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  1. Or for puzzle caches where the size is something you have to solve for. Carolyn
  2. You are evil. The entire point of searching for caches is that one is not working. If I have to create time/effort studies, structure a spreadsheet and do time/resource forecasts, I may as well be at work. Recently at a local event I even joked that any puzzle that features time/resource forecasts would be bad and they said not to worry, it could not happen. And yet here is briansnat, one of the most respected members of this community proposing just that. My skin crawls at the notion. <shudder shudder> Carolyn
  3. I think it's cool that you want to create a puzzle cache. The one thing that is hard to know before seeking out a number of puzzle caches is how to rate the difficulty level. But this seems like a problem you could overcome with beta testers. Carolyn
  4. I love caches with swag in them and therefore I seldom hunt for micros. That is, except for puzzle caches. The puzzle is reward enough. (Obviously if it had a puzzle and a regular-sized container and great swag and a beautiful location and a travel bug, it would be a perfect cache.) However, if you put your bison tube in a garbage dump, the garbage horror would overwhelm the puzzle cache fun and I would avoid it. Otherwise, I would not turn my nose up at your micro puzzle cache. Carolyn
  5. Some things can be said in less than 140 characters and lose none of their power. (for example "I love you", "We're through", "Pu-Erh tea tastes like dung-scented dirt") Most of what we say to people important to us is said in a very short form. It is the lengthy prose that lacks power. I suspect the problem you are seeing with Twitter is its use as a broadcast medium rather than as a narrowcast. My Twitter account has ten people who are allowed to read my updates, all of whom know me fairly intimately. They care when I write, "Fell down muddy slope geocaching. Injured." or "Pain is back." They know enough to fill in the gaps. Some of us share ideas for tasty healthy food via tweets since we are trying to improve in this and I appreciate it when my friends and family share. Obviously a stranger wouldn't care at all about these things. It would just seem insipid or dull. But we live our mundane lives for ourselves and our intimates, not for random strangers. Carolyn
  6. I'm crossing my fingers for you! Please let us know. Carolyn
  7. There's a cache near me that requests that people trade only stamps or first day covers, so I think coins would be fine. You could even put a coin-related puzzle on the cache for more fun. Carolyn
  8. Welcome to geocaching! 1. You can place cards like that in caches. Most people call those signature items. The problem is that business cards and other paper items rapidly degrade in caches. 2. Physical caches must be separated by .1 miles (528 feet) from other physical caches.
  9. Cool! We are doing it right. I shall tell my beloved that we have expert approval for our practices. I would add that the reason we remove clothes in the garage is to avoid getting poison ivy juices on carpeting where it will stay and continue to irritate my beloved. I recommend it as a practice for other extremely allergic people. Carolyn
  10. Fair enough. In my area Poison Ivy isn't common. It stands out. I can only think of two locations I've seen it. Stinging nettle though is far more common here. One of the fascinating things about viewing these forums is how different geographical experiences really don't translate well to other areas. In Tennessee the woods are filled with poison ivy and it is not possible to avoid it except by avoiding the woods. It winds around nearly every tree and in some areas carpets the ground in beautiful green plants. For some very sensitive people who have to walk through lots of poison ivy they can get allergic reactions merely from breathing in the disrupted plants. (It happened to a neighbor of mine who was helping clear an area for a rails to trails project.) I note that the OP is caching in Louisiana. My guess is that the vegetation there is equally thick and noxious. I am utterly immune to poison ivy but my beloved is sensitive. We make sure our bodies are covered completely before caching. My beloved wears work gloves when he pushes through poison ivy. Once we return home, clothing is stripped off in the garage and placed immediately in the washing machine by me. Then my beloved goes to shower to ensure that any parts that were exposed are cleaned as soon as possible. I take care of unpacking and cleaning anything that needs it or that he might touch. Then I shower so that any poison ivy on me doesn't harm him when I touch him. I have seen some products here in the outdoor stores that claim to prevent poison ivy and others that claim to treat it in the field, but we haven't tried them. Our best defense has always been to cover up, wash up, and keep anything that has touched poison ivy away from my beloved. Carolyn
  11. Thank you for mentioning this. It looks like a very exciting challenge and it's in Tennessee!!! It is now on my list of difficult puzzles to work on. I love the challenges that take a long time to solve. (Of course, with me some of the easier ones take a long time to solve.) Carolyn
