Geocaching 101 – An Introduction to Geocaching

Come join SOGeo founders Socks and Amanda Smith as we work to share our love of the game with Geocaching 101!

 

Are you new to Geocaching?  Have you been caching for a little while but want to pick up some additional tips?  Come join Southern Oregon Geocaching for beginning Geocaching 101.  This class is meant to be an introduction to the fun, high-thrill hobby of Geocaching to the community.  We’ll spend some time indoors exploring the basics and then get outside to test your newly acquired skills.  Team up with experienced cachers who will share their knowledge and stories from the field and help guide you on your way.


Class will cover the following:

  • Brief history of geocaching

  • Explanation of cache types and useful terms

  • Introduction to GPS and satellite technology

  • The cache page at Geocaching.com

  • Setting up your geocaching account and logging your caches

  • A hands on demonstration with “Frankencache

    • Our fun, interactive teaching tool that provides examples of what you could discover


 

This class is being offered through the Central Point Parks and Recreation and is located on page 21 of the summer RECreate guide, so please share the information with anyone you think would be interested in learning more about Geocaching.  

 


 The class will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Computer Classroom at 155 S. 2nd Street (2nd Floor), in Central Point.  You’ll need to enter through the Police Department.


We are very excited to be having the opportunity to put on this class and really look forward to seeing new faces as well as those of you experienced cachers too!  Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested in learning more.  Let’s work to grow our base and teach more people about Geocaching!!

 

A Very Merry UnBirthday Bash-a-Palooza 2!!

Come join us at Emigrant Lake to celebrate a Very Merry UnBirthday to us all!!  

There will be foodgamesgiftsprizes! and cake!

 

For those who don’t remember from last year, or are new to the celebration this year, an unbirthday (originally written un-birthday) is an event that is typically celebrated on any or all of the 364 (365 on leap years) days in which it is not the person’s birthday.  With that in mind, LET’S CELEBRATE!!!!


Here’s the plan:  Saturday July 22nd, 11:00am – 2:00pm (or whenever we call it quits! smiley)

Let’s meet out at Emigrant Lake at Picnic Shelter A (further up the road and across from the Oak Slope Camping area) for a potluck bbq and a day of fun in the sun!  (NOTE: There is a $4 day use fee per vehicle and there isn’t always an attendant to make change)

Bring family, friends, anybody and everybody!!  Don’t forget your swimsuits too!  There will be plenty of opportunity to play in the water and cool off.


Socks and Amanda will be providing the burgers/hot dogs and buns, we ask that all those attending please bring a side dish to contribute to the meal.  Also, please RSVP the number of people who will be coming in your group so we can get an accurate head count, thank you so much!

Since this is an UnBirthday Party, you better believe there will be gifts and surprises for everyone!  Oh, and also, CAKE!  That’s right, Socks and Amanda will be making and decorating a cake to celebrate all of our UnBirthday!!

We will be having a water balloon toss, a beanbag toss, a slack line, and other miscellaneous fun activities for everyone to join in!!

We will also be selling raffle tickets for some Geocaching.com trackables in order to raise money for future SOGeo events and necessities.

RECAP:

Saturday, July 22nd, 11:00am-2:00pm (or whenever!), Emigrant Lake

Potluck lunch with games and fun

Don’t forget your swimsuit for a dip in the lake!!

Let’s make this an amazing summer bash and come together for some sun, fun, and relaxation!!

 

Begin: The Lost Treasure of Mary Hyde

Are you ready for the adventure of the summer?

It’s time to begin the search for the lost treasure of Mary Hyde!

From Geocaching.com:  “Spanning the globe and the seven seas, we introduce you to the infamous Captain Mary Hyde. Her ship, The Golden Cache, was the fiercest, and the bearded buccaneers and sea legged sailors reported to her. Legend has it that she ruled the high seas for many years, and found no shortage of riches throughout her reign.”

