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  1. How about thisGinormous Geocoin, LE (Gold)
  2. Mine is wanting to go to Gannavaram, India, which is in the Andhra Pradesh. (Wiki is a truly wonderful thing.) The town is fixing to build a huge technology center on speculation, evidently, hoping to become another site where your tech support can originate. Right now, it's only claim to fame seems to be that it has an airport. There are only 20 caches in all of India, and only 3 anywhere near this town - one disabled and all in the next state over. I also added a laminated tag to mine, thinking nobody would have any clue at all when they found it otherwise. It's going to South India, so at least it will remain a southerner of sorts. Does this mean my horizons have been broadened? =)
  3. I'm not from Kentucky, but here's my suggestion, for what it's worth. I looked up the caches in the Lexington area (here's a link) by going from the main geocaching.com page (top right corner - "search for caches by state"). If I were looking for help, I'd email one of the active cache hiders nearest to my neighborhood and ask for assistance. Look for a person with lots of finds, and I bet they are more than happy to give you probably more advice than you can use! Don't get discouraged, good luck and have fun! =)
  4. Many people carry a travel bug with them all the time and use it to keep track of their travels by logging it in and out of each cache they visit. Don't know why you couldn't do this with your RV, unless you want others to log it too. Either way, I wouldn't think there would be any problem.
  5. When we did an event in our [small] town, we provided the police dispatcher with a sheet that had a description of what geocaching was, plus a description and the locations of all the "scavenger hunt" locations. We also made sure to note that we had permission from the property owners. They told us this was better than trying to tell everyone. If a call for suspicious activity came in, the dispatcher would know what was happening. We did leave our phone number, though, as a contact point. I realize this was easier to do because it was for a specific time-frame, but it worked well for us.
  6. That's one of the main things I enjoy about geocaching is going places I never would have, or known about. Have fun! =)
  7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/76937082@N00/...57594278597931/ I WANT ONE!!! Where can I get a fake squirrel??? oops- it's supposed to be a fake one?
  8. I'm so glad you both had fun! Don't feel too bad about the "dance", you're not the first. Look at this "official" definition: Drunken Bee Dance – The movements of a geocacher, trying to pinpoint Ground Zero, chasing the directional arrow first one direction and then another This and many other interesting definitions may be found at http://geolex.locusprime.net/ Have fun! =)
  9. That's why they're fun - you can do what you like. I have the caches of my family members that I helped place, but are not listed under my account, on my list, as well as one in the area whose owner appears to be inactive, in case it needs maintenance. I am always tickled when someone finds any of those. There are many reasons one might watch a cache, permanently or temporarily. Just have fun! =)
  10. My college student son got a GPSr at a pawn shop, then said "Come with me, I want to show you something" and took me to find my first geocache. I thought it was great and began shopping for my own GPSr. When we noticed an event and decided to go, I expected to see other young folks about his age - techie types. What I found instead, to my great surprise, was mostly folks like me ("less than young" folks, that is... sorry y'all... and white). In the past couple of years, I have noticed more young folks joining in, but we still are a mostly similar-looking group, racially speaking, with one Asian amongst us. So far, all my friends of color to whom I've mentioned the game have asked me why I would want to tromp around in the woods when I didn't have to. I wouldn't be able to say if that's representative, or just the friends I have, because they are not the only ones who wonder about me.
  11. The magnetic letters are a very cool idea! I made my own stencil by printing the words on a sheet of paper the correct size, using a "stencil" font, then cutting it out with an x-acto knife. (Stuff I already had on hand.) Be sure to leave plenty of border area around the words so the overspray won't mess up your camo work. You can tape extra paper around the edges of your original sheet if necessary.
  12. Sounds to me like you're a person who needs an EVENT! Please try emailing folks who have placed caches in your area. Most active cachers are tickled to have the opportunity to teach a newbie. If there are no events, try to set up a meeting with one of your local experienced cachers. And don't give up - it's a really fun game once you get going. And, back on-topic, my yellow etrex came from ebay, and I've been pleased with it from the beginning. Maps are cool (I cache with folks who have fancier models), but mine is completely adequate for what I need. And I appreciate being able to save my fingers by being able to download coords from the computer.
