Monday, May 09, 2005

The Bridges of Madison County 

I've decided to skip the movie remake theme (too cute) and go with straight, descriptive caches. The only reference to the movie will be the background image. I'm posting it here so I can add it to my cache pages.

Movie poster Posted by Hello

The Bridges of Madison County 

I've decided to skip the movie remake theme (too cute) and go with straight, descriptive caches. The only reference to the movie will be the background image. I'm posting it here so I can add it to my cache pages.

Thursday, April 28, 2005


Here's an idea that I'm working on for a new multi-geocache in my area.

Films we'd like to see: a remake of Clint Eastwood's "The Bridges of Madison County" (1995).

The story of Geocacher, a clueless amateur photographer who arrives in Madison County to hunt caches and take photos its picturesque bridges. Geocacher begins a lifelong affair with rural bridges that reawakens his/her long-lost passion for Iowa. Being clueless, Geocacher ends up in Madison County Missouri by mistake. All is well in the end, as Geocacher develops a new long-lost passion for the scenic, rugged landscape of the Missouri Ozarks.

Dialogue snippet from the film:

Geocacher: You know I get the distinct feeling that I'm lost.
Local Dude: Are you supposed to be in Missouri?
Geocacher: No. I'm supposed to be in Iowa.
Local Dude: Well then you're lost.
Geocacher: I'm looking for a bridge, one of those covered bridges out in this neighborhood.
Local Dude: There aren't any covered bridges around here.
Geocacher: Where the heck am I?

Other memorable lines from the film:

"I have one thing to say, one thing only; I'll never say it another time, to anyone and I ask you to remember it: In a universe of lame geocaches, this kind of cache comes only once, and never again, no matter how many lifetimes you live."

"We let the GPS unit take us where it wanted."

Starring: YOU as Geocacher, and possibly ME as Local Dude.

It will take a while to check the bridges I want to use and place the caches. Watch this space for updates.

© 2005 Know Future

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Artesian Well Geocache -- notes 

I just wanted to post this series of emails between myself and officials of Mark Twain National Forest here in southern Missouri. The geocaching community here has developed a good working relationship with the Forest Service and most other gov agencies.

From: Know Future
To: nfeakes@fs.fed.us
Cc: Glenn@GeoStl.com
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 19:59:27 -0500
Subject: New Geocache that I placed in Mark Twain National Forest

Hello Ms. Feakes,

I wanted to let you know that I recently placed a new geocache on forest land in the Fredericktown area. Here is a link to the web page for this cache:


Please let me know if you see any problems with this geocache. If there are, I'll be happy to work with you to resolve them.

Best regards,

Keith Rauch
Farmington, MO
(aka Know Future)
Subject: Re: New Geocache that I placed in Mark Twain National Forest
To: Know Future
Cc: mjweber@fs.fed.us
From: Nancy Feakes
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 12:34:53 -0500

Thanks for sending me notification of your new cache. I found your write-up very interesting, as I was not aware of the artesian well in that area. How is the cache attached to the tree? Mike Weber, the District Ranger in charge of that district, also reviewed the cache page and indicated that he does not want caches to be nailed directly to trees, in part because of the potential for nails to be left in the tree after the cache is abandoned or removed. Please send your response to both Mike and I. Thanks.

Nancy Feakes, Recreation Manager
Mark Twain National Forest
573-364-4621 x472
From : "know_future@juno.com"
To : nfeakes@fs.fed.us
Cc : mjweber@fs.fed.us
Subject : Re: New Geocache that I placed in Mark Twain National Forest
Date : Mon, 18 Apr 2005 19:44:17 GMT

The cache container is attached with a small wood screw. It is designed to hold mining claim documents and is commonly used on Federal lands in the west. If you prefer, I can remove this container and replace it with a more conventional steel ammo box that sits on the ground, not attached to anything. Let me know and I'll try to get down there to replace it some evening this week.

