Re: [gpsstash] Fw: "Cache of Fun" GeoCoded-CyberStash
Thanks for the "experienced" input maybe it will get us through the growing pains a little easier. I still think it is necessary to ponder all aspects of a new sport before you decide on what is right. As you can see the sport has gained a lot of momentum in a certain direction and it doesn't look like its possible to change that. I guess as founder of this thing, I'm getting butterflies in my gut wondering if the first idea was the best idea. The monster has been released and its growing !! I guess I should just sit back, relax, and watch..
I'm heading out on my vacation in a couple of hours. I'll be searching for the Wonderts of the World (a new game) with my GPS. I've got thousands of government waypoints, but I wonder if any can qualify as a Wondert. I guess I'm exploring a new game just because I get bored easily. Here's an example of a wondert I'm searching for:
Its called a Fine Scheduled Wondert and this one happens only once a year. During sunrise or sunset on June 21st (Summer Solstice) the sun shines into places where it can't get to any other time. I will attempt to record the coordinates of one of these places and call it a Wondert.
Goofy game huh!
----- Original Message ----- From: "Randy Hall" To: Sent: Monday, June 12, 2000 11:25 PM Subject: Re: [gpsstash] Fw: "Cache of Fun" GeoCoded-CyberStash
> > > By comparison, the letterboxing north america site (the only comparable > > organization I can think of) has around 360 active letterboxes, starting > > in 1997 -- thats about 10 a month. > > FWIW, we began in Apr '98 ('97 is ValleyQuest which is another > letterboxing project that claims it started in '89). In any case, > Geocaching is growing much faster than we did in the early days, > primarily for two reasons (IMO): > > a) Geocaching has the ready made gps newsgroup to target prospective > participants while we had to cobble things together one person at a > time > b) Geocaching is simpler; most prospects already have a gps and > know how to use it, but few outdoors types are stamp carvers plus > clue writers and solvers, etc. Geocaching has instant appeal with > little cost of entry or learning curve. > > When we started, we went through all the same arguments. All I can > say is don't go there. Concentrate on the game, get out in the > woods, and don't blow it with a lot of blather that may turn people > off. I realise this list is for Geocaching and not Letterboxing, but > since we went through the same stuff, here is a summary of some of > our conclusions on the recent arguments, FWIW: > > We had the cyberboxing concept. It was crushed; the feeling being that > finding something physical in the field was important. > > We had the littering discussion. I believe it was decided that there > is an arguable distinction between what is the target of a hunt > containing something of value intentionally placed and what is litter. > > We had the legal discussion. Answer: see a lawyer if you want to -- > debating it on the list is a waste of time unless someone on the list > is a lawyer that practices the relevant sort of law. > > We had the "urban" discussion. The feeling was that it was important > that there be zero chance of accidental discovery. > > We had the "rules" discussion. Answer: use common sense and operate > within the given framework, but there are no real "rules" per se -- > there is plenty of room for different ideas. Define the framework > first -- is it going to waypoints or is it taking/leaving/writing? > [I think keeping it simple with the latter makes sense, and evolving > after more of a critical mass is achieved is the wise course.] > > We had a schism or two because of some of these arguments (primarily > the "rules" one). Unfortunate. > > -- > randy "the mapsurfer" > http://www.letterboxing.org > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------ > Take 20 friends to Vegas on New Year's courtesy of Expedia.com. > Win the airfare, a suite at Bellagio and $15,000. Or win 2 roundtrip > tickets anywhere in the U.S. given away daily. Click for a chance to win. > http://click.egroups.com/1/5294/6/_/_/_/960877629/ > ------------------------------------------------------------------------ > > GPS Stash Hunt Page : > The GPS Stash Hunt page. > http://www.triax.com/yngwie/gps.html > > GPS Stash Hunt FAQ : > THE FAQ > http://www.triax.com/yngwie/stashfaq.txt > > > To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: > firstname.lastname@example.org > > > >