Thanks-Caching 2018

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A simple meet and greet with caching friends, new and old, to celebrate Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season

Come and join us for a cup of coffee and a meet and greet. Feel free to bring some trackables to share and discover, I know there are some crazy collectors out there who keep growing their hoard, so they might as well share some for discovery!

To celebrate Thanksgiving and being thankful for all that we have, please feel free to bring a canned or non-perishable food item that we can donate to a local food bank. We would be very appreciative and it would help out local families that are in need.

The plan is to meet between 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th, at Rise Coffeehouse in Medford. Come stop by, join us, and share a story or two about caching or things that you’re thankful for. SocksAndAmanda will be bringing some small litte dessert-type yummies, feel free to bring something to share if you’d like, although it’s not required by an means.

Geocaching International Film Festival 2018

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Welcome to the Geocaching International Film Festival 2018
Viewing held in Central Point, Oregon

Returning for the third year, SocksAndAmanda are proud to bring the GIFF to the Rogue Valley!

We invite you all to come and join us in the upstairs Computer Classroom at the Central Point Police Department, located at 155 S. 2nd Street in downtown Central Point, Sunday November 11th, from 2:00-4:00pm. Due to the mishap last year with our projector debacle, we made sure to reserve a space that comes with a projector and screen. We’ll be showing the films and asking you to be the judges to see who is the winner. Bring a snack and a drink if you’d like, we will have our small popcorn machine there for some yummy movie treats!

RECAP:
When: Sunday, November 11th, from 2-4 pm.
Where: Upstairs Computer Classroom, Central Point Police Department, 155 S. 2nd St. in Central Point

This is event is free and open to all those who would like to come down and watch the finalists in this years Geocaching International Film Festival! As in previous years, the film reel is usually around an hour to an hour and a half long. From finding new favorite places, people, and puzzles, geocaching is full of moments that should be captured on film and shared with the geocaching world. This year filmmakers were asked to film a great story about the game we love and send it in. We can’t wait to see the amazing films that cachers came up with!

GIFF starts this weekend!

Geocaching International Film Festival

GIFF starts this weekend — log your Will Attend now!

The smell of popcorn in the air, gnomes dancing everywhere… it can only mean one thing: It’s time for the 2018 Geocaching International Film Festival!

From November 8-12, the 16 never-before-seen GIFF finalist films will make their international debuts on hundreds of screens all over the world. Some GIFF Events will be themed—like this intergalactic GIFF gathering in Adelaide, Australia. Some events will be extravagant—like the first-ever GIFF themed Mega Event – GIFF 2018 – Janz jroß Kinema. All GIFF events will show this year’s hilarious, dramatic, and poignant geocaching films. And if you need one more reason to love GIFF: attending any official GIFF event will earn you the GIFF 2018 souvenir, plus you’ll earn 15 points towards your Social Butterfly souvenir!

Don’t miss your chance at popcorn, films, and GIFFy fun… explore this live map of all official GIFF events to find one near you

GIFF Events 2018
GIFF Events 2018

Tag your GIFF stories and photos with #geocachingfilmfestival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for a chance to have them shared on the official Geocaching channels!

You Might Be a Geocacher If… (part 3)

You might be a Social Butterfly if…

Introducing the next challenge in our four month series “You might be a geocacher if…” From October 29 at noon UTC through December 3 at noon UTC, use the Friend League to individually earn points towards the “Social Butterfly” souvenir. Keep reading to learn November’s challenge below!

In November, you might be a Social Butterfly if…

You walk the walk and talk the talk—as in you like to go to events! You are fully immersed in the geocaching community and Event Caches are totally your thing. You love meeting all of your fellow geocachers and have a knack for helping newbies fall in love with the game!

To earn the Social Butterfly souvenir, earn 70 points individually on your Friend League starting October 29 at noon UTC through December 3 at noon UTC. This month earn higher points for attending Event Caches!

The scoring*:

Action Point value
Log a Found it on any geocache 5
Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 10
Attend any event 15
Drop off trackable 1

Earn 15 points for attending any regular Event Cache, GIFF Event, CITO Event, Mega or Giga-Event! There are no extra points for Difficulty/Terrain ratings this month.

*The Friend League will not reflect this scoring until Monday, October 29 at noon UTC.

FAQ:

How do I play?

Find different geocache types to individually collect 70 points on the Friend League between Monday, October 29 at noon UTC and Monday, December 3 at noon UTC and earn the Social Butterfly souvenir.

How can I earn points?

If you log a cache, attend an event, or perform other geocaching actions, you collect points.

Action Point value
Log a Found it on any geocache 5
Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 10
Attend any event 15
Drop off trackable 1

 

*The max number of points you can earn for any find log is 15 points by attending any Event Cache.

What is the Friend League?

The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. Earn points when you log a cache, attend an event, or complete other geocaching tasks. The number of points vary depending on the task at hand.

The Friend League displays the total points you individually collect during the month. You can also see how many points your friends have earned. After October 29, the Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, December 3 at noon UTC when the next souvenir challenge will begin.

Can I join at anytime?

