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Colonel Mustard

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  1. Why is it out of reach? Do you have to be 6 feet tall to retrieve it? Is there something wrong at the cache to prevent an average cacher from reaching it? It's a 2 star cache so it shouldn't be hard to get at, but I don't see anything in the description about a height requirement. Just curious to know the details before making a judgement.
  2. Being into genealogy, I started using mine to mark locations of ancestor graves. It's especially useful to refind graves on huge cemeteries and in family plots that risk getting overgrown and might disappear one day. I've also used it to document some artifact finds on old historic sites with the local Historical Society.
  3. For south central PA check out "The General" GCB9B, and do a nearby search. There are enough caches in that area to keep a hiker busy for a day.............. or more.
  4. I do both, but not at the same time. Most caches around here are hidden in places where metal detectors are prohibited. I've never really found much of value while detecting, but it's still a lot of fun.
  5. Dropped my cell phone at a cache one time and didn't realize it till I was 25 miles away. Fortunately I was headed back the same direction later in the day. I used my wifes cell phone to call mine and followed the sound to my phone. And fortunately it was still there deep in the woods where no-one could hear it ringing. Is that verizo-caching?
  6. There aren't many rules on FINDING. Sign the log and replace the cache as you found it. Not intimidating at all...............once you find it.
  7. I'd do a search on zip 17064, Mt. Gretna, PA and go from there. Lots of caches to be found on public access land. Have fun.
  8. I'll be looking for your logs in my Hershey caches. Hope you have fun.
  9. Do a search on zip 17033. You'll find several hundred caches within a 30-40 mile radius of Hershey. Mt Gretna is about 7-8 miles away. Lots of family style caches there on public property, and they are easy to access.
  10. The power line that crosses my property in PA does so via an easement that is written into the deed of my property. I still own the land and can do anything I want, provided that I do not hinder or interfere with the placement or operation of the power line or cause any harm to owner or some such legalese. At the same time the power compnay is restricted in what they may do. They do retain the right to trim trees out of the lines, but I can plant as many as I like. The 500KV transmission lines and steel towers south of me are placed in the same way, however there is a provision regarding the building of permanent structures within a certain number of feet of the towers. And a restriction on trees within so many feet of easement. The land they sit on is still retained by the original property owner. Railroads generally own the land that their tracks are layed on. And many of those ownerships date back to the 1800's. In the west they were often federal land grants. In the east they were purchased. So if the property owner gives you permission to place a cache, and the power company has placed no restictions on the landowner, go for it.
  11. It may have nothing to do with interference. It could be that they just don't want you to know how big the circles were that they flew you around in for an hour, while they waited for a turn in the pattern, before they plopped your butt back on the ground.
  12. "So what if it was found by a prison crew? What are they gonna do with a bag of .22 rounds, or any other ammo for that matter? Unless the inmate happens to find the gun that the ammo fits as well, the ammo does them no good." Yep 20+ rounds of powder filled ammunition that you can pull apart with your teeth, plus a priming device that you can set off with whack form a spoon, inside a prison. Certainly nothing to worry about there.
  13. Start with this one -> GCJ3B8 and search nearby caches. There are some close to 81 near the Pinegrove, Tremont, exits. I guess it would depend on how much time you have and how far off of the interstate you're willing to travel. "Little Red" near Grantville is a nice one to find but will take you away from I-81 a few miles.
  14. I got it about 2 years ago. Went caching on a Wednesday and had a SEVERE lower back ache by Saturday. Went to the doctor on Monday and got doxycycline. Within a day I was much better. Doc said that it was a classic case with the bullseye. He said it takes about 2 weeks before it would show up on a blood test, but since I already had symptoms, there was no point in waiting for the test results. He went ahead and gave me the prescription. I think I took it for three weeks. He also said that he had seen lots of cases, but had never seen one where the tick was still embedded. It is a mean, nasty, unhappy thing to have. The little blood sucker got me in the middle of the back between the shoulder blades where you can't really see very well.