Keith Rauch
Subject: Re: New Geocache that I placed in Mark Twain National Forest
To: "know_future@juno.com"
Cc: Nancy Feakes
From: Michael J Weber

Keith, it would be much appreciated if you used a more tradition cache. Metal from a nail or screw left in a tree can be a serious sawmill accident and your cache could set a precedent for other caches if not corrected. Thanks for checking with us.

Michael J. Weber, District Ranger
Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District
Mark Twain National Forest
P.O. Box 188, Potosi, MO 63664
(573) 438-5427, Fax (573) 438-2633
From: Know Future
To: mjweber@fs.fed.us,nfeakes@fs.fed.us
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 17:09:24 -0500

Mr. Weber,

I made some changes today that I hope you will approve. I removed the container that was attached to the pine tree with a screw and replaced it with an ammo box set at the base of the same pine tree. The tag near the well is now attached with a plastic cable tie. The screws are no longer in either tree.


Keith Rauch
To: Know Future
Cc: nfeakes@fs.fed.us
From: Michael J Weber
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 07:34:16 -0500

Thanks, Keith! Happy geocaching! Maybe I'll run into you out there one of these days.

Michael J. Weber, District Ranger
Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District
Mark Twain National Forest
P.O. Box 188, Potosi, MO 63664
(573) 438-5427, Fax (573) 438-2633

Friday, April 15, 2005

rockhammer Posted by Hello

Monday, April 11, 2005


Location: N 37° 28.820, W 90° 08.487 D/T: 2/1

An artesian, or free flowing well, occurs when ground water becomes pressurized and forces its way to the surface. Pressure is created when the ground water recharge zone is at a higher elevation than the head of the well. This causes water to flow from the well without pumping. The word artesian comes from the town of Artois in northwestern France, where Carthusian monks drilled the first such well in 1126.

Figure 1: geologic conditions for an artesian well

Where artesian conditions exist, the well is most always located at the base of a high hill or mountain – the situation we see here. The wellhead is at about 715 ft elevation, while the hill immediately to the west (the ground water recharge zone) is nearly 200 ft higher.


Figure 2: The artesian well (looking northeast)

This artesian well is located in Mark Twain National Forest. It was drilled by National Lead Company in the early 1950s in the search for lead and zinc deposits to feed their Fredericktown smelter. No metals were intercepted in this well, but because it produced such copious quantities of cool, pure water, the Forest Service purchased the well casing and left it open for public use.

I first became aware of this well in about 1980. It has produced more than 100 gallons of water per minute for over 50 years. There is watercress growing nearby. It loves cold, slightly alkaline water and has a tangy, peppery flavor.


You are looking for a metal tag that is discreetly attached to a cedar tree located about 35 ft northeast of the well. Record the number stamped on this tag. Email the number to me to verify your find.


This is more than just a suggested route. It’s actually quite IMPORTANT that you approach the well by this route to avoid getting stuck.

Take MO Rt 72 to Hwy O
The intersection is approximately 12 mi east of Fredericktown at N37° 31.305', W90° 6.195'
Take Hwy O south to County Road 872 (4.11 mi)
Take CR 872 west to FS 2137 (1.86 mi)
The well is visible from the CR 872/FS 2137 intersection


Figure 3: Driving directions map


Do not try to approach the well from the north on CR 247! This will require you to ford Grounds Creek (at N37° 29.236', W90° 8.644'). You may get stuck in this creek, even with 4WD.


But wait – there’s more! You’ve come all this way, why not find and log the BONUS CACHE before you leave? That’s right. As a reward for your perseverance and all-around geo-nuttiness, I’ve placed a bonus cache nearby.


