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Lostby7
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Joined: 2005-06-07
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Location: Lake country area, WI

PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:07 am Reply with quote Back to top

WSQ's are some of my favorite caches...that said many are located well off the beaten path and getting to the location only to get a DNF is...well disappointing.

Please, when you select a marker to have folks get a date from make sure the information can easily be read. Having folks lurk unnecessarily long trying to read a marker can look strange to passers-by.

Also as a personal note, I for one have nearly no depth perception and making out dates on headstones is exceedingly difficult for me.

Like I said...just a request. Thanks for putting these out there; I really love hunting them.
 
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CodeJunkie
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Joined: 2009-07-21
Posts: 8206
Location: Berlin, WI

PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:35 am Reply with quote Back to top

I love puzzles and WSQ's also and agree it's extremely frustrating to get there and not be able to make the find (for a variety of reasons).

Maybe I shouldn't say this, but what the heck. One of my "puzzling" bag of tricks is to use the various online cemetery resources. I'm going to refrain from listing the the actual websites I use though. Even though most of these are managed by volunteer efforts they include things like names, dates, photos, etc. I use these to do the "field" work ahead of time when possible. Then when I'm in the field I visit the actual marker to confirm the information I found online. I also visit the actual marker to experience the cache as intended (my personal thing).

This whole process does the following:
1) Minimizes my time at any one particular marker
2) Helps ensure dates are accurate (for those hard to read markers)
3) Allows me to get an initial read on GZ.
4) Allows me to spend more time caching and less time doing math when I'm out of town for the day.

It does require some "desk" time though, but I've actually found this to be fun also as I can read more information about the cemetery and it's residents.
 
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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

Great post CJ. I appreciate the notes you provided.
 
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Northwoods Tom
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Joined: 2010-12-03
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:43 am Reply with quote Back to top

I have the same problem and the same visual situation. No depth perception either. Yet I attribute it more to extremely old stones that have suffered severe erosion over the years. Stones from the Civil War era seem to be some of the worst.

Using your sense of touch with your finger pads, seems to help. Some may frown upon it but a few seconds of touch is nothing compared to decades of atmospheric effects.
 
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smashing ground
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Joined: 2009-08-23
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Does this also mean petrified tree caches... Confused
 
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Muggle B
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Joined: 2010-06-29
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Location: Appleton, WI

PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:28 am Reply with quote Back to top

The only WSQ type cache I put out the stone was a little hard to read, but I couldn't use any other stone it the place. They were the first settlers to the area, so that stone had the most significance. Anotherwords I chose the person then found the stone, I didn't choose that stone because it would make it a challenge for the finders.

and yes, CJ found that stone online too.

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