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Mister Greenthumb
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:13 am Reply with quote Back to top

I didn't want to steal Becca's thread so I'm starting a new one. These are just my opinions so feel free to post yours too. I have a tendency to post sarcasm on things that don't interest me, but don't take that as negativity. I'm an out in the woods root out the cache type of geocacher mostly because we started in 2006 when change was not the norm. Change is good for geocaching. Groundspeak is a business and it will probably continue to exist as long as it is profitable. I'm sure their employees enjoy their jobs and have fun, but it is a business. For us on the other end it is all about fun. In the past few years there have been many changes and most can be attributed to allowing a larger base of people to have fun. I don't have a smart phone and I'm not very computer savvy, but I'm still having fun despite all of the new changes and ideas. For Groundspeak to continue to be successful the game of geocaching will have to continue to evolve. So the bottom line is just roll with the changes and play the way you want and you will continue to have fun.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

I don't think anyone took your sarcastic post as negative, Bill. I got a chuckle.
Change is not only good, it's inevitable. GC is a business and needs to keep up with the times to maximize $$.
GC is trying new stuff. Lab caches are a way to try something new without changing the "core".
One of the nice things about geocaching is that someone can do it they way they did ten years ago and it still works. You don't lose out if you don't use a smart phone, do challenges, or never heard of a Lab Cache.
These "personal" Lab Caches might be fun, but I would really like to see the Mega Event Lab Caches expanded to smaller events. Not to dig up old controversies, but this would be a perfect solution to the temp cache debate.

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Mister Greenthumb
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:09 am Reply with quote Back to top

My sarcasm was actually aimed at those who were negative towards the Lab caches and not the Lab caches themselves. If you don't like some of the new things go out there and find some of the other 26,000+ caches in Wisconsin. When you have found them all you can come back here and gripe all you want. There I go being sarcastic again.
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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I chose not to respond to the other thread because I thought it was a silly idea, but I know others enjoy this opportunity. That said, if I ever got to an event where these things are hosted, I'd sure give them a try. In the end, we are still old school cachers and probably always will be....comes from being old, maybe. I heard tell of a classic temporary cache placed at a WGA event when they still placed them that predated our time just a little. Apparently it was an owl decoy set up with glowing eyes and a loop tape of an owl hooting....that somehow never got turned off after the fun was over! I wish I'd seen that and it sounds like the kind of thing perfect for this kind of cache placement.

I realize that for a business to survive, they have to be willing to experiment and make efforts to broaden their customer base. For those who are excited by this little side game, have fun with it!

Trekkin' and Birdin'
Let's just go out and find caches and be done with it! 
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