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  1. About 3 years ago my oldest dog had to quit going, he could no longer take even short hikes. (I had to put him down a year ago. He was 15 years old.) My younger dog, (now 15 years old) has got to the point where she wouldn't be able to go even if I was able to. That took a lot of my mojo away, as caching with my dogs was my favorite. Then two years ago I got severe RA, and couldn't cache at all for a year. After being treated, I'm doing better, but just can't seem to get out and cache. I really would like to get back into it but doubt if I will ever get all my mojo back. However, I still have hope and have kept my Premium Membership up all this time. ;-)
  2. Ummm...no. That's the very OPPOSITE of stealth. It may get you a pass with the typical passer-by, but LEOs/land-owners/tenants/land-managers are MORE likely to approach you in such a get-up. Vest, hardhat and clipboard work quite well. If anyone does approach you it is legal to wear this get up, as long as you do not try to pass yourself off as an official of some kind. I have a hard hat with a Geocache sticker on it, never had a problem any where I've wore it. There's also the fact that it's utterly ridiculous and unnecessary... This of course is your humble opinion. However, the kind of caches I would use this on are ridiculous and unnecessary. I haven't had to resort to a vest and hard hat more than a couple times over the years. But it works quite well when a cache is hidden along a store front, on a busy main street in town. Or when the cache is in plain site in a park where lots of people are hanging around. Anywhere where someone thinks they are fooling anyone by pretending their GPS is a phone or camera while looking for a cache. Others I've talked with, who have used a vest and hat, say it helps them go for caches they would normally feel too exposed to go after. In my humble opinion any thing that helps you find more caches is not ridiculous and unnecessary.
  3. Ummm...no. That's the very OPPOSITE of stealth. It may get you a pass with the typical passer-by, but LEOs/land-owners/tenants/land-managers are MORE likely to approach you in such a get-up. Yep. Surprised when folks say they actually do that. Any department I've belonged to know who most of the road/utility guys are, and all the supers (often by first name). Getting nailed for impersonating a city employee isn't worth a cache... You cannot get "nailed for impersonating a city employee" unless you use their patches and/or say that is who you are. This has come up several times over the years. I looked into it and talked with a lot of LEOs about this. It is not illegal to wear a hard hat and vest. It would be illegal to impersonate a city employee, but just wearing a hard had and vest would not do it.
  4. Ummm...no. That's the very OPPOSITE of stealth. It may get you a pass with the typical passer-by, but LEOs/land-owners/tenants/land-managers are MORE likely to approach you in such a get-up. Vest, hardhat and clipboard work quite well. If anyone does approach you it is legal to wear this get up, as long as you do not try to pass yourself off as an official of some kind. I have a hard hat with a Geocache sticker on it, never had a problem any where I've wore it.
  5. uxorious

    60CSx button

    When the power button on my 60CSx quit working, I took a thick paper clip, straighten it and pushed it through the rubber button. It has worked every time since. Someone told me the outer button pushes a pin inside, and that pushes the real button inside. When the power button quit it was because the little pin broke. I now have a small hole in the rubber button, and the unit may not be as waterproof as it was, but I've been doing it this way for a couple years. It seems to work fine. My 60CSx is just a back unit these days, one I lend to friends who want to go but don't have a GPS. However, other than it's not being paperless, it is still the best GPS I've had.
  6. I still think the idea is silly, but I like them. (I guess.) ????
  7. I own a cache that hasn't been found in 3 years, and it was 5 years before that it was last found. I'm always amazed and pleased that there are cachers who can make it into that cache. (though the last finder indicated the road has gotten much worse, and he would be surprised if anyone else will make it.) The cache was almost a drive to on FSRs. However, some major flooding one winter wiped out the main road in, and a bridge that accessed the area. It is now a very long and very hard trek. I thought about just archiving it, but some people have indicated they would still like to try for it someday. The Forest service office did say the road in would be rebuild someday. I won't hold my breath for that though. GCX5NT
  8. Gloves, tweezers, small hand mirror, extra batteries, pencil or pen. Depends on where I will be caching for the day. However, these seem to be the essentials. When I bring my Geobag, I like to have paper to replace, or add to caches with full or destroyed logs. Flashlight is also handy, even in the day time. I also have a compass in there, just in case. And of course, some trade items. I rarely ever trade, but have run across a thing or two I wanted to trade for, and was glad I had something.
