New coordinates posted on May 15, 2005!!!
The "Dutch Treat, een Nederlandse traktatie in Alaska" cache is owned and stocked by Johny Cache from the Netherlands. It was hidden and will be maintained by the Ladybug Kids of Alaska. The Alaskan sister cache owned by the Ladybug Kids is "The Golden Heart of Alaska" (GCNQY0)hidden in the Netherlands by Johny Cache.
Johny Cache lives inDordrecht, a waterfront city that was founded in 1220. Dordrecht is a city of history, water, and culture, much of which is memorialized by over 1000 monuments. For more information about Dordrecht, click here.
The International Geocache Exchange. What is it?
The "Dutch Treat, Een Nederlandse Traktatie In Alaska" cache is part of an international geocache exchange project.
An international geocache exchange involves the exchange of a new, fully prepared geocache with a geocacher from a different country. The caches are filled with items unique to each cacher's individual locality. Once an exchange has occurred, each geocacher would then have the other person's geocache to hide as their own, as per current gc.com guidelines. Both cachers' names will be listed in the "hidden by" section.
The idea to exchange geocaches internationally was popularized in this thread in the geocaching.com forum. You might also like to see the Nordic thread. One of the first cachers involved in a geocache exchange wrote an article on the topic in Today's Cacher. This article can be found here.
Like the "The Golden Heart of Alaska" cache, the "Dutch Treat" cache is hidden in a place of quiet refuge where a person can get away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life and enjoy a natural setting. "Dutch Treat" is hidden with permission in the 1800 acre Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge which is under the jurisdiction of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game - Division of Wildlife Conservation.
Trail maps are available at the trailhead adjacent to the dairy barn which was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. You may also want a map of the mushing trails maintained by the Alaska Dog Mushers' Association to help you access the cache location. If you plan to mush or skijor to the cache, please park in the west parking lot at N64° 51.839', W147° 44.392'. If you are going to ski or walk to the cache, you may park in the east parking lot at N64° 51.831', W147° 44.245'. People riding snowmobiles may access the refuge from several different locations.
Summer access notes: Waterproof boots or sandals are recommended for the direct route as there are several very wet and swampy areas to cross. Alternatively, you may build a route with the following waypoints and keep your feet pretty dry:
1. Go to Boreal Trail stop #12. Cross the dip at N64° 52.189', W147° 43.797'.
2. Pick your way through the forest to N64° 52.205', W147° 43.775'.
3. Turn left on the mushing trail and follow it toward N64° 52.271', W147° 43.730' skirting the wet spots along the way.
4. Cross through the forest to N64° 52.280', W147° 43.654' and you are home free to the cache!
Be aware that the Creamer's Field trails and the mushing trails are multi-use trails used by skiers, skijorers, mushers, runners, snowshoers, hikers, mountain bikers, and people on snowmobiles. Be aware of your surroundings and travel in the designated direction when possible. If you are on foot or skis and you are approached by a dog team, step off to the side of the trail and stand quietly to let the team go by. A schedule of dog races is posted at both Creamer's Field parking locations and is usually listed in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner "Sports Slate" and you are asked not to access the mushing trails during 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on race days. Dogs are welcome on the Refuge, but they must be leashed in compliance with the Fairbanks North Star Borough regulations. DO NOT let your dog(s) run loose during any season because they can be a hazard to dog teams in the winter, migratory birds in the summer and moose during all seasons.
For more information about the refuge and activities that occur at the Refuge, visit the Friends of Creamer's Field website.
So come out in winter or summer and enjoy one of the special treasures of Interior Alaska, and you'll be rewarded with a cache filled with special trade items that came all the way from the Netherlands!
|Postcards & Camera
Inside the cache you'll find a stack of Alaskan postcards added to the contents by the Ladybug Kids. They are addressed to Michael de Jong, also known as "Johny Cache." Sufficient postage is already affixed. Each geocacher is asked to take one postcard and mail it to the Netherlands with a personal message for Johny Cache. He would love to hear from fellow geocachers from Alaska. Send him your greetings and let him know what you think of his cache.
The cache also contains a single-use camera to capture cachers' images. Please take your photo and leave the camera in the cache for the next finder. The film will later be developed and the images will be scanned and added to this cache page.
|Message from Johny Cache
Greetings from the Netherlands! Who could ever think that someday I'd actually have my own cache hidden in "The Great Land!?!"
Ever since I was a kid, Alaska has fascinated me, and since I first learned about the international geocache exchange, an Alaskan-Dutch exchange had been on my mind.
So, in December 2004 I contacted fellow geoachers Ladybug Kids of Fairbanks, Alaska. They eagerly agreed to participate in a geocache exchange, and soon the ball started rolling. E-mail was sent back and forth, ideas were exchanged, plans began to take shape, and now, just two months later, the first Alaskan-Dutch geocache exchange is a fact! Who knows, maybe someday my wish to travel to Alaska will become reality, but for now having my own cache there is a great substitute!
The first 30 or so visitors of the Dutch Treat cache will be able to choose from a wide variety of Dutch trinkets, including Heineken merchandise, little wooden shoes, Dutch soccer club merchandise, patches, pins, refrigerator magnets, and lots more. In the future more Dutch trade items will appear in the cache, as the Ladybugs and I are planning on an ongoing exchange of trade items.
I hope you'll like the cache and its contents, and I hope it will add an extra dimension to your geocaching experience. Maybe it will even inspire you to get involved in an international geocache exchange yourself. I'm looking forward to reading your log entries on this page.
And last but not least, a big thanks to the Ladybug Kids for making this cache possible, and for the very nice cooperation in this exchange project! Before this project we didn't know each other at all, but it's with much pleasure that I now can say that through this geocache exchange I've made some new friends, and learned about life and geocaching in Alaska. And this is probably what the international geocache exchange idea is all about!
Best regards and happy caching,
For getting a taste of what caching is like in the Netherlands and some other European countries, take a look at my website and the photos on it at http://home.tiscali.nl/madejong/geocaching.htm