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  1. What was the original inquiry - my mind has wandered off somewhere... somewhere it shouldn't be going...
  2. I'm disappointed by the replies so far! OT is going downhill! Sixteen replies so far and I'm the first to suggest she try a pointy stick!?!? I've found that this motivates many things to incredible feats. Not saying any more for legal reasons...
  3. I would be happier with $1.30 a litre - we are at $1.45 or $1.46. I've actually stopped paying attention because it hurts so much when I pay. And yes, that is for 87 octane. 89 is 3 cents more, and 91 is another 3 cents more. Our maximum price has been regulated for a few years here, but it hasn't done much to keep the costs down. The good news is that prices are forecast to drop by around 7 cents tonight! Fingers crossed! It hasn't stopped my caching - work and life have held me up more, and there are plenty of caches that I can walk or bike to from home. I need to work on those.
  4. I find my 60CS needs it a tad more than that - if I've been on the highway and stop for a cache, I find I routinely need to do the GPS circle dance before the compass works right. After that its OK for a while. It may be that it gets out of whack when its been turned off for a while, or its using the GPS signal for compass.
  5. New Brunswick - Fundy National Park * Click here to get to atlanticgeocaching.com. To print your Fundy Geocaching Passport, click on "Parks Canada Downloads". You will find the passports for 2011, 2010, and 2009 here. * Purchase your park pass. * Find each cache in the park (please stay on the trails). * Punch the passport with the tool provided in each cache. * Bring your completed passport to the Visitor Centre to receive your Fundy geocoin. * Bring along a GPS device. If you do not own one, the Fundy Guild (the park’s cooperating association) rents GPS units at their boutique located at the Visitor Centre. I don't know if it is trackable or not. Nova Scotia - Cape Breton Highlands National Park # Purchase your park pass and collect your Cacheport at the Ingonish or Chéticamp Visitor Centre. # Find each cache. Please stay on trails. # Punch your Cacheport with the unique punch in each cache. # Answer the five questions on your Cacheport. # To claim your geocoin, bring your completed passport to the Chéticamp or Ingonish Visitor Centre. I don't know if this one is trackable or not either.
  6. Me too. Hmm, already after 1100h in Belgum and France. Wonder what my Gradfather was doing about now 93 years ago? +1 Neither or my grandfathers were there. There were several great uncles who were overseas, one of whom is still resting there.
  7. I have two leatherman tools - a Charge Ti and a Juice KF4. The juice is in my pocket - always - except if I am getting on a flight, then it goes in the checked baggage and goes back into my pocket as soon as possible. It has a couple of blades and a couple of screwdriver bits built into it. It has been very useful at work, and I use it at least half of the time, rather than dig out my tool kit. But, if I am going to be using a pliers and screwdrivers for more than one or two screws, I go get my kit. The charge came in a belt holster, and is worn if I am working around home or am planning on going caching, hunting or hiking. It is larger, similar to the Wave, but the Charge Ti model has nicer rounded edges and I find it fairly comfortable to use. It works great when you might need simple tools, but don't want the weight of a proper tool kit. Again, if I am expecting to need tools, I take what I need with me, rather than plan to tear apart a stereo with just this tool. I think of it as a swiss army knife with just a little extra help.
  8. I have two that are on islands in ponds. They are dual season - summer AND winter - with more finds after the ponds freeze up. I also placed them in the winter. That way I could be sure that they would be able to be found in the winter. There are a couple of finds on them by boat - one was canoe. The other was a rubber dingy - I bet that was an experience! You need to be sure of your coordinates and your hiding location. The hint will need to be very specific - think "the cache is here". Unless this is a spot you are going as part of your regular routine, it is remote and will be a little more difficult to deal with any problems quickly, so preparation is key. A secure location where seasonal flooding or normal weather won't get it is a must. And your coordinates must be good - nothing worse than having cachers not find your cache because your coordinates were bad unless it is on a cache that is a long paddle away from anything else.
  9. Well, I was caught by street view. But it was in my driveway, not at a cache. In one view I look right at the car. I can't remember seeing it though...
  10. We decided we wanted a "real" gps. so we went and ordered a Garmin eTrex Legend HCx Personal Navigator. Thanks to all for the help so far. I am sure I will be asking more questions, though we also bought a geocahing book from amazon with the GPS. ( real as opposed to a Geomate, that is ) That is an excellent unit to start with - my first was an eTrex Vista which is very similar. The only reason I changed to a different unit is mine was stolen - otherwise I would still be using it.
