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Hiram357
03-16-2006, 04:25 PM
Yes the rumors many of you have heard are true!!! There is going to be a FTF-A-THON this weekend!!!! I won't tell you much, but here is the information that I can tell you...

1. the caches will be published on Saturday March 18th 2006
2. the caches will be published between 12:00am and 11:59pm
3. there will be more than 1 cache published on saturday
4. there will be less than 100 caches published on saturday
5. they will be in the Central Maine area

I've already said too much, this message will self destruct in 10 seconds.















RUN!!!!!! :eek::eek::eek:

firefighterjake
03-16-2006, 04:51 PM
Ah ha . . . Central Maine. Now I know where to head on Saturday to do some geo-caching. Is there anyone else out there planning on doing Hiram's FTF A Thon?

WhereRWe?
03-16-2006, 05:23 PM
Is there anyone else out there planning on doing Hiram's FTF A Thon?

No, but RULOST2? and I are heading to Portland Sunday to get some of those new caches Dave1976 mentioned! LOL!

Hiram357
03-16-2006, 06:24 PM
No, but RULOST2? and I are heading to Portland Sunday to get some of those new caches Dave1976 mentioned! LOL!

you're going to portland and passing up FTFs!?!?!?!

WhereRWe?
03-16-2006, 07:01 PM
you're going to portland and passing up FTFs!?!?!?!

Yeah - we really don't care about FTF's - unless they're VERY close by - and then we consider it a PERSONAL challenge.

Hiram357
03-16-2006, 07:21 PM
Yeah - we really don't care about FTF's - unless they're VERY close by - and then we consider it a PERSONAL challenge.

ohhh cmon! you can't tell me that you don't love the smell of a new cache! the fresh logbook! the unbeaten path! the new mctoys!!! who doesn't love a a FTF????????????? *sigh* that's it!! you've forced me to start drinking!! :mad:

Team2hunt
03-16-2006, 08:08 PM
There sure are alot of TB's in unpublished caches listed on the Maine page of GC.com. :confused: A little suspicious. :rolleyes:

LaughingTerry
03-16-2006, 08:11 PM
Actually I have another puzzle cache that will be published Friday night just to start things off. LOL

Watch for "Why do the Chickens Cross the Road?"

Really.

Hiram357
03-16-2006, 08:21 PM
Actually I have another puzzle cache that will be published Friday night just to start things off. LOL

Watch for "Why do the Chickens Cross the Road?"

Really.

is this the cache that requires wings to get??????

Sudonim
03-17-2006, 12:50 AM
Are they rubber chickens?

brdad
03-17-2006, 07:22 AM
Yeah - we really don't care about FTF's - unless they're VERY close by - and then we consider it a PERSONAL challenge.

I couldn't agree more. Well, my definition of "close by" may be further than yours. And, I do care some. Other than that, my sentiments exactly! :D

Plus, I think FTFs are more appealing if they are rare and unplanned for. You don't know they're coming, where they are, or what they will entail.

My favorite FTFs I spotted in the AM, often postponing work until I at least did part of it. Both Dyslexic's Nightmare (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=133868) (GCJ938) by Team Nirvana (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.asp?A=166076) (4/4) and Maine Hop in the Bangor City Forest (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=89844) (GCGT94) by Ivy and Lucy (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.asp?A=166076) (1/2) it was pouring. I was so wet at the latter I had to strip and wring my clothes out in the parking lot before heading to work. Brewer by the Numbers (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=245923) (GCP1NY) by mainiac1957 (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.asp?A=139598) (2.5/1.5) was a fun FTF because of all the mental stress.

As far as FTF distance - Insp Gadget's First American Cache (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=130134) (GCJ56T) by Insp Gadget (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.asp?A=7503) (1/1.5) was 171 miles ATCF from home, but I found that 3 months after it was published. My furthest "race to get it" FTF is China School Forest (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=40509) (GC9E3D) by Haffy6 (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.asp?A=131954) (1.5/1.5) 45.3 miles from home ATCF, which also happens to be my first FTF.

So, that being said, anyone heading out for the FTF's, have fun!

firefighterjake
03-17-2006, 07:44 AM
Actually I have another puzzle cache that will be published Friday night just to start things off. LOL


Does anyone place regular, ol' ammo box caches anymore? I like the occasional puzzle cache, but it seems like there have been a ton of puzzle caches and micro caches released lately . . . and these tend to stretch the limits of my wee mind. :)

WhereRWe?
03-17-2006, 08:10 AM
I couldn't agree more. Well, my definition of "close by" may be further than yours. And, I do care some. Other than that, my sentiments exactly! :D

(Snipped for brevity)

So, that being said, anyone heading out for the FTF's, have fun!

I don't have any favorite FTF's, but one that caused me a lot of pleasure was LaughingTerry's "Outlaw Fishing Hole (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=04f01743-0efc-4000-a54e-99361b1a4e64)", cause even though I knew about it in advance, we STILL met Haffy coming in when we were on our way out! (This was also the closest FTF, at 4.9 miles)

And we've mentioned our farthest FTF before, "Welcome to Chisasibi (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=23e0a5ad-e317-4a42-8a0f-3e1df82d27ce)" which is over 700 miles away (and is WAS our intention to try for the FTF before we left home).