  15. Garmin E-trex (Old Yeller) Ford F-350 4x4 Powerstroke. Get 'er Done.
  16. I agree with others that depending on the time of year that the cache was hidden, the P.I. may not have been evident. I did, however, find one buried in an old tree trunk that was encased in large hairy P.I. vines that should have been obvious to the hider, even in the dead of winter. I started carrying stuff called Tec-Nu in my pack and some wet wipes. If I suspect that I've made contact, I do a quick preventive wipe down with that and do not usually have a problem later. You can get the stuff at Wal-Mart. Sure beats itching and blisters and needles.
  17. When comparing the two, be sure you do it at the same time, in the same place. and be sure to compare them with the Vista's WAAS enabled and disabled. That should give you a true picture.
  18. I've heard of holding a lit cigarette near the tick until it backs out. Also using a q-tip soaked in acetone (nail polish remover) and draw continually smaller circles around the tick until it backs out. about two years ago I got nailed by a tick and ended up getting treated for Lyme. The physician said that in all of the cases he'd treated he'd never seen a tick or parts of a tick still embedded in a victim. I got nailed square in the middle of the back between the shoulders. One of the places that you cannot easily see. He advised not to use anything that would crush or squeeze the tick to remove it since it would likely cause parts of the tick to break off in the wound, or bodily fluids from the tick to be injected.
  19. I hope that Peacock is looking for a Peahen, a female example of a peafowl.
  20. I hope not. Neither of these are native species to PA or North America for that matter. Actually this whole controversy started some time ago. See this cache: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...11-35bce05aee2f "GC8DAC" "It's the pits" I think (IMO) that "officially" their stance is that geocaching isn't allowed. Most likely to keep from being indundated by other organizations wanting to use state game lands for a whole host of non hunting related activities. If they officially endorse Geocaching, then it follows that mountain bikers and rock climbers and a lot of others will want a piece of the pie. It is still State Game Land, bought and paid for by hunters, for hunting and game management. My past experience with an issue related to a historical site that happens to be on State Game Lands is that they will not be inclined to officially allow a non hunting related activity. All it takes is for one Geocacher to louse up a few guys hunting to really push them into an "official" stance. The other side of this is that geocaching, hiking, mountain biking, etc. put a few more eyes in the woods to keep a look out for troublemakers and vandals. I would hope that the PAGC realizes that cachers are more likely a positive influence than a negative. Personally some of my best times have been spent with a deer rifle in one hand and my GPSr in the other, hunting buck and caches at the same time.
  21. I'd bet his bill doesn't provide for charging all those commercial weather services for the "free" data they now receive from the NOAA weather sattelites..........at our taxpaying expense.
  22. Ya know, a lot of those snakes eat things like mice The same mice that carry deer ticks. The same deer ticks that carry lyme desease. One of the reasons that lyme desease cases have increased is that we (mankind) have reduced the number of predators that kept the host animals in check. Fewer hawks, owls, foxes and SNAKES, has led to more vermin like mice which are prime tick carriers. Another reason that snakes are protected in Pennsylvania. I'd rather take my chances with a 3 foot snake than another pinhead sized deer tick. I already know what the tick can do and I've gotten close enough to the other. Unless it's camping outside my back door, the snake can go on his way and I'll go on mine.
  23. The geocacher wasn't the killer. She was set up to look like the killer. The average person watching the show still doesn't have a clue what geocaching entails. The description was so vague. The only people who know the difference are the ones who actually participate in the hobby. If you think they portrayed geocaching poorly, think about what they do to law enforcement and fire fighters on a regular basis.
  24. Almost everything and anything is admissible as evidence in a court case if it is germain to the case and acceptable to the court. There are way too many variables to answer yes or no.
  25. This is humorous. There are a ton of caches in and around Mt. Gretna, Pa. They also have a continual problem with Turkey Buzzards roosting in the area and making a mess. They even went so far as to hire someone to try to scare them away by setting off firecrackers at dusk. That didn't work very well. Obviously they are not deterred by human proximity. Which was there first? The buzzard or the cache? If it's a 5/5 he may be waiting around for his next meal.................. fresh geocacher...............mmmmmm
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