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fyrebrd
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:24 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hello,

I am having a wedding in Door county on Sept 23rd. As something to do while the week we are up there I would like to do a scavanger hunt which will include a geocache that the hunting party has to find. There are alot of details I would like to work out with you in directly via email. I need about 4-5 caches unburied, and of moderate difficulty and terrain. These are first timers so I don't want it to be to hard to find but I'd like for them to do a little work. You'd need to hide it and subsequently take it away if it is unfound. I haven't decided what to put in the box but am thinking along the lines of a geocoin or small knick knak which I will mail to you. I am prepared to negotiate some sort of compensation. And you would be allowed to keep the spoils. They will need to be scattered throughout the door county peninsula.

Please contact me if you think you can do this.
Eric
 
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seldom|seen
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:45 am Reply with quote Back to top

There are tons of great Geocaches placed throughout the Door County Peninsula already which could serve you quite nicely.

I suggest generating a list of the area caches and choosing a few favorites based on whatever criteria suits your purposes. Perform a Pocket Query for a hundred mile radius of the wedding location. You could limit your list to 1/1 or maybe 2/2 T/D at the high end and see what shows up. Then, go out and find those caches or ask other Door County cachers about them and select the top 5 of the bunch. Maybe this task could be sequestered, as you suggest, for compensation.

Then, simply drop a "Stamper" or a "Punch" available at most craft stores into each of the five for your wedding party to find and mark a score card that you create. A simple index card with boxes is sufficient. You decide the rules of play. You can also drop coins into those caches just prior to the weekend with specific instruction to leave in the cache for "so-and-so". Not an absolute guarantee that they'll be there, but likely they will.

This gives the first-times a genuine Wisconsin Geocaching experience instead of a watered-down, "we placed this series for the wedding party" experience.
 
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fyrebrd
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:24 am Reply with quote Back to top

Thank you for your suggestions but I'm afraid it won't work in this circumstance. I don't live anywhere near the area and I also have no contacts in the area. I 'm afraid I won't have time when I fly in to go and find caches as I will no doubt have tons of other more pressing wedding arrangements to manage. I also would like to have a cache that will be unused by other cachers as the item I put in there may or may not be of value (i haven't decided yet). It has been my experience where I cache that the only items that remain are plastic trinkets, and cheap knick-knacks. My event isn't solely a geocache event either. I only plan on giving each group one cache to find. Its going to be more of a scavenger hunt with answering local trivia questions and finding\purchasing local items the focus. Thank you for your suggestion though.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:38 am Reply with quote Back to top

Here is another suggestion Eric,
making contacts in your target area is really quite simple.
you could do a quick lookabout at the google maps for the caches centered in the Door County Penninsula and pick off a few cache owners names and fire them an email explaining what you wish to do and if they would either "sponsor" one of their own caches or recommend area caches that would fulfill your requirements and then see if they would be willing to (if the hide would support it) place a secondary container "for the Wedding Party only". maybe a locked ammo can or an envelope in the container with coords for a nearby location to find the secondary container.

who would know better what the interesting caches are in an area than those who live in the area?

this way you could expand or retract the search area to whatever distance you wanted. there is alot of space out there and depending on how much time you set aside for this activity, you may not want the caches spread all the way from Gill's Rock to Casco.

Hope this helps or gives others ideas to suggest.

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fyrebrd
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:55 am Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for the tip labrat that's a great idea I'll try that route.
 
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seldom|seen
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top

seldom|seen wrote:
...or ask other Door County cachers about them and select the top 5 of the bunch. Maybe this task could be sequestered, as you suggest, for compensation.


In other words, ask local cacher for help and maybe find some that will drop prizes for you

Somehow the point I try to make never comes across quite as I intend it or the intent isn't understood.

I was suggesting using local caches and cache owners to help you out. Nope won't work.

Then Pete suggests using local caches and cache owners to help you out. Yup, Great Idea.

Thanks Pete for formulating a solution to the basic tenants of my suggestion that would work and are more clearly understood!
 
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fyrebrd
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Sorry Seldom I meant no offense. I am new to the forum and was not aware I was able to directly contact cachers. This is by far the fastest and most direct way to accomplish what I am after. The way you worded your post I assumed "asking other door county cachers" meant contacting them through the forum which is what I am trying to do here. Labrat's clearer explanation made me aware of a tool I didn't know I had at my disposal. However in hindsight you both said similiar things. And your reply, although not initially helpful to me in the beginning, was still appreciated. Please don't take offense.

Thank you both,
Eric
 
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InstituteBob
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:02 am Reply with quote Back to top

I know it's getting close, but I live in Door County, 7 miles north of Sturgeon Bay. If you still need some help let me know. Must warn you though, I'm new to this and have only been doing this for about a month. Send me an im and I'll get you my email if you still need help.

Bob
 
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