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.
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!!
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!
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!!
Come join us at Emigrant Lake to celebrate a Very Merry UnBirthday to us all!!
There will be food! games! gifts! prizes! 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! )
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.
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!!
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!!
On Saturday, July 15th, we gathered with our pirate crew at the Wharf Seafood Market and Eatery to start the Lost Treasure of Mary Hyde summer adventure.
Turnout was amazing as we had roughly 30 crew members show up!! All those in attendance earned a new souvenir for their profile. It was great seeing some out of town guests show up. CherokeeSarah and happybobodog from Indiana joined us, as well as Floflower and Crowbar from Redding, CA.
We had a steady supply of the “regular” crew show up, as well as some cachers that hadn’t been an event before or who were still fairly new to geocaching. All in all, a great time was had and we enjoyed some delicious seafood.
Stay tuned for more information about the Lost Treasure of Mary Hyde as we start a different adventure each week!
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, TheGolden 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!!!
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!
Saturday, July 8th, from 1-3 pm, Socks and Amanda put on a geocaching class for the kids of Kasper – Kids After School Program of Education and Recreation in Brookings. We had a variety of younger kids from ages 5 to 13, as well as their parents/grandparents, come to learn more about geocaching. We spent about 45 minutes indoors with a presentation and then took everyone outside to find 6 caches that were hidden near the library where the class was held. The journey was fun and the kids were so excited each and every time they made the find! We absolutely had an amazing time and look forward to hearing more about how we can help in different communities with teaching about geocaching! A big thanks to Kasper – Kids After School Program of Education and Recreation!!!
Our meet and greet at Tom Pearce Park in Grants Pass to celebrate Canada Day was a wonderful success! 25 people showed up to share in some sweet treats and enjoy the beautiful weather. Thanks to all that came and made the event a fun time!!