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  1. I prefer caching in California!!! Haven't found one there yet though But I did grow up there and know what the weather is like. Otherwise, Winter is best for me... no mosies, no ticks, no poison ivy, no poison oak and no humidity!!!
  2. Congrats to both of you!!! The race to 200 begins!!!
  3. Hmmm... so if we all show up at a mine and talk about geocaching and mining... does that make it an event? I am tired of attending non-wannabe events... hey wait, scratch that, I organized the last one...
  4. PET POLICY: Dogs are allowed on a leash (shorter than 6 ft) on the trails. They are not allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, beaches and just about everywhere else we could possibly hang out As for cachers, they are also only allowed on the trails with a leash! If we can confirm 25 people the ranger told me we can reserve an area... or was it he told me we had to tell him... hmmm, I had better check on that! Oh yes, and I am supposed to ask if anyone is bringing along a bus? Just curious since we need a permit for it. Nice to know upfront.
  5. Okay looks like July 24th is the best bet. I will look into four potential spots: Lake Welch Lake Sebago Lake Tiorati There is also a nice picnic area at Lake Kanawauke, but no playground, cabins or camping. Here is my idea so far: Lake Welch Beach - Harriman State Park * Picnic by one of the lakes * activities available to people: swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and camping * this won't be official overnight event but people are welcome to camp, there are campgrounds, cabins or shelters * we must bring our own grills * we will need a permit if more than 25 people show up or if we arrive in a bus! * Appalachian Trail - camping within sight of any shelter is also permitted! (this could be fun!) * boating permits: $15 (rentals available on lake welch) * parking fees my be applicable at any of the areas we choose * fishing requires a NY state license (under 13 not required) * Pets: All picnic and camping areas, pets NOT permitted (sorry Quoddy and Bella) * Horses allowed on horse trails only, mountain bikes on bike trails only I am going to scout out three locations this following weekend.
  6. Okay, I have two weekends free to play: July 10-11 (one day would be 10, if overnight 10-11) July 24-25 (one day would be 24, if overnight 24-25) There are currently over 30 caches in the park
  7. Yup sounds like fun!!! Wouldn't mind checking them out. Just putting my finishing touches on my *****/***** multi cache: Mines of Moria.... Stage 1: You are attacked by a huge hydra which chases you into the mine and the opening colapses behind you. Stage 2: You find the Tomb of Balin, his book has the next coordinates... Fool of a Took! You are chased by orcs to stage 3. Stage 3: Bridge at Khazamdum: You have to get past a Balrog and decrpyt the clue to the cache... Final cache... located just inside the woods with the elves... (BTW this is a joke!)
  8. Okay looking at people's schedules... and my own. I would think 24th-25th July would be tentative dates... I was thinking of a picnic with lots of hiking, lots of walking and food. The area has a very diverse activity schedule and lots of landscapes.... like I said before.... and of course lots of caches bunched together on different mountain tops! My favourite: .25 miles away... but 1500 feet up! Anyways, chip in what you think: Hiking, Picnic, Camping... I will check with the Park Rangers office tomrrow, I called them today at 4:33 and they were closed. (they close at 4:30). July 24th or 25th or both...
  9. What do people think of having an event in Harriman State Park NY? Just curious, seems like a good spot: varied terrain - mountains, lakes, woods, swamps, mines lots and lots of caches picnic tables and grilling areas Just curious
  10. Cool thanks. Got what I need
  11. Hey, Does anyone know of any safe mine shafts around Northern NJ, Southern NY? By safe I mean one that isn't a waterhole: An actual shaft you can walk into, which IS NOT already a geocache. Or a cave will do Is there a book I can read on mines in the area? Thanks.
  12. Welcome aboard FosterBass! Guess you are still reading it too!
  13. Impartial list of East? CCCooperAgency 5344 StayFloopy 2617 SBUX 2165 Geo13 2013 WaldenRun 1595 K TEAM 1313 THE DAM TROLLS 1264 BigCall 1159 BassoonPilot 1111 njski 1082 Doug26 1038 Gaiter Man 1038 Congrats to all these cachers with over 1000 finds! Now if I can just find a team of 12 people and we can all log eachothers finds, we'll catch them in no time!
  14. Thanks for posting the pin Quoddy. This subject is now closed. Thanks to everyone who showed up... and for my next non-event...
  15. Nah it bothers me because I now live in a world who care little for the environment. If Jeep really wanted to do something way don't they make more efficient cars? But that debate is for another thread. Happy hunting for the jeep t-bugs : If of course you are still on Step 5.
  16. BrianSnat's latest two caches: Dog poop park cache and Walmart micro - look for them soon in the woods! It would be cool to get stats, but who cares about the numbers... it's not about the the numbers, right people? Ascend to step 12. If you have more than 100 finds then you are probably in the top 5% of cachers worldwide... mainly because the rest of the world hasn't caught up and you have to drive 50 miles between each cache in most countries I am sure some other websites keep track?
