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Crafty Turtle

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  1. I have always found the map difficult to find from the front page, so I bookmarked the map page (once I found it) and I always use that tab on my bookmarks bar.
  2. I have a border collie. Very friendly, full of energy, goes up to everybody to say hello and get a pat. Yes, it is hard to avoid muggles, BUT it is an excellent excuse for being where I am - forests, parks, meadows, riversides, lakesides, mountains, etc. I'm just out walking my dog, aren't I? ...and mostly, so are the muggles. I'm hiding in plain sight.
  3. Travelling on a months-long trip. A perfect opportunity to cache. Not everywhere has internet access, not everywhere is cheap enough to be sitting for an hour logging caches, and you don't necessarily have a lot of time. Logging caches is a lower priority than emailing home, twittering or facebooking so your loved-ones back home know you are still alive. Travelling. Just one of many reasons. I rarely log the same day. I still have one Earthcache yet-to-log. The excuse there is coordinating photo on my camera with the non-bluetooth antiquated PC at work. Yeah, okay, I'm being lazy on that one.
  4. I for one, do not approve of caches closer than 1/4 mile as the crow flies... even top-of-cliff vs bottom-of-cliff. Actually, I hate caches near cliffs where there is no indication of whether it is at the top or the bottom. When you are homing in on the blip on your GPS, and you drive up the hill, search, search, search, then down the hill, search search, search, up the hill..... It is very annoying. I'm sure some find it amusing, but I don't. I too have found myself wanting to place a cache at a very interesting spot which is within 1/4 mile of a "pointless" cache. Learn to deal with it.
  5. I've used an otterbox. It is watertight so long as people close the thing properly - ie no corner-of-ziplock-bag poking out. I had it under a rock in a creek. I say "had". Sadly it (and its replacement) have gone.
  6. Was it TB5B4C ? Cos I took that one, and moved it a couple hundred miles away. It's a nice car, though.
  7. The only time I have had trouble with otterboxes is when you get something caught in the seal - like a ziplock bag. Is the clasp broken because of rough treatment? Assuming its submergence requires rocks piled on top, it is possible someone knocked the clasp in just the wrong way. I agree with palmerra, call otterbox customer support, and explain the usage and the possible hazards. Who knows, they might decide to produce an otterbox that is perfect for a geocache, and solves all our problems. We can only hope.
  8. I have done all the traditional caches in my town. One I haven't logged cos I didn't sign the log - the pen would not work for me. Dang, I normally carry a pencil, but not that day. One day I'll go back. There are a few multis - the nearest is 10 minutes walk away - I walk past it every time I go to the shops. Maybe I'll get around to doing that one day, too. I recently cached up and down New Zealand - just grabbing the convenient and the quick. I got maybe 20. It wasn't a caching holiday, it was a vacation with my Mum. I am still fairly new to this - less than 100 finds - so I'm going for the easy ones in interesting places.
  9. Hehehe I like it. Instead of one-hider-many-seekers, you have many-hiders-one-seeker.
  10. How many Fashion, Hunting, Fishing, Home Remodling, Wood working, etc magazines do you need? There are dozens of each. No one gave up the idea of publishing a magazine because someone else already had one. Each magazine brings a different style and perspective. You can choose to read one, or all. El Diablo Not to mention the different projects! Speaking as someone who buys woodcarving magazines from USA, UK and Australia, you can never have too many inspirations and ideas! Yeah - someone will read them all. As for me personally, I'd like to see a magazine article each issue which shows you step by step how to make a particular type of camouflaged container. ...but then I'm a crafty person. Step up. Volunteer to write those articles! Hmmm... not a bad idea.
  11. Have you tried filtering for Regular size containers and larger? That ought to do it. Yes. Unfortunately, around these parts, the 1-litre systema container is king. These are listed as "small". If I filter them out, there's nothing left.
  12. How many Fashion, Hunting, Fishing, Home Remodling, Wood working, etc magazines do you need? There are dozens of each. No one gave up the idea of publishing a magazine because someone else already had one. Each magazine brings a different style and perspective. You can choose to read one, or all. El Diablo Not to mention the different projects! Speaking as someone who buys woodcarving magazines from USA, UK and Australia, you can never have too many inspirations and ideas! Yeah - someone will read them all. As for me personally, I'd like to see a magazine article each issue which shows you step by step how to make a particular type of camouflaged container. ...but then I'm a crafty person.
