[GeoStL] Re: MOGA 2008 Ideas and Concerns...

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Probably because they know a family who want to have a picnic for a family 
reunion isn't going to use it if the insurance makes it cost prohibitive, 
but gee, us rich geocachers are an organized  group who have plenty of dough 
to throw around.  It probably boils down to one more thing that lawyers have 
screwed up for us in this country.  I have an idea Tim.  You rent the 
pavillion for a birthday party for Molly.  That way we shouldn't have to pay 
insurance, right?

Gale


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From: "Tim and Pam" <timpam2mocachers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 11:12 AM
Subject: [GeoStL] Re: MOGA 2008 Ideas and Concerns...


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> We can camp at a State Park and not need insurance as long as we don't 
> have
> any "organized" events in the park. We could not rent a pavilion without
> having insurance either for the competition. I'm not sure why you don't 
> have
> to have the insurance to rent the pavilion for picnics.
>
> Tim
>
> www.tueltzen.smugmug.com
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> From: geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gale R. Nie
> Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 10:57 AM
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> Subject: [GeoStL] Re: MOGA 2008 Ideas and Concerns...
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> Huzzah is a Conservation Area controlled by the Dept. of Conservation.
> It's more than 6,100 acres.   I'm not sure what the DOC's insurance
> requirements are, but depending on the area manager it can be difficult
> getting permission to place cahces, since they don't have a dept. policy.
> It's up to each individual area manager.  After the trouble I had placing 
> a
> cache on a conservation area, I was pleasantly surprised by the COE's
> cooperation with us at Mark Twain for MOGA.  So much so, I had sent a 
> thank
> you email to Allen a few weeks before MOGA.    A question for the MOGA
> staff, if we did something like having the event, i.e. placing caches, 
> etc.
> on a CA like Huzzah and if we camped at Onondaga State Park, would the DNR
> have any say so regarding insurance as long as we didn't do any organized
> event stuff in the park?
>
> Gale
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Glenn" <GLNash@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 9:18 AM
> Subject: [GeoStL] Re: MOGA 2008 Ideas and Concerns...
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>> fourfeld@xxxxxxx wrote:
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>>> Are the state parks and state forests both administered by the same
>>> agency?
>>
>> No
>> Missouri dept of natural recourses for State parks and we all know our
>> contact there is Barbara Wilson barbara.wilson@xxxxxxxxxxx
>> the Forest service for the forests.
>>
>> The person to contact for the Forests is Nancy Feakes
>> nfeakes@xxxxxxxxxx Myotis knows here fairly well. :-)
>> She is  director of recreation stuff in the Forests and is my contact
>> for geocaching stuff there. She is based in Rolla.
>>
>>
>>> Perhaps the forests would not have the same insurance requirements as 
>>> the
>
>>> parks.  One place that comes to mind is Huzzah State Forest in Leasburg.
>>> It's got thousands of acres of very interesting terrain, and its located
>>> right across the river from Onondaga State Park which has lots of
>>> campsites available.  It's also right next to a pivate campground/canoe
>>> rental business that has many campsites and even some cabins available.
>>> As a competitor, I might end up regretting suggesting this because the
>>> terrain at Huzzah is a real killer. LOL
>>>
>>> Mark
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: gc-rgs@xxxxxxxxxx
>>> To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Sent: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 9:05 PM
>>> Subject: [GeoStL] Re: MOGA 2008 Ideas and Concerns...
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>>> Michael,
>>>
>>> You bring up a lot of good points and some of us have briefly talked
>>> about
>>> the same issues. We haven't even had a meeting yet to discuss the 2007
>>> event
>>> and see how we can make improvements. I'm sure Mike has been thinking a
>>> lot
>>> about the options.
>>>
>>> Over the past 3 years, all of the out of state folks said they want it
>>> held
>>> in a different area to see more of the state since they have to drive so
>>> far. That's why the location has been different each year.
>>>
>>> Another big "gotcha" with state parks is insurance. We must provide a $2
>>> million ins. policy for participant, competing or just caching.. The 
>>> cost
>
>>> is
>>> about $2000.00 which is prohibitive. We had talked about Babler which is
>>> close to St. Louis but still the ins.problem.
>>>
>>> I'm  sure Mike will pop in when he gets caught up with his thoughts.
>>>
>>> Rich
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>>> From: "Michael Rogers" <mrogers07@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> To: <geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 8:36 PM
>>> Subject: [GeoStL] MOGA 2008 Ideas and Concerns...
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>>>> During the awards ceremony at MOGA this year Mike
>>>> alluded to MOGA 2008. He said one of the ideas of its
>>>> location could be in St. Louis proper, being held at a
>>>> few parks simultaneously.
>>>>
>>>> While in theory, it may be a neat place to have it, I
>>>> have some concerns about a few things:
>>>>
>>>> 1. To have MOGA at more than one main location could
>>>> be a logistical nightmare. I haven't been in the
>>>> planning process for any of these events, granted, but
>>>> trying to set up events and activites in more than one
>>>> park could be a pain.
>>>>
>>>> 2. How could we have any park to ourselves for the
>>>> most part? Forest Park, one of the biggest, has the
>>>> zoo, the Jewel Box, the museum and other attractions.
>>>> I'm not saying an event couldn't be held there, for
>>>> example, but the muggle quotient and gawkers would be
>>>> high.
>>>>
>>>> 3. How many caches could you feasibly place in any of
>>>> the parks? I know Forest Park is big and that would
>>>> hold many, but to have enough for events you'd have to
>>>> utilize many parks...not all of which are close by.
>>>> This leads to...
>>>>
>>>> 4. If you were to use different parks for caches in
>>>> the events, people should not have to drive to other
>>>> areas as part of the competition. The last thing
>>>> anyone needs are a bunch of cachers working against
>>>> the clock and facing St. Louis traffic. That could be
>>>> the recipe for accidents, and no one wants that.
>>>>
>>>> 5. Many people, including some of our friends from
>>>> Minnestota, don't like the idea of urban caching for
>>>> MOGA. I'm sure there are a few places with some hills
>>>> in the area, but for the most part, the St. Louis area
>>>> cannot compete with the Mark Twain Lakes, Meramecs and
>>>> Hawns as far as topography. I'm sad to say that some
>>>> people from Minnesota on their message boards and even
>>>> some I spoke to at this past MOGA personally have
>>>> questioned whether they'd even attend an "urban" MOGA.
>>>>
>>>> 6. Costs. I am not sure about camping facilities in
>>>> the St. Louis area, but hotels there are not nearly as
>>>> cheap as what we had at this past MOGA. This could
>>>> turn some away. Some prefer camping to hotels
>>>> anyway...I don't know how this could or would play
>>>> out.
>>>>
>>>> That's about enough of the concerns...so how about
>>>> some ideas?
>>>>
>>>> 1. Why not have the next MOGA in a previously-used
>>>> spot? Meramec is a beautiful place and so is Hawn...is
>>>> there something against using an old area in lieu of a
>>>> new area?
>>>>
>>>> 2. Have you thought of using an area in the Ozarks?
>>>> Lake of the Ozarks? Or, perhaps, in the St. Francois
>>>> area in Sam A. Baker State park?
>>>>
>>>> 3. Perhaps a poll could be set up to vote on
>>>> locations...
>>>>
>>>> Well, I have more ideas, but I am having writer's
>>>> block so I might post more later. I just wanted to
>>>> shoot this out to y'all.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks again for a great MOGA 2007!
>>>>
>>>> -Michael
>>>>
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