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  1. Hello All- I recently upgraded to the Premium membership since I am doing more geocaching during my business trips around the world. What I do is find the coordinates for my hotel I'm staying in and then search for all caches in that area. Let's say it finds 20. I then want to print the cache page for each of those 20 caches. I thought there was a way with the Premium feature to do this, but I can not find it. I tried adding all of them to a bookmark, but I don't see an option to print each page. I find it time-consuming to open each cache page, print, close, then open the next, etc, etc. Is there a way to do this? Thank you! Brad
  2. Way to go guys! Special thanks to the "PURPLE " Pony for representing all of us geocachers. I appreciate you taking the time to represent us and the fact that you were able to walk away with a victory. It's almost like a "David vs. Goliath" story. Hopefully this will open some doors to those that have "closed out" geocaching in their communities. Now for a poem... Way to go Admin, CO! Brad
  3. I'm like Mopar. Usually my log in the logbooks are short-and-sweet. Here in Colorado, most caches are closely guarded by hordes of blood-sucking, West Nile carrying mosquitoes. I remember one cache I was signing the log book and I think I lost 2-3 pints of blood to the little varmin. My handwriting got worse and worse as I started getting light-headed from the loss of blood. So, I tend to keep my logbook entries short. I say what I took, what I left, and usually thank the hider for the cache. When I log the find online, I tend to write more. I usually explain what I saw along the way, who I met, what wildlife I saw, etc. To me, the logbook in the cache is kinda like a time-stamp record. It shows when people found the cache. The online logs tell the story about their finds. (but that's just my opinion) Bradtal
  4. I know I would have a hard time trying to find this cache. I do not feel comfortable being that close to someone's property, let alone right next to thier window. There is a cache in Fort Collins that is hidden on a storm grate. It is within about 20 feet of someone's house and the grate is actually on some land that says, "Property of So-and-so Church". I know it doesn't say "No Trespassing", but when I see a sign that says "Property of...", I kind of relate it to a no tresspassing sign. Anyways, I didn't feel comfortable looking for the cache as I was being watched by the person whose house was only a few feet away. I prefer the caches where the only things watching you are the wildlife. Brad
  5. Beta Test- People who are intoxicated have a slower response time, so they don't "tense" up as much when involved in an accident. You get more injured by tensing up because your muscles are already in their "tense" or "contracted" position. For example, a friend of mine was in a head-on with a drunk. My friend bent the stearing wheel with his hands almost 90 degrees from the column. He broke his thumbs and tore almost all the muscle and ligaments in his hands. He can still no longer make a fist. The drunk, however, just "crumpled" onto the steering wheel and had no major injuries. The speed involved??? Less than 25 MPH, and my friend was able to exert so much force to bend the steering wheel. That's why you hear some people say, "If you are gonna fall, don't fight it... Just crumple to the ground and you'll get hurt less than if you try and 'catch' yourself" Hope this helps with your question. Brad
  6. Carleen- I have taken my kid to a couple of caches. He enjoys the hike and likes to babble in my ear. I sat him down and asked him some of your questions, but he just looked at me like this: Well, he's only one years old and doesn't know how to talk... Actually, I posted here to bump this thread as I know there are A LOT of cachers who geocache with their kids... Come on! Let's help Carleen out! Ask your kids why they like geocaching, etc. It's good bonding time with your family! Brad
  7. Jeff- Congrats on that way cool benchmark find. First, I was glad to hear you got permission to hunt the benchmark, and I felt your write-up was well done. It would make me feel real good to find a benchmark that was that old... Way to go... Anyways, I personally like virtuals. Of course, I like the "hunt and find" of traditional caches, but of the virtuals I've done, none of them were "lame". One virtual took me to a war memorial in Greeley that I would never have known about. It was incredible. Also, in Loveland, Colorado, they have hundreds of statues located throughout the town. A lot of these are "hidden" along bike paths, in small parks, etc. You would never be able to view a lot of them unless you knew "where" to look. Virtuals allow you to do this. I agree with Renegade Knight's "write-up" of how virtuals definately could be concidered "caches" and I hope they get re-instated soon. I also agree that the rule should be changed so a regular cache could be located within .1 miles of a virtual. Just my personal opinion. Brad