Of course! Join anytime between October 29 through December 3 and earn 70 points individually on your Friend League and earn the Social Butterfly souvenir.

Where can I see my souvenirs?

As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. The souvenirs appear on your profile under the souvenir tab.

Is the Friend League in the Geocaching® app?

The Friend League is not in the Geocaching® app but can be viewed in your phone’s web browser.

My Friend League points aren’t correct. Help!

  1. If you change a NoteDNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized on the Friend League.
  2. You may have found and logged a Lab Cache. At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.
  3. You logged on Monday, October 29 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here). We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC – which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight – to log your geocaches. Otherwise the points will count towards the October challenge and not the November challenge.
  4. You saved a Draft on a Monday, October 29 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here).

If you have already posted your logs, select “View / Edit Log / Images”, then click the pen icon and “Submit Log Entry” on the website. Your logs should now be counted towards your total.

What does UTC stand for?

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here.

Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?

Yes. Attending any event earns you 15 points. Plus, the Geocaching International Film Fest runs November 8 through 12. Attending one of these events will earn you 15 points!

Get Ready for International EarthCache Day!

International EarthCache celebration for 2018

International EarthCache celebration for 2018

Get ready to rock — International EarthCache celebration rolls during October. On Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, 2018, earn a new souvenir by getting outside, finding and then logging an EarthCache!

EarthCaches don’t have physical containers, but instead, bring you to a unique location and teach you a geological science lesson. Check out these ten stunning EarthCaches from around the world for inspiration.

During the International EarthCache Day celebration, this special geocache type will be available to all members in the Geocaching® app.* The app makes finding and logging EarthCaches easy. Just send your answers to the geocache owner via Message Center!

*Excludes specifically designated Premium member EarthCaches.

Watch the Trailer for GIFF 2018!

Watch the trailer for GIFF 2018

There are now 345 GIFF (Geocaching International Film Festival) Events (and counting!) in 36 countries featuring 16 films. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll earn a smiley, and the GIFF 2018 souvenir!

GIFF 2018 is November 8 – 12, 2018. Are you ready? Find a GIFF event near you and log your Will Attend! No events nearby? Try hosting! Just be sure to submit your events by October 25, 2018 so it has time to be published on Geocaching.com!

Now, back to the sneak preview…

You Might Be a Geocacher If… (part 2)

You might be a Caching Connoisseur if…

Introducing the next challenge in our four month series “You might be a geocacher if…” From October 1 at noon UTC through October 29 at noon UTC, use the Friend League to individually earn points towards the “Caching Connoisseur” souvenir. Keep reading to learn October’s challenge below!

In October, you might be a Caching Connoisseur if…

There are no LPC (lamp-post caches), guardrails, or PnG’s (Park and Grabs) for you! You’re all about creativity, the higher the Favorite points the better, and like a fine wine these quality caches have stood the test of time.

To earn the Caching Connoisseur souvenir, earn 60 points individually on your Friend League beginning Monday, October 1 at noon UTC and ending at noon UTC Monday, October 29. During this time, earn higher points for finding geocaches with 10 or more Favorite points! A true connoisseur could achieve this score by finding four great caches. How many will it take you?

The scoring*:

Found a geocache with less than 10 Favorite points: 5

Found a geocache with 10+ Favorite points: 15

Attended Event: 5

Drop Trackable: 1

For example, if you log a geocache with over 10 Favorite points you will earn 15 points for logging the find, giving you a total of 15 points on your Friend League! There are no extra points for Difficulty/Terrain ratings this month.

*The Friend League will not reflect this scoring until Monday, October 1 at noon UTC.

FAQ:

How do I play?

Find different geocache types to individually collect 60 points on the Friend League between Monday, October 1 at noon UTC and Monday, October 29 at noon UTC and earn the Caching Connoisseur souvenir.

How can I earn points?

If you log a cache, attend an event, or perform other geocaching actions, you collect points.

Action Point value
Log a Found it on any geocache 5
Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 15
Attend any event 5
Drop off trackable 1

 

*The max number of points you can earn for any find log is 15 points by finding a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points.

For example, if you log a geocache with over 10 Favorite points you will earn 15 points for logging the find, giving you a total of 15 points on your Friend League! There are no extra points for Difficulty/Terrain ratings this month.

What is the Friend League?

The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. Earn points when you log a cache, attend an event, or complete other geocaching tasks. The number of points vary depending on the task at hand.

The Friend League displays the total points you individually collect during the month. You can also see how many points your friends have earned. After October 1, the Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, October 29 at noon UTC when the next souvenir challenge will begin.

Can I join at anytime?

Of course! Join anytime between October 1 through October 29 and earn 60 points individually on your Friend League and earn the Caching Connoisseur souvenir.

Where can I see my souvenirs?

As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. The souvenirs appear on your profile under the souvenir tab.

Is the Friend League in the Geocaching® app?

The Friend League is not in the Geocaching® app but can be viewed in your phone’s web browser.

My Friend League points aren’t correct. Help!

