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CamoCacher
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RubberToes wrote:
Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
I was really thinking that with 1750+ finds in MN that I would have more counties done. It's not like I concentrate on metro only caches.


I've found that it really takes a bundle of work to get yourself out to all those other counties. A bundle of work, and a bundle of driving. All that driving adds up to time not caching.

I have found caches in all 87 MN counties, but there were many times when I wished I'd just stayed in one place and found a dozen caches rather than driving 60 miles for one.



I know what you mean but SB's right, think of all the spots you saw that you wouldn't have otherwise. GeckOne and I are getting great ideas for vacations and places we want to revist with more time.
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RubberToes
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
Tony,

At least you got to see areas of the state that many many others will not.


Yes, I got to see lots of places, so it was worth the effort. I have several places I want to revisit for longer periods, and I few I never want to see again.

Once I started collecting counties, though, it became something of an obsession. It's kind of nice not not to have to feed that obsession. I'm being careful not to set any new major goals right away.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heh! Good luck w/that Smile
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CamoCacher
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RubberToes wrote:
Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
Tony,

At least you got to see areas of the state that many many others will not.


Yes, I got to see lots of places, so it was worth the effort. I have several places I want to revisit for longer periods, and I few I never want to see again.

Once I started collecting counties, though, it became something of an obsession. It's kind of nice not not to have to feed that obsession. I'm being careful not to set any new major goals right away.


I hear the Delorme challenge calling to you Rubbertoes.....Rubbertoes......Robbertoes
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KC0GRN
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I'd rather take my time on the challenge. After hearing about the experiences from other cachers that have done it, it just seems to make more sense to enjoy my time in outstate MN. Like taking time to visit Pipestone national monument in southwestern MN, yeah, there's no caches to find there, but as long as I drove out, I might as well take in the scenery. To heck with my numbers and stats, if I'm gonna spend the money to drive around, I'm going to enjoy it.

That was my original intention for finding a cache in every county anyway, not for the challenge of doing it, but more to say I'd been there, taken time to view areas of the state most Minnesotans never will. The challenges are just a nice way to facilitate some caching along the way.

Before I took up caching, I barely got out of my house, outdoors was just an inconvenient transition from a building to a car. Since I took up caching, I've developed a keen sense of exploration and a general longing for the time I can spend outside experiencing a new area. Now, caching is less of a goal, and more of just a reason to get myself back outside.
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RubberToes
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CamoCacher wrote:


I hear the Delorme challenge calling to you Rubbertoes.....Rubbertoes......Robbertoes


I've been working on DeLorme somewhat as I did the counties, but I still have 22 pages to go, mostly in the northern 2 or 3 tiers. I plan to make some trips up north next summer, but I'm not planning to make any DeLorme runs in the near future.

If I really need a challenge, maybe I'll try to cache out Dakota County. At least I won't have to drive so far.
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KC0GRN
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RubberToes wrote:
If I really need a challenge, maybe I'll try to cache out Dakota County. At least I won't have to drive so far.


Laughing I've been trying for that with Ramsey County, but there's that pesky delorme challenge posted coords almost smack dab in the middle of it.
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RubberToes
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KC0GRN wrote:
RubberToes wrote:
If I really need a challenge, maybe I'll try to cache out Dakota County. At least I won't have to drive so far.


Laughing I've been trying for that with Ramsey County, but there's that pesky delorme challenge posted coords almost smack dab in the middle of it.


Well then that's going to take some work. If you need help getting some of those far north pages, let me know. Smile
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sir_zman wrote:
http://www.itsnotaboutthenumbers.com has a cool map you can use too. (you need to be a pro member on GC to get the All my finds GPX file).


I just realized that you can set your home country/state on this site which will then make you show up in the "top ten" stats along with others from the state. You need to set a password when you upload your gpx file and then login and edit your preferences afterwards.

I know, I'm slow.....
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think Minnesota's 87 counties would be a tough challenge to complete?? You should sure as heck be glad you don't live in Texas.. 254 counties.

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pfalstad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Think Minnesota's 87 counties would be a tough challenge to complete?? You should sure as heck be glad you don't live in Texas.. 254 counties.

Yes, I am glad! Smile But take a look at Georgia; that's about 2/3 the size of Minnesota, but it has 159 counties. I wonder if you could do the Georgia challenge with less driving than MN (but more cache-finding).
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IanNMissy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arizona would be a fun challenge, simply because of the vast distances, and widely varied terrain..

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spinowner
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trivia question: How many counties in Louisiana?
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Surfer Joe
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spinowner wrote:
Trivia question: How many counties in Louisiana?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surfer Joe wrote:
spinowner wrote:
Trivia question: How many counties in Louisiana?

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SJ is correct. In Louisiana they are called parishes.
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