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    Default Setting an example

    A recent PM prompted this post...

    The number of cachers and caches are growing exponentially in Maine. As much as we try to get certian cachers (new or seasoned) involved in this site or events, there are those who choose to be alone (some are just a little stubborn ) and there is little way to insure Maine caches retain their quality.

    One way is by email, if it can be nicely and positively stated, explaining why you might disagree with the action a particular cacher took. This can be tough to do.

    But there is another way we can. That is by setting an example.

    If a cacher finds 10 lamp post micros, he will assume he should hide the same thing.
    If a cacher reads logs of cachers trading a dirty used golf ball for a $5 item, he will assume it is ok to do so.
    If a cacher finds a Gladware cache, broken and wet, he will hide the same assuming that's part of the game.
    If a cacher sees a cache owner disable a lost or damaged cache and not do anything about it for 2.5 years, he will assume that is acceptable.

    You get the picture - we as regular cachers affect other cachers more than we may think. Our hides and our actions give other cachers a baseline from which to start from.

    It's impossible to expect everyone to do what is best for geocaching in Maine. And, there are multiple opinions of what is best. But we should remember when we place, log, or trade, that we are setting an example for others.
    Last edited by brdad; 07-27-2005 at 08:48 AM.

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    I fully agree. Thanks for the post.

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    I second that. Sounds like we could all set an example one way or another. I wish I could bring myself to doing it all the time. I have one pet peave that I just can't do and that is pickup cigrette buts when they are near a cache. I will trash out almost anything else and always trade up. That means in a few years caching will be more expensive but oh well.

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    Although we have been caching a year, we still feel somewhat new at it. We have learned alot from caches we have visited and hopefully have learned the right things. One thing we like is to be able to visit places we might not have ever been to if not for caching. Therefore we have tried to place caches in areas that people may enjoy visitng. I also am disappointed when I find a cache that is broken & wet, ammo boxes are cheap ($5) or a good quality plastic container works fine if you need a different size. I guess the biggest thing I would recommend is; if you place a cache, be able to get back to it frequently to maintain it or take care of any issues that may come up with it. I hope to meet more of you guys on the trail or at a future event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFarmer
    Although we have been caching a year, we still feel somewhat new at it. We have learned alot from caches we have visited and hopefully have learned the right things. One thing we like is to be able to visit places we might not have ever been to if not for caching. Therefore we have tried to place caches in areas that people may enjoy visitng. I also am disappointed when I find a cache that is broken & wet, ammo boxes are cheap ($5) or a good quality plastic container works fine if you need a different size. I guess the biggest thing I would recommend is; if you place a cache, be able to get back to it frequently to maintain it or take care of any issues that may come up with it. I hope to meet more of you guys on the trail or at a future event.
    Good comment! Bottom line: If you can't afford to put out a GOOD cache, save your money until you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFarmer
    Although we have been caching a year, we still feel somewhat new at it. We have learned alot from caches we have visited and hopefully have learned the right things. One thing we like is to be able to visit places we might not have ever been to if not for caching. Therefore we have tried to place caches in areas that people may enjoy visitng. I also am disappointed when I find a cache that is broken & wet, ammo boxes are cheap ($5) or a good quality plastic container works fine if you need a different size. I guess the biggest thing I would recommend is; if you place a cache, be able to get back to it frequently to maintain it or take care of any issues that may come up with it. I hope to meet more of you guys on the trail or at a future event.
    Hope you make it to mine on Sept 10th in Hampden.http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache...8-7bdbca8083ca
    Happy Trails!
    Yeah it's a Jeep thing!


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    I have one ready to go out in as soon as I finish painting the ammo can. I have two sites picked out just need to scout both of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lefty
    I have one ready to go out in as soon as I finish painting the ammo can. I have two sites picked out just need to scout both of them.
    Darn both sites are taken. The hardest part of my putting out a new cache is finding a really nice place to put one. I dont just want to make it a park and grab, nor do I want to make it one for tri-athletes but a nice place that folks can get something out of besides the hunt. Oh well I will keep looking.

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    How about down around fort popham. Are there caches down there, or down to West Point. When ever we go to Bath I try to visit these spots. The are very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainiac1957
    Hope you make it to mine on Sept 10th in Hampden.http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache...8-7bdbca8083ca
    And I hope you have LOTS of "door prizes" - I need another hat (hint, hint...)


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