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Wild Thing

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  1. Previously listed: ...lapel pins, with geographical, personal/signature, recreational or comic themes. ... quality signature items (but not inkjet printer paper cards) or handmade items. ------- Having given this more thought, I'd like to amend my answer. - Like everyone else, I'd love to find a marshmallow shooter. - Mineral specimens with really good crystal terminations. - I scored my first FTF this week and took a new flyfishing line. I'd like to find other flyfishing gear. Oh yeah, see this post where I'm fishing for answers to a related question... - Clean, unused TY Beanie Babies with mint tags still attached. - Where's George $. - Worthwhile books! S'enuff for now.
  2. Good suggestions! I am rethinking the idea a bit. I did a couple of searches for caches using keywords "fishing" and "trout." There are quite a few caches out there, but not enough to get a TB across the country. Besides, many of them are here in the Rockies. I could get at least 20 flies into a box of 3" diameter by 1" high or similar size but different dimensions, so I'd like to keep that part of the TB. I agree that anyone could pull the TB from a cache and move it along, while maintaing the goal of visiting flyfishing places. The flies in box #1 would still be available for trade, and when they are gone, I would like the TB returned to me. Getting more practical?
  3. I have a rather complicated travel bug in mind for my first release and would appreciate opinions from more experienced cachers. The TB would include 2 boxes. Initially, one would be empty and the other full of hand-tied fishing flies. I would place it at or near one of my favorite trout streams. Instructions would be that: 1) It be picked up only by fly fishers; 2) They remove one fly for themselves and place one in the second box for me; 3) They deposit it at a cache near their favorite fly fishing location; and 4) When the first box of flies is empty, it be mailed back to me. I would love it if the the TB made it to some of the famous streams in New England, but would also be happy to have it returned filled with new flies and great stories. With all of the missing TBs, I'm concerned that this one would be awfully desirable and would disappear long before completing its mission. What do you think?
  4. I've started looking for lapel pins, with geographical, personal/signature, recreational or comic themes. I also like quality signature items (but not inkjet printer paper cards) or handmade items. Recently found a hand-printed recipe card in a ziplock bag to keep it clean - that was nice!
  5. My edit: Rant removed. I was awfully tired from last night after finding a well-kept cache at a powerful memorial. I am a newbie to this sport, but have a darn good idea how to place a good cache, not just because I've seen a few, but because I can extrapolate from there. I'll place my first one when I'm out of this walking cast and can reach the unique locations that will provide a quality experience for others while satisfying my own desire for quality. As others have pointed out so clearly, one needn't have found 20 or 100 or any other threshold number of caches in order to place one! Another point: I worked on sat nav receivers a long time ago (they were rack-mount then which gives you an idea of how long ago) and have a pretty good idea of how they work. If you're not a rocket scientist (or at least an engineer), then I'd be willing to bet that you haven't a clue whether your device is accurate or not. All you really know is that it is repeatable with respect to someone else's receiver. Off the soapbox...
  6. I've been geocaching for ...ummm... about 5 weeks. I noticed early on that the contents of some caches appear to have been burgled. Without prompting or instructions, I've purchased some unusual items to trade. My favorite items are small but fun, like hair ornaments for women and girls, "bargain" CDs from well-known musicians, pretty little household items, symbolic medallions, "southwestern" items, all of which are still in original wrapping. My favorite places to find such tchotkes are Ross Dress-For-Less, T.J. Maxx, Target or the local stores that carry cool little souvenirs. Most of the items that I choose to place are aimed at women and girls since I've noticed that there are plenty of women in this sport but lots of masculine swag! When I start placing my own caches, they will be stocked initially with a variety of cool stuff. I have some ideas for thematic caches too. Don't know yet what I'll do if they end up full of junk... Ask me in a year. One more thing: Santa Fe gets lots of tourists, so the contents of any accessible cache likely do not reflect the local caching community as much as visitors who want souvenirs. Just my humble opinion.
  7. Dumb question of the day, what's a greenbelt? Sorry 'bout that! A greenbelt is an area left natural when a subdivision is created, and intended as open space for the residents. Usually increases sense of privacy, creates space for recreation, and retains wildlife habitat. In this particular subdivision, we are not allowed to fence our property, nor to landscape or plant the whole lot (... and then there are those water restrictions...). Thus, unless one finds the survey stakes, it's difficult to figure out where the boundary is between privately-owned land and community-owned land.
  8. I live in a residential community that most people would consider far enough out of town to be "wild." There are greenbelts between streets. People walk - with or without their dogs - most commonly in the morning and evening. Each greenbelt is bordered by private land, albeit not by fences, and is accessible at cross streets. I'd like to place a cache in one (maybe more) of the greenbelts. Does anyone foresee problems in doing so? Thanks for opinions and ideas!
