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graciious

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What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« on: August 19, 2010, 08:03:58 »
So here's a curious question, in regards to caching what was your first, worst and favorite cache? (feel free to add any associated story)

My First was Vertical Flow of H20 by Zartimus

  I was informed about geocaching by my mother, who heard about it somewhere in her travels.  I took the time to look at the images really carefully, and knew the area so I went for a short hike and in no time, located the cache and was instantly hooked.

My Worst was "Rocks with a view" in Cardiff Ontario

  In 2009 I went to find the cache, and although I was unsuccessful it was so wonderful at the location.  Your first reaction to the lake view is a little awe (at least for me it was) and then you climb up on the rocks and watch the sun rise over the trees and the calm water it's a wonderful place.  I didn't find the cache on my first visit, so I submitted my DNF log and decided to come back next year with fresh eyes.

   Fast forward to 2010, I make a second attempt to find the cache, there had been a found log, six days earlier by a seven year old... I should be able to find this thing, but alas! another DNF.   It was early in my vacation so I don't get upset, I go back to my cottage, email the owner and ask for his help, then I email the last finder to see what they have to say.  I get my information and plan to head out to GZ with my (not really a cacher) wife.  

  She doesn't have the patience for caching so when we go looking it has to be where I say it will be or she gives up and usually ends up waiting in the car while I dig through the bushes.

  We get up early and head out to find the cache.  Upon arriving at the parking location I immediately notice a bag of garbage that wasn’t there yesterday, I explain that it’s really nice convince her to just ignore it and follow me.

  The path leads us past two burned up piles of wood that were obviously half tended fires that didn’t work very well. She ignores the garbage on the ground, and hasn’t quite figured out the beauty I see in this garbage ridden location.

   Convincing her that everything is nicer once we get to the rocks, is easy… we round the corner and I notice underwear in the bush, but don’t point it out (she’ll see it on her own as we head back up the trail).  I point out the location in question and she points out the pile of poop and toilet paper next to us on the trail.

Needless to say, she waited in the car while I made a very short attempt to find the cache and was again unsuccessful.

After taking her back to the cottage I made a final (fourth) attempt to find the cache (when my wife wasn’t waiting in the car), and discovered it probably 15 to 20 feet from GZ in a hole covered with dead leaves, twigs, pine cones etc..  It took a long time and four attempts but I am so glad this cache is off my list.

My Favourite cache..

“Bloeski's wrecking crew is bored”  and “Parkway To Hell Night Cache”  Both of these caches are close to each other and I had a really good time doing them with my brother in-law.  He is normally not a geocacher, but we had a lot of fun wandering around the bush at night.  It may have been the time spent with someone else caching that I enjoyed but night caching is one of my favourite activities

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2010, 11:02:30 »
my unofficial first (not logged until i found it again recently) was:
Hog's Back Falls multi: http://coord.info/GCKXV0

my real logged first was my closest to home:
MindWare 3 traditional: http://coord.info/GC13X4V

i used a Magellan 315 or something, borrowed from work and it was awfully inaccurate!

my worst was: hmm.. can't find the name now. poor hide, poor container, poor coords, poor description and ratings were off :( very disappointing.

i think this one was my favourite:
THE GLEN #2(J-DOG PAY BACK): http://coord.info/GC15HN4
my log: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=90ba7c8a-d175-4ad1-ba2a-178d486e9a2c

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2010, 21:02:04 »

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2010, 21:02:47 »
My first cache was Dawg Daze down in Conroy Pit. Fun first multi.

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=a6940386-6bd5-48cc-aa73-386723ced42f

My worst cache had to have been Gorky Park Cache in Pine Grove Forest. Not only was there a 300 metre bushwhack through the worst possible conditions this was the day I found out I was allergic to poison ivy. It made for a rough couple of weeks.

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=322d56f9-0133-4dc7-9f6b-32893914926b

My favorite physical cache was King of The Mountain which is now archived. It was a great hike in which Nikon-Guy and I ran into a bear halfway to the cache. Made for a good memory.

