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  1. I caled Garmin tech support today and after 33 minutes on hold, got a very helpful tech who issued me a new unlock code and talked me through the process to get it working on the new GPS.
  2. I bought the software before they limited it to one GPS. I don't see an option to unlock a second GPS
  3. Introduced my daughter and her family to geocaching a while back and gave her my Garmin Map 60, which gave me an excuse to upgrade to a Map 60 CSx. Got it yesterday, registered it online and today I tried to upload maps from my Mapsource Ver 6 software that I used with the older unit. According to the paperwork with the software, as I understand it, I can have two GPS units on the software. When I try to upload, the GPS says it is transferring data, but then I get a message that the maps are not unlocked for the GPS. The mapping software recognizes the new GPS, but won’t unlock. I entered the 25 digit code, as instructed, but still no luck. What am I missing?
  4. Suddenly my Garmin Map 60cs will not find and satellites. I turn it on and it searches for several minutes, then I get a message on the screen that says "Unable to locate satellite. Use with GPS off?" I've tried this in several diferent locatiosn in three states in the last week, I've changed batteries, tried it while plugged into the car cord, the same problem. Has anyone else experienced this? Short of sending it back to Garmin, any ideas?
  5. That's the problem for us, Quiggle. We travel to some wonderful locations and know of dozens where we would love to place a cache. But next week or the week after, we could be a thousand miles away. I wish we could get virtuals approved, because we come across plenty of places where they could work out, and certainly make us say "wow!". We appreciate the wonderful folks who hide caches for us to find, we support the hobby by being premium members, and by running a permanent story about geocaching on our website at www.gypsyjournal.net. But we'd sure like to place some caches too.
  6. We really enjoy the virtuals. They have brought us to a lot of interesting places. I would hate to see them go away.
  7. I would LOVE to place some caches. But we travel fulltime in our RV and move around a lot, and as I understand it, to place a cache you must be able to maintain it. Since we are not usually in an area more than a couple of weeks at a time, I don't know how I could do that.
  8. A couple of weeks ago while caching in Parke County, Indiana we found a crushed yellow Garmin Etrex GPS receiver in the parking area. I think some poor cacher dropped it, then ran over it with the car when leaving.
  9. I'm new, with only 10 finds, but I prefer traditional and virtual caches. Micros are okay, but I have not and probably will not try any of the puzzle or multi caches anytime soon.
  10. Besides being a geocacher, I make my living as a writer, and travel fulltime in an RV. We love history and have visited many old cemeteries from coast to coast. In them I have discovered some wonderful stories I would have never known or been able to share with our readers. A few examples are the graves of Belle Boyd, in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Belle was a spy for the South during the Civil War and had several adventures that would have made the basis for a book. She was captured, escaped, captured again, married the officer assigned to guard her.... quite an interesting story. In rural West Virgina, down a narrow mountain road, we found the grave of Zona Hester Shue, the Greenbriar Ghost. Internet research revealed that she was murdered by her husband, who almost got away with the crime. But her mother claimed that the murder victim's ghost came to her in a dream and revealed exactly how she was killed. The mother managed to get the authorities to exhume the body and do an examination that brought evidence to light that ended up in the conviction of the murderer. A nearby historical marker says that it was the only time in American legal history that a criminal was convicted due to evidence revealed by a ghost. On Washington state's Olympic Penninsula we found the grave of John Tornow, the "Wild Man of the Wynoochee." A social outcast and hermit, Tornow was accused (very possibly falsely) of murdering his two teenage nephews and disappreared into the dense forest to hide. Several manhunts failed to find him, and in the meantime he was blamed for every missing lumberjack, poached deer, and burglarized cabin in the region. Parents used to warn unruly children that "John Tornow will get you if you don't behave!". Finally lawmen tracked the fugitive down and he was killed in a bloody shootout. Yet another interesting Washington grave we came across was that of Willie Keil, a young man who dreamed of going west with a wagon train from his home back in Bethel, Missouri. But Willie became sick and died before his family set out on the Oregon Trail. So his father put his body in a vat of alcohol to preserve it and brought him along on the trip! It is said that while several other wagon trains were attacked by Indians in the same period, the wagon train Willie was a part of was avoided because the superstitious Indians were afraid of it. Stories like this are an important part of our past and should be preserved. Visiting old cemeteries helps us do so, and geocaching will introduce us to many more along the way. We enjoy reading the headstones and learning about the people who rest there, and we come away feeling respectful and appreciative for the lives they led and the hardships they endured. I wish it was easier to get virtuals approved to share stories like this. Since we are on the road fulltime, maintaining a regular or micro cache is impossible.
  11. I bought my 60CS for geocaching, but found it works so well for trip routing and finding my way from one place to another that I no longer use my laptop and DeLorme GPS unit.
