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  1. ROFL. I did not know if I am supposed to be confused or amused. Y'all just gave the geocaching conspiracy theorists enough ammo to fire up the boards for MONTHS.
  2. Certainly not an idiot. However, there are probably huge regional differences. I'm in the middle of a caching hot spot right now, and many of the cachers are premium members. Yet, the closest MOC is 45 miles away. MOCs just do not seem to float anyone's boat around here, and as such I doubt any premium members joined for MOCs. I suspect this is the case for many areas, as well. Yet, I'm sure there are areas such as yours where MOCs are a huge enticement to premium membership. I think it is just as effective to turn folks on to the activity with quality caches, of any kind, and toss the premium membership numbers to fate that these excited geocachers have a conscience and desire to support, if they are able, the very activity they enjoy.
  3. Most reviewers have a "civilian" account. That's where you'd see their caching prowess in finds and hides. Their reviewer account is just that...a reviewer account, where they do their duly appointed (annointed?) reviewer grueling duties. KA linked to a good reference for you to aspire to your Approver goals. All other angst is just... angst.
  4. From what I remember living in SE LA (South East Lower Alababma), rattle snakes were non existent. However, should you hear erie banjo music, and a voice behind you drawls "squeal like a pig, boy" then you should probably run. Really fast. EDIT: If you are driving fast between, say, Georgia and Alabama, and you have Ohio tags on your vehicle, and get a "check engine light, then pull over.... a state trooper arrives to "help" you, and mentions he saw you going fast a few miles back, he noticed... you reply back "sheesh, it wasn't more than 5 MPH over the speed limit... he disregards your matters of defense and asks "what makes you think an Ohio boy can burn across my state like that?", then certainly, under any circumstances even if you have very, very dry humor, is it a good idea to quip back "Well, Sherman was from Ohio, and he did it." This is a really bad idea. This is a true story, back in my younger years when I wasn't quite as socially conscious as I am now. Back on topic: The above story is definately an example of what Georgia Style is not...
  5. Obviously, it's an issue that some people feel strongly about. Personally, I think it isn't the dead you need to worry about showing respect for, it is the living. Some guy 100 years dead isn't going to care if you snap a picture of his headstone. I have done 4 or 5 cemetary caches, and observed all were done tastefully. My experience so far is that if they are done tastefully and with thought when being placed, cemetary caches are very appropriate. All the ones I have completed except for one, by the way, are in cemetaries no longer being managed by anyone. These caches certainly have their place. Pay no heed to my little statement you quoted. That is just my dead-pan humor seeping through...
  6. No, cache hidden by a blue-haired lady wearing red polyester pants and whining "I wanna go to MY-AM-EEEEE!" is definately New Jersey Style. LOL on Dutch Style. I may have to try that one. LA style: Drive by caching out the window. Or, caches found only on Left side of road... Oregon Style: Biodegradable and earth-friendly container made from owl dung. Alaska Style: Night Only Cache or Day Only Cache depending on whether it is Winter or July. Texas Style: A micro that consists of a used shotgun shell container in a field of a Corps of Engineer "Wildlife Preserve".... surrounded by more used shotgun shells. Or, caches found only on Right side of road... Southeast Alabama/Southwest Georgia Sytle: Small cache consists of a used Skoal can as a container. Cache with "Git-R-Done" somewhere in the name. Kentucky Style: Coordinates may be off a bit since the cache is stuck up a horses.... Kansas Style: The cache is the most notable aspect of the location, and provides the only terrain relief on the horizon. Maryland Style: Beware and take care, since ticks serve as cache guardian. If not tick season, witches subsitute nicely. Any other regional styles? (Before anyone gets up in arms, each state listed above is one that I have actually claimed residence in at some point or another)
  7. Usually, after breakfast and driving to the first cache Car Talk is on, so we listen to Click and Clack. From there, it really depends... If Sarah is along, we have to listen to Sirius Satellite's "Kidstuff." With that, we'll get anything from Shirley Temple to The Wiggles. I've noticed "the wheels on the bus" seems to be a recurring song. When Sarah is not along, or if she starts hollering "pipes, daddy, PIPES!" we will listen to The Rogues Wolfstone, Steve McDonald, Silly Wizard or Gaelic Storm, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Otherwise, I'll flip in some weird CD I have bouncing around in the Jeep like the following that's in there now: Johnny Horton's greatest hits, Setnimento by Andrea Bocelli, Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti", Hilary Hahn plays Bach, Big Bad Vodoo Daddies "This Beautiful Life", Anne Sophie Mutter "Four Seasons," Brobdingnagian Bards "Do Virgins Taste Better?" Some Loreena McKennit, Some Enya, Depeche Mode "Violator" Sheryl Crow "The Blobe Sessions", Every album by U2, Clearance Clearwater Revival "Chronicle," Lynrd Skynrd "Millennium Collection," R. Carlos Nakai "Canyon Tilogy." Yes, I am always this nuts and all over the place with music... Usually have Sirius Satellite tuned up to 1st Wave, Buzzsaw, Octane, The Roadhouse, or Hair Nation. Soon this summer we'll have Radio Margaritaville, and being a former Parrothead, I'm sure that will be tuned up quite a bit.
