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  1. Talk about adding insult to injury, considering the fact that the snake is probably covered in urushiol, that sounds like it could be a bad day all around. :D

    What is urushiol? The snake is OK, and so are we. They aren't uncommon around here, esp in wetland areas. We saw a black one earlier but I didn't get a pic of it.






    You can see from the pics that it's an area snakes like. It's hard to see them at any rate, and unless it's really hot they can be sluggish and aren't able to get away from you as fast as they normally would, which is why you see them more on some days than others. Normally not a big deal since most of them are harmless. I'm not snakephobic so I don't normally look out for them. I wouldn't have seen that one if I were not with someone else. It's kind of scary cause we were tromping all over that area minutes earlier, probably with the same snake underfoot. I'm surprized I haven't been bit, I need to be more careful. I might start taking a hiking stick with me.

  2. You sure thats not a rubber snake? He looks kinda fake to me.

    It wiggled, I have a video as well. Here a different views. I took the pics on my canon sx100. It was able to zoom in pretty close, plus the snake was kinda slow (till we tried to prod it away)





  3. But I did "find" it, I have a pic of a cord tied around a tree attached to the ammo can, right above the snake. I just didn't open it.


    Oh well, I guess I can go back later, like in the fall. I'm not really squeemish about snakes but the area had lots of stumps bark and undergrowth making it unwise to go proding around for hidden treasure. The ones we saw today were a little sluggish, they will move faster when the temps get higher.


    I guess since nobody knows what cache it is it will be ok to post the pic here.



  4. . . . for today I guess.




    I have another pic of it by the cache. Would it be bad to post it on the gallery part of that cache? We decided not to fetch the cache as it was in an area of heavy snake cover. I snapped a pic of him and the cord that leads to the cache as evidence it was really a "find".




  5. I have one. I like it. I have an older one as well. I had problems with the first one and had not geocached in a few years. I saw a gps on sale and although I did not get that one I did get a new venture. Then I was just going to throw the other one away but called garmin and sent the old one back, they sent me a new working one.


    So now I have 2 ventures. I just got a new laptop and do not have trouble loading waypoints. If you can afford it they say the 60 is a good unit. I'm OK with a non mapping unit as my needs are simple.

  6. I am using mapquest that came with my ventura. When I got MY NEW LAPTOP!!!! it had vista on it so I had to go to the garmin site and download a driver, fix, something, and it works fine now.


    Oh, by the way I LOVE VISTA. But I think I am alone on that. So far it has worked fine for me. I got my last computer 11 years ago, windows 98. I upgraded to vista ultimate. I also got a nice video card and 4 gigs of ram. And an amd dual processor.


    I don't know if it matters, that's what I have though and I can use the aero feature which is awesome! Yeah a lot of it is in the presentation but I like the razzel dazzel, plus it's easer to surf and navigate.

  7. I use map until I get close. Then I switch to the navigation screen, the one with the arrow on the compass which I have set to bearing. I watch where the arrow is pointing as the distance gets closer and try to see what is there. You can't walk right up on the exact coordinate but you can observe how the arrow implies the same spot a differant distances.


    Usually there is an obvious landmark, a tree or something, that the needle points to as you circle it. Then it's a matter of looking around and using "geosense" which I don't always seem to have.

  8. I found this thread by searching for "large fonts" because although the other sites I go to have an option for large fonts I cannot find it here. I just got a new laptop with a wide screen, the fonts are tiny and I have lots of room to make them larger. People get large screens so they can look at large words.


    Has anyone answered the origional posters question? I'll try that zoom thing but it looks like you just typed in a larger font.

  9. My venture seemed to be working fine till the other evening when I was looking for a cache. I was on the navigation screen, bearing pointer, and every now and then the needle would turn, sometimes in the opposite direction.


    Tonight I took it out with my older venture. The older one's compass stayed steady and so did the needle. On the newer, higher sensitivy one, there was some drifting, or frequent updating or something. At first I thought it was the needle but then realized it was the compass. the needle was on the same place on the compase but the compass would move some. I didn't notice any major drifts, well maybe one but I had put the older one away by that time.


    I haven't done any software updates, didn't need to it was already updated according to the garmin site. Do the high sensitivy ones drift more? I still manage to find caches. The other night it was just wierd, I really had to watch the needle to figure out which direction it really was pointing to. If I remember correctly in this case it was only the pointer.

  10. I don't know what the best is, but I went with convenience :P


    $20 at Wal Mart got me a charger and 4 batteries in a kit, with car adapter. 15 minute charger too, happy happy!


    I got a cheap charger with batteries and wondered why they did not perform well in my things. Then I got a lacross and tried various batteries I've read about here. You might not like your charger so much when it ruins your batteries. Fast charging = bad. I cringe now when I see those chargers in the stores. For a little more you can get the lacrosse charger and keep on using rechargable batteries.


    I use batteries in more than my gps, I am a led headlamp junkie so there's that, plus we have frequent long electrical outages so I like to be prepared for that. My gps and camera use AA's and drain them pretty fast. I was surprized at being able to use my new better batteries in my headlamps, they work great! I don't have to worry about my gps dying, I have charged spares with me always. I can turn on that screen backlight to my hearts content!


    I use eneloops, sanyo 2700's and the lacrosse ones that came with my charger. I was going to order more sanyo 2700's but maybe I will try the maha ones. I keep the eneloops as backups since they will stay charged for a long time.

  11. Thanks! I just got these so that must be the case. I always use the slowest charging rate, I didn't get nice batteries only to ruin them by charging them too fast.


    I'll keep an eye on them. I am going to order a few more batteries and didn't know weather to go with more eneloops or the 2700. I think I will go with the 2700's and take the eneloops for backup.

  12. I got curious and did a search, here are some links I found:


    garmin vista quirks


    vista compatability



    I have a laptop with vista on the way that's why I was concerned. I've found some other links for other vista issues. Not everyone has problems with it, I'm hoping to be one of them. I got extra memory, faster processor, and better video card in hopes that will help, I heard it would.


    I guess I'll see.

  13. I don't know much but I do know it shouldn't be Windows Vista.. We just got an Etrex and have vista too and I remember something about my husband getting an error at first too, but I cannot remember how he fixed it. He is working tonight but if he calls, I will ask!


    No, don't tell me that! I am beginning to detest this Vista! I was afraid that might be the problem. If you find out how he did the work around, please let me know, I would really appreciate it! Thanks


    tag for updates

  14. I have a venture but had not noticed that with mine. I do have a differant issue though, when I am using it in gps off mode and turn the satillites on it seems to lock up. I might call garmin about it.



    Do you have battery saver on? I have heard that will cause certain issues.

  15. I like to carry lots of stuff I guess but don't always take the same stuff, for example, if it's just around town then I don't need the extra socks.


    But I always have:




    spare batteries


    my cache log


    wipes and paper towels






    I don't always take a gun but I have a permit to carry and I didn't get it to leave the gun at home all the time. I have never been searched or otherwise detained so I don't worry about it. There have been times when I was glad I had my gun.

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