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Hiking Cockroachess

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  1. I'm glad that I'm not the only one. I finally upgraded from my beloved 60csX, as it was having battery power recognition issues. Between that and the allure of paperless caching (now that Palm is not a good option), I was called over to the dark side. Garmin has been pretty good about listening to their customer base in the past; I hope that this is no exception. Thanks, Bango Shank, for putting in the time and effort to contact Garmin. -HC
  2. The idea is quite creative, and I can appreciate that. HOWEVER, think about the reprecussions to our activity if found by the wrong person. Geocaching is misunderstood enough without purposely making a cache appear like a harmful object. This is the very reason they recommend painting over the "ammo classification" on ammunition cans and labeling them as an official geocache. There are enough geocaches, some ammo cans, some not, that have already been literally blown up, believing that they were bombs. This twist on a micro could potentially add to that. I'd rather see hides that help us move forward as being an acceptable activity. Now, I know, you could say "I'll hide it where muggles will never find it." "It will be on private property." Nope, people talk, people wander, folks get curious about suspicious items. No matter where you place it, there will always be an element of misunderstanding.
  3. Thank you, Elias! My GeoJK Club for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders starts very soon. Between my two "sold-out" meeting dates per week, we'll be having over 36 kids perusing the website at school and at home. I truly want to portray geocaching in the best light possible. ~HC
  4. I may be a premium member, but my students and the school account are NOT premium members, so it could be an issue.
  5. Okay, at first I didn't mind the Google ads. The ones advertising GPSr units caused the site to load a bit more slowly, but I could deal with it. Websites don't come cheap, and I'm sure the money generated by these ads help deal with the costs of servers, etc. That said, I'm an educator who uses this website with my students. Today I logged onto GC from work to find an ad running for "Find Your Perfect Lover." Is this the type of ad we want to have running on GC? In the past, I have been proud to introduce GC as a SAFE, FAMILY FRIENDLY, KID FRIENDLY website. The parents may raise an eyebrow about this, once their children log onto GC from home. Is there any way that we can specify that ads be RELATED to our activity in some way, shape or form? Ads that offer to find one's "perfect lover" sound like they are just one step away from those annoying pop-up ads. I have a feeling that, if reviewed by school web monitors, this may cause them to block GC from our access. Thanks for listening...
  6. I find myself teaching more and more geocaching classes these days. Many of them are for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other youth organizations. Although providing them with all the whys and wherefores of running a Garmin would be nice, it could also be overwhelming. What I do is provide them with the basics. 1) What is geocaching (in short) 2) What are we looking for (show them different types of containers) 3) How to use the Garmin to locate nearest caches (waypoints are pre-loaded) 4) What do we do when we do find it? I have constructed a large fold-out yellow Garmin visual that numbers the buttons 1-5 for easy reference. Each "holder of the Garmin" gets a sheet with easy-to-follow instructions (in case they have trouble and I'm busy with somebody else). As for loaners, some regional geocaching clubs have invested in loaners. Become active with them and offer to help teach. Also, if you have local offices like Cooperative Extension (the 4-H program) or a Community College, they may also have units for educational loan. Please note, that many such groups loan these out of the goodness of their hearts. Ask the group you are teaching for to provide the batteries, rather than expect the Garmin-owning organization to foot the bill for the batteries. Good luck!
  7. I only run a Pocket Query when needed. I put a couple PQ's together today at noon. Now, four hours later, they still haven't generated. They are marked for Sunday because that is today's date. Once they do run, the site is marked to automatically delete them.
  8. It's not that today's new pocket queries have been run and are slowed in in email transit. These have been sitting for some time marked "Never Run" on the website. They are marked to be run today, on Sunday. Is there a server down?
