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Packanack

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  1. I know a charter member who said he got his charter member status when he registered his first gps with the manufacturer and they had a question that asked something like would you like to sign up for Geocaching and he said yes, even though he did not know what it was. I remember signing up for geocaching thinking it was a way to find out about hiking trails. Who knew back then.
  2. You can also access from the Terminus ends of Urban Club Drive, Wayne, NJ and Larks Meadow off Sanderling in Wayne, you can also access Blue Trail from Foxboro , Wayne, but you need to look for the right of way path over there, it leads to the Water storage tank , and looks like a driveway between two housed. Also there is very good access to the red trail over in North Haledon on Reservoir Drive near the circle. And yes Ramapo does know what he is talking about, and on a lot more than just trail access issues.
  3. Bears are not known to take off their dirty wet socks and place them inside lok n loks, at least not in this area. I will try harder to annoy you, perhaps by solving one of your infernal puzzle caches and actually making the find.
  4. Wondering if anyone is experiencing specific episodes of cache destruction. Four in 4 weeks weeks after never having had a problem in 10 years just had me wondering. Either I have been unusually lucky for 10 years or I have annoyed someone recently, if the latter I apologize. But was wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
  5. Now that is an excellent idea for a new website considering the popularity of Virtual caches and shouldn't bother GS as they have no interest in supporting virtuals. I was actually poking a little fun at all things geocaching, tongue in cheek like because I love the virtual rants that run through here like a fever every so often, but it is worthy of someone picking up on it. I would hope that someone would push the virtuals, as I enjoy them greatly. As to the differences in the sites, this one has it all over the other, I can't even bring myself to begin to use their site. Also the people I became friendly with through caching were all through this site and this community, We had events and group hikes and CITO and they all came through Groundspeak. And we connect through this site, Open caching was slow to realize that , but they seem to be picking up on it now --actually asking their ambassadors to host events. They should have embraced geocaching culture, before running their site up the flag pole. Realizing of course that neither site has anything to do with geocaching, they are only website developers and website businesses.
  6. If they really wanted to generate interest they should have called their site Virtual Caching. com and listed only virtuals. Now that would get them going in a big hurry.
  7. I love virtuals, there is just no substitute and each time I go to visit in Washington DC I try and do a couple, it is the virtual capital of the country--really.
  8. I agree, and I also know how it is sometimes people take things personally when no personal element is involved and none was intended. One good thing about this discussion is that we get flavor from many different people and learn that each perspective is no less valuable than the next one, and it does give an idea as to how we should be approaching the art of the hide for the betterment of the game. I think I will go hide an ammo can in the woods, just so I don't have to......And yes I still have a few ammo cans. I do know that I will never use some means of fastening , having never thought much about it before.
  9. The bigger problem was that the owner was being denied placement, while others were using the same methods, that is where the problem came from. I know two wrongs....but he had a problem with uneven application as it pertained to his caches. So if the current thinking is that they will not be allowed, someone should point blank say it. It is not my placement, but the problem is not really related to the specific placement, it is related to the idea that others are using the placement technique locally and this owner is being denied. The local review standards should apply uniformly, not just to one cacher in particular. As to those who would argue about the interior of the fence tube being "defaced" , you need to understand that defacement has an understood definition to limit to that surface that is visible, that is what the word means. To suggest otherwise is parsing and simply not in keeping with the definition.
  10. The subject cap was on a chain link fence next to a highway access path to a rail trail. Personally, I thought it was a strech to consider it defacement. The bigger problem was that the owner was being denied placement, while others were using the same methods, that is where the problem came from. I know two wrongs....but he had a problem with uneven application as it pertained to his caches. So if the current thinking is that they will not be allowed, someone should point blank say it.
  11. By its nature a guideline is subject to interpretation. checking back with the person who asked the question of me, he found that generally his hides were called into question at the same time as hides of others with the same or similar hide technique was not. I suspect you will never see a statement such as Cardinal Red suggested being made. but I too would welcome one. It would go along the line that no mechanical or added means of attachment may be employed without express permission. mkc stock just rose.
  12. Thank you for the input on hanging Bird House caches, I am sure it will prove helpful to some others. But I think I answered my own intial inquiry, in that I looked up what constitutes defacing, and it specifically refers to marring the surface of an object, and therefore concluded that placement inside of an acorn fence cap does not (absent outside marring) violate the defacing guideline. Thanks for the input.
