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    Default How many micros are there in Maine?

    Tom and I are sitting here thinking about how there is so many micro/nanos popping up in Maine.

    We need statistics, anyone know how many micros there are in Maine?
    What is the ratio of micros to good 'ole fashioned geocaches with loot?
    How many micros a year have popped up in recent years?

    Just wondering...............
    I said WHAT!!! You just took me the wrong way......

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    I said WHAT!!! You just took me the wrong way......

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    Default Micros

    I've put out both. Some of the micro's I've found have been really creative and fun. (AJAY EPAY XXXVII by Lexmano (GC1HJNJ))
    To balance the 5 micro's I put out this week I have 3 .30 cal Ammo cans marked, loaded and ready to go. Now for the spring meltoff.....
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    Just for kicks I ran the stats using only micros. Here are noteworthy results:
    Please excuse the formatting errors - the forum does not allow pasting tables.


    Basic Stats
    Number of caches published: 1435
    Number of cachers that have hidden those caches: 287
    Number of caches available: 1189
    Number of caches archived: 246
    Number of caches archived by their owner: 181
    Number of caches archived by TPTB: 65
    Average age of all caches: 476 days
    Average age of available caches: 489 days
    Average age of archived caches: 414 days
    *Geocaching events are excluded from age calculations.

    Extremes
    Northernmost: Insp Gadget's First American Cache (GCJ56T) by Insp Gadget
    Southernmost: Captain McGregore's Island (GCZ3GT) by Atsah
    Easternmost: Ribbit, Ribbit (GC1FV16) by Mipster
    Westernmost: Route 2 Tour-State Line (GCYGGA) by mainiac1957 with Quilting Mom and Mike

    Milestone Hides
    #1: wang0r (GCAEB) by c^chE n}nJA
    #100: X Marks the Spot (GCTWJG) by LaughingTerry
    #200: 101 Dalmations #58 - SPELUNKY (GCW7GM) by LaughingTerry
    #300: TOWN WHARF (GCXNM6) by Gob-ler
    #400: Petrified Enchanted Black Rain (GCZ6R9) by Rumblebees
    #500: Ace of Hearts (GC11YBJ) by hollora
    #600: Baseball Anyone??? Boston Red Sox (GC13X1E) by g-o paddling/bikers
    #700: Who is Larry Bolatinsky, v5/8? (GC15FMP) by lexmano
    #800: Pratts Brook Branch Micro (GC1765J) by mainbones & mainewanderer
    #900: Fisherman's Park (GC1BAA2) by mainiac1957
    #1000: A RHINO IN MAINE ??? (GC1D22P) by HD


    Future Milestone Date Predictions
    #2000: 5/9/10
    #3000: 7/13/12
    #4000: 9/17/14
    #5000: 11/21/16
    #6000: 1/26/19
    #7000: 4/1/21
    #8000: 6/6/23
    #9000: 8/9/25
    #10000: 10/14/27

    Number of Caches Placed by Day of Week
    Monday: 215 (15%)
    Tuesday: 151 (11%)
    Wednesday: 152 (11%)
    Thursday: 152 (11%)
    Friday: 192 (13%)
    Saturday: 254 (18%)
    Sunday: 319 (22%)


    Number of Caches Placed by Month
    January: 61 (4%)
    February: 48 (3%)
    March: 49 (3%)
    April: 167 (12%)
    May: 165 (11%)
    June: 119 (8%)
    July: 178 (12%)
    August: 173 (12%)
    September: 175 (12%)
    October: 139 (10%)
    November: 98 (7%)
    December: 63 (4%)

    Number of Caches Placed by Year
    2001: 1 (0%)
    2002: 5 (0%)
    2003: 7 (0%)
    2004: 18 (1%)
    2005: 51 (4%)
    2006: 358 (25%)
    2007: 391 (27%)
    2008: 559 (39%)
    2009: 45 (3%)

    Busiest Hiding Times
    Most caches hidden in one day:
    9/15/07 - 27 caches were placed by 4 unique cache hiders.
    Most caches hidden in one day by unique hiders:
    4/30/06 - 7 caches were placed by 7 unique cache hiders.
    Most caches hidden in one month:
    August, 2008 - 78 caches were placed by 35 unique cache hiders.
    Most caches hidden in one month by the most unique hiders:
    May, 2006 - 69 caches were placed by 43 unique cache hiders.