  9. I bought my first GPSr on a rainy day in Lake Placid. Cockroach and I were up there camping, with the intention of "bagging a few more peaks." Remembering a past instance where we had a difference of opinion on how to read a map and where we were, I was intrigued by the Garmin Vista. One of my hopes was that we would climb Esther, a trail-less peak. However, not only did I want us to make it to the top, I also wanted us to make it back down before nightfall without getting lost. The next day took us out to Whiteface Mountain, one of the more popular of the 46 peaks, as it is the ONLY peak that non-hikers can drive to the top of. It's also the only peak where you can be served a fresh cheeseburger and icy drink at the summit of. During the 4-1/2 hours it took to hike to the top, I found out that there were a lot of bells and whistles to the unit, more than I felt comfortable using. I also knew my limitations, and that means MANUALS! I don't understand 'em half the time, so I learn by doing, not reading when it comes to technology. The day after we got back from that High Peaks trip, I remembered the Eternal Flames geocache page that I had stumbled across on the net a year ago. At that time, I had been looking for a trail map leading to the Eternal Flames in Chestnut Ridge Park. I perused the geocaching website, and the next day, I set out to find the closest cache to my apartment. I had not a clue what I was looking for (50 cal? What's that? A low-calorie soda can?), and luckily I ran into another cacher on my first hunt. Let's just say the rest is history. I now own four different Garmins, teach geocaching and GPSr classes for Eastern Mountain Sports, and enjoy caching on nearly a daily basis. Using geocaching to learn how to use a GPSr was a successful goal, and so much more. By the way, I hiked within 100 feet of a cache on the way up Whiteface that first day (it's now archived ), and I still have to bo back to hike up Esther! The irony in this hasn't been lost on me.
  10. You should not need to plug the unit into a PC and configure it. The Legend CX is free-functioning insofar as the geocache software. I'm assuming that you're trying to find them on the GPSr AFTER you've marked them as found. You won't find them under the Geocache icon any longer, as the minute you hit that "found" button, the GPSr changes the icon from "Geocache" to "Geocache Found". If you do a "find" for waypoints, not geocaches, you should see those two finds come up under the "Geocache Found" icon. I hope this helps. Feel free to email me directly if we need to clarify further. Cache on, Deb
  11. I LIKE this idea. Having a actual container at a historic site is not always wise or feasible. There is a micro cache that I remember where it was placed about 15 feet away from an old log cabin. GZ for many of us was at the corner of the cabin, and I kept telling my partner to "leave the cabin alone." It took a few return visits to find this one, and each time, the cabin was in worse and worse repair, presumably from searchers taking out loose bits to check for the film canister. Having people gather information from the site and actually LEARN something would solve the issue of damaging the site, AND it would be a more worthwhile visit.
  12. The Garmin Legend CX comes with "geocaching software." If you go to Find -> Geocache, and the unit is asking if you want to setup the software, that either means you are using the geocaching software for the first time...OR you have no geocaches loaded in the unit. The GPSr recognizes these by the little treasure box icon. Once you find a geocache, that icon will turn to an open treasure box when you press "found" on the compass page. It sounds like you loaded just one geocache into the unit, and then couldn't find it after you marked it as found. That would be because the icon had changed. Try this. Load several geocaches into the unit from a pocket query or a database if you have one. Now when you are out in the field, you will see how that software works. Once you find a geocache, mark it as found on the compass page. The software will then ask if you want to find another geocache, and it will automatically suggest the nearest one. Granted, you might rather go to Find -> Geocache to select your next one, rather than scamper back and forth, but it is a handy feature. At some point during your day, you may want to check the number of caches you have found. Go to Find -> Geocache. Now, press the lowest left-hand button on the side of the unit. This is your menu option. It will give you some choices including "Show Found Geocaches." Highlight that, press the click stick to enter, and then you will see the ones you've found. To show non-found caches, go to Find -> Geocaches, press the large lowest left-hand button again and select "Show geocaches not found." This essentially reverses what the unit is looking for. Be aware that Garmin, as with many software companies, has different staff writing the software and the manuals, so there are "gaps" in the knowledge base. Cache on!