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=958cde34-f51d-4a7f-ab38-d3af87fce066

My favorite non-physical cache is Mazinaw Rock Earthcache at Bon Echo Provincial Park.

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=d2b4674b-0de6-4ffa-9bd8-84539e4c4ce0

« Last Edit: August 19, 2010, 21:07:06 by PhotoCrasher »

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2010, 21:13:28 »
But if I had to pick, just for the location I would go with Sounds of the Bay in San Francisco:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=0cfb3264-9421-4b79-bf5d-522c36ed8baf


I did that one in March on an incredibly clear day as we headed towarded the Golden Gate bridge on our bikes.  I enjoyed this one so much I still have it on my watch list so I can read other cacher's logs.


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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2010, 08:16:59 »
1st cache was in Russell, can't recall the name/GC# off the top of my head.
Worse? That's open for discussion  ;D  However, Treehouse might very well be the winner followed up by my mid winter dip doing Organic Panic.
One of my favorites was done this past weekend with the family: Hibernate! Huge cave just off the Laurentian highway.

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2010, 12:38:55 »
Our first cache was "cache 505"
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=cafa0f24-d26f-4ad9-9193-a7ca5cf3dcd1
It was about a block from our old house. We decended on it with the stealth and grace of stampeding buffalo.

I try not to dwell on a "worst cache", but it probably involved a pine tree.

Our new favourite would have to be "In the night garden"
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=faa59762-9198-4e4c-95ca-e4dbc24f643e
Grab a flashlight and give it a try.

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 14:07:24 »
My first cache was The Knob http://coord.info/GC5DFC on Cape Cod. A nice hike in a very pretty spot and an easy find (once we knew what we were doing...). It's fortunate that this was the first I found; if the first had been a parking lot LPC or another pine tree AMIAT I'm not sure I would have been so attracted to the 'hobby'. This is my favourite type of cache even today!

My worst cache? I couldn't tell you precisely but I recall DNFing a micro concealed somewhere in a roadside trash heap in Vermont and there was also a DNF in New York where the 'balancing rock' feature was totally vandalized with graffiti and every other tree had a turd and a wad of toilet paper behind it. This type of hide is the exact opposite of 'my favourite'! I sometimes wonder why the cache owner brought me to this spot - to witness the disgusting mess? Thanks, thanks a lot....

My favourite caches involve long hikes into beautiful spots with nice caches at the end. I could mention any number of Gatineau Park caches, Binthair's Deliverance http://coord.info/GC4BD2 or even noko's Les Montagnes Noires series of caches http://coord.info/GCR0WX, but there's quite a few that I enjoyed tremendously.

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2010, 16:45:56 »
But if I had to pick, just for the location I would go with Sounds of the Bay in San Francisco:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=0cfb3264-9421-4b79-bf5d-522c36ed8baf


I did that one in March on an incredibly clear day as we headed towarded the Golden Gate bridge on our bikes.  I enjoyed this one so much I still have it on my watch list so I can read other cacher's logs.

I hope you read my log for this one... I found a 8 beers (unopened..) on new years ever in 2006.

My first cache was R910.285 T5 but my first 8 were without a GPS and then the next 25 were in San Fran.
Worst cache.. Nothing really sticks out for me.. like Bluelamb said "why bring me here?"

Fav.. again not one in particular but I like the hikes.. and also grabbing those ones that you spend hours solving and finally grab (before they are archived!!, or even after they are archived!)

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2010, 17:56:58 »
My first cache was KRC Hill - By CommanderTom (GCTHFH) Found it with a Garmin Nuvi and my 6 year old in tow.

I have 2 worst caches - My stupidity was Shelter from the storm - (GCZ4B7) I visited the gz 4 times before finally asking someone point blank "Where is it?"

My worst for finding - "What? Another missing link?" by you know who.  I've spent over 40 minutes looking for this one and still haven't found it.  GRRRRR!