  1. If you change a NoteDNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized on the Friend League.
  2. You may have found and logged a Lab Cache. At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.
  3. You logged on Monday, October 1 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here). We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC – which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight – to log your geocaches. Otherwise the points will count towards the September challenge and not the October challenge.
  4. You saved a Draft on a Monday, October 1 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here).

If you have already posted your logs, select “View / Edit Log / Images”, then click the pen icon and “Submit Log Entry” on the website. Your logs should now be counted towards your total.

What does UTC stand for?

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here.

Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?

Yes. Attending any event earns you five points.

Medford Park(ing) Day 2018

Medford Parking Day 2018

 

What is PARK(ing) Day?

On September 21, Downtown Medford will celebrate PARK(ing) Day! PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide, annual event that encourages businesses and community members to transform parking spaces into temporary parklets. We encourage community members to come explore the wonderful parklets set-up for the day and all that Downtown Medford has to offer. Also consider using Park(ing) Day to explore your transportation options and visit by bus, bike, walking, or carpooling.

Events like PARK(ing) Day enrich our community life by creating an inviting streetscape and by promoting activities that allow for social exchange, fun, creativity and critical thinking. PARK(ing) Day can furthermore promote a rethinking of the usage of the public-right-of-way and may motivate the public to more actively participate in the civic processes which shape our urban environment.

PARK(ing) Day Seeks To:

  • Encourage residents, designers, businesses, artists, activists, and community organizations to use their streets for creative placemaking and street prototyping
  • Strengthen community connections
  • Increase awareness about the importance of walkable, livable, and healthy cities

 

Talk Like A Pirate Day!!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.  An observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello, everyone!” but with “Ahoy, maties!” or “Ahoy, me hearties!”.

Come join us as we celebrate this fun, parodic holiday!!!

The Details:

Where:  The Wharf Fresh Seafood Market and Eatery (827 W Jackson St, Medford, OR 97501)

We have reservations made so we can enjoy some yummy dinner and much, much more!!  You’ll have to pick up your own tabs though you scalliwags!!

When:  Wednesday, September 19th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

***We understand that not everyone likes seafood, but we wanted to try and keep with the pirate/nautical theme and bring people to a fun seaworthy place.  If seafood isn’t your thing, stop by anyways to say hi and earn points for the Friend League challenge!

  

8 Features to know about on Geocaching.com

Eight features to know about on Geocaching.com

Geocaching.com has so much to offer, there are plenty of amazing and helpful features that you may have never known existed. Put these eight features on your radar to up your find count and enhance your geocaching out in the field!

1. Solution Checker
So you’ve worked for hours to solve a puzzle, but how can you be certain, once you tromp all the way out into the middle of the woods that you’ll be at the correct final location? Elementary, my dear cacher! Confirm your coordinates with the Mystery Cache solution checker. This simple tool ensures that geocachers have solved for the correct coordinates before searching for the final container. If a cache owner opts to use a solution checker, you will find it on the cache details page.

2. View your DNFs on the map
Want to know where your “previously Did Not Find” caches are so you can avenge them? All your DNF’d caches will display on the website and app map with blue, “saddy face” icons. The DNF icon makes it easy to identify which caches are your nemesis  so you can get back out there and turn those frowns upside down.

3. Geocaching Friends
Ever meet a cool cacher at an event or out on the trails? Become friends on Geocaching.com and stay in touch. You can see what your geocaching friends are up to in the newsfeed of your Dashboard, message them via the Message Center, and add them to your Friend League!

4. Friend League
Now that you have more geo-buddies, sign up for the Friend League! The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. Whenever you log a cache, attend an event, or engage in other geocaching activities, you collect points. Check your Friend League to see how you stack up against your friends!

5. View Logbook
The logbook on a cache details page allows you to see if your geocaching friends have found that geocache. Click “View Logbook” just above the logs on cache details and easily view all logs, your logs, or your friends’ logs for that cache. Use the Logbook to get an idea of who you can call if you need to phone-a-friend on a tricky cache!

6. Personal cache notes (Premium feature)
Pssst… Need to write a personal note to yourself about a cache, such as solved puzzle coordinates, details about a hide, or steps for a Multi-Cache? You can add and edit Personal cache notes both in the Geocaching® app and on Geocaching.com. Personal cache notes in the app can be added while offline and are saved with geocache details in Offline lists. Note: Personal cache notes are only viewable by the author.

7. Public Bookmark Lists
Bookmark Lists are about what you’d expect: caches that are worth bookmarking and keeping track of. If you find a cache that you like, chances are it’s on a List that includes similar caches such as, Favorite Caches in ParisCreative Hides, or Tree-climbing Caches. Lists are a great way to keep track of geocaches and can be public, shared, or private. To see if one of your favorite caches is on a public list, scroll down the geocache details page until “Bookmark Lists” appears on the right hand side. This displays all the Public Bookmark Lists that this particular geocache in on.

8. Nearby Events on your Dashboard
We recently introduced a personalized events calendar on your Dashboard. With one glance you can see the next geocaching event near you. It’s easy to RSVP, view details about the event, or browse other upcoming events.

We hope surfacing these features will help you make the most of your geocaching adventures.

(Info from blog.geocaching.com)