  13. I wish I was immune. When I was about 25, I was in the U.S. and had my very first run-in with poison ivy. (we don't have it here in Australia) I broke out into welts in places I don't care to discuss, and was nearly hospitalised because of the ...err.... swelling. Apparently your ankle can brush against poison ivy, and the poison travels through your system and breaks out to make it look like you've been rolling around naked in it. <shudder> And people think Australia has some nasties in the bush!
  14. I know this a well-thrashed issue, but I am desperately running round trying to find a spot to drop off a travel bug. TBs aren't always teensy: some need at least a 200ml (6 oz) container. So I do a search, and find a "small" cache, and off I go, only to find the actual containment size is barely 40 ml (1.5 ounces), which the TB will NOT fit in. Why is this (and so many others) classed as "small"? It should be micro. Ironically, my first ever find is about 300 metres away, is classed as "small", and is a one-litre (about a quart) container. 25 times the size! According to the guidelines: Cache Sizes These sizes apply to all caches that have a physical container. Micro (35 mm film canister or smaller – less than approximately 3 ounces or .1 L – typically containing only a logbook or a logsheet) Small (sandwich-sized plastic container or similar – less than approximately 1 quart or 1 L – holds trade items as well as a logbook) Regular (plastic container or ammo can about the size of a shoebox) Large (5 gallon/20 L bucket or larger) noting there's a big gap between 3 ounces and 1 quart. So I'm thinking here's the confusion: A CO says "I've seen caches way smaller then this, so I'll call mine small". But around my town, a micro is anything that is only big enough for a logbook and maybe a pencil. It doesn't have to be a pin-head nano, it could be a magnetic key-hider. Now, dropping off a TB is just one reason for wanting a bigger box, and I'm sure there's many more, So how oh how do I filter out "I lied about the size to avoid scaring you off" from genuine decent sized caches? I'm gonna take TBs less and less if I get frustrated with finding caches to drop them off along the way.
  15. Absolutely! You need the Navman to get you to the nearest street to the cache, then you use the e-trek to home in on it. Unless of course you have an SUV, in which case you want both GPSs switched on so you can"compare notes" and drive up within feet of the cache.
  16. Most children cache because their parents do. (I'm not referring to teenagers with their own technology) A lot of families treat caching as an outing with emphasis on the kids, so they seek family-friendly finds, swaps, etc. Some families even use "kids" in their moniker, eg Simpson_Kids. Any cache place by these kids will be backed up by their parents. Good on 'em, I say.
  17. The variety and scope of caching makes it suitable for the fit and the unfit, families and loners, the old and the young, the abled and disabled, the city-dwelling and the country-folk, the SUV owners and the public transport users, the adventurous and the tame, the avant-garde and the traditional. So who is caching NOT for? So far I can think of only one: jailbirds.
  18. I believe that is a slotted quilling tool. Beginners in quilling have used those for years, to roll paper into beautiful designs. Disclaimer: the "expert" quillers use a non-slotted tool, but I never got that far. My fingers don't do "fiddly" all that well. See http://www.amazon.com/Darice-1162-42-Slott...8651&sr=1-6 (It's cheaper there, too) Ooooh, you are bringing back bad memories of community hall afternoons surrounded by old ladies and their gossipy tongues.
  19. I have found either type works just as well. The prism nature of the surface means you (in theory) can reflect back from any angle, although I have found there is a limit. You are better off directing a face towards the oncoming cacher. The triangle ones are a bigger on a single surface. If you intend to use the same fire-tack for the return journey, the square ones might be better, because they have a "front" and a "back" which are parallel. The real decision however, is the colour. The orange ones blend so well with trees in daylight, you'll have trouble finding them yourself. But the reflective colour is not as bright as other colours. The bright white is really bright reflecting - so much so that you can use less of them - they can be seen from much further away. However, the drawback is that in daylight they stick out like a sore thumb. Probably a bad idea for an area with lots of muggles during the day. My suggestion is to purchase a mixed bag with several colours and both shapes, so you can experiment for yourself and see what suits your own needs. Also consider reflective tape - this could prove to be a cheaper method of laying out a longer trail. This is available in boating/camping/fishing stores. I hope this helps.
