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brdad
11-01-2007, 02:00 PM
The recent loss of 10 of Maine's 38 virtual caches prompted me to think about virts. Of those 38, one was never logged - it was approved by mistake and archived the same day. 14 of Maine's virts are now archived, never to return, leaving 24 available.

So, the question is - what are you favorite virtuals, Maine or otherwise?


The hardest virt I ever did was in DC, Trev's "Freedom" Cache (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=c0f4c2cf-8252-41c2-9465-2c2d64af5e53) (GC39A9) by Trevelyan's R&R and Guy Nelson (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=20577) (3.5/1). Lee, Myself, and one of Lee's sons were hours trying to get the answers for that cache. We read everything we could at least once, asked the attendants, looked up down and over, took pictures, and were about ready to log a DNF when I decided to go back to the posted coordinates and pretend I had never been there before. And there, right in front of me - was the answer! I'm sure some people have done this cache and had no problem, but we had to work for this find.

As far as Maine virts, I'd have to say Watch your step... (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=bc8af328-c553-4e66-95c2-c95ad1c1089c) (GC98BA) by Fusto (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=52078) (3/3) is a favorite. And Lee and I liked Poor Old Bet.... (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=347e848b-c6ff-4752-8649-6696823ce969) (GCH1VN) by BostonTerrier (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=78907) (1/1) for the story.

firefighterjake
11-02-2007, 08:22 AM
I've really enjoyed virtuals and am sad to see a bunch of these virtuals be lost forever . . . not to mention GC.com's decision to no longer allow virtuals to be created or adopted. I do however understand the reasoning behind the decision . . . but I truly have been to some great virtual caches that were enjoyable.

I guess the one that stands out in my mind was Gravity Outlaw in Lincolnville -- very unexpected and very impressive.

tat
11-02-2007, 08:53 AM
I likes Gravity Outlaw too!

Don't forget about Waymarking!

www.waymarking.com

darterkitfox
11-02-2007, 08:56 AM
I don't have a clue what a virtual is so have no opinions

becket
11-02-2007, 08:59 AM
i have enjoyed the virtuals i have done.

gravity outlaw was pretty awesome. i think i walked around it at least a dozen times!

i liked halfway between the equator and the north pole, because of the people i was with and the laughs we had doing it. it was such a fun day.

i always enjoyed reading the logs for stonington international airport!

i guess my favorites are a tie between the absolutely gorgeous view at scenic sorrento and poor old bet...

it's sad that some of these are gone now.

firefighterjake
11-02-2007, 10:02 AM
I don't have a clue what a virtual is so have no opinions

A virtual cache is a cache where there is no physical container with a log book . . . here in Maine these caches have tended to bring you to interesting places where a cache might not be allowed or may be easily found by muggles. To get credit for the "find" most of them typically ask you to take a picture of yourself with the item (i.e. stone marker, large rock, house, etc.) or send them info from the site to confirm the find (i.e. a date of birth, person's middle initial, etc.)

From what I gather the reason gc.com stopped this category of caches was due to the fact that some folks were going a little hog-wild with these caches and placing them on all kinds of things (i.e. number on a telephone pole, house number, etc.) or taking the lazy route of a virtual cache when a real cache would have worked out fine . . . which is too bad since I feel as though they really had a place and purpose when used properly.

tat
11-02-2007, 11:35 AM
I'm not sure anyone will buy this, but you could argue that GC.com "elevated" the virtual cache by giving them their own website! Waymarking.com is owned by Groundspeak and created specially for virtuals. Maybe we should put all virtuals from the past on Waymarking? How about a new catagory, "Historic Maine Virtuals".

kayaking loon
11-02-2007, 03:14 PM
So why has Maine lost 10 virtuals? Wouldn't anybody adopt them? I adopted two and then "gave" one to Mainiac and Cameooooo talked me out of the other. I guess my favorites so far are the one I gave Cameooooo and Gravity Outlaw. It was getting dark when I did the latter and I think I ran around that rock 50 times before I found the plaque!:p

brdad
11-02-2007, 04:08 PM
I don't have a clue what a virtual is so have no opinions

Here are the 3 closest virts to you. Try one out!

About 12 miles: A Maine Postcard (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=2fa9ddaf-fc0c-42de-a261-ac01a55667fd) (GCC060) by Hot Wheels (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=46448) (1/1)
About 15 miles: Maine Presidents (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=ae702eca-f13f-41fc-812f-5cbae8afe90e) (GCGW9V) by Maine Genealogist (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=66136) (1/1)
About 17 miles: The Rock (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=d1499eb6-c485-47c9-8eb1-634464c53214) (GC6BB5) by SamDeG (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=23536) (2/5)

brdad
11-02-2007, 04:15 PM
So why has Maine lost 10 virtuals? Wouldn't anybody adopt them? I adopted two and then "gave" one to Mainiac and Cameooooo talked me out of the other. I guess my favorites so far are the one I gave Cameooooo and Gravity Outlaw. It was getting dark when I did the latter and I think I ran around that rock 50 times before I found the plaque!:p

GC.com will not allow the adoption of virtuals, it's all part of their plan to phase them out.

