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#1 GrangerFam

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 08:54 PM

Four phases of Cache Hunting

Phase 1: “Staying Pretty”
? Looking at obvious spots from afar.
? Hands typically in the pockets or behind the back.
? Possibly wearing work clothes, so very careful to avoid potential hazards, including getting shoes dirty, avoid thorns which may tear clothing.
? Frequent checking of GPSr to ensure near the GZ coordinates and direction to cache.

Phase 2: “Getting Serious”
? Frustration level increasing.
? Hands out of pockets.  Begin to place hands in fingers in places which may not be suitable for later nose picking / eye rubbing.
? Searching obvious spots again, in case cache was over looked. I mean, do I *look* like an idiot?
? Thorns becoming less of a barrier.  Avoiding PI is not as much of a concern.
? Work clothing becoming expendable.  Possible small holes and tears in work shirt.
? Several expletives about cache owner may be said under one’s breath.
? Begin to sweat…profusely.
? Crap…I’m *at* GZ…is the cache owner an idiot?
? Where the *hell* did all of these mosquitoes come from. I wish to *God* someone would just kill all of them.
? Phone a friend option yields immediate roll to voice mail…for 3 different cachers.  Possible result in deleting from cell phone. Plans to “get even” are formulated.

Phase 3: “Sherman’s March to the Sea”
? Drenched in sweat, but still determined to find the f’in’ cache.
? Questioning cache owner’s genealogy… out loud….usually screaming.
? On hands and knees, circling every tree, bush, or shrub. 
? Begun panting.
? Have been snared by several large thorny vines.  Multiple lacerations.  Blood loss from scratches and mosquitoes taking toll on bodily function.
? Large tear in work shirt.  Sleeve missing. Hanging in nearby briar patch.
? Twigs, leaves, and small insects in hair. 
? New shoes?  Do you think I care about my new shoes?  Do ya, punk?
? GPSr roughly 100 feet away, where it was thrown…since it’s “useless”.
? Ripping PI vines from the trees to further examine knot hole in trees. Rubbing hands on face in frustration.
? Trying PaF again.  Still rolling to v-mail.  Breaking phone on nearby tree.

Phase 4:  “The Find”
? Endorphins released. 
? Sudden calm followed by knowing smile.
? Thoughts of murder dissolve into joy, ecstasy, and triumph..
? Beginning to formulate cache log….”Most excellent hunt.  Nice hide.”

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#2 Muddy Buddies

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 08:59 PM

I can't believe you have cachers avoiding your PAF.  :angel:
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:08 AM

:D      :D      :D      :D


Oh, man!  That was too funny and too true!
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#4 The Hazelnuts

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:38 AM

HI-larious!  :D :D :D :D :D

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:39 AM

That was great.

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:55 AM

This looks like the "real" cachers creed.

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 08:25 AM

I can't believe you have cachers avoiding your PAF.   :angel:

I try to resist the PAF and I encourage others to do so as well. :D :D.

This is great.  Maybe you should incorporate it into a cache called the Cacher's Creed.
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 09:32 AM


I can't believe you have cachers avoiding your PAF.   :angel:

I try to resist the PAF and I encourage others to do so as well. :D :D.

This is great.  Maybe you should incorporate it into a cache called the Cacher's Creed.


No Sockpuppet's method is to email the hider to death until they tell him the answer.  >:D
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 09:55 AM



I can't believe you have cachers avoiding your PAF.   :angel:

I try to resist the PAF and I encourage others to do so as well. :D :D.

This is great.  Maybe you should incorporate it into a cache called the Cacher's Creed.


No Sockpuppet's method is to email the hider to death until they tell him the answer.   >:D

They rarely tell me the answer (with the exception of MedCenter Tour #2).
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:21 AM

So, on how many "cache teams" (ie Muddy Buddies, ATMA, Popeteers, etc) does one member stay in Phase One while the other progresses through phases 2-4? ::)
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:23 AM




I can't believe you have cachers avoiding your PAF.   :angel:

I try to resist the PAF and I encourage others to do so as well. :D :D.

This is great.  Maybe you should incorporate it into a cache called the Cacher's Creed.


No Sockpuppet's method is to email the hider to death until they tell him the answer.   >:D

They rarely tell me the answer (with the exception of MedCenter Tour #2).

Are you saying that I shouldn't have told you??  :-X :-X :( :o 

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:35 AM

OMG!! That was TOO FUNNY!! Awesome job, but I wonder...are we really muttering those things under our breath?!?!?  ;D ;D ;D

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:56 AM

So, on how many "cache teams" (ie Muddy Buddies, ATMA, Popeteers, etc) does one member stay in Phase One while the other progresses through phases 2-4? ::)


It depends on the area.  :)

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:58 AM

Oh, and by the way, this is PRICELESS, GrangerFam!  O0

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#15 Mr Muddy Buddy

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 11:52 AM

So....what is the time allotment for each phase?

Phase 1.  minute 0 to 5
Phase 2: minutes 6 to 20
Phase 3: minutes 21 to 60
Phase 4: reset clock to 0
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#16 Muddy Buddies

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 01:00 PM

Phase 1. Minutes 0 to 3
Phase 2: Minutes 4 to 10
Phase 3: Minutes 11 to 20
Phase 4: Minute 21, we are out of there.


That's why you all are the power caching king and queen. 
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:35 PM

We try to practice "No cache left behind"
but sometimes it doesn't work out that way.

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:38 PM





I can't believe you have cachers avoiding your PAF.  :angel:

I try to resist the PAF and I encourage others to do so as well. :D :D.

This is great.  Maybe you should incorporate it into a cache called the Cacher's Creed.


No Sockpuppet's method is to email the hider to death until they tell him the answer.  >:D

They rarely tell me the answer (with the exception of MedCenter Tour #2).

Are you saying that I shouldn't have told you??  :-X :-X :( :o 

No I appreciate that you gave me the final.  I was pretty close and I had to walk an addition 0.33 miles to the final. ;)
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:40 PM

No I appreciate that you gave me the final.  I was pretty close and I had to walk an addition 0.33 miles to the final. ;)


0.33 miles was close???
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:46 PM


No I appreciate that you gave me the final.  I was pretty close and I had to walk an additional 0.33 miles to the final. ;)


0.33 miles was close???


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