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August 26, 2020

About your geocache find...


Hi.  If you're here, it's probably because you picked up one of my DIY geoswags from a geocache I've visited.  (But if you're just here randomly, you can learn about geocaching here.)

First, a little history.  I've been casually geocaching off and on since 2007.  During that time, I've been trading the usual stuff you see in caches - plastic figurines, chochky from trade shows, and those toys that you get in Happy Meals.   Then one day in August 2020, during a camping roadtrip in the Texas Panhandle, I saw something wonderful in a cache located in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.  What was it that was so life-transforming?  It was a rock.  Yes, a rock.  But not just any rock.  It was a rock that someone took the time to paint with the international geocaching symbol and the phrase, "Not all who wander are lost".  Affixed to the rock was also her geocaching handle.  The whole thing was also carefully sealed with urethane so that it could withstand the abuse that items stored in geocaches normally take.  I was charmed that someone would take the time to make something by hand, and it's inspired me to do my own DIY geoswag.  But still...I had so many questions.  Where did the rock come from?  Her own backyard?  What inspired her to handpaint it?  What did she use to seal it to make it weatherproof? How many rocks did she paint? I was glad that I could at least look up her handle on, through which Mr. Geek was able to PM her to tell her we picked up her rock.  Thus the motivation for this accompanying blog.  

 In case you were curious about what you picked up, who made it and why, hopefully you will find those answers, and that it inspires you to craft something personal of your own. 

The Rock Rocks!
The Rock that Started it All

Below, I list the crafts in each series that I have made and have or will drop into caches.  If you've picked up one of my crafts, it's labeled with the series and number.  Regardless of the craft series, each piece I make will have a bee somewhere on it, which links it back to my previous geocaching handle, Yamabachi (山蜂, "Mountain Bee" in Japanese). 

Click on the link related to your series to read more about it.  And if you have picked up something I made, I'd love to have feedback in the comments on it so I can improve future crafts. If you picked it up, was it in good condition?  Ruined by weather?  How much did you like it on a scale of 1-5?  Suggestions for improvement or a future craft? Whatever you'd like to say, I am all ears.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Keep Calm and Cache On!   --TXGeekette

IF YOU HAVE FOUND ONE OF MY DIY SWAG ITEMS IN A CACHE, IT IS YOURS TO KEEP OR TRADE.  They aren't "trackables" in the official sense, so don't feel obligated to move them from cache to cache.

 Listed in order from newest to oldest:

Craftlace key fobs

Kitty Jail Keychains


  1. Wow! I just read your story with these crafts. Very clever, creative, and honorable. We happened to pick up #9/18 of the world map key chain on the Cub Lake trail set of 15 geocaches (we found 11 which were the only ones we sought).

    Anyway thanks for the fun craft. We’ll drop it somewhere soon.

    Paul and Janice

  2. Just found log roller #4!

  3. Just found one of your crafts in a casche and read your story I think it’s so amazing what you did and I love what you made so all in all thanks for the diy swag!!

  4. I just found one of your bottle caps!

  5. 3/8/24 located Moonglow Bottlecap 14/24 at location GCMBKY. Thank you for the SWAG. This is a wonderful idea you had and has inspired me to come up with a signature piece of my own to leave behind for others to find. Deerik

    1. Woot! I hope to find one of your signature pieces in a geocache!

  6. Hi! We have just discovered Geocaching. My 6&8 year old were so excited to find an actual prize this time! As was I! You have inspired us to start making things to share! Thank you so much!