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  1. I'll have to look through my cache logs and see if you stopped by through our neighborhood - many of our caches were designed with Cal Poly know-how (BSME CPSUSLO, class of '94)
  2. Sounds like fun - especially since its in the area I grew up in (ED county on the CA side of SLT) - we had planned on taking a trip out that way this summer, but that weekend is already booked as we were invited to host a booth at an art show on the 15th/16th. Maybe some of the caches will still be available when we visit a little later in the summer.
  3. human skulls, great for urban camo, though lacking a bit in the weatherproof department.
  4. There is a trail like this near Casper, WY called the Braile Trail - provided by the Lions Club. It is up on Casper Mountain within some decently rugged terrain, but the trail itself is made to be accessible by the blind. There is even a geocache near this trail, however, the cache itself is about 400 feet up a fairly steep incline above the accessible trail. Also, there is another hiking trail one mountain over that is a handicapped interperative trail. It is not really set up for the blind, but the walkway is designed for those in wheelchairs or minimal walking ability to navigate themselves through the forest. Not paved, but pretty darn close. I'm sure it could be navigated by a blind person as well as a city sidewalk though, but it doesn't have the blind specific extras the braile trail has.
  5. Just heard an ad on the radio inviting people to join a promotional contest where you look for hidden boxes and sign the log books for a chance to win a trip to where you found the box. I'm not quite sure how the logic of the prize works out, but it did get me to check out their website. Poked around for a bit and it seems the 18 caches they have hidden will not start revealing clues for a few more weeks, but they have an overall map showing general locations of the caches. I also have no idea if the final clue for them will be lat/long coords, but their website is sponsored by Magellan and they do have links to the geocaching.com website for finding existing geocaches. It really seemed odd to hear a radio ad all about geocaching without actually mentioning geocaching. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not.
  6. Tieing this in with the "decoy" thread... how about a decoy on the skywalk and the actual cache at river level directly below the skywalk? Or better yet - a multi that starts on the skywalk, second stage by the river, final being that LPC in the parking lot by the skywalk entrance!! Tons of great ideas here
  7. Wow.. can't believe we missed this thread. Certainly count us as interested and if you need any help in organization from the Wyoming side of things. Our summer schedule will not be completely set until the first week of April, however. We are still waiting to see which Art Fairs we have been invited to attend and will set up our schedule based on that and when we decide to have our family vacation. One of the Art Fairs we juried in for is in Jackson, but we will take the July date rather than the August one. We have already committed to one in August in Loveland, CO - but I believe it would be well after the time frame you have this event planned for.
  8. Yeah, we have had several of those in my area; a cacher cannot find a cache, so they call the owner, and they decide together that it is really, really missing. So the seeker places a new cache container and claims a find. Then, a couple weeks later, when somebody finds the original container (that probably moved from its original spot), there is a great deal of confusion about which cache is which. And the "find" claimed by the person who replaced the (not actually missing) original cache is even less valid than it was originally, since they did not find the cache and they have actually made the situation worse. Not a good solution, IMO. I agree. A while back I had a cache that started to pick up a few DNFs so I checked on it and sure enough it wasn't in place or anywhere close to where it was supposed to be. I had already been planning on making this cache a little larger so I had a replacement container in hand and put it back in the original hiding spot. One or two days later a find was posted for the cache, but it mentioned trading for an item that I did not put in the new cache. I went back out another time and checked the cache I had just placed and found the log to still be completely clean. Knowing the cacher that had just posted a find was not one to make bogus finds I was determined to figure out what exactly it was that they had found. Once again, I couldnt see any sign of the original cache, but just before heading back to my truck I spotted something that looked a tad out of place. Finally I found the original cache - over 50 feet away from its original hiding spot. It seems one of the early finders didnt like the original hiding spot and felt they could find a better hiding spot - and placed the cache a good deal away from where they found it. Ultimately, I decided to keep the new location and I was able to fix the double cache situation before it got too badly out of hand. However, even if the owner agrees that there is no cache in the intended hiding place, it certainly is NOT always a case "where we know for a fact the cache is missing." These days I always expand my search out a good distance away from the intended hiding spot of my own caches when doing maintenence on one of my own seemingly MIA caches. Come to think about it - just yesterday I had to fix one of our caches that had problems reported on it. I found the container and container lid in two separate places about 60-80 feet away from the cache. Good news was I got the cache back in action, but bad news that we lost all the contents, including the original log, in the process.
  9. We got 3 crockpots for Christmas a few years ago. Put one of em in a cache large enough to hold it.
  10. That's a cool idea. Though the main point I guess I wanted to make with this cache is that the seekers will have to figure out which key goes with which cache. A variation on that idea would be to have a stack of sheets in each of the four first stages. Each group of cachers takes one sheet and sees it has both a map from "point A to Point B" using several notable landmarks. It also has a combination for a comination lock. Here is the catch... Point A will be one of the four "first stages" but not necessarily the one you are at. Furthermore, the combination will unlock one of the four final stages, but it may not be the one associated with the map its on OR associated with the map that starts out at the cache you found the combination at. To clarify, consider 4 first stage caches that are exactly at published coordinates, A B C & D. Then there are four final caches with the logbooks under a combo lock, E F G & H. If you go to the cache A, you find a map from one point to another via landmarks and a combination for a lock. It takes trial and error to find out that the map actually goes from C to H and the combination is for F. To really find any of the caches, one would need to grab several maps and obtain several combinations and use trial and error. On a side note, one problem I see with the keys is that someone might pick up all 4 keys deliberately before trying any of them out to "lock out" all of the caches until they are done. Might only happen for the FTFs, and might never happen, but it is certainly possible that someone might go after all the keys first just so no other keys are taken by other cachers while they are looking for the first locked box. Now, if you wanted the ultimate in using physical keys, there are always the intracate Kirk Key lockout systems, which require one or more keys just to release a new key... and those unlocking keys must be left behind if the new key is taken. Some of the locking combinations can be quite intracate and would be downright evil for a cache locking system (though horribly expensive to implement.)
