Park | GC5D6ET | Lincoln State Park

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Geocaching Events for September 2014

So the month kind of begins with an ending.  As the Fall Picnic Planning Team put it on the cache page “All good things must come to an end. We’ve all heard it before but the Planning Team has been struggling with how to say it. The Fall Picnic Planning Team has made a very hard decision. Unanimously, the team has decided to retire from hosting the annual event. The picnic is near and dear to our hearts but it is time for us to take a much need break and just sit back and enjoy our love of geocaching for a while.” So this is your last time to compete in Geo-Survivor, and enjoy the fun of getting together in September.  Thanks to everyone who over the years has made this such a wonderful event… and now the weather.

September 2

2 Late 4 Lunch 62 
by Chutch1035 | GC5B1B9 | Indiana 

September 5

2014 Indiana Fall Picnic Meet & Greet 
by IndiGo-Geo | GC4N21W | Scottsburg

September 6

2014 Indiana Fall Picnic – Saying Goodbye 
by IndiGo-Geo | GC4N21K | Scottsburg

CITO Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Fall 2014 
by superstutz | GC5AD71 | Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

September 13

CITO! -Let’s Get Back to Nature!
by The RiverRat Gang | GC59DCC | Connersville
not sure about this one as of 9-1-14 it says the cache is “unavailable” so check the page before heading out.

September 15

2 Late 4 Breakfast: Round 2 
by Yodaboyz | GC5AQZG | Indianapolis 

September 16

2 Late 4 Lunch 63 
by Chutch1035 | GC5B620 | Indianapolis 

September 26

Hey!!! Where’s My Pie? 
by Darksky1 & IndianaNightmare | GC5AB2Q | Terre Haute

October 11

EarthCache Virtual 5K Run White River 2014
by IAG Platinum Team | GC596CE | Indianapolis 

October 12

Falls of The Ohio Hike – 2014 
by AirRaidFan | GC4W01F | New Albany

October 18

Fritz’s 2014 Halloween Bash 
by katandkev | GC5A8E9 | Fort Wayne

October 31

Friday Night with Abe Halloween Event
by Dr. Who and K-9 | GC59X5H | Lincoln State Park

November 1

Geocaching with Abe 2014
by Lincoln State Park and Sialis | GC58YFY | Lincoln State Park 

CITO with Abe 2014 
by El Pollo Loco Gang | GC5A8D1 | Lincoln State Park

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Geocaching Events for August 2014

I’m a little nostalgic for the old days when summer actually lasted until September… but for many families August marks the start of school (for some July).  As many people head home let’s hope for some more exciting caching events.  I know September will bring about the end of an era as the Fall Picnic Planning Team calls it quits.  We know it has been a monumental effort to put on such a wonderful event and hope that someone (not me) decides to take on the event for next year.

August 1

August Souvenir Badge Flashmob!! 
by Ramblin’ Redlegs | GC58YFV | Indianapolis 

August 3

Stay Cool! Ice Cream Social 
by salz69 | GC58P79 | Dyer

Happy Trails DSuperfan23 
by Mama Jane and graciedi | GC58X5T | Princeton

August 4

Ice Cream Social #14 
by Walkabout46 | GC58VX5 | Cumberland

August 9

Geocaching 101+ ~Tips • Tricks • Cheats~ 
by Team Itchy & Scratchy | GC58HN3 | Metamora

Let’s Roll Out The Barrel 
by AriEthan | GC59BAE | Fort Wayne

August 11

I Scream, You Scream, Let’s Have Ice Cream! 
by dtmtndew | GC57M8J | Brownstown

August 13

2 Late 4 Lunch Round 59 
by Walkabout46 | GC59W9Q | Greenfield

August 16

Picnic for International Geocaching Day 2014 
by Bloomington Geocachers | GC58F1Q | Bloomington

Happy (Almost) Birthday, Mr. President 
by CecilTurtle | GC59Y9D | Indianapolis 

August 17

Canadian Cachers do Indy – coffee before the con 
by Cubby&BigBear | GC59PK0 | Indianapolis 

August 18

2 Late 4 Breakfast 
by The MCC | GC59RRW | Indianapolis 

August 19

NEI-GEO August 2014 Lunch Break 
by Lord Elwood | GC59XMB | Fort Wayne 

August 21

Hot Eats, Cool Treats! 
by koerns311 | GC5A1MV | Lafayette

August 23

Lynnville Park Lake Paddle Mix 
by Lindy4 | GC59BBX | Lynnville

August 26

2 Late 4 Lunch 61 
by kemtek | GC5A0RW | Lebanon

August 30

urtebetetzea karroza 
by డ్రేక్ వ్యక్తి | GC597W4 | Bloomington

September 5

2014 Indiana Fall Picnic Meet & Greet 
by IndiGo-Geo | GC4N21W | Scottsburg

September 6

2014 Indiana Fall Picnic – Saying Goodbye 
by IndiGo-Geo | GC4N21K | Scottsburg

September 13

CITO! -Let’s Get Back to Nature!
by The RiverRat Gang | GC59DCC | Connersville

October 11

EarthCache Virtual 5K Run White River 2014
by IAG Platinum Team | GC596CE | Indianapolis 

October 31

Friday Night with Abe Halloween Event
by Dr. Who and K-9 | GC59X5H | Lincoln State Park

November 1

Geocaching with Abe 2014
by Lincoln State Park and Sialis | GC58YFY | Lincoln State Park 

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