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    Posted: April 24 2003,7:18 pm QUOTE

Gary Fallesen from the Rochester NY Newspaper (Democrat and Chronicle) contacted me a couple of times over the past couple of days with an interest to run another story about Geocaching. This time though he intends on coming at the story from the other side.

This was his last e-mail to me...

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How's this for a story idea? I was thinking of hiding a cache (would that be the correct phrase?) and then posting it on your Web site and having people find it and write about that. How would that work? I need some instruction about how to hide the cache, post the cache, and get feedback from people. Lemme know your thoughts. Thanks.

Also, any caching tips for a first time cachee?


If any of you are from this area or near by, or even perhaps those of you from anywheres else that would like to provide some tips for Gary to get his feet wet with placing his first cache and what people are interested in the most about caching, please leave those comments here.

Be sure to keep an eye out for his cache, give him some time though as I am sure he intends on giving the place and cache type some thought.

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    Posted: April 25 2003,3:32 am QUOTE

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.  :D

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    Posted: May 05 2003,1:54 pm QUOTE

I've been wishing we had another article about Caching!  This sounds like an interesting angle.  One thing you need to be careful of that Gimpy didn't mention is the distance from the path etc.  You don't want casual passers-by to see you find the cache.  I had one too close to the path so that I had to remove it quickly.  Another was very exposed to casual eyes when fall arrived; it had to be moved.  Another was taken during the winter months so I assume a casual finder watched a cacher and went back later to see what was so interesting.  :D   Good Luck, Gamma Kitt
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    Posted: May 16 2003,12:19 am QUOTE

Okay.

I have been contacted today by Gary Fallesen from the Rochester area Newspaper. He has hidden his cache and will be submitting it to the website sometime later today.
It will be named "Escape" which is also going to be the same name as the news story about the cache itself.

He has placed a single use camera inside the cache and he has asked that people who find the cache to please e-mail him his/her comments about likes/dislikes and the general adventure for the story. The pictures and comments will both be in the paper.

He intends on writing the story in a short period of time being either Tuesday or Wednesday of the upcoming week, so I highly think you who are interested pack your gear and keep an eye out for the cache to be submitted later today.

(It will be in the Greece, NY area)
He has said however you can get to it by foot, by boat, by horse...so plan as you may!  :)

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    Posted: May 16 2003,3:29 pm QUOTE

Those wishing to try their luck looking for Gary's cache may want to check out the cache page for "Escape".

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    Posted: May 16 2003,3:42 pm QUOTE

Yes... The Cache placed by Gary Fallesen of the Rochester D & C is now out and active.

The story will be placed on the cover of the weekend edition magazine in thursdays section (this Thursday May 22nd) as well as an inner story.

It will be based on those that find it, have a picture taken with it using the camera within, and also for those that leave comments in the logs and send feedback to him based on what they thought of the adventure.

He will be writing the story wednesday the 21st so if you wish to make your mark nows the time to do it.

I would say drop on some old shoes or boots and have a ball!!

It's a beautiful area and much to see...you just might see yourself as well come print time!  ;)

for the cache page go to
ESCAPE CACHE

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    Posted: May 22 2003,2:36 am QUOTE

Story must be coming next Thursday. Not in todays Weekend section.

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    Posted: May 22 2003,4:25 am QUOTE

hmmm...I could have sworn he said this Thursday ??? I'll have to see whats up.

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    Posted: May 22 2003,4:34 am QUOTE

oops...I just went back through and got his e-mail to me and this is part of it...
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We're hoping to write about it for
Weekend mag on May 29. I'd have to have the story done by May 20 or 21. That
would give us about three weeks to get some response from geocachers who
might hunt for it. Thoughts?
 

:grinnin   Guess I got the "20 and 21" mixxed in the drink a bit... oh-well, one more week  :(

On a brighter note I did go back out and place a new log boot and some nice items in the cache  :)

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    Posted: May 22 2003,7:04 am QUOTE

Damn, went out and spent 50 cents for an article on sailing!

