If the go to the trouble to join, and spy on us, why dont they read what it is all about and educate themselves. Velvet HammerMessage 1 of 4 , Jul 8, 2002View SourceIf the go to the trouble to join, and spy on us, why dont they read what it
is all about and educate themselves.
At 06:46 AM 7/8/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>Time to calm down. This isn't the first 'run-in' with authorities
>over geocaching and it won't be the last. We need to keep a positive
>attitude about our sport and work with the park managers. If we try
>to challenge them, our spaces for hassle free caching will be quickly
>I've left messages with Rose Farmer and will try to meet with her to
>work out a compromise. We have removed the actual caches as of
>yesterday. I'm confident that we can work something out without
>involving the entire Travis County Parks system. This isn't the only
>TCP with geocaches and we shouldn't raise the attention too quickly
>if we don't want a demand to remove all of them.
>A couple of points about these caches and this park:
>1) The geocaching sticker was place on the kiosk when they were
>empty. We expected that they wouldn't like to stay there so it was
>held in place one piece of tape and should have been very easy to
>2) The kiosk now has a great map of the trail system that includes 6
>park rules. These rules do not specifically restrict geocaching.
>The closest is rule is about not disturbing the plants and wildlife.
>As you know, we try to place our caches close to the trails so
>limited bushwacking is needed.
>2) We talked to two different Park Rangers at the trailhead on two
>different occasions. We discussed Geocaching with each of them and
>both gave their 'permission'. Unfortunately, I didn't get it in
>writing and don't remember their names. Since they were both males,
>I'm sure neither was Rose.
>3) The trails in this park are so infrequently used, that it's over
>grown in many sections. The one thing that you don't see on these
>trails is trash. These are some of the most pristine hiking trails
>in Central Texas. We would be there for weeks and not fill one trash
>Give me a week to meet with her and provide an update. On the other
>hand, it would be great if someone wants to do some leg work with the
>county parks department. The idea should be to research what types
>of approvals we would need if on the off chance that we might want to
>do this type of activity in a county park. This type of subject is
>exactly why this yahoo group was set up in the first place.
>Keep in mind: its not a stretch of the imagination that someone from
>a parks management department has joined this group. Please keep the
>comments positive and constructive.
>Later, Tom (threelanes)
>--- In CentralTexasGeocachers@y..., "candy8966" <candylind@e...>
> > The more I think about this, the madder I get!! And what do you
> > the chances of her finding those caches really is, about as good as
> > the $60 million Lotto?? ROFLOLPMP I bet three weeks from now we
> > go out and they would still be there (unless Tom is the honorable
> > I think he is and removes them himself. HMMMMM, gives me an IDEA!!
> > How 'bout we all attend the "funeral" and see how much trash we can
> > take out at the same time!!??!!??!? How's that for an idea??).
> > Candy
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... Don t worry, Tom, I was just venting! And I m really happy to hear you are trying to contact her about them. I will do anything I can to help our case. I mMessage 1 of 4 , Jul 8, 2002View Source--- In CentralTexasGeocachers@y..., "tlane3of6" <tlane@e...> wrote:
> Candy,Don't worry, Tom, I was just venting! And I'm really happy to hear
> Time to calm down.
you are trying to contact her about them. I will do anything I can to
help our case. I'm with you, I feel like this was an isolated thing
and that there isn't really a policy against geocaching, and that all
we need to do is educate. If need be, I would even be willing to do
like they do at (LCRA) McKinney Roughs, sign in to get the coords so
they know who is caching and when (in fact I think there are some
other areas I think that would be a great idea, too); pay a
reasonable fee for a yearly permit; etc. as long as they are willing
to work with us.
> A couple of points about these caches and this park:I agree, but as they become better known, I feel uncomfortably
> 3) The trails in this park are so infrequently used, that it's over
> grown in many sections. The one thing that you don't see on these
> trails is trash. These are some of the most pristine hiking trails
> in Central Texas. We would be there for weeks and not fill one
> trash bag.
certain that we will be of some help in that regard ... The only
place in Austin we have not found trash is Wild Basin, and I think
that's just because of the type of place it is. Public Parks
inevitably become unwilling hosts for surreptitious rendesvous and
underage drinking; we picked up more than a 12-pack worth of beer
bottles and cans and a bunch of other trash in a tiny little park
where we placed a cache this weekend, and that was what we could
reach safely -- more were down the cliff where we couldn't get to
them. I guess we can always hope I'm wrong, though!
> Give me a week to meet with her and provide an update. OnWe'll be watching for an update! And if all you want is theoretical
> the other hand, it would be great if someone wants to do some
> leg work with the county parks department. The idea should be
> to research what types of approvals we would need if on the
> off chance that we might want to do this type of activity in
> a county park ...
questioning to Trans. and Parks Dept., I will do that and report back
Thanks, Tom, for all you do for the sport ... we who are still pretty
new at it look to you "vets" for advice and guidance.