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  1. Thanks! Good to see there are places for free maps. Last I remember they liked to charge close to $100 for them.
  2. My old unit kicked the bucket recently so I'm in the market for a new one before vacation in a couple of months. I'm looking for a Garmin preferably under $400. I see some come preloaded with topo maps. I don't cache much anymore and for the most part if I do its in Kansas so topo maps are of limited value. Do any come preloaded with normal road maps (more than just the main roads) these days or are they easy to get? From what I remember when I last bought one 10 years ago, you had to buy the maps seperately. Is that still the case? My main uses will be for a combo of road navigation when we head for the mountains, as well as tracking mushroom and fishing holes. Occasional caching.
  3. Used to have one that had stages 1 and 3 on one side of a lake and 2 and 4 on the other. Only found about 3 times in the year or so it was out before the lake ate it. Probably a good 1.5-2 miles between stages by boat. 15 driving. That's how I intended it. I wanted a big challenging cache for adventurers. Plus each stage required .5-1.5 mile hikes one way. Also am currently waiting on the publication of a multi that is just over 400 miles long. It's a tribute to I-70 through Kansas and has 6 stages no less than 60 miles apart. Only have to get out of the car on the final and it's a park and grab. Each stage is a "permanent" marker representing something about I-70 and/or Kansas that you have to find clues from for the next stage. I'm looking forward to seeing how often that gets found. Might be easier for cachers from out of state. Helps break up the monotony of the trip through western Kansas.
  4. I know exactly what you mean. I live on my in-laws 200 acres just outside of Kansas City. That land is about 1/3 crop/pasture/residential with 2/3 being woodland with a plenty of hills, trails (some bigger than others) and a number of small ravines. Even a couple of old remnants of buildings that have long since been torn down. Really odd to see a 12' diameter/6' deep round concrete hole out in the middle of the woods nowhere near any roadway. Could do some really evil cache making with that one. Thought about trying to have some kind of bushwackers competition event but haven't come up with any great ideas. Biggest problem is my family and I like to deer/turkey hunt back there. Plus its pretty good mushroom hunting ground. No one's gonna steal my mushrooms!
  5. So I got a e-mail notification log for a TB of mine that was placed at a cache in Vienna, Austria. I wanted to see exactly where the cache was, so I clicked on the link on the e-mail for the cache and it opened up a cache in San Jose, CA that had been archived in 2005. Anyone else had this problem?
  6. In a sense I'd agree with a zero rating. When I look at satellite photos and see an LPC, then go and find it without even taking the GPS off my desk at home, then it provided no challenge. Have done this a few times.
  7. I'm that way with April. While typically a very pleasant month to cache, I've only managed about 40 out of 1800 finds in April. I've figured the reasons why: morel season begins around here and after a couple of light caching months Dec-Feb, I go nuts in March then take a step back in April and actually spend time with the wife.
  8. Found a container that had been archived a couple years before when I was searching for a place to put one. So I used the old container and original logbook.
  9. Never mind. Links must just not have been working earlier. Problem solved.
  10. Just logged it tonight. Doesn't appear to be locked.
  11. I ran a test on an archived virtual I had already found and logged a "found it" just as a test because I saw some were logged after the archival date. However, that's thrown my finds all off and now the links don't work on the pages that allow me to edit or delete the log. Anyone have any ideas on how I can get rid of this log?
  12. OK, try this again Go to this cache http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...2a-228a4ac813f5 Then look on the google map around that area (not the one on the page, use the one that shows multiple caches) edit: Lets see if I can ever figure out how to use the interwebs.
  13. If you can convince him/her to come to Kansas in the middle of February, here's the perfect spot to go caching. http://www.geocaching.com/map/default.aspx...;lng=-94.812867
  14. ....and I'm 4 miles from the car. That's what mud and a stick are for. Done that several times.
  15. Yeah, one cache every minute and twelve seconds for 24 hours = not physically possible. Considering it would take 10-15 seconds min to grab the container and sign the log, that leaves about a minute to drive the .1 mile and find the cache. There is no power trail long enough to be able to do that. Nevermind that you'd be having to relieve yourself while moving and/or signing the log. The "bot" on the end of the name is a good clue. Hacker.
  16. My guess is that there are still a handful of counties with no caches out there.
  17. I have one with directions to the area where the puzzle is marked followed by a list of 26 coords within a mile or so of the area. The trick is to look through the directions text and see which of the 26 letters is missing then use the corresponding coord. You could theoretically check all the coords, but there would be 25, all legitimate places, you could look and not know for sure if you are missing it or not.
  18. I am deathly terrified of caching on even-numbered saturdays in May in years that end in "0".
  19. Definitely wouldn't wear any kind of fleece unless I was urban caching. Would pick up about 10000 kinds of sticky seeds in one of those.
  20. Here's a snippet of a log on one of mine: Climbed up a heaping mound of trash discards and searched through it to no avail. Uncovered my first snake (all black with a yellow stripe behind its head) and ceased that route of investigation. Shifted focus a bit to another area and ended up a dead end. Finally, shifted to another area and began to look for "stuff." I spotted a likely spot and managed to go up a very steep grade. As I crouched to reach into the hiding nook, I felt a rustling on my left wrist. As I looked over, I about wet my pants -- a juvenile copperhead (about 6 inches long) had slithered up and was crossing my hand!!! I prayed to every heathen diety and our Christian supreme being that the little fellow would not scamper up my shirt sleeve. Thankfully, my prayers were answered as it moved along and then slithered over my shoe and into the leaves. I grabbed the container and moved about 15 feet away to more secure footing to sign the log. As I began to return to replace the container, another 3 juveniles stuck their heads up just mere inches from where I was. I hope the cache owner does not mind, but I rehid the container in a nearby tree and not immediately in the vicinity of the snakes. Thanks for a hair-raising adventure in a historical spot!! Wow!!
  21. Thank you for your role in providing the plants of this world their much-needed CO2!
  22. A homeless guy sleeping. It was in a small park and he wasn't more than 20' from the neighbor's fence and 70' from their house. Walked up to the park and turned around and left without searching. But judging by the distance on the gps, he was within 10' of the cache.
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