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  1. I always thought this was the official international Geocaching sign! Arrgh!
  2. You know, they were saying the same thing about the GPS60CSX when it came out. The nay sayers were all putting it down and the rest of us just kept plugging along with it and all of Garmin’s fixes. And look at it now, one of the most popular and widely used handhelds ever made. Garmin is a good company; they take care of their units and their customers! Hang in there!
  3. Well being a fan of the HBO series "Deadwood" I noticed a cache named Seth Bullock Fire Lookout , We did it and I would recommend this cache to anyone who has a since of adventure, please be advised this can be about an hour hike to the top if the gate is closed, so plan accordingly.
  4. I have noticed the same problem with my 60CSX, during one of the firmware updates Garmin added back into the 60CSX the "Hold Level" prompt on the compass screen. If that has changed then I am guessing Garmin has changed other compass functions. I would venture to say that unless someone complains to Garmin about the loss of functionality the it wont get fixed. By loss of functionality I mean that the compass is acting erratically whether on GPS or electronic compass.
  5. Be sure to look at the several others around the Farris Caves, they are some of the best caches as far as scenic views as you will find in the state. Don't forget your camera either; you'll be glad you brought it. Another thing you won’t want to be without is water, pack a few bottles in some ice, they will quench your thirst at just the right time! Good luck and happy Caching!
  6. I'm 47 , wife is 49 , daughter is 23 , #1 son is 20 and #2 son is 14 for an average of 30.6
  7. From the POI Loader help file: Maybe the GPSMap60CSX doesn’t use (RGB 255, 0, 255) as transparent, cause I sure can't get it to work. I'll check on Garmins site and see if I can find any more information.
  8. I got a Rino 530 for the boy for Christmas and it works great, we have not had a problem one with it. We went on vacation a few weeks ago and I made sure he took his charger for the battery and we didn’t even need it, it ran for 8 days, mostly GPS only but a few days we ran the radio never transmitting much, and still had power to spare when we got home. There is only two, and I hate to even call them complaints, but it is a little bulky, and I think if they would put one of the SirfIII chips in it would be outstanding!! I think it's a great unit!
  9. You might want to take a look at these Eagle Scout Projects in Waymarking.com. I think they make a great connection between Scouting and Geocaching. Just my 2 pennies.........
  10. I don't know why, but the icons in the zip file aren't set up for a transparent background. However, the ones on this page are. Garmin uses the color Fuchsia (RGB 255/0/255) as its transparent color. Strange..... Lots of icons there but nothing that looks like a "found geocache" icon..... Just tried these and they worked but showed up with the fuchsia square box around the icon! OK, let me add this........as I have never been one to read the directions first. These icons very well may work uploading through Ximage to the unit. I am however trying to upload these custom icons through Garmins POI Loader and this method and icon set are not giving me the results I am wanting, as you can see in the image I have posted. Surly there is a way to accomplish or am I all wet?
  11. A little help please! May be I'm picky, but when I use these icons in my 60CSX they work all right but the background is showing white, instead of transparent as I would wish them to be. I have tried to edit the background but as of yet unable to make a difference. I'm sure this question has been asked before but I haven’t been able to find the answer, any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
  12. Come on now...............don't be shy! You all have fantastic stories to share and this is a great place to make it happen. You can also create interest in your favorite cache spots by giving us a glimpse of what might be in store. I'll post another of our adventures, These two caches you'll have to work for Sandstone Bluffs and Red Rock Canyon but it is worth the time spent. These are two of the coolest caches in the area. There are several others nearby that are as adventurous but these two in particular should be on the Kansas Must Do List. Make sure if you attempt these, that you are well prepared with plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, boots, long pants and rain gear if the weather looks threatening. It is a good hike no matter which route you take but you will see some fantastic Kansas scenery on they way. Give yourself plenty of time, at least a couple of hours, it doesn’t take that much time to walk in and out but you will want to take extra time to just look around. The rain gear wouldn’t have worked here but luckily he made it. By the way this is just one of the at least two beaver dams we crossed. Lots to see out here, believe it or not!
  13. I think that’s a great idea, I have always wondered about such a feature and this thread might make it a go. I agree that a notification when a log has been changed would not be necessary, just one for the picture notification would be great! While we are wishing........I'd like to see that apply to caches I'm watching too!
  14. That's a neat pic of the paperweight and the actual - well, one of them - disks. Yep, that’s the Benchmark near the rangers station. I haven’t looked it up myself, but I saw a post that said it is not in the database.
  15. Hey, we were just there a couple of weeks ago too. That is a cool place and worth the trip to see. As I remember the paperweight benchmark that you can purchase in the gift shop is stamped with the elevation of the gift shop, and it is also posted on the front of the gift shop, which is just a few feet higher than the benchmark set in a rock near the ranger station which was stamped 4247.6'. GPS was a little off, but then again I have never calibrated it for elevation The Tower!
