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  1. Why do you have a cache under a bridge, anyway? The undersides are rarely scenic and are often trash and homeless magnets. They are also hard to search without having the police take an interest in your activities should you be spotted. Regardless of the difficulty of the hide, I would suggest retreating to step 1 and concentrate on location. Geocaching is about going neat places, seeing great things and having fun. Looking through a large rockpile or ivy patch isn't any of those, so don't do them. At the very least, one would hope that your rock is findable enough to not frustrate all the locals. Try spray-painting it red.




    All that said, fake rocks can be made at home and do a great job of hiding a cache from muggles while making them easy for geocachers to spot. I made such a container which is in a park in downtown san francisco (GCJQMV) which is in an incredibly high-trafficed area, receives many visitors and has not (yet) been muggled, although 2 previous ammo cans hidden by my co-hider were quickly muggled.


    Buy some cement. Mix it with some dirt,. (yes, dirt), more cement than dirt, and water. Use as much water as is necessary to keep it from being powdery, but no more.


    Take your container and surround it with wadded up plastic grocery bags held in place by small amounts of duct tape. Make certain that the container isn't exposed through the bags.


    Cover the container/bag lump with the cement mixture and shape as you like. Mine come out looking like a sort of hump-backed lump that my locals lovingly call "turds".


    Let the whole thing dry for a week or two. you can the turn it over and take out the container and strip out the plastic bags. They won't stick to the cement, mostly. What you'll have is a void you can put the container back into.


    The result won't fool anybody who is looking for something out of the ordinary, but that's not the point. What it will do in most cases is keep muggles from messing with it. It just looks like a random concretey-rocky sort of thing and they ignore it. Many "suburban park" and "high traffic trail" hides are easier to do with this sort of cammo. They also work out fairly well on bare hilltops and such places, as they sort of blend in without blending in too much.

  2. ok, so I'm full of questions tonight. I would like something clarified, if it's not too much trouble.


    How are the logging requirements of a waymark set?


    does the category owner set the logging requirements (it seems so)


    can a waymark be submitted with differing requirements?


    Example 1. A category owner says "post a picture of yourself at the waymark, next to this sign".


    can the waymark owner blow off that requirement?


    Example 2. A category owner has lax logging requirements - "just tell me how you liked the spot."


    can a waymark owner then require photo verification of their particular waymark within the category?


    I know that waymarks are initially vetted by the category owner and so the answers to both questions are probably defered to the category owner. Still, I'm wondering how others would answer these questions.

  3. so, under bars, there are brewpubs, and there are pubs. a brewpub is a place that brews and sells beer, and establishments that sell beer by the glass are allowed. A pub is just a... pub, a place that sells beer. Why wouldn't many, if not most brewpubs also qualify to be a pub? Would you not then enter pretty much any qualifying establishment in both categories? And would you log both of them if you visited the establishment?


    -- I think I'm beginning to see the unofficial slogan of the site as being, "Waymarking.com - not so many rules anymore".



    I guess I didn't really have any point...

  4. I came to these forums tonight to start this very thread. My nearest geocaches are getting further and further away and I'm ready to start giving Waymarking a chance. but...


    I'm waiting for a category (california landmarks) to be created.


    I would like to create a waymark for a local art gallery - but there's no straight-up art gallery category yet.


    There *is* a category for "living statues", which seems stupid to me, but whatever.


    Anyway, all I can see going on on the site is blather about who will vote on what and review this with whom and blah blah blah. Shaddup already and get this show on the road.

  5. Well... I see a pinned topic that says that proposals aren't being accepted right now.


    I also see plenty of proposals being made, and the category list seems to be slowly expanding.


    So, whatever.


    I would like to propose a subcategory under "Historic Places" for California Historical Landmarks. These are special brass plaques scattered all over the state of california memorializing... stuff, often stuff that's not there anymore.


    I would probably require photo verification, although I would appreciate a pointer to any current discussion of the pros & cons of doing so.

  6. It helps that he has a lot of free time. :)


    I've accompanied him on mega caching days, 50, 60, and sometimes more on the sort of day that is, for him, not out of the ordinary. The puzzles are solved, the maps are printed, the route laid out, geo-friends in the seats (speeds up the searching) and we move, move, move.


    I've also accompanied him on all day ball-busting hikes to find just one or two caches. The numbers are balanced with those, as they should be.


    I've also seen the strict requirement to have the log signed, either by him or in his presence. I've been there.


    What those who know him are asking is, what now?

  7. Personally, I see the avatar as a creative outlet, not as a venue for my mug.


    Personally I see it exactly the opposite way. My avatar is a small version of my profile page picture. It is a picture of who I am. When you see a post from me, you see me next to it.


    Frankly I think "cool avatars" are in the same class of oxymoron as "cool ringtones".

  8. I wish logging criteria was insisted upon on the site. without it, waymarks don't make much sense. I go there, I go home, I say "I was there". I would object to a virtual without a clear logging requirement, and so I object to most waymarks I've seen as well.

  9. I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you leave ready-to-hide caches, you'll see that they are the very first things taken by subsequent finders, even the TNLN crowd will break down and trade. micros and smalls, hangers, magnetics, cammo taped, cheap and easy to make and cherished by all geocachers. Throw in a few as trade items and I guarentee you'll make your visitors happy.

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