+travisl Posted August 13, 2012 Share Posted August 13, 2012 (edited) (Note: circumstances may change after this initial posting. Look for my posts (with the icon) in this thread for all the important details and changes.) (Link to dinner event cache.) We've done two cache machines in Yakima. We've done two cache machines in the Tri-Cities. But what about all that space in between? Toppenish and Sunnyside and Zillah and Prosser? This time, it's their time. Fill up the tank, toss down some breakfast at way-too-early o'clock, and start on the route. Sunrise on Saturday, September 22, is at 6:15 a.m., so let's meet at the parking area for Big Log and the other five westernmost caches on the route. From there, move at your own pace and get as many as you can. If you'd prefer to sleep in or start somewhere else, go for it! Dinner's at 7:00 p.m. at the China Buffet in Sunnyside. See its event page for details. Note that several caches on the route map may be marked with a "do not enter" icon (). Those cache owners have justifiably asked for their cache to not be on the route, and for the cache to not be sought after this weekend. The cache is, in the owner's opinion, in a sensitive area, whether it's ecologially sensitive, socially sensitive, or physically fragile. Just don't get it. It's not like there's a shortage of caches in the area. Parking for several caches on the route, including the start point, requires a Discover Pass. Plan accordingly. Rules: 1) Follow all traffic laws, and drive safely. This is not a race; there are no winners. The only loser will be someone who gets hurt. 2) Respect private property, even if the cache owner didn't. Post your DNFs proudly. 3) One logbook entry for "YVCM" is fine for most small and micros. Don't go filling up the logbook just because you want to mark your territory. 100 people's names and dates will fill up most one-sheets. Be kind and bring extra paper to add to caches with full logbooks. 4) As with all cache machines, if you find the cache, you'll be the one who has to re-hide it. Hide it as well as you found it. Handing it off to someone else and pointing down saying "it goes there" isn't good enough. Don't be a jerk. The extra 45 seconds isn't going to ruin your day. If you’ve already found a couple of these caches, that’s fine - give us a chance to find the cache, and then we may turn to you for a hint. Suggestions and ''Count me ins'' are welcome on the event page. ---- The Yakima Valley Cache Machine FAQ: When is it? When is the start time? Saturday, September 22, 2012. Start whenever you want, but I recommend starting at GC2NJTE at 6:15 a.m. Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. Will it be one large group, will we be split into teams, or what? If you like caching with large groups, you can start at GC2NJTE at 6:15 a.m. Or, if you like caching in smaller groups, pick somewhere else to start from. After a dozen caches or so, even the larger groups tend to fragment, and on a long day like this, you'll probably be on your own by the time most people in town are waking up. Is anything going on before, during, or after? Friday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m., will be a pre-event dinner. Location will be announced later in this thread, once I figure it out. Saturday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m., dinner will be at China Buffet, 2600 Yakima Valley Highway, Sunnyside, N 46° 19.146 W 119° 59.154. See the event page. Sunday, September 23, get the ones you missed! A cache on your map shows the wrong place to park. Let me know, and I'll incorporate it into the route. If dinner's at 7:00 p.m., why does the route run way past then? Is this a two-day event? The extra time is a buffer, in case you're so good that you'd run out of caches before you run out of daylight. I don't expect anyone would be able to hit all of them between sunrise and sunset. Of course, if you wanted to hit them after dinner, or on Sunday, I'm sure you'll be able to find folks to join you. It sounds fun, but I've already found some of them. Then come laugh at us, or guess when we'll be at the caches you haven't hit yet. You don't have X cache on the route. Why aren't we getting that one? I try to avoid most multicaches, most puzzle caches, caches that appear to be overly time consuming, and caches that the owner has asked us to avoid. You have X cache on the route, but it's disabled/archived/a two mile hike. Let me know, and I'll remove it from the route (if archived) or will check with the owner (if disabled). X cache is in an environmentally sensitive area. By all means, let me know. I don't want to send 100 people there to stomp all over it. I disagree with the whole idea of cache machines. I don't want you finding my cache. Sorry to hear that. It's too bad you've got a neat place to show us that we won't be able to see. Let me know, and I'll remove it from the route. What's this gonna cost me? Nothing for the caching. Or, at least, nothing more than it would cost than if you did the trip solo (e.g., paying for your own gas, hotel, and dinner). I'm not collecting any money for this. Lunch? Breaks? Bathrooms? Lunch: You should probably bring a sack lunch to eat on the road. Breaks and Bathrooms: There's no breaks in cache machines! Just hold it. :-P Or find something on the way. Rain? Snow? Landslides? Flooding? Could be. Do what you safely can, and skip ahead when reality or your capabilities don't match the plan. Be prepared and flexible. What do the map symbols mean? Edited August 18, 2012 by Tarn_Loon OP's request Quote Link to comment
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