  8. Congratulations! So, does the First Finder get to kiss the bride? Are you going to have a bouquet of poision ivy and thistles instead of flowers? Are you going to be handing out Deet instead of Bubbles? Are you going to be having trail mix instead of dinner mints? Instead of seating assignments, will each guest be given coordinates to their table? If it rains, will it raise the difficulty level from a 2 to a 3? Are you going to have a "logbook" instead of a guestbook to sign? Will all presents have to be wrapped in an ammo can or tupperware container? Will you sign the logbook, "Found: each other... Left: a bouquet, a garter, and some McToys..."? I hope the best to both of you... Brad
  9. Forgive me for asking, but what is CSI? As you can probably tell, I don't watch much TV. CSI is a TV show that's pretty popular right now. Stands for Crime Scene Investigation. Basically, it's a drama that shows investigators playing with real high-tech toys that I dought any "normal" police investigators would have. Can't "diss" the show as I've watched it a couple of times with the wife (you know, the "if I watch her TV shows with her, she'll be happy that I'm interested in things she likes, instead of NASCAR and Most Extreme Elimination..." thing) and it was pretty interesting. Brad
  10. That happened here in Colorado. I came upon an accident that involved two 18 wheelers. One had pulled off the highway to check something wrong with his tires. Another 18 wheeler was cruising along and hit the first 18 wheeler and ripped it in half lengthwise. The whole truck was split in half. Unfortunately, the trucker that was checking his tires was hurlled over 300 feet into the air, and his wife (a passenger) witnessed it. His shoes were still next to the truck. There was debris scattered on the highway for almost 1/4 of a mile. The reason the second trucker hit the first one??? She was doing Yoga! Yep, she was doing yoga exercises while driving and wasn't paying attention. Luckily she was charged for her crime and is doing time for it.
  11. Team Grizzly- Well, you could look at it this way... If you were trying to place the cache near a college (you mentioned college students), I would place the cache anytime before noon. College students usually sleep in until noon. Same thing with the maintenence guy. He probably won't be out too early. You might find him sitting in his truck drinking a thermos of coffee though. The only one I would worry about is the old guy. They never sleep. Find out when Matlock re-runs are on tv and place your cache then. Hope this helps. Brad PS. Or, you could do what the others mentioned and wait a week or so.
  12. Hello All- Hey, if you are interested in Seqway's, check out the following link: Build your own balancing scooter It's about a guy who built his own Segway out of easy-to-buy parts for half the price of a real Segway. He's even built a balancing unicycle! Pretty fun article to read. Brad
  13. That's wierd. It looks like a couple of people have said that they look like Wil Wheaton. I've had people tell me the same thing. I don't see the resemblance, but oh well. Must be the hair... Brad
  14. Team YellowDog- I am very sorry to hear about your immense loss. I agree with the others here who have said losing a pet is harder than anyone can imagine. My dog passed away with cancer also. I always thought it was a "human" disease. I still miss him after 17 years. The only thing I can think of to offer you is you should make a geocache dedicated to YellowDog. I know he would love telling his buddies up on the Rainbow Bridge, "Hey guys, look at those humans sniffing around for my cache! I could walk them right to it! They don't even see that squirrel watching them! Aw, come on! It's right there!" Etc, etc. Everytime someone finds YellowDog's cache, you will know that someone else has the memory of your loved one in their heart. Brad
  15. Here's why I think I should get a free hiking staff from El Diablo: I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently and occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets. I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge. I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat .400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me. I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me. I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four-course meals using only a Mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis. But I have not yet won a free staff from El Diablo. (copied from the web...)
