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The Graystone Gopher

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  1. How about a Cheesy Chicken Casserole with potato chips... It's delicious! INGREDIENTS * 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken meat * 1 cup cooked white rice * 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup * 2/3 cup real mayonnaise * 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion * 1 tablespoon lemon juice * 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese * 2 cups crushed potato chips * 1/4 cup water * salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F 2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, rice, soup, mayonnaise, onion, lemon juice, water, salt and pepper. Mix well. 3. Spread this mixture into a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover with cheese, then potato chips. 4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the potato chips are lightly browned.
  2. Thanks to both of you for the reply. Since I could not get the "return to previous location" feature to work, I thought I was stuck... hadn't considered using the "grabbed from somewhere else" and logging it myself. That is what I did and it worked fine! Hopefully the coin is still in the cache and will be moving soon!
  3. I am the owner of a coin (Horses of the World - QH) that went missing for a period of time. After several emails from others that it was not in the cache it was last logged into, I decided to mark it "missing". It was then removed from the cache, which changed it's status to "location unknown". Several months later I got an emai from someone that they had retrieved my coin and forgot to log it out. At that point they had placed in in another cache (GCHHKV) but they could not log it as it was no longer listed in their inventory since I had changed it to missing. I am also unable to to drop the coin in the cache and the "return to previous cache" does not work either. It simply reloads the page and still shows as missing... any suggestions? Thanks!
  4. I also LOVE the design, just don't have the $$$ to put out right now. Is anyone considering purchasing a batch to sell individually? I would be happy to go that route and PayPal you the money to hold one for me... you could even turn a little profit on individual sales... Thanks, Jetta
  5. Name of Mystery Geocoin: GeoBandit Method Obtained: MAIL - received just last month!
  6. Go ahead and add my name to the list. I've made some long distance friends through the Geocaching Australia site and one of them is a volunteer firefighter. He recently wrote about the fires and their devastating effects. We also had an intern at work, Lauren , who was in the states to attend college and has since returned home to Australia. The coin is a wonderful idea to raise a little money for the cause.
  7. Thanks to everyone for the explaniation on following a compass course. I'm still working through the details but I'm on the right track. Topo USA is new to me too, so there is a huge learning curve there also! What I really need is a "PN40 / Topo USA Dummies" book! Thanks again, I really do appreciate the info. I have never been active in the Delorme forums and you guys as just so helpful, I wanted to check here first.
  8. The Graystone Gopher