  8. I, for one, am absolutely amazed that this very grave subject has not died on this message board and been buried on a second or even third page. Good grief.
  9. Business Card size and style of brouchure. Really handy and easier to keep in a pocket or wallet when you are caught by muggles out in the bush.
  10. How about: Mack Cache Kenworth Derby Big Rig Micro Non-rollin' Volvos (those who know latin see the humor in this one) Micro and the Bandit BJ and the Cache My faorite... Haulin' Cache
  11. This geocaching presentation can be found on the Texas Geocachers website.
  12. You can get waterproof match containers at WalMart for $.86. They are bright orange, but a can of flat black or green paint will run you only $2.38. One can of paint works for... a lot of them (haven't run out of paint, and I've painted 20 or so, and still got paint in there). You can get really tricky and purchase the fleckstone paint, too, that gives texture cammo to your micro that is pretty effective. For a real kicker, you can get gorilla glue ($2-$5) and cover your match container (after painting first) with and cammo for great kicks. Anything from bark to moss to whatever works great. One cache I placed I used the epoxy, then smashed up some very prevalent local rock (a sedimentary type that grinds up easily) and rolled the container in the smashed rock debris. I put on a coat of fleckstone, spritzed a few more close colors to the rock, did another layer of epoxy/smashed stones, spritzed a little more fleckstone, and coated it with a sprayable flat finish. The dadgum thing looks so much like a rock I could throw it amongst rock rubble anywhere in this area and it would blend in. You can read the logged finds (the early ones) where the cammo was talked about. The point is, there's some really cheap micro options such as this at your local Wally World. Heck, there may even be a cache in the parking lot (hint: look at lightpoles) you can log!
  13. Oops, I went and did it, didn't I? Bad JD! I think I'll go log another cemetary cache tomorrow as punishment.
  14. Well, after logging a cemetary cache today, I encountered a sign that stated this: "Do not open any grave without prior permission from Smith Cemetary Association." Holy cow! They have a problem with folks opening graves?!?!? I think a micro hidden in a tree is the least of problems for this particular cemetary. Geocaching seems to be one of the more civilized and respectful activities going on at this cache site...
  15. At first I thought surely you must be in jest. I looked at the link, and sure enough, DNFs. That just goes to prove: "Place it, and someone will come to DNF it." Ah, well, at least the DNFs had some reason behind them, other than "we thrashed around in the woods and couldn't find an obvious big, white bucket." One of the DNFs was posted by a local caching friend of mine (small caching world, isn't it?), so if I harbored any prejudice on these DNFs, they are beaten out of existence.
  16. Every post you write, I find myself liking you more. You have a great attitude about 4 X 4s.
  17. You could post partial coordinates, with information/numbers being derived from points along the way. Unfortunately, even this requires maintenance/oversight, but probably not as much as hidden multi points. Another idea I've seen and logged is to go ahead and post the coordinates to the cache, and in the description listing waypoints along a suggested route. Of course, you risk someone not caring about your suggested route and going directly to the cache, missing the spirit of the cache. On the cache like this I logged, after doing a map recon I noted that the waypoints took me on quite a sweeping tour, and it was the last cache of the day. I was sorely tempted for about 10 seconds to plot my own route, but put my nose to the grindstone and went the suggested route, turning a 4 mile hike into a 7 mile hike. It was worth it, certainly, and I am glad I stayed true to the spirit of the cache. Finally, you could pick a point where finders would have no choice but follow a scenic route you selected. An example that comes to mind is the PCH between Big Sur and San Lois Obispo... a cache in the middle somewhere with very little access but along the PCH would almost force folks to take the scenic PCH to get to the cache (unless they flew in...).
