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  1. The Canadian Geoquilt project is complete. We had it proudly hanging out during the event cache. It just looked great in such a beautiful setting! I'de like to thank everyone involved with this. Cliffy and 300mag I couldn't have done it without you both. The trip to Ottawa was one that my entire family fondly remembers and talks often about. And having 300mag and crew come and stay with us in our fare bit of the country was equally memorable! Reading e-mails from people I have never met but consider to be friends is fantastic. Discovering a wonderful place just over the border has been fantastic for myself and amazing to my children. Geulph was terrific! Combining an event cache with the quilt was definately "the way to go"! Thanks for all the kind words...pictures and encouragement! And also to everone who put a cache out and made the effort to sign a block! We had the drawing at the end of a perfect fall caching day. I had printed all the caching names on strips of paper highlighted by maple leaves and folded in half. TrimblesTrek drew a name from the bag....... SkydiverBC was drawn. The quilt will be mailed out soon to him. Perhaps it will grace an event cache there. Hmmmmm now I am free to start another project....In about a week I should be ready to get it going. Any interest? DxChallenged "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  2. Hey! I've been meaning to post for awhile but with the start of the school year, and coordinating schedules with a family of 3 teenagers (they have discovered the internet) I've gotten a bit behind. I looked at all the return addresses that I had for the project and realized that these were both the names of the cachers who placed the caches and the cache finders. I would like to have the drawing for the Canadian Geoquilt be from the group who placed the Canadian Geoquilt Caches. Just finished reading all 5 pages of this posting and gathered the geocaching names of the cache owners. The map has been disabled so I wasn't able to use that resource. I have 17 names in all: Mr. Gigabyte TJWilson Silver & Lucy MajBach B&E Meecachers reastick napgravy Damgiz gardonparsons PDOP's malak VE6SRV SkydiverBC Bush Babies Homer D. Poe Donald Buchan I will e-mail each cacher listed above, tell them about the Guelph Event and that their geocaching name will be placed in the drawing for the Canadian Geoquilt. So right now the names above are the only ones that I will use......Did I miss anyone that placed a cache? I didn't include 300mag and Cliffy in the list as I already made each one a mini quilt from the spare squares. If someone else wants to be involved in a quilt drawing...There will be the other "postage stamp" quilt at the Guelph event. Anyone who attends that event THAT DAY can sign a quilt square on the completed quilt and a raffle stub. A name from those in attendence will be drawn and that completed quilt will also be given away....on September 27th. Off to the e-mails Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  3. Re. ticks....5 to 6 feet and in the trees...... I went on a ranger guided nature walk yesterday...on venemous animals and poisionous plants.... The ranger said that here in Western New York the crickets and kakadas come down in the summer from the trees...I have a veritable horde in my 3 very large trees...They make the loudest chorus I have ever heard...The beats seem to match the throbbing in my head!..Could they be monster ticks from AZ? BTW....she said the beasties can freeze in the winter and regenerate in the spring/summer Hey.....how about an 8 part cache in blizzard season? At the end point you could open a portal to the Sunny South and West!! Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  4. Hmmm....To date the greatest danger we have encountered (cache as a family of 5 + a fearless pommeranian)...was ticks, poision ivy, unstable slate covered earth, precarious deer trails placed on the edge of a gorge and vines that rip out.... I have not yet cached alone...usually we take our dog. Foo the wonder dog...my avitar px...becomes very possesive of the group and me in particular... Those little dogs can really bark and in a pinch she will show you all her pearly whites.... but yes I read the logs before going out esp when in an unfamiliar area and now we carry a cell phone.... Kudos to cache dogs! Neighbor calls mine killer DxChallenged "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  5. Whoa! Cache sounds most interesting!! We did the Lord of the Ring cache last year in PA....Way fun with the ever present peril of ticks.... Family has been watching SG-1 oftn of late. Great that sci-fi plays consequec. episodes. Hmm....Arizona in the winter....way better than Buffalo!!! "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  6. Hey! The work in progress...is completed! Fearless Leader, sweety, Foo and I went to a cache event in our area....While on route I finished the quilt. Looks really nice...I think Had a similar quilt at the NYGO picnic today...signatures really enhanced the design... Can't wait to bring it to Guelph and at the same time find out who will be given the original Canadian geoquilt Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  7. Hey...Finally gettin back to gcaching.... Liked your log...I think that we have the same knees! Congrats...I'm working on 200....and all those in my area that started after me are on the way to 300...ahhh to youth...Perhaps the quilting is keeping me back! "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  8. Hey! Up to my ears in wallpaper...and a very sick pommerian on top of that (ham bone+Foo=emergency trip to the vet The event cache looks great! And I just found all the envelopes from the people who particiapeted in the quilt project....I will have a quilt ready for the event cache...to be signed there and given out. It will be so great to meet cachers...finish this project and hand out another! Can't wait.... FYI...on my avitar px should be home on Weds or Thursday. Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  9. Ok! So are there any event caches scheduled? Cliffy...300mag do you guys have the list of participants? I know that a map was made up maybe the list can be generated there. We did some caches in London.....man the skeeters were supersized...quilters fear blood stains on quilts...so maybe after skeeter season......... DX "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  10. Wow! It really has been a long time since I was last on the forums! I tried to post a response and sent it before my post was ever completed...Not sure where that one ended up. I have also been thinking about the quilt. I honestly can't start another cache/quilt project until this one comes to the end point. So, in reading the past couple of responses...it seems that drawing a name from those that participated in the quilt is most popular. That's ok with me. I did the same with the "from sea to shinning sea" quilt project that I had running here in the states. The dissapointing thing was that after the name was drawn and the quilt given out I never heard from that person again...no picture to post or most on the forum to show or tell the others who participated in sgning it. I liked the way that Jeremy's quilt turned out. I e-mailed several cachers that he knew and we set up a time to suprise him and give him the quilt. The pictures were posted on the thread where the project started and I was able to put one in my quilt book. That was a successful project for me! Right now, after giving away nearly 100 quilts...I must say that I like it the best when I am where the quilt is given away. This is much better for me that trying to sell a quilt. I smile is worth a thousand words philosophy.. It has also been a R E A L L Y LONG time since this quilt was started so.... Let's try to bump it up...get it out to the final owner...and add an incentive.... My plan.... Gather all the name of cachers that got squares signed...I have many of the envelopes that they arrived in...I think but in the move not sure. so... 1. Collect all the names 2. Set a date for an event cache Ottawa is ok with me but if there is another location that has an event cache all ready scheduled then we could just do it there...FYI I live near Buffalo NY.... 3. Draw the name there and then give/send it out (the person would not have to be at the event). Incentive part 4. I will make a quilt to be signed at the event (I would like to have the event be around 5 hours from my home if at all possible). This would be signed that day and GIVEN OUT that day. This time a name would be chosen from all who signed it at the event..... I am working on a postage stamp single trip around the world pattern right now and that would do nicely! So...what do you think? Hoping to get this completed before school starts up again but threw October would also be great. With the right incentive I can finish a quilt in less than a week! Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  11. Hey! Guess that I rank in there with the caching codgers! My game has been a bit off due to family relocation...... NOw I enjoy caching and clearing my own property...must be the pioneer woman in me Speaking of pioneer...I havn't done a signature quilt in a long time...imagine a warm blankey signed by a slew of dashing cachers to take the edge off those aching codger bones! "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  12. ...speaking of "adding to the quality"...Did I mention that I have given away 6 quilts with geocaching...the last one was raffled off this past weekend at a cache event. My avitar has a picture of a quilt that I gave away last year and I still have one waiting to be given away in Canada....... Signing quilt squares while logging a cache creats a pretty amazing project......people from all over the country......... Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  13. Yeah it seems to me that over the past year caches contents have gone down but in my area the number of caches has gone up.....So what I guess that I'm saying is that I would rather discover a great area than find a cool trade.......Caches placed near a dump really aren't my favorites but then there was this one cache that we went that had fish guts sprewn everywhere.....We managed to trade clean boot bottoms for rotted fish parts......This in Feb where we had to have the heat on in the car....I take that back....we had the heat on until we couldn't stop gagging from the smell....turned the heat off and rolled down the windows until we froze and repeated this sequence for the 45min. drive home....... Now that was a cache I won't forget! And a trade that I'm sure no one else would want! Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  14. Hey! Good for you! You found a cache, logged it, made a note here......... Sorry to say Fearless got his brother into the sport...he would write in the log book where he found it but never log it online. Also liked taking travel bugs I'm not sure if he kept them or moved them on... Not caching any more...... So cache on! We have found so many amazing places and at the same time shared family experiences that we will talk about for many years to come! Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  15. Hmmm...Instead of publishing the -trade logs why not..... Bulk up the cache..... I look at geocaching as my sport and exercise. Consequently longer trails and a heavy pack seem to be my rule. Because my pack is heavy (I'm always finding some interesting item that I think would be great in a cache) I can't wait to "downsize". We have often left more than we have take. This especially when the cache box has been depleted or trashed. Right now we have 3 active caches out there. All are relatively near where we live. Fearless goes out at least once a month and checks on the boxes...And lately Eversure Son has been doong the same. So as "The Keepers of the Cache" I think that it is our responsiblity to keep the quality going. In my 2 years of caching I have also seen some very touching trades. We placed a cache on Butterfly girl's birthday.......no intent on our part to get anything in return. We had been reading the Hobbit...and it seemed like an excellent thing to do. Over 10 cachers have sent birthday presents to her.......some left in the cache some given to her at caching events. That was last year. This year after a trash in cache out event.......a bunch of cachers got together, pooled their cache goodies and placed a cache just for her to find on her birthday. It was such a terrific thing for them to do!! She has had a series of medical problems and often sits apart from the group. The cache showed her in a very tangible way that she is a part of the group. ......Their selfless act made me smile! So anyway........I say if the cache is lacking why not bulk it up! Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  16. Hmmmm.....Well then. How about an antiques rode show type cache. I would stock it with items that i got at the auction and in turn people could trade what ever (I agree with the concept of "human nature being what it is") and then in the log write about a favorite antique or unique item that they have at their home. I also agree that just finding the spot is reward enough. I rarely take anything for myself it's our kids that do the trading. FYI....I go to the auction just about every week. I enjoy seeing what others have accumalated as treasures over the years. I end up coming hoe with a few boxes of things that I only wanted one or two items out of. Fearless Leader (the husband) has this rule about getting the stuff out of the boxes before I go to the next auction so the cache stashing is also a bonus reduction plan for me. Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  17. Hi! It's been a long while since the family and I have actively cached....New home, demands of teenagers, increased work load and a mountain of qilts to start/complete.... Anyway...we just recently checked on our caches and tried out 4 caches...I am noticing a trend. Most people are signing the log but not trading. Any ideas of how to keep the trading portion active? My latest is to start putting antiques in as a trade....I found an auction way out in the middle of nowhere......Consequently most things go really reasonably. I have no intention or time to list stuff on ebay so I figure if I buy mostly small things I can easily place them in the cache boxes....Won a box for $1. It had a small ceramic poodle in it that was worth $30. So do you think it would work? Any other ideas. "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  18. Hey What is it with the 3 hour thing?? The cacher before you spent 3 hours looking for the cache that Gabe started off in (a piece of a number had washed away after a heavy rain storm...:? ) We fixed the 2nd stage coordinates and this dedicated cacher came out the next morning just to nab Gab from the effects of summer garb in the chilly parts of Western New York. Please remember that to participate in the quilt raffle you have to post a picture of Gabe...with the cacher or on his travels or some such thing. Very rainy and dreary here today....bad caching weather perfect quilting weather. I am working on 2 quilts....one for the principal of my kids school who just had a mini stroke....I had blocks left over from the Canadian Geoquilt (unsigned of course) so I was able to make up the top in a 1/4 of a day...fast for even me!! The second is a graduation quilt for my neice.....she wants to travel and is into gothic films......so I have little 1" monsters in the center of each X block........ Gabe's quilt top is done and is line to have the back picked out and the pieces layered and quilted...... Ever so glad that Gabe is on his way!! Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  19. Hey! Team Donutdog. Glad you like the idea....Fearless Leader (the husband..)says credit is good in the form of $...I rolled my eyes...At this stage of my life I'm genuinely happy when my kids don't think I'm a dork and someone outside my immediate family thinks I have a great idea!! Gabriel is out on the trails...He had to spend the night in the cache as our second coordinates were a bit off (the rain storm erased part of a number...LOL). Hope he makes it to just a few of the great places that you cachers are from!! Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  20. Hey MissJen! Yeah it's been a while. We are now in our new home (hence the latest cache that we posted..Welcome Home Cache). I am still quilting and actually emptied out the dishes I had in my china cabinet and replaced them with fabric. So I had to start up another quilted cache project...I'll be donating one for the NYGO meeting in August....... I like the idea of having a quilt top all done before I put out the project. Just wish that I would have placed it with my TB. It's only in the 50s today and the poor guy has a tshirt and sandals on. He's gotta be freezing. It must be the mother in me........ honeychile I too hope he makes it to NC...we were there less than 3 weeks ago. DX "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  21. Hey! After a long cold winter and the reality of having 3 teenagers in the house...I am back on the trails and quilting. So yesterday we placed another cache and in it put our first TB; Gabriel. His goal is to move as far South from this place of snow and cold winters as possible. I am hoping to see posted pictures of his travels so as an incentive...I have made a quilt. This will be given out on 1/12/04 in a drawing from all the cachers who placed pictures. What do you think? "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  22. Hey all!!! Man Cliffy the px look great! Fearless was admiring how you took px of each quadrant. He also really liked the signature block that I did. Celtic design. I'm so glad that the quilt is back out there. I sort of like the idea of having an event cache in Ottawa then the quilt could be auctioned off or given out via a lottery...And yeah I am just looking for reason to go north We were frozen solid here most of the winter...I still think that the frost line is lingering....so we only recently started gcaching again we tried last month only to find boxes frozen solid and parking spaces covered with a foot or 2 of snow....can't wait to get back out there... Thanks guys for posting the pictures! Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  23. Hey! Just got back from our first "solo GPS" vacation. Unlike the usual treks, we had no back up AAA maps...But we did have a GArmin V and III+. Fearless Leader programed the route...but honestly we noticed * Some maps were out of date (any way to update the maps..we are running them off the CD that we purchased Fearless says it has to be 3-4 years old). * Recalculating took a long time (2-3 minutes) esp when we had loaded 3 or more map areas. * Using the 2 GPS simultaneously worked the best.....the III+ was a big help when the V was recal....The simplified map system also helped to make clear choices.... "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  24. ...Do you know what a tick is? ...Do you feel "at one" with your GPS? DX "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
  25. One of the best places in the US.....Buffalo NY And no we don't have snow right now..... But a wonderful sunset striped blue and white... Dx "Have you no news on your travels?" the Book of fairy & folk tales of Ireland (1888)
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