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  1. Off-topic: Didn't have a clue about the interjections. Thanks?!


    On-topic: Kar'sandy' has her foot in a boot for achilles tendonitis, so 13.4 miles of hiking isn't going to happen. We've gotten 7 of your target 22 caches, the rest will have to wait. Have fun all.

  2. There were caches found by park employees placed in active bird's nests according to reports I have heard from the parks people.

    After poring through every record Seattle says they have on the issue of geocaching and letterboxing, I've seen no evidence that that was anything more than a myth. If it happened, Seattle has absolutely no record of it. That's a mighty thin reed upon which to build policy, but neither that fact nor anything else seems to have lessened their commitment to it.

    Yeah, but when has Seattle let facts get in the way of policy.

  3. To become a reviewer you have to solve this riddle:


    If an ammo can is in the forest, but no one finds it, does it exist?



    Since the first part of the riddle states that it IS in the forest, it must exist. If it did not exist, it could not be in the forest.


    Note: just because I answered the riddle, it does not mean that I am asking to be a reviewer.

  4. I remeber seing a post in the forums about a cache that was hidden on a submarine. If I remeber correctly it was an old Russian Sub that you could take guided tours of now, and someone had placed a cache (with the owners permission) on the sub. Anyone remeber what that cache was called and where it was located?

    Juliett 484

  5. Are you sure Vinny didn't cast a spell on you?? :) I caught that one. :anibad:

    One can never be sure. I've been very careful to keep my tinfoil hat duct taped on but recently my cat started to look at me funny so I thought maybe it was time to wash my hair. I lined the walls of the shower with foil since I would have my hat off for a few seconds but there was nothing I could do about the shower drain, so his evil mind control hex could have gotten in that way. :anibad:

    You need a tinfoil hat for the cat. Direct eye contact with a posessed cat will do it, even with your tinfoil hat on.

  6. This is taken from our profile page:


    My philosophy on DNF -


    DNF = Did Not Find


    A simple statement of fact. No details.


    It doesn't say we looked for 30 seconds; it doesn't say we looked for 30 minutes.


    It doesn't say we knew the cache was still there; it doesn't say we thought the cache was missing.


    It doesn’t say that we reached what we thought was Ground Zero.


    It doesn’t say we failed.


    It doesn't say any of the things that some people assume it means, other than that we Did Not Find the cache.


    The DETAILS are in the logs.


    We've posted a DNF because there were too many muggles near ground zero to safely search for and expose the cache. Why a DNF? Because we Did Not Find the cache. The details in the log could alert other cachers that they may want to choose their time to look for this one carefully.


    We've been caught looking for a cache by someone who knew where it was. He even told us we were close before he left. Even with his clues, we couldn't find it. Logged the DNF. Not because we thought it might be missing, we knew it wasn't, but because we Did Not Find it.


    We've logged DNF's on a couple of micro's in the woods. One was last logged over eight months previously, the other even longer than that. Both had occasional finds before that. Has nobody actually looked in all that time? Or have they just not logged the DNF's? We'll never know. If I were the CO, I'd want to know if anyone is even looking.


    We even hold the first DNF on a cache that had 114 previous successful finds, and other finds after us. We logged the DNF, because we Did Not Find the cache. The details let other cachers know that sometimes you don't find them, even easy ones, for whatever reason, and that's OK.


    If we have started heading for the cache, and something prevents us from completing the find, even if we have not reached Ground Zero, to me that is a DNF. We started for the cache and intended to find it, but Did Not Find it.


    If, however, we start heading for a cache and have not reached Ground Zero, and we choose to not continue to that cache, the intent to find is no longer there, and in most cases I would not consider it a DNF.


    DNF's are part of our caching experience, and the logs are where we document that experience.


    That's the saddest thing I've read today. Luckily it isn't true.



    it is not sad, and it is patently true.


    today i picked up a hitchhiker. a guy with some serious mental or developmental disability. i took him to where he was going, not on my way. it pleased me to do so.


    last week i baked bread to bring to a homeless woman and tracked her down to give it to her because it pleased me to think that carefully crafted bread might bring her strength and hope.


    the week before that i gave half of the food i had to a homeless couple because it pleased me to do it. something like four days' meals for them.


    one can hope to be the kind of person who is pleased to perform acts of kindness, but in the end it really does come down to what pleases us, ourselves. everything is, ultimately about us.


    if you have faith in a present and living God, do you think he is more pleased by your obedience out of fear or duty, or because you are intrinsically pleased to be obedient?


    if you have children, do you want them to behave decently because they think you're watching, or because they have an internal sense of decency and they are pleased to be that way?


    smaller scale: everyone who's left a trade item in a cache that's worth more than twenty dollars, raise your hand. more than fifty? and you didn't own up to it in the log? and left an anonymous note telling the next finder to just trade the nicest thing they had and consider the added value a gift?


    ah. that's what i thought.


    see, when i did it (and i've done it more than once) it was for my amusement. it pleased me to think that someone would enjoy that surprise.


    now tell me i have a sucky attitude.

    flask, for me you are still amusingly strange and strangely amusing. What you are also is yourself and I truly admire that. I find many truths in your posts and I thank you for sharing. Thank you.

    I'll second that. Thank you.

  8. Funny you should bring this up now. Even as you were posting this, sandy was at the doctors office because of foot problems. Diagnosis: achilles tenonosis. :D


    Her foot is now in a brace. Looks like we'll be doing some park-and-grabs for the next few weeks, no hiking.

