Update 5/14/05: Man In The Wild's CARdied today around 4pm just before reaching 210,000 miles in a collision near home. I (Man In The Wild) was thankfully the only person in the car at the time. I now have a new appreciation for seatbelts and air bags. After the accident I was hurting enough that I didn't know if I could get out of the car when some witnesses asked. After a short while I decided I was ok enough to get out and as I walked around the car I saw the damage at the front and commented "It did its job." I have seen many reviews of the Stratus that made it sound like it wasn't the safest or most reliable car, and I've had mechanics tell me they normally don't last this long. This car went much farther than any other car we owned previously, was always a pleasure to drive (even when it was wearing out I was amazed that it just kept moving.) Today I'm sure the seat belt and air bag may have kept me from getting more serious injuries (nothing broken--just bruises, strains, etc.)
Thank you to such a wonderful car! We'll miss you!
Man In The Wild Family
I'll try to take some pictures to share.
This cache celebrates our 1998 Dodge Stratus reaching the 100,000 mile mark March 3, 2002. The coordinates point to where the car was when it hit 100,000 miles, not the cache itself. Near there is a business card size magnet with the coordinates for the cache. It should be close enough that if you look for a place where you'd hide a small magnet I think you will find it easily. The cache has mostly items for cars. Since this is a rest stop, we're leaving our first travel bug, Comet Horse, here to rest before she starts her journey. We hope to see other travel bugs here in the future. We plan to leave at least three more travelers (one for each member of our family.)
You can also log this cache as either an 'Other' or 'Found' (whichever you like) if your car reaches the 100,000 mile mark (or any 25,000 mile mark after that.) Please show the coordinates for where you were when your car hit the mark and any interesting stories or pictures you might have. You might even hide your own cache at your 100,000 mile mark!
UPDATE 4/14/02: 100.000 km is fine as well as long as that's the standard measurement in your country (no converting your odometer from miles to km to get there sooner--we want real zeros!)
UPDATE 5/12/02: Comet Horse has started her travels, and we have since placed Miss Cheetah in the cache. When she leaves the cache, we'll put Queenfish in the cache. Eventually, Man In The Wild will get his chance to travel.
Man In The Wild's Car hit 200,000 miles Sunday, December 19, 2004 in Dayton, OH!
UPDATE 4/12/05: The Stratus is still moving... almost 208,000 miles now. I replaced the magnet the other day. I'll be putting magnets in the cache within the next few weeks.
Ok, on to the original 'goodies' included in the cache:
- Map Light
- Mini Tool Key Chain
- Virginia/West Virginia map
- Car Compass
- Tire Gauge
- Car replacement bulbs 168XL (They'll work in my car at least.)
- Raccoon toy
- Matchbox trucks
- Dream Catcher air freshener. Seems to be scent free.
- Comet Horse Travel Bug
This mother goose is at N38°24.861 W081°49.877. You might get a chance to see her eggs, but watch out for the protective father! The trailhead can be seen from here. It's at N38°24.846' W081°49.912'.
Update 5/3/02: The eggs have hatched! You can still find the nest near those coordinates, and you might see the family swimming nearby. Also, we spotted a crane fishing from the side of the lake in the rain a few days later. (Ok, that was years ago, but there are usually ducks and geese in that area.)
Don't forget to log your find both at the cache and here online. The same with the travel bugs.