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  1. It doesn't exist. Such a device would have to be very small, have a large screen, an antenna that isn't affected by heavy tree cover, etc. Everyone here could add their own "must have" items; all of which would create design conflicts. (unlimited battery life using two AAA batteries. . .) Worry about the important stuff like what brand of backpack you should be carrying. (grin)
  2. Might cause issues with being a piece of public emergency equipment or something like that, were it to be placed where it would blend in (especially if the fire department tried to hook up to it during a real fire). Now, if it were in the middle of the woods, three miles from the nearest road... That would be funny! Reminds me of a potted plant I had in my office several years ago. I went to the hardware store and purchased a sprikler head and a PVC riser and then stuck it in the dirt. You'd be surprised at how many people believed I really had a sprinkler system set up for that pot (about 10" diameter) I add a second vote to putting a fire hydrant out in the middle of nowhere.
  3. I keep one in the pocket of my lifevest that I wear sailing (SF Bay) If I ever go overboard it will help me sink faster. . .
  4. Not sure about the moon, but to add to your options, I own a square foot of an island in Northern Scotland that you can use also. The Island of Clett, which at one time was owned by the singer Donavan is now owned jointly by those of us who bought 1 square foot each. If you decide to go there please don't disturb my castle, which occupies most of my square foot. . .
  5. I was browsing the main page bringing up lists of caches in various countries around the world. Fascinating to see where some of them are. I was caught completely by surprise though when my search in Australia failed to show any. Is this correct, or do our friends from the land "down under" have another site where they list them?
  6. A good data point to start with is the price that you would pay for a "new" one. Pricegrabber.com is a good source for quick checks. Rino 120 Pricing
  7. Reminds me of the old joke of the travelling businessman who was approached by a "working girl" in the bar. She offered to do anything he wanted for $200. He thought for a minute, peeled of two crisp hundred dollar bills and said, "Paint my house!"
  8. JB Weld epoxy will hold anything. Cost about $5 at the hardware store and can repair anything up to an engine block.
  9. I've found that my posts are usually the "definitive" answer to most topics. As such, it's usually not necessary to read anything other than the original post no matter how many thousands of others have added their two cents worth. (That's ego with a capital E!) Actually, I usually browse through a page or two to catch the drift of the discussion, and then plunge in. Based on the good-natured abuse that flows freely around here, it doesn't seem to have been much of a problem.
  10. I carry a generic multi-tool picked up at Target for next to nothing. I keep it in my daypack and rarely need it, but when I do I'm grateful that it's there. It's been a handy item. I'll probably break down and purchase a better one but not until I've replaced my digital camera...
  11. My highly modified Raleigh Twenty (now with GPS mount on the handlebars, though not shown that way.) </p> </p> </p>
  12. After seeing several caches I've decided to start carrying a spare log book that can be left behind also. I've seen several that were either full or wet. Small notebooks don't cost much and can keep the process going.
  13. Yep. Delete 'em. Show everyone that you MEAN business. Like I said before, it's not about the numbers. You'll notice that fewer than 10% of my finds are Virtuals and Locationless combined. I also haven't found either type in some time. I keep them in my stats in the hopes that one day they won't count towards my total (like benchmarks). Virtuals are nothing more than decorative benchmarks anyway. They won't count towards my total? I didn't know this was a contest to find the most. Geocachers get involved for lots of different reasons. Don't waste your time worrying about why others do it, or what kinds of finds they enjoy.
  14. I did a quick search and was unable to find a discussion on this, which means that there's probably 10,000 pages on it. . . go figure. Anyway, I'm wondering if there's an easy way to download the "cache description page" onto a Palm device. It would be handy to have the full description etc. Is there a provsion for this that I'm unaware of?
  15. Like many before: Age 50, Male Married for 28 years, 2 daughters, 1 married and finished with college, one still a student at UC Davis An actual "certified genius" (go figure) Have always enjoyed the outdoors but these last few years have been tougher because the old knees aren't what they used to be. Very much a "gadget-happy American". Have always built my own computers from components. Active in my church and am close to my extended family. (one of 9 children) That's my new grandson pictured over there on the left. Family is the most important thing to me.
  16. I just drag my blankie behind me as I crawl up to the area. . . Actually I try to avoid areas with younger kids around. I usually am carring the Geocache description sheets with me when I go so I don't worry about trying to explain myself to authorities but appreciate the concern that some parents might feel seeing a lone man in a park around their children.
  17. Question. Do they charge people who enter on foot at the regular entrences, or only those who bring in a vehicle? If pedestrian travel is free, then there's hardly an issue. If on the other hand, they are charging everyone who enters, then there could be an ethical question. It may also be that they only charge for some of the "premium use" areas. Your sense of community responsibility is nice, but you might be making up restrictions where none exist. More information is needed about the park rules.
  18. Eet iz very eezy; but first you must ply them weeth a leetle wine and a song. . . (said in my best French accent trying to sound like Maurice Chevalier)
  19. I went with a Hickory stick from Brazos walking sticks (link is further up the page.) Hickory is a bit heavy, but then so am I. I don't have to worry about it breaking.
  20. I like Smugmug. It's a subscription service but you have lots of latitude in what can be done.
  21. Some corrections to my previous post. I went to the EPA web site and got their instructions. I was wrong about only applying it to your clothes. From the Governments site, Read and follow all directions and precautions on this product label. Do not apply over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin. Do not apply to hands or near eyes and mouth of young children. Do not allow young children to apply this product. Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Do not use under clothing. Avoid over-application of this product. After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water. Wash treated clothing before wearing it again. Use of this product may cause skin reactions in rare cases. The following additional statements will appear on the labels of all aerosol and pump spray formulation labels: Do not spray in enclosed areas. To apply to face, spray on hands first and then rub on face. Do not spray directly onto face. And from their FAQ: What benefits do DEET products offer? DEET's most significant benefit is its ability to repel potentially disease-carrying insects and ticks. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) receives nearly 10,000 reports of Lyme disease (transmitted by deer ticks) and 1,000 reports of encephalitis (transmitted by mosquitoes) annually. Both of these diseases can cause serious health problems or even death in the case of encephalitis. Where these diseases are endemic, the CDC recommends use of insect repellents when out-of-doors. Studies submitted to EPA indicate that DEET repels ticks for about three to eight hours, depending on the percentage of DEET in the product.
  22. DEET wins hands down but there is a caviat to its use. Don't put it directly on your skin. Apply it to your clothing only. From what I've read it has different effects on people but none of them are good. It will work just as well when applied to your clothes though. Take care.
  23. Heehee, I'm busted! I am jealous! Those belts are classic accessories. The sad thing is that I can vaguely remember wearing plaid slacks with a plaid shirt in High school (late 60's) Fortunately I now have two daughters and a wife to keep me somewhat in line.
  24. I saw the badge photo at your profile. Lots of fun! Take care and have a great day.
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