August 28th, 2007

No Parking

Jerkwater Vegemite

Tuers Park

I detest geocaches with extraneous logging requirements. These are geocaches where the cache owner requires you to do something else (e.g. send a codeword or a photo, or fulfill some condition) beyond finding the cache and signing the log book in order to log the cache online. Why do I hate those so? Because sometimes, I go looking for a cache with no information other than the coordinates. It could happen because I forgot the cache printout or I left it in the car. Of course, I could pull up the cache page on my cell phone but I don't do that unless I have trouble finding the cache. Caches with additional logging requirements will thus trip me up because I'll see those requirements only when I get back home and log them online. Geocaches with extra requirements should be listed as mystery caches, not traditional caches. A mystery cache is an indicator to geocachers who download coordinates that something else is going on with that cache and they should stop and read the cache page.

The Jerkwater USA geocache in Tuers Park, Montclair, has generated a bit of controversy because of that. The cache owner requires that, during the first 10 days, only geocachers with 50 or fewer finds may log the cache. Of course, 3 people with over 50 finds have already logged it so that requirement is already a bit of a farce. The thing is there is nothing physically stopping anyone from finding that cache and signing the log sheet. So they went and did it. What's the cache owner going to do? Make them unfind the cache? That's ridiculous! I went and found it myself, and I even left a geocoin as further proof that I was there. Even so, I'll wait until September 1 before posting my online log because the cache owner said so. I'm starting to see the wisdom in not logging online at all. If you don't log online, capricious cache owners have no power to make you jump through hoops to post an online log. Not logging online also ticks off BrianSnat, which may be a bonus if you don't like him. :)

In other news, I got a Vegemite sample in the mail. An Australian Postcrosser sent it to me stapled to a postcard. That method of attachment didn't work so well in transit, so I actually received the postcard and Vegemite wrapped in a USPS plastic bag. Of course, it is inadvisable to consume a food product delivered via overseas mail by a stranger, so I won't. But I can still use it for this online Show and Tell.