My best cache - Let there be Light - GC24H7D I learned a lot doing this cache and had a lot of fun finding it. 

tcort

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2010, 08:38:46 »
First GC16KBP - The Dearly Departed

The cache was just down the road from where I lived in Vermont. After several attempts and a hint from the cache owner I finally found the cache. While I was there I took the picture below. The picture won a geocaching photo contest at Central VTs 3rd Annual CITO Event Allis State Park.





Worst GC10X3J - Need Some Groceries?

Juicepig and I drove way out of our way for this cache. We thought it was either really old, had some weird terrain rating, or was in a great area, but it turns out we had our info wrong. It was just a lamp post cache in a grocery store parking lot.



Best GCYH54 - Train Wreck

I have a bookmark list of my favorites, but out of those I'd say that Train Wreck is my favorite. The cache is in the woods on an abandoned railroad line near the spot where a train detailed many years ago. It was too difficult/expensive to remove the flatbed car carrying granite blocks, so it remains in the woods.


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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2010, 11:53:58 »
My First cache was: "Beyone P6 –  Hikers’ Delight #3"  -  GC1050G. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=4fcbebf3-d378-4712-8f48-d553457da7ac

What better place to be initiated to geocaching than on the beautiful Gatineau Park trails.  Unfortunately, this one has been archived following a decision made by the NCC.

My worst cache in terms of the difficulty I experienced trying to find it is: "Hieroglyphic Cache - GCRD7B. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=9c08f3b0-4906-4e78-ab14-d3097f533d72

The issues I had started with having to go to the posted coordinates at least three times to confirm the redirect. I projected the waypoint using True North rather than Magnetic North and this led me to the middle of a corn field.  Once I straightened out my mistakes, I decided to go for the cache on a fairly warm day in February.  I first had to go through a tightly packed forested area with trees carrying long and very sharp thorns, all the while sinking to my thighs in the snow even with snowshoes on. All of a sudden, I was confronted by a creek.  By then I was hell bent on finding the cache, so I grabbed a branch and made my way across the creek with about four inches of water running over my snowshoes.  Not a very smart thing to do, I agree.  I finally made it to GZ where I made the relatively easy find. I returned to my starting point totally exhausted but nevertheless most pleased at finally putting that one to rest.  Often when reminiscing about the caches I've found, this one always comes to mind.

There has been many favourite caches but: "David Stern Crockett - GC1HGDA" http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=96e09929-1d11-42cd-b158-6dfafb0e6603, is the one that gave us the most "thrills" and is fondly remembered to this day.  We were in the vicinity of the Kingston airport and started to walk towards this one. We had no clue as to the type of cache we were looking for but when we arrived at GZ, we saw this furry object in the tree and from our vantage point, my wife and I both thought we were dealing with a small furry animal.  We walked around the tree to look at it from all possible angles.  That thing was not moving.  A bell should have rung by then. To make sure, I grabbed a small stick and poked it.  Only then did we realize that this was the cache. Needless to say, we both felt duped and sheepish. We let out a sigh of relief only to be scared witless when a spring loaded coil sprung out of the cache. We both had a good laugh at our misfortune while  finding a cache that we have since added to our wall of shame / fame.  A most satisfying experience and one that exemplifies all that is exciting about geocaching.

   

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2010, 14:16:49 »

My worst cache in terms of the difficulty I experienced trying to find it is: "Hieroglyphic Cache - GCRD7B. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=9c08f3b0-4906-4e78-ab14-d3097f533d72


Glad it wasn't the one where you broke a rib!!

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Re: What's your... First, Worst and Favorite Cache
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2010, 21:54:43 »
First - Centrepointe Duck Pond (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1G54B)
It was pretty well in my back yard. Why not start here?

Worst - The whole 'Monkies Take Over the World' series.

Best - A tie between Fitness Challenge #1 (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1X0CJ) and You Dang Dirty Pole CaTche (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC10DP2).

Unfortunately, there is no Fitness Challenge #2... yet.
I reckon I'm bound to come up with something just as insane as the first.  ;)