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#21 HoustonControl

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 08:53 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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#22 OneStepCloser

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 06:07 AM


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???


You know, when we get tired and hot and we have to walk .33 (or more) one of us says to the other: "We did the four cache loop, what's another .33?"  ...and the same when we're with Pappy walking around the BNC...it puts things in perspective and .33 doesn't seem very long at all, does it?  :)

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#23 Muddy Buddies

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 09:03 AM


You know, when we get tired and hot and we have to walk .33 (or more) one of us says to the other: "We did the four cache loop, what's another .33?"  ...and the same when we're with Pappy walking around the BNC...it puts things in perspective and .33 doesn't seem very long at all, does it?  :)


When we did the FCL, that last .33 was a killer.  I thought someone was going to have to carry me, but oddly enough, noone volunteered.  :D
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Posted 23 August 2007 - 09:45 AM

:)  We doubt we will ever complete the FCL. 

With the heat and humidity, we have trouble even with 1/1 caches and are completely stuck at present on phase 1 of the GrangerFam phases.  :( Oh the curses of age and energy depletion.  We hope to be back in the game when the weather breaks some. 

Sorry Ms. MB we could not even compentlate doing the last .33 ourselves  much less provide transport...... ;)

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 10:27 AM

:)  We doubt we will ever complete the FCL. 

With the heat and humidity, we have trouble even with 1/1 caches and are completely stuck at present on phase 1 of the GrangerFam phases.  :( Oh the curses of age and energy depletion.  We hope to be back in the game when the weather breaks some. 

Sorry Ms. MB we could not even compentlate doing the last .33 ourselves  much less provide transport...... ;)

If you do it when it is cooler and take your time it isn't that bad.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 07:55 PM

I can count on one hand the number of times I've used the Phone-a-Friend option (although I might have to re-use a few of the fingers).  :angel:

Generally speaking, I don't like to do it.  I've only done it when I've put some -serious- time and effort into finding a cache and truly can't bear to walk away without finding it.  I have absolutely no problem with others doing it, though.  We all have our own playing styles.  And while I tend not to like to make phone calls (caching or otherwise) I don't mind in the least if people call me to ask for help.



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Posted 05 November 2007 - 10:06 PM

I don't think I have any fellow cacher's phone numbers at all, so I've never used P a F.  I have emailed cache owner's a couple of times just to verify it was still there. I have since found one of those two caches, don't know if I'll ever try the other one again (excellent hide ATMA).

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 10:10 PM

:)  Hey, it is right there in the bushes or tree or under a rock... well it is somewhere anyway.  ;D

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 10:14 PM

Well, if I ever do try it again.. I will be sure to email you and tell you I passed it at least 50 times before I found it.  Probably even had my hands on it once or twice and just didn't believe that could actually be the cache!!!    :D

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 08:33 AM

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.”


This needs to be pinned for all the new folks!  O0

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#31 lucydad

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 12:04 PM

Grangers...

Thanks for this accurate rendition of my newby symphony...

#32 Sky Rookie

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 03:24 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???


Can some one help me out here? What are you guys talking about? I love caches that involve a bit of a challenge. I actually liked like the 13 cache loop out in Cypress, did it on my bike. I need a new bike though before I can do it again.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 04:26 PM

Somehow, I missed steps 1 & 2 and went straight to 3, except for the part about the cache owners geneology.  At that point I was screaming at myself  often out loud!  "You idiot!  It's right there why can't you see it!!!  :laugh:

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#34 GrangerFam

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 04:33 PM

Grangers...

Thanks for this accurate rendition of my newby symphony...


Not just newbies...  :tinfoil:

#35 teamCull

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 02:23 PM

Ha!  :2funny:  I am still LOL on this one.  But you forgot the bee stings, having to explain to the police why you are in the back of a parking lot at 2 a.m. and the jumping out of your skin when you almost step on a water moccasin.

Thanks for the good one!

David of teamCull.

#36 TeamThung

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 01:54 PM

This is the most accurate progression of Cache Hunting. :2funny:  O0

Thanks for the great laugh! :D



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Posted 30 June 2008 - 04:56 PM

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? ::)


:2funny:  Scott is normally in phase 1 or 2.  I quickly progress into 3!  Of course if he is driving I am out of the car before it stops rolling.

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#38 Lefty Writer

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:21 AM

I was hunting this cache and actually knew I was progressing through each phase as the time kept marching on....and on....and on....

Once I actually found the darned thing, I had to include the link to this thread in my log, as it so fit.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 08:50 PM

Wow, that sounds like a hard cache - I see that David found it recently - cool! it's on my list

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 08:38 PM

That was hillarious!  Sounds just like me.




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