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  1. Something we did to our 60's to prevent button wear, was to carefully paint them with clear fingernail hardener once in a while. Only the top surface of the button. That should prevent any of the wear you described.


    I'm having problems with (premature) wear on the buttons of my three month old 62 series. I always baby my GPSR's and I've had a 60 for five years now without a single wear mark on the buttons. My 62's buttons seem less tolerant to friction. The black is wearing off around the edges of nearly all my buttons.


    It's not too big a deal, I mean I can read the buttons fine and know what each one does without reading the text on them anyway. It just looks unsightly and thinking about resale value it definately makes a used unit less appealing.


    Has anyone experienced this button wear on their 62's or 60's?


    Does anyone know how much it is to have Garmin replace the buttons?

  2. I think that was real bigfoot poop we saw up there. I think a bear would have done it right in the middle of the road. They like to poop in the road for some reason.

    I like the fake poop caches, especially the ones with a little corn or peanuts stuck in them. :)


    While hiking to the APE cache we were making jokes about sasquatch poop (when we found some bear scat) because someone mentioned sasquatch sightings in the area during the GW weekend.


    This particular poop could be labeled as such... and you do live in Astoria, so the placement would make sense. Just sayin'

  3. We were there last a.m., no lid and did not confirm but no TB's either. The distance to the cache and the size/weight of the big container make it too big to carry that far without being seen by lot's of people this week. The lid probably fit into a backpack just fine. I hope they can handle that burden on their conscience. Jerk(s)!!

  4. I've had an alkaline battery charger for many years, and it does work, although one time I had a battery start leaking some noxious-looking liquid after charging. It will also charge the rechargeables and has a switch to set for each type battery. I think I'm going with some new NiMh for my new Oregon.

  5. Yep, you're right about the Pocket Querys. Since you are a premium member, that's yours to use. Another fun tool to use with your pocket querys is a program called GSAK, which you can try for free (with a nag screen unless you buy). That can help you "filter" out caches you don't want to try yet.

    Also, there should be a local geocaching group you could find, and ask if any locals have a list compiled you could use. The finding part gets easier. Good luck!


    I'm new to this geocaching stuff. My son and I have gone out ~6 times with limited success (30+ minutes to find a cache and too many DNFs to make it fun for my son - 6yo). So, I'd like to look to see if there's a bookmarked list of easy/kid-friendly caches in and around Seattle/Eastside. Basically, I want "tried and tested" Seattle geocaching for kids.


    I thought that if lists were shared, I be able to look at all the shared lists to find what I need. I figured this should be easy to do. It's not.


    So far I can only see a shared list by going to the profile of a specific user which I find a) because I know the person, or :wub: because I've found a few caches they hid and like them. From my profile I can only see my lists (shared or not).


    I know one other option is a PQ for easy size, difficulty, terrain, and "kid-friendly".



  6. One thing to remember with velcro, is that the piece glued on the sign should be the biggest piece, and the piece on the cache container should be small as possible. that way you aren't pulling very hard on the "anchor" to remove the cache so it should stay put better. Magnets are better by far if possible.

    Good Luck!

  7. Team Geoblast makes a good point. It is getting very common for some geocachers to have well over 500 hides and you can just imagine how difficult it might get to keep up the maintenence on all of them! Recently we had the misfortune to find a damaged cache, (large), and nothing with us to replace it with, although it was a great location with infrequent visitors. We had no option but to log a Needs Maintenence on that one, and we hope that the owner can get up there to replace the container. We have since bought a bunch of lock n lock type containers and will have some with us in case this comes up again. It's a small price to pay to help out anybody who is out there hiding caches for us all.

    Sometimes however, you get way too far from your supplies to make a return trip because of your schedule that day, so you log a Needs Maintenence then too... I just don't feel guilty about that, it's a part of the game we all take responsibility for. If you don't want to maintain your caches, you archive it as soon as it goes maintenence on you. Then it can be somebody elses' headache. Some caches are like that!

    We recently found one that had been muggled and replaced 4 times! That's pretty high maintenence if you ask me!

  8. One of our local cachers has put out a series of caches recently saying something like, " Please don't post better coords, I like these just fine."

    I don't have a problem with it at all, but wonder if coords are off a little and maybe intended to help some cachers hone their geo-senses???

