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zuma
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:11 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hey all,

To celebrate my 300th cache owned, I have placed a new DeLorme Challenge. See GC1JMFG for details.

This is essentially a new type of DeLorme Challenge, where you need to visit 20 of the 37 Unique Natural Features highlighted in the Wisconsin Delorme. Most of them have caches at them, but surprizingly, quite a few of Wisconsin's special places still need a cache to highlight them.

I used the new 2008 DeLorme, but they are the same 37 places listed in your older DeLormes. I paid over 20 bucks for my new DeLorme at Borders, but for those needing a 2008 DeLorme, I noticed that Sam's Club has them for less than 12 bucks.

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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:14 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Yes, the Mighty Z-Man politely dropped this bomb right in our own playground, too!

Looks like a fun challenge, and I know Mr. LB7 was offering his services to help develop EarthCaches. Take a look at the blank spots here and that would be a good place to start. Looking forward to discovering even more of the state's wonders while pursuing this one.

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zuma
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:04 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Trekkin' and Birdin' wrote:
Yes, the Mighty Z-Man politely dropped this bomb right in our own playground, too!

Looks like a fun challenge, and I know Mr. LB7 was offering his services to help develop EarthCaches. Take a look at the blank spots here and that would be a good place to start. Looking forward to discovering even more of the state's wonders while pursuing this one.


Yeah, I thought Dick would like that. My original plan was to place it in the EC County Forest, near me, and actually did. However, I made the rookie mistake of placing it too close to an existing cache, and that big meanie Dave notices everything. So, when I came down to your neck of the woods Monday, I moved it down there, since I had to move it anyway. That way, it is right next to your Cheesy Challenge.

And, yes, there are a lot of great spots on that list calling out for ECs, for those who want to place an EC and think all the great spots have already been taken. Lots of unique, special places still in this state crying out for an EC.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Too bad dnf's don't count Razz
 
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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:29 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Trekkin' and Birdin' wrote:
Looks like a fun challenge, and I know Mr. LB7 was offering his services to help develop EarthCaches. Take a look at the blank spots here and that would be a good place to start.

Yes Mr. Zuma dropped by my desk this morning with the list and brought out his highlighter and marked up all the locations that NEED an EC........
 
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Team Honeybunnies
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:23 am Reply with quote Back to top

Mmmm... Yum... Delicious. I think I'm going to need a bigger spoon for all this tastiness.
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:24 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hmm, sounds like THB is throwing down a gauntlet, LOL.

Let the horse race begin! (Where are those horse smileys, anyway?)

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:57 pm Reply with quote Back to top

zuma wrote:

And, yes, there are a lot of great spots on that list calling out for ECs, for those who want to place an EC and think all the great spots have already been taken. Lots of unique, special places still in this state crying out for an EC.
zuma


Any chance you could translate those cries for the non-geologically-minded? We like working on these but have a hard time walking by what looks like an average rock and thining "that should be an EarthCache!"

Ok, that's a little bit of an oversimplification, but you get the idea. Googling "Cool places in Wisconsin to put an EarthCache that don't currently have one but really need one" doesn't get me very far.
 
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Team Deejay
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:51 pm Reply with quote Back to top

If you look at the cache page, there are specific places listed which need a cache.
 
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lone_gunman
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:40 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Cathedral Pines is on that list and I have a question....how would that be something you could get approved for an EarthCache? Don't get me wrong, I love that area, but it seems more ecologically interesting than geologically interesting...

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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:17 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I looked at some of these, too. It may be possible if you can look, for instance, at the geological history that resulted in the terrain, soils, etc, that allowed the forest to develop there.

Maybe a bit of a stretch. Is that a SNA, or another type of management unit? I know some of those aren't necessarily SNAs.

We were already eyeing up a couple on that list. Still have to ponder how to make either of them cool ECs, though. Mt. Pisgah is off limits these days, after the damage of the past two floods, so it could be a long time before one can be placed there, if at all. There is a virtual very close to the trailhead for Mt. Pisgah, but not quite at it.

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furfool
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

How many more challenges can I start. I'm trying to get all the counties, I'm working on the regular Delorme challenge, forget Bingo (I want a blackout Bingo), the latest is the SSSS (which I will probably never get), and now this one. I don't even want to know about the ones I haven't heard of yet. Thanks Zuma. I don't know if I mean that sincerely or sarcastically yet. It depends on how much I get accomplished over, I don't know, the next few years. Smile

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lone_gunman
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:37 pm Reply with quote Back to top

it's an actual sna, but it does have trails....I'll just have to dig in a little more (so to speak)

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zuma
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:34 pm Reply with quote Back to top

gotta run wrote:
zuma wrote:

And, yes, there are a lot of great spots on that list calling out for ECs, for those who want to place an EC and think all the great spots have already been taken. Lots of unique, special places still in this state crying out for an EC.
zuma


Any chance you could translate those cries for the non-geologically-minded? We like working on these but have a hard time walking by what looks like an average rock and thining "that should be an EarthCache!"

Ok, that's a little bit of an oversimplification, but you get the idea. Googling "Cool places in Wisconsin to put an EarthCache that don't currently have one but really need one" doesn't get me very far.


As already mentioned, the list is on the cache page. But to save you the trouble of going to the link, here is the 37 places in WI that the DeLorme Atlas lists as Unique Natural Areas:

Brady's Bluff Prairie
Cathedral of Pines
Cave of the Mounds
Cave Point County Park (GC1FYE6)
Chiwaukee Prairie (GCQMJD)
Crex Sand Prairie (GCYCQR)
Crystal Cave
Dells of the Eau Claire (GCG6FD)
Devil's Lake State Park (GC14QZT)
Dewey Heights Prairie (GCGB3X)
Driftless Area (GCPMN7)
Eagle Cave
Granddad Bluff (GC1C7Z2)
Greenbush Kettle (GCZC69)
Haskell Noyes Woods (GCX4GT)
Kickapoo Indian Caverns
Kohler Park Dunes (GC1A0F)
Mill Bluff State Park (GCED6)
Mt Pisgah
Natural Bridge (GC1A9G8)
Newport Conifer Hardwoods
Old Man of the Dalles (GCKRRB)
Parfrey's Glen (GC1A9G5)
Parnell Esker (GC16J2J)
Pier Natural Bridge Park (GCDA3D)
Pope Lake (GCXV4P)
Potholes (GC892A)
Ridges Sanctuary (GCKJJ0)
Roch-a-cri (GC6C0E)
Rocky Arbor
Spruce Lake Bog (GC15BZ5)
St Peters Dome (GC1BAQA)
Timm's Hill
White Kame
Whitefish Dunes (GC1E2WM)
Wisconsin Dells (GC1B81M)
Wyalusing (GC18DC)

The ones with a GC number by them are ones that have at least one GC nearby. The ones without a GC number do not have a GC there, and are generally in areas that it would be possible to put a physical cache, or if in an SNA, an EarthCache highlighting what makes that area a unique natural feature.

Some of these would be very easy to place a cache at. Others would be more problematic, but none are impossible.

zuma

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:36 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Trekkin' and Birdin' wrote:
Hmm, sounds like THB is throwing down a gauntlet, LOL.

Let the horse race begin! (Where are those horse smileys, anyway?)


Gwyn, tell Dick that he can relax for a week, because I am getting Seth out of state this weekend, so Dick should have an extra weekend headstart.

LOL.

zuma

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