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  1. On 7/10/2021 at 6:48 PM, Unit473L said:

    My initial thought was that the person had previously found some caches but had not logged them yet. When they logged them, they included the TB's in their inventory at the time of making the log, but the software does not run a check to see if a cache log is being backdated to before the TB was bought (an unnecessary action).


    I concur, deleting "impossible" logs would be fine, as a finder would need to do some rather amazing mental gymnastics to justify those logs. It'll be interesting to see what they say, if they respond.


    No response, as of yet. He's been VERY active after picking up the TB. It's traveled thousands of miles which has been really fun to see. I hope I don't deter him from continuing to dip it along the way. It was just the logs from December 2020-February 2021 that were weird to me (and put the starting point in Texas instead of Illinois).

  2. Every TB I release, I dip it in my home cache (the one that is in my front yard). I then dropped a bug at large rest area cache and it was picked up pretty quickly. I love to keep an eye on my bugs as they travel, and the person who picked it up has been VERY active and dipping it frequently. I think noticed that they dipped the bug in 3-4 caches before my activation date (and even before I purchased the bug). Am I the a**hole for deleting the logs prior to my initial activation and dip? (I did message the person and let them know what I had done. I have not received a response yet).

  3. 14 hours ago, niraD said:

    As others have mentioned, according to section 2-D of the geocaching.com terms of use, "You agree not to: [...] xxiii. Publish on our websites the solutions, hints, spoilers, or any hidden coordinates for any geocache without consent from the geocache owner.” However, here are some general puzzle tips (based in part on a puzzle-solving class event presented by The Rat a while ago):

    Identify the theme. Check the cache title, the hint, the HTML source, the graphics (including names/URLs), any links (including URLs), whatever is at the posted coordinates, etc. If you can figure out the theme, then you should look for numbering systems that are associated with that theme (zip codes, athletes’ jersey numbers, episode numbers, product codes, etc.).

    Around here, coordinates will have 15 digits, and will look like "N 37° xx.xxx W 122° xx.xxx". So when I'm solving a nearby puzzle, I look for a group of 15 things, and then I look for ways to get the digits 37xxxxx122xxxxx from them. In general, I look for ways to get the number 37 (or the digits 3 and 7) from something near the beginning of the puzzle, and the number 122 (or the digits 1, 2, and 2) from something near the middle of the puzzle. (Of course, you'll need to adjust this for the coordinates near you.)


    If you ask the cache owner for a hint, then be sure to mention the approaches you have tried so far, and the results those approaches have yielded. It can also be helpful to work together with others who are trying to solve the same puzzle. Geocaching events are a good place to meet other geocachers; ask around to see if anyone else is trying to solve the same puzzle(s) as you.

    Other useful resources include:



    Thank you for the resources! I'm a newbie to puzzles (I've solved 3 so far) but would love to do a few more and then work on writing my own!

  4. On 2/17/2020 at 2:16 AM, arisoft said:


    I saw similar effect on a brand new Android device. It was somehow related to Google location service that overruns the gps for some reason.


    I have a 4 month old Samsung S10+ and I get bounced all over the place. My fiance and I could be standing shoulder to shoulder, using the compass, and both be pointed in completely different directions.

  5. 17 hours ago, Gyuri33 said:

    I have no problem paying 30 bucks a year for the premium membership, but I have 2 boys who feel somewhat strongly about having their own memberships so now it's 90. My wife is a muggle for now, but if she's ever converted we'll be at $120. Now I know we don't all have to be premium, but it's easier and more fun if everyone has the same access. I'm just wondering if there might be maybe a family plan and if not would someone maybe consider it. 


    Do you guys cache alone or as a family? If you always go out as a family, maybe you could create a "Team Smith" account, make it premium, and use that as a joint account of sorts.


    My fiance and I generally cache together, but we do sometimes go out alone, so we will likely both end up going premium soon. (We want to switch before our honeymoon because I've seen a lot of premium caches along our route!)

