Growing up my Mother was always an adventurer and explorer so naturally when she heard about the world of “geocaching” she decided to bring our family into the fold. If you’re not familiar with geocaching I highly recommend you check out the site geocaching.com to learn about it (The quick and ugly of it is it’s an international treasure hunt where people hide “caches” all over the world and leave the coordinates on a website for other geocachers to find). Over the years we found hidden caches all around the US on every trip we would take. This activity not only felt like a treasure hunt to us kids, but it also brought us to some amazing places and brought us together as a family. So in tribute to the spirit of adventure my Mother instilled in all of us I decided to create a Geode/Mineral/Fossil themed Cache to hopefully inspire my fellow rock hounds (and their kids) to get outside and explore. I put together this cache filled with un-opened geodes and other miscellaneous treasures 3 years ago but never got around to actually hiding it! But with the enthusiasm and help of one of my dear friends and fellow Geode Guy (Bryce Brown) I finally went in the mountains and hid the cache! Now that you know the back story, here’s the nitty gritty:
Where is hidden? Routt County, CO UTM coordinates: 13T 0341397
See the “official” geocaching site here at “The Geode Cache”
Can I bring my kids? For the most part yes, access to the cache is right around 4 miles round-trip
What do I need to find it? Either a GPS or map and compass and some way finding skills. Visit Geocaching.com to learn more about the sport of geocaching and how it’s played.
What do we do when we find it? We ask that you sign the log book describing your adventure and then feel free to take one item from the cache and leave one item (preferably along the Mineral/Fossil them so plan ahead). We understand that if you go and find it with your kids they might each want a geode, and that’s fine, but please take as few as possible so that other explorers who find it after you can enjoy it as well! Once you’ve signed the log, exchanged your items, please close the cache back up and try and hide it like you found it (and of course feel free to log your find on geocaching.com)
What if we can’t find it? After searching for a good long while and you can’t find the cache feel free to look at the hints portion on geocaching.com or if you have service you can call me for a little help 970-846-7687
What about our geodes? The geode that you retreived from the cache is yours! Feel free to crack it open yourself, or if you’d like it professionally cracked feel free to bring it down to us at Steamboat Art in the Park this Summer (July 14-15th @ Elk Park)
With that said, get out there and start searching! At first I’m only listing the coordinates on our website and Facebook pages to give our true fans a head start on the rest of the geocaching community.