The GVSU4MSU "LEEsign" backstory
Our first pathtag was found in a geocache on November 10th, 2007 . The pathtag was "Tropical Tikibirds"
. The geocache was "Steganography #2" (GC152VM) by The Conman.
When we found it we thought it was a geocoin or something. We had been into caching all of 3 months at that point. So we logged on to the pathtag website and logged the tag as found. Left a comment that we found it and would move it along soon. Remember we thought it was a coin or something. We got a reply back from The Tikibirds that it was a pathtag and not a geocoin and it was ours to keep. This was kinda cool. Over the next 5 months we found 15 more pathtags "in the wild", Including one in TN while on vacation. I think living in MI the "in the wild" finds are greater that many other states.
In the Sping of 2008, the Michigan Geocaching Organization (MiGO) started a "Design the next MiGO pathtag" Contest. I then dabbled with creating some designs and submitted them for consideration. None of my designs won, but it gave me plenty of experience learning about this new signature item known as Pathtags.
From there I began to just play around with some designs for geo-friends and some of them even went into production with the designs. With this encouragement, I began to start thinking about a design for our first tag. However it was not until after MWGB 2008 (August 2008), that we went forward with getting our design made. The discount was a huge help, and seeing all the tags at BASH didn't hurt either.
In Sept 2008, we set up our geocaching website (www.leeocaching.com) and I put a section on there for pathtags, and well, the rest is history. Click on the links above to view all the designs we have made personally, and the designs that I have made for other taggers.