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  1. It's happening to me with Win7 and Firefox 29.0.1. It says the plugin wasn't unlocked, and reinstalling the plugin didn't help.
  2. My sister and her husband work in Yellowstone, so I spent 4 days last year running around the park logging caches. I got about 4/5 of them and had a blast doing it. I also think I drove over 300 miles in the park in that time. I ended up getting almost 50 Earthcaches on the road trip across South Dakota, Wyoming, and part of Montana. Next time I hope to get down to Grand Teton NP.
  3. Greater than 90% of Room104's caches are park and grabs. Greater than 90% of King Boreas hides are hidden in the woods. The power trail concept for find count also applies to hide count. I have much more respect for KB's hide count than I do for Room104's microspew across eastern South Dakota. As someone who has found several hundred of room104's caches and only two dozen of KB's caches, I'm not arguing with you. I have one KB cache on my "Really Want to Find" list (GC1CE4), but never get a chance when I'm driving by it.
  4. room104 in South Dakota has surpassed King Boreas in total hides. It has been my experience that when cache owners have hundreds of caches out in the wild, they tend to rely on other cachers to maintain them if the cache needs help when found. On the other hand, I've seen a couple of power trails where the owner/owners specifically asked people not to replace them, as the owners wanted to keep the various types of hides consistent.
  5. My 450 also spontaneously decides to lock on road. I've found that it only happens if I use automobile routing in my car to drive to the cache, and then I switch it to direct routing when I get out to walk the rest of the way to the cache.
  6. Until recently, I lived in the Red River Valley in North Dakota (specifically Fargo). The Red River floods every spring, and over the last few years, spent much of the summer flooding also. I had caches by the river that were safe from the flood waters or I picked them up before they got wet, and disabled them. I noted on the cache page that it was because of flooding. The same thing happened up in Grand Forks, and some caches were disabled for months at a time. The Dakotas and the Minnesota reviewers never had a problem with that as long as it was explained that the delay was due to flooding or reconstruction of the area. Also, as someone who has fought record flooding, good luck to all those dealing with it up in Alberta.
  7. Really? What GPSr units (brands)? Really... 'cuz I'd like to know what brand, should I ever need/want to upgrade. Our Delorme has always held ALL of the info -- and it makes for a lot of scrolling down, sometimes -- but it has always been there in totality. If there are units that have a cut-off point, I wanna know because I certainly wouldn't buy one. I've had that issue a few rare times when my Oregon 450 cut off the questions on an especially long Earthcache description. Luckily, I remembered the questions enough from a previous reading of the cache on my computer that I was able to pull it off. Because of that, I always download the full cache writeup to my cell phone using c:geo or GDAK as backup. Back to the original poster, not being able to get all the caches in the park because you are on a tour bus is the nature of the beast, and not a problem with the caches themselves. I was just in Yellowstone two weeks ago with my own car, and even after four days of driving around, I was only able to get about 3/4 of the caches. It's also not a secret that most of the park does not have cell service and it's mentioned in the official planning brochure. Look on the bright side: it gives you a reason to go back and visit again!
  8. In northeastern ND, any cache placed by trycacheus could easily be considered evil. They are mostly in the small town of Gilby and in Grand Forks. Evil is relative though. They are mostly easy to find, but getting to the log to sign it is usually an entirely different story.
  9. StarDoc

