Amazing Graveyard Geocache Race!

Amazing Graveyard Geocache Race

October 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

R) A unique Halloween experience
U) It’s a hunt for hidden, haunted items
S) Around the spookiest Rogue locations
H) Form a team of pals, race for your life

ALL WELCOME (21+) PRIZES, DETAILS:

Using clues and GPS coordinates, form a team in a race to uncover ghostly treasure and secret places in a spirited, friendly competition to survive this Halloween season.

The Rushmore Society, your real life social network of very busy people, invite all to join us, in partnership with the incredible team at Southern Oregon Geocache, as we present the spookiest, most haunted scavenger hunt of your life.

SOGeo have specially-designed a course of hidden items in some of the Rogue Valley’s scariest locations that will have your blood boiling and your brain twisting well into November.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

STEP ONE: Form a team of 2-4 friends
STEP TWO: Costumes are encouraged
STEP THREE: Learn a little about Geocaching (below)
STEP FOUR: Show up, have a blast, race on

COST: Only $10/team (pay at event)
COMPETITION: Friendly, and possessed
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PRIZES
: Three categories
The Sherlock Holmes: Fastest Team to compete
The Casper: Most Spirited Team
The Rocky Horror: Best Costumed Team
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Form a team and RSVP RIGHT HERE!

WHAT’S GEOCACHING?

What is geocaching? Well, for starters, geocache is a live adventure game played outdoors where anyone can participate – basically it’s a form of a sport game. If you are fond of exploring, you will certainly like geocaching. Besides from being a live adventure game that combines use of technology and strategy, geocaching may come as handy in testing some of your survival skills.

Geocaching is getting more and more on its popularity and it is not even uncommon to see entire families getting involved in geocache adventures. But what exactly is geocaching and what do you need in order to give it a try and test your explorer’s skills?

Stick with us to find out everything you need to know about geocaching, including step-by-step guide on how to geocache.

WHAT IS GEOCACHING REALLY?

As we have already mentioned, geocaching is a form of a sport, rather experienced as an adventure game made to awake the adventurer in you. Your main goal in geocaching is to hide or find different “treasure chests” that are rather called “caches” in the spirit of the game’s name. The most amazing thing about it is that you can find caches or hide them anywhere in the world and someone else will try to find them.

Basically, you are playing the game with millions of people involved by solely using GPS device and your tracking skills. If you are great with orienting and following GPS routes besides from enjoying treasure hunting, you will love this game. Geocaching exists in its current form and under its current name for 15 years now and looking back on the history of the game, geocaching draws its roots from 160 years back. Sounds amazing, but only because it’s true.

Okay, get ready to get spooked! RSVP RIGHT HERE!

The Rushmore Society is Southern Oregon’s premiere real life social network of very busy people living scary lives of Adventure, Connection and Play. Do More, Live More, Rushmore.

Welcome SOGeo fans!!!

It’s been a while since we last checked in so we wanted to touch base and fill you in on some upcoming events and fun things of interest!!

Saturday, October 28th from 2-5:30pm: The Amazing Graveyard Geocache Race.  We are partnering with The Rushmore Society to put on a fun geocaching race that will take participants through some of the spookier areas of Ashland.  More details can be found here:  Amazing Graveyard Geocache Race

Saturday, November 4th:  We are offering 2 different Introduction to Geocaching Classes!  These classes are being put on at the Santo Center in Medford, 701 N Columbus Ave.   Intro for Adults will be held from 10-11:30am while the Intro for Kids will be held from 1-2pm.

Sunday, November 5th from 1-3pm:  International Geocaching Film Festival screening!  We invite you all to come and join us in the Large Conference Room at the Jackson County Library, located at 205 S. Central Avenue in downtown Medford.  Bring a snack and a drink if you’d like, we will have our small popcorn machine there for some yummy movie treats! See you there!

International Geocaching Day 2017

Celebrate International Geocaching Day 2017 with SOGeo in Lithia Park!

 

 

Every year, the third Saturday in August is celebrated as International Geocaching Day, and this year it falls on Saturday, August 19th.  Let’s get together in beautiful Lithia Park and share some stories about our caching travels and where they’ve taken us!  We encourage everyone to bring a fun International Finger Food dish to share with everyone (not required of course, but encouraged).  Socks and Amanda will be sure to have something yummy to share with the group!


The plan:

  • Gather in Lithia Park at the Hillside location (parking nearby, check the waypoint)

    • Saturday, August 19th, from 9am to 11am

  • Meet and Greet with fellow cachers

    • Bring a friend or two!!

  • Share some stories about where caching has taken us

    • From sea to shining sea, spanning different oceans and continents!

