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  1. Alrighty, I KNOW people do this kind of thing all the time. (I've answered questions like this so many times in a variety of other forums that I've taken to saving my responses so I don't have to compose them anew every time.) But I'm gonna do it anyway, 'cause I REALLY want to know! Besides, your own Seth TOLD me to post the following here! I've started with the BOOKMARKED caches (pinned to the top of this forum board), but I'm hoping for some personalized feedback too. (E-mail is just fine with me, though I'll also be checking back here, of course.) My girls (ages 2 and 4) and I will be caching our way up past your neck of the woods late next month and into June. I'd like to make some choice cache stops along the way. I'm not into parking lot micros and the girls can only hike about 2 miles each way. So that limits our caching ability. We're looking for some particularly remarkable caches (remarkable locations, that is) along the way. Got any you'd like to share? Our route is Seaview - US 101 to Aberdeen - SR 8 to 101 to I5 to Ruston to Vashon Island - ferry to Seattle to I-5 to SR 20 to Sedro-Woolley. Give or take! We'll also be heading south from Sedro-Woolley to our home in Santa Barbara County, California, though we've not selected ANY route...so we're WIDE open to suggestion for our journey home (including any thoughts on Oregon). Sure would appreciate some insight! Thanks heaps!
  2. To post a link directly to an old post: At the top line of the old post, there's a hyperlink called "Posted". Click on that, and a new window will pop up that contains the URL of that post. Copy it with ctrl-C. When writing your new post, click on the "http://" button, and paste in the URL for the old post. FANTASTIC! GREAT! Thanks. That's just what I needed. Thanks for the solution THC.
  3. I really enjoy caches that bring me to places of historic significance. In fact, after nearly a year of caching I've finally settled down and can let caches pass me by. If the cache isn't somewhere appealing to me (historically significant, off the beaten path, unusual) I won't even bother. Last week, while on our way home from a camping trip, my girls and I stopped at a mission not far from our home. Though I grew up only 60 miles south of this mission, I'd never been there. There was a cache at another nearby historic site, one I didn't even know EXISTED. It was a lovely day out and provided even MORE background about this area in which I've lived most of my life. It's amazing what you can learn if you just pay attention!
  4. I've posted some pictures on the cache page for April Fool's Day Late Dollar Short picnic event cache. Thought perhaps some of you might have some to share. (???) I'm sure CA Racetramp wouldn't mind a few for the POC website either.
  5. Twice even Yeah, Hemlock. Twice even. I wanted to do that cool link thing YOU did...but I'm fairly clueless. (Obviously.) I couldn't figure out how to link to THAT post (rather than that page of posts.) And...not everyone reads ALL the forums. (AND...thanks, Ralan, for understanding my intention of sharing, not spamming.) Hemlock or others: I'm always interested in CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Tell me how to do what you already KNOW how to do (post link that goes to THAT forum post, not just the forum post page) and I'll be HAPPY to comply in the OFF chance that I ever need to do so again.
  6. HEYA! The multi has been approved so now you can log your finds!
  7. Wow! Alrighty...I've altered every one of my 30 cache pages to the new format. I understood GC.com was going to disable (ferret out) all the background HTML in favor if their new background option, so here are the steps I took: -I located the image source for every background I was using. -downloaded images not originally from my own computer TO my computer - uploaded the images to the corresponding cache page at GC.com - determined location (address) of the image on the GC.com server - edited the cache description to include a direct link to the image as saved on GC.com server. Very cumbersome to change all the old pages over to the new format this way. But, perhaps I was mistake and just made a bunch of busy work for myself. At any rate, the pages load faster now because the images are on teh GC.com server, not some outside server over which none of us has any control. AND when posting new caches, the new method may be easier than the old (though a few more steps). Just thought I'd share.
  8. Wow! Alrighty...I''ve altered every one of my 30 cache pages to the new format. I understood GC.com was going to disable (ferret out) all the background HTML in favor if their new background option, so here are the steps I took: -I located the image source for every background I was using. -downloaded images not originally from my own computer TO my computer - uploaded the images to the corresponding cache page at GC.com - determined location (address) of the image on the GC.com server - edited the cache description to include a direct link to the image as saved on GC.com server. Very cumbersome to change all the old pages over to the new format this way. But, perhaps I was mistake and just made a bunch of busy work for myself. At any rate, the pages load faster now because the images are on teh GC.com server, not some outside server over which none of us has any control. AND when posting new caches, the new method may be easier than the old (though a few more steps). Just thought I'd share.