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  6. Just now, Max and 99 said:

    Those are not uncommon!


    Oh good! I just need to suck it up and order the sticker (hate paying shipping on something so small). My fiance already has a name picked out for it LOL.

  7. Has anyone ever turned their car or camper into a travelbug? I was thinking about buying a travelbug sticker for our camper to both log where we've been but also possibly be discoverable for other cachers in the area.

  8. 2 hours ago, HunterandSamuel said:



    Congratulations!!!!!  And congrats to the person who was FTF!  We usually congrats the FTF in the description! I love when cachers leave long logs, detailing their adventures in finding the cache and how much they enjoyed it. Some have interesting stories to tell! lol 


    I did go back and leave a congrats note for him in the description! He wrote a really fantastic log entry, which has inspired me to be a little more detailed when I find caches! They can tell great stories :)

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  9. On 1/21/2020 at 6:15 AM, HunterandSamuel said:


    Was it finally published? It is very exciting when it is! I love getting that email. I noticed that it may also depend on where you live. I know that my son's cache hides in upstate New York are usually published within hours of submitting. One time over the holidays, he hid a cache across the street from a relatives house we were all visiting. It was published within hours. Very exciting for all of us and to watch geocachers find it from the front window later that day!


    It was published the next day, and received it's FTF the day after that! It's been really fun to watch the log fill up.

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  10. I tend to "watch" quite a few caches. I'll click the watch list if it's a cache that I want to try to find in the future, and I also watch some caches that I've already found just because I'm curious to see who finds it after me (especially if I have a TB in the cache...I want to see who picks it up, just out of sheer curiosity!)

  11. On 9/13/2019 at 6:58 PM, niraD said:

    The closest I've gotten has been when park rangers stopped to ask if everything was okay. Apparently I look more like someone who might be in trouble than someone who might be causing trouble.


    We had this happen last week. Just a random muggle asking if we needed help. We thanked him for his concern and he carried on his way!

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  12. On 12/19/2019 at 2:46 PM, chillMadi said:

    Thank you all! I got impatient after hiding my first cache lol. I understand now that patience is key and apparently my local reviewer is speedy :)


    I just placed my first cache yesterday, and the reviewer got back to me within 12 hours (I had a few corrections to make). I'm impatient due to excitement, but my reviewer seems to be going much quicker than what is listed on the website!

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  13. On 1/1/2020 at 4:03 PM, Chipper3 said:

    Thank you for the help!


    I am adding a little more detail to be very specific for those not familiar  with the nuances of the GeoCache techniques for creating the web part of creating a new cache.


    2. If you have no caches being developed and not published click on CREATE A NEW GEOCACHE  and follow the prompts.

    3. When you have completed your session and want to save the work for future refinement before submitting then look for the SAVE and SAVE & PREVIEW links by scrolling down to bottom of the form.   SAVE will return you to the form and SAVE & PREVIEW will present  what a visitor to your cache page will see. 

    4. A distinction is important here.  Geocaching does not call your work in progress a Draft.  Draft is used to describe a temporary field finding log that you use later to log your find.  Geocaching calls your cache creation work as an Unpublished Hide.

    5.  So to find your work in progress, click on your profile icon on the menu bar at the top of any page.  The look for the Cache grouping and click on UNPUBLISHED HIDES and then click on the one that you are working on.  To Edit, click on the EDIT CACHE link at the top of the page.



    Hope this helps!


    This is super helpful! I have almost all of my hide planned out, just need to grab coordinates. Glad that I can work on it before doing a final submit.

  14. Hi, I'm Mandy from Illinois, USA. I'm super new to geocaching (I've found 10 so far), but my fiance is not new! He got me hooked on the game and now I can't get enough. I currently work as a supply chain analyst in the aerospace industry, and I'm getting married in May 2020! My fiance and I have a small collection of pets--2 dogs, 2 ball pythons, a tortoise, and a kitten. We also enjoy camping and fishing (which is great for geocaching as there are so many hidden in local parks!)

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