  16. While on vacation we visited the beautiful Estes Park CO, spent a few days with relatives and had a general GREAT TIME. We grabbed a few caches while in town, and saved a bunch so we had a reason to come back. As if we needed that! Here's the account of one such adventure. Welcome to Estes Park Found with a little help from the hint, great Geocaching adventure! Introduced some relatives to the sport, I think they enjoyed the hunt. We have pics with smiles on their faces to prove they had a good time.
  17. I saw a similar thread in the West and Southwest forums and thought it was a cool idea, so I am not taking credit for the idea just expanding on it. Please post stories and pictures of your caching adventures, good or bad, I'm sure everyone will enjoy your adventurous antics, and I know I have more than a few to share. I'll start it off with our Seth Bullock Fire Lookout, near Deadwood SD. July 23 by Oneyedjack (452 found) OK, lets just say this was our most memorable cache of our 2006 vacation, not to mention of all of 2006, I'm sure and they year is just barley half over. Lets see, After a good nights sleep we headed out to find this cache. This one was a must do, because after telling some friends of mine that we were coming to Deadwood for vacation they asked if I had been watching the Deadwood series on HBO. Well I hadn't, so it was off to the video store and I rented the first season, sat down for the weekend and learned a lot about Deadwood and perhaps a few new words also!! At any rate, this cache was now a must do for me. Well wouldn't you know it, after a 650+ mile drive from Kansas the gate was closed, no problem! This flat Lander form Kansas is up for a little hiking, so we left momma at the car and the two boys and I headed out, with camera bag in tow because I sure wouldn't want to miss a photo op like this. We finally made it to the cache; meeting another Casher on her way down, she assured us we were just about there, I hope that assurance wasn't because we looked like we were about to give up, because I can tell you we were not, we were on a mission. At any rate, we made it to the sign, read it and headed for the cache, I should have read the cache description a little better because I missed the part where we were to take the trail from the sign. After a little detour we finally reached the top, and WOW what a view, I'm sure glad I hadn't forgot the camera bag! We snagged the cache, signed the log and returned it to its nesting spot. Time for pictures, kids posing on a very beautiful perch, I reached for the camera in the bag, Uh Oh! I had taken it out and left it in the car, must have forgotten to put it back in the bag. *&%$#@)&(*#*! I am sure by now the ranger in his tower knows we are hear, I hope he didn't think one of us fell off the mountain, I guess I can safely rent the first season of Deadwood again, because I know now that the boys will not learn any new words after our adventure. And the unfortunate thing is our story isn't done yet either. On our way down we decided to take a few short cuts, at our last short cut one of the boys trips and stumbles but doesn't fall down, that's the good deal, however at the bottom back on the road he says Oh Oh! I says Oh Oh what? He says he can't find his glasses, he had them hanging on his shirt not on his head, so its back up the hill (the short cut way), which is quite steep, but after about a half and hour searching we gave up! We came, we conquered the Seth Bullock challenge and we left with our heads held high. Oh yea, I forgot to mention that I did have my cell phone with me and was able to take a couple of pictures at the summit, so don't blame Geocaching.com for the resize job, that's just the way they are. All in all we had a great time and this is one cache we will remember for a long time! Thanks! Oneyedjack and kids
  18. Thanks for all of your help; I do have many caches queried out and ready to be uploaded into my 60CSX, as always there are so many caches and so little time. I just thought I could narrow my list to a few good, or popular caches in the area. Thanks again, I’ll defiantly be logging some of these! Well, I hope anyway!
  19. Here's one from near the runway cache Central Kansas 7-10-2006
  20. Oneyedjack and his mates are sailing for the Rocky Mountains at the end of July and we will be looking for some hidden treasure. Please feel free to list your favorite caches in the Estes Park and surrounding area. I doubt we have time to find them all but sure would enjoy a few of your finest! Thanks!
  21. Thanks for the help guys! This feature is awesome! It worked flawlessly and now I have plenty of caches for our vacation and only a few minutes invested in retrieving them. Great work!
  22. Where would I need to send the KML file too? I have four legs for our vacation that I want to try out! By the way, thanks to all who have contributed this discussion, I think this will be one of the more beneficial additions to Geocaching.com! Thanks!!!!
  23. To be fair, these threads make me rethink about switching at all and stick with the devil I know... my MeriPlat. I have a MeriPlat too and even with some of the shortcomings of the new 60CSX it's still hands above the MeriPlat, at least in my opinion. That said, I think Garmin should do more in field-testing and get some of the bugs worked out before their initial release of new products. I understand there were similar concerns with the 60SC when it rolled out. I have both, and there are specific reasons I spent the extra money for the 60CSX, better reception and expandable memory. That makes for a superior product even though it has some bugs that need worked out. I am confident that Garmin will address most of concerns with the 60CSX, and even if they don't it’s still my top GPS'r in my bag! Happy Caching!
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