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Heading North
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Nicely put, OPS. We haven't voted on the COTM either, but will for Eagle Source. We trekked out there last February and had a great time, though I think we would have really enjoyed going out with your group for the grand adventure (we got back to our vehicle and had water and Wheat Thins). Enjoyed looking at the pictures you all posted. Brought back memories.
Happy trails.
 
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-cheeto-
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Your comment makes me want to do this cache!

Awesome words to go with your COTM vote.

All the logs and pictures you all took are also amazing. Thanks for sharing.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:53 am Reply with quote Back to top

One Paddle Short wrote:
2_Stand wrote:
It was great to see you all had a fun expedition. Thanks for sharing your stories.


I went to nominate Eagle Source for Cache of the Month this morning and discovered that somebody beat me to it. But, perhaps I had the pleasure of being the first to vote for it?

Last year Marsh to the Philippine Islands was nominated after our trip out there but lost. I can't tell you how hard it is for me to see these types of caches not get the recognition they deserve simply because they don't generate geocaching traffic and they're too far away from the epicenter of voters. I generally don't even participate in COTM because of this. In fact, in writing my comment to go with my vote I felt a little like a hundred year old man tucking a letter into a time capsule- very little chance I'd ever see my words again. So, here is the comment that I included with my vote. Perhaps we can both pleasantly be surprised and see these words again. wink

My comments for Eagle Source for cache of the month:

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I like a cache you have to think about. A cache that, in the middle of a hectic day, you have just a moment to ponder about it sitting out there in the forest all by itself with nobody else around. Perhaps a chickadee is flitting past it with it’s “chick-a-dee-dee-dee” as it darts from branch to branch. Or perhaps at this moment a red fox on top of the crusty snow- ear cocked listening for a snow-caved mouse- has just given it a curious glance.

Eagle Source is out there. It’s not hidden from muggles because there ARE no muggles. It’s a bold brave box. Just sitting there in its wooden chest smugness daring you to make an attempt. There’s no awkward pile of branches to disguise, no decoys, no tiny tucked into the crook of an empty knot micro, no camo cloth- no camo anything. It’s not clever; there are no tricks, and no Internet mumbo jumbo sad little facts to gather like a box of toothpicks spilled on a crusty wooden wide-cracked floor. It is what it is: a box in a swamp in the middle of a Northern Wisconsin forest. You want to log this one? Well, you’d better have some kind of a plan and double tie those laces on your boots my friend. Because although there may be more than one-way to get to this one- they’re all the hard way and I like that. A lot.




Yes I will admit it. I was the person responsible for nominating this superb cache for "Cache of the Month." I really do believe this cache is worthy of the honor.

I hope others feel the same way.

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gotta run
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:42 am Reply with quote Back to top

There's a lot of watchers on this cache so the fact that we did this cache yesterday is probably known by many but I thought I would add to this thread as well.

Tactically, we decided to approach from the area Rsplash recommended in this thread on Yellow Birch, which was also the recommendation of Timberline Echoes and the CO. We knew we'd be giving up the trail made by the teams before, and the distance was about the same, but it looked like there would be fewer elevation changes, and it did turn out to be fairly level. Or at least we didn't notice elevation changes. We also didn't see the trail of the previous finder who was out a few weeks before us so they may have went straight to the swamp to the west, whereas we took the brushy straight-line (ha!) approach which may not have been the best choice.

From a difficulty level, not as bad as I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. I equate it to several other northwoods stomps I have done--high terrain is just part of the territory here. I was quite worried about my 8-year old son being able to make the trek but was assured it was doable, plus we saw the picture of the CO's kids on the cache page which gave me some confidence. Basically, we put the adults in the front to break and pack the trail, and he brought up the rear. His only problem was falling from various holes and getting shoes hung up in the brush. On the way back, with the trail packed, it was smooth sailing. Exactly 2 hours start to finish, and that included taking breaks, discovering survey marks and "bearing trees" in the woods, and just generally enjoying the scenery.

Is this worthy of cache of the month? Someone asked me this question because, after all, it is just a box buried deep in the middle of nowhere, and there are plenty of boxes buried deep in the middle of nowhere. But what makes this particular box noteworthy is that it does take you somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It's neat that someone found a topo map, noted "Eagle River source," and decided to go find it, then decided to share that spot with others.

So if I think about what got us into geocaching in the first place, it was the opportunity to visit places and see things we would normally not, and to get some exercise and family time in the process. This cache offered all of that in abundance. It is a purist geocache--not snobby, but the type of geocache that you envision when you are asked by someone to describe what geocaching is all about. They might not understand the appeal, but you will when you get out here.

And I think that answers the question.
 
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seldom|seen
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:42 am Reply with quote Back to top

Looking more and more like I will have to add this one to the to do pile, along with "Marsh to the Philippine Islands", "You picked... Lucille" and "Hemp Therapy". I suspect I'll get to those long before I get to this one as I have to be up here for some "other" non-caching related reason and the only time that happens is summer fishin, so we'll see...
 
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gotta run
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:53 am Reply with quote Back to top

Just one more quick note...

Mom and sister just got home from camp and the first thing Obi-Will said was "We went geocaching and we snowshoed 5 miles in the woods and I got poked with a stick in the eye and it was the funnest day of my life!"

So, I guess it gets his vote too.
 
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GetMeOutdoors
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:59 pm Reply with quote Back to top

seldom|seen wrote:
Looking more and more like I will have to add this one to the to do pile, along with "Marsh to the Philippine Islands"


Let me know when you do either of those. I wouldn't mind tagging along.
 
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RSplash40
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

GetMeOutdoors wrote:
seldom|seen wrote:
Looking more and more like I will have to add this one to the to do pile, along with "Marsh to the Philippine Islands"


Let me know when you do either of those. I wouldn't mind tagging along.


I'm up for round two on this one...
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

GetMeOutdoors wrote:
seldom|seen wrote:
Looking more and more like I will have to add this one to the to do pile, along with "Marsh to the Philippine Islands"


Let me know when you do either of those. I wouldn't mind tagging along.


It almost sounds like someone wants to make a plan for Marsh to Philippines. I missed out on last years fun in the Marsh and wouldn't mind going for it some time.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:50 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Count me in if schedules allow...it will be lonely again next winter...
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:28 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We recommend you take a good look at Hemp Therapy and go after that one as well.............or if you cannot find the time to do both..............well then.................
 
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