  9. Thank you, local cachers, for attending today's picnic in Waller Park. It was nice to put the faces and names to the GC screennames, swap tales and watch the kids run. Please note that the multi placed for the day is still pending approval. Watch for it if you completed the tour of Waller's Nether Region.
  10. <img src="http://www.yourimageserver.com/this/that/picture.jpg" align="left"> (Editors note: corrected ing to img - Jeremy) Thanks!
  11. I have seen pages with the pictures embedded in the PAGE rather than the background but I haven't a CLUE how to do it. Perhaps more research is in store on my end. (Well, duh!) Thanks for the pointers. I especially appreciate the one about uploading the image to the page then using THAT copy of the image. NOW I understand why people do that. (I didn't get it before.) THANKS!
  12. When I first saw the new option to simply past the url in the newly provided box I was stoked, but then the pages failed to load with their background images. Are you still working out bugs on this new change? I think it's a great idea. But... This Cache page didn't work until I put the coding back in the description box. (Which, I understand, will eventually be lost when the Big Changeover is made.) And this one doesn't work either way. I tried it first with the newly provided space as well as within the html description. I was doing fine with the old HTML version. But I don't mind anything that could make this easier. Before I try to edit all my cache pages to make them fit the new style (so I don't lose the backgrounds altogether) please help.
  13. OK, sounds like there's a bit of interest, EVEN if it involves coming CLEAR down to Santa Maria! So, I'll jump...As I said before, I'm not really an event planner, but it takes volunteers to make these things happen. And I'd like to meet some of the newbies, see some of the oldskies and generally have a nice day out. SO...how's about April 2, Saturday, at Waller Park? There is a fee to reserve a picnic are and the place CAN be busy (though it's always tough to tell ahead of time). We could always go WITHOUT reservations, do the paper-plate-trail-from-the-front-gate thing and hope no one kicks us off our spot or... anyone got some extra cash to donate to Santa Barbara County? (Now this is something I REALLY can't volunteer for...considered SELLING the GPSr and Palm last month, if that's any indication to you.)
  14. Yes, in fact, that's exactly what I did. I figured, yeah, it was borderline SPAM, but since this was a targeted audience I ALSO figured I was OK. Was just surprised to see no response to CA Racetramp's query about the next event. I finally posted one 'cause I kinda felt bad. Then I placed these caches and wanted to let everyone know, so I looked for as many locals as I could find in the time alotted and SPAMmed you all! I wonder who will be the first to complete the Big/Little "K" "M" "N" loop... GeoCats - I DID see your Lowe hike and I've been wanting to go up there FOREVER. Looks like another instance in which caching is going to get me where I want to be. Thanks. (Why don't we just DO it without the caches??? Oh, I guess that's 'cause we have other hobbies, interests, trails and, oh yeah, jobs.) OreoPony - You've done a great job on your initial caches. Are you sure you haven't done this before? Perhaps you're just using a new screenname, or perhaps you've moved from another geocachic spot... Hmmm...
  15. HEY Poison Oakers! I've posted three new caches which are best achieved by taking a 9-mile loop trail accessible to anyone who's not averse to a forest of poison oak (you know I AM, but I did it anyway 'cause it's just so dang'd BEAUTIFUL here) and can walk a fair piece up and down a mountain. Anyone who's done Bishop Peak or Gaviota Peak can do this hike. AND you get waterfalls, swimming holes and THREE caches to boot! These are the "K", "M" and "N" caches in my (eventual) alphabet series. "K"ismet Cache "M"iner's "N"ot Mine And finally, here's the route map. Please note that while there is a road on the upper portion, it is currently closed due to a creek washout on the Pozo side. So, at this time, this area is accessible only on foot or by mountain bike (good luck with a skinny-tired road bike). AND while the roads are open to bikes, the paths connecting them are not. Foot traffic only. Bring LOTS of water, a bathing suit, snacks, camera, sunscreen and Tecnu!
