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  1. How many of you bring a kit of some kind with you on caching trips so you could put your training to use if someone needed your help? I have to admit that I don't bring anything extra with me, even though I have the training and do as part of my job render aid to those who've fallen, are having an allergic reaction, or other situation we might encounter in the field. Just curious if anyone's better prepared than I am out there?
  2. A little over 1000 miles - NE Ohio to Cape Canaveral FL. My wife was attending a seminar at NASA there, and I accompanied her on the trip, planning on caching during the day while she was at class. But close to home, I have to travel about 30 miles just to find one I haven't done yet, as a rule. (there are a few out there right now that I need to get within that 30 mile radius, but I have other situations requiring my time at the moment. Soon, though!)
  3. Well, I see you're too far from me for me to come show that someone with 321 finds in since my first in late 2001 hasn't been blown up yet. But you're really between a rock and a hard head, um excuse me, place. There's so much wrong with your dad's reasoning that I don't know where to begin. Why would a terrorist hide a bomb out in the woods that *maybe* one hunter *might* stumble across? Terrorists want the press coverage, the feeling of power, they want to spread terror (hence the name). Not gonna do it by snuffing one hunter nobody ever heard of in the woods behind Farmer McDougal's back 40. But let's even assume that a terrorist would do this. How many caches would the terrorist have to place to be sure a hunter got blown up by any of them? And what's going to trigger the bomb - that won't blow up a deer or other wildlife? See how easy it is to poke holes in the illogic? Oh, and futurehillbillies, if the previous finder thought it was a bomb, why'd he open it? Nope - don't want to say any more 'bout that!
  4. I used to write in logs: The FUN is in the FINDING!! Got tired of that saying, though, so I don't use it any more.
  5. I have checked on caches I've found, especially in winter when the snow makes tracking obvious, when I've passed people who didn't look like geocachers that I encountered soon after leaving the cache. I'd sit and wait in my truck until they left, then gone back to make sure the cache was still there. I think you did the right thing.
  6. When I was laying out my cache http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...4f-a4c3497e16cc I was on my motorcycle, and as I approached the road I wanted to turn on to get to the park, I saw a cop car coming toward me. The cop car turned on the road I was going to take. Well, I got to the parking lot and saw just a bit up the road the cop car, a fire truck and an ambulance. I saw someone trot out of the woods and grab a Stokes basket and head back into the woods. This park has lots of cliffs, and several people fall every year - most of them drunk or stupid. Anyway, being a firefighter myself, I got off my bike and wandered up the path the guy went with the Stokes. Sure enough, two girls in their early 20s were goofing around at the top of one of the waterfalls, and one fell about 30 feet into the creek and rocks below. The other one was soaked, having slid down and tried to check on her friend. By the time I got there the FD and ambulance people were getting the fallen girl into the Stokes. I identified myself and asked if there was anything I could do. Someone asked me to interview the friend and get a medical history and other information on the girl. I did that, and helped carry the Stokes out of the park. The trail was rocky enough that we'd have two people in front, four people carrying the Stokes, and two more at the rear. When we got to a tight spot, the Stokes was handed forward to the two in front, and the two who had been carrying the front now carried the back. At the next wide spot more people would go to the front of the group. I never heard any more about the girl, other than that she was life-flighted to the hospital, but the park rangers there did phone me the next day to thank me for my help.
  7. Gotta agree with Keystone Approver (and not just because he approves my caches!) <G> I have one multi cache where I use metal tags with the coordinates for the next stage stamped into the metal. They're nailed to, well, let's just say they're not nailed to anything living (don't want to give any of the fun away!). I got permission from the Park Manager specifically to do this. I told him exactly what I was doing and where I was doing it. The tags are discreet and unobtrusive. When they're removed there will be two small nail holes per tag in spots where nobody will see them. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...4f-a4c3497e16cc
  8. That would be me. I've been caching for a few years, but only very recently bothered to check out this forum. 17 years Career firefighter, commanding Engine 74-A-shift. We're also First Responders - in fact, over 2/3 of the 3300 calls we had last year were EMS-related. Was a volunteer firefighter on a different department for 6 years prior to going full-time. Advanced Extrication, Commercial Vehicle Extrication, Certified to perform annual in-service pump tests, yadda yadda yadda.
