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  1. I totall agree with this post. Well said! Most cachers don't care if your spelling and grammar are poor, we just want some feedback about the cache. Double ditto, We would not continue to place caches unless the logs from our first ones were so encouraging. I sometimes feel if a log is too much bother to write, then please save the time you spent looking for our cache on writing a log on someone else's cache.
  2. Either I am missing the issue or there are more than a few folks here missing the point. I can't speak for other cachers but I have the choice of what caches to hunt. Puzzle, micro, event, lame, difficult, etc. I think the criticism of the size of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow being to small is selfish. All of the caches I hunt clearly state the size of the container. I put out both traditional caches and nasty difficult puzzle caches. I use a variety of container sizes and I use the 10% rule for hides to finds. It has been said thousands of times that if you don't like the quality of caches in your area then put out better ones and reward the cache hiders who's work you appreciate with a decent log entry. You say you don't like a micro in the woods as the final for a puzzle cache. I hate even more a cache that took weeks of planning and design to get a log entry TNLNSL. It can be a slap in the face on both sides. Don't like it, don't hunt it.
  3. Here are a few that may not meet your difficulty requirements, but they have generated a lot of emails, and even a few finds. Frodo's Magic Arc Return to Sender Circles of Frustration SpiderFish
  4. The unwritten part prevents us from disclosing any information here. Save those comments prior and on the GC.com pages. Secret handshakes and passwords are closely guarded, as is the troll language many cachers tend to use when speaking about caching.
  5. I fall in both camps: like them and hate them. Of course when I can solve the puzzles I throw my chest out and feel the surge of acomplishment. And I must admit when I fail at one I HATE them, and might not post a DNF. But that's another topic for sure. I have hidden a few puzzles and one really nasty one that has been found only twice in over six months. I am no puzzle freak and I respect and understand those who do not care for this kind of cache. In my area my puzzle has gotten a few of the locals to admit they tried, didn't solve, and didn't DNF. Its ok by me. We all play our own way. I hope to get some more attempts on mine, but I won't stop hidding more traditional ones. The two who have solved my cache post notes trying to get others to try it, challenging them and claiming their exclusivity.
  6. We started trying not to look at them until we came back home to log our finds/DNFs. But the more we did that the more we felt that most hints were really not hints so much as falling into two categories 1. the exact location (under the second tree on the north side) or 2. insults such as "Do you really need one?". So, we have started treating the hints as part of the description, we don't waste time in the woods to have some joker tell us "Its a camo'd ammo under a tree". I feel better already, my vent is now over.
  7. Perhaps a bit off the intended target but there are several mag micros located in the parking lot of local Hooters resturants. Do those count?
  8. Shiny new cutting edge GPSr: $800.00 Three sets of lithium batteries: $52.00 Claiming techno-braging rights over all you're friends... PRICELESS
  9. "For me, the real enjoyment in caching is getting out and seeing neat things I would not have otherwise seen. For this I don't need digital smileys or a big find count." It seems with all of the posts and effort in the forums, your real enjoyment might be in front of the keyboard stirring the pot. If you are seeking the freedom of caching you own way, do you need this forum to pound your chest? Do you even need a handle. They may be thousands of people just like you who cache in silence (perhaps a bad choice of words) - that have even more finds than you. They may be so stealthy they even have thousands of hides without posting a single one on GC.com. To finds their hides you are free to roam the nearest woods with you head down and the GPS in the car. I think you may have been on the mark when you commented on people being too sensitive here, I think you may be their leader. IMHO I hope you can get some enjoyment out of this community activity.
  10. I am glad with the positive responses - It seems these logs seem to be the exception, not the rule. I guess the exceptions tend to get more attention, and not with geocaching. There seems to be a real common thread. We all (or maybe should) recognize their is some "fuzz" that is part of the GPS system and Geocaching. I am very glad to see so many folks are taking that into consideration before logging a post. JoeFrog is right about batteries, that point seems to slip by folks. After I have put in a fresh set of batteries I am surprised how quick and strong the signal are. I experienced first hand another way to get a stronger signal -I recently bought an external mag mount antenna for my unit (ebay <$20) to use while driving and was blown away with its performance. I maxed out every sat in under 30 seconds. I have never had that strong a signal even in a parking lot after leaving the unit on to do some shopping. For those who asked about "soft" coordinates - I have gotten several emails from cache hiders that they "pushed" the distance on the coordinates to make the hide a bit more difficult. Hmmm...I think a better way is to simply make the hide more difficult through conceilment, or wardrobe. If there is a hint that posted coordinates are not accurate, excluding puzzles or mystery caches, I will tread lightly while searching. A final note, are most cachers loading coordinates aand heading out without reading the logs? Some of the best info, aside from the description, are the logs from other cachers. Not to get off track.