  13. I've been in both martial arts classes (Tai Chi...it's like judo on quaeludes, but don't laugh...it works when sped up) AND self-defence classes. The latter was much "dirtier" in style, with the emphasis not on destroying your opponent, but on disabling them long enough for you to "get outta there!" Both stressed that the best way to win a fight is to avoid the situation in the first place. This isn't always the easiest thing to do, I know. I carry a small pepper-spray called "The Jogger," which I also carry for running. It for use in a last-ditch effort, as it can backfire. Get the wind going the right direction, and you're the one with the pepper spray in the eyes, not the mugger. I also carry a small airhorn, but that's more for shooing off an animal, as I do not personally wish to carry a gun. Caching with a group is optimal, but I agree that sometimes just going on your own feels good. I do both, keeping an eye out for trouble especially when on my own. There have been a couple of times where I just bugged out of somewhere because of a suspicious muggle or group of muggles. Your attitude on this occurance is higher than commendable. Most people would have written off geocaching all-together, but you seem to be taking this with your head held high, vowing to return. I seriously hope that I get to meet you at an event someday, as your attitude is amazing. These kids were out for somebody...it didn't have to be a cacher. Sad to say it, but I doubt they knew the 60CsX for a GPSr, and considering that all the "cool technology" is small now, I doubt they thought it was a phone. Roughing you...or somebody else...up was probably their power play of the day. Don't beat yourself up, thinking that you were necessarily a target because you were geocaching. Lastly, RICE...Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation for that ankle. Let us know what the word is on it. Good luck out there; we're thinking of you.
  14. The whole idea of a "code" for logging sounds like micro-management to me. Too much work and effort to implement, when there are other things that Groundspeak could be doing that would be more productive. Geocaching (to me) is a game based on trust. Having a code would remove that element and make it less of a game as well. The cheaters will still share the codes and work their way around it...and let's face it, they are only cheating themselves.
  15. I like knives with all the doo-dads...but I will purchase them myself, thank you. There are good reasons for guidelines as to what shouldn't be in a cache container, and those reasons are usually between three and nine years old. How much trouble can a little one get into with a knife? A lot, if mom or dad don't see them grab it out of the cache first. Let the young ones learn knife safety with the guidance of an adult, and with a better quality knife than the ones you find in caches (I prefer a Leatherman with a locking blade). That way, it's a memory (my grandfather taught me to whittle) that educates. If you need further proof for why we should be careful what we put in caches, consider a friend of mine. Several years ago, he was handed a fistful of firecrackers, another no-no for swag. His parents weren't around, and instead of throwing the lit firecrackers into the air, he held on to them, examining them closely. The resulting injury cost him his sight and several of his fingers. While we shouldn't shelter our children from every taboo, it's best to let parents introduce them to "magnets" like knives, firecrackers, etc. Oh yes...I've found firecrackers in caches several times.
  16. I've come across a Hitchiker awhile back...a fish rather than a Donald Duck. Donald was probably started AFTER the invention of TB's, if there was actually a note from the owner that said so. Long story short, I googled for the "Hitchiker Geocaching", and although I came up with mentions of the non-TB travelers, the only site that dealt with them had a note that the Geocaching Hitchiker logs hadn't worked out and had been discontinued. Now there is something called a Traveler Tag, similar to a Hitchiker, in which there is no pre-made TB tag. Their web addy is http://www.travelertags.com/. Hope that this info helps!
  17. Now, I don't live in the area, so I can't speak from first hand experience, but I understand that many of the caches in a portion of the ADK are having trouble. There is a geo-thief who has been stealing caches right and left. This is the reason that GeoLobo was setting out a number of caches for the upcoming event, JUST PRIOR to the event. It is also why the majority of caches surrounding this year's MidWinter event are puzzle caches. Be sure to check the status of the hide before you head out, and even if you do, be prepared to be surprised. The tried-n-true cachers of the ADK haven't given up on the activity, but they have experienced a LOT of disappointment.
