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  1. I for one love reading the comments written in the log books at the cache sites. They tend to be a little more open and unconcocted. Many contain jokes, doodles and squished bugs ... very amusing. I also noticed, checking in on one of my caches that there had been visits by non-geocachers who may not even have computers.

  2. In an attempy to save a bit on fuel money for caching trips, I started riding my bike to work. As it turns out, half way home I got a flat tire. Then I realized I'd left my patch kit in a geocache somewhere. I then figured I'd just walk the remaining few miles but then it started to rain. No problem I always carry a light rain coat, but o'OH, it's also in a cache. Oh well. I'll just call home on the trusty old cell phone and get my wife to come pick me up.....but, you guessed it. Hope someone finds that cache real soon and lets her out.

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    Originally posted by Cache Canucks:

    ...although I suppose I could have drawn my own just like you did (nice self portrait, did you use a mirror?).


    My 5 year daughter did the portrait. Actually it's a pretty nice rendition except she drew the wrong ear bigger. She's a Canuck that never goes caching alone. At least not until next year.

  4. I certainly would NOT expect Geocaching to endorse putting any of those pre-mentioned items in caches.

    I can't see any harm in placing a single sealed cigar, tin of food, can of pop or even one of those tiny bottles of Liquor in a cache.

    As a fellow 'Canuck", I'll give kids a lot more credit for intelligence . Most 6 year olds are smart enough not to eat a bloated can of sardines and they sure aren't going to light up a cigar. It's safe to assume younger ones would be within reach of adults anyways. I've raised my kids to know right from wrong.

    If some geocachers are so paranoid about tampered goods, what the heck are they doing opening unknown containers in the middle of nowhere, or leaving there homes for that matter.

    As for legality, it's up to us to make our own decisions. Kind of like using an Official Provincial Crest for one's personal avatar.

  5. I've recently put my first set of lithiums in and they just don't seem to want to die. Expensive though. Up until now I've concluded that top of the line Duracels are the best in my unit. You get what you pay for. If you watch there are some great deals in "value packs". Make sure you keep track of which batteries are good and which are dead because no good geocacher tosses old batteries into the bush.

  6. I have recently also broke 100 and had the same experience as you by being able to RUN up to my first cache location with far less than effort. It felt great!

    The no's are a personal goal, there is certainly no prize at the end.I had planned to quit at 100 but I'm still going. Don't know why.

    I always find it interesting how some make a big deal on it not being a competition and not about numbers, but if this is so why should they care?

    What this sport (activity) is to one is their own business. That's one of the great things about Geocaching, it is what you want it to be.

    Congratulations on your 100th

  7. As for the actual hiding spot. The most important thing is to have good co'ord's because that is what this game is about. The better the co'ord's are the more comfortable you can feel about totally concealing the cache.


    Things to consider:


    Are you getting good satellite reception, and will searchers also have good reception. Take in to account seasonal foilage and weather.


    Multiple satellites in the same spot are not going to give the greatest co'ord's. ie. A certain cache planter might think he's getting a good reception in the bottom of a deep canyon but chances are the next visitor won't.


    There is nothing wrong with challenging the capabilities of our GPSR's but at least have a location nearby where one can get good co ord's and then use a compass.


    A sheltered location for the cache. In our area we get a lot of rain, even tupperware type containers seem to get wet. And then there's one cacher who has hidden cache's below the high tide line and within a rivers high water mark, both gone.


    Minimize environmental damage by not hiding cache's where searches will inadvertently trample the heck out of the countryside.


    Most of all remember THIS IS A GPS GAME and anyone who arrives at the correct, posted co'ords should be able to find the cache. WITHOUT CHEATING! Having said all this, one of the things I like most about this activity is that it hasn't been cluttered up buy to many rules.

  8. Just had my first visit to Newcastle yesterday. Great location with nice beaches and lots of open area for throwing frisbees, sandpiper7 lids, small animals, whatever. I had no hassle with the ferries or parking even on this long weekend during the BC Summer games. I must add I was quite impressed with the shoreline improvements on the Nanaimo side. Campsites were full. The fire ban would necessitate someone getting a BBQ over there by some other means. Regardless of the final choice our family of 4 will be there.

  9. About not using turn signals. If you leave them on all the time like some of us Island folk do, then you'll never forget, besides who needs them if you drive down the center of the sidewalk.

  10. Just about, O.K every little hump in the Victoria area has a cache on it. If you want something a little more woodsy the Plantmans I've done are all great though the furthest of these requires about 90mins driving. For #'s 3-8 I would reccomend picking up a copy of "Giant Cedars White Sands" which contains instructions and maps including shortcuts to these spots. Available at most of the local outdoors shops. Sorry. No real 4x4 rock crawling caches YET!

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