  13. That is exactly what I was going to suggest. This happened to me, and I had a really hot email composed, since I was pleased with the sneakiness of this hide. Fortunately, I had it looked over by a cooler head and edited it. I got a very nice reply back and the log was edited very thoughtfully. All's well that ends well! =)
  14. I'm far from an expert on these things, but I already use ExpertGPS and edit out the "GC" at the front of the tags so I don't have to go through every single cache in my machine to find what I want, and everything doesn't live under "G-H" on my GPSr list. I need things to be easy.
  15. You can get an outbreak where ever you get the plant's volatile oils, including off the outside of your clothing as you are removing it, and off your dog even when you haven't been anywhere near the stuff. My guess on the outbreak/migraine: if the patient begins a migraine with an "aura" effect, he may have brushed his face with his [contaminated] hand unconsciously trying to clear his vision, or to soothe the oncoming headache. What a combination.
  16. As would I, because the first time I saw one it seemed so unique. I might not rate one nearly as high now, but that wouldn't necessarily mean the first one was that much better in the overall scheme of things. For that reason, I agree with those who point out that gaining more caching experience is probably the best way to learn to sort out what you can expect from certain hiders. You can often even get some idea of what to expect from reading the cache page once you have read and found more. It's sort of like going to the movies. You read the storyline and other folks' comments and sometimes you still wind up going to one you don't like. Out of those, perhaps you still had fun getting out of the house, visiting with friends, or even commiserating with others about how awful it was. Sometimes even a less than satisfactory day caching can add up to a good story later, and at least more experience. It's not brain surgery, just go and have fun!
  17. I made a house cache by accident when I was placing one of my early caches - I mistakenly put my home coordinates on the gc page. Someone emailed me saying they dnf'd it and it seemed like an odd place. I wished I had known about the mistake before I did, because I would have sat in my front yard and watched the FTF race!
  18. ...For me, one of the things I really enjoy about caching in general is some of the great write ups I've been able to read online about folks' adventures... I whole-heartedly agree, especially if someone wrote something interesting about a cache I hid. Knowing that this was your first cache ever found would probably really tickle the owner, especially if you turned out to enjoy the game. By the way, the "waypoint code" is the one on the cache webpage that starts with GCxxxx. Have fun! =)
  19. I have always felt uncomfortable meddling around other folks' mailboxes. Perhaps it's because I live in Alabama, but I think the chances of my getting shot, dogbit, or introduced to the nearest deputy sheriff would increase greatly that way. I'm sure it would be my loss, but I'd probably give a mailbox cache a pass.
  20. Maybe I went too far hunting a geocar. (Not as good as the ones with the painted logos, though!) =)
  21. Just as planning any event, ask yourself all the questions you can think of. -Where is a good place to meet? Estimate how many people you might expect, what you plan to do, indoors or outdoors, what facilities do you require, and get that place reserved as early as possible. -Will you have food? Then you will need tables and utensils, including garbage bags. Do you need a grill or a kitchen? Are you going to provide food or refreshments, or do you want guests to bring the food? -Do you want to place a donation box out? -You will want a table or two even if you're not eating, for the sign-in sheet, travel-bugs, displays, etc. -Will you need to ask people to bring their own folding chairs? -Do you want to provide printed pages for any existing area caches? Will you be placing learning caches for the event to demonstrate equipment, etc, if you're having a class? Do you want to exhibit various common types of caches and containers to show folks what to watch for? -How can the Greenway people help you with publicity? Does your newspaper have a Community Events section you can submit your event to? -Enlist the other interested people you discovered in any kind of help they can provide. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Just ask them what they can do and how they can help - I bet you're surprised. -Double-check your reservation a few days in advance. Make sure any key deposits are paid and receipted, that there is tp in the restrooms, that the light bulbs work, that the place is clean, and what additional things you might need to provide. -Do you want signs to announce your meeting place on the day of the event? On the road? At the turnoff? On the door? Get those made up in advance. -I always find it most pleasant to aim to have everything in place at least by early in the day of the event, if the night before is not possible. This gives me time for those last-minute things that will crop up, and gives me time to take a breath and enjoy the event myself. -Don't forget your camera. -Have fun! =)
  22. Is it possible that we have behaved so badly that our benefactors have lost their joy in providing us with this free service that we take for granted? That would be a real shame indeed.
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