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  1. If you want to start off with a low tech approach, you could pick up a copy of the DeLorme Gazetteer for South Carolina and mark caches on the places in which you are most interested. You can pick one up at most hunting/camping/outdoor oriented stores.

     

    Edit: It looks like Beowulf83 types faster than me - maybe he drives faster, too! :o

  2. The cache owner's concern is understandable, although with reasonable up-front research, cache denials should be rare.

     

    One way to deal with a similar situation might be for the cache owner to post a note (not a reviewer note) on the cache page before submitting the page that states that the physical cache will be placed after it is posted to the web site, and that another note will be posted to let everyone know when it is in place and OK to find.

  3. Contrary to your statement, when the cache owner proposed the idea to me, I did not recognize the potential agenda issue, which is probably minor in comparison, or the impact that the logging requirement for no "finds" would have on usage of the site's tools by others.  These points were identified in mostly polite and objective forum posts.

     

    Once you decided that the cache is OK to go you should stick to that decision because it is utterly unfair to the hider that you suddenly change your mind and withdraw your approval to a previously approved cache. BTW I don't think the "agenda issue" is real, it seems a made-up excuse to me. There is no fundamental reason why this cache should not be allowed. Jeremy also said it should be listed. You still have the right to reject it but you should have thought of the issues you are mentioning before approving the cache, not thereafter.

    I claim neither perfection nor clarivoyance, and am proud to say that I am still capable of being educated. While there are some who will stick with a decision in spite of new information, I am not among that group.

  4. It was not a mistake, and it's not "the admins" that want to archived it. It's the same guy who approves a cache on Friday and archives it on Saturday, on a whim. This is unacceptable.

    Contrary to your statement, when the cache owner proposed the idea to me, I did not recognize the potential agenda issue, which is probably minor in comparison, or the impact that the logging requirement for no "finds" would have on usage of the site's tools by others. These points were identified in mostly polite and objective forum posts.

     

    I retain the right to alter my perception upon receipt of new information. Thus, when a geocacher posted a should be archived log on the cache page, I posted a note to the owner.

     

    Also contrary to your statement, the cache has not been archived.

     

    edit - fixed typo

  5. At my recent retirement, I was given a Garmin eTrex Legend - so I guess we've come a long way since the proverbial gold watch!

     

    Anyway, my trusty Garmin 12MAP still works fine, and I would rather get a nice hand-held marine radio. The GPS was purchased at Dick's Sporting Goods for $169.99, and I have the gift receipt. The closest Dick's store does not carry marine radios.

     

    I would like to get $150 for it, but will consider other offers. I'll include the gift receipt so the buyer can work a return at Dick's if desired. Shipping will be at real cost by whatever method the buyer specifies.

     

    Please contact me by e-mail using my profile or by PM.

  6. I made the assumption that the travel bug involved with the caches under discussion was in a fixed location or cache equally accessible to everyone, which was obviously a mistake. My apologies to the NE geocaching community; I will be more diligent in my reviews going forward.

     

    -gpsfun <_<

    geocaching.com volunteer reviewer

  7. Generally, snakes view other living things in a binary fashion - I can eat it, or it can eat me. Since snakes cannot eat one of us, they would much prefer to avoid us. Trouble occurs when they cannot avoid us - if they are cornered, as mentioned by the federation, or if you inadvertently sit down, lay down, or put your hand or foot too close to one of them.

     

    It is my understanding that the great majority of snakebites in the SE US are acquired on the hands and forearms of males with a significant level of alcohol in their bloodstream. You will have much better odds if you can remain out of that group.

  8. Occasionally when a proposed cache page has an issue that needs to be resolved, the cache owner does not act or respond to our requests. As a result, we are left with the possibility that cache containers may still be in place and will not be hunted because the cache page remains unposted. Some refer to this as geo-litter.

     

    One such cache is listed here, and it would be good to remove it if it is still where it was placed. As to the ownership and what to do with it if found, we suggest you proceed as if you encountered an unlisted cache while hiking. You may or may not find a way to contact the owner inside the cache, and if you do, they may or may not be responsive if you do try to contact them. If you would like my assistance in contacting the owner(s), please contact me with the GCxxxx number and I will provide you with a link to the owner's profile page.

     

    It would also be nice to note your success or failure in finding it here so others will not repeat a search for a rescued cache.

     

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    North Carolina - GCJQM9 - N 34° 50.374 W 080° 40.647 - This cache was not posted due to proximity issues and having a knife in the cache. The owner has not replied to our request to address these issues, and the cache page has been archived.

  9. Cache Hider,

     

    I am sorry you are upset with the way this situation has evolved. I was planning to post the chronology of events here, and thank you for saving me that work.

