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  1. That and my husband is paranoid about doing anything with money online.

    Slightly off topic; sorry.

     

    Many folks who are concerned about spending money on line think nothing of handing their credit card to a server in a restaurant, thereby allowing it out of their control for several minutes.

  2. I'm not familiar with the Cleveland airport, but I can tell you that time can get away from you fast during a layover. You have to get off the plane, decide what to do with the carry-on luggage that you don't want to take out geocaching, find your way out of the airport, get transportation from someone who has no idea why you are taking various turns, etc. You then have to get back to the airport in time to go through security, and get to the departure gate at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.

     

    So it could be a little intense.

  3. Somewhere a math teacher is crying "Where did I go wrong?"

    The problem is based on the premise of a disabled cache blocking an area and preventing other caches from being placed. Isonzo Karst's right side diagram illustrates that this is not always so. Another cache .1 mile away will be blocking area overlaping with the area "blocked" by this cache. So if there is one cache .1 mile away and no other caches less than .2 miles away, the disabled cache is actually blocking

    (pi * ((528 ft)^2)) - (((528 ft)^2) * (((2 * pi) / 3) - sin((2 * pi) / 3))) = 12.2446269 acres

    because the other 7.86156607 acres are already blocked by the other cache. And with as few as three caches .1 mile away from the disabled cache, you could have a disabled cache that is only blocking the one point where it is located.

    The original post by Prime Suspect dealt with the area blocked by a single cache. When additional hypothetical issues are invoked, the answer to the new hypothetical configuration is different. For the single cache example the ~20 acre answer stands.

  4. I just had to disable my only hide, due to the fact that the dock it is attached to is taken out of the water every winter. I have a not that the dock might not even be back in the water for me to replace the cache on until April, depending on water levels, so hopefully that won't be a problem, but I guess I'll find out. But can't keep the cache active, as there is nowhere to put it right now!

    Several cachers in this area have similar issues to deal with, except in our case area lakes are down so far that most boat ramps are closed and large areas of the lakes are now unusable and will remain so until we get quite a bit of rain. I also have a cache in a local park that is closed from November through April. Disabling the cache page with a note and adding updates lets everyone know that the the cache is not ignored or abandoned.

  5. Members of the reviewer community generally want to see caches remain in play or returned to play and we are willing to work with cache owners when unusual circumstances are involved. An important part of cache owners and reviewers working together is communication.

     

    Unusual circumstances can include work activities blocking access to a cache site, cache owner health issues, weather issues (drought, flooding, snowfall) and the like. We can only be helpful if the cache owner keeps us posted on the reasons why a cache cannot be promptly restored.

  6. My husband and I placed a vacation cache in Ireland (I know, I know, we were not supposed to do that but we had a local cacher watching out for it at a wonderful location at a wonderful old friary). Anyway, the local cacher moved and four years later after being found many times with many positive comments about the location, the cache went missing, so we were forced to archive it.

     

    However, lately, we received an email from another couple who would like to be the overseers of the cache with us still as the owners. How do we un-archive the cache? The edit function on the cache page says that we cannot do that but must contact the local reviewer for approval but we have no way of knowing who that is. So now what? Any assistance will be much appreciated. Thank you.

    I believe the original reviewer is no longer active, and I can tell you that we do not unarchive cache pages for the purpose of ownership transfers. It will be best to have the other couple create their own cache page, perhaps naming the original cache as its predecessor and/or you as the original creator of the cache at that location.

     

    Hope this helps.

  7. I need some help with this one.

    If the hint asks you to add the number 51 to the minutes portion of: 42 28.435 how do you do this!

    60 minutes in an "hour"

    Carry when you get to the full 60

    OK< Help me out, I have been out of school for 50 years....so you add from thye 51 till you get the full 60 minutes then........

    There may be two ways to interpret the hint - one would give you 42 28.486, around 310 feet away; the other would give you 43 19.435, which is around 58 miles away. Or there may be yet another way to go about it.

     

    Good luck.

  8. I visited a cache from a banned member today, GC11TOK, that is in need of a little maintenance if it is going to stay in circulation. How do I go about adopting the cache? I can't wait for him to put it up for adoption...

     

    I would be interested in taking over his other two caches as well, they are all local.

    There is an ownership transfer process that cache owners can use but given the owner's status that process is not available to him. If you can get the cache owner to write to you from the e-mail account registered to his profile with a statement specifically giving you permission to adopt one or more of his caches, you may forward the e-mail to me and I will work with Groundspeak to see what can be done.

     

    You may contact me through my profile.

  9. Last week I was vacationing and sightseeing around the New England seacoast where I found a cache named "I wish I lived Across the Street!" As we drove around I thought of how nice it would be to be able to find a piece of inexpensive waterfront property with a terrific view. The problem is that those who got to the area earlier bought all of the property I would like to have found at a cheap price.

     

    That's sort of how it is with trying to find a place to hide a geocache in a popular park. It might be possible to locate a spot after finding all of the existing caches and plotting their stages using mapping software. An alternative is to find an interesting place that has not already been peppered with caches. That way people can be brought to an area they probably would never have visited except for your cache.

     

    Back to the original question, if the park is as saturated as suggested, additional geocaching traffic would probably be harmful.

  10. I've seen them individually and in sets in Oriental grocery stores around Atlanta, specifically the Super H Mart stores in Duluth and Suwanee. I'm sure other stores carry them as well.

     

    Some stores carry knock offs of the L&L containers, some of which do not seal anywhere nearly as well as the brand name containers. Choose carefully.

  11. Some folks leave hand-made or hand-decorated items that have some significance in their family, geographic area, other hobbies, etc. I have found hand decorated lady bugs, wooden mice and other craft items in caches. I leave signature pathtags and find that some others are doing the same.

     

    You can get some ideas of themes others have used by viewing the gallery on the pathtags site. Just Google pathtags and that will get you there. Many themes can be applied in any medium.

  12. From the Pocket Queries page:

    The order they run is based on the last time the query ran last. Priority goes to new queries first, and the others run in the order of the oldest generated. So if you have a query run once a week it will arrive on that day much faster than someone who runs the query every day. It is recommended that you stagger your queries. Or even better, create new queries only when you need them.

    It has been my experience that I receive quicker responses if I create a new PQ, so that's what I do. Or I modify an existing query to the extent that it "looks" new. The results you mentioned plus the comments in the other thread lead me to guess that the older queries got caught up in a backlog.

  13. Now that the Geo Admin site is humming nicely along again, here's something that can be done to provide a backup for the rare occasions when the site is not available.

     

    1. While viewing the Geo Admin site, select File, Save Page As (or Control+S)

    2. Choose a folder and enter a file name like My Dashboard or whatever you like

    3. Save as type: Web Page, complete

    4. Go to the folder where the file was saved, create a shortcut for the file, and place that on your desktop

     

    The saved page will have all of the links including those you may have added, and can be used if the Geo Admin site is unavailable.

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