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Pharmadude



Joined: Aug 05, 2004
Posts: 15

PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:43 am    Post subject: Does someone have an axe to grind here? Reply with quote

I was somewhat taken aback by recent comments about Canada made one of our neighbours to the south. All the following quotes are taken from recent logs by a "top-ranked" Washington state geocacher.

(italics mine)

"What a clean, nice spot compared to our northerly explorations. Thanks for an easy straight forward find on a sunny afternoon, a nice end to our 3 days in Canada. TFTS"

"Found with my friends ... We all remarked at how clean it was after our trip caching in Canada. TFTS

"... took in the view and sunshine after the find-our last after three days caching in Canada It was really nice to be back to more clean surroundings. "

Really?!
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scruffster



Joined: Sep 29, 2004
Posts: 1207
Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: Does someone have an axe to grind here? Reply with quote

I wouldn't worry about it. Many of us are guilty of making unflattering quips about our own families, our suburbs, our country. But we tend to become easily insulted when the comments are made from an outsider/outlander. I was going to make a joke at the area they could have been caching but I will bite my tongue. It's easy to insult. Not as easy to forgive.

This is probably a case where we can put pride aside and suck it up. Many of us have suffered what we believe to be the indignity of a bad post on our caches. No good can come out of letting it bother us or making a big deal out of it.
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Pharmadude



Joined: Aug 05, 2004
Posts: 15

PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Does someone have an axe to grind here? Reply with quote

No worries for sure! And I can certainly say I've found my share of caches in unattractive surroundings on both sides of the border. But I just found those repeated observations totally baffling considering that 99% of the comments we've all heard over the years from American visitors to our country is how CLEAN it is here!
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tjguy98



Joined: Aug 06, 2005
Posts: 206
Location: Maple Ridge

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:44 am    Post subject: Re: Does someone have an axe to grind here? Reply with quote

MrTJ, Bowser98 and myself were caching in Surrey on Sunday and we went to some of the caches that have been alluded to here.

Have a look at the pictures I took and you'll understand where the comments are coming from. I think what is irksome that instead of saying "some cache locations", the people involved made it sound like the entire city was as neat as a ghetto....

Click on the link to see the pictures....

www.flickr.com/photos/...030568312/

You can watch it as a slide show and when you see the first picture, mouse over the centre of the picture and click on the "i" to have the captions show.

(fixed link -- Scruffster)

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_canadianbacon_



Joined: Jan 05, 2004
Posts: 1154
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: Does someone have an axe to grind here? Reply with quote

Most of the places you went were not a problem, in fact quite nice. All of us well know that no matter where you cache you will come across some less than desirable locations or trash. Area's can change quite quickly. All it takes is a bunch of kids to discover there new party area and what once was a nice quite clean spot can quickly become a trashpile. Funny thing is the kids don't like sitting in it either and move on to polute some other spot.

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landsharkz



Joined: Sep 28, 2005
Posts: 356
Location: Victoria

PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Does someone have an axe to grind here? Reply with quote

_canadianbacon_ wrote:
Most of the places you went were not a problem, in fact quite nice. All of us well know that no matter where you cache you will come across some less than desirable locations or trash. Area's can change quite quickly. All it takes is a bunch of kids to discover there new party area and what once was a nice quite clean spot can quickly become a trashpile. Funny thing is the kids don't like sitting in it either and move on to polute some other spot.

CITO time is coming up (isn't it always?). If some of the trash you've displayed is in a park, could it be cleaned up this year? I don't think that all that garbage came from kids though, I could see some small stuff and the bike, but kids aren't usually trashing appliances and coffee tables Shocked . I think that was adults who should know better Evil or Very Mad .
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hollyburn



Joined: Jul 22, 2006
Posts: 162
Location: Vancouver

PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:26 am    Post subject: Re: Does someone have an axe to grind here? Reply with quote

Yes CITO. There are many areas that need some. I try to take out a bit when caching but sometimes it's overwhelming. One of the worst areas is getting to the Beaver Trail cache www.geocaching.com/see...20dc7501e5
I have some photos but I don't think I posted them. I think this area might be too hard for a CITO but I plan on calling city hall to see if it can be cleaned by city workers.
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gearhedd



Joined: Feb 15, 2007
Posts: 124

PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:00 am    Post subject: Re: Does someone have an axe to grind here? Reply with quote

I went to a cache that had a condom a foot from cache ...."make out area" but before I went to this cache , I read a few logs and at least two other cachers went there before me and made comments on the cache site and the condom but did not remove or CITO the spot ?????. I have kids and even if I was not a cacher my kids and other kids explore parks and people who leave gross stuff behind should be ashamed but the cachers that see this stuff and just leave it there for my kids to find should be just as ashamed Embarassed ohhh and yes I removed the odject.
Thats my axe to grind or 2cents
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