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Kite and Hawkeye

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  1. Heh. This is a bit off-topic, but I would NOT order from that particular website -- they charged me for an out of stock item, charged me again for my order WITHOUT that item, and then claimed they'd "reversed" the charge. I finally had to dispute it with my bank to get rid of it! Mighty expensive signature item, anyway!
  2. I would suggest posting to the thread I linked to above... the people who are making the cards will read it, and maybe they can help you get trading cards going in your area.
  3. There used to be a cache like that here, a multi whose final stage was attached to a buoy in a lagoon. Unfortunately we rented a paddleboat and went out and the cache was missing! I would mark the terrain accordingly, and mention any fees associated with boat rental. If the ONLY way to get there is to rent a boat from one particular place, that may be too commercial for approval, I don't know. But water caches can be done, and have been. Of course you need a very waterproof container!
  4. I wouldn't care so much about the pot plantation, but if someone is cutting down trees he doesn't own to block a trail that should be open for people to hike, that makes me angry, and I would report it to whatever agency oversees that trail. (And if the pot is the reason for the trail blockage, by extension it would have to be mentioned as well. Sorry, but having no room for a garden doesn't mean you get to garden in public parks, much less try to prevent others from using them!)
  5. The geocacher trading cards are a San Diego thing: see this thread. Yrium was a very well-known San Diego geocacher and he started making trading cards of local geocachers. Sadly he passed away but the tradition has been carried on by other locals. Cards are printed up and placed in local geocaches, and sometimes they move around like travel bugs (but there is no tracking aside from the forum thread where people talk about where they've found or put cards). Devhead is the latest cacher to be featured on a card. As far as the "misprint" goes, sometimes after a card comes out, mysterious sources create similar-but-different cards with some joke element to them. Your cache apparently was a dropoff point for one of the elusive "misprints"!
  6. This cache is inside a very interesting business. People often come in just to look around, so there's really no pressure to buy food -- in fact, one time we visited, they were too busy to serve us any food if we'd wanted any! The cache also fits in great with the spy theme of the establishment. But it's not hidden, it's behind the counter, so you need to ask the staff to get it out. It was a very fun cache. But it was also placed quite some time back, and I'm not sure if these days it would be seen as too commercial.
  7. The obvious complicating factor could be multiple logs on a single bug -- ever done that? Do you recall finding any bugs other than the ones on the list?
  8. If the cache is really 20 feet from the tree, that's well within the normal margin of error, and since hollow trees are not uncommon hiding spots I can see why people would look in the hole or reach into it (someone else also mentions throwing sticks in, in an earlier log). It'd probably be nice for both the vultures and the humans if the owner would put a comment in the cache description saying that the hollow tree full of vomiting vultures was a spot to avoid.
  9. I'm not sure it's just Today's Youth. When I told my mom about geocaching, her first reaction was, "But what if somebody puts a bomb in a geocache, or is trying to lure you into the woods to axe murder you?" The kneejerk reaction of a non-geek seems to be that something bad will happen to a cache.
  10. I like the fancy edges! We'd probably order a few. As long as the price is under $5, a little this way or that doesn't affect the decision, at least not for me.
  11. How about asking the puzzle cache owner, friendly-like, if s/he needs to be using those exact fake coordinates, or if it would be possible to scooch over a little?
  12. Another trick is to place a floaty object inside a hollow pipe (such as a fencepost, etc). The geocachers have to fill the post with water to make the object float into reach. Generally used for intermediate coordinates, since objects in a cache would probably make it not float anymore!
  13. I've been to a cache that operated on a similar principle. A waypoint marker was a perfectly camouflaged metal "leaf" attached to a tree. The only, and I mean ONLY, way to find it was to poke at the vegetation with a stick until you heard a metallic noise. You could look right at it and still not know it was fake.
  14. Once, after a geocaching picnic, we were out searching for a newly-placed cache nearby. There were a couple of people sitting on a bench ahead of us on the trail -- a bench that seemed to be at the first waypoint's coordinates. They looked kinda familiar... and then they started talking on their GPSr as we approached. We were not fooled .
  15. Good thing I didn't try to pick him up, then! (Somebody at the library was inadvertently carrying him around in an umbrella. Luckily he fell out OUTSIDE, but still in an inappropriate place, so I herded him into a box and took him to the little canyon out behind the building.)
