The HikerJamz Geocaching Talk Show: October 12th 2013

OCNA Blog Note: Co-host Kenny Gibb calls in live from Geocoinfest in Las Vegas. Groundspeak Lackey Love, and Lisa from make brief appearances on the show, among others.

Now call in with Skype for free ! 60 minutes of geocaching comments and stories. Join us as we discover new adventures in the field of geocaching every Saturday at 3:00 pm. EST on Blog Talk Radio with your host – Hikerjamz and co-host – Kenny Gibb.

The Space Coast Geocaching Store

The Space Coast Geocaching Store is located at 860 North Banana River Drive, in Merritt Island, Florida, and is owned by Dale and Barb Swinehart. It was the first brick and mortar Geocaching store in the United States. You can also buy many of their items online from their website at (or alternatively, you can click on their banner above). There is a Facebook Fan Page, and you can sign up for their newsletter as well.

There are advantages of going there in person, should you find yourself in, or nearby the Space Coast Region of Florida (note the store is about 60 miles from Walt Disney World). Namely they sell more items in the actual store than online, and they host a large sized traditional cache outside (available only during business hours, or by appointment otherwise).  As of the date of this blog post, GC15RQB, A Cool Cache has been found almost 2,000 times, and has over 500 favorite points on This is the OCNA blog though, and we might note that Dale and Barb joined our website less than a week after it was launched in 2010, and cross-listed the cache as A Cool Cache and Store – OU004A, the 74th cache listed on our site. We contacted the owners via their profile on our website, and Dale was nice enough to take the time to conduct an email interview with our blog.

OCNA Blog: When did you first open The Space Coast Geocaching store? Did you put up the website and sell online as soon as it opened?
Dale: We opened the store September of ’07 and yes we had the store and website at that time.

OCNA Blog: Nice website, by the way. Are you the webmaster too?
Dale: Yes, I am the webmaster as well. I pretty much have learned as I go and am by no means a pro at it.

Trackable License Plate

OCNA Blog: The store is is open M-F from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, but only open by appointment on weekends. Why is that? Do you get a lot of requests for weekend visits?
Dale: We are only by appointment on the weekends because we are usually attending or hosting events on the weekends.  If we had posted hours for the weekend we would not be able to keep them so it works out better to work by appointment. Most cachers understand and it is not a problem. We try to meet folks any time we can if we are in town and available. We do get several requests to meet on weekends but not enough to justify having the store open regular hours on the weekend. It is something that may happen in the future but not for now.

OCNA Blog: Clicking on “All products” on your site returns 361 items. That represents fewer items than you sell in the actual store? 
Dale: The number of items listed in our online store is probably only about half of what we actually have in the store itself. There are so many things we only have one or two of in the store that I do not list everything. Besides, listing everything in the online store would make us like everyone else and not special to those that visit.  This way when you pay us a visit you get the entire experience of our store. Our store is like no other, even Groundspeak lackey’s were impressed when they walked into our old store. Our new store is way more impressive and set up as a casual, warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Battery Carrier

OCNA Blog: What are some of the best selling items, either online or in the store? 
Dale: Coins are always popular but containers of all kinds sell very well too. Our inventory is so diverse that saying one or two items are best selling would be hard. Our battery carriers, new geo license plates, and plastic ammo cans are some of our more popular items. Vehicle travel bug decals are very popular as well.

4 Oz. Mega Nano Container

OCNA Blog: You are a Groundspeak authorized retailer. Any other licensed products by other companies you are a retailer for?  
Dale: Besides being a Groundspeak Authorized retailer, we are authorized resellers for CoinsAndPins, Oak Coins, Cache-Advance, Geocoinstore, FTF Geocacher Magazine, as well as others. We are also authorized distributors for Rand Mcnally GPS units, Garmin GPS units and Geomatejr GPS units. We have recently been authorized to sell The Real Deal hats and bags line as well.

OCNA Blog: Are there any items that are manufactured exclusively for you? Space Coast Brand, if you will. 
Dale: We have several unique containers that are made by a local cacher that you can only find here. We also have our new vehicle trackable that we are selling. It is a decal with our logo and larger numbers to make it easier to be spotted.

Plano Plastic Ammo Can

OCNA Blog: What events will you be vending at in the remainder of 2013? How many events do you tentatively plan to attend in 2014? 
Dale: We have verbally confirmed several events for 2014. We are heading to GA next week to attend the Going Caching event, then the following weekend we will be in Florida at the Florida Finders Fest 9 event. Two weeks later we head across the state to a smaller local event the Pasco Geo Fest. We are also hosting several events in November. Next year we are planning to attend Cacheapalooza, MOGA, GWXII, possibly the Texas Challenge, Berkshire GeoBash, Midwest Geobash, GCHR Picnic in VA, NCGO fall fling possibly, Going Caching, Florida Finders Fest, Pinellas Geo Event and I am sure others that are smaller more local events.

