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    We camped at Needles in the Canyonlands. I knew I was not going to find the 200 Hands cave even if I could do the hike. But the Polestar Rock Cache was the trailhead to Rock Art and other panels were nearby.
  2. There is always something interesting while waiting. https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/-yáátééh-from-máaz
  3. One of the highest points of my caching experience was having a photo that made the banner. A friend of mine had two! I wonder if the sheer proliferation of photos made it harder to choose between them all.
  4. Nobody would believe it if I wore a safety vest, carried a clipboard, or used any other similar device. But on the other hand, I probably would not be looking for a cache where I thought I might need to do something like that.
  5. All it takes is a little perseverance. But in the meantime Aura Raines - the Captain from Clarian and friend to Geocachers in need - has checked into things.
  6. I’ve been using the BV 9100 - the 4 satellites with a humongous battery. For other reasons I recently purchased a phone with a dual-frequency gps. I doubt that any increased accuracy with the dual frequency will make a difference for the purposes of this game, but when I have a chance it will be interesting to compare them.
  7. I have been enjoying adventure labs but I would want to be able to play them offline. Some of my favorite areas, including those managed by the NPS, are not within reach of cell phones.
  8. In the last 13 months or so, we added Easter Island (Chile), South Africa, Swaziland, Egypt, Jordan, and the Netherlands - as well as return visits to other areas. We added new states (Carhenge in Nebraska and Wounded Knee in South Dakota were important caches for me). Going to Writing On Stone in Alberta gave us a new province - although I smiled and had to limit myself to a short answer when the border officer wanted to know why we wanted to look at petroglyphs there. We expect to visit Pitcairn next year, which will give us a chance to spend some time in French Polynesia (where I have visited but never cached). I think there is still one active cache on Pitcairn so I hope nothing happens to it. While not a country, the Yukon is on an our short list. And returning to South Africa is a priority. All of which means we still have to fit in road trips to camp in the Southwest, the Sierras, or go up to Oregon and Idaho - there are places where I could spend a lifetime exploring so I am always looking to return. I think our daughter wants us to be home more often to babysit her kids.
  9. I am not against having archived caches on my list of favorites - I even have a locationless cache on my list. I don't think of them of them as being recommendations - and never use them as a way to identify a cache that I may want to find - but they do show what has been important to me in this game. Still, I go through the list from time to time and am in the process of doing that now. A cache that is archived, has not been maintained, or simply seems less stellar now than it did at the time might be removed. I try to keep the number of favorites within a certain range so removing a cache from my list is not meant to be personal.
  10. I still have Geosphere on a device - but with the forum gone I have been thinking of holding a wake as I update the iOS It was a great run and in many ways it still sets the standard for what an app can be. Nothing has fully replaced it.
  11. The Trailside Murders caches originally had a much more troubling name. The Jack the Ripper series was an interesting tour of East London and the ripper crime scenes. Murder in the Desert also comes to mind. The Black Dahlia is the grave of a victim of an unsolved murder. At the moment I am not too far away from a Son of Sam cache but doubt I'll make it there on this trip. Joe Hill Lives might Include two murders - counting Joe as one of the victims There are several caches that focus on the Zodiac Killer but I am not sure there are any where the killings occurred. I have a cache that focuses on the last political duel in California where one person died - a homicide if not a murder.
  12. Actually, the cache was placed on his land - or more accurately on land held under his family trust. His ownership was not disputed at trial and may have been one reason why he was acquitted of the shooting that led to injury, but found guilty of assault on others in the caching group. The court sentenced him to the minimum term and he was released from prison last year. The new cache that was placed after this incident also ended up on private land, albeit by a cement company that does not seem to care. It is one reason why it's important to know property lines - especially when they are shown on google maps - and secure permission. Some things need not happen as a consequence of a container. I have been approached by neighbors of property owners who told me that I was on private property. Fortunately they did not carry guns. And I have been mystified why caches needed to be placed within view of houses on rural land - and sometimes close enough so that the dog barks. These days I don't stop in that kind of situation.