  9. Not sure about weight loss, but there was a recent study that shows a connection between geocaching and general health. https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2013/11/new-texas-am-study-geocaching-improves-physical-and-mental-health/
  10. I do like to see my numbers climb, but I don't care about anyone else's numbers. I have returned to find caches I do not get a smiley for. I.E. someone moves a cache to a different spot but doesn't change the GC number, or just returning to a cache I haven't been to in years, but liked. As someone who does not cache for a smiley, I will say you are wrong on this. I'm sure if waymarks gave a smiley, there would be more who did them. However, I will bet they still would not be very popular. I've tried Waymarking, and it does nothing for me. The few Virtuals I've found did not impress me, nor did they feel like Geocaching to me. But then I really haven't found Earthcaches that great. If there is not a physical container of some kind to find, with a log to sign, it is not caching.(for me). I is my humble opinion that Waymarking is just a different game, some will like it, some will not. Whether you get a smiley for it or not, IMHO, is not the main reason it is unpopular.
  11. I solved this problem very early in the game for me. I decided not to compare myself with anyone else when it comes to numbers, or what I consider a cache. I like watching my own numbers grow, and my own numbers mean a lot to me. However, I pay no attention to what you consider a find, or how you decide to log your own caches. As long as I am consistent in how I log my finds, I'm happy. I doubt if anyone with 900 finds in one day would have logged the caches the same way I do. However, if it makes them happy and they want to pat themselves on the back for it, who cares.
  12. This is how I play it also. There has been a couple times my GPSr has had me 40 or 50 ft. away, and no mention in the logs that others were having the same problem. I will log that my unit showed the cache off, and how much but that would be about it.(I would also state whether I used the hint to find it in this case. If there are other hint items in the area it would help the CO find it if it had, in fact, been moved.)
  13. In most states, if you find something, you are required to make an effort to return it to the owner. If you know who it belongs to and you do not return it, you have stolen it. My Niece forgot a tablet on a store counter. She was able to find out who had it, but the person who "found" it refused to return it. I guess she felt it was finders keepers. My niece got her tablet back when the police pointed out to the finder she could be arrested for theft if she didn't return it. It this case, I'm wondering if the person who "found" your GPSr didn't want to give her phone number, because she was afraid the store would keep it if you weren't found. Maybe she would give it back to you, but would like to be the one to keep it if you are not located. Otherwise, I'm not sure why she would have bothered to call at all.
  14. When meeting someone else at a cache, I've always asked if they wanted me to share the hiding spot if I find it first. Just as when I go with friends. Some times people like to share the spot with everyone there, hunt over and cache found. Other people would like to have you stand back after you find it,(if possible) and let them find it before retrieving and signing the cache.
  15. Threads such as this are the reason I pay no attention at all to someone else's find count. I do enjoy watching my own numbers go up, (alas, a lot slower lately.) but I know what I consider a find, and what I've done to log a cache. I have no idea what someone else will consider a find. If someone finds it fun to find 100 or 1000 caches in a day, that's the way they play. It gets to a point where they will have to log caches in a way I would not consider a find. If the numbers get high enough, they are playing something I wouldn't even consider geocaching. However if they are having fun with whatever game they are playing, more power to them. Whether I agree with their find count or not, really doesn't matter, does it?
  16. Good luck trying to sue. Until and unless we change the laws, anywhere you are that you have no right to expect privacy someone can take your picture and there is nothing (legal ) you can do about it. If states have had to pass laws on perverts taking "upskirt" pictures, because the courts don't think women have the right to privacy under their dresses, what chance do you have to argue you have a right to privacy walking in a woodland trail? I really think the laws on cameras should be changed, but with a camera somewhere, taking your picture 24/7 when you are outside of your house it's not gonna happen soon. You don't have to win a suit to get the point across. After a 2nd mortgage to fight it in court, I'd think many would realize it wasn't a good idea. Because it has already been through the courts, unless you come up with something new, it would cost you more than the person you are trying to sue. Not that I don't agree you should be able to stop someone from filming you when you don't want to be filmed. The courts are not where we will win this, it would be through the legislators. (and that's not too likely, unfortunately.)
  17. Good luck trying to sue. Until and unless we change the laws, anywhere you are that you have no right to expect privacy someone can take your picture and there is nothing (legal ) you can do about it. If states have had to pass laws on perverts taking "upskirt" pictures, because the courts don't think women have the right to privacy under their dresses, what chance do you have to argue you have a right to privacy walking in a woodland trail? I really think the laws on cameras should be changed, but with a camera somewhere, taking your picture 24/7 when you are outside of your house it's not gonna happen soon. On topic, if you want to put a trail cam out, please let those that seek the cache know so we can skip it.
