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TimbreWlf
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 10:14 am    Post subject: Combat Caching? Reply with quote

Some of you are already aware that I'm going to be on an extended "vacation" to a large "sandbox", beginning next week. Not too many caches in that vicinity. Although, I might have to press GC for a virtual (I think even they would frown on placing an unattended ammo can in a war-torn country)

I have a few stops to make along the way, and perhaps there will be some caching there. With a year to think, I may be even come up with some contribution or particularly evil cache ideas. I will have access to email occasionally, and will check the forums when I can. Perhaps I may launch a TB or two from there.

One favor, if you happen upon one of my caches in need of a little maintenance, I would be forever in your debt if you could give it a little love. I have one in a remote area of northern MN that was mauled by a bear that I haven't been able to replace. I have a container, but it would be next summer before my wife would be able to get it up there. If someone were to be in that area, I could get the new container to you, either to replace one that you left, or to take with you.

For those I've met, personally and virtually, thank you for a great reception into this sport, and I look forward to "caching" up with the fast-movers upon my return.

Tom (aka TimbreWlf)
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Centris
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck and safe journeys to you.
Keep in touch when you can..... we'll be thinking of you Very Happy

Just as a side note -- I was watching a news show this morning and saw an interview and story about the military.
There is a website set up for people to email our service men and women for the holiday..... it must be tough to be so far from home. It is sponsored by the Navy, but I think it goes to any branch.
http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/

edit --- here is one sponsored by the Marines
http://www.usmc-mccs.org/news/deploy/supporttroops.asp
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Kitch
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timber...
You might want to look into getting a "rino" before you go. I guess a lot of the guys are using them already in the "sandbox".
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck and keep safe. Eyes open, head low, feet fast and finger on the trigger.
Liverbird, WWPP
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy

Don't worry about Jody.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2003 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom,
Just the other day I was checking out caches in "Sandbox" regions of the world. It almost chokes a guy like me up. They send young guys out to do things old guy like me should be doing. They (you) are doing harsh work, and still stop to play games. You, and everyone in the armed forces are true heros to me and my family. What miserable sandbox will you be attending? I have a guess, but there are other hot, sandy placs on this globe. Let me know, and I'll post any finds you log on this site so that fellow Mn. cachers can track your movements.

Personally, I think my favorite post will be the one you log when you return home.
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Lyverbird
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2003 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps tom should be adopted as our first human traveling cache, (shhhh, don't tell TPTB) or even human Travel bug who's goal is only acomplished when he gets back to MN. Think of the miles he could log.
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TimbreWlf
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2003 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see there are a few now in the country. I spoke with MtnMan about doing a reverse-virtual where people could log grid locations within boundaries established around a mlitary theaters of operation. That would allow someone to log the cache in the country, but without posting specific locations of military bases. The idea is on hold until they allow new reverse-virtuals. You would think they could just do a variation on the TB page where the current location would be mapped by the waypoint listed in the log entry, eliminating the miles logged and just putting pins in the map.

This will be my 4th trip to the region, and my second step on Iraqi soil (I was there briefly during Desert Shield/Storm). After 21 years you tend to log a few miles. When I retire I want to do a map of the world with pins in all the cities I've lived in or been to.
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rickrich
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2003 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you get an FTF on some MWD's. I saw that a team already logged the FTF on the "Ace of Spades" cache, but its been archived because the owner had buried it..

Good Luck, Tom.

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JT
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2003 6:34 pm    Post subject: TimbreWlf- Send me the waypoint 4 the cahce that needs Maint Reply with quote

TimbreWlf- I hope your travels are safe and that you are able to have some fun (Geocaching), while you are there. If you send me the waypoint to your cache that needs a little tending to, I would be happy to go take care of it. I am always looking for an excuse to head north! Wink

-JT

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King Boreas
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2003 1:02 am    Post subject: Re: TimbreWlf- Send me the waypoint 4 the cahce that needs M Reply with quote

KC0QEG wrote:
I am always looking for an excuse to head north! Wink

-JT

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Tom,

He's the ONLY "local" who has been to my Beaver Dam Booty cache.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2003 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Combat Caching? Reply with quote

TimbreWlf wrote:
Some of you are already aware that I'm going to be on an extended "vacation" to a large "sandbox", beginning next week. Not too many caches in that vicinity. Although, I might have to press GC for a virtual (I think even they would frown on placing an unattended ammo can in a war-torn country)



It may be a good time to do some hunting for the Confluence Project. I'm not sure which sandy country you are going to, but of the two that come to mind, there are many confluences to be found:

http://www.confluence.org/country.php

Good luck to you, and thank you for your service.

-B3Fiend
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2003 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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e-mail received from a fellow 'cacher and friend


The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
my daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
in perfect contentment, or so it would seem.
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
and I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old
perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!

Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
you should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,
to the window that danced with a warm fire's light
then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night"

"Its my duty to stand at the front of the line,
that separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam
and now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
but my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
the red white and blue... an American flag.

"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
away from my family, my house and my home,

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat,

I can carry the weight of killing another
or lay down my life with my sisters and brothers
who stand at the front against any and all,
to insure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget
to fight for our rights back at home while we're gone.
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
to know you remember we fought and we bled
is payment enough, and with that we will trust.
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

WE ALL NEED TO PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL EVERY NIGHT, THEY ARE IN SOME VERY VERY TIGHT PLACES

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Combat Caching? Reply with quote

TimbreWlf wrote:
Some of you are already aware that I'm going to be on an extended "vacation" to a large "sandbox", beginning next week. Not too many caches in that vicinity. Although, I might have to press GC for a virtual (I think even they would frown on placing an unattended ammo can in a war-torn country)
Tom (aka TimbreWlf)


Well being a 22 year retired paratrooper, I just want to say, Thank's for serving. Your time there will be everything that everyone has told you and nothing like anything that anyone has told you. I know that sounds flaky but you'll understand in a couple of months.

I believe that there is one cache at the end of the airstrip. As well as several others out there (one near Balad).

Keep your head down. Stay Hard and Stay Alive. I'll buy you a beer when you get back.
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