  13. It's hard for me to tell if puzzles are less popular because I generally have no interest in them - there are enough mysterious things out there without making a mind-reading leap or do busy work just to find a container. But puzzles will always have their niche. If they have slowed in my area, it's because caching has generally slowed. I started out doing most of the local puzzle caches, but by the time a friend suggested that a certain puzzle would be easy if I added the quadratic equation to my repertoire or used a program to count certain pixels, I knew that puzzle caches were not going to be fun for me. Every once in a while I stumble across one that interests me - whether it's the topic, the title, or something else. But it still does not mean that I will find the container. A lot of it has to do with whether the final location might be of interest. There are local puzzles that I solved four or five years ago and still have not found any reason to go to their location. Before going on a recent trip, I solved several puzzles but only found a few of them. The final ended up outside of where we wanted to go. So that also limits puzzle caches for me. Even a two mile radius can be daunting On the other hand I found a puzzle cache that had not been found since it was published 18 months ago - not because the puzzle was hard but because it takes some work to get the final.
  14. I did not do an earthcache for the souvenir - and hid the one I got - but over the weekend we camped at Eureka Dunes in Death Valley National Park. That was an appropriate way to celebrate some of the stunning places earthcaching incorporates.
  15. Groundspeak lists the caches found in the UK by region - our trip last month included Northern Scotland, Southern Scotland, and Northwest England. It would be easy enough to add souvenirs for these regions. I don't pay that much attention to souvenirs but it is somewhat surprising that Groundspeak has not chosen to add regional souvenirs for the UK. Scotland has its own character and is called a country of the UK. It competes as a nation in the World Cup of darts. Given Groundspeak's classification, I was not able to convince a challenge cache owner to let me count it as a separate country, but a souvenir would seem appropriate.
  16. At least for now I solved the problem by using an android device and deleting the 26 entries on the drafts page.
  17. My drafts page has stopped loading on my iPhone and iPad (the only devices I have on our trip). I have tried it using Safari and Chrome, from both the old and new profile pages. And I sent a help request three days ago with only an automated response. It's starting to get frustrating. But it seems to be the only page on the site that I cannot access.
  18. Our second trip to the Standing Stones of Calanais on the Isle of Lewis - my favorite megalithic site, even better than Stonehenge. The virtual focuses only on three of the locations, but it will get you started. i fantasized about buying a nearby house that is for sale and coming here every day through the seasons and light. At the end of my life I would have either learned something or not.
  19. As I wrote on my log, I am not sure what to make of Thunder Mountain: I discovered it through Roadside America. Frank van Zant stayed where his car broke down and became Chief Rolling Thunder Mountain, creating a monument that encompassed a crazy white guy, genius, art, appropriation, obsession, creation, apocalyptic visions, hippie acolytes, transformation, history, cement shamanism, discordian sculptures, indigenous people.
  20. Rapa Nui - Ahu Tongariki
  21. In the last year I have found over twice the number of earthcaches as I have traditionals - and the difference in favorites list is probably even greater - so perhaps that answers the original question. Earthcaches have been an important part of our trips to national parks and foreign countries. I am happy to find a traditional if it brings me to a unique location, can be reached by kayak, or provides a way to mark an area that we are visiting for other reasons, I simply don't see that many traditionals that give me a reason to stop.
  22. I have no goals in terms of numbers - my perennial goal has been to continue to work towards 1000 earthcaches but that was finished last week when we traveled along the civil rights trail in Alabama. So . . . To place a themed letterbox hybrid cache with a twist in a location that requires kayaking - the container was constructed over a year ago so let this be the year. To cache in Easter Island. To find a cache near some petroglyphs east of Yellowstone. To find a virtual at petroglyphs along a multiday canoe trip on the Green River in Utah. To return to Paoha Island (Mono Lake east of the Sierras) and find two mysteries that were placed after we kayaked-camped there. To cache in African countries that I have not visited. To find a virtual at the ruins of a Norse village on Orkney Islands that can only be reached at low tide. Except for Easter Island and a few trips to search for petroglyphs, most our planning is in the tentative stage. But in general, my goal is always to travel, camp, explore, find petroglyph locations, ruins, standing stones, and stunning geology - and if there is a cache or two along the way then that is an added bonus.
  23. A View From Below brought us to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma where John Lewis and other marchers faced a line of officers as they set out to walk from Montgomery - redefining courage and changing a nation. We came to the area to see the bridge, to remember and rededicate ourselves, following the civil rights trail to Montgomery. This cache was an important part of our visit.
  24. Although there are other problems with the situation the OP describes, I agree that logging only an earthcache and not any traditionals is far from unusual. I have logged only a single earthcache in a couple of states and there are countries where I have found only earthcaches or virtuals. I don't know how many times - including today - where I have seen other logs refer to nearby traditionals that I had no idea were there. I don't know how many times I knew about traditionals near earthcaches but had no reason to search for them.
  25. The GSA Earthcache Guidelines appear to be more restrictive: "All requests for photographs must be optional." Which guideline applies?
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