    I think even unintentionally bad coords do just that over time. Not like it isn't pretty common.

  9. These were our first Garmins, they are nice and the radios and location beaming very cool to have. They have been well used but still function perfectly. Great pair for geocachers who also hunt, hike, or have kids to keep track of, or do other outdoor stuff where the radio and location beaming would come in handy. Will include instructional VHS video with this deal.

    Letting the pair go for $275, Plus UPS shipping fee.

    Read more about them here:


    Prefer Paypal, but will accept MO or Cashier's Check from Premium Members.

  10. We just had our first, handmade TB come back to life after 6 months stuck in a cache in Florida. I'd emailed the last few finders who didn't log the TB and nobody reported seeing it, but it was indeed still in the cache. Now it's back in action! Whoo Hoo! 6800+ miles and counting!

    We had given up hope for this one too.

    Just wanted to share our success story with you so you won't give up hope on your TB. It could even be back in your hands someday.

  11. I would go to a place that sells tires and ask for a few of their old innertubes that they are going to throw away, no matter if they're full of holes really, just for the material.

    Then I would make a template around the outside edge of the lid where you need the seal, out of cardboard. Start cutting out your gaskets with a pair of old scissors until you have what you need for all your boxes. Use rubber cement and follow directions on it's label. I think that should be your cheapest and easiest way to seal your boxes.

    Looks like they will make great cache containers!

  12. It's great to see an interesting topic, rather than just the same old stuff.

    I love fungi and often post pics on my logs. As we live near the forest there are hundreds of types around at this time of year so I got one of those pocket books to help identify them for this autumn. Hopefully that way I can stay alive. :D

    This is from last week


    and these are from the same tree.




    Sure looks like oyster mushrooms to me. (In the middle two pics) YUM! One of many types I won't pass up ever!

  13. Thanks bigjimmy111, great directions we took advantage of. What a great spot! I hope to go back with a rope and some geo friends to get down into that hole and have a good look around! I did see a couple places where it looked safe enough if you had a rope to hang onto going down and back up. Didn't get all the way around the trails this time, next time I'll make a day of it. Hope that NavMan and Croaker make it back into the cache for their prizes, which are still there and we rewrote their names on the faded envelopes. Exellent time of year to make the trip, with a great window of good weather for the next month or two.


  14. One thing I said before starting this hobby, was that now I would have something I could do with all the crap I find while METAL DETECTING! Leave it in geocaches! I find matchbox cars, junk jewelry, nice jewelry, tokens, toys, I have bags of stuff. I think I'll have to make up a cache with all that stuff in it. Or spread it out over a few caches.

    Thanks for getting me thinking about this again!

  15. I think there are some great micro's out there, even urban micros in some pretty dank places. I think it mostly reflects where the cache hider feels comfortable. NOT nessesarily in places WE feel comfortable. There are some city folk that may not feel so secure in woods with bear poop on the trail, even if they're headed for a great big bucket full of great swag. I feel about the same way I suppose, as I'm headed into an urban park with homeless people's poop behind every bush as I look for a micro full of log sheet. Kinda takes one out of their comfort zone, this hobby of ours. I don't gripe about it too much if I didn't like it. I just go on to the next one. Sometimes it's for the numbers, sometimes it's the atmosphere. Always there's the possibility of an unexpected bonus or lesson.

    One of our micro cache finders expressed their feelings by replacing the logsheet with a Top Ramen noodle seasoning packet. We got over it.

  16. My wife had a couple security guards help her find a cache once, but the wierdest thing I've encountered was while looking for a cache near a church playground. A lady walked up quietly and as I noticed her she took my picture very quickly with her cell phone and very quickly walked off. I told my wife this is a DNF let's go before the cops show up.

    I'm very hesitant to search for caches near playgrounds anymore. There's just too many people who will jump to the wrong conclusions too quickly. Can't fault them one bit either.

  17. Most people I know caching paperless are using GSAK on their computor, Cachemate on the Palm. These are great programs. We're just using the most basic of the features and getting great results, but picking up a tip here and there to help us save time. I think the next big learning curve for us will be to get better at filtering out puzzle caches and learning to plan a cacheing route better.

    Best of luck with your new stuff!

    And here's a great article you'll like that will tell you how to get it all together, in case you missed it...

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