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  1. quote: used to do that untill I made up some cards and gave the dog a stapler, now she affixes a scoobydooers were here card to the logs and then rehides the cache back where she found it, saves me the trouble of signing in. As long as these dogs don't sign caches the way they sign hydrants, I don't care if they help find them! Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  2. this is only a test Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  3. MISSING: "Patsy". Affectionate, gentle and loving, with white diamond shaped smudge on bridge of nose. Taken accidentally in skip to Meadowside Municipal Refuse Site on 22nd of April. Patsy is extremely timid and may have wandered to any of the surrounding areas in an attempt to find her way home. Microchipped for identification. Any information gratefully received by her daughter, Linda or son-in-law Martin. Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  4. I hosted a fox hunt and so I "found" that event cache. I told the participants that they should log a find for each hunt we went on: they were each multi-caches and different from each other, so I thought it appropriate to log them as separate finds. Even though I hosted the event I intended to log one as a find as well, because I didn't set one of the hunts and didn't know where the caches were before I found them. But then I chickened out. Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  5. Any update on this? The old system worked fine: I dislike all the steps I have to go through to contact a cacher now. I use the "find" function to search for their posts in the forums and click on their name when the search is complete. This takes me to their old profile page and I can email them from there. Sheesh! And please, can we have the old profile pages back? They're much nicer to look at than the new "listy" ones... Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  6. There were four of us, bartster. I think that's the absolute rock-bottom minimum for a good hunt. I think it may have gone better with 5 or 6. I'll find out next time, I hope! Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  7. Just for you, MissJenn Of course, you realize this obligates you to create a fox hunt of your own, to justify the format? Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  8. ah, rygel. Dear, sweet, naive rygel. "The best laid plans..." don'cha know. Actually, there never was a "plan" in that we had one idea and were going to stick to it. This was an experiment. One idea would be to have the caches there before the fox, another was to have the fox set them as she goes. Perhaps in another plan, we could have some caches set for the fox to find AND set them as she goes. Ya never know in this kooky world. Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  9. Here are my suggestions to anyone else interested in running a Fox Hunt: 1) Do not hide micros. I was so scared that the Hunt would tear through my route that I made micros and hid them too well. To keep the whole thing moving, I suggest the smallest you should go is a 2 cup Tupperware or a small ammo can. 2) Use radios. I wasn't sure what we'd use them for when gnbrotz suggested bringing them but they were invaluable for keeping the race going. If something should happen to any of the participants, both parties can be notified. 2) The Fox should have adequate notes so s/he can find the caches! I couldn't find one of my original hiding places and gnbrotz couldn't find two caches he set before the hunt. Photos, drawings or notes might help. Also, if the Fox is carrying the caches to the site during the hunt, the Fox should be sure she keeps track of all her caches and doesn't drop one in the woods as she bolts for the first cache site! (Not that I did this… more than once.) 3) For the bikes to be an advantage, the route should be lengthy. Stopping and starting with caches only a few hundred feet apart is a great tactic for giving the fox time but on a shortish hunt it gives too much advantage to the Fox. If you don't have any runners in your group, it could be possible to use two to four foxes on a long route. (See “Variations”) 4) If the race is to the den, the Hunt needs to know where the den is. At one point I spotted the fox and went racing off, only to realize I didn't know where we were racing to. If the point is to tag the fox then perhaps it's not necessary to know where the den is. 5) Don't give the fox too much of a head start. I had 7 minutes to place the first cache and disappear before the Hunt followed behind. This seemed like cutting it close but the first cache was so difficult to find, 7 minutes turned out to be too much lead time. Perhaps next time we’ll start at the first cache site, the Hunt can turn its collective back and I can run off into the woods while they search for the first cache. Variations: The race is to the Den and it doesn’t matter if the fox is sighted before that: both the Hunt and the Fox must visit all the caches in any order. To make the course longer (I think my course was less than a mile, though you wouldn’t be able to tell that from my level of exhaustion) in the absence of a marathon runner as Fox, split the route up between 3-4 foxes. Each fox is responsible for a section of the course. This would allow the Hunt to get some good bike riding in… Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  10. Gnbrotz, BuzzBe, deetylong and I gathered at the park for a one o’clock start time. I had mapped out 2 routes, and two other caching games (a bike rally and a poker game). Gnbrotz mapped out a route, too. We all had bikes except BuzzBe and he got to ride the fox’s bike. I wasn’t as organized as I would have liked: I had to pitch my first cache because I couldn’t get the coordinates back out of it to double-check them. (It was a small glass vial that had been a perfume sample in its past life.) We started at 1:20 and with my 7 minute head start I headed up the trail, cut off the trail to the first cache site, set the cache, cut through the next batch of woods (I had marked a trail a couple days before to be sure I could find my way through it to the proper exit), emerged into the field just a minute after the Hunt started up the trail towards the first cache, dodged down a different trail, couldn’t find the cache site, panicked, forgot how to use my GPS, found what I thought was the cache site, toddled (‘cause I simply couldn’t run any more) out into the previously mentioned field, placed the 3rd cache, cut across the field, realized I’d lost a cache somewhere in the woods and so on and so forth. I set the caches and as the 3rd