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Moonsouth
03-30-2009, 08:16 PM
I am an Iraq/Afghanistan vet. and sometimes I have some real bad anxiety opening up ammo cans or anything really I cant see into. Does anyone else expirience this? Has there been anything in the news about anyone ever doing anything bad with caches? Either way I push through it as I love being in the wilderness searching out caches.(kinda like mini-missions) I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

brdad
03-30-2009, 08:21 PM
I am an Iraq/Afghanistan vet. and sometimes I have some real bad anxiety opening up ammo cans or anything really I cant see into. Does anyone else expirience this? Has there been anything in the news about anyone ever doing anything bad with caches? Either way I push through it as I love being in the wilderness searching out caches.(kinda like mini-missions) I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

First of all, welcome to the addiction!
Secondly, thanks for defending our country, so that we may enjoy our freedom and do things like caching.

Several years ago, we had some kids tampering with caches, peeing in them and such. I have not heard of any cache being turned into something harmful. More often, caches are mistaken for something harmful, like bombs. There are several news articles about that.

I've never had any anxiety issues opening a cache, but now that I know you do, send me an email before you do my Halfmile cache. :rolleyes:

See you on the trail

PS: I am often logged into chat, but not paying attention or not at my computer. Often if you wait 10-15 minutes I will check in.

hollora
03-30-2009, 08:51 PM
Moonsouth - are you a member of MAGC (Military Association of Geocachers)? If not PM or EM me and I will connect you. Some of their members might help - and - they have been holding caching events on the forward front.

Welcome - Cache on - Cache Happy!

WhereRWe?
03-31-2009, 09:20 AM
Moonsouth - are you a member of MAGC (Military Association of Geocachers)? !

Here's a link to MAGC (http://www.militarycache.org/index.php).

I already welcomed Moonsouth in my normal welcoming email, but didn't know he was a Vet. Glad to have you with us!

WhereRWe? & RULOST2?
MSG, USA (Ret) and SFC, USA (Ret)

(And no - I agree that we've seen no suspicious activity with caches. Well, there was that time when a lot of cachers had a problem with a cache located in an area known to be a popular meeting place for gays - but that's another story. LOL!)

(And did you know that there are currently 73 geocaches in Afghanistan and 304 in Iraq? LOL!)

we3beans
03-31-2009, 10:02 AM
On a side note, is there anything we can do to make them less anxiety provoking? We want you (and all vets) to enjoy geocaching so let us know what we can do. Most of us try to mark them 'geocache' and often paint them black or brown or multicolor.
Thanks!

vicbiker
03-31-2009, 11:08 AM
I'm not so nieve

vicbiker
03-31-2009, 11:20 AM
Sorry about that first post...I was simply trying to spell...and hit a wrong key or something. I'll start over. I not so naive to think that the state of Maine is the same old place I grew up in years ago, but I do think that we still have a state where we can place caches without the worry of someone tampering with them. One thing I will say though is when any of us bring a potential problem out into a open forum we open ourselves up for the possibility of someone saying " Hey I never thought of that " or some similar thought.

vicbiker
03-31-2009, 11:29 AM
(And did you know that there are currently 73 geocaches in Afghanistan and 304 in Iraq? LOL!) Bruce, I didn't know that and after careful consideration I am not going to do them either. :D

Moonsouth
03-31-2009, 12:17 PM
One thing I will say though is when any of us bring a potential problem out into a open forum we open ourselves up for the possibility of someone saying " Hey I never thought of that " or some similar thought.


Yeah I was a little apprehensive about putting it out there, but I had to see what peoples thoughts were. There is not much the cache hider can do I dont think to make it any easier. I mean its got to be hidden and atleast semi-camoed. I thinks its becoming easier the more I find. Its just those damn anxiety/adrenaline rushes when I first see it and the what if questions. Im sure it will get better. Thanks all for your input.

kayaking loon
03-31-2009, 12:50 PM
Yeah I was a little apprehensive about putting it out there, but I had to see what peoples thoughts were. There is not much the cache hider can do I dont think to make it any easier. I mean its got to be hidden and atleast semi-camoed. I thinks its becoming easier the more I find. Its just those damn anxiety/adrenaline rushes when I first see it and the what if questions. Im sure it will get better. Thanks all for your input.

I can see why a vet might have trouble with opening caches, especially ammo cans. There would be that "what if" question in the back of your mind. I guess my advice would be to find caches in peaceful places, pick see-through ones at first like Lock n Lock boxes. Maybe take someone with you to open the ammos? With time it should get better.

vicbiker
03-31-2009, 12:55 PM
Being an "old" vet myself, let me know if you want me to check out something suspicious looking, I'll go get Where-R-We and we'll check it out.

WhereRWe?
03-31-2009, 01:35 PM
Being an "old" vet myself, let me know if you want me to check out something suspicious looking, I'll go get Where-R-We and we'll check it out.

Yeah, but I get to shoot it first! :p:p

Rattish
03-31-2009, 08:33 PM
Being a Gulf War Vet suffering with PTSD, I know exactly how you feel, Moonsouth. I have arrived at caches, found them, and then been hit with such a severe anxiety attack that I can't open them. When that happens, I go on to the next cache (or home calling it quits for the day). I'll return after I notice someone else has logged a find on the cache and usually then I can open it and sign the log. One would think it wouldn't be so hard to open the cache, but the mind is a funny thing. I too, hope it will get easier as time goes on.

hollora
03-31-2009, 10:04 PM
There are many of us who are more than willing to cache with you - just let us know and pending availablity we are here.

Thank you for all you veterans have done for us..........we owe you a World of gratitude!

Team V3
04-04-2009, 12:29 PM
I just wanted to post a quick thank you to all of the Veterans who are reading this thread. I hope the anxiety feelings get easier. We owe a lot to all of you.

hollora
04-05-2009, 08:23 PM
I just wanted to post a quick thank you to all of the Veterans who are reading this thread. I hope the anxiety feelings get easier. We owe a lot to all of you.

AMEN - you are right on here Team V3! I got out of HS and was in college during Viet Nam.........my hubby is Korea.......and now others where my Step-Grandson and other friends have served as well as a Red Cross volunteer friend.

Each and every one God Bless and HUGE Thank You!

Border Jumper
04-14-2009, 08:30 AM
I'm looking for some one to co-sponsor a meet and greet in the Machias area.