Caches I Like & Don't Like
Oct 2012

A while back there was a thread on the Houston Geocaching forums indirectly asking what kinds of caches others hunt.  A newbie was trying to understand why his hides weren't more active.  He thought maybe it was because they were micros and nanos.  Here was my curmudgeonly reply.
 
Hmm . . .  Usually you don't know what a cache is like until you get there, so I doubt people are avoiding your caches because of container size.  I'm inclined to think today's cachers prefer P&G micro caches to pump up their numbers, so yours should be in demand.  (See my cache size evolution graphs.) By far my most active caches are micros.  One's on a bench where you only have to pull off the road and walk a few feet, the others are nanos along the commuter rail downtown (these have since been adopted by another cacher).  My next to last cache is a nice size ammo box in the woods, in a location with historic significance and a scenic view.  It's been there almost a two years and had very few finds.  I think in the old days it would have been a popular cache.

That said, at the top of my "I like" list are caches that take me to interesting places.  Next are novel hides -- that doesn't mean hard to find, just novel/different/creative.  In general I prefer regular or large caches, and second small, but not micros classified as small.  To me a small needs to be at least tennis ball size -- that's volume, not length.  Maybe with the advent of nanos and other tiny micros, newbies think an ordinary medicine bottle is a small.  I've even seen a couple of 35mm film containers labeled "small"   They were once the classic micro (in spite of the fact they often leak).

In general, I'm not a fan of the burgeoning growth in the use of micros and I would ban nanos unless a convincing justification accompanies the cache submission.  I think micros in the wood are an abomination.  Not only does this make for a cache that's pointlessly hard to find, it hogs a location that could be used for a real cache.  Micros are sometimes necessary and useful.  I have a few because they take people to (I hope) interesting locations where there's no place to hide a regular cache.  I call most of my micro caches micro-virtuals, because I began using them after virtuals were outlawed and when there was no way to place a real cache nearby.  In summary, it's my opinion micros should only be used when there's a justification for using them -- not because someone wants to put out a zillion caches cheaply with little effort.  And, certainly not skirt lifter micros -- who wants to visit a Walmart parking lot?  Finally, I really, really hate containers that leak.  There's little in caching more obnoxious than trying to sign a mush-wet rancid log -- and those teeny ziplock bags provide little-to-no protection. :stirpot: