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Crafty Turtle

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  1. Comment on something other than the cache... ...It was probably a bad idea to pick rush hour for this find. ...Wow I never knew it could rain this hard! ...Battled a bad cold to try for this FTF ...Stubbed my toe on the walk up to this cache. ...Brrrrr. Cold day today - the canal was frozen over! ...Picked this on up on my way home from the cinema. ...My 10th cache in this town, completing the set. ...The title of this cache appealed to my sporting side, so I had to go for it. ...The townhouses along the nearby street are a fine example of Victorian middle-class architecture. ...An SUV parked nearby is exactly the shade of my carpet at home. You can always find something to say, be it positive, neutral, or off-the-wall.
  2. Micros I always seem to write "soggy log". Those film cans are NOT waterproof. Usually my log length is directly proportional to the effort which the cache owner has made, in finding a pretty location, a reason for being there (historical, cultural, geographical, etc), an appropriate hiding spot, and suitable receptacle. A "thank you for bringing me to this spot" is the biggest complement I can give. I like to be shown those off-the-beaten-track woods, creeks, bluffs, gullies, and viewpoints. That is why I cache. If you please me with a fine cache, I please you with a fine log.
  3. I find myself rectifying other people's errors in placing TBs. Or at least trying to rectify. The TB belongs to the owner, and their wishes are to be respected. eg I pick up a TB in Ballarat VIC, that the owner wants to stay in the Adelaide hills (SA). It's 350 miles away! I placed in an easy road-side cache on the road to Adelaide. Another TB I picked up wants to visit desert areas. This one I found high up in the mountains of New Zealand, above the snow line - the highest cache, and closest to Mt Cook (the highest mountain in NZ). NZ doesn't even have deserts, so this TB had no business being here in this country at all! Why do people disrespect the owner like this?
  4. I'm sure someone else will say this, but Scotland and England are indeed separate countries. They each have their own parliament, currency, national anthem (de facto for scotland), education system, healthcare, and public holidays. So does each of the US's fifty states, but I wouldn't say the US is made up of 50 countries. USA's states have their own currency and national anthem? I doubt that. They have their own separate parliaments? With no over-riding governing body? I doubt that too. What's the Capitol for then? I believe you are confused.
  5. I've heard both that people like new batteries and hate new batteries. Anyone else have an opinion on this? I have no problem with them and if I needed them i would swap for them. I have removed and disposed of wet crusty dangerous looking batteries from caches. Would you put these batteries in your $600 GPS? If they were guarenteed to be in perfect condition, then yeah, by all means, I love the batteries.
  6. I'm sure someone else will say this, but Scotland and England are indeed separate countries. They each have their own parliament, currency, national anthem (de facto for scotland), education system, healthcare, and public holidays. Never EVER call a Scotsman "English". It's like calling a Canadian "American". I have lived in both England and Scotland. And in Wales, BTW, but never even been to Ireland (either the Republic of or Northern)
  7. I love this! Would you mind sharing where you got the pattern and/or dimensions of the bag? Thanks! Oh, don't get me started. I adopted geocaching as a hobby to get me and geodog outdoors, away from my other obsession - crafts! So why is it I spend so much time painting camo on boxes, sewing pouches for gear and creating personalised wooden tokens? Not to mention designing logos for caching clubs, and designing geocoins. Sigh. Outdoor hobbies come indoors, and geodog is looking rather bored.
  8. I am from Australia, but am currently in New Zealand. That's a bit closer than the distance between US and Ireland (the "ditch" being smaller than the "pond") but I'm in a similar situation as you - NZ uses the same distances to measure as we do back home, and I'm using a Garmin 60CSx. However I didn't need to buy any more maps - lucky for me, Garmin bundles New Zealand with Australia. (Woohoo! Bonus country! ) When I hopped off the plane in Auckland and switched on my GPS, it took a bit of time to find satellites, but no slower than at home when I travel 500 km upstate. I am confident you will have no problems at all. Are you taking a notebook computer? (In Ireland it's called a "laptop" BTW.) I find mine invaluable because internet cafes (although cheap) are not everywhere you'd like them to be, and very few allow USB access to download pocket queries and such.
  9. I went quadbiking for the very first time, yesterday. O M G What fun! Where have I been the last 40 years? There's something about doing donuts in mud that is so .... right. A cache or two (or two hundred) especially for quad/trail bikes would be so cool.
  10. I have a backpack I use specifically for caching. It has swag, pens, etc all the time in there. Also carry extra notepads, magnets, tape, etc if 1st aid is required on caches. All this stuff live in my geo-backpack. However, when travelling - ie flying, luggage weight restrictions dictate swapless caching, and the time-factor means no repeat visits, no puzzle caches, and usually no multis (although I have slipped in the odd Earth cache) so my caching style is very different. I have a small shoulder bag, carried Indiana Jones style, with loose-ish pockets for easy access to grab what I need. Of course, when travelling, I'm also carrying wallet, camera, water bottle, extra batteries, guidebook, maps, etc. I recommend the shoulder bag - unlike a backpack, you can reach your stuff easily, really good for those high muggle areas when you want to hide what you are doing. A shoulder bag is comfy, and can also be quite stylish - it doesn't have to be army green canvass - go to a handbag shop, they come in every colour and every type of material. (I'm starting to sound like a commercial)
  11. Wow, I feel so young. I've been caching in Australia for about 8% of that time. But right now, I'm caching in New Zealand. A double reason to celebrate!
  12. This is really incredibly cool! Thank you for sharing I can hear you right now... planning your next vacation in New Zealand.
