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  1. quote:
    It seems obvious that everyones "pace" is different so I don't get hung up about it. Actually, I prefer not to see that much pinpoint information, unless I really need it.


     

    I'm with you, I would normally consider that much information excessive, even annoying. However, in the case of my most recent cache attempt, explicit details are a must. It involves reading information off of a specific headstone in a cemetary, this information in turn is a clue to the next leg of the cache hunt. I was unable to find the correct information, and thought that perhaps this was due in part to the inaccuracies in my counting off paces. icon_confused.gif

     

    Here's the cache I'm talking about.

     

    On a side note though, I have since been informed by the cache hider that he may have listed the incorrect names to be found on the headstone. So, no matter how "perfect" my paces would be, I'd still be out of luck. icon_smile.gif

  2. quote:
    It seems obvious that everyones "pace" is different so I don't get hung up about it. Actually, I prefer not to see that much pinpoint information, unless I really need it.


     

    I'm with you, I would normally consider that much information excessive, even annoying. However, in the case of my most recent cache attempt, explicit details are a must. It involves reading information off of a specific headstone in a cemetary, this information in turn is a clue to the next leg of the cache hunt. I was unable to find the correct information, and thought that perhaps this was due in part to the inaccuracies in my counting off paces. icon_confused.gif

     

    Here's the cache I'm talking about.

     

    On a side note though, I have since been informed by the cache hider that he may have listed the incorrect names to be found on the headstone. So, no matter how "perfect" my paces would be, I'd still be out of luck. icon_smile.gif

  3. I am also of the belief that the urban caches provide a thrill that rural caches sometimes lack. The not getting "caught" aspect provides a nice rush.

     

    Anybody (well, judging by my own not-found logs, I shouldn't say that) can walk through the woods and find a cache, but it takes other skills to stealthily search for an open concept cache without drawing suspicion.

     

    One of the first caches I ever did was out in the open, hidden in plain sight. I think this cache really helped get me hooked on geocaching. It made me wonder how many bushes I've walked by in my life that have tupperware stashed in them. I have never looked at bushes the same way since! If you're ever in Danville, Illinois, check it out:

    Stars and Stripes

     

    [This message was edited by Globetrotter on August 14, 2002 at 06:52 AM.]

     

    [This message was edited by Globetrotter on August 14, 2002 at 06:54 AM.]

  4. Recently, I have seen more and more geocaches where the instructions include something like, "The cache is 40 paces west of the big oak tree."

     

    Each time I try counting off paces, invariably my number is way off from the number suggested by the cache hider. Sometimes I need a lot more paces to reach the goal, and other times, I need far fewer paces.

     

    This got me to thinking that maybe what I consider a pace, isn't what others use.

     

    So here's the question... what do you consider a "pace"?

  5. quote:
    Originally posted by clatmandu:

    Wow, I thought Detroit was the only place in the lower 48 north of Canada. Guess I need my eyes checked, eh? Now where did I put my touque?


     

    Speaking of Canada being in the "wrong" place, everyone in Buffalo knows that Canada is WEST of here, not North (or South as that errant map would have us believe)! Of course "The Great White West" just doesn't sound right. icon_biggrin.gif

  6. quote:
    Originally posted by clatmandu:

    Wow, I thought Detroit was the only place in the lower 48 north of Canada. Guess I need my eyes checked, eh? Now where did I put my touque?


     

    Speaking of Canada being in the "wrong" place, everyone in Buffalo knows that Canada is WEST of here, not North (or South as that errant map would have us believe)! Of course "The Great White West" just doesn't sound right. icon_biggrin.gif

  7. Jeremy,

     

    While I certainly appreciate another potential geocaching innovation, my vote is against the tagless TBs.

     

    Finding travel bugs have become one of my favorite parts of finding a cache. Certainly tagless bugs would lower the costs, but the increased number of bugs in circulation would, IMHO, diminish the thrill of finding one. To me, its a little like when a new car model comes out. While they are still new and relatively rare, its exciting to see one. Once so many are out there, the excitment is gone.

     

    Also, the silver tags have become an easily recognizable item, making them stand out from all the other loot in a cache container. I would be concerned over the many forms of paper tags that sprout up -- already in this thread we've seen debates over weatherproofing (or "to laminate or not to laminate"), 1/4 pages of extra information, etc etc. Atleast with the silver tag, the current bugs have something in common.

     

    Just my two pennies!

  8. quote:
    Originally posted by SC-Yankee:

    I left the house with what I thought were fresh batteries but upon arrivivn on the scene I discovered they were flat dead. My reason for not logging the not found is simply that I have no idea if the cache is still there or not


     

    I had a similar line of thinking on a log that I posted as a "note" as opposed to a "not found". I went out to find a cache in a park in Illinois a few months back. Upon getting to the entrance of the park, we found that recent flooding put the whole area under about 2 feet of water. Because we didn't even get passed the park entrance to begin the search in earnest, I didn't think this was a true "not found" situation. I posted a note informing future cachers to give the area some time to dry out before attempting the cache.

  9. I just recently started using the PDA pages as well. It is truly a great feature, well worth the membership fee.

     

    For me, the paper I save by not having to print out the cache page(s) will probably pay for the premium mebership fee. The warmy fuzzy feeling from saving a tree is another nice benefit. icon_smile.gif

     

    Also, the fact that you can set it show only caches you haven't found is a big plus. In my opinion, a lot space is wasted on the search page of the website by displaying found caches on the same page as unfound ones. Once I find and log a cache, I rarely (if ever) go back to look at the cache page again. If I want to see a found page again I use the "watch this cache" feature.

  10. I just recently started using the PDA pages as well. It is truly a great feature, well worth the membership fee.

     

    For me, the paper I save by not having to print out the cache page(s) will probably pay for the premium mebership fee. The warmy fuzzy feeling from saving a tree is another nice benefit. icon_smile.gif

     

    Also, the fact that you can set it show only caches you haven't found is a big plus. In my opinion, a lot space is wasted on the search page of the website by displaying found caches on the same page as unfound ones. Once I find and log a cache, I rarely (if ever) go back to look at the cache page again. If I want to see a found page again I use the "watch this cache" feature.

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