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  1. I got started caching and loved it, but then other things cropped up in my life (elderly parents having surgery--3 in six months!--and other things) and I stopped caching for a while. Then I took up a new hobby (actually, I returned to it after a 20-year hiatus)--riding a motorcycle. So now I've thought... why not combine the two? I just got a motorcycle mount for my eTrex and hope to try it out this coming weekend, if the weather cooperates. It's just about the end of the season, but I live in northern Colorado, where--believe it or not--we have some very nice days throughout the winter. I'm going to keep my bike in running condition throughout the winter and try to get out geocaching whenever I can. I'm hoping the combination of the two will give me a little boost to get back into geocaching. Does anyone else geocache on a motorcycle? Julie
  2. You could rollerblade to my one and only cache, Team PerkyPerks! I'm just getting started, but wherever possible I'll be taking my bicycle and then, when I get it, my motorcycle. For now I'm riding my son's Honda Shadow, until I find just the right bike at the right price. Woo hoo!
  3. I'm new here, so no way am I going to state any opinions. But I do have to say that this discussion has been very enlightening for a newbie. I now have a better idea of what's acceptable (and, more importantly, what isn't!) on this forum. I'll be more careful to watch my Ps and Qs from now on!
  4. Better not come to the Colorado mountains, then. Growing up in Coloardo, I've seen LOTS of ticks. When I was a kid, my little brother got a tick on one of his appendages, and it wasn't an arm or a leg, if you get my drift (trying to be family friendly here). I have no idea how it got there, but he was four years old, so who knows what he was doing? I usually wear pants instead of shorts and long-sleeved shirts to protect my fair skin from the sun, and that's a protection when it comes to ticks. They don't like having to burrow through clothing.
  5. Throughout my career in marketing communications, I've worked on developing and maintaining Web sites, and I know how much work goes into a site like this. My $30 is my way of saying thank you, and I'd pay it whether or not I got any added benefits. This is a great provision--not just the inventory of caches, but the forums, all the information... it's invaluable to a newbie like me. Heck, my husband and I often spend $30 on a bottle of wine that's gone in an evening. To get a full year's use of this site for the same price is the best bargain I've come across. My thanks to the admins and the volunteers for the great job you do. I'm really getting hooked on geocaching, and I owe you a debt of gratitude because I wouldn't have started it if this site didn't exist. Edited to change h*ll to heck after reading Duane's post!
  6. 57 cents a week? $2.50 a month? C'mon...give up one tricky coffee or bar-drink or bring your lunch to work once each month, and you will more than pay for the "premium" membership. In the one MOC I have visited, the cache was in better shape, and the trade goods were nicer (no bottle caps or pennies). My area is so cache poor that I wouldn't place a MOC yet, but in a while I plan on it, to give something back to people who give something to gc.com. nfa I agree, NFA. I think $30 a year is damned cheap! We all get a lot of benefits from this site, so why not support it? That's the reason I got a membership, not to get MO caches. I want to show my appreciation. It takes a lot of work to maintain a site like this.
  7. I use Energizer rechargeable NiMH AA batteries. I have six of them. Two for my digital camera, two for my eTrex Legend, and two extras. I switch them out of the devices when they get low and put them into the recharger immediately. They're pretty inexpensive, so I'll probably buy a few more one of these days.
  8. Oh boy, does that take me back! I started working for a GIS start-up magazine in 1989--GIS World. I worked there 2 1/2 years, then I went to work for Genasys, a GIS software company based in Colorado. I had a lot of fun writing and learning about GIS. Haven't kept up with it much, though, in the past 10 years or so. Back in the day, ESRI's ArcInfo was the product to beat. I wonder if that's still the case...
  9. My husband is twitterpated with Mila Jovovich. Hmmm... maybe that's one incentive to get him away from his computer and out geocaching! If Mila does it, it should get good enough for him!
  10. Another female cacher here--this one from Fort Collins, Colorado. I'm new to geocaching and already addicted. I'm trying to get my hubby interested. He's a nerd (EE) who sits in front of a computer all day long. I thought geocaching would be a hobby he'd enjoy that would get him out of the house and help him get some exercise, but I've done most of my caching without him so far. Interestingly, I wrote articles about GPS way back in 1989, when I was the managing editor of a trade magazine called GIS World. Back then only a few satellites had been launched, and we were talking about how wonderful it would be when the full constellation was up. I had no idea back then that I'd be prancing around the state with a tiny little handheld GPS unit. I used to interview guys who worked for Magellan and Trimble who rode around on bicycles with antennas strapped to their backs collecting waypoints for commercial applications. Ah, the good old days. This is great stuff! My thanks to Lazyboy (of Lazyboy & Mitey Mite) for introducing me to geocaching.
  11. LOL I'd better watch my back!
  12. I couldn't find a cross-dressing farm animal that quickly; this is the best I can do for now.
  13. I know. I'm lazy. I use the same avatar on all the DBs I'm on. But you've inspired me to find something else! I'll have to see what I can do.
  14. I'd love to, but 496 pages is a bit much to read through in one evening. I don't suppose you can paraphrase all those pages for me? In one sentence?
  15. If it's not too late, I can help, too. I'm in Fort Collins.
  16. You know, you probably have a point there.
  17. I'm sure Mtn-man has heard that before Gee, I sure hope not! At least not in the setting I assume you're referring to.
  18. You guys are fast!!! Thanks so much!
  19. I've spent some time trying to find the answer to this before posting this question. My apologies in advance if it's already been answered somewhere! Short of submitting a new cache for approval and waiting for someone to reply, how do I find out who the approver in my area is? I think I'm going to have some questions for the approver before I actually submit my cache. Thanks in advance. Julie
  20. Thanks so much! I've been wanting to ask this question, too, but have been holding off, hoping I'd find some information already posted. This is just what I needed!
  21. As a newbie who wants to start hiding caches, I'd appreciate having some suggestions (not rules) about the preferable conditions for placing micros. I don't have enough experience yet to make a decent determination of that myself.
  22. I'm just starting out, so I'm happy with any find! Maybe one day I'll get an FTF, but I won't lose any sleep over it. I'm just happy to be out there playing.
  23. I'm afraid I don't know much about housing, schools or geocaching in Colorado Springs, but I'm a Colorado native who grew up in Pueblo and has lived in Fort Collins for 14 years. If I can help any way with your move, let me know! My sister lived in CS years ago, but she's lived in the Monument/Palmer Divide area for the past 20 years or so, so she won't be of any help. Colorado Springs is a BIG, fast-growing city. I like certain areas much better than others (the older areas, like around Penrose Hospital on Cascade, appeal to me the most). Good luck with the move!
  24. Rocky Mountain National Park is really spectacular and only a couple hours' drive from Steamboat. Estes Park (home of the famous Stanley Hotel) is the closest town. I'm a newbie so I haven't done any geocahing in the area yet, but I searched on the 80517 zip code and came up with quite a list. For example, WGS84, Elk Poop Cache, looks like fun. (Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes are famous for their elk.) I don't know of any particular caches that are near rest stops, but it you can make time to get up to the park, you'll be glad you did. Good luck!
  25. Met up with Stu and Zoltig Sunday in Boulder and had a great time! I'm a newbie, and I found my first traditional cache with them. Stu did an admirable job of handling the altitude in Boulder! It was fun to do my first full day of geocaching with two experienced cachers. Thanks, Stu and Zoltig, for a really fun day. And thanks for capturing our picture on the web cam, Sarah. I hope you get to come with Stu on his next visit over so we can meet you. Julie
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