  17. Link to the pins: Night Sweats Pin
  18. Of course not, none of us are there yet... But I do love your purse.
  19. Hmmm.... Can't say I have a geocaching 'purse' where can I pick one up? Do they sell them on Groundspeak? I know they have an acessories page... Step 18: You go out and buy some ammo cans at the nearest Army/Navy story and get totally ripped off paying $12.00 when other places sell them 6 for $12.00 Grrrr... (then of course the bomb squad conficates the first one you place... something about gas pipelines, powerlines and top secret government buildings...
  20. I would like to add to the step: And you hear yourself telling someone at work "mosquitoes and ticks aren't all that bad" (I work in NYC!)
  21. Yeah, but it was dark so the photo came out black... hmm....
  22. Special Thanks to Quoddy for handing out 'Night Caching Pins! Awesome!
  23. Glad I still have more cache finds than forums posts... barely!!!
  24. Just some mutterings: Step 1: Someone tries to explain geocaching to you, you don't understand, but they sound so excited so you let me take you into the woods. You hear the word 'cash' and figure it can't be all that bad if you are getting paid. What? I have to leave something? Step 2: You find your first cache and immediately take the WG$ and the coins (even if they are foreign)... you are happy and excited and must by a GPS. Step 2a: Depending on your income level this intermediate step involves begging your friend who has a GPS to go caching... or even borrowing it for a while. (ranges from 1 day to 1 year) Step 3: Armed with your own GPS you now discover the nearest 1/1 suburban park cache all by yourself. You write 4 pages in the log book (which gets wet a day later because you didn't seal the cache lid properly) and gets stolen a week later. This is also the time discover: Travel Bugs. Immediately forking out $42.50 for six bugs! Still haven't figured out what GZ or TNLN SL means. Step 4: Now at your most experimental time of your caching life, you decide to go benchmarking and manage to find 4-12 before you realize that there is no log to sign and no one else on the site pays too much attention to them. Back to caching... You tell everyone you know about this new sport... Step 5: First to Find Challenge! You have now bagged 10-25 caches in the area (50% are virtuals the others are suburban 1/1s). You are determined to get an FTF and can't figure out why StayFloopy or BassoonPilot keep beating you to the caches... conspiracy theories form: Maybe they tip off NJ AdMin, maybe they have a PDA in the field and are constantly driving around waiting. Hmmm! Many possibilities... Step 6: Placing your first cache. You decide you have the perfect spot. You fill out the online form in 30 minutes (the wording, grammar and spelling have to be perfect!), submit the cache and the computer has timed out! DOH!!! You quickly reenter eveything and NJ Admin lets you know the 46 geocaching guidelines you broke... it's on private property, in the middle of a freeway, no you can't place it 364 feet from another cache... the cache has no logbook... etc. You argue and lose. Step 7: Your first DNF. Not sure whether to log it as a DNF or just a note, or not at all, skip that you were ever there searching fruitlessly for an hour (you tell people two hours of course) ... the decision that you make now shapes the rest of your geocaching career. Puts a crimp in your: #10 of 11 caches today log. Step 8: You have read other cacher logs and you now decide to go for a ***/**** madness cache... in your log you write the equivalent to a set of encyclopedia pitting yourself verses the beast of a cache... A true Herculean effort... etc. Step 9: You now think you are ready to help others with their caches and offer suggestions anytime you finish a cache. You carry your GPS everywhere you go, vacations etc. to bag caches in other states and countries. You also discover locationless caches and binge on those for a month... anything to boost your numbers! You stop trying to convince your friends that geocaching is trendy and all the cool people are doing (even though they are) Step 10: You discover a whole new world when you log onto the forums for the first time and find 20 people you have never met congratulating you on your 100th find!?! You now check the forums daily for new news and developments in the NorthEast Daytime TV Caching Soap Opera. You also painfully realize that you are never going to place more cool caches than BrianSnat, find more caches than StayFloopy, find more caches first than BassoonPilot, place cool puzzle caches as Kber, place plain hard caches as HartClimbs, write witty comments like JMBella and write cool logs like Planet. Your forum post number comes dangerously close to your total cache finds. But you love it anyways! You scan all areas looking the best way to snag more than one cache in a general area... Numbers obsese you, (but of course it's not about the numbers). Step 11: You attend a geocaching event and finally meet the people and faces behind the many e-mail exchanges, logs and forum posts. You share stories and bond until the wee hours of the morning. Other cachers notice quirks about you... funny you look fatter than your pictures, you have an accent? How come you don't type with an accent? Your find list moves above 200 and you are now clear on caches you prefer (I hate micros!). Your immediate area is clear of all easy caches and now, one by one you have to wade thru the tougher ones... you prefer to hunt in packs rather then in solitary. (preferably when the moon is full ) Step 12: You are now firmly engrained in the culture of geocaching. Whether you like it or not. You mention great caches you did to others and people look at you weird ?!? They say, that cache has been archived for 6 months! You archive your first cache since you do realize it was in a stupid location, and work on placing caches in really cool spots more than grabbing new 1/1s unless you can bag 6 on a hill. You pick and choose and don't feel the GOTTA GET IT NOW! Addiction you had before... My name is Avroair and I am a geocacher...
  25. Are you talking about Cicadas or Geocachers? Cause i know a couple of cachers who do bite
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