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The Blue Whale was a favorite find for Liz Madaffari, known as “BomberBetty” to the geocaching community. Madaffari, a Skiatook, Okla., resident and Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative member, enjoys geocach- ing with her 9- and 12-year-old sons. In the year since they started, they have logged 350 finds. “I saw a PBS documentary on it. I knew a friend of mine had been doing it with her homeschool group,” Madaffari says. “We made a date to go to- gether and I became addicted.” When Madaffari visited the Blue Whale, she had a “travel bug” with her.


Travel bugs are special geocaching game pieces engraved with a trackable ID code. She found the travel bug at a cache in Ochelata, Okla. It had been placed there by a local Girl Scout troop and it had a goal to travel to Girl Scouts in France.


“I took it to the Blue Whale because it’s a popular cache for travelers. From there someone took it to the West Coast, and now it’s in Europe,” Madaffari says.


Another memorable find for Madaffari was a cache in Bartlesville, Okla., located in a tree, 20 feet above the ground. “My 9-year-old, Seth, really enjoys geocaching. Anytime a cache requires climbing, I send him up. But this one didn’t have any branches to climb,” she says. “It took us three visits to the site before we figured it out. After working so hard, it was exciting to finally get it.” To make caching even more fun, geocaching.com offers various challenges


to participants. There’s a challenge to log a cache in every county of Oklahoma, and another to log a find on every day of the year. In addition, caches are rated by their difficulty levels and by the difficulty of the terrain at the location. “There geocaches all over the world; it doesn’t matter where you are,” Madaffari says. “It gets your family out, enjoying nature and exercising. It’s a great thing for parents and kids to do together.” So let the count down to family fun begin! “Ten, nine, eight … ”


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Lili, Chloe and Allee Cushman log a find hidden in a sprinkler head at a park in Bixby, Okla.


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