“We’ve come upon a battered letter, found in a bottle on the shore near Geocaching HQ, with the infamous crest of Captain Mary Hyde. It seems there is one last treasure yet to be found.”



Avast ye! Join us for a swashbuckling geocaching adventure through daring feats and stormy seas. Make yer way through a four week souvenir journey to find the lost treasure of Mary Hyde. Up to six digital souvenir moments are up for grabs, and on Geocaching.com is something new to be had…

Some days you’ll be up, and some maybe down, but the only goal is to have fun all around. You’ll want some friends and a desire to cache because this new feature may show who’s first and who ye could pass.

  • July 15-16 – Build your crew by attending or hosting an event and earn a souvenir. The more friends you have on Geocaching.com, the easier it will be to keep sailing on…

  • July 17 – 23 – Though the treasure may seem far away, if you work together you’ll earn the first map piece one day.

  • July 24 – 30 – Don’t be afraid to take the lead, to earn the next map piece you already have everything that you need.

  • July 31 – August 6 – When you work with a crew, earning the third map piece becomes easier to do.

  • August 7 – 13 – Challenge yourself to earn the last piece, or else the search for lost treasure will never cease.


Come join us as we begin the search for the treasure and earn our first souvenir!!!

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 lunch and much, much more!!  You’ll have to pick up your own tabs though you scalliwags!!

When:  Saturday, July 15th, from 11 a.m. to 1 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 sign the log and snag that souvenir!

Canada Day Meet and Greet!

Happy Canada Day!!

 

 

Where in the world is Signal the Frog?  He’s visiting Canada!!  He’ll be helping to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!

 


While we may not be able to travel north to help celebrate the festivities, let’s all get together for a little meet and greet, some story swapping, putting some names to faces, and snacking on some goodies!!  SocksAndAmanda will be working to recreate some authentic Canadian sweet treats to share with everyone, and we encourage you all to participate and share some sort of snack or goodie as well wink


Get Down to the Nitty-Gritty

Who:  Anyone and everyone!  Cachers and your Muggle friends alike!

What:  A social get-together to celebrate Canada Day, earn a souvenir, snack on some goodies, and meet some new friends!

Where:  Tom Pearce Park (3700 Pearce Park Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97526)

NOTE:  There is a $5 per vehicle day use fee, so please keep that in mind. (Might be worth it to carpool) cheeky

When:  Saturday, July 1st, from 10:00 am to Noon(ish)

Why:  Because we like to get together, have fun, earn souvenirs, and see how everyone has been doing!


Being as we are meeting in a public park that anyone has access to, our coordinates may/may not be slightly off (depends on who all is at the park when we arrive in the morning to set up).  We will do our best to get as close as possible, but as always, just look for the guy with the wacky socks and you’ll find us!!  Although this is a mid-morning event, we encourage everyone to bring along a snack or sweet to share.  It doesn’t matter if you make it, bake it, fry it, or buy it  laugh  My sweet tooth always tells me “the more the merrier!”

We hope to see everyone there!!!

Upcoming Events

Cachers, as July approaches, we just wanted to remind everyone about the many events that are coming up during the month.

If you have any questions, feel free to message and ask!  Thanks!

Discover Central Point Winning Raffle Ticket numbers

Cachers!! Here are the winning numbers from the Discover Central Point raffle:

4896730, 4896734, 4896741, 4896742, 4896747,
4896763, 4896764, 4896767, 4896777, 4896786

If you have a ticket with one of these winning numbers, please contact us via email at southernoregongeocaching@gmail.com with a photo of the winning ticket for verification and we will get your prize to you. Thank you for your patience and good luck!!

Discover Central Point Geocoin Challenge

Come join the fun as we kick-off our First Annual Discover Central Point Geocoin Challenge!!

