Joined: June 2001
||Posted: April 25 2003,3:32 am
Sounds great. I'd go with a retired ammo can for a cache container. When painted with rust preventative paint & labeled as a geocache with large white lettering (stencil), it shouldn't be mistaken for anything harmful. And the container will easily stand up to anything our Rochester seasons can dish out. Some of mine have been out for over 2 years, & they're still in the same condition as when I put them out. I've got a dozen ammo boxes in the garage. I'll donate one if finding one is a problem. For contents, I usually go for a good mix of stuff to please all. Some trinkets that the kids will get a kick out of finding, & some adult outdoors stuff like compasses, emergency whistles, those pocket handwarmer thingys for the winter months, rain ponchos, AA baterries for gpsrs', those little koosh things that folks put their keys on,little pocket flashlights & stuff like that. Doesn't have to be anything expensive. The dollar stores have it all. For placement, find a place that you'd enjoy visiting & sharing with others. Could be a park, or along a trail or bike path. There are quite a few retired railroad beds in the area,that are being transformed into hiking/biking/nature trails. These are usually good spots to put family accessible caches.Try not to put it too close to any existing caches. And make sure the location is such that folks making their way to it won't do damage to the surrounding area. Stay away from locations that are usually very wet or contain vegetation that you wouldn't want to see damaged. Most cachers are pretty careful about this, but like in every group, some might not. I usually try to place them so they are accessible to family members of all ages. Except the ones I figure Quinn will go after. Then I try to find a spot that has a lot of pricker bushes & poison ivy. :-) And in the cache, make sure you include a sheet explaining what geocaching is all about & some contact info just in case a problem arises. And make sure it's not on private property. If you know of an area in a park that has a lot of litter around, place the cache near there. You'd be surprised how quick the area will get cleaned up. And don't forget a log book, so cachers can leave messages about their adventure. Above all, have a good time. Folks that go after your cache will.
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