The First Louisiana GPS Geocache 2-11-01
The Search For: “Wilson”
—- UPDATE —-
The Wilson geocache was located by National Park Service staff and confiscated on August 22, 2002.
This was the first cache in Louisiana and was in place before the NPS had any GPS cache policy. They have possession of your property and our property and I have asked that it be returned. We all know caches are not lost or abondoned property. The NPS played this game to log it and take it.
We requested that Wilson be returned and the NPS has returned the cache intact with a “warning ticket”. We will relocate Wilson soon. : )
Bob & Bobby
Summer heat and drought has dried the trail out.
We found Wilson right on the side of the trail, at the base of the tree on the right by the blue bandana 300 feet from the original waypoints. (above image)
Many fine people left lots of great items in this cache to trade! We left four AA batteries, 3 fishing lures, a new camera, a dry log book and a new container today.
Near dark, Wilson is back in his original home. 7-23-02
Marsh grasshoppers at the floodwall, there is a clue here.
End of July 23. 2002 update until I get the second cache camera images processed soon:
These are the only images that were salvagable from the 2nd camera we swapped out: Wilson Cam #2. The closeups of the ones that look OK in the proof sheet at the top have everyones faces and skin covered with many jagged white water mark lines in the imulsion of the negatives. It appears the camera and cache got submerged every rain the last 52 days when Wilson was moved and left just below ground level where we found it at the base of a tree. We had it at 6ft + above the ground for 16 months so this changing water level in the area would not be a problem. I do not want to post closeups of anyones face and image covered with the fine white lines.
The log book is drying out nicely and was in an additional plastic bag so we will have those page images online very soon.
The first set of Log book entries and visitor images are at the bottom of this page!
Louisiana has in its first GPS cache the following items:
A logbook to sign
4 ink pens
a camera for the finders photos
an introductory GPS cache letter
a hot wheels toy
a toy skateboard
4 of our LaFishMag.com RangaTang fishing lures
The cache is in a black plastic container with a white screw on cap.
Here it is in its perfect resting place with live grass cover a few feet off the ground.
This is my son and adventure partner, Bobby Jr. and the first time we started calling the stash site in the tree “Wilson”, from the Tom Hanks movie we saw: “Castaway” a couple days
Here it is waiting for you with its Palmetto frond “Wilson” hairdo concealing its location!
Tip: Get your waypoint when you park, and when you leave the main trail, leaving the target area may be confusing.
The Location Is:
29° 48.116 N
090° 06.934 W
We visited the cache and swapped the camera, took photos of the log book entries, left more fishing lures, 2 pencils, and some LaFishMag.com business cards! The current drought has dried the area up some, and the mosquitoes are not as bad, but we left a can of deep woods off next to the cache container in the tree anyway!
**** UPDATE Saturday September 01, 2001 ****
More Wilson visitor images below!
Wilson visitor images below in order from the cameras we replaced!
Wilson Image 003 (tropical moisture got to this negative but we salvaged it)
We left fishing lures, pencils, business cards and the can of deep woods off above!
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