  18. Maintenance of a cache like this could be a total pain in the ... saddle. A couple of points from the cache guidelines: "You must be able to react to negative cache logs and investigate the location quickly. " "The territory in which a geocacher is able to maintain caches responsibly will vary from one person to the next. An active geocacher who regularly visits areas hundreds of miles apart can demonstrate their ability to maintain a cache 100 miles from home. A geocacher whose previous finds and hides are all within 25 miles of their home would likely not see their cache listed if placed 250 miles away from their home." After taking a quick peek of your caching history, you can probably expect the reviewer to ask some questions about cache maintenance. I'm certainly not getting judgemental on your stats, since only about 10 of my finds were 50 or more miles from home. If I were a reviewer looking at my stats, I'd probably follow up on a cache submission made by me that was more than 50 miles from home, so I'm not in a position to point a finger. All in all, I think it is a great idea for a multi, since I love road trips (or did when I had a longer Jeep range prior to kids). Another poster pointed out how it would really be a stinker to get half way through and having one of the multi points missing. Keep in mind the "react quickly" bit. I'd wager that a number of folks doing a cache like this would be in a travelling status, with limited access to the internet, so even a disable of a week could leave them uninformed to the cache being disabled, so your ability to repair the cache would be paramount.
  19. Dude. Don't you pay attention to advertising? Jeep. "There's only one." That implies there is nothing else capable out there. Back on topic, your suggestions for OP are right-on. Not only regional forums, but 4 X 4 groups in the local area may be a great avenue to find a 4 X 4 pal and create another convert to geocaching at the same time. The great Cache Prophet, Jeremy, would be pleased.
  20. I just checked this theory on one of my caches. Sure enough, it logs twice. Nifty! Not to fear, I deleted one of the logs... er, both of them... Edit: On one of my caches the last time I did a maintenance run, it had migrated so much I spent more time looking for that bugger of a micro longer than found micros that day. I did not log it as a find, but golly, it sure felt like one!
  21. Does it show up twice in the "statistics?" I recall reading a thread a while back that stated something along the lines that only the first find will actually show up. If this is true, the only way someone would catch this would to take note of the total finds and then go through their found cache listing and count them to compare. That would be a really icky task.
  22. Dude, check this out. When you are searching for caches (using home coordinates link, zip code, coordinates, or whatever), and get yer pages up, click the little box and download the files into a .loc file. Then, with EasyGPS or whatever floats your boat, review the caches. Get a cable, load them up on your GPS. If you don't have a cable, then all EasyGPS gives you is the cache name, waypoint name, who placed it, and the coords. Easy, no desciptions with which to torture yourself. About a month ago, after my PDA died for the umpteenth time, this is exactly what I have been doing. I went paperless, and stayed paperless... but now I'm cache descriptionless too. Indeed, caching is much more exciting this way, but I'm also taking much longer to find micros and such. Oh, yeah, virtuals are a total pain this way, but I have pretty much stopped doing those. A typical cache run with descriptions used to net me 6-8 caches in a two hour period. Now, without descriptions, I get 2-4 in the same period. I personally like the hunt, and not the numbers, so I am happy as a lark.
  23. A visitor to one of my caches encountered this critter: Yikes! Needless to say, I added the "snakes!" attribute to the cache page. Edit: Then again, perhaps the attribute was not a necessarily required addition, since the cache description does read "Cache with a beautiful view of Belton Lake and Dam. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot fossils and wildlife." The "wildlife" bit could be construed as a defacto warning.
  24. I have a small series of caches that are deliberately placed in muggle-high traffic area. Ironic as it may seem, the series has been quite popular. There are quite a number of tricks to avoid muggles finders have posted, and are actually fun reading. MM- Levin Enlightened MM-St. Andrew's Wee Foundation MM-St. George's Longbranch Prey MM- Any Sign of Eagletrek's Succession? "MM" stands for "Muggle Madness," and it is very obviously displayed and explained on the cache pages, so folks know what they are getting into. The most popular form of muggle avoidance seems to be to go when the weather is poor and muggles stay indoors. Another is to go during obvious off-peak times. Then there's a spattering of "other" techniques that are the amusing ones to read.
  25. No. Less is better. That is the beauty of this website and geocaching. The caching community is amazing in its ability to self-regulate, and GC seems to recognize this. If planned from the beginning to be as such, this was brilliant foresight. The SC law appears to be one written by someone with little understanding of geocaching. I have heartache about any law written in ignorance. Our elected officials should always remember their responsibility to draft legislation based on fact, not assumptions. Unfortunately, there are certain emotional issues tied to cemetaries. I can readily sympathize with someone who witnessed a cache in poor taste and wanting to do something about it. The fix to this? Continue to build credibility in the caching community through self-policing and respect for the environment (either natural or human-made).
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