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  1. We're planning (soon as the current swag bag is depleted) to begin leaving Silly Bands, those animal-shaped rubber bands that all the kids are so crazy about these days. We will leave entire packets in larger caches, and silly bands are perfect for smaller-sized caches like film cans. We'd drive a long, long way to find one shaped like a duck, as our collection is missing that one.

  2. We were shopping in our local Bible book store this week and saw a bison tube packaged as an "annointing oil" container. It was packaged along with a small (one ounce) bottle of annointing oil. I suppose it holds just enough oil to annoint something (or someone). This was the first time I'd ever seen one packaged for commercial (non-geocaching related) use.

    We also have a handful of the pet ID tubes, only one of which has become an evil micro.

  3. Like several others, I have lost a pen: particularly my "lucky" caching pen (which apparently wasn't too lucky...). I had special ordered it just a few weeks before, and it was decorated with my favorite photo of my daughter and a special caption. I was kneeling and peering into a sewer grate (we call them "TMNT" caches in my area), and it slipped out of my pocket, and about ten feet out of my reach. I HATED losing that pen, but a caching buddy later gave me a pen with a carabiner attached to the end of it.

  4. We use a nuvi 350t to cache, and it gives us excellent turn-by-turn directions in transit to the cache. Once we put it in "off road/pedestrian" mode, we find it remarkably accurate, and a decent gpsr to use on hikes as well as on highways. The nuvi has its drawbacks, though: the unit must be recharged using a car charger (not ideal for long hikes), and we sometimes miss a cache or two when we go from one to the next. To solve the latter, we've recently added a garmin gps18 with nroute so that we can get a "bigger picture" of all the caches in a particular vicinity. To solve the former, we're saving up for either a 60csx or maybe one of the Oregon or Colorado handhelds.

    We respect that every cacher has a preference for gpsr units.

    Happy caching!

  5. The Bluff Boys put out about thirty new caches for the georace. Many of them needed a bit of post-race maintenance before they were ready to be published for everyone. You can view a partial list of thosecaches here. A couple of other local cachers have been busy putting out new caches recently. We were fifty minutes behind the FTF on this cache two days ago, and it's located about 20 miles southwest of you.


    A couple of suggestions: you can set up your cell phone to give you a text message whenever a new cache is published; that way, if you're not at your computer, you still get the instant notification. Also, I highly recommend that you join (for free) the Jackson Area Geocachers. I think you'll enjoy communicating with other local cachers, and you may even get a heads-up now and then whenever a new cache (or event) is still in the planning stages. We'd love to see you on board!

  6. I probably would've attempted to find the caches before posting a NM. You never really know what something looks like until you physically approach GZ. I have a cache that shows up on the map as being in the middle of a rather large lake, but what you don't see (until you get there) is the wooden foot bridge that traverses the lake. Yes, bad coordinates make me very, very angry, but I usually give the benefit of the doubt until I'm sure the coordinates are bad.

  7. I'd indicate at the bottom of your cache description that the puzzle is copyrighted to your username, with an effective date, then contact the plagiarist and suggest that his cut-and-paste of your ideas are legally actionable in most jurisdictions, domestic and abroad...

    Only if you really did copyright it. Anyway, probably not the best idea suggested here. :o

    It's copyrighted as soon as the words describing the puzzle cache are typed onto the screen (as long as the idea and/or words are original to the author).

    From U. S. Code, Title 17, Chapter 3, SubSection 302: "Copyright in a work created on or after January 1, 1978, subsists from its creation..."

    I would be flattered if somebody copied my cache idea and had the courtesy to ask first or inform immediately after the fact, but I would be annoyed if somebody used my idea without citing its origin. After re-thinking my original reply, however, I would probably follow other, wiser advice that came afterward (ie: to contact the "plagiarist" and try to resolve the situation with diplomacy).

  8. It sounds as though the idea for the second puzzle cache you listed constitutes your intellectual property. I'd indicate at the bottom of your cache description that the puzzle is copyrighted to your username, with an effective date, then contact the plagiarist and suggest that his cut-and-paste of your ideas are legally actionable in most jurisdictions, domestic and abroad...

  9. I keep spare logsheets handy (courtesy of TechBlazer, here). I will replace a logsheet and contact the CO with an offer to deliver the old log. They've always taken me up on the offer, grateful that I've saved them some cache maintenance. I haven't yet met a cacher who disapproved of my practice, but I suppose when I do I will have to re-think what I consider a courtesy to fellow cachers.

  10. *whispers*


    Apart from the straw thing, I don't know what DPM means either... never seen that mentioned in these parts.


    MrsB :)


    From Prime Suspect's "GeoLex-The Lexicon of Geocaching":


    DPM – Including the letters “DPM” in a cache log was a once-secret way to indicate the cache was of low quality. DPM is an abbreviation for “des palourdes mortes", which is French for “the dead clams”. The entire French phrase is “Les longs sanglots des palourdes mortes blessent mon coeur avec un languor monotone pendant qu'ils dansent à minuit", which translates to “The long sobs of the dead clams wound my heart with a monotonous languor as they dance at midnight”. The idea was to include this phrase in a cache log to clue in others that the cache was of low quality. Rarely actually used, as the meaning of DPM quickly spread throughout the geocaching community, and its secrecy was lost.

