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  1. I've not been able to put out more than a couple of my own caches. (too picky about spots, making different camo, etc) So when out caching I like to have some more interesting stuff to leave as swag - interesting shells, mineral samples, foreign coins, just different stuff. I do clean out torn, shredded, moldy, expired stuff but leave the rest. It's just one way to 'give something back' to the game I guess.

  2. There are several very good story/puzzle multi caches in the Bay Area set up by GeoWomyn.


    GeoWomyn Story Caches


    I've done a few of them and they are always most entertaining and well-thought out. (A bad knee is keeping me from a lot of hiking now, so the rest I'll get back to in the spring)


    If you read the logs and comments, it's pretty clear that she has a great flair for the creative.

  3. I have also seen caches placed in various gopher holes in the area. Once the gopher leaves the area the hole is easy to place a cache into.

    How does one determine that a gopher no longer uses the hole?

    Dude-you've never seen Caddyshack?? :D


    Drop a nice healthy gopher snake down the hole and I guarantee there will be no gophers. Tidy, 100% organic and they stick around until the gophers are gone in a good-sized area. Plus they don't bite if handled kindly. I've done this a few times over the years at home (they are native to the area) and never have a problem with gophers digging up my yard.

  4. A friend was messing with Geocaching and told us about it. Being techno-junkies, it was a good excuse to buy a GPS. We're both willing to crawl up large piles of rocks for no other reason than to find tupperware. We enjoy finding new places and learning about new things. Geocaching feeds both those needs. :)

  5. I am loving Kit's idea about adding bugs and waiting to place the cache! There are some serious FTF hounds in the area. The chances of most regular 'working folk' FTFing anything are pretty slim.


    I believe as the hider of a cache (I only have a couple but they're not too bad) it's up to me to even the FTF playing field a little.


    If either of mine had been poached, I would have been significantly peeved that I didn't think of how to prevent it. Using GM and working dropped bugs is very clever. Learning how to turn it against them is better. :D


    Do things like this make you hesitate to head into the wild, especially alone? What exeriences have you experienced with critters in the wild?


    We ran across a cleverly hidden rattlesnake last summer on a trail. Very large, very unhappy with us. Backed carefully away on tippy toes. Found another way down the trail waving hiking sticks in the grass.


    Have seen black bears and scat. The only time we were a little concerned was with a mom and 2 babies. But we were in a drift boat, so she would have had to work to get to us.


    Had a good sized cougar run across the road in front of us a few weeks ago. Happily it was headed uphill and didn't stick around. Great looking cat but I'm glad we were in a car. It looked a whole lot like the one in the video, just a bit lighter gold.


    Most of what we see are a whole lot of birds. A pair of bald eagles look really large just over head but I don't think we're part of their normal menu.


    We cache together and do carry poles and a cell phone. Running into another rattler concerns me more than the cougar. There's a whole lot more of them up by our house and the chances of running across one this time of year are quite good.

  7. Jeeez. Ya gotta love an angst-filled Monday.


    Herewith is my one and only ever ever attempt to defend micros: Sometimes they actually do take one to interesting places that are easy to get to. This all goes back to the quality of the hide - same as any tupperware container or ammo can. Good spot/good camo = interesting hide. Doesn't matter what the size of the cache is if it's an interesting hide.


    While I do prefer larger caches, I'm currently limited to the amount of climbing/hiking I can do and if I need a caching fix, an interesting flatland micro beats the heck out of nothing.

  8. Caching is way up on my "fun stuff to do" list for a lot of reasons. In no real order....


    I'm curious about almost anything. Caching makes me look at maps, play with a cool techno doodad and find new places - intersting places.


    My husband likes to take pictures of wildlife - birds and such. Caching gets us out to places that nearly always have birds and we've gotten some great shots - and flat missed a few too. (Like the mountain lion that ran across the road in front of us Friday night...)


    If I think I'm too old, too tired and too sore to crawl another half a mile up a rock-filled trail, knowing a cache is "up there somewhere" is enough to get me up that hill.


    The "quality time" idea is huge. We get out somewhere in a trail, get a few miles behind us and whatever problem from work just gets left behind. It's just Waylon and I out there and we act like little kids. Bliss.

  9. We don't do numbers runs or try to set 'records' for the most caches in a day. If we're going to hit some caches, I do some reading ahead of time I look for caches that have:


    A lot of interesting logs - comments like "great camo", "how'd you think of THAT?" or "this is the third time we've come looking" really interest me. A few DNFs thrown in add to the challenge. I avoid the ones that are simply TNLNSL


    Anything in a park I've never been by or heard of that's harder than a 1 x 1


    Descriptions of interesting things in the area or at the hide location


    Descriptions that have a lot of humor, an intersting story or just really quirky (I figure if who is writing up the cache can write an interesting tale, finding it should be intersting also)


    Takes time, but I have better luck than if I'm working on the fly and looking for caches from on the road. It may mean not rolling up much in the way of numbers but I'm generally happier with the ones that I find.

  10. It's not possible to control the 'quality' of a recorded log. But it is possible to be sure that the caches hidden are interesting, either good camo, good location or both. I keep telling myself that while I plan the next couple of hides. Keeps me from getting fussy about cut 'n' paste logs.

  11. I don't usually take anything except TBs if I'm headed somewhere they might like to go. (I have enough random bits of stuff around the house already)


    I prefer to leave interesting doo-dads that I don't normally see. It's nice to toss in a handfull of fun stuff to spiffy up the contents of a cache that has nothing but broken crayons and chewed-on golfballs.

  12. This one: Best 60 made us just crazy.


    What's worse is that the finds about equal the DNFs so I know it's there. If the snow is gone over Memorial Day, we're going back after it.


    I see little point in taking on a 4 or 5 level cache without expecting to be dirty, annoyed, vexed and sometimes a little crazy.


    There's so many 1 and 2 level hides out there that are all about the numbers. The few really tough ones make a 'name' for themselves with those of us who DNF them. The folks who make these great hides deserve a big "Thanks! " for their efforts. (Right after we get done swearing at them for their cleverness and ability to torment us.)

  13. We have friends who dabble in the game who told us about it. I looked up my home coordinates and found at least a dozen within a couple miles. It drove me nuts knowing they were there.


    Add to that an excuse to go buy a new tech doo-dad and get out of the house with my honey and we were hooked.

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