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  1. Go to Your Profile and click this button which is over on the right edge. A map will come up for your area, assuming your profile has the correct location for you. You may then want to create a bookmark on that page for next time.
  2. Yes - The Shield Nobody better place a new cache near this! It would mess up the pattern on the map! :-)
  3. Oh, I do not need you to log immediately or even the same day. Most of the "missing" trackables have been gone for more than one month. Some of them for more than one year. They are probably gone for good, but nobody marks them as missing. It would be nice if somebody would. Here is my story: I bought a shiny new coin, and placed it in a cache near me. About four days later, I checked on it. It was gone! Nobody had logged it online. I wondered what had happened to it. After two weeks, I wondered if I would ever find out, and assumed it might be lost forever. So I marked it as missing. I was sad because it was my first coin and it had disappeared so fast. But then I got an e-mail saying it was placed in a cache 300 miles away! Yay. The finder had just been too busy to log it until they got back home. Better to log it late than never! Now I have the cache where my coin is on my watchlist, so hopefully I will hear more about it from the next finder. Marking it as missing is no big deal. It does not disable the trackable forever. If someone needs to log it later, they still can. No, but it does mean they are ruining geocaching! Ruining it forever!!! I'm going to quit, and go do letterboxing instead!
  4. I feel this is like the "CITO" concept. Who cares whose responsibility it is, just get those cache inventories cleaned up! Lazy! I do it right from the spot on my phone! I assumed everybody would log at least later the same day, but I guess it can take a few weeks for folks who are traveling without a computer. I have no idea why anyone would be willing to go weeks without a computer... are these Amish geocachers or what? Fair enough! But you do check on them once in a while, I suppose? So mark things missing then. It's not marking it disabled, it is missing. Small difference there. If someone wrote online that they did not find my trackable, or if I was able to visit the cache and it was gone, I would mark it missing. But others are not like me. I guess the only thing I can do is e-mail Eartha about each and every missing trackable. Poor Eartha!
  5. The way to prevent that is to attach the cache in a way that is difficult to get it off. I have seen matchstick containers zip-tied to a branch. The lid screws off, but the container stays on the tree. Some of them have been held inside of twist-ties that have been formed into ring holders that do not come off the tree. So you slip the container out of its holder, open it, sign the log, close it, and slip it back in the holder again. You cannot replace it in the wrong spot. (Well you could, but it would take a lot more work than doing it the right way.) Not sure how these hold up long-term though. After a few years, the tree could grow around the zip-ties and then the cache would become a permanent part of the tree!
  6. This is exactly right. I wish the system would just let me mark the trackable as missing, even though I do not own the cache or the trackable. If I have gone to the cache, and I know there's nothing in there but a log and a Canadian penny, then I should be allowed to remove it from the inventory. I know better than the cache owner and the trackable owner, because they were not there, and I was! Unfortunately there is no secret tracking code that proves I did NOT see it. But, so what? If some joker marks something missing and it was not missing, then the next finder can go ahead and log it as usual. The system could ask them if they grabbed it from <Last Known Location> or from <Somewhere else> just like it already does! I already leave notes on trackables to let the owners know I did not see it in the last known cache. Sometimes they get marked as missing after I do this, but usually not.
  7. My most similar story involves two police officers, who wanted to know why I was in a park/playground after dark (about 9PM), where am I from, what exactly is hidden in those trees (I had not found it yet so I was not sure), are there any drugs or guns involved, have I been arrested before, and did I know that it is illegal to be in this park after dark? They were not raging mad, just doing their job. They let me go after all the questions.
  8. One red paperclip can eventually be traded up for a house.
  9. TB Tattoo. Recently spotted: In the hands of his wife. (aww...)
  10. Basically it is the same idea as a daytime cache, so it can be regular, multi, puzzle, whatever. The only difference is that the sun is not shining so things are harder to see. The biggest difference is the use of reflectors which light up when a flashlight is on them. See this page at eHow: http://www.ehow.com/how_4701676_nighttime-geocache.html
  11. I wonder how true this is, because I visited a TB hotel in Central Park of NYC which should have had 8 or 9 trackables, but it only had 1. I left a TB there, and a couple days later it got moved to another cache in the city, and then on to Austria. I suspect that this particular cache gets a lot of visitors due to its location, and a certain percentage of them do not follow TB rules, but that does not mean this cache has a problem. It may be better to leave something there and have it be found in a few days, than to leave it in a cache that nobody will find for a few months. Well, when you own a TB, you pay your money and you take your chances.
  12. Then that cache should not be off the trail. Write a "needs archive" log and explain the problem. Or write a message to the cache owner and ask them to move it near a trail.
  13. I had the same problem when I first started. The reason it was 0.5 miles from you, is that these things are 0.5 miles from everywhere! They are really easy to make, and easy to hide. Light poles are available everywhere. I have at least ten of these things around my town. Problem is, if you have seen one, you have seen them all. Now that you know about the light pole trick, you will be sure to check every light pole near the cache coordinates. Some clever hides are within a few feet of the light poles, but are not in them, just to throw you a curveball. One I found recently was a magnetic nano, stuck inside the base of a lamp post, but up inside it where you cannot see.
  14. One of these things might be good? http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.j...oductId=2829648
  15. Could you possibly have a friend boost you up there? I am assuming that this cache is already there, and was not placed there by Geo Peeps.
  16. Before I began geocaching, I had never heard of Lock & Lock, but I had heard of Tupperware many times. It is a similar problem as Kleenex brand, which is often used to refer to other brands of facial tissues. "Please pass me a Kleenex." "Store brand facial tissue okay?" "No!" You might just write "locking plastic container, similar to Tupperware."
  17. It probably was not a Tupperware® container at all, as their lids do not snap closed. It was probably a Lock & Lock® container.
  18. Another method is to take the coordinates of one particular cache, and copy/paste it into the Google Maps search box. E.g. paste "N 41° 46.175 W 072° 40.405" into the box, and click "Search Maps." You will see a green arrow which points to the cache, and a red pip which shows the nearest street address to that spot.
  19. Yes, Letterboxing is a much older activity. The Riverfront Trail Letterbox was placed very close to a geocache, and I actually found it before I found the geocache there! Some of these letterboxes are also listed at geocaching.com, and they are known as "hybrid" geocache/letterbox.
  20. In context, the meaning is clear.
  21. You might get a multi-cache or a puzzle, if you go out and find the first clue, then return to the computer and figure out where the next stage is. I suppose if you have good skills with a paper map, you might plot the lat & long coordinates in the field. The offset caches I found were probably less than 1000 feet away from the posted coordinates, so it would not be impossible to get there with just a map, a compass, and paper to do calculations.
  22. Ah, I misunderstood. Yes, I have found it is best to go out in the daytime. First, you can see better with the sun out! Second, the police are more likely to stop you after dark.
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