Playing Catch-Up

Here we are in the middle of June and still playing catch-up with scheduled events and activities.  We’ve added some of the events for June and July and will be working to add more in the future.  Stay tuned for more!

Hidden Creatures are coming!

Uncover a new world of Hidden Creatures!

Recently, 13 sightings of magical creatures and otherworldly beings have been reported. Embark on a global adventure to try to witness these mythical creatures in their unique habitats. From June 27 through July 25, earn up to 13 mythical creature souvenirs by finding geocaches and attending events.

For centuries, Hidden Creatures have fueled the imagination and provided supernatural explanations for the world around us. Once written off as simple mythology, a recent series of events now indicate these creatures might actually be real. Your challenge is to look for these creatures in their natural habitats and confirm the existence of as many as you can.

Each week a new habitat will be introduced, beginning with Hidden Creatures of the forest and ending with a magical creature who lives among the stars. See how fast you can witness all of the creatures or take your time to find each one over all four weeks, the challenge is up to you!

Find geocaches or attend events to increase your chances of seeing these mythical creatures and earn up to 13 souvenirs. Plus, share your adventures with #hiddencreatures for a chance to be featured on the Geocaching Blog.

 


 

Let’s all get together to kick off this 4 week adventure at a place well known for their classic and exotic meat selections:  Jaspers Cafe!  (2739 N Pacific Hwy, Medford OR 97501)

We’ll gather at 6 PM and go over the information for the Hidden Creatures adventure and help everyone earn their first Hidden Creature Souvenir, BIGFOOT!!

 


 

RECAP:

When:  Wednesday, June 27th

Where:  Jaspers Cafe (2739 N Pacific Hwy, Medford)

What time:  6pm-7pm

 


 

Grab your family, grab your friends, grab your neighbor, and bring them out to learn more about Geocaching and the crazy fun that we all have seeking out hidden treasures and collecting virtual souvenirs for our Geocaching profile!  We hope to see you there!!

Urban Forest Carnival

Come stop by our booth at the Urban Forest Carnival!  We’ll be talking all things Geocaching while giving everyone the chance to search “Frankencache” and see how many caches they can discover.

From a tiny seed to a giant redwood, from the days of
logging with steam engines and horses to helicopters
and spiderlifts. Witness feats of strength and daring,
professionals pushing the limits of human endurance,
holding our future in their hands. See the best tree climbers
on the west coast competing in three gravity-defying
dimensions 100 feet in the air!
Test your mettle on a crosscut saw, scream down the
zipline, travel to another dimension on the arbor elevator,
and picture yourself up in an aerial lift truck!
From the ground up, find out what it takes to create the
future. Experience the evolution of our urban forest! The
world premiere of the Urban Forest Carnival is coming to:

Hawthorne Park, May 12, 2018.
Age: All
Day: Saturday
Date: May 12
Place: Hawthorne Park
Cost: FREE

Come see us at the Urban Forest Carnival!

We will be setting up a booth at the world premier of the Urban Forest Carnival in Hawthorne Park on Saturday, May 12th, from 8 am until dark.  The carnival is being put on by the Medford Parks and Rec department and will be filled with all sorts of exciting events, booths, and activities.  Come stop by, say hi, and check out all the fun going on in the park!

Geocachers reach new heights with Planetary Pursuit

It’s been quite the expedition navigating beyond the geocaching universe, caching on every planet to try to become an Official Space Explorer. In fact, over 44,500 geocachers collected over 500 points on their Friend League to reach Pluto, earning the Official Space Explorer souvenir!

In honor of the nine planets (counting dwarf planet, Pluto!) we’re sharing nine fun stats and photos from Planetary Pursuit from around the world and surrounding galaxies!

  1. 5,750 geocachers reached Pluto in the first week
  2. This trackable is ready for some out of this world traveling!
    “Having returned from Pluto, Cosmo is ready to begin his #planetarypursuit adventure all over again.” Photo by Chandraday
  3. Geocachers in Germany found the most caches during Planetary Pursuit
  4. The thrill of your first find!
    “My first geocache find earlier!! Super excited!!!” Photo by Mrs. Contreras
  5. A photo collage of the journey to Pluto!
    “We made it!” Photo by geocmuchalove
  6. 177,376 total number of trackables moved
  7. Never too young to be an Official Space Explorer!
    “Geocaching in the woods!” Photo by andrej_bigcarp
  8. 41,735 The highest Friend League score of Planetary Pursuit.
  9. A helping hand can make all the difference!
    “Last day of the #planetarypursuit and who else better to assist me over the finishing line, but Buzz Lightyear!” Photo by Twoandtwohalves

Bonus photo! Have you found a Planetary Pursuit trackable yet?

“Dropped off a couple of trackables before the end of the Planetary Pursuit. Safe travels!” Photo by Stellan J.

