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  1. That's interesting, since geocaches can be placed in National Parks. I had thought that it would be the same way with AL's, that if it's a not for profit fee, that it would be ok. So I'm assuming that means that you can't place an AL in State Parks, either? I'll have to tell my MIL, because she was planning on placing one in a State Park that has a day use fee.
  2. I've been trying to get my husband to make one for several years now. Maybe it will happen someday....not this year, but maybe next year? Just have to push him harder. He wanted to get Bryan and some Lackeys in it, and I said that nepotism probably wouldn't fly if you're trying to submit it for the GIFF.
  3. I am technically handicapped, so I will put in my two cents. I look at words in an odd way, perhaps. Here's my thinking: The word "Handicapped" has a few possible origins, but I like the one that is taken from horse racing, where you put weights on a fast horse to slow them down. To me, this word is actually more positive (you're a fast horse that has to be slowed down), and could mean that you can do lots of things, but that you are eventually "capped" in your abilities. The word "Disabled" feels more negative to me. It sounds more all-encompassing, like you aren't abled at all. One site I looked at said that in the 15th century, it was used to mean, "legally disqualified", and in the 16th century it meant that you were "Incapacitated" (unable to act or respond). So, personally, I'll take handicapped over disabled. Until someone comes up with a better term.
  4. There was a cacher who would post occasionally here in the forums. After a while, there was a new family who moved to our town, and started going to our church. I think it took a few months for us to figure out that the husband in the family was this cacher who posted in the forums sometimes. We had a good chuckle over that.
  5. The Dynamic Glaciers of Mount Rainier
  6. I've seen the Aurora Borealis several times (in Washington State and Montana). I've been to the Grand Canyon twice. I visited the Great Barrier Reef once.
  7. I thought it would be interesting for people to post about their past visits to the Wonders of the World. Have you ever visited any of the wonders that are listed in the promotion? It's nice to be able to reminisce about travel during a time when traveling is limited. Post a link to a cache that you found at the location, or nearby, if any! Locations that can be visited: Roman Colosseum Great Wall of China Machu Picchu Christ the Redeemer Chichen Itza Petra Taj Mahal Great Pyramid of Giza My husband and I visited the Taj Mahal in 2013. My husband (not me) also visited Petra in 1994. Taj Mahal (qwerty53)
  8. I don't cache very often, and there isn't a good enough mix of wonders near me for me to try the unchallenge. I'm going to have to be precise if I want to get all the souvenirs. It's always possible I may travel before the end of the year, but I don't know that now, so I'm making a local plan to try and get them all.
  9. I've tried but so far I haven't managed to attract any, Okay...I had debated on if I should say cougars or mountain lions.
  10. The biggest fake ammo can I've seen was at Geowoodstock. Wow, this pic of Lep, me, and all41 is from 10 years ago. And after looking at this event, I just realized that it's been 10 years since our friend Allanon died (this event was the last time I saw him).
  11. This is true, I've sung this one to my husband a few times while caching. Dramatically.
  12. I mentioned in another thread that I kinda cut my teeth on deep woods caches in a place called Sam Houston National Forest. Several caches in the region had a theme from someone who apparently liked Barbara Streisand - https://www.geocaching.com/p/default.aspx?guid=6ea500d8-a049-433e-948a-c2553ee8cca3&wid=a2b502ab-fc9c-431f-9c9a-1a121c2d1c49&ds=2 I think of her from time to time. Hasn't been active since 2016. Most of her caches are archived. Hope she is ok. :-( Wow! That's interesting. Hopefully everything's ok with her.
  13. Yep. We had a cache called "Don't worry, be Happy", and got mail saying we messed with their whole day. Cache titles that give you earworms can drive you crazy. I've placed nine caches where the titles are either the name of a song, a modified version of a song name, or lyrics from a song. I guess I do think about songs while placing caches, for sure. Each of those caches have lyrics from the song posted in the cache description. I think only one person has ever mentioned it in a cache log, however. Mostly, I feel like I'm just singing into the void...
  14. If that song and ropes are involved I hope I never meet you on the trail. This is more my speed: I did have this song in my head for one cache that I did this year, John Denver Sanctuary. A virtual at a lovely memorial to John Denver in Colorado.
  15. The only one that I sing is "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". I get a lot of DNF's, unfortunately.
  16. The biggest real ammo can I've found is The Rocket Cache. It's near Mission 9: Tunnel of Light. I'm assuming it's for a rocket launcher. Don't know my ammunition. From one of the cache logs:
  17. A long time ago, I found one in a pringles can, when they were still made out of cardboard.
  18. I'm frustrated that the guidelines keep changing. I stopped taking a proof of visit picture at Earth Caches, because they weren't required anymore. This is the first time that I became aware that they were reinstated. Was there an announcement made, perhaps in an email to all geocachers? How am I supposed to know what to do at Earth Caches if it keeps changing? I am behind on logging, and am trying to catch up. I hope that I don't get any EC finds denied because of this.
  19. We have a lot of diversity in our area. We are in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, in the middle of Washington State. We're considered a shrub-steppe, which is basically just above a desert. Most people think of Washington as being rainy, but that's the west side (and even that is not as rainy as a lot of other places in the U.S.). We only have to travel a short distance to be in the mountains. Since we are in the center of the state, we only have to travel around three hours in any direction to see pretty much any of it. Here's a picture I took of our valley from a cache we were finding for our 18th Geo-anniversary a few days ago:
  20. I know about the history, but the asterisk says, "*there is no actual blue switch". Just wondering where "blue switch" came from.
  21. I use favorites all the time when I've traveling. I will pick a random cache in the middle of the area that I'm visiting, then go to "find...all nearby caches". From there, sort by favorites, and keeping in mind the distance from your center of search, look at the highest favorited caches. If I have the time, I go through each of them, read the description, look at pictures and a few logs, and decide if the cache is something I want to look for. Sometimes, it's just a highly trafficked area by tourists (as barefootjeff mentions), but a lot of times doing this has taken me to some really cool places. Sometimes, it's a touristy spot that I didn't know about, sometimes it's a cool spot that most people don't know about, or a great container. When you are looking at the drop down menu for Favorites on a cache page, you can click on "View Who Favorited". From there, you can click on the link beside each name that says, "View Log". A lot of times people say why they liked the cache enough to favorite it.
  22. We have a zipline in our backyard that is about 170' long, and goes over a creek. We thought about how fun it would be to make a zipline cache, but we really don't want to deal with cachers in our yard at any time, and the potential liability.
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