  12. Most people recommend that you keep your DNF log as it is and create a new Found It log.
  13. We are dealing with the same issue for one of the puzzles we are working on. In our case, we did the research and found a statement by the copyright holder that deals with derivative works and fan-created material. Obviously we plan to abide by it. We feel very lucky that we did the search and found the permission and how to satisfy it legally. You may also find some sort of non-commercial/fan use that the copyright holder says is ok. Just search the web for it. Go to fan sites, which will probably have some sort of statement about how they got permission. Go to the company's site and select About <company name> or the FAQ. That's where they usually deal with copyright issues. Also, you may be able to get permission by simply writing the copyright owner. I have found that most people are reasonable. And if they are not reasonable, it is better to know it now (before they sue you) than after they do so. Carolyn
  14. It is: size up the situation, factor in your safety, the safety of the cache (will the muggle come back and damage it), your estimate of how much work it would be to explain things, and how much fun it would or wouldn't be. Then make a decision based on those factors. I think you'll find that some people are excited to tell all to everyone. Some people prefer having a secret. And others prefer to avoid the whole muggle issue entirely by going to the cache at unpopular times or by only seeking low muggle caches (generally those that require a hike). Carolyn
  15. Thanks for the info and the suggestion. It does get hot here, though not as scorching hot as Arizona gets. But I would think that silicone grease would also prevent other problems endemic to the Midsouth like mold. Carolyn
  16. Thank you for the information. I suppose I thought that "free to change the wording on the cache page" meant within certain bounds and that if I chose to completely change the cache I'd put up, I would have some explaining to do. You really need some feminine help in the gift buying department. I can tell you that no woman eating enough to keep her brains operational is going to wear a frying pan or toaster. Even if you bought 2 frying pans and suggested symmetrical placement, it wouldn't work. Metal clothes pinch. Carolyn
  17. Confused here. The cache was approved by a reviewer in 2008, which is recent. The cache was installed by a venerable user, so it is not a newbie hide. Doesn't that mean that it is on the up and up? If it were not, it wouldn't have been approved, right? Carolyn
  18. Did I hear someone call me? GSAK can run on a Mac - see this thread on the GSAK forums. Thanks for the link. It is true that any Windows program can run on a Mac if the Mac is running Windows (using Bootcamp or Parallels). But what most people mean when they say a program doesn't work on a Mac is that it doesn't work with the Mac OS. That is what I meant. If I'm going to go to the hassle of restarting my Mac in PC mode, there had better be a good business-oriented reason for it and a paycheck at the end. For my recreation (really for everything) I prefer Macs and the Mac OS. Carolyn
  19. GSAK doesn't work with the Mac. Thus the need for other solutions. Carolyn
  20. We love puzzle caches and up until this very moment all of our puzzle solutions have been written on pieces of paper that float around the living room. I thought the height of organization would be to input them into our GPSr. However, I just realized that I could make a personal bookmark list with the puzzle solutions (unshared, of course) and then when we want to find some of the puzzle caches we've solved we can do a map or PQ from the bookmark list to choose which one to go after. Doh! Why did it take months to think of this? A month or two ago someone mentioned that they have a special pouch for the trackables they pick up and move. We pressed an old Eaglecreek passport wallet into service for this function and it's really helped us keep the travel bugs and geocoins organized and prevented us from losing them. Anyone else have any geocaching organizational tips? Nothing is too obvious to mention. I can pretty much guarantee that I do not see the obvious for months. Carolyn
  21. I've come across a few puzzles or difficult caches out in the field that I thought were truly wonderful. They all started with an on-the-page puzzle, but after that the real difficulty was in the field. In one cache we had to stop thinking linearly and start thinking vertically. Since we thought we'd already solved the puzzle part, we weren't expecting this added twist. It was a difficulty 4 and deserved its difficulty level. We had to go home and think before we could go back and find the cache. Another cache featured an easy quiz on the page, but once you got to the field you found multiple stages. At one stage we had to solve a three dimensional cube maze puzzle to open the crystal box which held the coordinates to the cache. It took us a half hour sitting on a log to manipulate the crystal maze before we could open it. A few more stages with manipulative puzzles or mathematical conversions to get the coordinates for the next stage would definitely increase the difficulty level. As it was, that was listed as a difficulty of 3. One thing to consider is that a simple puzzle on the cache page is a serious distraction. It's a type of mental camo. People think, "Ha! Take that cache owner! I've solved your paltry puzzle. No way is this a level 4." But then as they encounter serious camouflage in the field or multiple stages each with it's own required solution, they are caught unaware and this increases the difficulty. Carolyn
  22. Sure do like that photo above. Thank you! That particular cache is GC1JGBV : Leonarda One. If you ever find your way to the Memphis area, I highly recommend visiting it. Not only is it beautiful, it is near other beautiful caches and close to the oldest cache in Tennessee. There are many beautiful areas here. You know how whenever you take someone new to Mount Evans they always say, "It looks just like a postcard"? The inner areas of the Midsouth swamps (or weirs) evoke a similar reaction. However it is more often, "It looks unreal, like some sort of dark fantasy landscape." We have a very good community here in the Midsouth. They're knowledgeable and friendly and they seem to have forged good relationships with the parks and landowners. They are even invited by the parks people to give demos and lectures on geocaching. Often when I read the forums I think how lucky I am to be here. I shall consider your hollow log suggestion. It really depends on where I end up putting the Otter box, I suppose. Thank you! Carolyn
  23. Ladies and gentlemen, the football team will be playing before and after tonight's featured performance of the marching band. OK. What is 'FTW'? When you used it with the picture of the babe, I assumed it meant "First to Wench", but now I'm mystified. Carolyn Stunod had said he geocaches "for the free beer and chicks" so I posted a picture of his wife. They met each other through this site. Since she is such a babe, the picture showed that his comment was the clear winner in response to the original post, hence FTW (for the win). Thank you! That makes sense. (Far more sense than First to Wench. What was I thinking?) So they are among the people Snoogans was referring to when he posted the thread on romances started through geocaching? Wait a minute! She's wearing a saxophone. And you are Team GPSaxophone. Coincidence? Carolyn
  24. Hi, I worried about the same thing when I was new but Briansnat reassured me and told me to include people in the photos as well. I took his advice (the same he gave you) and have gotten kind comments from cache owner and others about the photos. I have posted 495 photos since March it has been a source of joy. Carolyn
  25. If I could find a spot like this, I would be in heaven: Carolyn
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