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  1. GPS Athletic Shoe by Isaac Daniel


    Isaac Daniel’s Compass™ line of sneakers pushes the limits of how technology can function in footwear. This innovative technology embedded into a line of athletic shoes promises to locate the shoe on the earth's surface with the press of a button. This GPS athletic shoe blends simplicity, high quality and technology.


    Created by inventor and designer, Isaac Daniel, and providing technology through its advanced footwear locating capabilities, the shoe has the potential to save lives through its patent pending Quantum Satellite Technology™ and "Covert Alarm Locator Apparatus™ system" with GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking abilities. The Compass™ sneaker is, says Daniel, “the world’s most advanced GPS enabled satellite locator shoes, the first to protect the privacy of its wearers and the first to use a Covert Alarm Locator Apparatus™ (CALA) system.” The GPS technology is embedded into seven different men’s and women’s sneaker models with 19 color combinations; are outfitted with a micro computer with satellite tracking communications capability, that, in the event of a perceived crisis by the wearer, a panic button can be pushed if they are in trouble and want to be located. Clearly, the GPS technology housed in the athletic shoe can be used to locate the whereabouts of the shoe and may serve as a valuable tool in assisting local law enforcement in locating the wearer.


    Wonder if they could be hacked to be used without their pricy service? :laughing:

  2. So... we're a Christian family. Mr Mousekakat is studying to be a priest.


    If we were to leave a simple little wooden cross in a cache it would be found as offensive to someone?


    It was something we were considering doing to leave in caches.


    We're as against proselytizing as the next person, is it the tracts and such that creates the problem, or is it just the simple fact that it is a symbol of faith?


    FWIW, I kind of like the idea of leaving a Rosary, and I'm no longer Catholic. It's a beautiful item with a lot of symbolism, and there are so many beautiful places that inspire people to possibly draw closer to God or to meditate or whatnot, I just don't see the harm.


    Oh, and also, I think it's great with other religious symbols, too, be it Buddhas or Stars of David of Ankhs or even Tor's Hammers... we believe in God, but we also believe that others have the right to believe, or not believe, what they want B)

  3. 10 miles from me includes over 1000 caches



    There are 12 caches within a 16km (10mile) radius of my home, four of which are mine.


    And yes, I have found the other eight.


    Over 1000!! - goes off muttering . . .


    I think I'm going to go off and join you muttering on this one...


    There are a whopping 5 within 16km of my house.


    One we placed.


    One we found.


    One we dnf but plan to go back.


    One is listed in bad condition, so we won't go look for that until it's undergone maintenance,


    and one that we can't take the baby to and need to find a sitter for, but it is definitely on our "to do" list!

  4. Tried for one Thursday...


    Hint was "look under a large stone."


    Whole danged mountaintop was covered in large stones!


    After 90 minutes looking with the flashlight and poking in dark crevasses with a stick I gave up.

  5. Ok... all this talk of coins...


    I think this could be dangerous for me!


    Our family has just started caching and we're bit by the bug, hard!


    The coins sound really interesting, I don't suppose that there's a central catalog anywhere that you can look at which would make it a lot easier!


    We're interested in Sweden, Siberian Huskies, caching with kids, and Christian coins if anyone could direct us in the right direction!


    Much appreciated, especially for good Christian ones, Hubby is studying to be a priest in the Swedish Church here (Evangelical Lutheran) any and all religions are of interest!



  6. Snuggli's are awful and should be illegal! Baby Bjorn's are almost as bad, but not quite, but according to chiropractors, anything that hangs the baby from its crotch isn't a good carrier. Their backs aren't ready for that kind of stress yet, their hiney needs to be lowest, pretty much the way you carry a baby. A lot of support comes from resting a bit of weight on the bottom sides of their thighs, or something like that... Lemme see if I can find the information that I have about it....




    Ok, back... here's the quote that I dug up, along with a website...the quote is actually from another member here, but she hasn't posted here yet, she posts on another website that I'm a member of and she's a chiropractor.


    We discussed this just a few weeks ago in a series of pediatric classes I'm taking. The problem with the baby bjorn is the amount that it separates and turns out the hips, and also that it puts the child into a vertical weight bearing position before the spine has matured enough to take the weight in that direction. Usually a child's spine is ready to take vertical axial weight bearing when the child is able to sit by themselves. Nature just plans it that way.


    What I have found to be the ideal carrier is the sling. There are many variations of the sling, but one should look for the following in any type of carrier:
    1. Before an infant can hold her head on her own, the carrier should support the neck. A sling cradles the infant just like your arms would, unlike vertical carriers which can actually allow a whiplash type injury.
    2. The carrier should not place the infant's spine in a weight bearing position too early. (The young baby should be horizontal or inclined, with the spine supported along its length.)
    3. When a baby wants to be more upright to see the world around him (usually around age 4 to 5 months), the carrier should allow him to sit cross-legged, so his weight is dissipated through his legs and hips, as opposed to the style that has the legs hanging down, where the young spine has to bear the entire weight.