one was near the den (a large shrub in the field) I retired to the woods surrounding the den to watch the hunt when they appeared. They appeared from the wrong direction and scared the bejeezus out of me. I spent the next 45 minutes hunched down between two fallen trees, willing the hunt to find the second cache. By this point it was painfully clear that I’d been too clever for my own good. Micros were simply too difficult for a zippy game. Eventually, I just radioed the next coordinates to the hunt and they appeared in the field. Certain that I was near, they scanned the woods for me and indeed, they found me. I slunk out of the woods, disappointed that the hunt was over after finding only *one* of my caches. I slunk a little over to the right of hunt and they realized I was only a few yards away from the Den: I ran flat out for the den but alas, I was just feet away from safety when they tagged me. The Fox did not win that Hunt. We had similar results with gnbrotz’s hunt. Micros in the woods are just too hard to find quickly. We bumped into a different problem in that gnbrotz visited his caches in a different order from the hunt and so it was possible that the Hunt arrived at a cache before him. This is a fine variation of the game unless the Hunt is collecting the caches as they go… which we were. Gnbrotz couldn’t be sure if he was not finding a cache that was there or missing out on a cache that’d been taken… Although the hunt didn’t go as I anticipated, I think it shows promise. I would like to try it again with similar rules but larger and easier to find caches. I hope deetylong, BuzzBe and gnbrotz chime in with their suggestions: they had many useful and practical suggestions. Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  11. DruMorgan IS Medusa! Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  12. I dunno. She looks like a "Diane" to me. Diana was the goddess of the hunt. What better caching companion could you ask for?? Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  13. You all may think it's a joke but Team has a point. Given the recent brouhaha about caching in fragile places, I wonder if we should pre-emptively cut those arguments short and just stick to virtuals and events? Why wait until some agency stomps on us before we implement sensible caching policy? Think about it. Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  14. Verboten, thank you very much for keeping track of your butts. That's lovely. Now, could you (and every other smoker out there) please pay attention to wind currents and STOP MOVING UPWIND OF ME??? Thank you. Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  15. Googled it and got this for first place. Try searching under "home swap" It's not just for international travel anymore! Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  16. "n" word? Night caches? Not Found? No Idea What You're Talking About???? Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  17. I get looged out every time I go from the forums to my cache page. What's up with that?? Published experts (1, 2) say with certainty that critical situations will arise which are totally unexpected.
  18. Anything connected with driving: give me as much info as possible. I'm not in this sport for the driving. Give me road names, parking suggestions, etc. The less time spent driving around the better. (Please also keep in mind that not everyone has access to mapping programs or the internet 24/7. Not that you must accommodate all people all the time, but it would be nice if you could keep it in mind.) Once I'm out of the car all is fair in love, war and caching. At that point I'm checking distance to the cache, scoping out trails and figuring approaches. Hints and suggestions are okay but I wouldn't fault any cacher for leaving them out. And of course all this is just MHO. X is for X, and X marks the spot, On the rug in the parlor, The sand in the lot, Where once you were standing, And now you are not.
  19. quote: Reading spoilers in new logs posted to caches I found a week, 6 months, or a year ago bothers me no less than spoilers that may have been posted to caches I have not yet visited. How can it be a spoiler for you if you already found the cache? Everyone knows there may be spoilers in the logs: why are you reading them if they're going to ruin the game for you? And if they don't affect you directly, maybe you should let someone else fight this battle. X is for X, and X marks the spot, On the rug in the parlor, The sand in the lot, Where once you were standing, And now you are not.
  20. Thank you Markwell. Believe it or not, I went searching for this topic and got very little useful info back. So thanks. X is for X, and X marks the spot, On the rug in the parlor, The sand in the lot, Where once you were standing, And now you are not.
  21. I've found Grizz1 and the park is pretty neat. Pity we central PAers have committed to Poe Valley... Perhaps out of goodwill we should arrange for another clean-up at a later date??? X is for X, and X marks the spot, On the rug in the parlor, The sand in the lot, Where once you were standing, And now you are not.
  22. The people, of course. But then, you knew that. I'm sure, however, you have more to add on that topic, especially as we're moving into picnic season. So, besides the people, what makes (or breaks) a geocaching event?
  23. This is 2003. Where are our automated cities? Why can't we control the weather!??!?! X is for X, and X marks the spot, On the rug in the parlor, The sand in the lot, Where once you were standing, And now you are not.
  24. I think it's a great idea and the only thing I'd be concerned about is some little beastie thinking he smells food so into the cache he goes. If everything is in its original factory seal that shouldn't be too much of a problem but you'll want to be careful of anything that smells like it might be edible. X is for X, and X marks the spot, On the rug in the parlor, The sand in the lot, Where once you were standing, And now you are not.
  25. Last spring while driving through a local park I saw some grey fluff on the road. Pulled over and got out and found two baby possum on the road. I was concerned other drivers would hit them (they weren't moving very fast) so I picked one up in a tee-shirt to move him and was dismayed to see the poor thing expire right in my hands. He sort of deflated and slid over and his jaw went slack and his eyes even seemed to unfocus. I was a bit upset until I *finally* remembered where "playing possum" comes from! I set him and his sibling at the side of the road and they scampered off fairly quickly.
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