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  1. GPS units need to have a little recessed hole for a pen or pencil, like the Palm Pilot had a hole for the stylus.
  2. My first year of geocaching I was looking for a cache deep in the woods and all I saw was a plastic turkey decoy. Since turkey hunting was common in this state I ignored it, until my son insisted we go check it out. The back had a door on it and it was hollow inside. It was the cache!
  3. Is that to pistol whip the common sense back into them? You can fix ignorant, but you can't fix stupid. Sounds like this "herbologist", was an eco-nazi or something. I bet it took them a whole 4 weeks of study to buy their "degree" off the internet.
  4. Look for someone who cuts wood to heat their house in the winter. They should have plenty of logs that you could use.
  5. Are you saying your phone doesn't display the latitude and longitude numbers? That's bad.
  6. The basics have already been mentioned: 1) GPS 2) DEET 3) water But I always need sunglasses. Even in winter the snow glare will give me a headache. A few bandaids never hurt for the possible blister. And extra batteries help also. I get my batteries at the dollar store. They work fine in my GPSmap 76csc.
  7. What you want are rare earth magnets. There are also excellent magnets in old hard drives. Open the hard drive (a real puzzle in itself because many screws are hidden under sticky labels), using a metal screwdriver, you will find the magnetic part. It moves the read/write head and is a shiny silver color. You will need a special small torx screwdriver. I had to buy mine from Home Depot, most stores don't carry that small size. VERY strong magnets. Be careful or you will get a blood blister.
  8. My great uncle did that same joke to me in 1977. It was funny though! Apparently they used to sell those in tourist traps out west.
  9. There used to be a computer game cache. The original contents were pretty good games on disks and CDs for the IBM PC/Windows computer. By the time I got there, there was nothing but broken handheld games.
  10. My compass on my 76csx doesn't seem to work right, and makes finding a cache harder, so I leave it turned off.
  11. Either cougar or coyote caught in downtown Detroit in the past year. It was a big story at the time. Google +Detroit +Coyote. You're kidding, right? I can't get within 30 feet of the wild rabbits here and they run away. I'm more concerned about yellow jacket wasps, since I encounter them on a daily basis. I even picked up a baby rabbit, and it SQUEALED. (I didn't know rabbits could make a noise.) Mom was 30 ft away but did not approach. I've flushed a rabbit within 4 ft but he was hidden, hoping I wouldn't get closer. Then --BOOM!-- he runs away.
  12. Because SPOT uses a patch antenna, it is very unreliable, especially under heavy cover, or in canyons or valleys. If you want something to save your life in ANY location, avoid SPOT. The reason it is so cheap, is because they used a patch antenna. I've used a GPS with a patch antenna (Geko 201) and it was pretty unreliable, except in the middle of a lake. Now I have a GPS with a helix antenna, works great under heavy tree cover. I have not tried it in a valley.
  13. While searching for a cache in Michigan, we went a little further down the trail and found lots and lots of wild blueberries, all in season! We ate a lot and took some home of course.
  14. Sounds like stinging nettle. They can easily reach 4 feet high. Easily cured by crushing jewel weed (aka Touch Me Not) on the affected skin. I've been stung, been cured, it's easy once you know how.
  15. >>> Slime mold. While slime mold is pretty gross, it can move about, and will not stay on your cache. Fun fact, right?
  16. There are 2 maps on the individual cache pages now. One is no longer a static image, it is a Flash image, and that is the one you can move around or zoom in/out. Web browsers cannot print Flash images. So there you go.
  17. FREE SOLUTION: jewelweed, aka Touch-me-not. Look up images via Google images. Crush the leaves and rub on affected area ASAP. It should relieve the itching quickly. Do not wash the juice off for 8 hours. Juice might leave a faint green mark on your skin. I tried this against stinging nettle and got permanent relief in 20 seconds. I was amazed. It works better than any store-bought solution. One application, and no more stinging. I have not personally tried it against poison ivy, but the original source I got this idea from was in reference to PI.
  18. The problem is, REAL outlets are not idiot proof, and there are plenty of idiots out there.
  19. There are 5 minute epoxies out there, but you would need to mix it on-site in a screw bottle cap or something. You can epoxy the metal strip there and use a magnet to attach your container to the metal strip. I use popsicle/craft sticks to apply the epoxy. Epoxies are water-proof, weather-proof, freeze-proof, and simply will not come off when cured properly. They need about 8 hours of dry weather to cure. And I know of no solvent that will remove them once cured. I just glued the leather upper of my hiking boots back to the boot; the stitching had failed. I used Amazing Goop, it's great stuff! I expected it to fail because of constant movement of my feet and shoes but it is still there after 2 weeks. It is a one part glue, no mixing required.
  20. I have just completed making a batch of "thin pennies". These are real pennies where I remove the core and I am left with the micro-thin coatings for the front and back of the penny. I put them in a plastic baggy with an explanation printed on paper.
  21. Actually the maps don't print for me either. This is my theory. The maps used to be images that didn't change. Your browser can print images just fine. Now someone changed the maps to be interactive Flash applets. Your browser cannot print Flash applets. Just a guess.
  22. It's easy to hide micros, which might explain why there are so many of them. But some hiding spots, of various sizes, might include: - Under a picnic table, a magnetized cache could hold onto the metal support bar. - In a culvert (those cement tubes that a stream runs through), hidden in a crack between tubes. - Underwater in a stream (of course requires a waterproof case and weight to hold it down). - In a pile of brush or rocks (I see a few of these). - In an out of the way place. - In a hollow stump or log (one of mine is like this). One cache I found was in a hollow dead tree, 7 feet above the ground. You couldn't see it unless you were looking for it. We basically had to use a branch to knock it down, then toss it back up there. - One cache I found was in a swampy area, off the path, hidden by weeds (in summer), and chained to a log. - Another cache I found was in a wooden fence post hole. There was just enough room in there for a mint tin. It eventually got muggled. - Roads and highways have these metal wavy beams held up by thick wooden posts. Between the wood post and metal beam there is enough room for a decon box. - Other caches I found are hidden under the "portable" cement curbs in parking lots. Each curb has 2 areas under it big enough to hold a mint tin or something thin.
  23. I have a Garmin 76csx ($500), it works great for driving and geocaching. Except there is no way to mass delete all old geocaches. My Gecko 201 ($100) worked fine for driving, but did not work at all under any tree cover. Your mileage may vary with the Gecko line, be careful.
  24. I have 50+ geocaches I want to delete. Does this method delete them one at a time?
  25. I have a Garmin GPS76csx, and also GSAK 6.6.4 on Win XP. I thought if I cleared the database on GSAK, entered a single waypoint in GSAK, and sent it to my GPS it would clear all the old Geocache waypoints in my GPS. It didn't. So how do I clear all my geocaches from my GPS? Can I do it from the GPS, GSAK, or other software? Thanks.
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