Munzees or Micros?

I've been thinking about some of the micro geocaches I have found. Some have been placed along trails or other interesting places or cleverly hidden in other objects. I like those! Others have been placed in such exciting places as parking lots (yes, the dreaded LPC). I'm guilty of placing a few of these as well when I have as getting started, but I think I'm going to change my strategy.

I know there are plenty of geocachers that are all about the numbers and anything goes. For me, I prefer bigger containers or ones that actually take me some place more exciting than an asphalt parking lot. And if you've ever lifted up a metal skirt on a metal pole...AAARRRGGGHHH! It's like nails on a chalk board! Plus, most are so small, you can't put any trackables or anything else in them. I've done a power trail of 100 micros.  After 25 or so, it gets boring. Power trails are just not for me.  I'd rather walk a mile for one really cool cache than stop every 1/10 mile on a dirt road just to find another film container. Don't get me started on the wet, soggy or full logs. I also know some cachers that are exclusive to and for whatever reason, act like if your find is not on that site, then it doesn't really count. So sad they miss out on more fun adventures because they don't want to branch out and diversify.

Instead of hiding park 'n grab Micros, I'm going to put out Munzees. Instead of opening a container and rolling out a little strip of paper and then trying to get it back in a tiny container, you'll be able to just scan and go. You'll get points for it too! So check the map around Aggieland and the Brazos Valley...and beyond for mine and across the globe for others.

All you need is a smartphone to play. Not even a pen is required.  You get points for deploying them, points for finding others and points when someone scans your Munzees. If you find someone's Motel Munzee and are one of the first 5 to capture it, you can get points every time someone else scans it.

There are various types of Munzees. You can buy them pre-printed or you can print your own. Avery waterproof labels work great for this and you can design the sticker anyway you like. There are labels, plastic discs and metal magnets. You can even get them with zombie warnings. There are even virtual Munzees where you don't have anything physical to deploy or scan. Just get within 300' of the virtual Munzee's location and you can "capture" it. You can place them anywhere in the world (but no closer than 50' from someone else's Munzees).  For those with Androids or other devices with NFC capabilities, there are NFC Munzees too. Like the anticipation from an unknown treasure? Try the Mystery Munzees. The points on these vary with each capture.

What are the mustaches on the map?  These are special for the month of November only. If you see 'em, scan 'em while you can!  Come December 1, they will be gone.  I have 25 of them around the world (and got a badge for that). So far, the Czech Republic is kickin' it with the highest number of captures. Děkuji! Check the Munzee website around the holidays. Many times, they will have turn other Munzees into special Munzees.  If they are on Munzees that you have already captured, you can usually have the chance to scan it again with the special icon.

Want to gang up to play? Join up with 10 people you know (or those you don't) and join a clan and see how your clan can do compared to those around the globe.

There are also Social Munzees. You don't get points for scanning them, but you can collect the images in your profile. Here is one of mine to get you started. Please leave a comment to tell me where you are from and where you saw my social Munzee since I do have it in a few places. Can you say Pinterest?

Besides points, there are badges to be won. I need some more players to deploy a few around the Brazos Valley so I can achieve a few more of them. I think the Munzees are more fun than the Micros and I hope more of you will try them out.

Come and play! It's free!  Or...if you want to get a variety of Munzees and help to keep it all going, there is a Premium Membership. Oh, and there are Business Munzees that are great to entice players to keep coming back since only Business Munzees can be captured more than once (up to once a day)!

Give Thanks

It always seems like we go straight from Halloween to Christmas.  Most retail places completely skip by Thanksgiving.  Why? Because they don't want you to be thankful for what you've got, they just want you to spend money on new stuff.  I still want to see Fall decorations in November!  I want the emphasis to be on family and friends and counting the blessings we have. As tempting as it may be, I refuse to buy Christmas decorations and such until the week of Thanksgiving.  We always put up our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, but each season should stay in order in its own time.

So, this month, I will giving thanks for at least one thing each day.

1 - For Paydays (and that I have a job)
2 - For getting to go to an Aggie game at Kyle Field. Gig 'em Aggies!
3 - For the Sandhill Cranes that hang out in the back of the property. I love their calls and they usually signal cooler weather.
4 - for only very minor damage when someone backed into my car
5 - That my Lord and Savior chose ME to spend eternity with
6 - For beautiful Texas sunsets
7 - For my Daddy and all the things he does for me (including installing my new kitchen faucet)
8 - For Fridays!
9 - For 4x Munzees
10 - For being able to spend a nice Sunday afternoon relaxing with my son
11 - That MOST of our baked goods turned out okay for the Freshmen bake sale tomorrow
12 - For my health
13 - For the people dedicated enough to come out to Prayer Service
14 - For a pretty, frosty morning view
15 - For not having anything on the calendar after work!
16 - For being able to spend at little time at my brother's
17 - For Fall colors and country roads
18 - For finishing walking the Wonderland Trail on Walking4Fun (140.7 miles)
19 - That my son still wakes up and the first thing he wants is a hug from his Mama
20 - That I get to fill a couple of shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and help brighten some children's day.  Also...I am now an active Distributor for The Gourmet Cupboard again.
21 - For finally getting all the plumbing leaks fixed in the kitchen
22 - For getting my headlight replaced
23 - For not being a vegetarian.  Gotta love bacon!
24 - For all the ladies in my Sunday School class. It really is a joy.
25 - For getting to eat lunch with a former co-worker
26 - For my hearing. I wish my Daddy's wasn't so bad.
27 - For being able to go to church for communion service and give thanks to the Lord for his blessings.
28 - For my family - immediate and extended. I've got a pretty good one!
29 - For being able to relax and take a ride to the fields and back roads with my Daddy
30 - For being able to spend time walking around Birch Creek State Park trails with my brother and his roommate

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