Gravity Outlaw was a fun one for me, too - because I tried to take a shortcut and ended up bushwhacking way to far, and then I didn't even realize it was a virt and stood there in the bushes looking for a container until I looked up and then I remembered it was a virt.

The Owner of Gravity Outlaw, Quietbert, is perhaps Maine's oldest cache hider. IIRC, he should be into his 80's now.

hollora
11-02-2007, 07:40 PM
Quietbert, is perhaps Maine's oldest cache hider. IIRC, he should be into his 80's now.

That is a neat piece of Maine Geocaching Trivia - are you keeping track of this stuff. It would make a fun booklet.

Does Quietbert still cache? Has he ever been to events? Where does he live? Could we get him to attend the I'm Sitting Event? That would be so cool!:)

brdad
11-02-2007, 07:57 PM
That is a neat piece of Maine Geocaching Trivia - are you keeping track of this stuff. It would make a fun booklet.

Does Quietbert still cache? Has he ever been to events? Where does he live? Could we get him to attend the I'm Sitting Event? That would be so cool!:)

I have not seen a log by him in a while. He lives in the Belfast area. It would be cool to get him to an event. He has hidden 10 caches, 7 of which are still active. I don't know him that much, other than a few emails we shared a while back. I got an email from him that pretty much said; "You seem to like my caches, you have a few of them listed on your web pages as Maine's best... And you are placing your sig CDs in harder and harder caches and I am getting older - I think you should give me one of the CDs"!

How could I not say no? I was hoping to deliver it personally, but I was busy at the time, so I mailed it to him.

We have a great group here in this state, of all types and backgrounds...

hollora
11-02-2007, 08:17 PM
We have a great group here in this state, of all types and backgrounds...

That's for sure! Geocaching is a melting pot of people with many likes, dislikes, opinions and a huge diversity of creativity!

Maybe we should pick an event for one of the States first cachers and try to invite him to come....with an offer to pick him up and take him home if that would encourage him to attend.

Cache Maine
11-02-2007, 08:38 PM
We3Beans and I went skippin' across a frozen pond somewhere in search of one of his caches...and we met him and his mate on the way back. Good thing as we had DNF'ed the cache! All four of us went back and we finally found it laying in the snow...we had a great visit with him. He is a treasure...for sure! I think it was North Island Visit....

Kaching Karen
11-02-2007, 11:04 PM
We could have some fun with that and recognize some oldies but goldies (caches and people).

Since I've been looking for my "Celebrate 2007 - ___________________" event on January 27th, we could go for "and the Past." (or something to that affect).

brdad
11-03-2007, 06:19 AM
I can output a list of every cacher (777 of them as of my latest PQ set) who has placed a cache in Maine, sorted by their Owner ID number, which would be the order they joined. The person who most of us would know as our oldest (In caching years) cache hider - GPSfun! The oldest popular Mainer I see on the list - Katadin Goddess. Tat, Noreasta, Quietbert, and then myself are on the list a little further down, in that order.

BobHogan is on that list as the third oldest (caching years) person to hide a cache in Maine. Unfortunately, he is no longer with us. Many may not recognize the name, but he hid the original cache at the Joshua Chamberlain statue in Brewer, as well as a cache in Acadia NP, which had to be removed. He was an active cacher in his home state of Mass., and started a New England Geocaching club. I got a chance to meet him and his wife on one of their trips up here, and he was FTF on Old470 on his way home. He was an interesting person.

We're getting a bit off topic here. Can I hiijak my own thread? We'll just change the title to "Thanks for the memories" :rolleyes:

Cache Maine
11-03-2007, 07:52 AM
We're getting a bit off topic here. Can I hiijak my own thread? We'll just change the title to "Thanks for the memories" :rolleyes:

What a great idea! Brdad, we should definately have a "Thanks for the Memories" thread here! Oh, the stories!

hollora
11-03-2007, 08:38 AM
I like it! On all accounts, the thread and the event. You could send some of the older (not necessarily by age of course) ones special email invitations.

Haffy
11-03-2007, 10:16 AM
I think that is a great idea to honor our original cachers and try to get them to an event. Wish I was there to help out.

kayaking loon
11-03-2007, 01:02 PM
[quote=hollora;36665 Does Quietbert still cache? Has he ever been to events? Where does he live? Could we get him to attend the I'm Sitting Event? That would be so cool!:)[/quote]

Quietbert e-mailed me a couple of times recently. I looked up his stats and he found a cache in September so he's still active. An event to meet the "oldest" i.e. in caching years cachers would be fun but I would suggest a season in Maine when the traveling is good, like our one month of summer maybe?