  11. Yes, some of the reviewers have been coming up with some clever names. Better yet, the guy who posted the SBA, and was sought out by the Police as a Geocaching expert was "Spanish Bombs". That gave me a chuckle - seems to be an unfortunate choice of name, but they did remember him, didn't they. I just can't imagine how it would feel to be contacted by the police and be told they had something that "'looked like a pipe bomb' so they were wondering if I knew anything about it." "Um, no officer. But, I am flattered that you thought of me ... "
  12. I had to google, because I had not heard of "sod's law". We refer to it as Murphy's law over here. Sounds like a bad day (or week, or month). Have your grump, stop hobbling and sit until it heals, then get back outside. Then the grump will go away. Reading this thread may help.
  13. I have no tattoos so I guess I don't get it, although it sounds neat. But there is something about having a serial number stamped on me that gives me the creeps. It is no different from the chip they put in you when you was born. No, I was born before they started doing that here in Canada, but it may have been done with the series of shots that we received in High School.
  14. I have no tattoos so I guess I don't get it, although it sounds neat. But there is something about having a serial number stamped on me that gives me the creeps.
  15. +1 ibtl I guess it is the nature of the internet that this stuff keeps on popping up, but...
  16. There are other sites which list caches - it could be registered with those. You can read more here.
  17. After reading the various MSDS sheets offered up for this substance, it does not appear to be a serious health concern, yet there are likely thousands worldwide that die each year from its effects! I smell a cover up by lobbyists representing the producers of this horrible chemical - put an end to the needless death and destruction!
  18. Quite a few Montreal residents can speak and read English fairly well. It may not be the first language on the cache page, but they can likely understand it. I log in English when I'm in Quebec. I'm not trying to be rude, but I'll end up brutalizing the language anyway so I'm better off not using it. Merci beaucoup pour la cache, does go a long ways! And don't worry about a language barrier in Montreal either. Any hospitality workers will be able to understand what you are asking if you make a little effort - again it may not be their first language, but they want your money and are willing to work to get it!
  19. Stumpy says it's about dang time! (He'd type this himself but, well, you know what with the incident, and his fingers and all...) I laughed at the first Nano in the Wood Chipper. But i fell off my chair at stumpy!
  20. I have one with three lobes or wings on it that I got at Source (the store formerly known as Radio Shack) and no, it does not slide around in 'normal' driving. On a narrow, twisty, potholled stretch of heck across northern New Brunswick it did not bounce out of place once. It did not move from it perch on my truck's (1/2 ton) dash when I jumped on the brakes hard enough to dump everything off the back seat and lock the trailer's brakes on the Queen Elizabeth Way near Niagra Falls. It does easily move over to where the navigator can search for gas stations, food and other important items when on the way through an area. And even more importantly it can be easily hidden from view. Skisidedown
  21. Man, the scouts have twisted a lot of people. The concept of "leave-no-trace" is really bizarre to me, especially when talking about geocaching. The wole (sport?) is about leaving somehting for others to find. Look, I don't enjoy finding other's garbage in the wilderness, but a trail, trail markers, camp-fire ring of rocks, bottle of water, wood pile etc? I quite enjoy finding these sorts of outdoorsy things. The principles of Leave No Trace are intended to minimize our impact on the natural environment. If there are designated camping areas then, yes, there should be campfire rings and wood piles. But, if you are in a 'pristine' area when you leave you should clean it up so that there is no trace of your having been there. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces * In popular areas: o Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. o Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy. * In pristine areas: o Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails. o Avoid places where impacts are just beginning. So if there is an established trail, use it! If there is the start of a hint of a trail, spread out! Strictly speaking, I suppose that geocaching does not follow the leave no trace principles, because something is left behind, although I'm guessing that the impact of all those 1000000 containers out there is still not that huge. That does not mean that we can't at least try to lessen our impact in other ways. Leave No Trace Link Thingy
  22. Agreed - not that I ever did many city hides, but I just don't feel comfortable looking around under benches at a bus stop. I would like to find one that the hider left a $100 bill as the FTF prize.
  23. My Valentine doesn't often go caching with me - just not her intrest, but thats OK, because craft shops aren't mine. If I'm lucky there will be a cache nearby to kill off some of the time. Our kids will come with me sometimes, and that is how I can manage to get out for a day of caching. It takes some planning and thought on my part to keep them interested, but sometimes I manage. Nice avatars everyone!
  24. The idea of saying a general "thank you" to the people who gave my cache a favorite vote does appeal to me, but if someone were to ask me to favorite their cache, I think I would react negatively to it. Just because one person thinks a cache is amazing, doesn't mean the next person will. It is possible that I have found a bunch of caches that I just happen to like more than the cache in question. I don't have many favorite votes, but the caches I have voted for so far are the ones that stand out to me for some reason - that when I found them made me go "wow, that was fun!" Asking for my vote will take the fun out of it for me, and be an automatic unfavorite.
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