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  1. I like that you added any changes/specifics in red to the usual post - easier to see for those of us who are return visitors to your cache machines! Thank you.

    I booked Guesthouse Suites (Kennewick) for $107 total for 2 nites back in December (used discount broker). I'd love to priceline bid, but we need 2 beds, and sometimes they don't guarantee that! YMMV

  2. Since he's not posting it here - I'll give you the latest from WatchdogsMike - he has decided to leave the Ft Casey State Park cache on the CM so that people can get their passport stamps during this weekend. So kind of Mike :) We appreciate him leaving it on the list. So the Ft. Casey State Park cache is available for hunting! If he changes his mind, I'll leave it up to him to update the forum - it feels weird for me to do that... I'm deleting my original forum post about that to prevent confusion.

  3. Finally done with power outage and Thanksgiving, back to caching.


    Good choices again, only found two on the route. :)


    #3 GC3KB6J - may be missing according to the last log.

    #63 GC32H5G - just a note, needs tool, looks like a jug of water

    #64 GC5A6VR - previously noted, archived.


    Bookmark posted, web page updated.

    Thank you so much for the work you do on these. Looking forward to your updates :)

  4. Boy, I cannot stress how THICK the deer can get outside of the towns on Whidbey during early morning & evening hours. Especially north end & central. It's like they're magnetic & attracted to cars. I've had to dodge them numerous times when I lived on Whidbey. They're smaller than mainland deer, but they'll definitely put a dent in your insurance premiums. They're stinkin' fearless...keep an eye out.

  5. Local 'gossip' about accomodations - third hand info. Just so you know... Oak Harbor: Queen Anne at one time housed long term residents, monthly live-ins, etc. Kind of run down. Acorn Inn: refurbished hotel, it was closed down before because of Meth issues (biohazard clean-up). It is open now, but you might want to be aware. Tyee Motel/Restaurant (12 miles from Oak Harbor) is a nice alternative, in Coupeville (Mom & Pop style motel). Coachman Inn & Candlewood Suites all ok.

  6. Would June 18 for the NCM be better for most of you?

    Personally, I love June 18 for NCM and would make it doable for our team (I think we're all headed to GW in Denver) - but it is your baby. I never want to presume that you will bend to fit people's wishes, but am grateful that you are considering it.

  7. Comment on the cache machine on Whidbey Island - motels the weekend of Jan. 2 might be a real challenge with folks going for a New Years get away. Maybe Jan. 9 would be a better choice? Even for folks in and around Seattle getting to Whidbey is either a ferry ride from Mukilteo or a long drive up I-5 which adds to the length of the day. For me the only practical way is the Pt. Townsend ferry and that time of the year it is a one boat schedule and you really need reservations.

    What Jim said, in spades.


    And what Lizzy said too. Dang, have to choose between GW and Nanaimo.

    For Whidbey - look into non-traditional places to stay, BNB, Ft Casey guest houses (cool, stay on park property) share a vacation house with several cachers. I don't think there's a bad hotel on Whidbey. I'm staying with my bestie at her house in Coupeville ;)

  8. For those of you who keep track of such things, I've updated the list of upcoming cache machines. A tipster at dinner on Saturday pointed out that Colville has now reached the level where a cache machine is possible, and I've been eyeing that area for years. It will be replacing Wenatchee III in September 2018.



    I did a little dance & a cheer when I saw Colville on the list!! But then shed a tear when I saw the Nanaimo CM (much anticipated) listed the week before Geowoodstock in Denver. If you ever consider moving that date - I'll do another happy dance, but I understand how hard it is to schedule these things and please everyone.

  9. Can't win them all - good try though Travis. You did everything you possibly could. Looking forward to Whidbey, although there isn't a whole lotta places there that can feed a crowd cheap. Might want to alert base security if you include many caches near the Seaplane base or top of the hill from the main base. Just sayin'

  10. You know what rd had me curious today? Looking at the maps, trying to figure out how to squeeze a ride up Slack Canyon Rd (Douglas Creek). It's just off our cache machine route, but I hear not good except for high clearance vehicles, which made me want to try it more! It's just north of "WagOn" which is on the CM route. Looked really cool.

  11. My 3 teenage sons and I will be visiting Yellowstone and staying in Cody Wyoming at the end of June. Any tips, pointers or recomendations would be greatly appreciated.



    LOVE Cody!! Visit the Buffalo Bill Museum (can't remember the exact name). My favorite museum in the west if you like anything "western". The nightly Rodeo is a kick in the pants. We've stayed at the Big Bear Motel - really kitschy & old style - rustic, loved it. If you can spend some time (an afternoon) drive east of Cody out in the "prairie" toward the Little Bighorn Mtns & check out the wild horse area - we've been able to catch some really awesome pictures of the mustangs. Of course, Yellowstone is awesome. We're returning to Yellowstone this year too!

    2. What do you like most about challenge caches?
      I like challenges that give me chance to explore new areas that I probably would not have done. Challenges that give me an excuse to go on a road trip.
    3. What do you not like about challenge caches?
      Challenges that seem to exist only for the logging of the challenge cache.
    4. What would you like to see changed about challenge caches?
      That the challenge should be more geographically orientated instead of feat orientated.
    5. If you could describe your favorite challenge cache type, what would it be?
      Delorme challenges, state county challenges, Thomas Guide challenges, quad challenges.
    6. What types of challenge caches do you avoid?
      Ones that are not geographical orientated and ones I can't complete out of my already logged caches.

    -Exactly what my response would be

  12. That's weird, I just clicked on NW from within the forums and it worked fine.

    It depends on how you access it. I tried accessing it by GC Forums > United States > Washington and that's where it misdirected me. If I clicked on GC Forums > United States > Northwest, it works just fine. I see my problem - I just thought that "Washington" would lead me to the Northwest Forum. Instead, it shows event listings, etc. Maybe that is purposefully that way. So...maybe not a bug/problem.

  13. I just priceline bid a 2 star in Post Falls for $49 a nite and got the room at the Riverbend Inn (which I have stayed at before) - I knew at that star level I would probably get that one. If I didn't, then it would've been the Sleep Inn or Comfort Inn (wish). Either way, it might be worth trying to see if you can get under that price. REMEMBER, you are only guaranteed a room that sleeps 2 (possibly not 2 beds), but I will be calling the hotel to put a request in for 2 beds when the priceline reservation comes through there. My total cost with taxes was $114.96 for the 2 nights.

  14. Accomodation prices prevent us from attending CM this time round. We've been 'bleeding' money lately, so time to reign a bit of that in. Sometimes I think it would be a great deal if enough of us booked a vacation home instead & split costs. Keep that in mind if it ever comes up with your team Abby - on this or future CMs - we would probably be willing if the price justified it.

  15. My hope was that this led to better quality caches on the route, with the tradeoff that the numbers of finds would be lower than it otherwise would be. A few questions for your consideration: Ignoring the higher-than-average number of DNFs,

    • overall, did it seem like the caches were indeed better quality than in previous CM events?
    • was it frustrating to know sometimes that there were caches within a block of the route that weren't on the route?
    • do you think the balance of short hikes versus park-and-grabs was too strenuous, too lazy, or just right?


    Loved this one. Good mix & great caches - clever hides. Of course, I preferred the out of town caching & the scenic areas and little "adventures". Did not mind passing up other caches for these. A successful CM for us. Loved the ferry and the history! Thanks again, Travis. We could see the difference & liked it.

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