Surrounded by Superheroes Geocoin challenge

SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching, The Jackson County Library Services, and The Friends of the Medford Library are excited to present the “Surrounded by Superheroes Geocoin Challenge!

 

The Comic Con Mission Statement from JCLS states “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.”


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 from 11-11:30am 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 to hand out challenge passports for the optional Geocoin Challenge


*Challenge Passports can be picked up starting at 11:30 am on Saturday April 28th from the SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching booth, located on the Comic Con grounds at the Jackson County Library  /  205 South Central Avenue  /  Medford  /  OR  /  97501.  (Official GPS coordinates will be provided once location has been assigned for event)


*Completed passports can be returned to the SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching booth between 11:00 am to 4 pm Saturday and noon to 4 pm Sunday to claim your Special Edition Comic Con Geocoin.  Only 150 coins will be available for this challenge.


**PLEASE NOTE:  THIS IS ONLY A 2-DAY EVENT**


Come immerse yourself in a world full of superheroes and supervillians, costumes and cosplay, magic and wonder, as you work to find all the clues and solve the passport’s mysteries in order to claim your geocoin!  A weekend of fun and excitment awaits those that dare brave the unknown possibilities and marvels that will be found downtown around the Jackson County Library.  Dust off your superhero suit and cape, dye your hair a wild color, and don’t forget to wear your underwear on the outside of your clothes!  This Geocoin Challenge will have it all!


Ashland Creek Park CITO

Bear Creek Cleanup: Ashland Creek Park (27 E. Hersey St.)
Saturday – April 21, 2018 – 9:00am to 11:00am

Thinking of doing something for your community on Earth Day?

SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching and the Ashland Food Co-op invite all community members to join us in an effort to keep our Bear Creek clean. For this Earth Day cleanup we are clearing blackberries from Ashland Creek Park to slow their march into Bear Creek. Ashland Parks & Recreation will provide all gloves and gear needed to remove blackberries. Please wear comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and closed toed shoes. Meet at Ashland Creek Park on Saturday April 21st at 9am. Snacks and coffee will be provided!

We are excited to once again work with the Bear Creek Stewards as this event is part of the Bear Creek Stewardship Day project- a yearly clean up event along Bear Creek in the cities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, and Central Point. The event is sponsored by SOLVE, a non-profit organization that brings Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.

Ashland Creek Park- 27 E. Hersey St.
Time: 9am-11am
All supplies will be provided. Wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toed shoes.

We are looking forward to this event and working with the Bear Creek Stewardship and Ashland Food Co-op to make a difference in our community and for our gameboard.  If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a message or give us a call/text.  Socks can be reached at 541-690-6550

 

Time to play catch up!

Well, we’ve reached February and seem to have been lacking in keeping up on the page 🙁  Our sincerest apologies.  It’s been a wild few months with planning some big events and trying to attend meetings and get our group recognized.  There are a few big items to let everyone know about including the Surrounded by Superheroes Geocoin Challenge in April during the Medford Comic Con event and then the second Discover Central Point Challenge in June.  More details will be shared about those as they are finalized.  We just wanted to touch base with everyone and know that we’re still here, still working hard, and still trying to do our best to bring you a fun Geocaching experience here in Southern Oregon!!

Geocaching International Film Festival 2017

Geocaching International Film Festival 2017

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


 


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, Sunday November 5th, from 1:00-3:00pm.  We’ll again be showing the films, this time on a much larger screen, 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! See you there!


There’s no arguing that geocaching is an art, as much as it is a game. In designing a creative container, writing a memorable log, or going to great lengths to reach a cache, we express ourselves every time we play. See how the community has turned geocaching into an art form by attending our 2017 GIFF Event.


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.  From finding new favorite places, people, and puzzles, geocaching is full of Story Worthy Moments. The trick is to capture them on film. On November 2-6, 2017 thousands of geocachers will take part in a global geocaching movie night. The GIFF 2016 reel will contain an hour of carefully selected finalist films made by geocachers, for geocachers. 


THE ART OF GEOCACHING

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GIFF 2017 FINALISTS:

A Travel Bug’s Life  |  GeoElmo6000
Antarctica |  svieca
FOUND IT! (My Geocaching Adventure)  |  K8brownie
FTFever  |  AlboGIFF_Team
Geocaching Day in Vilnius  |  kaimynas
Geocaching is free  |  lat&long junkie
Geocaching: Your Passport to Adventure  |  alienchauncey
Geo early learning  |  Pigwig2
Harry Dirtski and Disco Box (org. Brudny Henryk i Disco Box)  |  QbaPL
Little Geo-rge  |  Charros Team
The Art of Geocaching (Canada)  |  GunnerMac
The Art of Geocaching (USA)  |  Zaise
The discovery of the FTF-Hunter  |  treasurehuntergd
The Future of Geocaching  |  .alma.
The Reviewer’s Day  |  BruteFilmCZ
The Road To Geocacher  |  Bakatono
TRIBUTE  |  sleepyeve


We hope to see everyone there! 

Geocaching International Film Festival 201

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

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, Sunday November 5th, from 1:00-3:00pm.  We’ll again be showing the films, this time on a much larger screen, 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! See you there!

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.