Our geocaches have been a huge success in bringing new people to our gorgeous natural areas. On average, each geocache has had 21 visitors since they were hidden in 2015. When we first placed the caches, we included what is called a ‘First To Find’ (FTF) Trackable Geocoin in each. These are collectible items in the geocaching world and they are also items that are moved around and go for adventures too!
Where have our trackable geocoins ended up? Great question!
Some of our 12 geocoins have been collected and kept as keepsakes. This is great and allows the cachers to remember they were the FTF the cache, which is a big deal in the geocaching world. But what I am really excited to tell you about is the 5 coins that have been taken on journeys!
Three avid geocachers have taken the travels to the next level. And when I say the next level, I mean we’ve gone overseas! Amazing! We are so excited to be able to travel the world through our geocoins!
There are 2 different cachers with 2 separate coins in France; one is in Picardie, France and the other in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. The third geocoin is currently travelling in Germany! It is so exciting to be able to follow these travels - where they stop, nobody knows!
The FTF coin in Germany has already travelled almost 12,000 miles. It visited the Geocaching Headquarters in Washington, USA before it moved overseas. Now that is neat! We contacted the geocacher that has the coin in Germany right now and they sent us their plan.
“We are a cacher family from Dresden, Germany and recently visited the Headquarters in Seattle. This is where we found your coin and since it didn't have a goal other than traveling, we decided to take it home with us… We will be hosting a little event next week to send all the collected items on their way to more adventures.”
Our France coins have racked up quite the mileage too. The one coin which started in Golden Pipes at our Golden Ranches site went from Alberta to Ontario and back, then down south to California where it was picked up and flown to France. It returned to Nevada in April 2016 where it stayed for a little while, before being flown to France for the second time where it is making its current rounds. This coin has a total mileage of just over 25,000 miles!
The other coin has been in France since last October. It has visited several places in Canada and the States before moving on to France where its total mileage is just over 12,500 miles.
Have you visited all 12 geocaches on our conservation lands yet? If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!
If you have visited our caches what did you think? Do you like the swag and interactive portions? What are your creative ideas for an educational geocache?