Figure 4: Bonus cache

The bonus cache is a clear, small (±½ cup) plastic container. It’s attached to a tall pine tree near the intersection of a road and a trail. It has a screw-on cap with the cap nailed to the tree. It can hold a few small items. Bring your own pen or pencil. If the road is dry you can drive right to the cache with most any vehicle. The first half-mile is pretty steep (grades of up to 11%), so if the road is muddy you may have to walk, or use 4WD. Once on the ridge, the road is quite level. Here’s how to find it.


Use the tag number to calculate the distance and bearing from the well to the bonus cache.


With this information, the waypoint projection function on your GPS unit will lead you to the bonus cache.




Saturday, April 02, 2005

Know Future found Metropolitan (Multi-cache) 

Neat area & the redbuds are just starting to pop! Interesting hide. Probably some good history here. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Sidebar: Some hunters have complained about the truck not being what they expected - hey, it's a truck, isn't it? If you can't think on your feet, you shouldn't be geocaching. There is a flaw in this cache that I think needs to be addressed. Here's a copy of the email that I sent to Utapao72:


I enjoyed finding your Metropolitan cache yesterday. I made a correct guess and went straight to the final.I have a suggestion that I think will make the calculation part more clear.

Instead of N.xxx and W.xxx, change it to read N 38 xx.xxx and W 90 xx.xxx. Here's why:I thought N.xxx meant that the calculation involves ONLY the last three numbers. With this interpretation, the name on the truck cannot be more than four letters, because at five xxx goes negative.

Luckily I discussed this someone who had already found it, so I knew the name on the truck and that my original calculations were faulty. Without this clue I never would have found it.Just a suggestion for an otherwise great cache.

Best regards,

Know Future (aka Keith Rauch)

Know Future found Some Disassembly Required 

Took about 30 minutes to find this one. Had my flashlight (which didn’t really help) and left my preconceived notions back in the car. Once in the springhouse, however, a whole bunch of new preconceived notions came into play. Looking around, the meaning of the cryptic clue seemed obvious. Sadly, I spent about 10 minutes proving that my interpretation was wrong. Then I read through the logs again (I cut and pasted the most helpful comments and printed them to have with me). I locked onto one oblique reference to the shape of the container. Though I still didn’t know what to look for, this helped me find it.

Now, here’s my contribution to the aid and comfort of future GC7901 hunters. Here’s the advice that young Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) received from Mr. McGuire (Walter Brooke) in one of the most memorable scenes from “The Graduate” (1967):
Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you - just one word.

Ben: Yes sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Ben: Yes I am.
Mr. McGuire: '********.'
Ben: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in ********. Think about it. Will you think about it?
Ben: Yes I will.
Mr. McGuire: Shh! Enough said. That's a deal.

Qvq lbh ernyyl guvax V jnf tbvat gb tvir lbh ‘gur jbeq’ urer?

Anyway, it was a lot of fun. The log is just over half full.

Know Future found Gates of Doom (Multi-cache) 

Pretty Vague Clues in my opinion. Luckily I ran into a fellow who talks funny. Without his help I never would have nailed down this one. Tall trees made it hard to get a lock on most WPs. This will be even tougher in a few weeks. Thanks for the challenge. I have a hard time working in meters... it feels like writing left-handed.


Friday, April 01, 2005

Know Future found Tenderfoot Cache 

Found all the tags and enjoyed the hike on this fine spring day. Verification is in the mail. Thanks!

Know Future found ST8--Willmore Park 

I looked where I'm sure it was hidden, but I couldn't find it. Squirrels or birds must have stolen it, so I'm logging this as a find anyway. I didn't go 'caching during lunch hour just to log a DNF. Besides, I think I'm getting a migraine. ** Just kidding! ** Guess I'm wound a little too tight today. I found it and signed the log. Very nice park, but I'm surprised it survives in this busy location. Thanks Rich.

Sidebar: Recently there has been some discussion on our local mailing list about an out-of-state cacher who posted a find without actually finding the cache (a micro). Said it had to be where he looked and therefore, it must be missing, so he deserves to log it as a find. This is kind of a parody of that issue.

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