    PN40

    I received the PN40 for Christmas... I love it, but I can't seem to figure out how to program a simple compass course into it! I've read the manual several times and it still escapes me. One of the new caches in our area starts out as: From the starting point (coordinates given) go 310* for 486'... From this point go 100* for 586'... From this point go 186* for 310' It continues through 6 such points before reaching the cache. I can set the starting point into a route with no problem, but I can't figure out how to add the 310 degrees at 468 feet. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Also, can anyone recommend a additional book that may cover the features of this GPS? Thanks so much!
  9. If you are looking for a trackable 100 finds, Coins & Pins just got in a new shipment - I ordered mine today! The others that I have seen are not trackable but you could attach it to a travel bug and make it a trackable item.
  10. Yes, I have received my second mission. I thought I had posted to the forums last week but apparently it did not go through before I closed the window. I'm sorry for the confusion I caused the Penguins - I know how busy they are. The mission was from ElliPirelli and contained the Muir geocoin, a beach ball micro and a pathtag, in addition to the card! The Muir coin is beautiful and it is the first suncatcher coin I have seen. I'm excited about releasing them after Christmas. My outgoing missions left Virginia on Tuesday, the 16th.
  11. Eric, Thanks for the great cointest and congratulations to the winners. It was really generous of you to offer 3 prizes. It is also very touching that Honeyhick offered their coin to another contestant. What a great group this is! Merry Christmas to all!
  12. My favorite Christmas tree ornament was given to me by my parents when I was about 12 years old. It had belonged to my dads mom, “Grandmother Bradburn” who passed away 2 years before I was born. It's a bell shaped angel approximately 2 inches high. At the time of my grandmothers death, mom & dad had 2 children; my sister who was 16 years old and my brother, then 12. They were hoping to have 2 addition children so when her estate was settled they packed up 2 boxes of things and labeled them “for Baby 1” and “for Baby 2”. Around the time of my 12th birthday my mother presented me with both boxes, explaining that there would be no “Baby 2”. The boxes contained mostly glassware and has several Christmas items, in addition to the angle bell ornament. It seem this was her favorite holiday and she decorated quite extensively for it. Also included was a beautiful pink luster cup and saucer that had a Christmas scene and “Merry Christmas” written in gold (in lower right cornor of photo below). I was so taken with it that I started collecting the “Merry Christmas cups” from the early 1900’s. Today I have about 20, displayed year around in my dining room. Thank you, Grandmother Bradburn.
  13. Does anyone know where I can find a "100 FINDS ACHIEVEMENT COIN" that is trackable? I would like to locate one within the next several weeks to leave it in a cache to celebrate my 100th find. Thanks!
  14. My first Penguin's Christmas card & coin arrived today from Wisconsin... it's the "San Diego Gold" geocoin. Thanks very much to the anonymous sender! The coins for my recipients should be here in a few days and my missions will be on their way too!
  15. Hello, This is my first trade request... the result of not reading between the line when I made an eBay purchase! I assumed that all geocoins were trackable and found out otherwise when this one arrived. It 's "The "33" Club, Geocaching's Greatest Hits" manufactured by Coins & Pins in 2006. The coin is about 1 3/4 inches, gold in color, and it looks like a record on one side and a turntable on the other. Since I am not a collector, I would like to trade it for one that I can release and track. My first choice would be the "100 Finds" achievement coin, but I would consider most any with animals. Thanks!
  16. My outgoing package has been shipped and all is well with the mission!
  17. Just as the first snow of the season started to fall today my package arrived, safe and sound, from Sweden! I'm so excited, but I'm going to wait until closer to Christmas to open it. (Of course, I had to peek at the card... thanks so much Mr. Geosmurf!) Even the outside of the package had pretty stickers and the card is handmade. The gifts are all so beatifully wrapped! We set up a train around the Christmas tree... I'm going to place the packages on one of the flat bed cars when we set it up. It will really add a festive touch! This is the first "mission" that I have participated in and all I can say is WOW! Thanks also to "Butterfly Lady for making this possible.
  18. 1. Participating: Yes 2. Received Name: Yes 3. Mission Complete: Still doing a little "last minute" shopping (mine is going to a neighboring state, so time should not be a huge issue... but I promise to have it in the mail this week!)
  19. Yep, my mistake! It seems the default saved it with a different name. I used the drag/drop from the email attachment and retried... success! Thanks to all for the suggestions.
  20. I can't seem to get that site to generate anything for me... the stats say I started caching in 1969 (quite a feat!) and the rest of the stats are blank. I'm sure it is my error, but I don't know what I am doing wrong or how to correct it. I created the pocket query of my finds, saved it as a zip file without changing the name and then entered the location that it is saved into the INATN site. I tried it last week for the first time and had the same problem. I re-ran the query and tried again today with the same results. Any suggestions?
  21. Is there an easy way to track the distance that you have traveled while geocaching, from one cache to the next? It would be interesting to me to keep track of that. I was thinking maybe there was a shareware program out there that would allow you to enter the lon/lat and compute the accumulated distances. I also saw a TB that someone had set up to log in and out of each cache, but since I didn't do that in the beginning, I would need to post a note for 70+ caches. I really hate to clutter the logs of the caches with that. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  22. Definitely interested! I have already purchased the Quarter Horse & Arabian one that have been minted. I up for just about any breed. I own an American Curly Horse.
  23. Is there a rhyme or reason to the order of the geocoin listings on list of trackables on your user profile? I realize that you can sort them on the "search trackable items" page but this does not seem to be related to the user profile. I would really like to have them display in name order. Thanks.
  24. I use to participate in a Great Dane forum Christmas exchange and they had a chat room set so that we could sign in and open our gifts at the same time. Obviously the time and date it didn't suit everyone but those that couldn't participate could still go back and read the logs. It was a huge hit! I am not a computer geek and I have no idea of the logistics involved, but we sure had fun. I don't know if something like that could be set up here or not. Just an idea.
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