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  1. This is great! You found this travelbug. It was very nice of you to check out the web link on the travel bug tag and then go to the trouble to register with gc.com in order to report your discovery. To get the TB back in the game you could look up caches near to your home and place it in one that is large enough for the bug to fit. If you don't have a gps and don't want to spend the money for the phone app you could contact the owner of a nearby cache and ask them for some assistance. Or, perhaps you know someone who is an active geocacher. Who knows, you might even find this game interesting. Thanks for making the effort to get this travel going again.
  2. Thanks - I appreciate these tips. I will check them out and we will visit some. The purpose of our trip is desert camping in the SAGEFOX van along with two other couples, something we've been doing for the past 25 years. Selective geocaching has been a nice addition. I am not opposed to the PT caches and actually would love to do a power run someday but that is not the way my wife and I cache when together. Just to be different we might walk the ETpt for 10 or 20 caches.
  3. I'm not much of a power trail cacher. I've done several on bike (about 150 caches) and a couple driving trails (about 45 caches). And, in fact, we are planning to drive the ET highway during our spring desert trip but not do the caches if you can imagine that! Our goal is to spend the night at the now famous town of Rachel, have breakfast at the cafe and meet any power cachers that might happen by. That said, I disagree strongly with the quoted statement. What it misses is the fact that folks are having a ball doing that type of caching. They are finding containers and signing logs - they are geocaching. The people I talk to who play golf with baseball bats and beach balls all have big scowls on their faces. When I suggest that they consider doing power trail caching instead some of them say they might actually try it instead.
  4. Hey, Ron Streeter is back in the game! Ron's has some great caches in Northern California and many of our favorite caches are Streeter caches from back in our California days. We have a photo me holding one of his very clever containers on our Profile page. (It should not be a spoiler because it doesn't identify the cache, is a small photo and it is not our home territory.)
  5. Typically on a power trail road or highway the cache is only several feet from the car and this makes it different from what we might consider to be normal caching. It is a team effort it is fun for those doing it. I think the multiple cars team concept must be rare and one driver dropping multiple finders at different caches is even rarer.
  6. Sounds like. I take it all back. Looks like 487 cache visitors may finally have proved a few too many. Often stealth requires eluding everyone and anyone. A better way to say this might be: not in the sense that we should cross into no trespassing (or do not enter) zones.
  7. This is your best point. Since it has not happened in 12 years that should tell you that you needn't be concerned about this cache. If that is its ultimate fate then so be it but that day doesn't need to be hastened by anyone's preemptive action beyond attempting to find the cache. The frustration of not finding a cache that has tons of Fave votes and no one is giving out any clues in their logs can be maddening but when we see that folks are having fun and there is some inside joke that we are not getting we need to think it through and try again or leave it alone. As to Cache Cop comments: There are times when being CC needs to be done the for greater good for the game but this is certainly not one of those caches. 107 faves, no major complaints and no current NM or NA logs means we don't need to get twisted over it.
  8. I've seen this too. There were a ton of trackables delivered to Headquarters that had been held by one cacher for one to two years - for reasons other than "visiting". But several of them got picked up by a couple who proceeded to keep them for up to nine months "visiting" them to pages of caches, many less than a mile apart. Those cachers likely had not taken the time to see what the trackables histories were and that they needed to get out of visit mode and start "visiting" other cachers rather than caches.
  9. Or on a desk at home. Plus, the trackable owner doesn't get notices of visits (thankfully) so they still need to go to the trackable page to see if anything is happening. I don't care if the trackable sits in a cache a long time because it is waiting for its next cacher, someone different than the last one.
  10. I with you on this. I suspect those folks who do the multiple "visits" and the trackable owners who like this done to their travelers don't spend much time searching the travelbug pages. Like others have said, if you want to look back to see if a trackable has met its goal or simply where it has actually been, I mean caches it really visited, it is very difficult to search through 5 to 15 pages of useless visits. And why is it so important for a trackable to visit all 30 to 50 caches on a bike trail anyway? I think I will head over to my trackable page and delete some more "visits".
  11. Yikes! Man, I don't like scrolling through pages and pages of Visit logs to see whether the traveler has met its goal or just to see where it has actually been. I wish people wouldn't do this.
  12. These dates might work for me. The 27th is definitely out.
  13. Hey, that's what we did at first! I just told a friend about this method this afternoon when we had him out caching for the first time. We were talking about how we did it in the "old" days when we were new at the game. We did just exactly that for our first 10 or 12 finds. Yep, line up on the north coordinates and then work your way to the cache, what's a little poison oak among friends? Then we learned about entering waypoints and boy did that speed up our game. That was in January of 2002. I don't recall exactly when downloading waypoints (not cache pages) directly to the gps was made available but it was not long before we were doing that. A couple of months later the Premium Membership was launched and perhaps that is when PQs came into being. Yep. By mid-January my brother was into the game and had figured out waypoint entry.