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    Posted: May 22 2003,7:27 am QUOTE

I can wait.  The more I think about the cache camera picture I took, the more trepidation I feel about this article!  Fortunately I probably look too sickly and hideous to even be considered for print.   :sick

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    Posted: May 22 2003,10:40 am QUOTE

hey...look on the bright side, most of the people that went after the cache got caught in the down pour of rain. I am sure not too many people look that great as it is.  :grinnin

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    Posted: May 22 2003,12:44 pm QUOTE

Issaquah Puppy will probably look like a drowned rat! I on the other hand ALWAYS look great! :p

BTW, our picture I believe is at #2 on the camera (probably right after Quinn).

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    Posted: May 24 2003,10:42 am QUOTE

While my picture also probably makes me look like i'm homeless, I think we'll all be ok as long as we can keep "that hat" out of the papers.

Imagine what it would look like wet.... ;)

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    Posted: May 29 2003,4:43 am QUOTE

Looks like the article finally made it in the weekend edition of the Rochester D&C section... whole front cover too!

Very nice write-up and good story, I hope this brings many new cachers to this area. Looks like Hinge Thunder, Caron, Wheely, cenobite07, boozer and the lupin family took the fame :)  I guess us old vets like Gimpy and me just are not good enough to make full mention of anymore  :grinnin

Congrats to you all and thanks for supporting Geocaching while having fun at the same time.
I know the weather has been on the down side around here lately, but I am sure we are due for a turn soon which will allow us to get out and do some caching... bad part is with all the rain I am also sure skeeter season is gonna be a bad one  :angry:


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    Posted: May 29 2003,7:32 am QUOTE

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fame :)  I guess us old vets like Gimpy and me just are not good enough to make full mention of anymore  :grinnin

You got mentioned! I didn't know your name was George! I thought Quinn was your name and handle.

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    Posted: May 29 2003,7:37 am QUOTE

it is part of my name, it's just that last time he did an article he called me "scott" and he didn't want to get mixed up again.  :grinnin

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    Posted: May 29 2003,8:13 am QUOTE

Quote (Quinn @ May 29 2003,6:43 am)
I guess us old vets like Gimpy and me just are not good enough to make full mention of anymore  :grinnin

I dunno .... "Father of Area Geocaching" seems like a pretty spiffy mention to me!   :tungue2

Very nice article!  I'm bringing it in to work to help explain what it is I do all weekend when I'm not on a rollercoaster somewhere.  Congrats to all mentioned and to the author who did a fine job with both the cache and the column.  I hope he burns the pics that didn't make it to print.  :cool:

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    Posted: May 29 2003,8:27 am QUOTE

Is there an online version us out-of-towners can link to ??  

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    Posted: May 29 2003,11:01 am QUOTE

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Is there an online version us out-of-towners can link to ??  

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/entertainment/rec/outdoors/ent_1146.shtml

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    Posted: May 29 2003,3:45 pm QUOTE

Great story  :thumbs-up  Even the part about Quinn  :sick

Years ago as akid I used to live on Long Pond Rd and tromped around Beatty's Point all the time. I am back down south now but if it hasn't changed, definitely a great spot for caches.

For those that hate to cut-n-paste CLICK HERE for the article.


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    Posted: May 29 2003,8:48 pm QUOTE

I think the story was very good. But Gary did get a little caught up in the first to find angle.  As we all know the main aspect of the game is the great places we bring each other to that we would have never known about without our brother and sister cachers sharing with us by locating a cache in their special place. Hides like Road Kill’s Gibsonville, Wheelygood’s urban caches, Gimpy’s Moose River in the Adirondacks  or The Hikers Beaver Dams have blown me away with the fantastic places they have shown me. For me that is what it is all about.
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    Posted: May 29 2003,10:33 pm QUOTE

A very nice artical indeed. Another aspect of caching is the camaraderie that builds among cachers. Has anyone invited Gary to the Picnic on the 7th of June? Newbees come to put a face to the many names. The veterans come to tell and listen to the tails. All leave with a grin.  :cool:

There are plenty of GPS's that could be loaned out in an instant if Gary or his family want to cache.  And a bevy of guides too. :p


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