  13. Ooh I hadn't thought of that. That would work for equatorial caches too. So far my travels have been within the same semi-hemisphere. ie I've only cached in the S and the E. ...but there's still time. Oooooh - does anyone have caches in all 4 combinations of N/S and E/W? I bow to your greatness.
  14. I consider myself to be still a noob. I have about 40 finds in less than a year. Traditionals, multis, micros, urban, bush, etc. and one event. Today I'm going for my first EarthCache. However, I don't see noobiness as a bad thing. We all start somewhere. Proud to say: I AM NOOB.
  15. Erickson - I like the way you're thinking. I like to mark significant places I've visited, by having a cache from there - the icon on your map reminds me of the great place. see "Hobbiton (Waikato)" in New Zealand. The town I'm in now has an Earth Cache just down the road at the thermal springs pool. Must visit. Yeah - when doing the research part, a few caches have lead me to spots I would not normally go. "Dad's New Bridge" in Victoria Australia lead me to the Big Koala, which some may find a tacky tourist attraction, but I thought was cute, in a King Kong kind of way. Macchu Picchu - ooooh I want to go there. I've read so much about it, and it's on my list. You are right - it's about the place, more than about the cache. Also - I like the PDA idea - of course mine is back home, probably in my desk drawer at work. There's a useful spot for it. Not. Also it occurs to me that if the town/village/castle/park/forest/desert/etc I'm in is worthy of a cache find, then it's worthy of spending enough time there (like a free hour) to actually go seeking that cache. If you don't have an hour to spend caching, you're not on vacation, you're on a schedule.
  16. I've decided I don't like phone-the-answer caches. When travelling overseas without the benefit of a mobile phone, it is frustrating to go to a cache location, read a clue, find a payphone, and phone in an answer before getting the next coords. Sometimes you only get one shot at these spots (like an hour lunch spot) so a return visit is not always possible. And with no printer, and a limit of 1000 caches on my GPS, and no definite decided route from A to B, (or C then D then E etc) and no "hint" facility on my GPS (that I can see) it is frustrating to be spending so much time in internet cafes or using hotel-priced internet connection, scribbling away my notes, when I could be spending that time out finding caches. I miss my printouts, cellphone, time, etc. I'm just havin' a bit of a whinge. Well, on to the abundance of nice quick traditionals for me. Okay - what limitations have you found when "on tour" in a foreign country? Everyone wants other-country caches under their belt, I'm sure. Do you cache differently when overseas?
  17. The OP is female, and thinks you guys/gals are hilarious for taking things so seriously. BTW, I gave Mum a surprise for Mothers' Day and she loved it. ....... ...... Tandem Skydive. Make of it what you will.
  18. My first one. It was such a huge moment of awareness of this whole new world. Or maybe my last one. It was in my favourite New Zealand town, Rotorua. Or maybe my next one.
  19. I got myself the "Hobbiton" cache a few days ago. LOTR was filmed in New Zealand (where I am vacationing right now). The set/location "Hobbiton" is near the town of Matamata, North Island. We visited the location where they are rebuilding the houses for the new movie. But first, and more importantly, I had to find the Hobbiton cache near the tour office in town. (The actual movie set location is on private property, and therefore not cache-eligible) Anyway, back to the topic. I am geocaching. I'm doing the indoor part - the part where you get online and download caches to your GPS. Yeah - the outside part of geocaching is way more fun, I know.
  20. I didn't laugh at my Mum. The saying "I didn't know whether to laugh or cry" is one that has been around for donkey's years. It's a saying. It refers to what we are thinking - not saying. Did I actually laugh at anyone? NO. Did I ridicule someone? Did I say anything about anyone that I wouldn't say to their face? NO. So why is everyone ridiculing me? I was also suggesting we all take on a luddite and gently explain a few things that they do not understand, but want to understand. Gently. Not laughing at them, but kindly and tolerantly. They want to know, so we should help them. When did I become the baddie here? I was writing with compassion and humour. Why am I being picked on so much? Hilarious that I can cause such a stir, for something I didn't even say.
  21. Gosh, I didn't realise Americans were so serious. (and any other continent represented here) Australia (where I am) and New Zealand have the same electricity plug/voltage system. I use a GPS for the "blips" more than for the maps, but anyway, Aus/NZ maps/data come bundled together. I was not disrespectful to my mother at all - Australians know how to laugh at themselves, we don't take ourselves so seriously. We both have a good giggle when I make a silly mistake too. I don't know what the "G word" is, (global? generation? gently?) or why it is so offensive. I don't have kids, but if I did, I would not be bothered by their amusement of my silly questions. Like I said, Australians can laugh at themselves. I am well aware that people of all ages can exist anywhere between luddite and geekdom. I am sorry I said anything. I didn't realise this forum was so serious. I thought I was just telling an amusing story, and hoped others would do the same. I didn't mean to offend anyone's culture, but really, lighten up, people!
  22. Planning an overseas trip, Mum (nearly 70) asked if my GPS would work in New Zealand. She knows the G stands for "global". I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Would everyone please find a member of the older generation (adopt one, if you need to), and explain some technology to them. Gently.
  23. People have kids? The kids come caching? What a concept! Well, I suppose everyone is entitled to their chosen lifestyle. Me, I'm 40, single, and I cache alone or with my dog.
  24. Oh, it's all so simple when you say it like that. <feeling sheepish> Thanks - I'm up and running. Now I have to figure out how to do that center-of-all-my-finds thing. Thanks again.
  25. What is the most efficient way to get all my found caches (32) into GSAK? I can only see how to put in one at a time by typing them in. There has to be a better way that my sleepy-headed self just isn't seeing. I'm off next week to New Zealand, and I want a before and after centre point. (oooh a centre point in the Tasman sea!)
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