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Okay, I may try this but frankly I don't get the appeal. Looking at some near me I have a good idea where they are. Near the railroad station, on top of the hill, along the railroad tracks.

 

So let me see:

 

I go hunt down this metal disk, or nail, or rock.

Which may or may not be there and no one is maintaining it.

If I find it I take a picture.

I load it up on website and write about my adventure.

 

Or I geocache:

 

I go hunt down this box.

I open it up. Gee, this feels like a surprise, what is in there?

May be I take something and leave something.

I log my visit and see who else has been here.

Now I visit a nice park (hopefully).

Then I write about my adventure on the website and see how it compares to others.

 

If I stumble on a benchmark I may log them but I'll stick to the fun of geocaching.

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Okay, I may try this but frankly I don't get the appeal. Looking at some near me I have a good idea where they are. Near the railroad station, on top of the hill, along the railroad tracks.

 


 

If we all liked the same things, this would be a very boring world. I like it myself. I might not make a day of hunting markers but I will keep a record of them and hit them at appropriate times. I have also found some very interesting ones near me. Like the one on top of a 121' high cross and two in lighthouses. I can understand that this ain't your bag but I rather like it.

 

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For me, a hunt is a hunt. These "little metal disks" can be alot harder to find than a geocache. I get a good feeling when I find one of these markers, like I'm taking care of something that nobody else has the time or inclination to do. There is also the thrill of finding a marker that has been reported missing. I found one sitting in the front lawn of Mattoon City Hall that was reported missing in 1984. I also had the opportunity to find a marker that had not been recovered since the very early 1900's. It was a railroad spike embedded in a concrete train bridge that the rails had been removed from many years before. Little bit of satisfaction for me.

 

Also, this is a great opportunity for handicapped geocachers, teams with young children, and for people who have exhausted the caches in their immediate area.

 

rdw

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You could look at it as a training exercise. These things are supposedly pretty precise in their posted coordinates. If I can find a little metal disk that was placed there years ago, I should be able to find a box somebody placed months ago.

 

You could look at it as a verification of the accuracy of your GPSr, although Kerry would certainly disagree. When I found one of these thingies a while back, my GPS said it was 3 feet away while it was sitting on top of it. Not bad anectdotal evidence.

 

How many times have we all said, TN/LN/SL? How would this be any different, except that these things weren't put out specifically for the coolness of the location.

 

I also went out and found these during lean months. There was a period in the Chicago area where the only new caches were being placed way north of Chicago, too far for me to drive. Alternative would be to have a little fun and see if these still exist.

 

Markwell

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Originally posted by Orange:

Okay, I may try this but frankly I don't get the appeal. Looking at some near me I have a good idea where they are. Near the railroad station, on top of the hill, along the railroad tracks.


 

If you look at stuff like Geodashing and even MinuteWar you will see a nice sized group of folks into hitting marks either for the sake of hitting marks or for reaching a goal of a game.

 

I myself dont much care for geodashing but loved minute war evolution 1. I still dig geocaching proper the best though.

 

I think the benchmarking will probably be used for things yet unthought of ...in fact I could well see a Minute War type game comming of it.

 

-tom

 

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I can't tell you how long I've searched for a list of benchmarks.

 

I fancy myself a pretty good Cyber Slueth, but couldn't find a list of benchmarks....now I'm really excited.

 

start a thread in the other form on minute war...I have no Idea of what you are talking about.

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While some of these marks are easy to find, you may be suprised at what you find along the way. I hunted a mark less than a mile from my house and found a wonderful little park with a "hidden" boardwalk and a nice view of a huge lake in the area. I've driven by that park before but would have never stopped there because it looked small and seedy. Once I got to the benchmark I saw the real appeal of the place. icon_smile.gif

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While some of these marks are easy to find, you may be suprised at what you find along the way. I hunted a mark less than a mile from my house and found a wonderful little park with a "hidden" boardwalk and a nice view of a huge lake in the area. I've driven by that park before but would have never stopped there because it looked small and seedy. Once I got to the benchmark I saw the real appeal of the place. icon_smile.gif

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Originally posted by Orange:

Okay, I may try this but frankly I don't get the appeal. Looking at some near me I have a good idea where they are. Near the railroad station, on top of the hill, along the railroad tracks.

 

So let me see:

 

I go hunt down this metal disk, or nail, or rock.

Which may or may not be there and no one is maintaining it.

If I find it I take a picture.

I load it up on website and write about my adventure.

 

Or I geocache:

 

I go hunt down this box.

I open it up. Gee, this feels like a surprise, what is in there?

May be I take something and leave something.

I log my visit and see who else has been here.

Now I visit a nice park (hopefully).

Then I write about my adventure on the website and see how it compares to others.

 

If I stumble on a benchmark I may log them but I'll stick to the fun of geocaching.


 

Oh, sure, it's silly. Just as silly as anything else, I guess.

 

Here's a thought: If this info gets to be archived in a permenant form it will make up a historical record. In 20, 50 years folks will be able to check a very specific point and see what was there at that time. Of course, datum aren't all that permenant, but it's still fun!

 

Bluespreacher

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