  18. I bet that if you checked on the history of that $5 fee, you'd find that it has been in place a LOT longer than the activity of geocaching has been around. We have a similar fee for the state park system here in NYS. It's something like $6 or $7 per carload of people, OR you can purchase a parks pass, which is something like $60 per year. IT'S WORTH IT! Geocaching is about getting out into nature, and the state parks can be some of the most beautiful regions out there. Your $5 goes to help support the park system, which takes a fair bit of money to maintain. If you still feel it's unfair, saying that you don't "use" anything within the park, remember that driving on the pavement does add to the road wear...those bathrooms use electricity to run the water pumps and light the rooms....and that SOMEBODY has empty all those trash containers, else the garbage would be everywhere. This is all without considering the rangers who maintain both animal and "human animal" control, helping to make your geocache experience as safe as possible in the great outdoors. Just my 2 cents worth...but then again, I buy the park pass every year.
  19. Personally, I became a PM because it allowed me to download gpx files and create Pocket Queries. Even if GC were to withdraw all of the other services, I would still pay for a PM. Those two functions are worth it. As for your beef with the advance notification, it's not a perfect system. GC even states that sometimes these slip through the cracks, are delayed by server overloads (usually a greylisting by a major mail service), etc. Many times, when everything is going smoothly, I see the cache online in a manual search AN HOUR OR MORE before a notification pops into my mail system. I don't have a problem with this. For me, this is not a heads-up for an FTF; it's a tap on the shoulder to let me know that there's another cache to hunt sometime. Any FTF's I've managed to find are usually found AFTER I did a manual search. I'm working with no greater advantage than a regular member. Consider where GC gets money to pay for the software, technicians, servers, electrical bills, etc. Offering a hobby to EVERYBODY with computer access and a GPSr has to cost money, especially with those vast listings of caches (most of them open to everybody) across the world. If you still are steamed, may I recommend Navicache? They don't charge, and the rules aren't as rigid. Just be forewarned...what is a banquet of caches on GC may be radically reduced to a smaller menu. I can understand your frustration, and Navicache will probably fit your requests. The people who run it are good people, but don't have the budget that GC does. For what it's worth, all of my 40-plus hides are open to EVERYBODY. Please don't lump all PM's into one stereotype of what you view it to be. I promise that I don't stereotype non-PM members.
  20. I've had logs deleted (Will Attend logs) for well-attended events. In both cases, I got a GC notification that the log had been deleted.
  21. Rebecca, that is great news! Please pass our love on to her; we will miss seeing her at GHAGAFAP, but you can believe that we will be working very hard on sending good, healing vibes to her! You'll be surprised how much better she will get once she gets out of the hospital and away from the hospital food. Just what do they put into that jello anyhow? Please continue to keep us updated; it is a joy to read your posts. Deb aka Hiking Cockroachess
  22. I noticed this too! Did he fall, or has the time to move South begun...and is our little blue TB going with Little Dude?
  23. Allan, I had THOUGHT that I was done crying over the logs, and then you posted. While we will all miss your father dearly, we are so glad that the rest of your family is still with us. Tears snuck down my cheeks as I read, tears of happiness, for you truly are your father's son. He must be so proud of you. Your sister is correct; I can almost see him writing down his list of found caches, an FTF Tim Horton's coupon in his pocket. When we finally make our way to the next world, we better be ready, as he's sure to have placed a bunch of caches for us to find, most of them PUZZLE caches! Even though I live in the states, I would love to help out with a cache in his memory. Tony was one of the first people to make me feel at home at Ontario geocaching events; since then, I feel like I have yet another family. I have a nice big ol' 50 cal ammo can that is just waiting for something important to happen to it. What could be more inspiring in the existance of this container than to go on an important mission such as this? I will paint it up for you and bring it to GHAGAFAP. If you aren't able to make it there, I will leave it in the tender care of Amazon Annie. Bless you and the rest of your family. Give your mom all the love you can...you and Rebecca will make all the difference in her recovery. Deb aka Hiking Cockroachess
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