We have really enjoyed the response to the Arkansas State Parks ParkCache Challenge. Congratulations to the recent finishers. I report on the number of people that have been to them almost monthly to the Parks & Tourism Commission and they love hearing about it. I expect that this program will be going on for a long, long time.
One thing I need to mention. Today we had a cacher who said he was from Louisiana show up at on of our parks in the Ozarks to geocache. The park is one of those hit by the ice storm and is closed for safety issues. This gentleman was met at the gate by the park superintendent and when told that the park was closed he said he would just park down the road and "sneak" in. At that point the superintendent (a state law enforcement officer) informed him that if he caught him in the park after warning him that he would be arrested. To this the man said that he would just sneak into another park that hadn't seen him yet.
I know that geocachers are generally better than that and that Arkansas Geocachers respect the rules. I just wanted to give you a heads up that if you come across any cachers with the attitude of this guy, please take a second and explain how following the rules is one of the things that allows us to have geocaching in our parks.
Usually it's just one bad apple that can spoil it for the rest of us. Thanks for your support of this program and the Arkansas State Parks.