Over a month ago Ben and I finally picked the perfect spot for our first cache. I contacted one of the local approvers and got his OK for the spot and he helped me get the necessary forms to get a permit from the county. We have the container ready and a puzzle to go with it.
Then we decided to hold off on hiding it because we noticed that caching in Florida is very different from caching in Maine. Of the 13k caches within a 100 mile radius of our apartment, 10k are micros. We visit great parks with nice trails all the time and see that they have no caches. If they ever did, those caches have been archived for quite some time. We decided to hold off and see if we could figure out why there are so many great cacheless areas, but also so many random gas stations with micros or nanos in the newspaper stands*.
My guess was theft. Maybe big caches get stolen? I ran this by Ben and he said something along the lines of "Maybe caching is just different here. We should hide our cache the way we planned to let people know how our friends in Maine cache. In fact, we should name it 'Geocaching in Maine - The way caching should be.'"
I pointed out that doing that would probably not make us any friends around here, LOL, but I figured the people on here would appreciate his compliment
* Funny story about the newspaper stand micros/nanos... apparently the newspaper company re-arranged all the stands once. So now you can go up to a random stand and possibly find an archived cache from a location across town!