June 2011 Volume 1,
Hosted by: MARTES and Davidson 7 Monday, June 20 at 7:00am - July 2 at 10:00am.
From Rte 1 in Fort Kent to Kittery.
See the website for details on this one...there is more to it than meets the eye!
Hosted by : Merenner
Tuesday, June 14th at 7pm
Bring your geowonderdog and enjoy this event!
in September 2012...
This month we are continuing our contest for
the best caching picture. We have had a few beautiful entries,
some funny entries, some creative entries, and some...well...okay, some
were just weird. But no matter beautiful, funny, creative, or
weird, all are welcome, and we need more. Remember, next month the top three pictures
will be featured in this newsletter. Our subscription base is
growing, so literally dozens of people will see that YOU won! In
addition to the top three being recognized here on our digital pages,
we will also have a heading in the photo gallery called "Newsletter
Photos" where all the entries will be posted. The new gallery file will not be posted until the July
newsletter is published, but it will have all the wonderful entries we
have received for everyone to enjoy.
This is your newsletter and we need your participation to make
it wonderful time after time! (Trust me folks, I will run out of
ideas quickly!) Get Involved--Get Caching!
Oh, The Things You Will See...
weather is finally here - YEAH! Okay, don't get too excited. This
Maine and soon it will be cold again. Did you know
GeocachingMaine.org has some lists that can help you to get the most
out of your summer? No, you didn't
know? Well, let me tell you about it. Caches Near Interesting Bridges
on our website is a great resource if you like the "man-made" wonders Maine has to
offer. Did you know Maine has lots of covered bridges,
bridges, and just cool-looking bridges? Better still, this
gives you all the caches near them. Way cool, huh?
your taste runs to the more natural wonders of this state.
GeocachingMaine.org may have just what you're looking for. Waterfalls
in Maine with Caches
will take you to some beautiful places. Some of these
are rarely seen and some are regular tourist traps, but either way they
are great fun.
you say, "I looked at these lists and I know of some caches near bridges
or waterfalls that are not listed here." Send those thoughts
Brdad. He is in charge of keeping those lists updated but
are only so many hours in the day; if some are missing, let him know
so they can be added and enjoyed by everyone.
Here is a
good idea: pack a nice picnic lunch using some of the recipes
found on the website recipe section and plan out a trip around some of
these intresting Maine sites. What an awesome family fun day
perhaps a whole weekend of fun that would be.
Evidently, no one did anything...since no one told me about
anything someone did. See how boring this newsletter will be
without your help? (Yes, this is a cry for help, people! )
Do You Want?
Here at the newsletter
HQ's (that's my livingroom couch) we have been thinking
Yes, there was a lot of smoke. But after that
cleared away, we wondered if
we were providing the type of content you cachers out there are looking
for. If there is something you would like to see featured,
mentioned, discussed, or even a poll question - send it along.
We are always looking for new content ideas and guest
article writers, too.
Currently we are looking for people who
cache with their children. We would like to do a story about
caching but other than a few trips with my granddaughter, I don't have
alot of experience in that area. So, if you would be willing
answer a few questions about caching with your kids please PM
me so that I can send you a list of questions to help form this future
article. Thanks for being a part of GeocachingMaine.org
and "The Ammo Can."
Kid's Kashing Korner
3 the loot
4 army gets a BANG out of these (2 words)
5 DOT provides these hiding spots
8 lame lamp post container size - usually
9 why we do it.
11 user's personal coin
12 the name of the game
3 meanie who gives away the secret
6 makes us frown
7 dogtag like items
10 you sign it
12 equipment you use
13 abbreviation for taking out the trash
14 tiny container and Brdad's
If you get stuck go HERE
for the answer key. If you would like a file you can work on
version is available to download and print.
EarthCaches - What are They?
By now everyone in the State has heard that we will be
having a mega event here in 2012. 1st
International EarthCache Event
is sure to be a great time. Now I know
that not everyone has actually
done an EarthCache, myself included, so I thought it might be nice to
know just what an EarthCache is. So I asked one of the more
prolific EarthCache hiders in the state to explain it to us.
Explorer was gracious enough to be our first guest columnist. Special
thanks to him.
EarthCaches by Northwoods Explorer
all know what geocaching is all about; it is the hunt, the hide and
discovery. It is known by many as a worldwide adventure game that
involves the hunting for caches with a GPS. The details about the
location and the cache itself are located on the Groundspeak webpage.
The individual finds the cache and signs the logbook and then moves on
to the next cache. EarthCaching is another type of geocaching where the
individual finds the information on the same webpage and then uses the
GPS to find the location. The location is a special place that
people can learn about a unique natural feature or aspect of our Earth
during their visit. Once at the location this is where there are some
major differences from the traditional cache. The EarthCache is a type
of virtual cache with no physical container or logbook to sign. The
reward is not a trinket but learning something about how the geology of
a location has shaped the landscape or how we have make use of one of
the earth’s natural resources. The EarthCache sheet contains
educational information so that the user will leave the location with a
better understanding of what they are seeing. The sheet is generally
written so that it can be understood easily by the average geocacher.