  9. As someone who's lost a few FTFs to you, I will say I've noticed that you aren't out there before the cache even cools off any more! <G> But seriously, some of us have more free time than others do - I've amassed an inordinate percentage of FTFs simply because of my work schedule. I work a 24 hour shift followed by 48 hours off. I've currently got about 314 finds, I think, and something like 59 FTFs. That's almost 20% of my finds that are FTFs!! (Beat that, all you competetive types!) <G> But after I found all the caches in about a 30 mile radius of me, any time a new one appears within that perimeter, it stands out. I've got the free time, and I like caching. If I can hit one or two that are close to me on my way out to the boonies, so much the better.
  10. I thought I'd share my reply from a Special Projects Manager from Ohio State Parks on the subject of motorcycles and the new parking pass. I know I'm not the only motorcyclist/cacher - heck, I've gone caching with maybe a half dozen other motorcyclists! So anyway, without further wordage from me, is the scoop: " You are correct in your comments that an annual pass will be transferable from one motorized vehicle to another. You are also correct in your thoughts that if you place the pass on a motorcycle that it would probably be stolen. With that said, our law enforcement staff will not necessarily be looking for a pass on a motorcycle, but would ask the operator of the bike to display a pass only when there was a contact from rider to officer. In future years when the parking program is more established, we will probably come up with a specific motorcycle pass, but in our first year of the program we will not be printing a specific pass. "
  11. I've been spotted several times, and usually I just explain a little about geocaching. But I did once allow some people to keep the wrong conclusion they jumped to. Up in the NE corner of Ohio I was hunting a cache that turned out to be under a covered bridge. I was fairly well out of sight when I found the cache, and when I climbed back into view there was a vanload of senior citizens out for a day trip As I was mulling over how to explain geocaching to septugenarians, I overheard one woman say, "Oh, look. He must be working on the bridge - see? He has some sort of instrument in his hand!" Well, I also had the printed page along with me, so I pulled it out of my pocket, consulted it, and "took some measurements" with my "instrument" and compared them to the "figures" on my paper. After agreeing with myself that all was well here, I got in my truck and left. When I'm not on two wheels, I'm usually in my plain jane silver Dodge pickup, which adds to the notion that I'm a worker at a given location, and therefore "supposed to be there." When it looks like this cover will keep me from being noticed, I don't do anything to discourage it. Ed_S
  12. I placed it southwest of Lisbon OH (Columbiana County, eastern edge of Ohio) in late July of 2003. It's been interesting following it around!
  13. I think they should let all motorcycles in free and unmolested! We don't put near the wear and tear on the roads that most luxo-barge SUVs do, and we don't take up near the parking space. And my 1300cc, 750 lb bike gets 50 mpg, too. I think it's all a vast government conspiracy to keep motorcyclists out! (hee hee) Ed
  14. Isn't that where Dave Dravecky is from? Yep! Bernie Kosar, too.
  15. I thought about putting the sticker (if it is one) on plexiglass - I, um, knew college students who did that, too. What concerns me is that a sticker done in this fashion, or a hanging tag, or a card laid on the dash, or whatever, are not secured when on a motorcycle. I wonder of the powers that be thought about this. Ed
  16. I'm in Boardman, a suburb of Youngstown, over here in NE Ohio. Been caching for a couple years, finally got around to peeking in here.
  17. Fly, with all due respect, the way the logs read in both your Ohio caches, I wouldn't travel the 40 or 50 miles from here to there and look for them! Please post a log entry saying they're there, and I'll bet people will start looking for them. (Although, if Goldsnoop was involved, I'd be fairly sure that: a) the cache really is there; and it's pretty well hidden!) Ed
  18. One issue I didn't see (maybe I overlooked it) covered is, what about those of us who have more than one vehicle? Specifically, a car or truck and a motorcycle? Do I need to buy a sticker/pass for each vehicle? I don't mind buying a $25 season pass, but I'll be darned if I'm buying three of 'em! I like to cache from my motorcycle in the summer, but here in NE Ohio it gets a bit brisk (not to mention slippery) to do that all year round! Ed
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