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Found it Genius Loci found Mike's Scroll Of Lost Quotations

Saturday, August 12, 2006Illinois

My second visit to Mike's wonderful scroll cache, and (although I'll confess to enjoying the previous location a bit more than the new one) I think I've left a more appropriate quotation this time around. This one is my favorite geocaching quote, and I'm surprised I've not seen others refer to it (perhaps it requires a certain amount of geocaching experience to appreciate fully).

It's ironic that in our hobby, newbies often equate difficulty with quality in cache hides. Sometimes, it seems to take people a thousand "Finds" or more before they realize that it requires no skill or expertise to install a cache that is difficult to find. All you have to do is measure the coordinates poorly, bury the cache, use a "nano" container, put a micro in a pile of rocks, a thorn patch, etc. etc. etc. While all those things may make the cache difficult to find, they are also (too often) characteristics of low quality caches (not "clever" hides) and they usually aren't really much fun for hunters.

The cache hiders whose caches rack up the "No Finds" often feel smugly superior, although the real reason for the frowning faces may well be ineptitude (or even Sadism) on their part, not incompetent hunters! So, before you smile to yourself the next time a poor hunter can't find one of your caches, take heed of this old proverb:
"Any fool may throw a stone down a well which a hundred wise men cannot pull out."


Of course - that quote doesn't refer in any way to this particular cache, but if you've been hunting long enough, I think you may be able to sympathize with it... Thanks again for a great cache, Mike! - Genius Loci ('the Guardian Spirit of a Place')

infoA Mystery Cache is the “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.
 
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