[GeoStL] Re: geocaching.com & virtuals

  • From: Dan Henke <thunder_monk@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 20:28:18 -0700 (PDT)

Very true Laura....I do the caches more for the fun of
finding them then for the trading. I do trade if there
is something that catches my eye but more often then
not I TNLN.....But don't let a few comments keep you
from putting out a cache....I put stuff in that I
think is neat and if others don't like it or think it
is trash then it is their option to put down
TNLN....Most of my caches are NOT original ideas but
caches I found and liked the idea. If you wait for an
original cache idea you will never put one out as
there is just about every kind there is out there


--- Laura D <festive@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> This is exactly why I haven't placed a cache yet.  I
> am afraid that no
> matter how hard I try to make it interesting, you
> guys will consider it
> "lame".  I have been trying for more than a year now
> to come up with a great
> idea, and just about the time I think I have, I read
> someone saying how
> un-original it is.
> Please keep in mind that different people enjoy
> geocaching for different
> reasons.  Personally, I like a nice easy cache with
> McDonalds (or other)
> toys in it.  I would hate to think that something I
> went out and purchased
> specifically to put into a cache ends up being
> considered "trash".  Sorry,
> but just because you control what is in a cache does
> not guarantee that all
> people are happy with it.
> purple
>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of
> Mike Griffin
>   Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 4:56 PM
>   To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>   Subject: [GeoStL] Re: geocaching.com & virtuals
>   There is a lot of truth in this.. I think that for
> the most part, we are
> getting a little burned out on the ordinary. What is
> the difference between
> a micro in a small city park that has a clever hide
> and hiking 10 miles to
> find a tupperware container with a logbook and
> pencil?
>   It weighs about the same. I like micros for the
> purpose they serve and I
> don't feel they degredate the sport. However, any
> toss it and mark it type
> caches are really lame. I have a few micros that
> bring people to really nice
> areas. Such as the Arboretum at the University of
> Florida. Canes Cache. I
> also have one that really is lame and it is named
> "Fun 4 Some". Simply
> because it is a small multi that is in an obvious
> place.
>   I set out a cache where I don't want you to trade
> and stocked it with
> really good stuff. The problem is, you have to solve
> a murder mystery before
> you can find it. I am tired of placing a traditional
> cache with good stuff,
> giving the coords out and 3 months later it is full
> of rubber balls and
> McDonald toys. Not a very good thing for me or
> anyone who finds it later. So
> I have decided that my new caches will involve a few
> micros as waypoints
> that will need some type of logic to figure out the
> final cache and items in
> that final cache will NOT be traded for. I want it
> to be a typical "you take
> one Item and I will restock it" cache. That way, I
> control what is in the
> cache and people are happy with it.
>   PA even took something from the Murder Mystery
> cache... :-)
>   I think that we can get to the point where we will
> over saturate with
> carpet bombed micros and eventually it will just be
> unappealing to those who
> prefer nice caches. I like long hikes in the Winter
> to do just one cache. I
> don't mind that. I do mind a long hike in the Winter
> to find a cache that
> has a pencil and log book only. I do them, but I
> would rather see something
> nice done with them.
>   Anyhow, I want to focus more on building the sport
> side of GPS navigation.
> I think there is something there and our March event
> will showcase that.
>   Having rambled on here.... sigh... I am going
> caching..
>   Mike
>     ----- Original Message -----
>     From: dana cook
>     To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>     Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 3:54 PM
>     Subject: [GeoStL] Re: geocaching.com & virtuals
>     -
>     I wasn't thinking of one particular cache, nor
> am I implying that all
> caches are tupperware containers full of trash. I
> guess my point is that I
> have seen a real decline in the quality of caches
> since I began geocaching
> in Jan. 2002. I don't trade anymore because the
> items that I now find in
> caches are rarely worth trading for. But that I have
> come to accept.
>     What disappoints me most is the number of caches
> out there that seem to
> have been placed just for the sake of placing a
> cache. When I first began
> geocaching in Arizona caches were placed in areas
> that had some appeal, such
> as an overlooked historical area, or near a scenic
> view, or an
> off-the-beaten-path trail. It was evident that the
> cache owner wanted to
> bring a person to the area for an obvious reason.
> Nowadays I find myself
> asking, "Why was I brought here?"
>      Please understand these are just my thoughts;
> not an attempt to bash
> our beloved sport or any of its players. When I saw
> that expression "junky
> tupperware full of trash" (or whatever it was) I
> just couldn't help but
> comment.
>     RE: your discussion point on micros. Well I
> won't even go there :-)!!
>     Dana

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