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  1. I have seen some cemetary caches very well done. Discreet, out of the way, and the cache/exchange of swag out of view of potential mourners. I have a habit of pausing to reflect and thank veterans' graves, so each cemetary cache that I go to I pay respects. That being said, necrocaching, if not done well, can be icky. A cemetary cache can quickly Notzucht the concept of minimal impact to our environment. As such, they have to be done very well and with a bit of planning and consideration.
  2. Technically, women wear kilted skirts. The difference between the two? Beats the daylights out of me... One of the caches I logged in a kilt. Of particular irony is the name of the cache, given I wear the kilt regimental. The kilt is great attire for any caching experience. However, I found yucca and cactus to be more of an attention-grabber when wearing a kilt. Now that PI is out in abundance, there's another reason to stay with pants in the summer. I think I'm due for another kilted caching in the next week or so. I shall be certain to slather on the bug juice and give a report on how that works with ticks and other icky things.
  3. Being a premium member is like being in heaven. There's harmony in premium membership: 1) The website is never slow for premium members. 2) Premium members get the Off Topic forum where they poke fun at non-premium members. 3) Premium Member newly placed caches get approved within 20 minutes. 4) Jeremy sends pesonal motivational notes to premium members, and consults with premium members before making changes to the website. Uh, non of the above is true. Well, except for the being a premium member is like being in heaven. Personally, my conscience really is the bane of my existance. I have a deep vein of community spirit and contribution, and feel guilty as anything if I take more than I contribute. Sooooo, my conscience is clean in supporting a website that has provided so much entertainment to me and my family. I'm also a regular contributer to NPR, so perhaps I just have a personality disorder. I think that is an important aspect of my premium membership.
  4. Most of the time I find a geocache. Sometimes, I do not find a geoache. In those instances, I tend to find a lot of other things, such as spoons, lots of bricks, snakes, an old automobile engine, an abandoned refrigerator, three or four film cannisters (not caches), um, oh, and a dead squirrel.
  5. The Texas Geocaching website has this. Here is the link. Edit: More direct link to the exact file that has the mini also with the lines for signing.
  6. My son went on his first caching expedition (3 mile hike) when he was 17 days old. He's been on a few more. I pretty regularly cache with my two year old daughter, who began when she was 20 months old. She got good at spotting caches and reading the GPS by 21 months old.
  7. Especially given there are probably some convert fanatics who will go out and purchase the issue, just so that they can have a hard copy of the geocaching prophet's wise words on their coffee tables.
  8. Looking at the cache descriptions I agree that this is highly probable. However, we don't really know for certain if we haven't visited the cache. It is possible the posted coordinates are not the location of the cache and not a true multi, either. I did notice on one of the caches a new cacher stated the "cache is not at the posted coordinates." That could indicate there is more to the cache than meets the eye in reading the description. Doubtful, but possible anyhow, that's why I stuck to answering the OP's question using the cache guidelines as to what constitutes a mystery cache as opposed to commenting on the caches in question.
  9. Not confusing at all. Most of us who use Garmins have experienced the same challenges as we learned how to use our new toys.
  10. Garmin etrex is simple once you learn it, but a bit confusing the first couple of tries. To enter a new "waypoint" you have to use the "mark" option on the menu. You can also get to the "mark" screen by pressing the top button on the left side of your etrex when you are in the Map or Navigate modes. Once on the "mark" screen, use your little joystick to highlight the coordinate section on this page. Hit enter (press straight down on your joystick thingy), and you can then highlight and change the coordinates. Highlight "ENTER" on the typepad menu, and double-check the coordinates. Now you can hit goto and you'll be cooking with oil. Edit: Or, what briansat said. You can edit your waypoint to enter new coordinates. Most folks like to keep the first point on a multi in their GPSr, in case something goes amiss and you want to go back to the start point. One multi I transposed some digits reading the redirection coordinates, didn't find the final, had to go back to square one to learn that I had a mild dislexic moment in reading, and really glad I had left the waypoint for the first point...
  11. From the guidelines: "The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. " Yes, it is usually a puzzle cache, which causes confusion on mystery caches that are not puzzles. One of my caches is a mystery cache, and on several on-line logs I got a "sheesh, this feels like a multi." They didn't get a "puzzle," so hence it must be a multi. There may be a couple of reasons why you didn't see much difference on the mystery caches you visited. On my mystery, I have a back-up for cachers to solve the cache in case the actual clue gets muggled or disturbed, and it is in a muggle high-traffic area, so this happens quite a bit. That way I don't have to disable the cache on and off, I just modify directions on the page. When the cache is in "back-up" mode, it certainly feels more like a multi, but really still isn't a "true" multi since the posted coordinates won't get the cacher anywhere near the cache or the first "point" for the multi, they are truly just a "reference" point. Hence, the designation as a multi...
