Waypoint: Burr’s Ferry

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N 31° 03.936 W 093° 30.716

VERNON PARISH

WHAT’S HERE:

Just 18 miles west from Leesville is the Sabine River crossing ghost town of Burr’s Ferry, named for Dr. Timothy Burr, cousin to 3rd Vice President Aaron Burr, who built a home here in the early 1800’s.

From http://www.toledo-bend.com/:

Burr’s Ferry was a point on the Sabine River where invasion by Federal forces was expected during the Civil War. Extensive breastworks were thrown up, and these may be seen today north of Louisiana Highway 8 a short distance from the bridge.

It was never a bustling city, but the relative importance of the town in the period from 1850 until 1910 was considerable when compared with its status today. It has no school, no post office, no commercial enterprise except for a small restaurant on the bank of the river.

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Nearest Geocache Listing: GC2F3PM

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Waypoint: Cheniere Shack

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N 32° 31.100′, W 092° 14.572′ 

OUACHITA PARISH

 

WHAT’S HERE:

(from nelageo.netThe North Louisiana Geocachers Saturday luncheon is now held at the Cheniere Shack Restaurant located on Hwy 80.

We try to meet every Saturday for lunch at 1:00ish at The Cheniere Shack in West Monroe. It’s an open invitation for any/all geocachers to stop by and chat, eat, and all around socialize. Feel free to stop by and join in. Depending on how many we have, will dictate on where they seat us. The owners said they would do everything they could to accomodate us and make sure we all sit together. Just ask for the geocaching group when you show up.

 

Nearest Geocache Listing: GC1VA8A

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How-To: DIY Electric Plate Geocache

Any search for ‘magnetic electric plate geocache’ will typically give you buying options somewhere between $3 and $6, and the ones which are available are the bright shiny kind.

electrical-plate-comboThey work well for caches, but doggone it, they’re shiny.

So, I’m going to show you my method to easily make one that looks way more real, and for not much more money than you can buy one of these online.  Then there’s the satisfaction of knowing you made your own.

Outdoor plate covers are the style and color of typical outdoor junction boxes. A good geocache camo’ed well, would be also.  After all, what good is a geocache that doesn’t actually look like the thing it pretends to be?

 

Step 1: Ingredients

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1. Waterproof Plate Blank Cover – These are the ones that have the words SUITABLE FOR WET LOCATIONS stamped into them. They come in matte gray and usually run about $3 each. Included with it is a foam backing (see later step) and two stainless screws.

 

 

 

IMG00846-20110508-03452. Metal Epoxy – something like JB Weld or Loctite. If you don’t have this hanging around, you probably know someone who does. Available at the same hardware store where you got your plate cover.

3. Craft Magnets – Maybe not available at the hardware store. I found the ones I used at a hobby store. The one with a lobby.  Some folks may be tempted to use the rare-earth kind here. My experience is, those rust faster.

 

Step 2: Getting The Front Together

IMG00843-20110508-0320You can probably see in the above photo that the stainless screws are trimmed short.  Yep, that’s on purpose.

(If you’ve got the whole screw inserted into the finished product, the plate wouldn’t sit flush once you hide it like a cache.)

Take your craft magnets and put them on your bench vise, and they’ll catch the screw heads once you cut them off with a hacksaw.

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You’re gonna need a hacksaw.

And a bench vise.

Again, if you don’t have these, your handsome pawpaw probably does, or his friend.  Bring over a couple tall boys and they’ll probably do this step for you.

It’ll give you another opportunity to have people look at you funny while you explain geocaching.

 

 

 

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Just a dab of epoxy will hold the screws

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Careful to set it in facing upward

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Give them a quarter turn before the epoxy sets for full coverage

 

Step 3: Making It More Water-Resistant

The plate cover comes with a nice foam gasket which is waay too big for using in geocache fashion.  Trim it down to about 1/4″ on all sides, then use more of your epoxy to secure it to the back edges of your cache cover. Don’t go easy on the epoxy here. Give it a good bead.

Step 4: Cache Magic

Well, I didn’t have any pics of this step. See the 2nd pic above.  With your remaining epoxy you’ll secure your magnets to the corners.

Leave everything alone to set completely overnight, then you’re ready to add a log, then slap it on your hiding spot and gather your coordinates for your hide.

What some folks have done here is to secure a baggy to hold their log to the inside of the plate using some epoxy also. My experience is that it’ll come apart because metal epoxy doesn’t bond to plastic very well.  There is a 2-part epoxy which used liberally, and i mean liberally, will hold a log bag well in this manner.  But for the easiest way, a slab of duct tape will also.  You’ll find your own way here.

Experiment with it, let us know what works best for you.

Houma GeoTour

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Houma Travel has partnered with Geocaching to bring you the Houma GeoTour, a many-cached venture into urban and swamp-rural South Louisiana.

Our state has gained a welcome notoriety from its creation.  One famous Youtuber has recently featured it on his channel, garnering thousands of views. See it all here.

One can only hope for more GeoTours in Louisiana to come.

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