    When considering the purchase of a baby carrier, you can often just ask yourself if you would be comfortable in it. Would you feel like you were in a hammock (a sling), or in a parachute harness, with your legs hanging down? Laying in a hammock is better for all of us.


    Other benefits of sling type carriers include easy accessibility to breastfeeding, ability to wear baby facing toward or away from wearer, ability to wear sling on back, front or side.


    You may be wondering, "What about backpacks? Are they bad? At what age or stage of development is it okay to carry a child in a backpack? What should you look for when buying one?" Wait until your child can sit alone well before carrying him in a backpack. The seat of the backpack should support the child's entire bottom — not just between the legs, leaving the legs to dangle. One that has a foot rest is preferred.


    HTH! :unsure:

  7. I'm an American living in Sweden for the past 8 years and married to a Swede, but we live about 2.5 hours from Stockholm. Going to be in London the week of Aug 7, when are you guys hitting the port in Sthlm?


    We cache as a family, there are a ton of caches in Stockholm, not to mention the fact that it's an absolutely beautiful city with a lot of history! We just recently started caching and hubby and I mentioned taking a trip to the "big city" to do a little caching, just gotta get a room for the night. How long is your ship here? It's a great walking city, so bring good shoes (prolly a "duh" thing, lol), and don't worry much about the language, English is very common here. Bring your camera, lots of beautiful things here!


    Feel free to Pm me. I'll help you out the best that I can.


    There IS a Swedish geocaching site and you're welcome to go sign up and post there. For the most part Sweden is functionally fluent in English, especially amongst the under 40 group! Gästforum is the guest forum and likely a good place to post this, otherwise, a more proper place would be Cacher, which means "caches."


    Oh, and just so you know, you are right across the bridge from Malmö, Sweden when you're in Köpenhamn, Danmark, there's a bridge with a train you can take that will bring you across, depending on how long your port of call is there in Denmark!


    Good luck, or, as we say here, lycka till!

  8. I'm a Texas gal relocated to Sweden.


    Been tossing around the thought of getting me a travel bug and attaching it to a toy longhorn steer and setting it loose here in Sweden with the object being to get it back to Texas.


    Question is, do travel bugs generally move around that much? It would require someone taking it over the big pond, does that happen often?


    Thanks in advance!

  9. If this was the 7 yo there is no way in heaven or hell I'd be having her on my back. That child had reflux!! Poor little sweetheart was never carried facing anyone for the first 18 months of her life, unless they were rookies with her :unsure:... and they weren't rookies for long!


    My sweet little redhead, however, doesn't give ANYTHING back once it has enterred her mouth :).


    Makes for some interesting diapers... it's not just corn that comes out whole, lol!


    Her current favorite is clover. I figure if it doesn't hurt the cows it won't hurt her, just gotta watch out for the bees :)


    I may just have to give the backpacks a try. Got lucky and found a friend with a patapum that we're going to borrow as a trial, if it doesn't work, there are a lot of different backpacks for sale on the net here for the equivalent of between 40 and 70 bucks, used.


    I wish outright carrying was a better option, but it just won't work for us. Hubby had ruptured discs and back surgery on his lower back 4 years ago and my back is currently on strike, so it just doesn't work for us!


    Then again, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? :)

  10. 2007 Opel Zafire. It's not sold in the US. It's under the name of Vauxhall in the UK.


    It's a 7 seater that has the last 2 seats folding down when not in use. Fits a family of 4 and a big dog rather nicely, good clearance from the road, and gets decent mileage, close to 30mpg (.79l/10 km) if hubby is doing the math right!




    I love our Zafira! We've put about 15k km (close to 10k miles) on it since buying it in December! :lol: vroom vroom!


    Now, kind folks, kwitcherbichin' about the cost of gas there! I'd about KILL for cheap gas! It recently hit 12 crowns per liter here, there are 3.78 liters to the gallon and the crown vs dollar is 6.8kr to the dollar... soooo... we're paying... 6.67 bucks per gallon! It costs me about 100 bucks to fill our car and I fill it at least 3 times a month! (Oh Lord, why did I do that math.... I was so much better living in bliss with only in kronor and not converting it back to dollars :lol: )

  11. Looks like we're going to go with a Patapum. Hubby wasn't so keen on the idea of the Mei Tai wrap and the Patapum looks to be a cross between a wrap and a backpack.... has the straps of the backpack and the seating type of a wrap.


    Thanks for the input. It's nice to hear from others' experiences and fun to see so many others wearing their ankle biters :lol:!


    Cute kidlets, WS, and nice page, BBP'ers - the quote you have under your title gave me shivers :lol:, sure does "go" with things!


    Other than that, I guess you're going to have to let your baby walk. :lol:



    Little fart refuses to walk... I guess she knows a good thing when she sees it, hehehe! She's lightning fast crawling, lemme tell ya, but just won't walk yet.


    Beings that she's my second kidlet I know better than to be in a hurry for her to walk, too :lol:


    Mamid, what type sling do you use? Mine is a hotsling.


    This is my little chunky monkey, showing us how you eat french fries...