  12. You can either convert either one format to the other on the GPSr. Usually found on a main menu under settings. Or, you can use this geocaching.com quick links page that has a convert and map coordinates portion that is very helpful in converting coordinates. It was once posted as a link by an admin... not sure whether or not he was supposed to share it with non-admin folks, but he did and I snagged it.
  13. That def says: ...and often engaged in competitively. Often does not mean always. BTW, you also left out another Dictionary.com def for sport: 3. An active pastime; recreation. Yup. Typo on my part. Meant to type "does not require competition." Didn't need the third definition in there, so I did indeed leave it out. The first, most commonly used form, clearly covers geocaching as a sport, in my opinion. Didn't need to dig into less common uses.
  14. Give me an NBC address and I'll activate one in the morning LOL. Alameda Avenue and Bob Hope Drive. Burbank, CA 91506. Now, even better, we could all send these trowel TBs and store them up the peacock's *&% for a local cacher to collect them all and take them into NBC's offices at Sign of the Peacock cache. Then again, I wonder if the powers that be at NBC even bothered to check out this cache right out their front door to see what geocaching is really like?!?!? Gee, I hope I didn't give inspiration for the character when I was milling around suspiciously in Johnny Carson Park looking for two caches....
  15. Dictionary.com: n. 1. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. Other than some really easy P & Gs, geocaching requires physical activity. Definately geocaching is goverened by a set of rules (sic), customs goes without saying. Depending on where you live, it can certainly be competitive, but the definition does not require competition. Just the facts. You decide if it is a sport. EDIT: No competition required.
  16. Great. Now you have two addictions. Geocaching and Jeeps. Welcome to the club. Mudbug's Jeep coordinates with her witchee outfit. That must be a sight to see as she's driving along...
  17. Jeep_Dog


    "I would encourage you to hide more excellent caches that comply with the listing guidelines, as a good first step." There it is, straight from the horse's mouth. You seem to be in a prime spot for hiding more excellent caches. EDIT: I am not implying that KA is a horse, in case his finger is hovering over the "ban this user forever and ever" button.
  18. LOL. Can we have a "Dead Cache" icon?
  19. I usually keep a "treasure" in one of my pockets that I know my two year old daughter would love. That way, if the cache contents are dissapointing to her, or she is fixated on an item that is not appropriate for her (or dangerous), then I slip in the "treasure." She goes for it every time, and is happy as anything. Mostly I've had good luck with each cache (other than micro) having somehting she likes, and have only applied this trick once due to the dissapointment factor... although numerous times for the diversion away from an item more appropriate for older children that she deemed really nifty.
  20. FTF "prize" for one of my micros includes the name of a great H.O.T. cacher, who was first to find on this cache. The entire name uses the cacher's name and is a pun on the cache's location. Some folks that logged the cache caught the subtle humor, some didn't get it at all. This FTF prize wasn't inventive at all, since it was an idea I blatently stole from a similar thread to this one a few months ago. I did a search and turned up a couple more parallel threads like this one and this one. Links provided for great ideas that folks may not be in the mood to repost again on this one. It is certainly a worthy topic!
  21. My WW2 vet grandfather did his first cache a month ago back in Ohio, and over the last couple of days completed a couple more in New Mexico. He's not computer savvy, so he won't show up on the on-line logs, but does in the physical logs. There's WW2 vets out there, we just might not see them. Edit: Oops, back on topic... he's 76.
  22. Does it really matter? One could easily convert what would have been a loan payment into gas cache... er, cash. Or, sell it and by your Wrangler. Either way, you are $25k (knocking off tax penalties from sticker price) in the green on a new Jeep. My hobby/addiction nests well with my vehicle hobby/addiction. It just doesn't get any better than this!
  23. It will be interesting to see the new "challenges." It won't hurt to have some other fun aspect to consider as we are out caching. I kind of like the one entry per week. Submitting an entry every day was reather tedious, and still didn't win me a new Jeep... I had to go buy a new Jeep in February. The Jeep promo brought me to geocaching last year. I think Jeep's interest in geocaching is awesome. The only improvement I could think of is some close coordination with local areas for established 4 X 4 trails for placement of caches along them...
  24. Indeed, that is definately a horrifying intrusion on nature. Still, what you encountered is perhaps less intrusive to nature than rounding the bend in the trail and finding a bear playing with the squirrel's nuts.
  25. Let's see, since I began consistent marathon/10K training (at least 4 miles run per day), weight training, began eating healthy, started walking activity such as geocaching on weekends, and quit beer, I've gained 20 pounds. I don't look like the governor of CA, but then again I'm not skinny anymore, either(as dad says "you just are not one of those dudes folks elect to pick on"), 6'0", 191 lbs.
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