 

 

Pick up your passport on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm at Robert Pfaff Park, 635 Manzanita Street, Central Point, OR 97502


This geocache series, which consists of 5 traditional caches and 10 temporary caches, will lead cachers to city parks and sights in and around Central Point. Limited edition (150 available) Discover Central Point Geocoins will be awarded to those who complete the geocache series!


After the kick-off event, passports to the series can be picked up at and/or returned to Central Point City Hall / 140 S 3rd Street / Central Point (541-423-1978) Monday – Friday between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 5:00 pm. After hours location: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 285 Peninger Road, Central Point.   A link to print out the passport will also be provided after the kick-off event takes place.  (No early birds!)  Coins will be handed out starting at 12:00 pm at Pfaff Park the day of the event.  After that, they will be available at City Hall and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. During the month of June, Holiday Inn Express will be offering a “Geocache Rate” for those who are looking for a place to say for the event kickoff!    The series will continue until all 150 coins are awarded!


This kick-off event will include a raffle which will take place at Pfaff Park at 2:30 pm. Anyone who brings in a nonperishable food item or item to be raffled off will get an extra raffle ticket (1 per person).  Southern Oregon Geocaching will be hosting a travel bug table for discovery and possible trades. Light food / beverages will be available.

Discover Central Point Geocoin Event is upon us!!

The time has arrived for the first annual Discover Central Point Geocoin challenge!!  SOGeo, working with the Central Point Parks and Rec, and the Central Point Chamber of Commerce, are all excited to be a part of this inaugural geocoin challenge!  We will be kicking things off at 8:30 a.m. in Pfaff Park (635 Manzanita Street, Central Point).  There you can pick up your passports and get started on the adventure.  We hope to see you all!!!

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC72WE1_discover-central-point-2017

Caching, Cosplay, and Comic Books… Oh My!!

Our SOGeo group is coming to Medford Comic Con 2017!!


Where: Medford Branch Library and Rogue Community College Campus



When: 10 am – 11 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017


Meet up, say hi to some new cachers, compete in a little challenge, and have some fun!

 

 

“The Medford Comic Con is dedicated to promoting and fostering lifelong learning, connecting people, and celebrating family and community. Our mission is to encourage literacy and innovation through popular media, arts, literature, science & technology, fantasy and science fiction, game play & design in the form of workshops, programming, and exhibitions.”  Comic Con Mission Statement from JCLS.


With their Mission Statement in mind, we at SOGeo wanted to join in and bring our love of the outdoors, connecting people and community with science, technology, and game play, and share it all with cachers new and experienced. We would like to have a small little Meet and Greet with everyone and catch up on what’s been going on in everyone’s caching lives, as well as let everyone know what’s on deck in the world of SOGeo. After the event, SocksAndAmanda will be setting up a booth to invite many more people to learn about Geocaching and all it has to offer them.


We will be setting up a booth with some general information, learning tools, and items that SocksAndAmanda have been putting together to help teach people about geocaching and see what exactly it is and how it works. We encourage any of you veteran cachers to stay around and help talk with some of the newer people and answer questions that they might have.  We are also going to be putting together a little scavenger hunt that everyone can participate in on the grounds of Comic Con.  Once finished, you can return the sheet to be entered into a drawing for some unactivated trackables!


We understand that this setting is somewhat of a unique place to be hosting a geocaching event, however, we are hoping to interact with more than 5,000+ people during the day and work to grow geocaching as a whole, as well as promote SOGeo and all that we want to become.  We are very much looking forward to seeing many new faces and hope to see everyone there!

Also check out http://jcls.org/comiccon for more information on the events happening at Comic Con all day!

Join SOGeo Thursday, April 20th from 11-1 at Rogue Community College along side other various public and private organizations, as well as RCC chemistry students. There will be presentations with information on local environmental issues, organizations, and sustainability practices.  SOGeo will be presenting on local CITO efforts and ways the community can get involved to keep our planet green and clean!

There will be free food, free knowledge and a great time to be had by all! We’ll see you there!