  20. Motorcycle Momma was the person who titled this thread? Nope. And neither did Crafty Turtle. No - CT was just agreeing with the OP: And I was pointing out that what is "pointless" to one cacher is very likely meaningful to other cachers. Which was also what CT was pointing out while at the same time seemingly agreeing with the OP who was making the observation that caches at historic places that didn't point out the history of the place to their fellow cachers were "pointless". The logic appeared circular to my eyes. But as you will kindly note, GeoBain, I offered an apology to CT if I had that wrong. So why are you feeling the need to butt into this part of the discussion? Is it just your way of keeping the pot stirred up? I wouldn't say "pointless", more of a "wasted opportunity". And maybe a frustration to other cachers. Let's take the case of GC1VRTE. This cache is in a series about Mad Max - places where the movie was filmed. The railway station where this cache is located *could* be part of a rail-fan's tour of historic railway stations across Victoria. It *could* be part of a series of Clunes' post-gold-rush architecture. Whatever the theme chosen, at least it is something. Imagine if a cacher came along (who happened to be a rail fan) and decided to place caches along the old railway to cater to people who like this kind of trail/series/etc. Clunes Station is a must to include on this kind of series. Unfortunately, he is out of luck. He must place his cache 1/4 mile away. That's life. In fact, if Mr Architechture came along, he too would have to be 1/4 mile away too. Now the first person who gets there, naturally, can claim the spot. That's the way it works. Fair enough. But imagine if the area was flooded with theme-less, information-less micros. There'd be no way of getting a cache close enough to the station, so the type of cacher who IS interested in a theme misses out. Now, I'm not talking about an uber-busy city here, Clunes is a very small town. Personally, I am interested in the history and the architecture, but I do not begrudge the CO for choosing the Mad Max theme. Rather, I commend them, because they taught me something, even though I have never seen Mad Max, and am unlikely to. That's my point: If a notable aspect of interest exists, then note it. If several aspects are of note, then pick one. Don't leave it as a "nuthin" cache. Just a few sentences is ok. Who knows, maybe the CO will learn something. If people want to place smileys 1/4 mile apart, I would prefer if they did it out of town. FYI I have done smileys - one of my "aspects" is "different towns, different states, different countries". If one town has nought but a solitary drive-by 1/1 micro, then I am ever so grateful it is there, and I'll grab it. Granted, there are relatively few spots where these "nuthin" caches actually do interfere with good historical/geographical/cultural/viewpoint/otherwise-themed spots, but all I'm saying is, if the spot has an aspect, then please note it. People are interested.
  21. But you are negating your own position with this logic. You agree that not everyone cares about certain aspects of the game/sport/hobby and yet you are in essence arguing that YOUR specific aspect (history) should be respected above someone else's. No, you misread completely. I never said that one aspect should be ahead of all others. Not at all. No. Please point out where I said that. I'm curious as to which lines you were reading between. I am saying (I thought pretty clearly) that we all appreciate different aspects, and we should consider others before plastering the whole town with film cans 1/4 mile apart, purely because that what we want ourselves. Part of the fun of caching, is to place your own caches, and have others find them. If you place a cache that the majority of other cachers find "no fun" for whatever reason, then maybe you ought to think what your fellow cachers want to find. Geocaching cannot be done in isolation. It's a people game.
  22. But those of us who do care, feel ripped off when someone takes a perfectly good culturally significant site, and puts a nuthin' cache there. I for one have discovered many cultural treasures through geocaching, and my life is enriched because of it. Sure, not everyone cares about historical or cultural sites. But I could argue that not everyone cares about geographical sites either. Or family-friendly caching. Or the numbers. Or FTFs. Not everyone cares about swaps. Or their centre-of-finds. Or travel bugs. Geocaching encompasses all these things and more. So let's not forget our fellow cachers who do care about these things. bikebill77 I feel your pain. I find valium helps. Maybe you could ask if you can adopt his cache.
  23. I thank COs who have placed a cache in an interesting spot, be it a view, a historical monument/building, culturally significant site, geographical feature of interest, etc. If a cache is worthy of the visit, then it's worthy of a thank-you. FYI: I'm not a "numbers" cacher. For me it's about the experience.
  24. I hereby revoke my previous comment in favor of this one! Posted expectations are sooo entertaining. Yay. Thank you for my smug superior feeling for the day, but points in your favor for saying please. You even enarned a gift horse to look in the mouth: Um... the OP asked: If I could ask my fellow cachers to do one thing, what would it be? I would ask them to provide more interesting caches. I don't see what is so wrong with that. It's not an expectation, it's just an answer to the question. And someone else agreed with me, that the dream is worthy of mentioning. If someone asked me what I'd do with a million dollars, and I said I'd buy a big house, would you feel smug because you know I'm not actually getting a million dollars? Well I know it too, so your smugness is unjustified. I stand by my answer to the OP.
  25. Have a point to your cache. I live in a beautiful rural area. We have many forests, lakes, mountains and rivers. We have many historical features including railways, gold diggings, hotels, monuments, and public buildings. Please don't waste your time with a micro in a lakeside botanic garden, with no info on your page about the gardens. Pointless caches are easily forgettable. Please, take me on an adventure.
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