The NSPS Geocaching Project was featured in the March 2007 issue of Point Of Beginning Magazine at http://tinyurl.com/2wgsfr and also in the online magazine Caching Now.
THE NSPS GEOCACHE
Be sure to bring along your geocaching bag/backpack filled with the usual hiking items, such as a bottle of drinking water, cell phone, safety whistle and "swag" items (stuff we all get) for trading. Hiking should always be done with a hiking buddy or a hiking group; if you trip and break your leg, who's going to get you back? Make sure you fuel up your vehicle to get you to the area (and back home).
The best place to park to get to this geocache is at a projection from the posted coordinates: from the posted coordinates, go on a bearing of 98 degrees-true (surveyors should read this as "astronomic azimuth of 98 degrees"), for a distance of 0.31 mile. The trail crosses a gravel road at this point and provides for easier access. Once you get there, punch in the posted geocache coordinates and start hiking.
YOU ARE LOOKING FOR...
You are looking for a HUGE container, an ammo box with dimensions of 17 inches long, 14 inches tall, and 7 inches wide. Get a yard stick and check that out. You have to unhitch both ends of the lid in order to get to the goodies.
Items that should stay in the geocache forever:
the hardbound logbook (a real surveying field-book); a pen; a pencil; a pencil sharpener; the "You Found It" note with magnet-clippies to hold it up near the top.
Swag trade items:
This list of trade items is provided for tracking purposes (and for your amusement). This geocache was originally stocked with lots of trade items, some being surveying related items and some being just typical swag; due to the container's size, some swag is larger than the usual Stuff We All Get. Inside are some "Did You Know" laminated fact-cards held near the top with a magnet-clippie - feel free to take one of these promo-cards without trading for it; 5 CITO canisters with vanilla-scented trash bags inside (left overs from a past CITO event); some NSPS promo 6-inch rulers; some stackable NSPS mini-magic-markers; a sample Point Of Beginning Magazine, the November 2006 issue signed on the cover by geocacher cantuland; a coin-purse with a Lewis-and-Clark Edition nickel zipped up inside it; a cowgirl hair baret; a clip-on watch; a little orange hair comb; 5 bracelets, each one hand-crafted by Mrs. cantuland; a cell phone holder; a big patriotic party hat; a really bright safety-orange ball cap with gray underside so as not to blind the wearer; a cool colored floppy frisbie; an umbrella, never opened; a big toy sea turtle (Now you can find a sea turtle in Kansas); 2 little toy plastic dinosaurs - a brachiosaurus and a styracosaurus; a surveyor's "peg book" with lots of trigonometric formulas on the inside cover; a light-up squishy bouncy thing that sparkles with dancing lights when you press down on the top and bottom (press again to stop it so you don't get hypnotized); an 8-inch battery-powered glow stick with several different settings (also hypnotic); a box of division flash cards; surveying pamphlets; 2 "hot-hands" hand warmers; 2 recorder musical instruments; a first-aid kit; a mini A&W mug; a purple silk hanky; a little U.S. flag; and an altoids tin filled with LUCKY pennies (they have given me lots of good luck too).
Some travel bugs and geocoins originally stocked include the following. Check on their journeys every now and then to see how their doing.
When you get to the coordinates, keep in mind that a hand held GPS receiver will only get you "close". Ask yourself, "Where would a container that huge be hidden?," and go look there.
After you find it, be sure to sign the enclosed logbook; date it; describe what you took and what you left; and if you like, include a bit of the story of your adventure. When claiming the find with the online logs, finders are encouraged to mention a few things:
- If you pursue geocaches placed under the NSPS Geocaching Project, please state how many of these geocaches you have found.
- How many different "Did You Know..." cards have you discovered?
- If you use this geocache as a place to release your travel bugs or geocoins into the wild, mention in your log what you have released; be sure to include the REFERENCE number rather than the TRACKING number on the tag or coin.
Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, Inc.
Permission to place this geocache was granted by the KRTC. The placement of the container (*HUGE* container!) was done in cooperation with the hard labor volunteered by the KRTC President. She's in the middle of the picture above. The Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of volunteers who are committed to recreational trail development.
Trail Access…under construction.
Designated sections of the trail are open to the public for non-motorized recreation, sunrise to sunset. Trails are shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians.
- Trails are open year-round, sunrise to sunset.
- Be alert when crossing all roadways.
- Use public parking (city parks, streets) as close to the trail as possible. Some trailheads will have a parking area.
- Cell phones are recommended for emergencies.
- There is no fee to use the trails. However, if you would like to become a member or contribute to the continued development of these trails, our website and contact information is below.
- Pets are allowed on a lead/leash.
- Motorized vehicles are prohibited except for maintenance, law enforcement, emergency vehicles, and motorized wheelchairs.
- Most of the trail is surrounded by private land. Please stay on the trail and respect the rights of private landowners. Please – no trespassing and no littering.
- Carry out more than you carry in.
- Campfires, overnight camping, fireworks, fishing, hunting, trapping, swimming, firearms, alcohol, drugs, and loitering are not permitted.
There are several geocaches located in the KRTC trail system including the official NSPS geocache! Geocaching and rail-trails are a perfect match – the great outdoors and a beautiful journey to the cache.
If you would like to place a geocache on the trail, please contact our organization and we will help you find a good site. KRTC Board member Scott Allen of Council Grove is an avid geocacher and can be reached at 620-767-5695. President Gina Poertner would also be happy to assist you in placing a geocache. Contact her at 620-342-2477.
Remember, adjacent farmlands are usually burned off each spring and these “prairie fires” are shared with the trail for weed control. Depending on the container, you may want to temporarily remove the caches during the burning season.
Be sure to do your BM research. There are some to be found along the trail.
"Find all nearby BENCH MARKS."
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- Make the fair trade.
- Log your visit.
- Leave the site better than you found it.
- Protect the environment — always.
- Educate those around you.
- Find another cache!
Good luck, and may all your cache dreams come true.