The ZEN of Geocaching: What Makes a Good Hide?
Well, we took the drive to Memphis this weekend (with a couple of stops in Lonoke). We only ended up with 14 finds (and 5 DNFs) for the weekend, but let me just say that Memphis has nothing on Arkansas, at least from what we observed.
Did Tennessee what Arkansas? Not from a geocaching standpoint. :D
Anywho, this got me to thinking about the qualities that I like about caches and the intangibles that make them special. In short, I entered a mystical and forgotten realm called "The Zen of Geocaching".
There is an old real estate adage that says that the three most important details about a piece of property are LOCATION, LOCATION, and LOCATION. That concept can also relate to geocaching. But while there is a lot to be said for a cache's location, that clearly is not the only factor. It's not really something that I can put my finger on, though. Sure, I like a creative hide and a good location as much as the next guy. But there's more. Know what I mean? If I could just put my finger on it, I could make my caches much less lame. :lol:
So, I'd like to know:
1) What aspects of a cache make you glad you visited? Specifically, what transforms an ordinary cache to an extraordinary one?
2) What do you consider your minimum standards? That is, at what point is a cache put into the "lame" category?