:D :D

WhereRWe?
03-17-2006, 08:12 AM
Does anyone place regular, ol' ammo box caches anymore? I like the occasional puzzle cache, but it seems like there have been a ton of puzzle caches and micro caches released lately . . . and these tend to stretch the limits of my wee mind. :)

I think it's the season: it's a lot easier to place micros and small caches in the winter as they're generally year-round finds. You wouldn't want to place an ammo can on top of the snow, would you? :p :p

becket
03-17-2006, 09:06 AM
You wouldn't want to place an ammo can on top of the snow, would you? :p :p

that would help me winter cache!:p

firefighterjake
03-17-2006, 09:08 AM
I think it's the season: it's a lot easier to place micros and small caches in the winter as they're generally year-round finds. You wouldn't want to place an ammo can on top of the snow, would you? :p :p

We had Winter here this year? What snow? :)

And it seems at this point there's really not much snow . . . but I hope you're right since I'm not a big fan of puzzles . . . although I did finally figure out one of Laughing Terry's puzzles (He Said, She Said) and I was quite proud of myself.

WhereRWe?
03-17-2006, 09:18 AM
We had Winter here this year? What snow? :)

And it seems at this point there's really not much snow . . . but I hope you're right since I'm not a big fan of puzzles . . . although I did finally figure out one of Laughing Terry's puzzles (He Said, She Said) and I was quite proud of myself.

Great! Now you're ready to move up to "The Puzzle of Ben's Bum (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=9c3f6b66-8c75-4163-a5a5-0f30df48d029)"! LOL!

Beach Comber
03-17-2006, 11:13 AM
I haven't been able to figure out He Said, She Said with the exception of a few potential numbers. Ben's Bum I did get. Perhaps there is hope on He Said, She Said - after all!

brdad
03-17-2006, 11:23 AM
Does anyone place regular, ol' ammo box caches anymore? I like the occasional puzzle cache, but it seems like there have been a ton of puzzle caches and micro caches released lately . . . and these tend to stretch the limits of my wee mind. :)


This seems to be the natural progression of caching. Maine, as usual, is just behind the curve.

As it gets harder to find impressive locations and cachers get acustomed to a "typical" hide, a percentage of cache hiders will up the ante by hiding tougher and tougher puzzle caches and often hide smaller caches which can be stuffed into tight corners at less visially appealing locations. Ask a cacher from the San Fransisco ("http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?origin_lat=37.759881&origin_long=-122.437392&dist=25) where there are over 1700 caches within 25 miles. How many of those do you suppose are ammo boxes? :)

I'm not knocking puzzle caches or micros. I've always promoted variety in caches. I hid Maine's first puzzle cache. I hid Maine's 3rd (I think) micro. But odds are, we are heading in the same direction as other areas. Hopefully, not as quickly!

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brdad
03-17-2006, 11:24 AM
Two posts today, and they both seem like doom and gloom...

kayakerinme
03-17-2006, 11:45 AM
Ask a cacher from the San Fransisco (http://%22http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?origin_lat=37.759881&origin_long=-122.437392&dist=25) where there are over 1700 caches within 25 miles. How many of those do you suppose are ammo boxes? :)

I cached out in downtown SF last fall for about 6 hours. Although I looked at several dozen before I headed out there, I visited 14 caches or so. Only one was a tupperware container, and that was only of the 1-cup variety and was too tiny to hold the TB I had brought with me. The rest were micros and virtuals. The competition seems to be creating the cleverest micro hide. As for an ammo can out there... I don't remember seeing one amongst the ones I researched that was within walking/short taxi distance of where I was on the peninsula.

firefighterjake
03-17-2006, 11:54 AM
This seems to be the natural progression of caching. Maine, as usual, is just behind the curve.

As it gets harder to find impressive locations and cachers get acustomed to a "typical" hide, a percentage of cache hiders will up the ante by hiding tougher and tougher puzzle caches and often hide smaller caches which can be stuffed into tight corners at less visially appealing locations. Ask a cacher from the <A href="http://"http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?origin_lat=37.759881&origin_long=-122.437392&dist=25" target=_blank>San Fransisco where there are over 1700 caches within 25 miles. How many of those do you suppose are ammo boxes? :)

I'm not knocking puzzle caches or micros. I've always promoted variety in caches. I hid Maine's first puzzle cache. I hid Maine's 3rd (I think) micro. But odds are, we are heading in the same direction as other areas. Hopefully, not as quickly!

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This may be so . . . but I'm still convinced that there are a lot of untapped locations for regular ol' caches and moreover there are still new ways of hiding caches without having to resort to the usual geostick pile. I've got a couple of ideas in fact that I'm working on right now for a future cache that should prove to be as fun to create as it should be to find.

And personally, Brdad I consider you the King of the Master Hides . . . I still think you've got a few more good ones left in you without having to resort to puzzles.

Incidentally . . . while micros and puzzle caches are not my favorites, I do like to do them both occasionally and hope that folks don't stop putting them out as I am convinced that these most definitely have their place -- it was just that I was lamenting the fact that it just seems that lately there have been a ton of puzzle caches.

Haffy
03-17-2006, 01:35 PM
And personally, Brdad I consider you the King of the Master Hides . . . I still think you've got a few more good ones left in you without having to resort to puzzles.


I concur with this statement FFJ. Brdad is the responsible for getting me into caching and I haven't looked back yet. I'm sure he has some devious hide up his sleeve for this caching season and Maybe even Msteelee has one as well:D . Try looking for hockey pucks in the wilderness with those 2 looking over your shoulder, now that is what I call a cache and a good hike with a view, all the aspects of my favorite types of caches and they all have something special to offer to the individual.

Tean Nirvana also has some pretty serious caches out there,this one in particular took me 2 seasons to accomplish: GCJ938 Try that one out for size. I happened to get lucky the second time around on that one.

So in short I am looking forward to a great diversity of caches this coming season and they all have something special to offer the individual needs of eash person. Happy Caching