Proof of the visit comes in the form of a better understanding while
logging proof comes from answering a few educational questions used to
reinforce the lesson so that you will have truly learned something from
the experience. To claim the cache as a find, you must use the
information given and do a bit of investigative work to answer
One of the great things about EarthCaches is that
they are allowed in locations that would normally not allow a
traditional cache. Baxter State Park has welcomed EarthCache involving
them in their annual report but does not allow traditional cache as it
leaves something, which they do not allow. The Nature Conservancy has
taken a positive view of the development of EarthCaches on their
properties. So EarthCaches are being welcomed in many locations where
the traditional has not been allowed in the past. For us, we like to go
geocaching by bicycle and will often stop for a cache or two as a
break. When we started geocaching we did it for the discovery of new
and unique places that we would have otherwise never found. While the
face of geocaching has changed as numbers and cachers have increased,
it has changed from discovery of the location to discovery of the cache
for us. What EarthCaching has done for us is bring back theexcitement
of the discovery of a location.
The EarthCaching will take you to special location that has been discovered
by someone with knowledge of the natural feature and gives a
description of the forces involved in its formation. We have been luck
to do some very exciting earthcache locations, one took us down a back
alley in Fredericton to where various rocks were used to construct a
building, any other one took us to a rock cut filled with fossilized
plants, while an other one explained how the river had been changed by
a flood several years earlier - moving a house from one side of the river
to the other. We have done EarthCache locations that were extremely
remote where you suddenly pop out into one of those “Oh, Wow” locations.
We have done EarthCaches where we did not have to leave the car as you
could reach out the window and touch it. Yes, there are bad EarthCaches
just as there are traditional caches that you sometimes wonder why you
did them. But with EarthCache locations these have been few and far
between for us. EarthCaches are not for all geocachers as they really
don’t help your numbers but for some it is a new adventure. Either way,
when start doing EarthCaches and you drive down the road you will never
look at the countryside in the same way. The more you do the better you
will understand your surroundings. EarthCaching does indeed capture the
spirit of the hunt for a treasure but the treasure is an act of
learning and an appreciating something new about our magnificent Earth.
So think outside the box and give EarthCaching a try!
7th Annual Penobscot
River Clean Up CITO was a
great success. This year there were ten cachers in attendance.
They included Brdad, Msteelee,
Hiram357, Hollora, TAT, Parmachenee (2), Genie Cache, 104LL were there
with the cachers and Fick Fam was there with the Brewer firefighters
Together with the dozens of other participants
(usually between 200 and
local organizations, thousands of pieces of trash were picked
properly discarded, and in the six years prior around 24 tons of trash
have been collected.
This event is held every year and each participant
not only gets a breakfast which consists of coffee and donuts
and lunch of burgers, hot dogs, chips, and
provided for them, but they also
are given a tee-shirt, and all the trash they can
carry! Although, I don't think too many people took too much of
that last one
home. Mark your calendars for next year and plan to attend
special event. Thanks to these cachers and other
civic-minded people, the Penobscot River is a much more pleasant place to walk
is a picture of the getting ready to work scene that morning and a few of the cachers enjoying their coffee before
out. (So, did everyone autograph the jeep?) Thanks, Hollora, for
This brings me to another thought. It you
have an event, take pictures, write some notes, and send them my way. I
would be happy to write up a little something about your event to help
promote it or just to let folks know what a super time you had.
June Newsletter Poll
month's poll was sparked by a discussion in the Geocaching Maine chat
room. If you haven't gone there on chat night, or any
for that matter, I highly reccomend dropping by a few times. The link
to join the chat can be found on the front page of our website and it
requires no special setup.
Here is this month's poll question: What one item do you HATE to
find in a cache? You may have more than one thing you don't
but we would like you to pick the one thing you think is the worst
to find in
a cache. If you choose "other" please drop a note on the
to let us know what that item is. I think that a lot of people new
to the sport don't know what types of things are acceptable and what
types of things are real "no no's." Maybe this poll might
help clear things up a bit for them.
item do you hate to see in a cache as SWAG?
2. Kid's Meal Toys
Food - ie: popcorn or chips or roast pork
Other (if you choose this, please let us know what that item
Here is something for you to work on till next month when we will have the answer and hopefully another question for you.
many night caches are there in the state of Maine?
with a 24 hour attribute mind you, I mean those designed to be done at
If you're not sure what a night cache is check out this thread recently found on the web site about fire tacks. It takes you to a very informative article on the subject by a neighboring Canadian cacher teamvoyager.