Variations on a Theme

28 07 2011

I came across a different kind of geocaching that’s just getting started, and thought I’d give it try. It’s called Munzee, and is similar to geocaching, in that you find the game piece at the posted coordinates. The difference is that to log it, you scan the QR code on the game piece with your iPhone or Android, and the app does the rest.

I had to search around a bit, but I did find an article on how this variation of high-tech scavenger hunt got started, and why it’s called “Munzee”:
Munzee article

This seems like a fun version, but it’s so new that the nearest one hidden is way down in Palos Verdes, over 30 miles away. Therefore, I figured the best thing I could do is hide one near me, and see if it catches on.

I picked a place and container I’ve used before, and it turned out to be an ideal way to hide a Munzee.

Glue Gun Assembly

Original Container courtesy OLdweeb:

Yes, there is a Cold Stone Creamery behind this sign….

No one has captured it yet, so if you are in the vicinity, go for it!

Hat tip to Head Hard Hat for bringing this to my attention.

I got an e-mail from another creative geocacher who’s hidden a real treasure and published a book with the clues!

“Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt” ($2.99) is a storybook and puzzle contest that offers readers a $10,269.01 prize. In the spirit of “Masquerade” and “The Clock Without a Face”, “Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt” is a story filled with clues and hints that readers can put together to find a real hidden treasure.
You can check out the book here:  book link Or go to for more info.

I’ve taken a quick look at the puzzle, but don’t know where it is… yet… Let me know if you find it and win the big prize!

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying a challenging series in my own back yard, using photos to triangulate to the cache location.
Where Am I Standing #7-Granada Hills Again
Where Am I Standing #5-More Granada Hills

What happened to #6? DNF….. but I think I have a bead on it after some more online research… Hm….




5 responses

29 07 2011

I can’t download the app because it requires a phone with an auto-focus camera.

31 07 2011

Went for the Munzee in San Bernardino today. Easy enough and no logging required, just scan the barcode at the location. That is the only way to get credit for the find. Cannot log it more than once.

31 07 2011

Great research. You always seem to stay on top of geocaching’s latest quirks. Sounds interesting. I ran across a couple of invisible ink IR caches while in Hawaii. Also a fun variation.


31 07 2011
Elin Carlson

What’s invisible ink IR caching, Ron?

26 08 2011

I have a dumb phone. It makes phone calls. No scanning to be had. I will be a muggle munzee.

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