We focus strongly on our community here at TC Headquarters. The sponsorship system is a perfect example of this focus! We strongly believe that the hobby of geocaching is more fun when surrounded by friends, families, and people with similar interests. The sponsorship system is set up to provide this structure to our members. It provides numerous benefits to each community member, including:
1. To help new members understand the site. Sponsors are your official TerraCaching guides; your sponsors should be able to help answer any questions you may have. The Community page is also a great place to get site tips once you have created an account. Someone is always around to help out!
2. To become two of your newest caching buddies. We love the community aspect of the sponsorship system. It allows members to meet each other and get to know a couple of other people who have at least one similar interest! They can also provide support as you learn the preferences of your local community.
3. To support our community based cache approval. Sponsors approve your caches. Sponsors provide information on the different cache types that are available, verify the Cache Detail Page looks correct, and make recommendations on improvements. Generally, members are sponsored by members geographically close to them- together you can build the type of community that appeals to other local members.
Once a new member has completed the activation process and logged back into the site, notifications go out to surrounding members. As time goes on, more and more members have the chance to extend an offer. You then get to select from this pool of offers to decide who your sponsors will be. Usually, new members will receive sponsorship within 24-48 hours. It always helps if you post on the Community Page and introduce yourself!
Over the summer, smithwitch123 and cash108 got the opportunity to head to the U.S. East Coast for a visit with friends, as well as a chance to find some caches! One awesome thing about TerraCaching and geocaching is the chance to learn something new about your surroundings that you might not have had a chance to learn before. Historical virtual caches are perfect for this!
Read about their adventures in smithwitch123's words:
"We were excited to be headed for Annapolis, Maryland this past July 4th weekend. We also knew we were going to be lucky enough to be guests on the lovely boat Duet, owned by our friends Steve and Leslie. Looking forward to our time on the waters of Chesapeake Bay, we started searching out some lighthouses.
Of course, knowing that SoccerFanatics hails from the East Coast, we thought we might get to find at least one of his 479 traditional caches! We were not to be disappointed and of course learned a lot by finding Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse! Check out TCCPD to learn more historical information on this lighthouse built in 1883.
We got a great photo of the lighthouse from the water (thanks to Steve for circling a few times). Pictured behind the lighthouse is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a major dual-span bridge. The original span opened in 1952 with a length of 4.3 miles and was the world's longest continuous over-water steel structure; the parallel span was added in 1973. The second picture of the lighthouse was taken at Sandy Point State Park, which is where we got the Confirmation Code to log the cache.
We were excited to see the Junior Fleet Sailors from the Annapolis Yacht Club as they were learning to sail in the local summer program. Pictured are the quaint little sailboats that provide young sailors the skills and behaviors that will serve them to be successful on and off the water.
Follow that up with the awesome sighting of the Yard Patrol craft at the U.S. Naval Academy. These boats are used for training and research purposes. They provide realistic, at-sea training in navigation and seamanship for midshipmen at the Academy. Go Red, White, and Blue!!!
As we headed back to dock the Duet, our last sighting for the day was an osprey nest atop a channel marker. I was hoping for a picture of the actual raptor, but alas I had to settle for only the nest. The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. I'd say this particular osprey does not go hungry!
It was a most satisfactory day of TerraCaching in the great state of Maryland!"
Locationless caches are a similar to traditional geocaches in that they are found in the great outdoors. However, it is more of a "scavenger" hunt as opposed to a "treasure" hunt. The goal of these caches is to find a specific object somewhere in the world. To log them, you then typically enter the coordinates of where you found the object.
smithwitch123 was recently on the hunt for some Quirky Items to be found while searching for TerraCaches- go check out "Unusual Mailboxes" (LC76U), "You Got Mail!" (LCIO), and "Dead Letter Box?" (LC7TF). Sort by the "category" option to review all of the Quirky Items locationless caches.
In her words:
"I was pretty excited to hunt these Locationless Caches. I mean, how hard can it be to find unusual mailboxes? I've seen them a million times, right? Yep, it's always harder than you think it's going to be! I had to travel all the way from Houston, Texas to Annapolis, Maryland to find the first two caches, which have nearly the same requirements. As far as the last one goes, I'm not sure where the heck I'm going to find that one!
By the way, it is somewhat embarrassing to stand around with a GPS and camera in front of someone's mailbox... but it's the price we pay to log these caches!"
Perfect for your customized hiking stick or for cache swag in your TerraCache containers, the new hiking medallions are a wonderful addition to any TerraCacher's collection.
These custom medallions feature the new TerraCaching logo and the "For Love of the Hunt" motto. They are available in teal and light blue for $8.50.
Head to the store to purchase yours now!