  • Munch on some delicious International Finger Foods

    • We encourage everyone to bring a fun dish to share!


Lithia Park is a beautiful setting to get together and enjoy the morning.  We are aiming to try and beat the heat by meeting early-ish.  Cachers are encouraged to wander the park and take in the beautiful scenery, from the Japanese Gardens to the Fairy Ponds, an everything in between.  Lithia is one of our favorite parks to explore and we hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!  We look forward to seeing everyone!!

 

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC7A1ZD_international-geocaching-day-2017

International Geocaching Day 2017!

Come join us Saturday, August 19th in Lithia Park, Ashland, from 9-11 am as we celebrate International Geocaching Day!  Come find us in the park and earn a new digital souvenir for your Geocaching profile!  Feel free to bring along an international finger food to share with the group!  For more information, click the link to the geocaching.com event page below.  Hope to see you there!

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC7A1ZD_international-geocaching-day-2017

Geocaching Adventures with SOGeo

Alex and Amanda Smith, owners of Southern Oregon Geocaching (SOGeo), will discuss geocaching, the fastest-growing family outdoor adventure treasure hunt, as the next topic of the Guild Lecture Series on Wednesday, August 16 from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room of the Medford Branch Library, 205 South Central Avenue.

Geocaching started in 2000 and in recent years has expanded into one of the hottest adventure activities for all ages. Geocaching is a treasure hunt using GPS technology to find real-life treasures hidden in plain sight all around the world. Here in Southern Oregon, from the top of Mt. Ashland to the banks of the Rogue River and all places in between, there are hidden geocaches and treasures to be found. Geocaching is perhaps one of the best ways to find new locations in your own town or discover awesome, perhaps secret, locations anywhere your journey takes you while making new friends along the way!

A GPS device or smartphone, walking shoes, something to write with, and a sense of adventure is all you need to get started geocaching. This lecture will be hands-on, so participants should go to Geocaching.com to set up a free basic membership before coming to the program. To learn more about Southern Oregon Geocaching, visit sogeo.org.

The Guild Lecture Series is proudly sponsored by Friends of the Medford Library, who also provide light refreshments. For more information, please call the Medford Library at 541-774-8679 or visit jcls.org. To learn more about the Friends of the Medford Library visit medfordfriends.org.

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!!

 

Geocaching 101 class today! (8/5/17)

Do you know someone that is curious to learn more about geocaching?  Have them come join Socks and Amanda as we teach a Geocaching 101 class to people interested in learning more about the game we all love so much!  We’ll be in Central Point, upstairs at the police station, from 1-3 pm going over the basics of the game and how new cachers can get involved and catch the caching-fever!  Hope to see you there!

A Very Merry UnBirthday celebration!

Roughly 40 people showed up Saturday, July 22nd, to help us all celebrate our UnBirthday and spend some time at the lake.  We all came together around 11 a.m. and shared in a delicious Pot Luck lunch with yummy goodies galore.  For dessert, there were cupcakes made in the design and colors of the Geocaching logo.  We had cachers new and old show up to share their stories, adventures, and tales about caches they’ve found and some of their best practices.  We also had a raffle in which we gave away some Geocoins, travel bugs, and some larger containers filled with goodies.  All in all, the UnBirthday party 2017 was a huge success and we look forward to 2018!!

UnBirthday Bash 2017 Photo Album

Cooking with fire!

What a yummy mix of food and goodies!

A few dogs on the grill

UnBirthday cupcakes, yum!
Sign in table, trackables, and Richard from Team DARK
Chef Socks and dfelash
Cachers digging in
Presents for everyone!
UnBirthday fun and games

Pulling some raffle tickets

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!!

 

A Very Merry UnBirthday Bash-a-Palooza 2!

SOGeo’s summer event, “A Very Merry UnBirthday Bash-a-Palooza 2!”  (GC75WT4)  is just around the corner!  We are going to be meeting at Picnic Shelter A out at beautiful Emigrant Lake on Saturday, July 22nd, from 11am until 2pm, or whenever we all decide to call it quits, for a big Pot Luck lunch with games, prizes, water fun, desserts, and much more!!

We would love to see you come out and spend the afternoon having fun and enjoying the day with fellow cachers and their families.  This is an event open to everyone and all we ask is that you bring a side dish or something to contribute to the lunch.  Socks and Amanda will be providing the burgers, hot dogs, and buns, as well as the cake to celebrate everyone’s UnBirthday!  😊

If you would like to come and have some fun with us, please RSVP on the cache page link and let us know the number of people coming so we can get an accurate head count.  Thank you so much and we hope to see you this coming weekend!!

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC75WT4_a-very-merry-unbirthday-bash-a-palooza-2