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Very first attempt today and GUESS WHAT??

 
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Msea
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 9:27 pm    Post subject: Very first attempt today and GUESS WHAT?? Reply with quote

I ordered my new GPS off the internet, but can't wait the 5 or 6 days til it arrives, so I tried a Letterbox. It is allegedly located in Hawk Ridge in Duluth. After zigzagging back and forth for 45 minutes, really trying hard I come across a very obvious pile of stones in the area I thought it could be.
I was sooooo thrilled - VICTORY! Very proud of myself.

My first thought was "hmmm not quite where I would have guess from the directions."

As a moved all the little rocks away and there was alot, I encountered quite a bit of dirt on top of it, again thinking "hmmmm, this looks like topsoil, not the usually hillside stick filled dirt"

I found the lid to a wooden-type box. Now, I should have followed my womens intuition and STOPPED. But, no, heaven forbid. So as I am trying to pull this box out of the dirt, the lid pops off and I am face to face with someones poor dead PARAKEET!!!!

ARRRR!! So I do the very best that I can to get the lide back on, which involved stomping on it ever so lightly with the hiking boot, not to crush the box and I rebury it, but they had some large stones in a pattern around it and in my raccoon like scurry frantic digging, I could not recall how it was. So I put them back as best as I could and left a little note apologizing for disturbing him/her.

I feel really, really, really, bad!

And then on top of that as I was heading back to my car two large deer came crashing down the trail and scared the you know what out of me and my dog. At first I thought for sure it was a bear, and I have a 9 lbs dog with me who is peeing herself with fright!

My very first outing! Do they all go like that????? Maybe I should consider returning the GPS for a Tivo or something! Shocked
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Kitch
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heh....can u say addiction.
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jambro
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't say I've ever found a dead parakeet, but you will have interesting adventures from time to time! I agree with Kitch, it will become an addiction, just give it time - good luck!
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This parakeet is DECEASED! He is an EX-parakeet!
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as his head wasn't duct taped on and given to a blind kid I'm sure it's ok!
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towlebooth
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Msea - GREAT story! Thanks for a laugh on a rainy Friday at work.
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JT
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mesa- welcome- congrats on the first find!
-JT Very Happy
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eagleyes
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am splitting my gut from laughing so hard! Welcome to geocaching- and all the adventures it holds for you. hope to see you at the Lester Event. I honestly thought it would end that you found a cache instead of the letterbox- but when you got to the dirt, I couldn't think of a cache up there that was buried. Thank God it wasn't human ashes. Oh, my- this will keeping me laughing all day!
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jambro
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moe the Sleaze wrote:
This parakeet is DECEASED! He is an EX-parakeet!


No, no...he's just STUNNED!
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Msea
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 8:49 am    Post subject: Lester Event Reply with quote

What Lester Event?
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: Lester Event Reply with quote

Msea wrote:
What Lester Event?

Lester Park Bash in Duluth: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCN1BR
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Msea
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think I am anywhere worthy of running with the big dogs yet! Looks like tons of fun!

Geez, I haven't found my first cache yet, just a bird crypt! lol
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Msea wrote:
I don't think I am anywhere worthy of running with the big dogs yet! Looks like tons of fun!

Geez, I haven't found my first cache yet, just a bird crypt! lol

You don't have to be a "big dog" to attend an event. It's basically just a time to hang out, do a couple caches, and swap war stories Smile
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BananaForce
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
Msea wrote:
I don't think I am anywhere worthy of running with the big dogs yet! Looks like tons of fun!

Geez, I haven't found my first cache yet, just a bird crypt! lol

You don't have to be a "big dog" to attend an event. It's basically just a time to hang out, do a couple caches, and swap war stories Smile


And it sounds to me that you have one of the best war stories I've heard.
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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