  18. See my post on page 1 of this thread, post #48. You get an email to tell you that you have a message in the Message Center. B. I missed that when you posted it. But going back and rereading it reminded me I did use the Message center a month or so ago. I had some questions about an event, and left a note on the event page. Someone got back to me with the message center, and we had a couple back and forth with some information. goes to show the message center must work just fine, I used it and didn't even realize I was using it.
  19. Right Here..... So someone wants to send me a message. They send it by E-mail, and I get a note that I have a message anytime I log on the computer. They send it by message, and I will only see it if I log onto Geocache.com. (assuming I remember to check to see if I have one.) I don't log onto Geocache that often. Someone wants me they will need to E-mail, I would not be getting the messages that quickly. Of course, most people don't really need to get a hold of me. My cache hides are traditionals, and I don't do Earthcaches, or travel bugs. :P
  20. I guess I'm just old fashion then. The Garmin 60csx was the perfect GPS, I upgraded to the 62s and regretted it ever since. The 62 is cumbersome and non-user friendly to the point of being almost a piece of junk. I'm finally getting it figured out, but sometimes change for the sake of change is not a good thing. Making a change in the message center to make some people happy is not going to make everyone happy. However, it is not a real problem for me as I can ignore messages from the message center as easy as I can ignore messages from E-mail. (If anyone wants to get a hold of me they need to use E-mail, I don't even know where or how to check message center. )
  21. Good timing for this question, at least for me. My usual routine is to check on a cache if it gets a DNF or two. I also intend to check each cache at least once a year. I've gotten a little sloppy on the once a year check, if the cache is getting logs indicating it is being found and doing well. Sunday I went to check on a cache I haven't been to physically in a few years.(it had a rare DNF) Getting regular logs, some with pictures, that say it is doing fine. Lots of changes over the years, but most important is all the downfall that originally provided cover for the hide has rotted and disappeared. The only thing left hiding it was the branches and bits of bark finders would cover it with. And yes it was gone. Not only that but one of the features I put the cache there to show has just about disappeared.(small waterfall.) If I had checked on it last summer, I might have been able to change the hide, and not lose the ammo box. I plan to make a better effort to visit my caches at least once a year.
  22. When I started geocaching, my knees were shot. They got worse as time went by, until I was walking on bone on bone. Quite painful. I bought a heavy duty outdoor type mobility scooter. That could get me close to caches, even on some rough trails. I also spent more time reading the cache description, and logs to help decide if I could go for a cache. (With a cane, I could manage a little walking at the cache site.) Getting two total knee replacements has eliminated the need for the scooter, but several years of limited mobility has slowed me down. I still need to read and evaluate anything over 2 stars.
  23. Still, there may be permission. I know a a few caches on private property where it's stated on the cache page. Most of the time the "private property" is the CO's or one of his relatives/friends. Owner's association/gated community is something you'll have a hard time finding here As I mentioned earlier, even if there was permission, a local policeman patrolling the area seeing someone in the park could question that person and arrest them for trespassing. Even with permission, not every home owner may be aware that permission was granted to *hide* the cache, and a call to 911 if they saw someone they didn't recognize in the park. At the very least the cache listing should be updated to indicate that permission was granted (assuming that it was). Then at least those that enjoy searching in brambles and stepping in goose poop would be able to show a LEO the cache listing which *might* sway them from writing a summons. If the HOA bylaws allow them to grant permission, and the CO has the proper permission from them, the local LEO would not be able to give a summons. You would not be trespassing. I have seen a few caches in private parks. My standard is, if the cache has permission from the HOA, and it is clearly stated on the cache page, I will look for it.(seen a couple like that.) If the cache page just says permission has been granted, but doesn't say by who, I skip it.(also seen a couple like that.) If there is nothing on the cache page about permission, I follow the info on the signs, and skip it.
  24. Using the proper word to call a female dog is fine. Using the same word for a woman would be swearing. However, "tit for tat" is not and never has been cursing. There are a some jokes about it that make it sound a little off color, but the phrase never has been. The saying comes from "tip for tap", meaning "blow for blow,". Back on topic, there are many words that can be thought of as swear words, or perfectly fine words depending on usage.
  25. I've seen a few that were based on TV shows. Didn't seem to be any problems with them.
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