  11. I was recently looking over some caches near my home coordinates to find a few that looked interesting and I came across some posts that got me thinking and reviewing my own hides. I saw several posts from folks who found a cache and posted a not telling the owner their posted coordinates were way off, and then posted the "correct" coords to help future cachers locate the hide. There were also a few DNFs that had a similar theme. I have had a few comments, mostly private emails, asking me to check coordinates and I was quick to return to make sure. In almost every case the coordinates my reciever returned were the same as the ones posted. (This is not to say CORRECT, only that my GPS and cache page are in agreement). I have been caching with friends and as we did the "Circle Dance" our GPS units were returning very differents coordinates. Since the weather was not coorperating (95 degrees and 90% humidity, I had some time to kill instead of caching) I did a little sneaky research on one post and determined (by going through the posted photo galleries) that the commentor was using a XXX brand reciever that has a list price of around $100 and the cache hider/ owner had ZZZ brand reciever that retails for $500 plus. Understand I am not a technical reviewer of GPS unit's accuracy as it relates to cost, but... It also seems a point of pride with many of the cacher I have met that determining cache coordinates for a hide should be accurate, and taking multiple reading, sometimes on multiple days, is not uncommon. I won't even get into coordinate averaging So, the long and short of it. How sure do you have to be in your GPS to post a public note to a cache owner that their coordinates are off? Have you ever done it? Have you posted a cache with coordinates that were "soft" just to make it more difficult?
  12. I noticed this is your fist cache hide, great. So many times new cachers wait way too long before hiding their first. As menetioned above the cache reviews usually do a great job or reading and reviewing the cache pages prior to publishing. That does take some time. I have never had a cache take longer than 24 hours to get published, more often less than 12.
  13. I am sure you have sent a email to the reviewer in question asking about your pending approval, but why did you choose to put the comment on the public forum? As you, and others, have stated the reviewers are VOLUNTEERS. Its seems to me that by putting your comments on this fourm you just might slow down their progress. I know for me when I volunteer on a project the last thing I want someone to do is to criticize how fast I am working. Take a breath go to your happy place and send the reviewer a note asking if their might be a problem with the cache you submitted or if they simply had other commitments that kept them from getting to their volunteer work.
  14. Frodo is the large long hair cat that allows us to live in his house. 13 is for well, mmm I guess its for the number of , no wait I remember this hold on 13 is for the times I tried to , no , crap. its just Frodo13...
  15. Yep, I guess you can call them a poor cachers Geocoin. Since the geocoin phenom has gotten crazy, folks seem to be taking a step back. We have created several and print them off the computer on those micro perf sheets you can get at office supply stores.
  16. Balmy high of 72 F today here in Birmingham - (the other one) Alabama. Cheers
  17. Our close encounter was pulling up to a trailhead and watching another cacher load an ammo box in their backback sitting on the tailgate of their truck. He was looking around but didn't see us. We were laughing because we had loaded our cache container in our backpack before we left home. It was the subject of much discussion. Wife thought it was a bunch of silliness - who would notice or care if we stuffed the lock-n-lock in our bag once we arrived? We watched as he disapeared down the trail and we headed off to another part of the area. We didn't even get the FTF when we came back after it was published.
  18. Frodo13


    TSLSSL Took salamander left snail signed log
  19. You might want to read a few of the replies above. I am sure if you consider those points of view you might come to understand how it could offend. IWhat good does being offended by something do besides force your opinion on someone else? To force someone to either feel the way you do about something, or altogether do without. If we are not offended by people's actions or in-action we might not like the world we live in. I fully realize it is not the symbol on the coin -it is the group that created the coin. They were excellent at propoganda, and their use of symbols can not be overlooked. The power of their symbology continues today. Ther current german government prohibits the displaying of the nazi flag. We would agree it is simply a piece of red, white and black cloth but it has incredible meaning associated with it. The understanding I was referring to was the people that are still affected by the actions of those who made the coin. I agree the coin is a piece of metal but it is also something we as a society have placed some meaning and value to. And the meaning we have assigned to the symbol is offensive to some. I share a love of history with many of the posters to this thread and I feel it in poor taste to casually brush off past actions as having no impact on current society. I hope you didn't feel my suggestion was forcing you to my opinion, as your read my words you can see it was only a suggestion - allowing you to use your own judgement. In fact that is the theme of many of these posts - use you judgement. Ignorance of others perspective can cause greater misfortune than we might think.
  20. You might want to read a few of the replies above. I am sure if you consider those points of view you might come to understand how it could offend.
  21. I think the difficulty of the questions should be high. With the internet, answers can come pretty quick. Also consider making a bonus cache for an extremely difficult question. Call it Extra Innings. Something like the total number of pitches thrown in the last three world series. Good luck
  22. I really agree here. If we all were to move the cache just a bit to conceal it better than we found it, before long it could be hundreds of miles away - depending on how many times it is found. Well maybe not hundreds but a bunch. I try to check on my caches on a semi-regular basis and would not be too happy to see them moved. The pile of forest litter does pose a delima. We are a caching-pair so when we re-hide a cache one of us stands off and offers suggestions about the appearance, while the other "dresses-up" the hide. We always put it back in the same location but try and hide it a bit better than we found it. Cheers
  23. They make camo duct tape? If it must be real hard to find. I bet it gets losts all the time.
  24. Our first night cache was just a few days ago. We left the house at 11:30PM to grab one jsut down the road from our house. We were motivated to get this one because the hider was a FTF on our most recent hide. He found it at 9:30 PM. He even waited to log it until the next day so a few whould to get up early before work in hopes of getting a FTF. It was less than a mile from the road but it felt like the middle of the forest, and we forgot the bread crumbs. WIll try a few others but will read and scout the maps before heading out. Cheers
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