+shunra Posted April 5, 2004 Share Posted April 5, 2004 (edited) A large state park in our area is rather cache-unfriendly. It allows caches, but only for a $10 fee (or bribe?), to be paid by the owner before permission is granted. Only one person has agreed to pay that fee so far, and has had to put up with additional requirements such as 'no ammo boxes, only see-through containers'. The ranger even suggested which trail that cache be put on. The ranger monitors geocaching.com, or at least, he has done so in the past. He actually signed up as a user, and in at least two cases that I'm aware of he actually logged a note, saying he confiscated the cache. The caches were subsequently archived. At least one other cache has suddenly disappeared from the park, without such a notice. This would be OK, sort of, if the sole reason would be that owners hadn't asked for permission, and/or would be in violation of some local park policy. However, there are three other caches in that park: one is a very frequently logged cache in - yes - an ammo box, one is a micro, part of a series, the other caches of which are not in that particular park, and one is a multi with several containers of all sorts. No action is taken against those. The park ranger's policy is rather arbitrary, it seems. It appears to me that the ranger is actually allowing these caches as a safeguard: It is rather intimidating: Anything that upsets the ranger's requirement or mood might result in retalliation against one of the existing caches. I had been thinking of creating a series of virtual memorial caches for caches so cruelly plundered. One of them was one of the very first geocaches ever (FTF: Jeremy), from when they were still referred to as 'stashes'. Is this a good idea, or would this too draw undue attention? Edited April 5, 2004 by Shunra Quote Link to comment
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