February 27, 2014 07:42 PM CST
Written by Chevyole and Curly GirlsAuthor: NL_Admin. 223 Reads
Chevyole's Lab Cache experiences
In the month of February, users were able to create and find a new type of geocache, a lab cache. Described by Groundspeak as a “beta” cache, they allowed users to experiment with new types of geocache hides.
Groundspeak allowed premium members to make one, and only one, personalized lab cache experience for one, and only one, other member. Geocaching.com guideline rules such as proximity and obtaining permission did not apply and cachers were limited only by local laws and ordinances. The lab caches allowed for much creativity and since Valentines Day was right around the corner, Groundspeak played up the Cupid role. Many of the lab cache themes were romantic in nature.
Others used the lab cache to exact revenge on one of their favorite cache hiders. For example, my friends Heavin made a “bot” puzzle cache, aptly named Robot’s Revenge, to pay back Ranger Boy for GC46RG3, Field of Dreams. For over a week, Ranger Boy was toiling over the puzzle and “enjoying” the experience much like we do with his creative caches.
When the cache was found, the finder entered a code word to prove they actually found it. This counted the cache as an actual find on geocaching.com. A special cache icon appeared on your geocaching stats page.
Lab caches allowed the creator to personalize the swag, like tickets to a Badger game or even chocolates which would normally be against the guidelines.
Unfortunately, and hopefully something that will change with future iterations, no logs were available to be posted on geocaching.com. Because of this, there were some that did not like the new lab caches. I found they were not well advertised, as I wouldn’t have known about them if it wasn’t for word of mouth. Others said that since only one could be created per account and that cache could only be found by one other account, why bother?
A group of five of us in southeastern Wisconsin pulled names out of a cyber “hat.” It was a lot of fun to create a cache for my friend Beccaday involving a library scavenger hunt, her least favorite insects and a pot of gold at the end with a geocaching board game she had been talking about getting.
I was lucky enough to have one of the most proficient and creative hiders in our area, Lobsters9494 (Tony) be my “Valentine.”
The lab cache my family received from Lobsters was a walk through my wife, Lisa and my relationship, from meeting, getting married and having our daughter lilole (Ruby.) Tony, a friend of mine outside of caching, used Facebook to do some light “stalking” and find out personal details before him and I met, such as how Lisa and I met and where we were married. This really added to the personalized experience. After a trip down memory lane with 3 unique waypoints we ended up in Ruby Park and a big container with presents for the entire family was waiting for us.
Curly Girls Lab Cache experiences
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