  16. Anyone out there? Are CA Racetramp and I the only locals still subscribing to this topic? HELLLOOO?
  17. Wow, POC members! I just found this event while tracking one of my TBs. Have WE got something to aspire to! This sucker is HUGE! Wish I could've been there. Will definitely keep an eye on this group for a caching vacation adventure in future. check their cache event page for a listing of their programs: Mega Event
  18. Sorry for the delayed response, 'Tramp! 'm interested in another gathering, but we're going to be out and about off and on 'til June so I'm not big on planning. (Then again, I suppose I never am the leader when it comes to organizing gatherings. Building up my skills on kid parties.) Waller Park has some nice, relatively large areas and plenty of space to set out a geo game for the day (not to mention four ready caches immediately in the park and a few more not far away). There's also a Klondike's pizza spot down here. I wouldn't mind HELPING to plan this one (just not a lead dog these days). Anyone else?
  19. Well, the husband mocked me, but became an enabler at Christmas when he stuffed not only MY stocking with dogtags, stickers and micro containers all from the GC.com store, but also my CHILDREN's stockings. He also upgraded my Palm as a suprise (a 6-year-newer version). I actually hadn't even been looking for one or considering one, so it was a great first suprise from him! A friend took to calling me a GeoGeek, but now he's caching his way around with his own kids and wife in tow! (OK...so now I'm a pusher.) But I DO spend too much time at this, I must agree. I used to do things like plan stuff to do with my kids at home. You know, educational stuff. I used to spend a bit more time at my paying gigs. So...funny this thread is here tonight. I came online to find the thread for our local group (Poison Oak Cachers). Apparently we weren't active enough and the thread is gone, or I'm just extra lame and can't find it. ANYHOW...as of this evening I vow not to search for ANY caches unless they're in REALLY neat locations, larger than a micro and worth a day's stay with my children (and perhaps even the enabler-husband of mine). I've wasted countless hours on parking lot micros just to get them "off my list." (This is NOT a game to get into if you're AT ALL obsessive, which I've learned, thanks to this game, I AM!) It's been fun, but I'm cutting back. Really! I can quit ANY time! (Now...when's that next pocketquery coming through?)
  20. I use the Garmin dash mount with the "repositionable" sticker rather than the permanent sticker. Sure, the "repositionable" sticker will become permanent at some point. But I find WD-40 a fantastic formula for removing ANYTHING sticky from just about ANYTHING smooth (fresh road tar off new car paint...that was the toughest test). The only thing I don't like about it is that it required a different back (included with the mount), and that doesn't work with the protective carrying case I had for the unit. I either have to change the back every time I'm going to step out of the car, or leave the unit unprotected from the inevitable drops and bangs. Then again, I couldn't see well through the casing's window anyway!
  21. Thanks for your help! The World66 map was JUST what I was looking for. (And Alan2's suggestion will work for other projects) THANKS! J:)
  22. I've seen a cache tracking map on some of the more experienced cacher's profile pages. Have e-mailed, but must admit I'm impatient (at this hour, who wouldn't be?). Does anyone know of an automated tracking tool that posts a map of users' finds?
  23. Hmmm...sure enough there are 13 with SCUBA in the cache name, but on closer inspection, only 7 of those are SCUBA caches. Perhaps there's another search I could use. Or perhaps some of you trolling the forums have first-hand experience with some of SCUBA caches (either those with SCUBA in their cache names or especially those NOT so easily identified as such). Thanks for your effort, Briansnat
  24. Perhaps the Signal the Frog antenna topper was designed for desk presentation rather than car installation. My husband (who mocks my every geocaching thought) actually purchased several items from the GC store for stocking stuffers. (Now he's an enabler...mock me no more!) ANYHOW, I was happy to see Signal there in the stocking and he made it to the antenna in less time than it takes to find a park-and-grab. Alas, he wobbles like CRAZY. He's not an antenna ball (those never wobble) but rather a hollow plastic head with a hole in the bottom for the stick. Perhaps next time make this a solid mass with a hole in the middle - thereby eliminating speed wobbles. Now..for a fix...considering some sort of foam insertion....hmmmm IDEAS?
  25. Does anyone know of any caches (in the U.S. or abroad) that require technical diving (SCuBA) skills?
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