+travisl Posted February 13, 2017 Share Posted February 13, 2017 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. If you think you've seen this all before, focus on the unique-to-this-event information in red. (Link to dinner event cache.) The Quad Cities again! The Cougars of Pullman. The Vandals of Moscow. The Warriors of Lewiston. The barges of Clarkston. So fill up the tank, grab your gear, toss down some breakfast at way-too-early o'clock, and start on the route at GCXKK3, Sunnyside, on Saturday, March 18 at 6:45 AM. From there, move at your own pace and get as many as you can. Dinner's at 7:00 p.m. at Rancho Viejo, 170 S. Grand Ave, Pullman (N 46° 43.746’, W 117° 10.920’). It’s listed as an event cache, GC70VFN. See its event page for details. Please log your "will attends" on the event page so I can let the restaurant know how many to expect. Note that some 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 during the cache machine. The cache is, in the owner's opinion, in a sensitive area, whether it's environmentally unwise, socially sensitive, or physically fragile. Just don't get it. It's not like there's a shortage of caches in the area. Note the four Whereigos at stops 18-21. If you want to get these, you'll need to prepare. See their cache pages for details. 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. When someone asks what you're doing, the right answer is honesty: "geocaching". 2) Respect private property, even if the cache owner didn't. Post your DNFs proudly. 3) One logbook entry for "QCCM" is fine for most small and micros. Don't go filling up the logbook just because you want to mark your territory. 50 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 Quad Cities Cache Machine II FAQ: When is it? When is the start time? Saturday, March 18, 2017. Start time is 6:45 a.m. at GCXKK3, Sunnyside. Will it be one large group, will we be split into teams, or what? We'll start as one large group, but after a dozen caches or so, the large groups will likely 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. If you want to go off-route to find Munzees, letterboxes, Pokémon, portals, confluences, or Starbucks, well, you do you. Is anything going on before, during, or after? Friday, March 17, at 6:30 PM: An informal pre-event dinner will be Paradise Creek Brewery, 245 SE Paradise St., Pullman, N 46° 43.728’, W 117° 10.818’. Last-minute changes will be announced at this dinner and in the Groundspeak forum Saturday, March 18, 6:45 AM: Cache machine! Kick-off is at stop number 1, at GCXKK3, Sunnyside. Saturday, March 18, 7:00 PM: Dinner is at stop 90, Rancho Viejo, 170 S. Grand Ave, Pullman (N 46° 43.746’, W 117° 10.920’). It’s listed as event cache GC70FVN. Sunday, March 19: Nothing's planned, but you're welcome to get all of the caches we drove past on Saturday that made you say, "hey, why aren't we getting that one?" There’s a power trail out between Julietta and Kendrick, another on SR-270 between WSU and the state line, and two more south of Lewiston/Clarkston, if you’re into that kind of thing. Hey, why aren't we getting that one? My standard answer here is that 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. I'm also skipping caches that just seem at first glance to be a little lame, because there's so many caches and so little time. I'm focusing heavily on caches that have a lot of favorite points, and I'm giving you an early morning loop trail hike in DuPont, so it's going to be a full, busy day. A cache on your map shows the wrong place to park. Hey, that road doesn't exist! What's with making us ford the creek? Thanks for catching that! Let me know, and I'll incorporate it your fix into the route. Why does the route go more than two hours past the dinner time? 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, try to remember where they were, look at the old logbook signatures, or guess when we'll be at the caches you haven't hit yet. Maybe pass your phone number around for us to call when we get stumped. You have X cache on the route, but it's disabled/archived/a long hike. Let me know, and I'll remove it from the route (if archived) or may check with the owner (if disabled). X cache is in an environmentally sensitive area. My cache is physically fragile and I don't want it broken. By all means, let me know. I don't want to send 50 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? There's no breaks in cache machines! Just hold it. :-P Or find something on the way. Rain? Snow? Landslides? Flooding? Rattlesnakes? Probably, yes. 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? Turquoise lines show my suggested route, but if there's a brown trail or grey road that I've drawn in, ignore the turquoise. Red car icons show places to park a car for a short time (usually a trailhead). Quote Link to comment
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