  16. Anyone know what kind of lizard this is? I assume it's local...
  17. For those with fond memories of First Contact: the UFO has landed (again)!
  18. Heh. A couple of years ago, we were on our way to Fattboy's First, and saw a family of geocachers already there. There were so many of them we just decided to head on to Frogs on a Mission and catch FF on the way back. By the time we got back, perhaps 45 minutes later, the cache had been muggled! The cachers were nice people (we said hi on the trail) but I'm afraid they were a bit too conspicuous. FF was later replaced and we eventually came back to log a find.
  19. We saw a rattlesnake in Tecolote Canyon by Magnet Exchange last weekend. Looked a lot like that photo -- not that I got up in its face to have a good look, but the coloration was very similar. Oddly, it didn't start do a thing till after we'd walked by, and then it rattled noisily away when we were nowhere near it! We were left with newfound respect for staying on the trail (this guy was just a foot or two off the trail, in the dry grass). Only our second encounter in two years -- I wonder how many sleeping rattlers we've quietly passed by and never known it.
  20. If the cache owner put them there, the cache owner wants them there. Unlike another situation we had locally... there's a team around here that had bright orange stickers made up. Pretty big stickers, 5X5 inches or so. We found a camouflaged PVC pipe cache one time... which had one of these huge day-glo stickers on the outside. The cache had not been placed by that team. Takes some gall to 'tag' somebody else's cache AND ruin the camouflage!
  21. When you're logged into the site, go look at the cache page of the cache you logged. On your log, below the text you will see two links: view/edit on a separate page, and upload an image for this log.
  22. The vast majority of the time, we're anywhere from 15-30 feet "away" when we find the cache. It's unusual to be right on the nose, and unusual to be 40+ feet off unless reception is terrible. Typically what the GPS manual says is that your error will be within 49 feet 95% of the time. That doesn't mean it can't be more accurate than that, and usually it is. Of course, a cache isn't a good test of accuracy, but it's still unusual for the hider's reception AND ours to be so bad that we find a cache more than 50 feet away from our zero point. One virtual, in a truly awful spot (downtown, among high-rise buildings, with signals bouncing all over like crazy) was nearly 500 feet off. (Well, that's not quite true. It was 100 feet off, and then 50 feet off, and then 200 feet off in the other direction, and then 0.1 miles... it didn't stay at the same distance for more than a second or two!)
  23. I picked up a copy of the June 23rd issue of CityBeat, and on page 10 there is an article about geocaching. Kawikaturn took the reporter to find the Pitcher Plant cache in La Jolla. Aside from the reporter commenting that the beat-up cache container looked like garbage, it's a positive article. It's online at the CityBeat website. It also reveals the identity of our prizewinning collector of personalized swag... NCad! (I thought the descriptive sheet said he'd only been caching for a year or so?!)
  24. On another note, we were at the SD county fair tonight and saw an unusual entry in the "collections" competition: "personalized items found in geocaches." Our card was among them! Most of the locals are represented, with plenty of cache cards and wooden nickels and similar tokens in the collection. I'm not sure whose it is, though; they didn't mention their geocaching login and the real name didn't ring a bell! If it were any of you who regularly post here, you'd have come by already to brag about winning a ribbon... wouldn't you?!
  25. Leaflets three, leave it be. Poison oak can look very different depending on the season and location. It's often bright red, bright green, or some combination of the two. The leaves are typically glossy. Put "poison oak" in at images.google.com and you'll get a nice variety of pictures (including some of the results if you get a nasty case!). http://img.Groundspeak.com/cache/log/1741453_200.jpg is alllll poison oak. If you hike in Rose or San Clemente canyons, you'll see plenty of specimens. And Dan-oh, I was (viciously! I swear!) attacked by a bee at your cache . Okay, a wasp. Which wasn't Africanized or Anythingized, but must have been in a very foul mood. I found being stung far more agreeable than having another case of poison oak... (but not to worry, Pirates, if you just wash thoroughly afterward, or possibly bring along some Tecnu or ivy-wipes, you can pretty well avoid getting a rash. I was immune for two years, became very careless, and discovered the hard way that I was finally primed to have a reaction!).
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