Geocaching in Tucson : swapping treasures


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swag in a geocache, photo by M. LaFreniere all rights reserved, CactusDreams.comI swapped a blue bead for an owl button at GC4QGTH. The items you can swap in and out of caches are called swag.  They are just little things, not trackable or anything like that.  You drop one in and take one out.

Nearby is a favorite movie theater because they have discount movies on Tuesdays.  Also this tree is behind Guadalajara where I love their hot melty minichimis. Sighs. I recommend doing all of it — picking up the find, watching a movie, then eating the minichimis.

minichimis at Guadalajara, photo by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved,

minichimis at Guadalajara

And if you’re new to geocaching, it’s good manners to swap out swag with an item of similar value/cuteness/awesomeness. You don’t get to keep anything. The swag travels as you move it onto the next place.  It’s just a little something to bring a smile to someone’s face so a lot of them are cute, funny or nostalgic in some way.  A cute button, a little toy, a cool stone — it can be anything.  Some people make their own swag, some people buy geocaching swag, and some people find little doodads at home, garage sales or the local thrift store.  Swag, in general, is cheap but fun.

Also appeared on instagram @cactus_catz . Note: I have backdated this entry as I am putting all my geocaching instagram posts on Cactus Dreams so am catching up to where I am today.


US Amazon : Found it! series 1 geocaching t-shirt

UK Amazon : Found it! series #1 geocaching t-shirt on UK Amazon

DE Amazon : Found it! series #1 geocaching t-shirt on DE Amazon


The t-shirt is the first in a series I am starting, inspired by my experiences in geocaching.

I have also created several lists of other geocaching t-shirts by other designers.

10 Cool Geocaching T-shirts series Part 1 : Zazzle

10 Cool Geocaching T-shirts series Part 2 : Amazon

10 Cool Geocaching T-shirts series Part 3 : TeePublic

You can use the Amazon search bar to do any search at Amazon

I am the designer/creator of the t-shirt Amazon pays me a royalty if you buy the shirt. Yay! I am also an Amazon affiliate on the US site. Amazon disclosure: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.” My being an affiliate does not affect your pricing. The price remains the same whether you use an affiliate link or go directly to Amazon by yourself.


2 Replies to “Geocaching in Tucson : swapping treasures”

  1. Brian Frum says:

    That’s a really cool idea!

    • MNL says:

      Yeah, it’s a fun idea. I think that’s one reason people like doing geocaching especially with their children. You don’t see swag as often in the city though because the caches have to be tiny so people don’t pick it up and throw it away.


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