HikerJamz archives; Josh & Liz from the Peanuts or Pretzels blog

There is no HikerJamz After-Cache show this week. We received an an email from James stating that he’s still a wee bit busy with unpacking and set up after the relocation from SW Ohio to Naples, Florida. So we dug into our HikerJamz archives, and found one of his more popular shows from the Blog Talk Radio era; an hour long show from February 2014, where Josh & Liz from the Peanuts or Pretzels blog call in to talk with James and Ken. Remember that guy? :-)


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Has Geocaching finally peaked, and on the decline?

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That depends on how you define “on the decline”.  If it were defined as the number of new caches created by year, we’re afraid the answer is yes. Here you see a bar graph of caches created by year on our website. Note that caches created doesn’t necessarily mean all of them were published, but 98%+ of them were. Keep in mind our site was launched in mid-August 2010, so there was quite a bit of interest in the new website to have 527 caches created in just 4 1/2 months. Then we had a somewhat unexplained decline in 2011, and we peaked in 2012. You can see where the numbers have gone from there. It’s not just us though. With 3 weeks left in 2014, new caches hidden in The United States in 2014 are down 23% from their 2013 levels on Geocaching.com, as well as being down in most Countries in the world that are considered traditional hotbeds of Geocaching activity. However, there are a few Countries that are exceptions to this overall decline in caches hidden, and there is some good news regarding the number of new Geocachers, and the overall number of caches being found.

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HikerJamz After-Cache: Episode 24



This is HikerJamz/CrazyCritter1966’s first show from Naples, Florida, after relocating from SW Ohio! As many of you regular listeners know, HikerJamz recently retired after 47 years of working at various places. He tells us “Right now I’m enjoying the warm weather and can’t wait till we are really settled in to start geocaching again. In other words, I haven’t found my GPS yet! It’s in one of the boxes. Kinda like a puzzle cache. Figure it out and you find it.” Well, Good luck with that, James, enjoy yourself down there, and keep the shows coming!

Hikerjamz After-Cache is an internet radio show on Spreaker. We discuss geocaching stories that you, the listener sends in about your favorite geocaching adventure of the week with your host Hikerjamz & co-host Crazycritter1966 from Florida, USA. Here is the link to send a voice message https://www.speakpipe.com/hikerjamz

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Winner announced for the TravelFleas Giveaway!

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We have a winner for our $10 TravelFleas.com Gift Certificate Giveaway! Ian, AKA Bangkok_Ian, a Geocacher from Foxwood, England (A suburb of York, England) was the lucky winner. He is so named because he lived and worked in Bangkok,  Thailand for 10 years.  Sounds very interesting, perhaps we could convince him to be interviewed by this blog in the future.  :-) Congratulations to him, and thanks to all who entered the contest. Didn’t win? You can always buy your own personalized TravelFleas from TravelFleas.com. They are very reasonably priced, and are a great signature item.

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HikerJamz After-Cache: Episode 23



OCNA Blog Note: Last show from Ohio!! HikerJamz and CrazyCritter1966 take some time out of their busy schedules to record episode 23 before relocating to sunny Florida.

Hikerjamz After-Cache is an internet radio show on Spreaker. We discuss geocaching stories that you, the listener sends in about your favorite geocaching adventure of the week with your host Hikerjamz & co-host Crazycritter1966 from Ohio, USA. Here is the link to send a voice message https://www.speakpipe.com/hikerjamz

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2nd Annual TravelFleas Gift Certificate Holiday Giveaway

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Happy Black Friday, shoppers! Actually, we’re posting this Thanksgiving evening, but Thanksgiving is the new Black Friday. Our November/December 2013 TravelFleas Gift Certificate Holiday Giveaway went pretty well, so we’ve decided to make it an annual thing. So once again, we’re giving away a $10 Gift Certificate to TravelFleas.com, and we want to insure that the winner has plenty of time to get theirs ordered, manufactured, and shipped before the holidays; as TravelFleas make a perfect stocking stuffer for that Geocacher in your life!

The crew at TravelFleas are great friends of this blog and our website via social media. In case you’re not familiar with TravelFleas, they are personalized tags (they can accept up to 20 characters) measuring 1/2″ x 1 1/4″, which can be attached to a Geocaching trackable, or placed in a Geocache as a signature item. They are available in 12 colors, and you can buy them in the TravelFleas Store on their website. Note they have other items for sale, including TravelFleas logbooks, necklace kits, and license plates (a moot point for the blogger, who lives in a 2 plate State). Or you could learn more about them by reading the interview we did on this blog with John from TravelFleas on June 27th, 2013, or the interview The It’s not about the numbers blog did with Mike from TravelFleas in 2012.

To enter The TravelFleas Gift Certificate Holiday Giveaway, fill out the form below with your name (as it says, “Geonick” is fine), and a valid email address. We will never use your email address, and the Google Document storing all the entries will be deleted after the contest.  There are rules, of course, which appear below, in italicized text above the entry form. Don’t forget to check your spam folders, to see if you won!

Rules: To enter, provide your name and email address in the form below. One entry per person, and one entry per email address. There are no Geographical restrictions, contest is open to anyone in the world. The contest begins upon publication of this blog post on Thursday, November 27th, 2014, and ends at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries received. Winner will be notified via email, notification being sent from the email address opencachingnorthamerica at gmail.com (be sure to check your spam folders!), and must respond within 48 hours, or the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be chosen. Once accepted, the prize will be delivered directly from TravelFleas.com.


Contest ended, entry form removed. Thanks to all who entered!

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