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  1. Ticks can be hard to kill. Be sure to do so. Below is one technique:












    That looks like what I had to do in Lowe's the other day :laughing: - picked up a "hitchhiker" on a cache, found him when I was in Lowe's - stuck him on the ground and stabbed him repeatedly with a screwdriver - no tape handy. :anibad:


    My mom wants to go to geowoodstock with me - just because it's in bell buckle. we'll see!

  2. I never sign celerystalker - sometimes Amber (my real name), sometimes Amber and Riley (my dog).

    At first I didn't realize you HAD to sign the log - so my first "real" find (keycache! I was so proud of myself that I found it!) doesn't have my name in it.

    Of course, it's near my house and just a half mile walk, so if the owner ever complains, I'll go back to it.

    It's big and would be good for travel bugs - I might buy some and go back.

  3. I know where a cache is near me - I've known since before I bought my gps - it's in a sandbox in a park near me.

    but I haven't braved it yet, even though I'm female - because I know parents are going to think I'm loony for digging around in the sand!!!


    maybe I'll be brave this weekend.

    or find a random kid to use as a beard!

  4. Back in 1996 I wanted a change of names on a BBS and couldn't think of anything - a poster named Radish The Great posted about having a stalker, and it got me to thinking about stalking vegetables - then I remembered from childhood the Bunnicula series of books (written from the perspective of 2 dogs and a cat about a vampire bunny that sucks the juice out of vegetables - very cute older book for kids!). The second book in the series is The Celery Stalks at Midnight.

    So I became Celerystalker.

    It's stuck.

    I have a large group of friends on a disney message board (disboards.com - it's actually how I found out about geocaching!) and they all call me Cel or Celery.

    My mom joined the disboards and she's CelMama.


    My dad gets annoyed that we talk to so many "imaginary" friends.

    I don't think he knows about my new geocaching obsession yet. :blink:

  5. Hey all. I'm new to caching and already have a problem with ticks!

    I'm in the Nashville area out in the woods, and ticks are pretty bad. I ended up with several the other day just for a park and grab.

    What's the best spur of the moment repellant?

    I'm used to Off deep woods for long hikes, but I was looking for something a little less smelly for those quick after work grabs.

    Yes, I'll be in business clothes!

    Any ideas?

  6. I'm one of those newbie cachers!

    I haven't picked up a travel bug yet because I want to make sure of the process.

    I travel for work, so I have great opportunities to move travel bugs wherever they need to go - but I get confused!

    I try to look at the cache and see what tb is there, but some seem to be logged and not really there -

    I didn't know people put the goal with the tb - that's a great idea - because even though I haven't picked one up yet, I keep looking at the listing to see what the goal is.

    What's the protocol on how long to keep a trackable?

    For instance, I'm in Albany GA right now and there are some trackables near me that I was thinking of taking home to Nashville.

    I won't be traveling again until the 18th when I'm headed to Cincinnati.

    SHould I put the bug in a Nashville cache and then if it hasn't been picked up by the time I get ready to head north, pick it up again?

    How long is the average to keep a tb before placing it again?

    There's a really neat travel bug resort and drop off near where I am now (gcwfc7) so I don't want to miss an opportunity to help some along their goal.

  7. I had work stuff and end of the semester school stuff to do, so this is the first chance I've had to play with it again.

    I've saved my personal addresses, so here goes!

    cross your fingers!


    I'm traveling for business this week and I already know there's a cache right across the street! it's a busy intersection with no crosswalk, so I'll wait until tomorrow to go grab it.



    The only thing I did different was not encrypt and picked "Caches I have not found."

    I also limited it to 50.



    Trying again!


    It worked two times in a row -

    maybe they fixed the pocket queries? :D

  8. Geez I don't know what that could be Celery.. I think I might have seen such a thing happen once, when I used a different utility (GPSbabel) to try & transfer a whole pocket query into the XOG.. all the caches had that same description


    ..try doing my directions but be SURE to use a .GPX file that came directly from GC.com, without passing it through any other software first.. Let me know how that works out

    I tried it again today. this time I ran a small pocket query (deleting 100 files manually yesterday was a pain!) of 25 and I did not zip it.