  9. I've been reading forums in order to learn as much as possible about geo-caching, my newest addiction. I've particularly found topics on paperless geo-caching (this topic, for instance) fascinating. However, it seems that the best software available is for the Palm OS and not Windows CE. Here is the complete listings of my pertinent systems: HP desktop computer running Windows XP Home v.6, Garmin Vista, HP iPAQ 2215 running Windows CE 4.20. Recommendations, please, on software that will enable most efficient use of my pocket PC and GPSr? (I'm not a premium member yet because I want to make sure that my high level of interest continues. ) However, I expect to take the plunge soon. Even better: if you feel comfortable coaching me through this technical chaos, I would be most grateful for the help. Thank you!!!
  10. I like the idea of putting a multi-cache near or in a golf (glof) course! My father lives on a well-known private course in California that allows walkers on the trails early in the morning and in the evening. IF the course that you are considering allows entry during off-hours and IF you include that contraint in the cache description, it should be fine. Also, it would be a fun one to hunt!
  11. I'm a newbie at this sport. With that caveat in mind, I set up management and quality systems in my last profession and feel qualified to comment on this topic. Because I love this sport and would like it to remain one of comraderie and good will, let's not copy - or even adapt - eBay's rating system which has created much competition and ill will between buyers and sellers, or sellers and sellers, and even buyers and buyers. It also encourages expression of other baser human characteristics. Human nature being what it is, a rating system could become a means for some to elevate themselves or denigrate others. Some people become judgemental when given the chance while others allow their own preferences to rule their ratings. Instead, let's emphasize the positive aspects of a cache and of the sport in general. For those who live in a populated area, a rankings and feedback system provided by the local geocaching group, e.g. the ChiTown Cachers and cited by Markwell above (ChiTown Cachers' Rankings) is valuable for visitors and locals alike. I also appreciate an individual cacher's listing of favorites such as The Leprechauns' (The Leprechauns' profile). It doesn't matter whether an individual's favorites change as s/he evolves within the sport and visits additional caches: any list is a snapshot in time. The comments that accompany the list are particularly helpful. Within a couple of weeks of starting this hobby, I ended up in a walking cast. While destroying my summer hiking season, I've continued geocaching by concentrating on easier finds. While I'd rather spend my days hiking to the more distant and challenging locations, I've enjoyed the easier, more accessible caches too. There's room in the sport for all kinds! Everyplace has its special historic, artistic or cultural spots worthy of a virtual cache. Likewise, there is room in this sport for those who want to collect FTFs, gather lots of park-and-dash caches, take time to solve puzzles, hike to remote spots to experience that incredible mountaintop view, enjoy this sport as a safe and healthy activity en famille , or participate in whatever way floats their boat! <--my niece's quote. If a cacher considers a cache to be a poor example of a specific type of cache, s/he always has the option of commenting directly to the owner via e-mail. Constructive feedback is valuable and almost always welcome. There's no need to publicize criticism. So... what can geocaching.com do to enable users to list their favorites? 1) Create guidelines and criteria. 2) Provide a coding tool that makes it easier to construct a favorites list. 3) Encourage initiation of local clubs/chapters and provide links to their websites. Those are my suggestions. This discussion has become increasingly argumentative, so I'll just bow out now.
  12. Thank you Renegade Knight! Your answer corresponds to my gut after doing some on-line shopping. Are both Garmin and Magellan limited to the software they can use? Or, can I download any useful owftware/maps from my PC or PDA? With either manufacturer, what accessories will I need to purchase? (...trying to calculate ultimate cost...) Oh yeah, I'm still interested in opinions regarding the "bargain" at the url cited originally. TIA
  13. I have started geocaching by accompanying a friend who has a receiver. It's time for me to get my own unit but I'm confused by all the options! I would like adequate memory to download maps (both street and topo) and other information and the ability to connect to a PC or PDA. First question: I have a HP iPaq 2210. Is it cost effective to add GPS to this pocket PC or purchase a standalone handheld GPSr? Are there software limitations or benefits in choosing either option? If I decide to use the iPaq, what are the best options for adding a GPSr? I have heard of Bluetooth HP and Pharos Bluetooth GPS units retailing around $329 (found one for $250) and a smaller version that either plugs into the CF slot or comes with a Bluetooth receiver retailing around $200+. Are there others? I have only looked at Garmin and Magellan units. My choices here are listed below -- depending on what bargains I can find! Opinions? - Garmin eTrex Vista - Magellan SporTrak Map - Magellan SporTrak Pro - Magellan Meridian Gold see refurbished model at http://www.heartlandamerica.com/item/default.asp?SKU=97541 Any opinions or misgivings regarding purchasing a refurbished Meridian Gold with a limited 90 day warranty instead of the normal 1 year?
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