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  1. Ok, I'm planning on bringing the whole family (yea I know there are good points and bad :mad: ), are there going to be any kid friendly caches?



  2. After reading this thread, I have a few questions.


    First let me state that I have not had the opportunity to cache in the fair town of Nashville, so I can't add anything to the arguement of the existance of lame/not lame caches there.


    From what I have heard and read (much of it in this thread), there are considerable lightpole caches, dumpster caches, etc. dotting the Nashville landscape. If this is truly the case, aren't these types going against geocaching policy by being placed on private property without the owner's permission? Or have all of these received the blessing of the property owner(s)? I just find it hard to believe that Wal-Mart, or the local Pizza joint, would give their blessing on placing caches on their property.


    So if these were placed without the property owner's permission, doesn't this threaten the geocaching community as a whole? I understand the need to keep most cache locations "quiet", but a proliferation of the same type cache in any one area seems like it could be trouble waiting to happen.



  3. We've had real good luck in with "Pocket Caches" at our events. A pocket cache is a micro cache that several secretly appointed people keep in their pocket. The idea is that in order to log the cache, you have to introduce yourself first. The cache is quietly slipped to the recipient as to not give away who has them in their posession (and then returned). It's a great way to get everyone to introduce themselves and to get to know everyone because you don't know who is carrying the cache, and you get to log a cache or two, too. Make sure you mark them with a name, number, etc. for identification.



  4. I have seen many cachers collecting signature items from caches. I like the idea, especially when the items are from cachers that I have met. They become like business or calling cards to me. They also help serve as a log of those that cared to visit our caches, and thought well enough of it to leave something. I have not started collecting them yet because I can't figure out a good method of storing/displaying them.


    So I'm looking for suggestions and comments from others that collect sig items and what you do with them.





  5. I'm planning on going! 20 caches in one weekend, that might be a challenge in it self. I hope to get some pointers for hiding some of my own caches too.


    I have been to the park before too with the Boy Scouts and it is one of the prettiest areas in the state, which makes it a perfect choice for the event. Lots of terrain types, rocky, hilly, flat, wooded, etc. Makes for lots of hiding places.



  6. That is exactly what we are going to be doing at the Midwest Geocaching Competition. Finding caches. Besides the competition that will be going on, there are two existing caches in Hawn State Park, and we are going to be placing 20 more well stocked caches in addition to a planned night cache (still in the works). There will be plenty of socializing too. A couple of bonfire get-togethers and plenty of "face time" with all your buddies. What could be better, Geocachers getting together to hunt caches and talk geocaching.


    Get yourselves ready and come on over.



    This sounds like it has lots of potential because it has regular caches to find as well as a competition. While I would probably just go after the regular caches myself, I think it would still be fun to see the different techniques and strategies teams would apply to trying to find the team caches. Of course I like the socializing part too.



  7. I see three problems.


    As Mopar said many states have bans and permits. They're placing caches in locations that have a permit process that they may not be able to easily maintain. At least two mentioned here (including the first one) are in a state park in Illinois. Team WO9LF just posted a link in our Chicago forum to the State Park guidlines for Illinois (thanks Brian!).


    I don't get the arguement about the Park rules and bans. If there are rules or bans in a specific park, then the original container was in violation, etc. also. They didn't create a new cache, they replaced a container. If there was a problem that was against the parks geocaching policies then the cache should have already been withdrawn and archived.



  8. Looks like "Art" might be right.

    Check out this cache too.

    Awful lot of smileys for a cache that was missing!


    Edit: here's another.

    I logged the second cache that you have listed here and if you read the logs to the Wayne Fitzgerald cache you will see many people have since found the replacement cache. I can confirm that it was replaced and logged. I don't understand why everyone thinks that they should be suspect. Haven't you replaced a log or a pen, etc. in a cache that needed replacement? Maybe they feel that they are doing a service in the same way. This cache is only about an hour's drive from where they live, very easily maintainable if they so desire.



  9. I enjoy the puzzle type multi's over the "standard" waypoint type multi's. While the puzzle multi's usually take longer and can be frustrating, they keep me interested much better than most of the other types.


    If I'm just going to walk from Point A to Point B just to get the waypoint for Point C, etc., I'd rather do three regular caches unless each point has something interesting to see.


    I just completed a 9-point multi that was a load of fun. It took about 3 1/2 hours and 4 miles of hiking to complete. If it was just go here, substitute this number at this point, and go on to the next, I wouldn't commit that much time and energy to it.



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    Originally posted by MountainMudbug:

    Geocaching has become something of a interruption for the letterboxing community - it seems many letterboxes get confused/combined with the abundance of geocaches popping up out there (which greatly overwhelms the number of letterboxes)


    Guess some of them might feel pirated by us cachers when that happens



    I bet they do. We just had a cache placed just 10 feet from an existing letterbox. One of my caches had a letterbox placed within 20 feet of it. Apparently, it goes both ways


    At least your not stealing their stuff and claiming rights to it.

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