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The Crème de la Crème of Geocaches

Published: October 24, 2013
Jim Buckley (aka legoboyjj)

Jim Buckley (aka legoboyjj)

Jim Buckley (aka legoboyjj) and Dana Oliver (aka tobe4ever1) have logged a combined 30,239 geocaches. But 72 caches stand out above the rest: the ones they planted for the Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour. On Saturday, October, 26, 2013 at 9 a.m., 36 new caches will go live with the launch of the Oakridge/Westfir Edition; a tour they say is the crème de la crème of cache sites.The two married dads (with understanding families) spent more than 30 hours each searching for the best places to take people between Willamette Pass in the Cascade Mountains and the pastoral farmlands of Pleasant Hill, 25 minutes east of Eugene along Highway 58.

So why do they do it? And what makes these caches so interesting? We sat down with Jim and Dana to find out.

How did you pick the 36 different sites for the Oakridge/Westfir Edition?

Dana (aka (aka tobe4ever1) hiding caches in the forest

Dana (aka (aka tobe4ever1) hiding caches in the forest

DO: Jim and I have both been doing it for a long time, and we both appreciate locations. That’s what we were targeting when we were placing the caches for all three editions; places with an awesome view or great trails or beautiful forests. It wasn’t easy. We loved the view from the observation deck at Salt Creek Falls, but there were already caches there, so we followed the trail a little farther and found the perfect spot.

JB: When you get out there, everything is green.

What makes these places so special?

DO: It’s going to introduce you to cool new spots. I thought I knew Highway 58, but going on this we discovered lots of places we had never been to. I had never been to Waldo Lake before, and I was really taken aback by it.

JB: It’s going to be gorgeous up there right now with all of the fall colors.

What was your favorite part about placing the caches?

JB: Hanging out with Dana and finding new places. As he said, we’d never been to Waldo Lake or Salt Creek Falls. I can’t believe how many times we found a spot and said, “I can’t believe there isn't one here already.”

Dana planting a cache at Dee Wright Observatory

Dana planting a cache at Dee Wright Observatory

DO: We felt like we had a responsibility to place good caches. As much fun as we had hiding them, we have just as much fun finding them. It’s easy when you place a cache, and you know people will like it.

Why do you do this? JB: It’s fun. We’re still geocaching and still getting outside and in the woods.


DO: After the first two {editions}, I thought I was done. The thing that kept me going was how successful it was and to read all the good logs about how much people enjoyed the destinations. Their experiences are never the same, based on the weather or time of day or what they saw while they were there. What’s cool about a GeoTour?

JB: There’s a goal and a prize at the end.

About the Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour The Oakridge/Westfir Edition is the third leg of our GeoTour. In October 2012, Travel Lane County launched the McKenzie Edition, which was Oregon’s first official GeoTour and, at the time, was one of only eleven worldwide. Five months later, the GeoTour expanded to the Oregon Coast with the Florence Edition.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 marks the launch of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour – Oakridge/Westfir Edition. Starting at 9 a.m., 36 new caches will be live and ready for geocachers and their families to find. In Spring 2014, the fourth and final leg of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour will be launched.

Author: Molly Blancett

Molly Blancett is a previous social media manager for Travel Lane County. Work brought her to Eugene, but her love for the city and the region kept her here. Molly enjoys the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region by running Pre's Trail, sipping wine at Sweet Cheeks or hiking to a new waterfall.