Phases of Cache Hunting

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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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:D      :D      :D      :D

Oh, man!  That was too funny and too true!

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

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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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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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We try to practice "No cache left behind"

but sometimes it doesn't work out that way.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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:)  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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:)  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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