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  1. I agree with the majority here. I'd say 1-2 miles round trip is about as much as you can expect from the younger group. You don't want to go much further than than that because carrying them out is not always easy.
  2. Well, we're leaving a day early (tomorrow) because I suddenly decided that I HAD to visit a friend I haven't seen in a while in New Jersey. So, hopefully, I'll have time to grab at least one geocache in New Jersey too. I get a kick out of logging caches out-of-state. I received a nice e-mail from a local Hershey cacher (family),and will hopefully meet up with them during my stay in Hershey. I also received a nice e-mail from a New Englander who went to Hershey with kids, so she gave me some good advice too. I'm not very high-tech, so I won't be logging my finds until I return to MA. I have a friend in MA who will grab and drop any TB's I might bring if necessary. So, thanks again to all of you nice folks for your suggestions and e-mails. I better get packing :0
  3. Thanks again to those that replied to this topic. We're excited about our upcoming trip, and will hopefully find a couple of geocaches while in the area.
  4. Thanks, all for your suggestions so far. The Mt. Gretna ones sound good. We will have bikes, since we usually bring them camping, so the rail trail also sounds good. Thanks again.
  5. Hello Northeast. We are traveling from MA to Hershey, PA. We're staying at Hershey Highmeadow Campground. We'll arrive sometime on July 21st, and will depart on July 26th. We plan to do many of the usual tourist activities while in the area, but we will HAVE to find some geocaches in the area as well. We have two kids, ages 5 and 9, and would like some recommendations for some family friendly geocaches we "must" find during our stay. We'd enjoy finding at least one that usually has travel bugs in it, since we'll probably have 3-5 to trade while we are in the area. Also, we love meeting other geocachers, so if anyone would like to meet up with us one day, please e-mail us directly. Thank you in advance for your suggestions. Happy Trails from Mrs. Boot Group.
  6. I haven't had any trouble bringing my GPS with me airplanes. I always keep it with my carry-on luggage because I don't want anything to happen to it. It kept it in it's case, right in my carry-on bag, and they never even questioned it. I imagine it looks like a cell phone through those scanners. I did not, however, try to use it on the airplane. I waited until I got to my destination to start a new initialization process for the maps of the area.
  7. It means that you need to be very careful when retrieving and replacing the cache because many muggles are around.
  8. 40, 36, 8, 5. The 8 year old finds most of the caches.
  9. We usually pick an area that we want to find geocaches in the night before going out. Typically, we are "weekend" geocachers, so we pick a place that we want to go for a day. Then, I enter the zipcode, and start looking over the caches available in that area. Once I find one that looks like a good start for the day, I click on "nearest caches" from that cache. Then, I'll print a bunch of cache pages from that starting point. I usually bring way more than we could possibly do in a day, so we have options. I tend to read each cache page thoroughly, including what all the other geocachers have said about it. I enjoy reading what the others have said, and I like to see who has been there before us. Then, I enter all the waypoints, including parking waypoints. This may not be the quickest way, but I enjoy the time spent "researching" each cache and area before I head out.
  10. Just yesterday, our new record became 7 finds in one day. It took us about 5 1/2 hours, including a stop for lunch. We probably could have fit in a few more, but there is still snow on the ground, so getting around was tough in some places. We had a lot of fun yesterday! I'm going to Jacksonville, Florida in May without my husband and kids to visit my brother. Since that seems to be a "cache dense" area, I may try to find 10 in a day while there.
  11. A while back, I read a post in my regional forum about a geocacher having a goal to find all the Y2K caches in Massachusetts. Those caches had been set out when geocaching was in it's infancy, and that particular cacher wanted to find all of the oldest caches in his/her "area". I then looked back at caches in my profile only to discover that I had found a few Y2K caches myself. So, as long as a geocache is maintained or is still in good condition, I think it's great to keep it active. <p> In my area, there is also the usual rush of all the active local geocachers finding your cache in the beginning, and then things slow up. However, in spurts new geocachers start to pop up and love finding your new or older geocache.
  12. Here's a cute scavenger hunt I've done with kids before: Get a box of the 8 traditional Crayola markers. Then, on cardboard, or oaktag color in 8 squares (like 2 inches by 2 inches) with all 8 colors. Give each kid or buddy-team their piece of cardboard with the 8 colors on it, and a pencil. Tell them to go find things that match each color. It has to be something they can touch (so they don't just say, oh the sun is yellow, and the sky is blue, etc...). Tell them that you don't want to disturb nature, so write down what they found, rather than take or pick it. It's really interesting to see what they come up with because those Crayola colors are so bright, but it works! I've done this with several different age groups and they have all enjoyed it. This could be your intro to geocaching in the AM, to get them thinking about finding stuff in the woods. Anyways, just my $.02.
  13. With all the snow around here for over a month, I've been getting some caches ready to go. I have one multi ready, with 3 perscription bottles and a nice sized container ready to be hidden. I also have two other containers ready for regular caches.
  14. In our first year of geocaching, we didn't attempt the puzzle caches in the area. Now that we are over 100 finds, and in our second year, we've found two. I can't say that the year or the the 100 finds helped. It just added another dimension to our geocaching experiences. I guess I prefer regular caches, which in this area, usually require at least a 1/4 mile hike one way. Luckily, the 1/4 mile (or more) generally rewards us locals with a nice size container like an ammo box or a "decent" sized tupperware container.
  15. We have only run into another cacher once so far. We were within 20 minutes of our home caching last June, and met two cachers from Washington State! We live in Massachusetts.
  16. How about making a "recipie card" with your geocaching name on it, plus the recipie for the homemade play-do? Your kids could even "decorate" the card to make it even more personalized. Also, you could laminate the card to help it during "damp" weather. May be you could make the play-do when you attend your first geo-meet, and pass it out to other geocaching families, once some of the other geocachers in your area see your signature recipie card. Have fun and Happy Trails!
  17. If the owner was out geocaching the same day as you, the chances are that they take note of activity on their own hides. Sometimes a hider will wait to see if another cacher logs a DNF, or they may check on it right away. Add the geocache to your "watch" list, so you'll be e-mailed when another player either finds or doesn't find the cache.
  18. Nice article, thanks for sharing.
  19. Finally enough snow melted that we got to geocache yesterday! At least we found a whopping 3 caches total during school vacation.
  20. Your GPS should be under warranty. You'll have no problems getting them to fix it.
  21. A year in review? Thanks all for hiding so that we could seek. We've learned so much! We've hidden a few to show our thanks. How many others are out there that just finished their first year? We've logged 101 finds, and still have one outstanding DNF---eer..we'll get it soon.... Many of you have found many more this "first" year than us, and congrats! Nevertheless, we are proud of our 101 finds this year. Post here to talk about your 1st year of geocaching!
  22. Welcome to geocaching. We love your enthusiasm!
  23. Log it as a "did not find". Then e-mail the cache owner explaining where you looked, and where you think it should have been.
  24. Blaze Orange when necessary. Normally, we have a back pack where we keep water, a first aide kit, and trade items. We also carry extra batteries for the GPS. In the spring-fall, we also bring along bug spray and sun tan lotion. We generally wear pants all year long to help with tick bites/or poision ivy against bare skin. Oh, and since we're the Boot Group, we usually wear boots, although somedays sneakers are all that is necessary. Happy Trails.
  25. Once in a rare while it takes us a while to get a lock with our Magellan as well. One thing we have found out, though, is that the Magellan customer service people have been terrific and helpful, so give them a call if you're still worried.
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