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sandlanders
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

With the recent deaths of some Wisconsin geocachers, and having heard marc_54140 address this issue briefly at one of the LCG events, consider this:

Have you made any plans for what would happen to the geocaches you have hidden after you have passed on? Hopefully, that won't be for a looooooong time, but your caches are your (and your heirs') property, and they could be your legacy... or the state's eventual geotrash.

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Mister Greenthumb
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:55 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I have 5 grandkids who geocache. I'm glad I won't be around to see them fight over my hides.
 
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sandlanders
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:02 pm Reply with quote Back to top

But do they know your GC password so that they can adopt those caches themselves, or adopt them out? Or even archive them in a timely manner and post cache rescue missions for all of them?

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Mister Greenthumb
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top

sandlanders wrote:
But do they know your GC password so that they can adopt those caches themselves, or adopt them out? Or even archive them in a timely manner and post cache rescue missions for all of them?


They're all smarter than me, I'm sure they'll crack the code.
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'd like to think that by the time we leave this earth, we'll have moved on with our hobbies and taken care of this stuff, so that our kids don't have to deal with it. As it is, the two of them have to fight over the 500 pounds of scrapbooks I'm leaving behind (meaning...who gets stuck with this stuff).

Seriously, that is an interesting thought and something probably none of us gives much mind to.

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JimandLinda
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:51 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Having sold life insurance for 17 years, I've discovered that there is no age discrimination when it comes to death. The shortest policy I had in force was with a 19 year old that was killed 5 days after I saw him.
If you plan to pass away when your involved in a different hobby, I would suggest starting that hobby tomorrow, just to be safe.

My son has known my password since day 1 for this exact reason. I may not be here tomorrow. Of course, he may not be either. But there's a plan in place, which is better than doing nothing.

(putting the soap box away now!)
 
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sandlanders
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:09 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I have a note with our GC password and a couple of GC names to contact if our heirs need any help figuring out how to do this geocaching adoption thing. No one else in our family is much into geocaching, if at all. It's kept with "important papers".

And really... Most of us here are pretty conscientious about our hides, and we don't want them to be abandoned for lack of a way to access them. Yeah, anyone could go out and take our containers out of the woods after we have passed on, cleaning up our geotrash, but those ammo cans might be meant for some other person and/or use.

It's nice to have "geo-will".

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Todd300




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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:11 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I will already have a list of passwords for all my sites, not just geocaching, but Paypal, Ebay, etc. and any other sites that I do business on so that if I buy the farm, my kids will have access to to the list so they can take care of unfinished business for me.
 
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CodeJunkie
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Joined: 2009-07-21
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Location: Berlin, WI

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

WOW!!! People writing down and sharing passwords is almost enough to send my heart rate of the scale causing me to cash it all in. As a security team manager responsible for 20,000+ accounts globally, this is obviously something I get lots of exposure to. Note: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER share your password with anyone. In the event of a death, you will be able to gain access to these via the system admin who should be asking for validation. Quiz Time - What is your post important password and the one you must never ever compromise (banking, insurance, medical, etc.)?

Second - When I'm eventually called to meet my maker, it's not my concern what happens to anything left behind. My heirs (if I have any) can figure that out. Important papers (living will, last will, medical directives, etc.) are already in place designating what to do in the majority of circumstances. I know it sound crass that it's not my concern, but that's the truth. I have no control over what happens once I'm in the hereafter and as long as I've accounted for the "important" things, that's what matters. Sorry but I don't consider my geocaching stuff as part of that list, but I can see that geocaching family will definitely take care of it's own (i.e. exactly why this isn't on my "important" list).
 
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wi_pattymel
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:13 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We kinda agree with CJ, geocaches are well hidden, out of sight, and don't really bother anyone. Americans in our opinion are the biggest trash tossers on the highways that I know, and it's visible for all to see.

As for our caches, the Bro will take care of them for us, if he can find them, Arrow Arrow Arrow and we'd do likewise for him, depends who gets the short straw!
 
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hack1of2
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:26 am Reply with quote Back to top

Mister Greenthumb wrote:
sandlanders wrote:
But do they know your GC password so that they can adopt those caches themselves, or adopt them out? Or even archive them in a timely manner and post cache rescue missions for all of them?


They're all smarter than me, I'm sure they'll crack the code.

Oh no, Bill please tell me your password isn't "password."

Wait, don't tell me - it's better that I don't know!
 
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sandlanders
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:09 am Reply with quote Back to top

hack1of2 wrote:
Mister Greenthumb wrote:
sandlanders wrote:
But do they know your GC password so that they can adopt those caches themselves, or adopt them out? Or even archive them in a timely manner and post cache rescue missions for all of them?


They're all smarter than me, I'm sure they'll crack the code.

Oh no, Bill please tell me your password isn't "password."

Wait, don't tell me - it's better that I don't know!

I think it might be "1234567". Wink

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sandlanders
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:16 am Reply with quote Back to top

CodeJunkie wrote:
Note: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER share your password with anyone.
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Second - When I'm eventually called to meet my maker, it's not my concern what happens to anything left behind.
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I have no control over what happens once I'm in the hereafter and as long as I've accounted for the "important" things, that's what matters. Sorry but I don't consider my geocaching stuff as part of that list

It's because geocaching is not one of the more "important" things that I don't worry about writing down the password to my GC account. I don't use that password for anything else, and if someone breaks into my house and can find my important papers where it is placed, then they are welcome to wreak havoc upon my GC account, sharing all the coords to my puzzle caches and deleting all my finds... or worse: changing every log I have ever written to a "TFTC"! Shocked

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:22 am Reply with quote Back to top

I would have no problem letting them get on the Cache Rescue List so the lonely cache game players could rack up 480 points for their rescue. Wink

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beccaday
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:03 am Reply with quote Back to top

My goodness it's a blustery day!

I'm off to go to the visitation of a local geocacher's mother who just passed away. Might be strange since I won't know anyone else there but I'd still like to go.

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