Us 5 Camp Posted May 8, 2003 Share Posted May 8, 2003 "MYSTERY IN THE WOODS SOLVED" I opened my local paper and what did I see, but a picture I immediately recognized... one of my geocaching boxes I've hidden with the title: "Mystery in the Woods Solved" I read the article (please read it yourself as I have some questions) and it's largely nuetral in it's coverage. However, there are some area's I'd like to address, but don't know if I should just leave the article alone and hope my cache doesn't get plundered soon. Some of the misstatements were: "The only rule of the game is to take something, leave something and write in the logbook." Do I need to let them know there are many rules (such as no digging, etc)? "In addition, people are urged not to put any explosives, ammo, drugs or alcohol in the cache." "Urged" ?? "items like food and candles" In all the times I've checked the cache both logging with a note on the website or without logging, there has never been any food in this cache. "There are also reports of more containers at various locations in and around Alexandria. There are reports of one near the Lake Burgen rest area, one near Alexandria City Park and another by Lake Brophy Park. People have even witnessed an ammo container in the Kensington Runestone Park." Three of the four caches mentioned above are mine, though only Alexandria City Park has been "published". Do I do anything to move, remove or temporarily diable these caches? Last fall I started a topic on this very cache and in the end, opted to leave it through the winter. Now this article. "— some of the containers also contain a notebook" Should I explain that ALL caches contain a logbook and an explanation sheet for this type of unintended 'find'? :On the box was the stamped word "GeoCache." Following a search of the Internet, Wenner found out what drove people to traverse the terrain behind his home in search of the ammo box." This just humors me a little as not only is geocache stenciled, but Geocaching.com, so an internet search was not 'needed'. Also, I have a very clear 8.5x11 explanation sheet in all my caches. "So if you see people acting strangely and following the lead of an electronic device, don’t worry, they are probably just geocaching." So, not too negative, not extremely positive... I am tempted to temporarily disable the one in the paper. This picture and most of the "watching" had to have taken place in the fall winter and early spring as the summper provides ample foliage for cover. What do you think? I have contacted the Paper and offered to answer any questions they may have. I've also followed up with the Alexandria Parks dept. to see if they had any questions or concerns about the article and cache that I could answer. "Never have a philosophy which supports a lack of courage..." [This message was edited by Us 5 Camp on May 08, 2003 at 09:32 AM.] Quote Link to comment
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