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    Thumbs up Great cache - Saco Heath Preserve

    This is our most liked cache to date. We're new with only 37 caches with each providing some suprise but this is a truly special place. Saco Heath Preserve GCG6Z9 was designed by Doug26 and he spent a lot of time making this both challenging and rewarding. The Preserve is a multi hundred acre mix of forest, swamp, heath and lots of mosquitos. Doug very creatively provides clues to the final cache along the way. Round trip is about 2 1/4 miles but the walk was easy enough for Joe's 80 year old mom. She was delighted with the views, the flowers and just being out in such a wild place so close to a town.

    We'd highly recommend this one but bring bug spray - lots of bug spray!!!

    TwoMaineiacs / Anne and Joe
    TwoMaineiacs / Anne and Joe

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    I second your recommendation... this is one of our favorites as well. Both the kids swore we had gone back in time and expected a dinosaur to pop out at any moment. Exercise, education and fun!

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    2 and 1/4 miles? Wow I did that a couple of years ago and it didn't seem like it was that long a hike. It is a beautiful spot and a challenge to get all the clues. If I remember right it took me 2 tries but well worth it.
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    Kudos to your mom who can walk 2 and 1/4 miles buy her a gps and we'll cache togeather.

    I'll look forward to that one.
    DAve1976

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    Mother in Law is 80 and quite fiesty. We had tried to explain Geocaching to her but it wasn't sinking in. Hard to understand if you don't see it in action. Figured we'd just take her out and show her. The Heath was truly beautiful yesterday and she said she felt like a kid walking back in Mars Hill, ME where she grew up - in the old days that is. No traffic. Now she wants to go out on another cache <G> We might preview the cache next time.

    The Rachel Carson Trail in Kennebunk would be another great place for a cache but that is a federal park and no caches on federal land?? Perhaps when we walk it again, we can figure out a virtual cache. The walk is only 1 mile, level, lots of boardwalks and easy for kids or the elderly.

    http://seacoastnh.com/Travel/Scenic_..._Carson_Trail/

    Anne
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    Good luck on getting a virtual approved. GC.com has a moratorium on virtuals and locationless caches at the moment so I think it would be a little difficult at this time. But by all means you can give it a try, one never knows how the approvers are about such things sometimes.It's just another way to get people out to see beautiful sights even if they can't find a traditional cache there. I say go for it!!! and good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haffy6
    Good luck on getting a virtual approved. GC.com has a moratorium on virtuals and locationless caches at the moment so I think it would be a little difficult at this time. But by all means you can give it a try, one never knows how the approvers are about such things sometimes.It's just another way to get people out to see beautiful sights even if they can't find a traditional cache there. I say go for it!!! and good luck
    The moratorium is only on locationless caches. With virtuals, they just are REALLY strict on approval. The guidelines for virtual caches include the text:

    "Prior to considering a virtual cache, you must have given consideration to the question “why couldn’t a microcache or multi-cache be placed there?” Physical caches have priority, so please consider adding a micro or making the location a step in an offset or multi-stage cache with the physical cache placed in an area that is appropriate."

    It is possible a physical cahe could be allowed at the Rachael Carson Preserve. The is one nearby at the Wells Reserve.

    IMHO, in any areas like these, I think we should be asking permission because if they are discovered it may give the sport a bad name and we're apt to be banned from other areas.

    If you ask for permission and they won't allow a physical cache, then you have the proof to show the approver that a virtual may be the best way to go.
    Last edited by brdad; 06-06-2005 at 06:34 PM.

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    Thanks for clarifying that Dave. I know the Rachel Carson preserve in Kennebunk is a National Refuge so it probably would be denied. So I am thinking that the virtual maybe the way to go for that one.
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