  13. This has always been my understanding, however in the last couple of months I received a declination on a placement from the reviewer specifically referring to safety of the cache community rather than argue the point, I archived the cache. I thought it odd that the reviewer was entering into discussions of safety and I was concerned that somehow that was placing the onus of safety on the hider rather than on the seeker. My cache was in no way unsafe but I did not like the idea that somehow I was not having my cache vetted for safety of the seeker. Unless the reviewer knows that area well they would not know the area is unsafe unless someone contacted the reviewer or maybe there was one there before and was archived for that reason. None of which was the case, the only problem was that the person who was seeking a FTF ran into a police officer and apparently did not like being questioned as to what he was doing in the area, which is public property. Complained to reviewer about having to explain to the cop and the cache got archived.
  14. A friend sent me a note saying that he had to take down a bunch of hides that employed the typical chain link fence cap and pill fob glued inside. He asked me if there was some change that made these impermissable under the "defacement" guidelines. I knew of nothing and so I told him. This is a fairly common hide technique in this areaand I was wondering if there was something new that disallowed them. Also, the over the branch on a sting cache hide technique was outlawed as he used a screw eye into the tree to tie off the string. Also under defacement guideline. Any thoughts, other than the one I gave him that the Reviewer just doesn't like him ?
  15. This has always been my understanding, however in the last couple of months I received a declination on a placement from the reviewer specifically referring to safety of the cache community rather than argue the point, I archived the cache. I thought it odd that the reviewer was entering into discussions of safety and I was concerned that somehow that was placing the onus of safety on the hider rather than on the seeker. My cache was in no way unsafe but I did not like the idea that somehow I was not having my cache vetted for safety of the seeker.
  16. There are a number of them in the area of Secaucus, in a park called Laurel Hill Park. One of which overlooks the NJ TPK, There are a number of Andy Bear/Harry Dolphin caches in the area of the Lincoln Tunnel in towns like Weehawken, West New York, Probably one of the most iconic caches in Northern NJ is the one near the Hamilto Duel site, overlooking New York City. Even if you don't get the cache the view is nothing short of spectacular. Every time I curse a Harry Dolphin puzzle cache, I recall fondly the cache with a view, it will be with you for life. Liberty State Park in Jersey City has 10 earch caches and its own exit from the Turnpike spur, just follow signs for Holland Tunnel.
  17. To the OP, if you are truly serious about wanting to cache with other Northern NJ Cachers, I would in all seriousness suggest that you attend the CITO scheduled for April 22 at High Mountain Wayne NJ, look under Newest Caches in New Jersey Events. The High Mountain CITO is in its 6th Year and visits a location that is fairly well populated with caches and for some reason attracts only the creme de le creme of NJ and NY cachers. No lie, the best and brightest of cacherdom attend on a regular basis. Ask anyone and they will tell you I never steer anyone wrong. As to caching with Polsikrol, I have cached with him 3 times and have survived. Of course each one of those times has been a CITO and involved no hiking. Ask anyone and they will tell you I am no fool.
  18. I was in that very spot over the weekend as my daughter lives there. If you look at the geocachinbg maps for the area you will find that there are no caches in any of the NPS governed area along the C&O and the Capitl Cresent Trail in that area going all the way up to Great Falls, there are a couple of virtuals along the river, but no physicals in their area. Suggest you look to the local caching organization which I think is NOVA, Or Northern Virginia Geocachers Association for guidance. Lokk for the virtual of the Teddy Roosevelt Memorial to get the closest geocaching map to the area, it is located in Arlington. It is a great area and a wonderful place to explore on foot or bike.
  19. who would the we be? You missed one of the peaks as you walked by on the way to bolder pine peak. Under the a of boulder pine peak is another of the highest, I have a cache at the high point called a path to no where.
  20. In NJ we have heard caches hidden as depicted as being NY Style, some hiders drop them in with mono filament and tie off the monofilament. Or magnetic key cases inside the housing.
  21. Riveting stuff, Harry Finding a nice spot in Hoboken could be a tough one
  22. What could easily qualify as a NJ Power Trail is the Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail. Populated by a number of cachers with a range of styles, it is especially kind to those who cache from bicycles. Oft overlooked , it really is worth your while.
  23. And just the other day I was saying to myself, Whatever happened to Harry Dolphin ?
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