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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 [B]believe[/B] 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!" [I]point at boots[/I] "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 [B]VACATION[/B] from all that."

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

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

[B]*sigh*[/B]
[I]I then proceed to explain geocaching to their utter consternation.[/I]

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!"

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

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.]

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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