  11. Well, this was really our first find, but we were just tagging along with other geocachers at the time - so while we did the whole hunt and found the cache, we didn't have a GC account and we didnt sign the logbook. As a result we still have not registered this cache as an official find yet. Our first attempt at finding a cache once we had our own GC account was here. We made it to ground zero of the final cache location, but came up empty handed and suffered our first of many DNFs. Our first offical find is still up and going. The owners upgraded the container some time ago, but it never was muggled as far as we know. They just upgraded it in a regular maintenence cycle. All three caches are still going strong.
  12. WYNGS - Wyoming Networked Geocaching Society We would likely be able to build a nice recognizable logo around that name. I also like the sound of WYOGA (Wyoming Geocaching Association), WUFFGA (Wyoming United Fellowship For Geocaching Activities), and SWUNC (State of Wyoming Unified Network of Cachers) - but that is just my silly side imagining strange words.
  13. Caching Recreationalists of Wyoming? For a summer BBQ can have an event called "Come and eat CROW" ? Anyway, just caught up on this thread - sure has been active lately, which is a good thing. I think there might finally be enough interest in geocaching to get a state organization off the ground. Anyway, we are supportive of a group effort for Wyoming cachers and will be looking forward to attending several (and hopefully hosting) events.
  14. The first one we found was this same one. The thing that surprised me the most about it was that it was nearly the size of an ammo can and had quite a decent supply of swag in it. The lamp post skirt it was under was probably 18"x18"x10" - not the size used for most LPMs. We never bothered to copy the hide style, nor did anyone else that I know of until the summer of 2005. Now there are probably close to a dozen in town, half of which make up the majority of local caches we haven't bothered to look for. I'm sure they are fine for travellers visiting the area, but I already knew what the Wal-Mart parking lot looked like before the cache was placed there.
  15. The Expeditioners is a caching family out of Casper. As for an even at South Pass, we would have to wait until a little closer to May before knowing exactly how much we would be able to devote to it. Our schedule changes rapidly and often we have limited time to organize out leisure activities when our weekend.
  16. We don't often check this forum - seems to get overwhelmed by the WA folks at times and the WY posts are usually few and far between. As far as WY geocaching organizations, the only one I am aware of that is truely active anymore is the Camel Caching Club in Gilette. The Expeditioners and ourselves had talked about trying to get something organized this past fall and were going to bring it up at an event in Casper that we were expecting to come up (but never did, apparently.) Anyway, this time of year never is a good one for us to be very active in caching, but by April or so its likely that we can help out organizing a geocaching event. If someone else is able to kick something off prior to that, then at least we will make an effort to attend. I guess we will have to keep checking back to this thread every week or so to not miss out on these things.
  17. My sig item - I have 750 or more of these.... These must be popular as trading items as, while I already knew you had these as a sig item, I don't believe I have ever seen one in the field. OT, we bought a gross of golf pencils at OfficeMax and have yet to use them up in the caches we place or caches we find where no writing utensil is provided despite having room for one. One of the first caches we had found locally had used a ball point pen and it had suffered horribly due to the weather. It fell apart in my hand and I was tracking blue ink everywhere for the rest of the day. The container wasn't in much better shape as it was just a rusted coffee can with no lid and live spiders living amongst the soaked logbook, broken pen, unwrapped pack of stickers, pre-tested lip gloss and used golf balls. Ever since then we have been turned off of the idea of keeping pens in caches.
  18. Average of 1.2 watchers per cache of our 20 active caches. The most watched is a TB trading cache with 4 watchers and many of our caches have no watchers. Only one of our caches is on someone's public bookmark list. As bad as that is, the archived caches fared even worse (though obviously expected that way as they were generally archived in favor of placing better caches) with only 5 watchers across 11 archived caches. Not really going to win any popularity contests.
  19. Congrats on the milestone SB. We have enjoyed finding several of your caches in our limited Geocaching experience and they are the type of quality caches that we try to hold as our own standard of how to place a cache. I'm not sure if we will ever get close to having that many caches hidden ourselves, as we tend to place new caches in concert with archiving the hides that didnt work out, which keeps our active hide count around 20. Maybe we will try and increase that a bit this next year as we already have over a dozen spots scouted out that we have in mind for future caches. Anyway, thanks again for your contributions to the activity!
  20. After a thorough observation of this thread, I have determined the average age of all that have posted is 273.15 Kelvin.
  21. What happens in the snow zones, stays in the snow zones! Let the caching be your alibi.
  22. Hard for me to come up with one cause we like all of our caches for different reasons. Instead I'll break it down to two favorites - one traditional cache and one puzzle cache. Passing Time became unintentionally better simply due to the presense of a local resident that most of the finders have reported in the logs. I've talked to one of the finders that took a picture with his phone - I must convince him to add the photo to his log!!! For the puzzle cache, most cachers in this area don't care for them so they are rarely sought out, but I think this one is in one of the better locations in town - a photographer could have a field day at the final location. Anyway, if you ever plan a trip to Central Wyoming, do the puzzle for Comfortably Numbers in advance for the coordinates and make this a stop on your caching adventures.
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