The reason people ask about what to put in one, is probably most of them have never seen a stash in person, so dont know what is to be expected.. (should I put 1000$ cash in one, or a can of pepsi?) I think the idea of finding goodies is the main attraction, aside from having another cool use for one's GPS receiver.. for me, it is a combination.. the planning.. the discovery that your original plan isn't going to work (almost always), improvising a new plan, the last 500 feet of search, the excitement when you first see it, sitting your ass down next to it, and cracking it open like a kid on christmas day, not knowing what you might find (some day, maybe someone WILL put $1000 cash in one, ya never know:).. And sometimes, a distinct sense of accomplishment when it's been a really hard search..
I dont know what you consider a stocking stuffer, but there have been at least two perfectly good GPS units put into caches, and at least one 500mhz CPU put in one (I could use that! If only I lived closer!)... I've put two brand new brunton compasses in a couple different stashes, a 50$ distortion pedal for an electric guitar in one, I've seen a digital wind speed meter in one, an edition of TopoUSA, military MRE's, other various survival/camping gear, etc.
It's not all useless junk, is all I'm saying... granted, I've seen some, but there's usually always something useful to find in any given stash..
On the other hand, there is no reason why you cant go put out a logbook-only stash like you mentioned.. This has been talked about from the beginning.. I guess people just like to put things in them as well, so it hasn't been done yet.
Your other idea is exactly Dave Ulmer's Offset stash idea.. post coordinates, but the stash is not actually at the coordinates, it takes some additional non-gps navigation to find it... This would be similar to letterboxing clues... I _personally_ think that it could possibly get away from the original intent of the game, which is to find something using GPS.. depending on how one does it, you could create a scenario where no GPS is required, just clue-solving skills and/or compass use.. it depends..
There's also no need for big bucket.. 4 of my 5 stashes are in 3 quart tupperware containers... I've also used a bucket for one.. it doesn't really matter. You can use any weatherproof container you wish... It just needs to be big enough for whatever you plan on putting in it to fit... If people bring stuff that wont fit, they wont leave anything, and will probably just sign the logbook... nothing wrong with that if it's your intent!
I noticed you live in Seattle.. Have you visited any of the stashes in WA? There are 6 within 100 miles of you, including 3 of mine on Mt St Helens :)
-----Original Message----- From: Alan Winston To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thursday, July 27, 2000 8:53 AM Subject: [gpsstash] Re: GeoCache-ing
> >I'm still trying to figure out what the loot has to do with this whole >thing, so I well understand the "trash" reference. > >It seems I may not be alone in finding that side of the "cache" a little >off-putting. The frequency of questions about "what is appropriate" or "what >if I can't afford ..." suggests a basic level of discomfort with that whole >aspect, for many. >