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  1. Garminfone or Nuviphone?


    The Gizmodo review cited above is about the Nuviphone. The Garminfone is a totally different unit and works on the Android platform.


    As for accuracy it is spot on. In a side by side comparison with a co-workers iPhone G4 the location accuracy is around 15 feet with the Garminfone, as viewed in Google earth, INSIDE the building where I work. The iPhone G4, at 25-50 feet, never came close as we walked around inside the factory.


    The Garminfone probably deserves a smackdown for running with Android V1.6 but when it comes to GPS accuracy it is no wallflower. In fact it appears to be in the same league as the 60Cx or the 62s.

  2. I see lots of talk about the squeak but not much about how it works in actual usage in finding caches.


    When the 62s became available I knew it had the features that I wanted. Now after some 90 cache finds I can say it is a delight to use. And yes mine does have the squeak issue but out on the trail I don’t notice it. It is only when I am at home retrieving cache information that I notice that problem and yes it does bug me. But… compared to the ease of use and the versatility out in the field it could be whistling DIXIE and I would still be happy. For me it is a 5 star machine that gets a 4 star rating. It is one or two squeaks away from a 5 star rating.

  3. We are very sad to hear the news about Brian. Every time we met him at geocaching meetings or at cache machine dinners he was always very pleasant and upbeat. Our condolences to his family and we will miss seeing him at the next event.

  4. It’s been a lot of fun. Times sure do change though. We still have a copy of what must have been the first PQ we ever ran dated December 30 2001. At that time there were 25 caches within 8 miles of our zip code. Just for fun I ran the same PQ again but this time there were 500 caches within 6 miles of our zip code! Woof.

    Some of the caches and cachers that stand out in that first PQ are:


    EraSeek… Reverse World (GC2597), The Nightsea Cache (GC96D) and 16 Ancestors (GC16AE)


    The Rookie by Aaron (GC245) adopted by Seth!


    Carkeek Cache by Ol Nevcowpok (GC33A)


    Urban Cache: Overdue by Seth! (GC21DC) and many others.


    Those old caches were a real kick in the pants but hey, the new ones are a kick in the pants too.



  5. It's true what they are saying. I don't know how long you have lived here, but this spring and summer has been more typical Seattle weather for this time of year. We all got a bit spoiled the past four years or so by what us Seattleites would call a drought. It used to be uncommon to see brown lawns. Maybe a few in the neighborhood, but almost always green. The past few years people have let them go because it cost a fortune to keep them green.


    You might want to invest in a few things that can make you more comfortable. Gortex boots for one. They keep your feet dry. I would be lost without my Gortex pants. Love em! Then of course a good waterproof jacket. Oh, I also have a nice rain hat you can get at REI.


    We actually keep these things in our car all the times. So whenever we head out to cache we are ready.


    Like with any sport, the better equipment you have the more you will enjoy it. Skiing for instance. I tried going low budget at first and was miserable.


    Have fun if you go!


    And no smart comments about the contents of my trunk from those who know me!

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