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Offline oldfatguy

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Upcoming Earthcache event
« on: September 10, 2009, 09:28:45 PM »
An opportunity to learn about a special type of geocaches, known as Earthcaches, is coming up on Saturday October 24, 2009 at 8:00am, near Monticello, Iowa.   Information on this event can be found at geocaching.com, using the identifier GC1X8DJ - EarthCaches Rock! (the next generation). 

Earthcaches are a special type of geocache, where no actual cache is placed, but you are taken to a location of scientific interest to learn about the area.  The offical description:

An EarthCache is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. EarthCaches include a set of educational notes and the details about where to find the location (latitude and longitude). Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth.
For more information about EarthCaches, visit http://www.earthcache.org/.


I attended a similar event last year put on by Lagrac, which was very well done, informational and offered the chance to go out as a group and find a couple of Earthcaches.  Earthcaches are by far my favorite type of cache and having found over 50, almost all of these have been an enjoyable as well as a learning experience.
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2009, 10:02:12 PM »
I know they have the bench mark searching but this is new to me. Ill check it out.
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2009, 08:32:16 AM »
Very cool!  I can't wait to learn more about this.  :yes:
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009, 12:55:10 PM »
Wow, thats a short drive for me, might have to check it out...

edited to add-Never mind, over an hour.  Its a little far from Monti...
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2009, 03:43:20 PM »
A hour's drive isn't that far SK.

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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2009, 09:26:10 PM »
C'mon SK - you've got wheels now drive down to check it out.  I'm planning to be there and this area is pretty cool.  I'll probably go up to Frankenstien Cave on the way back too.
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2009, 05:22:51 PM »
We'll see... :P
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2009, 05:55:23 PM »
I'll even share my GPSr with ya.  lol
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2009, 09:17:58 PM »
I've got a GPS, just not sure if my parents will let me go
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2009, 09:21:26 PM »
It would be great if you could make it.  It should be a good event and sounds like there are quite a few people signed up for it already.  Bring a friend or six.  LOL
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2009, 10:27:29 AM »
Just a reminder for the Earthcaching event coming up on Saturday:

What: EarthCaching 101
When: Saturday October 24, 2009- 8:00am
Where: We will meet at the parking area for the Ozark Wildlife Area, near Maquokita, Iowa.

I'm planning to attend this event, whichs is being held at the "Frankinsten Cave" Earthcache site and then find the some of the 3-4 other Eartcaches (along with some traditional caches) in the area. This should be a fun event and I hope to see some of y ou there.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2009, 11:29:02 AM »
Thats not far from here hummmm well see whats up Saturday.   :hmm:
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2009, 04:30:53 PM »
It might be a chance to use that carbide lamp, Swede.
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2009, 04:52:43 PM »
I would love to come but I can't...  Gotta work at the mueseum...
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2009, 06:55:27 PM »
Bummer, SK. It will be a blast. We will  be exploring Frankenstien Cave.
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2009, 09:23:15 AM »
This event was a great time.  I had the chance to catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones.  On the first leg, we went as a group to an EarthCache named "Frankenstein Cave".

To find this one, the directions tell you to "proceed to 42-11.934 and 90-51.691. There is a sign on yor left that says "Pedestrian Traffic"
At the Pedestrian Traffic Only sign, proceed up the rocky ravine for 1/4 mile and look to your right where the stream makes a bend. Here you will see a bluff that resembles the head of Frankenstein. The cave entrance is nearby.

It took a while to find the exact location, as this area has many openings in the cliff face and small caves. We eventually made the find and expored the cave.  The hike to this one was about 3.4 miles, round trip.

After the event, a number of us continued on to some of the more challenging caches in the area.  We found some, but were unsuccessful in finding the first stage to one called "Horsethief Cave".  We will have to go back after this one, as later on, we found out that the actual cave is near the top of a high bluff, giving a panoramic view of the area and the main chamber is over 60 feet high.  Our hike into this area was 5.3 miles, round trip.

From there, we moved on to Maquoketa Caves state park, finding two more EarthCaches there, then to the Hurtsville Lime Kilns and ending the day (in the dark, finding this one by flashlight) at Iowa's Limestone Prairie.  Over all, we hiked well over 10 miles through the rough terrian, I was able to log 15 cache finds, 5 of those EarthCaches and explored some very beautiful and interesting areas.

Everyone that attended the event was given a flyer telling them about the Wild Survive website that included the web address.  I also gave out two of the Wild Survive geocoins, which were greatly appreciated.  I am hoping we might find a few new faces showing up here.

Thanks to Swede for helping me put together the information sheet and also for him and Rocky for getting the geocoins to me to pass along.
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2009, 10:24:42 AM »
I had no idea there was an area like that in Iowa. That one cave looked like it was man made. I wonder what that was all about? Is there any history information on that one?

We had planed to come up but a hike like that was out of the question for myself and my wife. Thanks for your promotion for our web site my friend.
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2009, 01:06:39 PM »
Swede -
Are you referring to the third picture?  This apparently was an old root cellar that was built along a stream, which was still intact. We found the foundation to a larger buidling (I'm guessing that was the main house) adjacent to the cellar.  This was way back away some civilization and was put together with no mortar, just the stacked blocks, then covered with dirt for insulation.  Foundation connected to the large rock (the one we are on top of in picture 4), so it was integrated into the structure.

The last two pictures are of Maquoketa Caves, which have walkways built to make them accessable.

Yes, it is hard to believe this area is in Iowa.

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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2009, 09:11:37 PM »
Maquoketa Caves? It sounds like a song title.    :hmm:
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Re: Upcoming Earthcache event
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2009, 12:50:27 PM »
Looks like that was a great event. Earthcaches are the best type of geocache in my opinion.
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