I dislike the puzzle caches for several reasons.
Reason 1: I'm too dumb to figure them out. Heck, I even gave one to my wife and told her that in the puzzle there should be some coords and she was totally stumped and she's pretty darned smart when it comes to doing puzzles of all sorts . . . for Christmas each year I buy her a puzzle book subscription.
Reason 2: For me half of the "pay-off" for me is finding the cache. I like the instant gratification of getting to the area and then finding a well hidden cache. I really enjoy the caches that are well hidden (i.e. think BrDad's hides) even if they can drive you insane looking for them. I have barely enough time to work, participate in my non-profit activities, spend time with my wife, etc. so I would rather not spend lots and lots of time trying to just figure out where the cache is located. In fact, I'll confess that I'm not a big fan of multi-caches for this reason . . . although I will do them and some can be fun . . . just time-consuming and the pay-off takes a bit longer.
That said . . . I have always believed and will always believe that what makes this activity great is that there's something for everyone. Like long hikes? Try finding the Gulf Hagas cache. Like short walks in the park? Try the Community cache. Like hikes along the seashore? Try any one of Becket's caches. Like hiking the mountains? There's plenty of those caches too. Like micros? Yeah, they're out there. Hate micros, but love ammo box caches? Oh yeah, plenty of them too. There's the virtuals which some like and some hate . . . no cache to be found, but they are often in interesting areas. Multi-caches may take a while to do, but they expose you to a wide area of interesting landmarks. And then there are the caches on islands where you need to kayak or canoe out to them (or walk out on very slippery ice in the winter . . . i.e. Branch Pond) . . . some folks don't like to do these. And so, while I dislike puzzle caches, I'm with C N J . . . if you don't like 'em, don't do 'em.
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