  16. Sparrowhawk- Thanks for the idea. I've actually had a couple of replies focused around your solution. It was also the first idea that popped into my head about retrieving that cache. Unfortunately, I had drilled three holes into the PVC to keep condensation, etc from forming. So, if I tried your idea, it probably wouldn't float to the surface. I would have to get a lot of water into the pipe really quickly to get it to float before the pvc filled up. And there is no water source close by. I figured I would leave it there as a kind of "space capsule". Maybe 100 years from now when they go to remove that fence post and find the cache along with a cache description, someone will get interested in caching. Brad
  17. Well, I think I might have you all beat... My cache disappeared in less than 1 second! Yep! 1 second... Long story short: I was placing a multi-cache in a park. The last part was a tube of pvc pipe that slid down into the inside of a metal fence post. I filled the cache full of goodies, sealed it shut, and tied some string to it. The pole was about 5 feet tall, so I made the string about 9-10 feet long. I tied a paperclip to the end of the string, so it would "hang" on the edge of the fence post. I figured that the cache would slide down the inside of the pipe, rest on the ground, and there would be about 2-3 feet of "slack" that the cache finder would use to pull up the cache. Anywas, I put the pvc pipe into the fence post and let go. All I hear is "whoosh!" and it rips the string and paperclip out of my hand (cutting my hand, none-the-less). My heart dropped into the pit of my stomach as I realized what just happened.. Ok, folks. That fence post must have been burried like 50 feet! It sounded like my cache was sliding down the post forever. I looked down into the pipe, but to no avail. I even made a "fishing line" with more string and another paperclip trying to fish the cache out. So, there's a never-been-found cache hidden in a fencepost somewhere here in Fort Collins. Brad
  18. I have found this thread quite interesting. I, too, have watched the clip of Mr. Turner and thought, "What a pompus half-horse/half-mule". Anyways, I personally wanted to thank Trippy1976 for following through with this "issue". I am glad that he hasn't dropped it, as I feel not only was he offended by the comments, but all (well, most) of us have been offended by Mr. Turners lame excuse at humor. So, hopefully Trippy1976 get's the appology that he deserves. Brad PS. I have experienced the same thing with the media. I race full-size electric race cars as a hobby, and one news channel wanted to do a bit on us. Well, they shot some great footage of the race, interviewed us, etc. When we watched the news that night, they showed like 5 seconds of the slowest car creaping over the finish line at the end of the race. No interviews, nothing. The commentator said something like, "Well, someone should have got out and pushed him..." or something stupid like that... They DIDN'T show that the cars go 30+ MPH on only 24volts of batteries for over an hour, they didn't show how high schools have got involved in this hobby because it covers mechanical, electrical, metalurgy, financing, teamwork, etc. Talk about a let down. So, I'm not suprised at Mr. Turners comment...
  19. Nickie- Here's a sure-fire way to get your husband to go caching with you... Go someplace like Home Depot and pick up a DeWalt Chop Saw or maybe a plasma screen TV from Circuit City. Bring it home and say, "Look what I found in a cache I found today..." He'll go with you on all your cache hunts from now on. When he finds a cache with you and it's only filled with golf-balls and McToys, just say, "Bummer. This cache wasn't as cool as the one I found the chop saw in. Maybe the next one will have something cool in it..." After a few caches of nothing and he fizzles out, just go find something else to entice him. Like maybe come home with $500.00 in cache you withdrew from the bank and tell him you found it in a cache... He'll start caching with you again. Sure, it might cost you a bit up front, but the benefit of having your husband go caching with you is priceless...
  20. I like to eat the soft raisins I find in little piles along the trail... Actually, I like bottled water and beef jerkey.
  21. Wow! I too am amazed at how many Eagle Scouts there are in this group. I'm an Eagle Scout also, and was Brotherhood in Order of the Arrow. One of the reasons I enjoy GeoCaching so much is it gets me in the outdoors much like scouting did for me. I miss all the campouts, hikes, etc.
  22. I had a humorous muggle encounter while looking for a cache in the foothills of Fort Collins, CO. On the side of the hill is a large painted "A" visible from a long way away. So, it is a popular hike to go up to the A. Someone hid a geocache closeby, and I was hiking up there to find it. I had my GPS, the geocaching page printout, and a printout of a satellite image of the area. As I was hiking along, a group of three college-aged girls approached me and asked me if I knew how to get to the "A". I said, "I haven't been to the A, but if you look at this satellite picture, you can see that we are here, and the A is about 300 yards west of here...". They said, "Wow. That's cool. So, a satellite took a picture of this area?" I said, "Yep...." Then, all three of them looked up into the sky... I had to bite by lip to keep from laughing. I guess they figured there was a satellite above them, looking down and taking pictures of them. Oh, well... The future of America....
  23. Here's a picture of my GeoCaching buddy. She's gone on a couple of hikes with me and has suprised me with how well she has done. I figured she would have "pooped" out (no pun intended) a lot sooner. Brad Whitney, the Wonder Dog...
  24. Got a kick out of Team Og Rof A Klaw's spoof of the GeoPumpkin, so I had to put my two cents in too since we are getting close to Halloween.
  25. Here's my new caching buddy. He's gone on a few cache hunts with me, but he slept most of the time. Can't wait until he's old enough to walk, yet I'm enjoying the "non-mobile" stage too. Brad
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