    Tablet to GPS

    I have the original Toshiba Thrive tablet, and with its full-sized USB port, it connects to my Oregon with no problems. I can easily download pocket queries and put them on the Oregon. The only thing it won't do is write individual caches directly from the "Send to GPS" button. I get around that by writing them to GPX, then copying then to the GPX folder on the Oregon. The only problem is that the model is discontinued. I bet you can find one refurbished for cheaper somewhere.
  10. Yes, my Garmin has the option to show vertical speed in feet/second. Really, your GPS measures three dimensional distance and speed by finding the distance between two points and the time it took to cover that distance. Those two points don't have to be horizontal to each other. In my ballooning, the I've seen the eTrex odometer record a distance of 20+ miles, even though the horizontal ground track was smaller.
  11. I ordered my platinum pin earlier this year and was told I got one of the last three in stock. According to the GSA, there will be no more made. Now trying Google Translator: Objednal jsem si svůj platinový kolík na začátku tohoto roku a bylo mi řečeno, jsem jeden z posledních tří na skladě. Podle GSA, bude více provedeny.
  12. As someone who has flown small unmanned balloons to 100,000+ feet, I can tell you that many early Garmin models, namely the original eTrex models, were restricted only if BOTH the altitude (60k feet) and the speed (999 knots) were over the limits. I found out the hard way that the eTrex H models are not the same. Luckily, I was only using it for my secondary tracker. I currently use a BigRedBee GPS and transmitter, and the Trimble Lassen IQ chip that it uses has the same restrictions, that is both conditions must be met. It works fine above 100k. Baumgartner never exceeded both limits at the same time either.
  13. I haven't received mine yet either, including the one I ran about an hour to ago to see what was happening.
  14. Here's mine: Cache: Lookout Hill Last found: 10/22/2010 (and that was more than a year after the previous find). Reason: It's a 3.5 mile hike one way on the North Country Trail that winds through the Sheyenne National Grasslands in North Dakota. It's a great hike on the recently refurbished trail and the view at the cache site is one of the best ones in SE ND, but I suppose the distance scares people away. My dad and I hiked out to it in February and it's still there, patiently waiting to be found.
  15. That's what I figured, but with Disney you just never know. Thanks. There's a virtual cache based on hunting the ones in California Adventures. There is also another one in Disneyland that is not exactly a benchmark, but close.
  16. Fantastic! This should make some of those pesky Terrain 5 caches easier to get to. Just don't try crushing and snorting the moon rock. I hear it's pure poison... The cake is a lie.
  17. Yes, I loaded it with free topo maps of parts of ND, MT, and MN from GPSfiledepot using Mapsource. It's not a "unique" interface cord, it's just an old serial style interface. That may be your problem. You can not use the more recent standard USB cable to interface with the Legend unless you also have a USB-to-serial converter. Also, check to make sure the Legend is in Garmin Communications mode (Setup -> Interface -> Serial Data Format -> Garmin). Finally, double check that Basecamp is looking on the serial ports and not the USB ports for the Legend (I honestly don't know if BC can do that, since I still use Mapsource to transfer maps and keep track of my waypoints even with my Oregon 450). It looks like tr_s figured it out, so maybe some more advice will come from him. Like I said, I don't use Basecamp yet...
  18. That's the same GPS I used for my first several hundred caches, and yes it takes maps. Like all Garmin units, you have to use either the older Garmin Mapsource program, or the newer Garmin Basecamp (available as a free download from Garmin). The free maps you download from places like www.gpsfiledepot.com can be loaded into either of those programs, and then transferred to the Legend. There are tons of free, great maps on that website that will work just fine on the Legend. Just keep in mind that the unit's internal memory is limited, so you will have to pick and choose which map tiles you want to upload. Good luck!
  19. No, a premium membership won't help you with this except to get pocket queries. This is an Android operating system limitation.
  20. I'm not sure which model you have, but if it has a microSD card slot you are in business. There are third-party free apps that you may need though. If you want to just click on the Send to My GPS button and have it write to your GPS, you are out of luck because there is no Garmin Communicator plugin written for Android. Instead, you will have to use the GPX File button. This will write a gpx file to your tablet, and then you will have to cut and paste that file (which is basically a one-cache pocket query) to the microSD card from the Oregon, by putting the card in the slot of the tablet. If your tablet doesn't have a decent file manager on it that allows you to do that, try ASTRO File Manager. It's free. This process takes a while, but it works. For full pocket queries, it depends on what email system you are using. You need to be able to save email attachments. There are several free apps out there for that, but I don't remember what my tablet has installed for this (search the app store for "email attachments"). Since the gpx file comes zipped, you can get the AndroZip app to unzip the pocket query that Groundspeak sends to you. Then you copy and paste the gpx file to your microSD card like above. It's a round-a-bout way of doing it, but it works. Good luck. Or you can get an adapter like Styk mentioned above, although I've heard that many tablets that have mini or micro USB ports aren't able to act as the USB host, so that may not work. My Thrive tablet has a full size USB port that works great with my Oregon.
  21. I just learned about this one in North Dakota: "Play In Our Backyard" Geocaching Contest
  22. Email sent. I own the book, and it's a great one to have if you ever go there.
  23. That's a cool thing. I'm seriously considering replacing my laptop with a tablet and that one capability has been missing from several that I had been considering. I have a friend who had the Thrive before me, and once I found that it worked with my Oregon, I was sold. It also has the only user-replaceable battery in the tablet market (that I'm aware of). It's not the latest and greatest, bleeding edge tablet out there, but it has all the features I want.
  24. Name one. Yep. I have a Thrive, and it has a full-sized USB port. I can hook up to my Oregon, download PQ's to it and also upload my field notes to the website. The only thing it can't do that a laptop can is the Send to My GPS button. Not really related to caching, the USB port also supports just about any other USB device you might want to attach to it. USB memory sticks, portable hard drives, keyboards, mice, etc...
  25. StarDoc

    iPad to GPS?

    I have a Toshiba Thrive, and it does have a full size USB port. I can hook up my Oregon 450 exactly like I do on my computer and can accomplish most of the same things (transferring PQ's or uploading my field notes) except for the "Send to My GPS" on each cache page. That action requires the Garmin Communicator plugin for your browser, and there isn't an Android version of that. On the other hand, I can hit the "GPX file" button, and the cache gets saved as a GPX file in the Downloads folder of the tablet, and I can then cut and paste that onto the Oregon from the file manager. It's the same effect as the Send to My GPS button, it just takes a little more time and effort. It's still far superior to entering all the coords in manually though, and gets you all the info for paperless caching. Being able to interface with my Oregon was one of the major deciding factors of my purchase of the Thrive.
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