  13. I take my 5 year old grandson caching with me.When we have to bushwack I put him on my shoulders.I have carried him for over a mile at times in the dense forest.Im not sure if this would work for you.Kids seem to like the ride.


    You are a lot tougher than me :lol: ! There is no way that I could carry her for that distance, hubby couldn't, either, he's had back surgery for ruptured discs and his back wouldn't make it!


    I wish we could use the stroller, but Sweden was covered by glaciers in the ice age and is now covered by boulders of all different sizes, sometimes literal fields of them, and a stroller of any kind just wouldn't work for too many of the caches here. I do use one for places that are accessible with them, but it's the ones that aren't accessible that are the big problem :lol:


    I've heard good things about the Ergo and Patapum, as well. I've a friend here who is a strong advocate of babywearing and she is who I bought my hotsling from. She just keeps trying to talk me into buying a wrap and I want something a little easier to put on and take off for when we're outthan having to tie a wrap every time!


    Thank you for the suggestions!

  14. TomTomONENY2-thumb.jpg


    We've got a TomTom ONE and have had decent success with it. There has been only one we haven't been able to find, not sure if it was error on the unit's side or on the operator's side :laughing:


    We are able to input coordinates, poi's, favorites and more into it.


    It is, however, our first unit, so I really don't know how it compares to others.


    We like it, though!

  15. If you go caching with little ones, what is your preferred method of carrying them?


    My Lil Bit is only 13.5 months old, but she weighs in at about 12kg/25lbs and is just too heavy to carry.


    I am currently using a sling to carry her in and it works ok, but my back is suffering big time! I can use it either with a hip carry or a back carry.


    I know there are backpack carriers, but they look so huge and bulky, not to mention hot. A front baby bjorn type carrier is out of the question, she's too big for them and they are bad for the baby's back.


    The terrain in Sweden is pretty rocky, so most places a stroller, even a 3 wheeled off road type, isn't an option.


    What have ya'll tried and what do you use now?


    Hubby takes the dog, a 50lb husky mix, 7 yo takes the cache stash bag and I take the sprog :laughing:

  16. I was thinking of mini sewing kits - basically 2 pre-threaded needles, one with white and one with black thread, 2 different sized safety pins and a button, attached to a business card with our family's names and email address on it... lame? I also thought of doing little mini first aid kits with a couple of band-aids, alcohol wipes and a skeeter/tick repellent wipe.


    I also was thinking of leaving pre-stamped addressed postcards, thought the 7yo would think it was cool if someone were to mail one back to her?




    I hit dollar store today (funny that Sweden has dollar stores!) and got lanyards, mini packs of kleenex, mini packs of wetwipes, skeeter/tick wipes, emergency rain ponchos, pencils and mini pads of paper to replace if missing or needed in caches, little water gun, hair ties, bracelets and few other little things. Looking on now I see that I'm thinking as the mother of 2 girls and I need more guy stuff!


    Any other suggestions?





  17. I'm an American in Sweden and the skeeters are different here. I get horrid, horrid welts that turn purple and ache and hurt at the same time they itch.


    One tip that I can give that helps me a lot is to take an anti-histamine before going out.


    I take a Claratin when we walk out the front door and the bites that I do get (I'm usually drenched in skeeter repellent anyway) don't even welt up. If I forget to take it, though, watch out! I'm in misery! The skeeters don't bother hubby or kids, just me, it's got to be some kind of regional immunity for them.... either that or I'm just the local foreign food restaraunt :unsure:

  18. SOMEONE with more experience here, help me!! Please!


    Here are the coordinates that my gps gave. I'd appreciate any help I could get! I've got a sweet little 7 year old really excited to see this thing up and going and our first visitors! What on earth am I doin' wrong??




    Thanks in advance! :lol:


    Edited to add...


    Thanks for the help, it's now fixed, so I removed the other information! It's a learning experience all the way!


    Any other tips appreciated, we use a TomTom One :unsure:

  19. Well this was an interesting read! :lol:


    We're new at this and we do it as a family weekend hobby, hubby, 7 yo, 13 mo and the mutt. Because of this we don't go seriously in the bush.


    We have in our "cache stash bag" the following"


    trash bag

    digital camera


    pain killers




    paper towels

    extra batteries

    small mag-light

    skeeter wipes

    list of locations we're going to search after

    moleskin patches for blisters

    nasal decongestant spray.


    in the car:


    folding water bowl for da mutt

    sling to carry the baby in (she may be cute, but she's 12kg/25lbs!)

    trail mix (usually home made)

    work gloves

    jackets for us

    1.5 l water.


    In the diaper bag:



    sweater for baby (we're in Sweden, even summer nights can be cool)

    extra sippy cup and bottle.


    I think adding a first aid kit of sorts, mechanic's extending mirror, and extra logging material is going to be added, possibly a pocketknife... hmmm...I think I need to make a trip to IKEA for some of those little freebie pencils is in order!!


    As for cell phones... this is Sweden, here they are almost a part of your body! Hubby, 7 yo and I all carry one, along with a cigg plug charger for two of them :unsure:

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