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  1. I am wondering if there is a way to look up a TB that I know the name of, but not the dogtag number. I have looked on the Track a Travel Bug page and can see no way to do this without first having the TB's number. I am watching for a TB and know its name I would like to know when it is "within reach". Search1128. (edited for spelling errors)
  2. Geostrider, I started downloading maps at the 64 meters (farthest out in space) view and selected to download map data fill entire screen, I stared with my house as the center of the screen and worked my way out in a spiral until I had the entire state of Utah on my drive (took about a week to do and over 1 gig of space on my drive). I then did the same thing with the lower res 8 meters (closer to earth serface view). For the 8 meter res photos, I did just the cities and other specific areas, not the whole state. I never specified any real boundries. I just had a paper map at my desk also that I referred to when looking at the arial photos. I could recognize major interstates, I-15, and I-80, as well as well known lakes such at the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake, Yuba Res, Lake Powell, etc. I was able to approximate the state lines from what I compared to the paper map and the landmarks I saw on the arial photo downloads. I did this all on my desktop and then following the instructions in the advanced.txt readme file in the usaphoto folder on my drive, copied the mapfiles to a CD (well only partial since it didn't all fit on the CD), I put that CD into my loptop and read the maps directly from the cd. Worked like a charm today while caching. Drove right to the cache (within about 50 feet). Now I don't have to waste all my printer ink. But now my GPS is constantly turned on when we are driving to our goal, but AA batteries are much cheaper than ink cartridges.
  3. I have been using USAPhotoMaps all along and printing map pages from that and then taking those with us in the car. I just discovered that I can take my laptop in the car and with the interface cable to my Garmin Legend, hook that up to the comm port on the lap top and then -- here's the exciting part --- select the option to show current postion. Bingo! I have a big screen photo realisitic GPS display in real time in the car. No need to buy exensive CD's for MapSourse. Does anyone else do this? It sure makes it nice for driving to the Waypoints I have on the map. I think I am going to have to send money to Mr. Cox for his wonderful software and its interface to the terra server. Thank-you Mr Cox. Kirk out. Search1128
  4. Got one of these and the navigation page is a bit confusing to me (not a good sign when navigation is confusing -- isn't that the whole point of a GPS?) anyway, I have a question... On the "compass" of the navigation there are two possibilities for the arrow pointer in the middle of the compass. There is the bearing arrow showing where you should go, but what is the second arrow type for? It is the one called Course pointer. How is that used? Anytime I have used it, it seems as if it is pointing to where I have come from (behind me). Help? Any ideas? Thanks. Search1128.
  5. I use EasyGPS. After checking the boxes for the caches of which I want the waypoints, I transfer the waypoints to my GPS. Next step is I load the waypoints from the GPS to USAPhoto. I print out a page from USAPhoto at the desired zoomlevel. I print it out and take the "map" along with me. I have dl'ed almost the entire state of Utah in USAPhoto now. Very interesting to just brows around at a birds eye view of where I live. Search1128
  6. Man! I wish there was some snow here. Spelling my name in grass just isn't the same.
  7. She was found not more than a few miles from my house. In good shape, although under some strange circumstances. She was not in a car at the time as reported by the national media, but simply walking along the street accompanied by her abductors. No, not pregnant. No, not a cult member. Any more details can be found on the local Salt Lake City News websites -- ksl.com, or kutv.com, or ktvx.com. IMO the ksl is the most objective, kutv contains details, ktvx is the most enquireresque. On the news conference last night, I was a bit put off at the officials that kept saying "We can't comment on that right now pending investigation." Now I understand that statement, but then why would they even ask for questions in the first place at a new conference and then not answer any of them. Why not simply give a statement and not ask for any questions...
  8. This should have been saved for a few more weeks, until April 1. Does the author of the article seriously think this way?! OR is this just a sarcastic jab at technology?! LOL
  9. Well, Gol Dern it. This here cache ain't got my clothes neither!
  10. I have been caching for only about two weeks now and have found several caches. There has been a common find through all of these -- besides the normal trinkets and log books, I have seen several of these laminated paper coins in the cache boxes. Some are labeled George token, Wheres George (I know that website), cache coin, etc. What are the purpose of these coins? Are they like Travel Bug type objects? If I take one do I log its tavels and then pass it on? Are they simply signature items? The questions keep on coming... Please fill me in on these things... Kirk out -- Search 1128.
  11. Several days ago (as mentioned previously above), there was a "security incident" at Hill Air Force Base here in Utah. It, of course, made the 6 o'clock evening news reports. Well, they showed video with the news story and the word "GEOCACHE" was clearly legible on the box they had pictured. The news then did a follow up story later that night on the 10 o'clock news about the incident and how it was all a misunderstanding and that the man won't be charged with terrorism etc. But they also did a secondary piece explaining about Geocaching and what it was. It picqued my interest so I went to the internet and found this site through google.com. The rest is history (well not a lot of history -- only 4 days ago. I am headed out the door this afternoon to the store for a GPS unit and to go find my first cache. Wish me luck... Kirk out.
  12. I am new to this so forgive the lack of knowledge but I have a question... After releasing a TB, how do you all request to get it back? Does it travel back through the cache route? Do you request the owner of the destination to mail it back to you via snail mail? How do you get it back, if ever?? Thanks in advance. Kirk out.
  13. As I read through the posts, I wondered why not do a website/page similar to the way thatCBS does the Amazing Race website, or like Survivor does the graphs for the 16 different survivors. Why not create "groups" of 16 instead of tracking all 70 TB's on one page. Allow the user looking at the webpage to click upto 16 radio buttons to track the paths of the TB's. These are just a few ideas to help unclutter the map problem.... Kirk out.
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