    I pulled it directly from my email and put it on my desktop.

    It does associate that file type with GSAK, but I can't believe it changes it!


  9. I've only found two and I've been disappointed! :unsure:

    There's a really easy one to find in my hometown - which means a lot to me since it's across the street from a business my parents used to own, plus it's a very historical site.

    I'd be HAPPY if there were mctoys in it - I love silly toys! But it's GARBAGE!

    A broken balloon. a pacifier. a plastic car that doesn't roll, etc -

    What's the protocol on dumping junk? This cache is so fun to find that I think it's great for newbies - and I'd like to leave several fun things for new cachers - is it bad form to trash all the junk?

    It's not MY cache - but I feel like it could get kids excited about the game.

    Should I contact the owner and ask permission to get rid of the junk?

  10. nordic - thanks for all your help! I didn't even think that I don't need a card reader!


    I followed your directions, but all the chaches are named "geocache file generated by Groundspeak," and the icon, size, hint, etc isn't visible.


    I used a pocket query I did along a route - I figured out that I had to unzip the folder. :unsure:


    When I convert a cache individually, it works fine, so I'm confused.

  11. Thanks, nordicman! I'll probably go buy a card reader today so I can get started!


    Highlander - are you doing pocket queries yet? I downloaded GSAK yesterday and I'm figuring it out -

    I'm assuming that the link nordicman posted has the capability of taking the GPX file from the pocket query and putting it on the XOG.


    So far I'm just carrying my laptop with me in the car and entering the coordinates of the caches I want to find manually.

  12. Hey all - I'm a GSAK newbie as well and didn't want to start a new thread.


    I figured out how to download pocket queries and even figured out cache along a route - but now that the cache along a route is in my GSAK, what do I do?

    Does GSAK recognize it as being along a route? How would I go about using GSAK so I know the next cache?

    I figure it has something to do with the arc/poly filter, but I'm confused on it.


    Any help would be appreciated! :laughing:

  13. I bought my XOG today!

    But I'm confused.

    I've never done geocaching before - I entered the coordinates into the XOG and it is showing me where to go - but how do you switch from road mode to "trail" mode?

    I drove home from the store using the turn by turn navigation and it is great - if I start driving with the coordinates entered, will it automatically direct me?

    any way to help make it paperless?

  14. I have been using the Lowrance XOG for four weeks straight now it is a great unit I have never had a street navigator before thought I new all the roads, short cuts, back roads, of California and western Nevada I have found more with this little gem. I just got back from a 3 and a half day working trip and used the XOG for my navigation to 30 of my job sites from Bakersfield Ca. to Sacramento Ca. to Reno NV. to Mammoth Lakes Ca. to Ridgecrest Ca. then back to Bakersfield Ca. Caching all the way 155 finds out of 155.


    The XOG has a nice size touch screen that works great, do not have to worry about buttons sticking.

    Gets me within three feet of a cache without bouncing, every time. You need this when the cache is under a foot of snow. Make one three foot dia hole in the snow instead of a 10 to 15 foot dia hole. Works graet under under trees with thick snow covering them. Like up at Nordic, Ca.


    What is even nicer is the back light is adjustable to three different settings bright for day time road navigation dim for night time diving. I like the size of the screen I do not have to use a magnify glass to see the letters and numbers of the waypoints. What Lowrance needs to make is a attachable handle to make it a hand held.

    The rechargeable battery last 2 hours plus and can recharge in the car in between cache, nice.


    The price for the Garmin Oregon 599.99 without street voice navigation.

    The price for the Lowrance XOG 160.97 W/shipping and tax from walmart.com


    Wow, time for beer thirty with louse change. 439.02 = 49 six packs of Sierra Nevada with tax and crv.


    Want to party.



    How well do the portible vehicle GPSs work for geocaching and is there a model you would sugest? Max price 200



    Yes! This is just what I wanted to hear! I've never done geocaching, but I think it will be fun - but I've been wanting a portable GPS to use on business travels -

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    Any other opinions on the Lowrance XOG?

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