  14. It has a lot to do with what you start the game with I expect. I'm sure most new people come to the game with smartphone experience so they are more comfortable with it. In support of the GPSr side: We've had several Garmins and we currently use a Colorado300 and a Map62. I have been Android smartphoned for about four years but for geocaching I use it only as a backup for occasional up-to-date logs and when I have some free time and no GPSr at hand. A handheld GPSr with maps and cache pages loaded is a mighty fun instrument to play the game with. Edit to add: The NW Trails maps by Switchbacks.com can be loaded into certain GPSr units. Thousands of hiking/biking trails in the NW states are then available as an overlay to the onscreen maps which cuts down on a loooottt of bushwhacking. The GPSrs are very easy to use and I am faster with them than with the phone. I don't have any experience with an Explorist but the with handhelds that have maps and auto-routing plus geocaching features built-in such as cache management, cache web page data including some prior logs the game goes very smoothly and I don't need to worry about rain... we do need cache in the rain up here, Pacific Northwet, and all. We also do a lot of caching outside our Verizon data range. My average cache log length has been around 70 words and I can't do that on a phone. On a keyboard I type without looking but I can't consistently hit those little letters on the phone screen well enough to get up any speed. In the field I don't want to spend any time tapping on the little phone screen especially when a big part of the game for me is logging and reading other logs while at home on a computer. I didn't know anybody actually used a manual! I've never looked at one for a GPSr or a smartphone. That sounds like a smarta** thing to say and I actually did use one for our first GPSr, a grey-scale Garmin eMap, because it was so new and cool to use in the car before geocaching came into our radar and waaayy before smartphones. I am rambling on so I'd better cut it short. I do love the smartphone era but, for me, it will not likely replace a quality GPSr in the field and a good evening of logging finds at home on the computer.
  15. Still works for us. We took our name in 2001 from our Subaru powered VW Vanagon camper's desert themed vanity plate. We bought the van in 1990 when it was five-years-old and it is still with us.
  16. From my experience in the Seattle/Olympia area I seem to be finding about as many trackables as I have throughout our 12 years of caching.
  17. Oh that. Not sure I'm ready for it after observing someone's account a couple of times. I wasn't quite sure I really needed to know when someone was out shopping or what they were fixing for dinner but... This might get me to take a closer look. Not sure I want multiple places to chat about geocaching but if the crowd moves on what canya do?
  18. Well I have good news for you. Your DNF rate is only 7.3% Divide DNFs by total cache attempts. Add the DNFs to your total finds in order to include all cache attempts. 4732+374 = 5106 374/5106 = .0732471 which rounds to 7.3% If you want to know how you are doing with just container caches subtract out the non-container cache finds from the total attempts. This will raise your DNF rate slightly but it will be a more accurate picture.
  19. I've kept a spreadsheet of our caching activity since day one for us (11/25/01) and our DNF rate has been consistent throughout: 7% where a container is in place. (DNFs /(Finds + DNFs) 10% including sites with missing containers. The above is calculated after discarding all non-container caches. The numbers would drop a bit if I included those cache types but I can see no sense in doing that. The first number is the one that really means something - DNFs where a container was in place. To separate out our 2013 stats I would have to count up all the non-container caches for the year and it is 11:57pm so I won't be doing that right now.
  20. Did the tour today and really enjoyed it even on a mid-30 degree day. Now I just need to check for the days HQ is available to stamp the final stamp. "Keep Fremont Weird!"
  21. Man, what a favorites packed group. Just downloaded the geotour and printed the passport.
  22. The PMs were done earlier as mentioned above so I posted NMs. The cache owner has contacted me to go over and work out the concerns. We are both doing further research. There is soooooo much new information available on the web now and my eyes are just about permanently crossed after reading multiple papers and visiting geology websites. It's fun though. This topic has been helpful. Thanks.
  23. Thanks Abby. I haven't heard this suggestion before. It will make the scrolling much easier.
  24. This is what I was looking for. Since I have already made two PM contacts I will next post Need Maintenance logs on the earthcaches I'm concerned about. The NMs will be short and non-specific with the details in another PM to keep it off the cache page. If there is no action I will then post detailed NA logs which will make my concerns known to the reviewers. Thanks for the recommendations.
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