  9. I need help with general information to aide in the clarification on info of a geocache I had. Since it pertains to one of my geocaches in general, but the question itself is different, I did not konw weather to do this in geocaching topics or Offtopic, please dont scold me if I am wrong...


    My Geocache GCQ4ZM Gateway to a Sunken City is a MAJOR nessicity to the Missouri DeLorme Challenge, because it lies on 'page 59' which is a very small box on the page (that is why it is very important for quick correction info)


    The problem is that it is along the Mississippi River that has been flooding up and down for several weeks now. Although it is close enough to Maintain if muggled or damaged, I dont have the gas to go every single day to watch the river level.


    I need track of the river level because I posted that if the river was above 28 feet, you have to get to it by boat. And I posted the NOAA Hydrological River Data Link at the location. I can monitor river levels by a bridge I cross nearly everyday to get gas in MO (15 cents cheaper than IL)


    Well I guestimated wrong. Here are the Facts: Last find was March 22, where someone took a boat to it; March 23, I went out there (by coincidence) and it was down to just mud (returning to my car with 10 lbs of mud with me)


    Question is: I have the website for the NOAA Hydrological Data for current river levels. Is there a way to look into the history and see what the river level was at Chester, IL on March 23?


    I have tried and tied researching the history or Past river levels and the NOAA website does not have it. If anyone knows how to look at Hydrological Data for a past certain day, can they please post a link?


    The link for river data is [a href=http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lsx&gage=chsi2&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1] River Levels [/a] Thank you.

    You want the USGS website instead of the NOAA website. There is a link on the NOAA page you linked to that says 'U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Data and Site Info for Chester'.


    Unfortunately, the data you want is the 'Real-time data', which is only available going back 60 days. For that river gauge, it gives you hourly readings. You can still retrieve the 'Daily data', but that gives you an average level for the day, which can be significantly lower than the peak level, which is what you really want.


    We live in a flood-prone area, so I'm very familiar with these websites, as I use them to guess whether we can get to or from home during floods.

  10. Funny, but true, :ph34r: It's about a 5 minute walk.


    So, can I park in your driveway? :o


    Funny, but true, :) It's about a 5 minute walk. We will definitely be there. So no vacation trip to get there this time.

    This is a great location for the event. The fourth of July is a big celebration in Carnation. Stick around for the Fourth of July parade and fireworks.There's usually a carnival in town as well.


    In other words, make your hotel reservations NOW, yes?


    My driveway is becoming popular :laughing: . You're not the first to ask. There is room for lots of parking at the site - they just have to move a few cows and horses out of the way :D


    As far as hotel reservations - There aren't any hotels in town. There are plenty nearby in Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah, etc. Our Fourth of July draws a large local crowd from in town and the surrounding areas - people who drive in for the day - so they don't have much impact on the hotels.

  11. How about Seattle, Washington??


    NOT IT!



    Too close to home. I want to get a little bit of a vacation out of it, not just drive over and back the same day.

    Well you don't have to drive, just walk to Remlinger Farms.


    lol, that's too funny :P

    Funny, but true, :( It's about a 5 minute walk. We will definitely be there. So no vacation trip to get there this time.

    This is a great location for the event. The fourth of July is a big celebration in Carnation. Stick around for the Fourth of July parade and fireworks.There's usually a carnival in town as well.

  12. It was one of those kid toy grenades - no handle/pin. - and really not much definition. Didn't really look too much like a real grenade but you got the idea.


    Combine someone acting suspiciously with an object that resembles a grenade and I think you've got yourself a the perfect setup for a visit from the bomb squad.

    But just think about how much fun it would be watching them blow up a lamp post. :o

  13. Ty Nodic and Star. Another part I tought about to that question... if you have 2 DNF for the same cache, would only log one?


    I would log it every time I attempted it. Some cache owners like to see DNFs, it shows them either they make a good hide or there may be a problem with the cache.

    We also log every attempt. They are all a part of our caching history and the history of the cache.

  14. Was the approver asleep at the switch? I mystery (virtual) and one regular - 25 ft apart.



    The cache saturation guideline applies to all physical stages of multi-caches and mystery/puzzle caches, as well as any other stages entered as "stages of a multi-cache." The guideline does not apply to event caches, EarthCaches, grandfathered virtual and webcam caches, stages of multi-caches or puzzle caches entered as "question to answer" or "reference point," or to any "bogus" posted coordinates for a puzzle cache. Within a single multi-cache or mystery/puzzle cache, there is no minimum required distance between waypoints.


  15. 1225


    Since the shape of the area was not specified, and the most efficient packing method for cache density is an equilateral triangle, I used an equilateral triangle as the shape.


    An equilateral triangle would need to be 4.8 miles to a side to enclose 10 square miles.


    Starting from a corner and working along one side, that allows for 49 caches along that side to form the first row.


    The next row would contain 48, etc. until the last row had 1.


    49+48+47+...+1 = 1225.


    Starbrands method which gives 1273 as an answer is a good approximation, but I know there's a flaw in there. I just haven't been able to come up with a good explanation for it. :lol:

  16. There was something about today and naps. I took a 2 hour siesta myself. Three things motivated me to wake up and get moving though. Feed the dog, feed me, finish replacing the light in the ceiling as promised. :)


    Wierd. We napped too. :anitongue:

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