  12. I found my first TB about a month ago and planned to drop it off in the Everglades or Florida Keys a few days later. But an unplanned medical problem came up (bad reaction to some cataract surgery) and I was sidelined for a while. I wrote the owner to apologize, and hope to get out and find it a new home in the next few days.
  13. We travel fulltime in a 40' bus conversion and tow a Toyota 4x4 pickup. We also publish the Gypsy Journal RV newspaper, which KND was so kind to mention above. We park in an RV park in area that looks interesting and use our truck to make day trips in the region to gather stories for the paper, and also to chase down geocaches. We're new to the sport, so have only found a few so far, but we really enjoy it. RVing give us the opportunity to hunt caches wherever we travel. We have a wireless internet dsh on our bus, so we can log onto geocaching.com and search for caches in the area we are visiting.
  14. I'm all for virtual; caches, and can't wait until we get to Washington, D.C. again to hunt up a bunch of them. To me, they beat the heck out of looking for a 35mm film can. But I'm a history buff, so that has a lot of influence.
  15. You are right, Sputnik, I mean thousandths of a minute. Sorry, I'm still a newbieand don't have the phraseology right yet. I took a road trip this morning from Lake City, Florida to the VA hospital in Gainesville, a distance of about 45 miles, and my 60cs worked great. I'm very happy with it, but my buddy thinks his Meridian is too far off to ever be effective for caching. Hopefully after he practices with it a bit more he'll get more confidence in it. Thanks for all the input.
  16. My buddy bought a new Meridian Color in December and I got a Garmin 60cs at the same time. The two units seem to read quite a bit differently most of the time. I hid five test caches on his 500 acre property for him to practice hunting with his GPS. He complained that he could not find any of them, so today we went out with both units. In every case, his GPS was taking him to coordiantes that were anywhere from 10 to 70 feet away from the cache, depending on tree cover. Standing side by side in an open field, with a clear view of the sky, the two GPS receivers routinely show us anywhere from 5 to 18 degrees apart, both in longitude and latitude. Even when we were under moderate tree cover, both uints were showing locks on several satellites. On my 60cs, at times by following the coordianates I had written down for the caches I placed, upon returning I was anywhere from a few feet in a couple of cases to 20 feet or so away in one. Is this deviance normal? I have only hunted three caches that were placed by someone from the Geocaching.com site. In two cases my GPS took me right to the cache (one was in moderate tree cover), in the last one (out in the open away from tree cover) I could not find the cache. But there were muggles stomping over the area and I will return to try that one again. So I think my 60cs has been showing decent accuracy overall.
  17. I'm a legend in my own mind. Does that count?
  18. Yeah, it's a pretty good gig. I make my living going to the places everybody else goes to on vacation, then writing about it. I tell folks my job is to tell people where to go! It beats working for a living
  19. I'm not sure if I can post a link here or not, but we'll give it a try and see what the folks in charge have to say. We travel fulltime in an RV and publish a 36 page newspaper for RVers and armchair traverlers called the Gypsy Journal. We ran a story on geocaching in our January-February issue and have the article on our web site as well. If anyone wants to check it out, the URL is below. Hopefully we can turn a few more folks on to this great hobby and to geocaching.com http://gypsyjournal.net/articles.htm
  20. I was all set to become a premium member, but sort of got turned off a while back when I wrote to Jeremy stating that I had a feature on geocaching going into the magazine we publish and that it mentioned this web site quite favorably, and I never got a reply. I realize he gets a lot of e-mail, I do too. Still turned me off. I like the idea of a free travel bug, and maybe a 25% discount on future travel bug purchases. Not saying that I won't become a premium member eventually, I probably will. As far as the downloads and all that, I can live without them at this time, my activity level is not that high yet.
  21. "My father flew Dustoff in Vietnam. I know, it's not me, but I'm dadgum proud of him for that. " Tradeboy, your father and pilots like him saved a lot of good men, some of them my friends. Served US Army 1971-1974, with the 1st Cav in Vietnam, and later on as cadre at US Military Academy at West Point, NY. That was great duty in a beautiful and historic place, and if I could have stayed there forever, I'd have made a career out of it.
  22. We spent a couple of weeks in Bremerton this summer, at the campground at the Elks lodge. I wish I had known about geocaching back then! We love that area. Took the ferry over to Seattle a time or two and did the tourist thing. We'll be back in that area one of these days.
  23. I am new to geocaching and love it! We travel fulltime in an RV and I think it is the perfect hobby for our lifestyle. We publish a newspaper for RVers and will be doing a feature story on geocaching in our next issue, which is at the printer now. We'll also have the story on our website at www.gypsyjournal.net as soon as the printed edition hits the mail, about the first of the year. I was wondering how many other RVing geocachers we have out there?
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