I recently archived the above cache.
One, because it seemed like it had run its course. Two, because I am slowly becoming more wary and bored with LPCs (lamp post caches), so I decided to join the the people who don’t have those caches hidden. This one was a bit different, however, as it wasn’t the normal film canister under the lamp post — it was a small lock and lock. I enjoyed this cache and I loved the write up the most.
This was my (partial) write-up for the cache (I didn’t put the whole thing in there as some parts no longer would have worked, so I wanted to put the part I enjoyed the best on the blog!):
Could it be? In our fine little town? You bet!I was going to eventually do one of these. I know the feeling of some cachers are that these types are ruining the game. All these micros! All these LPCs! Can it be? Really? Is our game going to die and go away because of these?Nay, I say!
I’ve enjoyed these. Are they simple? Sure. Do they help people get their numbers up quick? You betcha. Is there a reason why anyone should care?
Nay, I say!
Alas, I understand the complaining. You go to these well-constructed posts and all you find are 35mm canisters. Or something else that small.
It’s time to change the norm here a little bit.
This isn’t your normal LPC. This, instead, is a rest area. You have small TBs and coins that need to move? Bring ’em here. Feel like picking some up? Maybe there are some here!
No rules. You don’t have to trade bugs. If there is one in there, take it and move it. If it is empty and you have one, put it in. If you want to swap out, I highly encourage it. No requirement though, this isn’t a prison or a motel, it’s a rest area.
Lifting some skirts can get you in trouble these days. Not in this spot! Do it here and you’ll find a small lock-and-lock container with a logbook, some pencils and hopefully a few TBs.
I’ve left a nifty FTF pin for the finder of this one. I also left two of my signature items — a button and a wood coin — in there for those who collect those items.
To find this cache won’t take a rocket science degree, just a pretty good sense of stealth. I placed at night, so it was easier for me. This area can be highly active during normal hours, so be smart and please replace as well or better than found.
I had fun with that description and enjoyed the cache while it was active.
Alas, in this area, once a cache runs its course, it can, at times, just sit there and collect dust. Though this one got hit a few times a year, I thought it was time to move along with it (it hadn’t had a find in about seven months).
So when everything was picked up, I looked at the log. Many of my other caches that I replaced or archived is because something happened to the container. This time, however, the log was still there and all set.
Here’s a screen shot of the start of the logs — so you can see how many people have logged it online.
There have been 38 logged finds on this cache.
But, that’s online.
So, how many match up? Are there any logged online and not in the log book? How many the other way around?
The book has 44 signatures.
There are seven people who have signed the log who are not logged online.
- Two of them are people connected to this area a bit and do log, so I wonder if they forgot.
- One is Darren, and he never logs.
- One travels with another person and I don’t think logs often.
- I don’t know who the other three are (though one appears to be someone who happened to find this and just signed their name)
There is one person logged online who isn’t in the book, though I know the person and know how him and his caching partner sign, so he’s kind of in the book. The other strange one was a name not in the book, but the date. I somewhat know who this person is and think they had changed their online name, so that makes sense.
Basically, everything adds up.
That’s pretty cool, considering there has been forum talk and such about how people go and virtual log things etc. It’s never shocking to see how many sign the logs and don’t log online as I know many people just enjoy geocaching and don’t care too much about the numbers online or logging. However, the logging online is an important thing to the game as it lets owners know the caches are being found and/or if there are any problems with the cache.
There are a couple of other caches I’ll be looking to possibly archive soon. I’ll look forward to matching those logs, too, to see if everything is on the up and up. I don’t plan on doing anything if it’s not, but it’s always good to know.
So what about all of you out there? Do you ever match up logs? Find things that don’t match? How do you react and what do you do in those situations? Leave a comment and let me know!
Feel free to leave a comment, or e-mail P.J. at hoohaablog [at] gmail.com.