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  1. I'd be happy to buy the pins as well. Edit to add: I'm hoping to get an EC approved before then to earn my Silver.
  2. Just got back from a 10-day road trip through Yellowstone and was amazed at the number of EarthCaches in the park. Aside from that, I was impressed (and often challenged) by the complexity of them. Do yourself a favor and make sure to visit them if you're headed into the park! I would also like to publicly thank TerryDad2 for all of his efforts to create these. He owns most of them and doing them added a lot of interest to places that were already amazing. I haven't finished logging mine yet, but I'll come back and note which was my favorite. If you have a favorite in the park that you've done, I'd love to hear about it.
  3. Agreed. I have a friend with more lost trackables than I've set free! I'm sure TPTB will come up with something if they decide to implement this. Maybe it's a PQ that you can open in GE or another program if your owned trackables exceed X. Dunno, just thinking out loud.
  4. Yes, that's what I'm proposing. A map that shows all the trackables that I (you) own and their current location. The alternative is a PQ containing all that data that could be opened in GoogleEarth so show their locations.
  5. I agree that this is a positive step. We have APPROVAL for geocaching in State Parks!! Some restrictions apply, but they are at the discretion of the superintendent. All in all, this is good.
  6. FYI, go read the Website section of the forums. It's MUCH easier now but there is a bug in the caches that get returned.
  7. Legal questions aside, this is what a lot of the discussions in here come down to. Sadly, morals seem to take a backseat to profit in *most* instances in here.
  8. This is a bit of a cross post, but I've put in a feature request to TPTB to generate a map (or a PQ) of the location of all of a user's travelers. The thread is located here and if you're interested in this feature, please post in the thread. It seems that most of the folks that would want this are located either here or in the TB section. I'll have this thread locked so the discussion about it is kept in one place.
  9. That's the 2005 California geocoin and you are correct in that it is not trackable on this site. You can log it on the site listed, but it won't move much (I speak from experience). If it was sent as a gift, you might be better off to keep it. People have trouble logging coins as it is, older ones will cause even more problems.
  10. I'm going to bump this request to see if there's any interest again. Another idea would be to generate a PQ of the trackables that could be opened off-line in GE, thereby keeping the hits to the GS database to a minimum. Anybody else want to see where all of their trackables are on one map?
  11. I like EarthCaches and am a coin collector (for coins that are caching related anyway) and I was bit disappointed when it arrived. While I like the simplistic and clean design, the orange section seems to be coming OUT from the coin instead of being recessed (visually). I thought it could use some more 3d layers to make it better. In the end, it's a coin and I like having one in my collection.
  12. How about this one? Sure, it's sheet metal and cut with a plasma cutter, but it's still a flag, right?
  13. You could always buy a couple of Earthcache Geocoins (there's a thread in here for them). Give one to him as a gift and set a couple free to travel so he can watch them, too. Just a thought.
  14. Ordered a couple as well. We're taking a road trip in June to Yellowstone and will be hitting a lot of Earthcaches there. Since there are no physical caches for my little one to trade in/out, her reward will be one of these.
  15. FWIW, I have used a Magellan SporTrak Pro since I started. I let it sit at the cache site for 60 seconds to average and then mark the coords. I've never had a complaint about bad coords. Honestly, unless it's a tough location for signal I think way too much is made of this.
  16. As a somewhat frequent user (in my own opinion) I'm sad to see this go, but I will survive. I can still do other things (routes, GoogleMaps, etc.) to get what I want. I'm planning a trip to Yellowstone from California soon and GE would be the easiest way, but not the only way to do this. It will take more time now but it is what it is. I work in technology and understand that sometimes these things have to be done - that's just life. edit: typos
  17. Lots of interesting points. Will I buy these? Nope. As it's well know, I like my geocoins to be caching related. I'm sure somebody can stretch this to explain how she was an explorer and caching is about exploring, but it doesn't do it for me. I have no problem with new vendors coming in and making personal coins for themselves or others, or even caching related coins - but this is only one step away from a NASCAR series of "geocoins" which I'm sure is coming as well... (If another thread pops up about the CR coins I'll comment there). The quality of these is nice, but nothing that I can see via pictures that would demand a premium price.
  18. Or you could look at maps ahead of time to see where they are, drive by without stopping, etc. Don't get me wrong, I don't like them either but they serve a purpose to some families to point out new parks to them that they may not have known about. For me these fall into "don't have to do them all".
  19. Now these are coins to be excited about. I just ordered mine as well and they will fit into the collection of Official Compass Rose coins quite nicely. They are available at Coins and Pins for those that don't know. Can't wait for the actual 2009 version to see what that looks like, too (as mentioned, this is actually the 5th anniversary coin). Woo hoo - a reason to wait by the mailbox again!
  20. In general. a lot of cachers collect signature items from other cachers. Cards, hand-made items, coins, etc. It's a cool idea, do it and some will love them and others will leave them.
  21. No lack of a sense of humor. More of a realization that we've hit rock bottom.
  22. I echo everything that has been said so far. Thanks for saving me some typing.
  23. I don't see this at all. Nobody is demanding anything. Re-read the OP. He clearly stated HIS opinion and feelings on the subject here: And then asked for opinions here: I just see a discussion of opinions going on as they always do on this topic.
  24. Droo- point taken about the pirates. I know when I pay to get in that some rides may be down for maintenance, broken, etc. It's a risk you take when you go. ------------ I feel the same way about coins that I set out. It's a known risk that I take when I send them out. Some travel well, some get lost, some get stolen. The logs from people that find the coins I have sent out are usually great - they appreciate seeing and feeling a real coin. I understand that most will never change their mind on this subject, and that's cool. Everybody gets their opinion. What I don't get is the need to state "proxy" or even put an apology on the coin page. To me, that's acknowledging that you're doing something that people don't like - which in turn means that you shouldn't do it. Maybe I'm splitting hairs here, but that's the way I see it. If they really are "just as good as the real thing" there should be no reason to identify them as anything different, right?
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