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cache type Farm Kids: Doing It Right the First Time! cache size

by JSahrle
(Finds: 0   Score: 0)   (Hidden: 10   Score: 50)

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 42° 33.542'   W 077° 38.657'
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Wayland ,    New York    14572
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 17 Jul 2007
Waypoint (Landmark): N02635
Open Cache:    Personal use only
Cache type:    Multi-Part
Cache size:    Normal

Difficulty:   gps gps gps half gps (moderate)
Terrain:   gps gps half gps (moderate)
Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is a challenge. No fees!

Comments:
No night caching please.

Cross listed on geocaching.com.

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Three stage multicache. The final cache container is a 50 caliber ammo container. Please be sure to return all legs of this cache back to their original position. Terrain is somewhat uneven and there are some changes in elevation. Due to recent logging, the woods are a bit of a mess and you'll want to watch out for ruts, downed trees, etc. You can bring the kids along if you like, but they might get a bit bored. I think this cache might take a while to complete. I intended for this cache to be a 5 difficulty. I'm not sure if it deserves that rating. Please let me know your opinion.

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Parking Coordinates: N 42 33.543 W077 38.449
There is a relatively large parking area, which is used by the farm. Please pull off to the side and allow room for tractors/trucks/etc to pull in as well. If anyone asks, you have permission from Jennifer and Fred Sahrle to geocache in this area. Please only attempt to complete this cache during the daylight hours. No night caching please. (Even for a FTF). Also, when crops are growing in the fields, please walk along the edge of the fields. This will make for a longer walk, but it will prevent the crops from being destroyed. Please DO NOT walk through the middle of these fields. If the crops are trounced upon, my father will revoke the right to use this land for geocaching.
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Welcome back to Sahrle Farms, the site of this challenging multi-cache. I grew up in these fields/woods and I'm pleased to share this beautiful land with the caching community. Farming taught me the importance of hard work and determination. You'll need both of these attributes in order to complete this cache.

This cache is a tribute to farm kids everywhere. For generations, farmer boys and girls have played a vital role in the day to day operations of family dairy farms. My grandfather grew up on the old homestead in Perkinsville, New York and had fond memories of helping his dad (my great grandfather). Grandpa used to tell stories of working in the fields with his team of horses, Clyde and Flora, as well as, harvesting hay, and milking cows from an early age. Grandpa elected to follow in his father's footsteps and become a farmer. My father also worked on the farm from his earliest days and decided to stay on the family farm after finishing high school. My siblings and I also worked on the farm A LOT growing up. My sister and I chose to leave the farm and pursue other careers. The lessons that we learned on the farm, however, remain with us. My youngest sister recently graduated from Cornell University with a major in Animal Science. She is currently a herdsman in the Ithaca area. My younger brother, Jason Howard, is still in high school and he works on the farm a lot. He helped me with this cache. He took some time out of his “plowing schedule” to work with me on this one. He made it possible. And finally, the youngest “farm kid” in my family, Bran Flakes, also spent a great deal of time out in the woods with me planning and placing this cache.

Farming is rewarding, but challenging work. My fear is that with the death of family farms, there will be fewer and fewer “farm kids” who will take the lessons that they learned on the farm with them out into the world. I can attest to the fact that these lessons remain with "farm kids" for the rest of their lives.

To explain the title of this cache, there is a saying in my family which has been passed down from generation to generation, "If you're going to do something, do it right the FIRST time." I believe that this is guiding principle by which "farm kids" operate. I know that the ones in my family did anyway.

Happy caching and good luck!

FTF: Butterfly Guy, Caterp1llar, and TazD
First to cry: J-Dog when they found the cache so quickly. :)

Note: This cache was previously posted on geocaching.com. I just became aware of this site and wanted to post my caches here as well.




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I found it! 04 Aug 2007 by  Paleoman   (Finds: 95   Score: 428)   (Hidden: 14   Score: 60)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
What a special time it was meeting with such a wonderful group of people at this cache bright and early this morning. I had to go to work first but then I made the trip over to the cache parking spot to find the area full of people. I arrived at about 7:20am and the first person I saw was J-Dog. She had gone to her car to get a huge plate full of chocolate Chip cookies that she made to trade to me for one of my arrowhead necklaces. Thanks J-Dog these cookies were awesome and I ate way too many of them this morning. After our trade I exited my truck and made my way over to the crowd of people standing around Killerb and I was so happy to see TazD, Frogize, Harv, Butterflyguy and Mrs. Butterflyguy, Caterp1llar, and of course Killerb. After quite a long time of chatting and catching up on all the geo-gossip we headed into the field and towards the woods where the first leg was hidden. As we approached the woods it became quite obvious that someone had been very busy in anticipation of Killerbs visit this morning. We we greeted by a sign and as we approached the cache area, there were many more intriguing signs posted about plus a roped off area for Killerb to search in. This was so funny and we all enjoyed watching KB run around the area reading all the signs. After many photos and Bo finding a special cache that was hidden for him right next to KB's stump, KB informed us that he had found this leg and leg #2 during his last visit and now it was my turn to see if I could find leg #2. I began my search in a couple of areas I had previously searched and had to endure several little stings from Killerb as I searched, (Man does this guy ever run out of venom?). After entertaining everyone with my confusion as to where the 2nd leg was hidden I finally spotted the very clever hide for this leg. Wow Jen, you amazed me even more with all the work you put into this leg, excellent job! Finally we could all go to the final and I tried to sneak up ahead while Killerb was busy talking. Once he spotted me he caught up to me in a hurry because I let him and didn't let me get to far ahead of him, after all he was on his 500th cache find and he didn't want me to Huckle him like he did to me on my 500th,(What a guy!). I decided to stay high and KB stayed low and as I was checking out a particular potential cache area, KB shouted "Huckle Buckle". Even though I had my hands on the cache spot I decided to let KB make the find and I took second because I am a super nice guy and respectful of my ELDERS. I also felt that KB definitely paid his dues on this cache after making numerous trips just to find the first leg. The cache was loaded with great trade goods and some TB's and I signed the log after KB and then Caterp1llar signed the log after she realized that she forgot to sign it the evening that she , her Dad, and Taz got FTF. J-Dog, I can't remember when I have enjoyed a cache as much as I enjoyed this one. It was so much fun reading and sending notes on the cache page and then I really enjoyed my 2 trips here to complete the cache. Your level of creativity on this cache has definitely raised the bar for future cache hides. Thanks for all the work that you did on this cache and for making your family farm available for us to explore and to find the magic that you found as a child growing up there. -Paleoman52-
Now I have to go and eat another chocolate chip cookie before my son eats them all.
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