"Kim Beattie" <BeattiKM@RSVL.AH.ORG>
Sent: 12/13/2001 6:10:21 PM

Re: [gpsstash] Joshua Tree caches removed

If one were of a sneaky nature, one could do an offset cache where the
posted "pointer" cache not located on NPS property, but where the
"pointed-to" cache was located on NPS property. How would the NPS ever
know the cache was there?

>>> 12/13/01 12:55PM >>>
Received a letter today from the U.S. Department of Interior. It
courteously, but curtly, informed me that the National Park Service had
removed two of my geocaches from the Joshua Tree National Park (Calif)
as they were in violation of Title 36 of the Code of Federal
Regulations, Section 2.22. The section states that "abandoned property"
or leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours is prohibited.
They also cited another section that states all mine shafts or adits are
closed to the public. The two removed caches were "Old Dale Road
Gilacache" and the "Fargo Underground". They said they are holding the
contents of the caches at park headquarters if i wanted to retrieve
them. I don't think i'll bother the hour drive to 29 Palms to collect a
tin of Altoids and a plastic gila monster. I guess it was only a matter
of time before the NPS got busy collecting caches. Frankly, i have mixed
feelings about caches in National Parks. I understand their point of
view as well. Now, if they could just keep motorcycles out of closed
wilderness areas i'd be happy!

I've updated my web pages regarding the removals as well as made notes
on the and sites.


Florian.Boyd * Stargazer


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