Phases of Cache Hunting

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

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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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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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Grangers...

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

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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???

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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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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Grangers...

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

Not just newbies...  :tinfoil:

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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.

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

Thanks for the great laugh! :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? ::)

: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.

Michelle

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

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That was hillarious!  Sounds just like me.

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i started signing a deposit slip at the bank as if it were a log out of habit last week.  it's kinda bad when you know the date only so your logs are accurate.  :buck2:

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I know I am late to the discussion, but I received a link to this thread today. Hilarious!  ;D

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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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Apparently I posted a blank reply. Sorry. I love the phases! Wondering if I could get in an email. iPhone won't let me copy. :-(

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:2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

I think I experienced these phases today.  Some challenging caches had me pulling my hair out.

;D ;D

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WE are new to this all and I'll pay its right on even down to tI'd sheriff and 5 police who had a report of 2 ppl with a gun walking into the woods.. gotta luv it..

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Too funny!  I was shaking my head in agreement the whole time I read this!  Thanks for the laugh!  

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