 

What was your favorite part of Planetary Pursuit? We loved exploring beyond our normal caching habits to reach the stellar souvenirs but are excited to uncover a new world of geocaching soon…

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

 

Planetary Pursuit Rescue Mission has launched

Planetary Pursuit Rescue Mission has launched.

To give geocachers more time to complete their missions, Planetary Pursuit has been extended for an additional week. Please make sure to log all your finds before Monday, April 16, at noon UTC to earn your Friend League points and Planetary Pursuit souvenirs.

Since launching Planetary Pursuit three weeks ago, tens of thousands of Geocaching Explorers have blasted into space to log new geocaches and conquer extraterrestrial geocaching adventures.

The Planetary Pursuit Begins!!

Planetary Pursuit launch support (aka FAQ)

Join Planetary Pursuit to explore beyond

The year is 2650. You are invited to join the Geocaching Explorers Club and be among the first geocachers to visit every planet in our solar system earning souvenirs along the way.

How to play

Find different geocache types to individually collect points on the Friend League between March 19 and April 8 and earn up to 10 new souvenirs to become an Official Space Explorer.

Simply Visit the Friend League page to activate your scoring control board and prepare to lift off on March 19.

What are the 10 souvenirs that I can earn?

Souvenirs  Points needed on the Friend League (individual)
Planetary Pursuit: Earth 5 points
Planetary Pursuit: Venus 10 points
Planetary Pursuit: Mercury 20 points
Planetary Pursuit: Mars 40 points
Planetary Pursuit: Jupiter 65 points
Planetary Pursuit: Saturn 100 points
Planetary Pursuit: Uranus 200 points
Planetary Pursuit: Neptune 300 points
Planetary Pursuit: Pluto 500 points
Official Space Explorer Collect all planet souvenirs (500 points) and earn this meta 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 (Traditional, Virtual, Webcam, Wherigo) 5
Log a Found it on a Multi-Cache or Letterbox Hybrid 10
Log a Found it on a Mystery Cache or EarthCache 15
Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 15
Attend any event 15
Drop off trackable 4

* The max number of points you can earn for any cache log is 15 points.

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 another geocaching task. The number of points vary depending on the task at hand.

The Friend League displays the total points you collect during the promotion. You can also see how many points your friends have earned during the promotion. The Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, April 9 at noon UTC.

How do I participate?

Visit the Friend League to activate your scoring control board and prepare for liftoff. From March 19 to April 8, collect points by logging caches, attending events, or completing other geocaching actions. Earn up to 10 new souvenirs by individually collecting 500 points on the Friend League during the promotion period.

Can I join Planetary Pursuit at any time?

Of course! If you were late to join, you still have the chance to earn all 10 souvenirs as long as you collect enough points through April 8.

Do points on the Friend League stack?

No, there is no point stacking. The max number of points that you can earn on any cache log is 15 points. For example, if you find a Traditional geocache with more than 10 Favorite points, you will earn 15 points total. If you find a Mystery cache with more than 10 Favorite points, you will earn 15 points total.

Do I get points on the Friend League for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?

Yes. Attending any event type will earn you 15 points on the Friend League during Planetary Pursuit.

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. Make sure you activate the Friend League by visiting the page once before you start logging your finds.
  2. If you change a NoteDNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized on the Friend League.
  3. You may have found and logged a Lab Cache. At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.
  4. You logged on Monday, March 19 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 not count for the first week.
  5. You saved a Draft on a Monday, March 19 before noon UTC.

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.

I logged a Lab Cache, why didn’t I earn any points on the Friend League?

At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.

Do I need friends on my Friend League to participate in Planetary Pursuit?

You do not need geocaching friends to collect points and earn souvenirs for Planetary Pursuit. However, it’s still fun to have friends on your Friend League so you can cheer them along through their space explorations! Here are some ideas on how to make friends in the geocaching community:

  1. Attend a geocaching event. Attending geocaching events is the easiest way to make new friends in the real world. Make sure to note their username and invite them to become friends on Geocaching.com. Bonus: You’ll earn extra points when attending an event. Find an event near you.
  2. Search for a local geocaching organization. One of the best ways to learn about geocaching and make friends is to join a Geocaching Organization. Find a geocaching organization near you.
  3. Look for Facebook groups in your area. There are many geocachers on Facebook that have created local groups. Search for “geocaching+your location” on Facebook and see if there is a group of like-minded treasure hunters in your area.
  4. Share your username in the comment section of this blog post. If others follow suit, you can add each other on Geocaching.com and make friends all over the world!

How do I add friends to my Friend League?

  1. From the left hand side of your new dashboard, or on the old version on the right side under the ‘Community’ section, select View friends.
  2. Under Add a friend, enter your friend’s username.
  3. Select Send Invitation.
  4. Enter a message for your friend.
  5. Select Request Friendship.

Why does the Friend League show only some of my friends?

The Friend League shows ten of your geocaching friends—always including yourself. If you want to see all of your friends, scroll down the list and select See more.

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!!