     

    Each time a log is posted to a cache page, an e-mail message is sent to the cache page owner's registered e-mail address. In addition, a copy of the cache log messages are sent to persons who have the cache on their watch list. As a result, I have all of the e-mail messages related to the logs you copied into your posting. If you did not receive the e-mail messages, I am truly sorry. That said, as a volunteer reviewer I have to operate on the information I have at hand. Recapping, I used the gc.com site to contact you on March 15, March 30, and May 10. In the May 10 message, I asked you to respond within ten days. Thirteen days later, I posted the message here asking for someone to remove your cache container.

     

    I do not believe it is unreasonable to expect a response within two months. And with due respect to my peer volunteer approvers, I believe they also would have given up on you by now.

     

    Wreck Diver has made it clear that he is willing to return the cache to you. If you choose to re-hide it, after you create your cache page, you can use the link to show nearby caches - that will let you see how close others are to the location you have selected.

  10. Cache in probable need of removal

     

    A proposed cache submitted on 3/13/2004 was not posted to the web site because it is too close to an existing active cache. The owner has been asked to either move or remove it but has not replied and has not visited the gc.com web site since March. Therefore, I am soliciting a volunteer to remove the cache container if it is still there.

     

    Here are the particulars:

     

    N 41° 51.989 W 070° 59.449

     

    In Massachusetts, United States

    Date 3/13/2004

     

    Short Description

    Wear some boots!

     

    Long Description

    Cache is located in an ammo box. Should be easy to spot once you reach the location.

     

    Hints

    No Hints Available

     

    Some nearby caches include:

     

    234ft S Good Place for a Cache by JohnX (GCH1A1)

     

    0.1mi N Who pulled the plug? by JohnX (GCHQGB)

     

    0.5mi NE Cracked Tree Treasure by BugSquad & Paul (GC3C30)

     

    2mi SE GC Lakers Geocache by Babs, Tinkerbell, and Roadrunner (GC97B9)

     

    If you go for it, please post the results here so others will know it is gone.

     

    Thanks.

     

    -gpsfun

    geocaching.com volunteer reviewer

  11. An observation along Carleen's point:

    Has anyone offended by this bug contacted the owner? It seems to me that is the first place to start.

    I am reminded of living in an area with a neighborhood association, and upon seeing a neighbor allowing their dog (on lead) to defecate on their lawn without performing the appropriate cleanup, the offended property owner promptly calls upon the neighborhood association to discipline the dog owner.

     

    What's wrong with taking a little personal responsibility and addressing the issue to the dog owner (or TB owner, for that matter) directly? Why do so many people believe someone else (the neighborhood association, the government, the web site management, etc.) should handle their issues for them?

     

    I do agree that there should be an appeal process for use when an agreement cannot be reached.

  12. I have not experienced delays in log e-mail notifications, and I see many each day. I suspect the previous poster may be correct in stating that the delay may be due to backdated log entries. Over the past few weeks there have been times when it has been difficult to access the site without making more than one try, so people may be posting their finds in catch-up mode.

  13. We now have another abandoned cache available for adoption.  This one is located in Massachusetts under the name of Ships a sailing.

     

    The cache has a number of "not found" log entries, so what you are considering adopting is really the location so you may replace the missing cache and take ownership going forward.  Another option is to allow it to be archived, after which a new cache placement could be submitted in the same or a nearby location. 

     

    If you are interested in adopting the cache, please let me know by e-mail through my profile.  If no one steps forward by March 21, Ships a sailing will be archived.

    Ships a Sailing has now been archived as no one appears willing to adopt it. Can someone please volunteer to remove the remnants?

     

    Thanks.

  14. We now have another abandoned cache available for adoption. This one is located in Massachusetts under the name of Ships a sailing.

     

    The cache has a number of "not found" log entries, so what you are considering adopting is really the location so you may replace the missing cache and take ownership going forward. Another option is to allow it to be archived, after which a new cache placement could be submitted in the same or a nearby location.

     

    If you are interested in adopting the cache, please let me know by e-mail through my profile. If no one steps forward by March 21, Ships a sailing will be archived.

  15. This cache now has an adoption in process. The new owner's name should show up in a few days.

     

    Thanks.

     

    We have an orphaned cache by the name of Geocache that has reached its first birthday today.  Since it is located in upper NY state very close to Vermont, I am posting this in the Northeast and the New England forums.

     

    If you are interested in adopting this cache, you may send an e-mail via my profile or post here.  I will coordinate with the reviewer who handles NY state so we may place this cache in the hands of an active owner.

     

    Thank you.

  16. This cache now has an adoption in process. The new owner's name should show up in a few days>

     

    Thanks.

     

    We have an orphaned cache by the name of Geocache that has reached its first birthday today.  Since it is located in upper NY state very close to Vermont, I am posting this in the Northeast and the New England forums.

     

    If you are interested in adopting this cache, you may send an e-mail via my profile or post here.  I will coordinate with the reviewer who handles NY state so we may place this cache in the hands of an active owner.

     

    Thank you.

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