Thanks so much to Dale for taking the time to answer our questions.The Space Coast Geocaching store certainly has it all, especially if you go there in person. And it does just happen to be less than an hours drive from arguably the most popular vacation destination in the United States. As you can see, they also have a busy Geocaching event schedule too, where they sell their wares, or you can browse the website, and order online. Remember to contact them first if you’ll be visiting the store on a weekend!

The HikerJamz Geocachng Talk Show: October 5th, 2013

Now call in with Skype for free ! 60 minutes of geocaching comments and stories. Join us as we discover new adventures in the field of geocaching every Saturday at 3:00 pm. EST on Blog Talk Radio with your host – Hikerjamz and co-host – Kenny Gibb.

Guest Post: Tips for Geocaching with a Metal Detector

 If you happen to live in the Northern Latitudes like our primary Blogger (North 43, to be exact), where the snow flies, admit it, you’ve considered this before in the winter! Or maybe that elusive “needle in a haystack” ammo can in the woods with hundreds of potential hiding spots, all while under heavy tree cover with a spotty GPS signal. We were approached by Michael Bernzweig, and his brother Daniel Bernzweig, co-owners of Detector Electronics Corp. (found on the web at and asked if we’d be interested in publishing an article that Daniel recently wrote. Absolutely we will! Check out their website of course, for all your personal and commercial metal detecting needs, and be sure to check out the History & Friends page on their site, which gives an excellent history of their family owned business (they are brothers, and the 2nd generation owners), and be sure to check out the Customer Reviews page on the site as well. Note that we’ve made the text “Metal Detectors are useful in Geocaching” a clickable link to an article by Michael, that is hosted on their website.

Tips for Geocaching With a Metal Detector
By Daniel Bernzweig

When you’re out geocaching a metal detector can be a great help. Similarly, if you’re looking for new places to go with your metal detector geocaching can be the perfect solution. Basically, geocaching with a metal detector can be a lot of fun and, will make finding most caches easier.

Geocaching of course doesn’t require a metal detector in any way. In fact, most geocachers use only their GPS to find the hidden caches. However, in many situations using a metal detector while geocaching has proved very helpful. For example, in colder climates geocachers can only enjoy their hobby when there’s no snow on the ground, unless they have a metal detector that is! And, when out with the family, using a metal detector can help make finding the caches easier, and will give the kids something interesting to do along the way for added enjoyment.

When choosing which machine will make the best geocaching metal detector, be sure to consider the terrain in the areas you frequent most. There are geocaches hidden all around the United States, and the world in all types of locations. If you want to focus on underwater geocaches for example, you’ll want an underwater metal detector. Other features to consider are the machine’s weight, display (visual or audio), and size. Be sure to read the article entitled “Metal Detectors are Useful in Geocaching” for some great tips on equipment selection.

You’ll also want to be sure to be well prepared for your trip. In addition to your metal detector and your GPS you’ll want to be sure to pack along extra batteries for both, food, water, a first aid kit, a map of the area, and other necessities like these. And, while most geocaches aren’t buried, if you find other treasures along the way, you’ll want some digging tools including a metal detecting shovel and serrated digging knife. 

Both Geocaching and Metal Detecting are also hobbies that hold a respect for the land they get to enjoy.  Basically, any participant in either hobby is to leave the place as they found it. Don’t cut trees or otherwise deface the property. If you do dig, use your tools to lift up sod so its easily replaceable and disturb the area as little as possible. 

Lastly, both of these hobbies also insist on having a good time! Participants in geocaching and metal detecting are looking for adventure and excitement; and they find both with these hobbies. Don’t take our word for it though, head out to enjoy some geocaching with a metal detector today!

About the author: Daniel Bernzweig manages in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.


Published on Oct 2, 2013
The Doc finds a milestone GEOCACHE… find #666!





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OCNA Pathtag winners announced!

We’re a little slow in posting the winners of our Pathtag contest, especially since all three winners responded within 3 1/2 hours of the drawing on Friday night, Septermber 27th, but we’re busy, busy, busy at the Blog. We assure you, the fix was not in! Because the Grand Prize winner, of five of our Pathtags was Chaz AKA SFC Chaz (sfcchaz), from Glen Burnie, Maryland. He just happens to be the number 2 cache finder on our website. If we were, it would be like Bobcam won! The number one cache finder on our site is an Admin, and was ineligible to win. He was required to buy some though.

The 2nd prize winner, of three Pathtags, was Rebecca AKA The Fossillady from Borrego Springs, California. The 3rd prize winner, of two Pathtags was Jenn AKA TheBergstromClan from Aurora, Colorado. Congratulations to all three of them!! Don’t worry, we will give away more of our Pathtags in the future, at random. Thanks to all who entered the contest as well.