Friday, October 24, 2008

Permission is a dirty word

In one of my previous logs I mentioned the fact that you must have permission to set up an Earthcache (See guideline #6)

Obviously the extra hassle of getting permission knocked the wind out of the idea, but I've regained my breath and decided to write a letter to the Lakeview BLM to seak permission.

I'm a big believer in personal liberties. If my cache is sitting out on public land not hurting anyone then it should be allowed and I shouldn't have to ask anyone for permission. This might seem a little backwords in our current era of enviromentalism, sensitive ecosystems, and political correctness, but its still the way I feel.

Oh well I'll ask this time... it is rather harmless.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

In the news

The local Medford newspaper has a story today about geocaching. Several locals get a mention including Beaver Lover, Peanuthead, The Lost Patrol and even myself.

You can read the article here.

Does it make me a more legit cacher now that I've been mentioned in the news paper? I'm glad she picked my better quotes. If she had just relied on me it would have been a terrible article. I think I did right by leading her to Chris, Nick and Mark... even if they are addicted to picking up Travel Bugs and Geocoins.

Update: I didn't notice at first that the captions on the pictures were wrong (they are now fixed online but the printed version is wrong.) Now people are going to think that I'm Peanuthead... or that Mark is blazerfan. I wasn't on the geocaching trip. Poor Peanuthead... he finally gets his picture in the paper and they put my name on it.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Trip East

I was talked into going on a little camping trip with my family this weekend at Hart Mountain just outside of Plush, OR. I took a day off and ended up finding 8 caches along the way, but none on the other days. Mostly caches on Highway 140 between Medford and Lakeview. While in the area I saw some wildlife (including 30 bighorn sheep) and searched for sunstones.

There is a section of BLM land designated as a sunstone collection area. I took coordinates at the area with the idea of maybe setting up an Earthcache. When I got home and started filling out the form it is required that you have permission and a contact person to set up the cache. While it might not be hard to call the Lakeview BLM office and inquire about permission the whole idea just put an end to my enthusiasm. When there is no container and public land I just can't see the need to ask permission.

So these were my finds for the weekend:

Great Meadow Rest Stop
Sanitary Stop
Old Railbed
breadcrumbs # creek

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Another Las Vegas Adventure

This week was my latest jaunt to the land of bright lights and money sucking casinos. I was in Las Vegas Monday through Friday for the WIB Technology Summit. The conference actually started on Wednesday so that left me all day Tuesday to cache. However like clockwork everything at the bank began to go haywire and I was on the phone nearly non-stop the first 3 days.

Before I left I inquired on the Nevada Geocaching website for anyone interested in going with me and I found a lot of people. Our group ended up being vegaschick, AHOLLYS, chidyfam, and sappire34. We found a number of caches despite the constant interuption of my phone. These were the finds for the day

Absolutely Starbucks
On My Way Home
Bison 4
Hi! I'm Johnny Cache...
Go behind the wagon
A Piece of the Tropics
Bullet # 4
The Poet's Cache...Out of the Knight
City View
Bison 5
The Las Vegas Travel Bug Hostel
The Argument
Coin Swap Shop
Got Balls
Mountain View
That's How We Roll

Here is a pic of the caching crew. Thanks for the tour