    Totals by County
    County Total Archived Available
    Cumberland 461 77 384
    Kennebec 178 23 155
    Androscoggin 144 24 120
    York 130 35 95
    Penobscot 114 23 91
    Aroostook 81 24 57
    Oxford 53 8 45
    Somerset 48 7 41
    Hancock 45 4 41
    Franklin 40 6 34
    Waldo 39 1 38
    Sagadahoc 31 3 28
    Washington 20 4 16
    Knox 17 3 14
    Lincoln 17 1 16
    Piscataquis 17 3 14

    County Stats

    County Available Density Avg D/T Top Hider First Cache
    Androscoggin 120 2.61 1.75/1.5 MARTES (39) 8/21/05 - James B. Longley Bridge - West (GCQ81E) by Gob-ler
    Aroostook 57 0.09 2.25/1.52 Northwoods Explorer (23) 4/10/04 - Insp Gadget's First American Cache (GCJ56T) by Insp Gadget
    Cumberland 384 4.5 1.85/1.6 TeamHorwich (118) 1/19/02 - Ski 'n Cache (GC33AA) by SamDeG
    Franklin 34 0.19 1.75/1.66 hickory45&ponchie (15) 7/5/03 - Michigan In Maine II (GCGDTH) by AA Team & tflight
    Hancock 41 0.27 1.68/1.8 becket (18) 7/5/04 - Mill Pond Park Cache (GCJXAY) by mainepod
    Kennebec 155 1.76 1.77/1.61 Mapachi (42) 4/2/05 - A Sporting Chance (GCNAXE) by Tunicate
    Knox 14 0.37 1.93/1.46 Mapachi (3) 8/24/02 - One mile light (GC8433) by morrillite
    Lincoln 16 0.35 1.53/1.63 hide_from_the_kids (3) 6/30/06 - 101 DALMATIANS #41 -- SHERMAN (GCWWX1) by MacFriends
    Oxford 45 0.22 1.69/1.59 Katadin Goddess (7) 4/13/02 - Jockey Cap Cache Version 2.0 (GC20F0) by Sam, Mom, Dad and B
    Penobscot 91 0.28 1.71/1.51 hollora (19) 5/28/01 - wang0r (GCAEB) by c^chE n}nJA
    Piscataquis 14 0.04 1.68/1.79 vicbiker (9) 5/5/06 - Arc de Brook (GCVWG6) by vicbiker
    Sagadahoc 28 1.12 1.77/1.46 Circles (6) 10/26/05 - Spirit of the Sea (GCR401) by Circles assisted by FunnyNose
    Somerset 41 0.11 1.78/1.78 LaughingTerry (20) 6/12/04 - D. D. (GCJP4T) by AbbysGrammy
    Waldo 38 0.52 1.58/1.54 shuman road searchers (16) 3/21/06 - Country Rest Cache (GCV0KC) by cropmeister
    Washington 16 0.06 1.78/1.5 EMSDanel (5) 5/1/06 - Hobo's Companion (GCVT6G) by RubiconJW
    York 95 0.96 1.74/1.57 teamdozer12 (16) 10/19/02 - Norge Troll (GC9DB8) by Doug26
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    Question Huh?

    And I thought this list would have started with Grittys, and Sea Dogs!
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    Brdad, those results may be a bit off due to nanos being listed as "other" and "micro"
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    There are less than 150 active caches listed as other which have container, so I don't think the "other" category. However, there are almost 1000 caches listed as "small", which many of us old timers might consider a micro.
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    Micros just seem to take the (not sure what word to use) out of geocaching. Just our opinion and everyone has a right to thier opinion.
    Micros and nanos are a challenge for sure but there is just something about a good 'ole ammo box hidden in the woods.

    So for the chart challenged, how many micros/nanos were placed in 2008? 2007? There are many series out there that are micros. How many series are there now? Dalmations, counties, baseball teams???? I know there are many more.
    I said WHAT!!! You just took me the wrong way......

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    You are not alone in your thinking. While it's nice to have a few easier ones to do, the growth of micros has been overwhelming. It was predicted a few years back that when gc.com stopped allowing virtual caches that there would be an explosion of micros, many of which would be lamer, for lack of a better term. and that's just what happened. And while many micros are very good and can be challenging, many of them are IMO of lesser quality and less entertaining than many of the virtuals I would have frowned about in the past.

    You do have the option of ignoring them - but then you stand a chance on missing out on a good one. And it is nice to have an easy one to do now and then, but I'd rather do 2 easy but quality micros 10 miles apart than 27 caches with no noticeable purpose in 3 miles.
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    You get out of something what you put into it. I can't wait to get 50 states by bicycle!! But your own personal gain does not need to be physical; learn to look at things a different way. I never met a place in Maine I didn't like!
    The farmer gave permission to place the cache in the field, but the bull charges.

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