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Didn't find it Indigo Parrish couldn't find Minnesota Welcomes You

Sunday, June 22, 2008Minnesota

DNF during a big road trip from Fargo to Duluth via International Falls.
I spent about 3 hours across the border in Canada finding two caches and visiting two others.

When I returned, the U.S. Customs totally hassled me.
The simply could not believe that someone would cross the border for 3 hours of 'hiking'.

US: "What were you doing for three hours?"
ME: "Hiking."
US: "You don't have any hiking gear!"
ME: "Sure I do!" point at boots "and I have the leg scratches to prove it!"
US: "Who did you meet?"
ME: "Noone."
US: "There's nowhere to 'hike'."
ME: "Sure there is. There are plenty of places if you open your eyes."
US: "You are from Texas. What are you doing way out here?"
ME: "I grew up in Minnesota and am revisiting places from my youth."
US: "You visited Amsterdam last year. Why?"
ME: "I flew in for a Computer Science conference."
US: "Why are you in a rental car?"
ME: "I'm on vacation in Minnesota."
US: "You are married with kids. Where are they?"
ME: "It's a VACATION from all that."

They then tear the car apart and get the sniffers out.
They return with a ... GEOCOIN!

US: "What is THIS supposed to be? Is it valuable?"
ME: "It's a geocoin."

I then proceed to explain geocaching to their utter consternation.

US: "How many of these 'caches' are there?"
ME: "About half a million worldwide.
There are four here in Fort Frances and about 30 in International Falls.
Minneapolis has thousands."
US: "Did you take any pictures? Do you have any proof of this?"
ME: "Of course!"

So I show them pictures from 'Sportsman's Paradise II' and 'Little Amik' and 'Marsh Monster Mash Cache'.

They finally give up and let me drive off in my now disheveled rental car.

So the frustration of my DNF here was a perfect fit for my border crossing experience ...

[This entry was edited by Indigo Parrish on Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 1:37:53 PM.]


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Minnesota Welcomes Indigo Parrish

... but the U.S. Customs totally hassled him.

infoThis is the original cache type consisting, at a bare minimum, a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container, ammo box, or bucket filled with goodies, or smaller container ("micro cache") too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the traditional cache page is the exact location for the cache.
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