  11. IMHO: The degradation of the language itself, reduced to text-talk and emoticons, leads to many misunderstandings; for instance, if someone posted in my cache "left a straw," I would presume s/he meant one of those silly straws that kids love so much (and which are impossible to clean properly). I feel compelled to write a unique log entry for each cache I find. If I have the time to hike through the woods, grope a guardrail, or lift a skirt, then I can find time to say something nice about the experience, which I wouldn't have had except for the time and energy expended by the CO. If I didn't particularly enjoy the experience, I lie.

    While I'm always a bit disappointed when the half-dozen log entries below mine indicate simply "TFTC," I respect the cachers' right to be as economical with their gratitude as I attempt to be profuse with mine.

  12. When 6-year-old SweetPea is on a cache hunt with us (which is usually), she goes for the McToys every time. We've found My Little Pony and Beanie Baby toys from McD's (still in the plastic bags, replete with logo!) in several caches, and honestly she prefers these to dirty golf balls and other "degraded" swag. We take the swag bag on every hunt and always trade way, way up, but a little kid shows no real preference between the freebies that came with someone's happy meal or the "nice" toy, puzzle, or book that we purchased for trading.


    Love the Dora quote, BTW.

  13. Pennsylvania (and all the other states) has a similar statute:


    Pennsylvania TITLE 34. GAME PENNSYLVANIA CONSOLIDATED STATUTES CHAPTER 23. HUNTING AND FUR TAKING SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS § 2302. Interference with lawful taking of wildlife or other activities permitted by this title prohibited

    (A) GENERAL RULE.-- Except as otherwise provided in this title, it is unlawful for another person at the location where the activity is taking place to intentionally obstruct or interfere with the lawful taking of wildlife or other activities permitted by this title.

    (A.1) ACTIVITIES WHICH VIOLATE SECTION.-- A person violates this section when he intentionally or knowingly:

    (1) drives or disturbs wildlife for the purpose of disrupting the lawful taking of wildlife where another person is engaged in the process of lawfully taking wildlife or other permitted activities;

    (2) blocks, impedes or otherwise harasses another person who is engaged in the process of lawfully taking wildlife or other permitted activities;

    (3) uses natural or artificial visual, aural, olfactory or physical stimuli to affect wildlife behavior in order to hinder or prevent the lawful taking of wildlife or other permitted activities;

    (4) creates or erects barriers with the intent to deny ingress or egress to areas where the lawful taking of wildlife or other permitted activities may occur;

    (5) interjects himself into the line of fire;

    (6) affects the condition or placement of personal or public property intended for use in the lawful taking of wildlife or other permitted activities in order to impair its usefulness or prevent its use;

    (7) enters or remains upon public lands or upon private lands without permission of the owner or their agent, with intent to violate this section; or

    (8) fails to obey the order of any officer whose duty it is to enforce any of the laws of this Commonwealth where such officer observes any conduct which violates this section or has reasonable grounds to believe that any person intends to engage in such conduct.

    (:blink: ENFORCEMENT AND RECOVERY OF DAMAGES.-- The commission or any person who is lawfully engaged in the taking, hunting or trapping of game or wildlife who is directly affected by a violation of this section may bring an action to restrain conduct declared unlawful in this section and to recover damages.

    © EXCEPTIONS.-- The conduct declared unlawful in this section does not include any activities arising from lawful activity by other land uses, including farming, mining, forestry practices, recreation or any other activities when it is evident that such activities are not intended to violate this section.

    (D) PENALTIES.-- A violation of this section is a summary offense of the second degree.

  14. From the Ridley Creek State Park website:

    "Due to the number of white-tailed deer in Ridley Creek State Park and in an effort to increase the ecological diversity of the park archery deer hunting will be permitted in SOME posted park areas, September 19, 2009 through January 23, 2010"


    The cache, GCDAA "Colonial Cache," has "hunting area" listed as an attribute. A cache .97 miles away, another 1.2 miles away (seemingly in the same state park), and a third 1.4 miles away do NOT have "hunting area" listed as an attribute. The onus for cache hunters: be aware of your area's hunting season(s) and hunt smart.


    My .02 (as a hunter of beasts and tupperware): the hunter behaved inconsiderately out of frustration over a wasted hunt, and so did you. You lost me when you decided to go back (even for a minute, even tiptoeing through the leaves), and you REALLY lost me when one of you shouted back into the woods "you can shoot them now!" I thought this was petty, childish, and I felt genuinely embarrassed for you.


    I do not excuse the hunter's behavior (I've had many hunts ruined as his was, and I gritted my teeth and remembered to be civil), but I cannot excuse your behavior subsequent to the initial encounter. You asked, and IMHO, etiquette on his part should have been to show patience, and etiquette on your part should have been to quietly leave once he'd finished ranting (or, even better, during his rant).

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