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  1. I'm going on a road trip this weekend and was checking out caches along our route. There is one cache close to the road we'll be travelling labelled as a TB motel. I'm always worried about bugs and coins getting stuck in these situations, and sure enough, there are 13 trackables listed. It has the usual 'it's not fair to leave the cache empty' note, and I wouldn't take ALL of them, but I looked at all their pages and eight of the 13 have been there since October. Three of them are racing bugs, but obviously aren't doing any racing. I don't want the cache owner mad at me, and I haven't found any trackables lately, so don't have any to drop, but if I discover them all so the owners know they're okay, can I take maybe four or five that I know I can help? If my TB was stuck in here, I'd be upset, and the last few finders haven't taken bugs because they don't have any to trade, so they're all just sitting.
  2. Congratulations Gatoulis! I will admit, I started looking for the answers for this contest but got distracted and was unable to finish all the questions. I did, however, enjoy reading about all the adventures of catsnfish, especially the story about how you found your kitty!
  3. I also appreciate it when people include parking coordinates. I tend to be one of those people that's always concerned about whether I'm in somebody's way, or on private property, or whatever, so it's nice to know ahead of time that there will be an appropriate place to park. I'm also a bad one for forgetting to mark the car, so it's nice to already have that waypoint loaded onto my Legend.
  4. The batteries in my camera are dead at the moment, but I was super excited to open the mailbox today and find two packages for me. The first was the Lettuce Go Caching coin I won in the Just Because Cointest. It's cute, and even more special because it's my first coin ever. The other package was from far away. When I opened it, out came the two great Eclectic Penguin coins I ordered, and to my surprise, behind them waddled out a friendly little gold penguin! He's number 20/50, and a treasured addition to my (tiny!) collection. Thanks for a great day!
  5. I love them both, but I think the first one is my favourite.
  6. I'm very excited about this coin. Hoping I'll be able to convince the hubby I need one or two It looks great.
  7. Thank you so much Erica-opoly! What a great surprise when I got to the bottom of the thread after reading everybody else's fantastic vacation spots. Congratulations also to Chickahominy! I'm off to send a message.
  8. My favourite vacation destination is actually in Northern Ontario, about halfway between Sudbury and Timmins. Spent a week there one summer, and it was so quiet and peaceful... no cell phones or TV or anything. Just nature as far as we could see. Don't know how I'd feel about it in the winter though
  9. Aww, Eclectic Penguin, you have made me so happy!! When I first started browsing this forum seriously about a month ago, this neat coin quickly became one of my favourites. I was sad because I don't have any coins yet, so I knew I couldn't trade anybody for one. Today I was looking around again to start a 'wanted' list, and I found this post about more being available. I have just ordered two, a glow in the dark one for me, and a copper one for my dad who loves penguins. I'm finally going to be able to start my collection! Thank you so much, you made my day.
  10. Thanks for all the responses friends. I'm still trying to get hold of my dad, he was at work last night and again this morning, but if he's not free, I'll go without him. I was worried about trying the ice melt, as I thought it could harm the tree... then remembered it's dead anyway. I'll take some as a backup. Would it hurt deer? There's lots of deer tracks going right by the tree, although with myself and the two dogs visiting they might avoid the area for a while. The hair dryer would probably be awesome. Unfortunately it's a little out of my price range... and would not likely arrive by this afternoon I'll take some baggies and duct tape as well, just in case. Since the ice comes pretty much up to the hole in the cache, I'm not sure how well I'll be able to protect it that way, so I'll hope one of the other ideas works. Thanks again
  11. sarahbelle


    GC1HJW4 This one's in Campbellford. You can click on the link on the cache page that says find nearby caches to find other ones in the area. It will give you this page of caches in that area.
  12. I went to find one of my dad's caches today, I was desperate to get out on a geoadventure after a long cold spell. I made it to the site, and suppose maybe I deserve half a smiley for 'finding' the cache, but after trying for about 15 minutes to get it out, and realizing the sun was quickly setting, I finally gave up. It's a lock n lock sandwich container on its side in a hole in a dead tree. The container is surrounded mostly by snow/ice and some wood fragments. I was hoping I could unclip three of the sides and open it that way, but that thing will not budge. Normally, this would not be a big deal, I'd just go back later when it warms up a little, but unfortunately while trying to get it out, I poked a hole in the bottom of the container. I've got a bottom here that I can replace it with, but my problem is how to get the cache out to fix it. It's supposed to get warmer by the weekend and I don't want any melted snow or anything to get in and mess up the cache. The only thing I could think of was to stick a hot water bottle in there for 5-10 minutes and see if that worked. Anybody have any better ideas, or at least something I can use as a backup plan in case the hot water bottle doesn't work?
  13. Does anybody know about how much it would cost to ship to Canada? I don't have any geocoins yet, but I would like to support this cause and start a coin collection of my own. I'm just trying to get an idea of the total cost to see if I can afford to get one or two of these nice coins.
  14. I'm the cacher in our family. I introduced my dad to it, and go with him sometimes. My husband isn't really a cacher, but will come with me on the hike if it's in an area I'm not comfortable going to by myself. He doesn't mind it, it's just not something he'd do himself. We're both geeks though! I also plan to use caching as an activity for my daughter and I when she's old enough. I think it's a great way to get people and families outside.
  15. Thanks so much for all the input, I really appreciate it. I've got lots to think about. In the meantime I can at least get a couple of containers and work on making them into cool caches so that when I find a good location they'll be ready to place, whether that ends up being here or where we move to.
  16. I've been geocaching for a few years, but I don't have a lot of finds yet. My goal for this year is to at least double my finds. My question, however, is about hiding. I'd like to have at least 50 finds before I even try to hide a cache, but I'm concerned about maintenance. My husband has been getting transferred for work about once a year, so far in the same general area, but we're looking at quite a move the next time, probably about 500km. I really want to be able to contribute because I have so much fun when I actually get to go out searching, but if I'm going to make a cache, I want it to be a good one that I don't have to give up on if I end up having to move. It may be another 4-5 years before we're able to settle down and stay in one place for a while, but I feel bad just finding other people's caches and not helping by hiding my own. What should I do?
  17. My sister got me a new case for my Legend. I take it everywhere with me, so the belt clip will come in extremely handy.
  18. I think little bottles of bubbles would be cool for kids.
  19. I went to Angie's a week or so ago, and they were out of travel bugs. I would have been sad, but I was around Barrie doing some caches anyway, so it was just one more stop on the trip. I'd suggest if you're going to drive that far, call them first and make sure they have the things you want. I ended up ordering mine from GPS Central in Calgary on Saturday night, and they arrived today. Not a bad option if you can wait a couple days. Now I just have to find something to attach to mine so I can send them on their way!
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