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  1. Dangit! I could've figured that one out if I had only paid closer attention. Oh well, thanks for the adventure.
  2. Dangit! I could've figured that one out if I had only paid closer attention. Oh well, thanks for the adventure.
  3. Whenever I go caching I take my wife and 4-yr-old. Usually my son comes away from the cache with a toy and occasionally I may trade for something but my wife has yet to take anything from a cache. Her complaint is that nobody puts "mom stuff" in their caches. So, I would just like to suggest that we think of those female cachers out there when building a cache or leaving articles in a cache. Thanks. dteec
  4. Whenever I go caching I take my wife and 4-yr-old. Usually my son comes away from the cache with a toy and occasionally I may trade for something but my wife has yet to take anything from a cache. Her complaint is that nobody puts "mom stuff" in their caches. So, I would just like to suggest that we think of those female cachers out there when building a cache or leaving articles in a cache. Thanks. dteec
  5. I love the idea of the Jedi Test caches. I enjoyed going after #1. I just didn't enjoy the whole rattlesnake next to my 4-yr-old experience. Being my first day out caching, I didn't even think about a clue being on the note taped to the cache. We passed a guy when we were walking through the creek and he obviously didn't think it was a clue either. I guess the Force just wasn't with us that day.
  6. I love the idea of the Jedi Test caches. I enjoyed going after #1. I just didn't enjoy the whole rattlesnake next to my 4-yr-old experience. Being my first day out caching, I didn't even think about a clue being on the note taped to the cache. We passed a guy when we were walking through the creek and he obviously didn't think it was a clue either. I guess the Force just wasn't with us that day.
  7. Seems to me like we're making a mountain out of a mole hill here. Do the numbers really matter? Aren't we involved in GeoCaching for the experience and fun, not to see who can find the most caches or have the bigger number. Give me a break.
  8. On our (me, my wife, and 4-yr old son) first day of caching we hit four seperate caches. The first one was easy, walked right to it and moved on. The second one was little more challenging. At the point we were just about to give up, we found it. The third cache was a little trickier. We ended up parking in the wrong place and had a pretty dangerous 1-1.5 mile hike. Ended up having to turn around, walk back to our vehicle, and drive to the other side of the canyon. The fourth one was the reason for my reply to this thread. We noticed that no one had found this particular cache yet and decided that we would try to be the first. We arrived in the canyon where this cache was hidden and parked approximately 70-80 ft from the cache. Upon exiting our vehicle we discovered a 20-30 ft drop to a creek. So, we walked a little ways until we could get down to the creek without having to repell. Once we got to the creek, we decided that the best way to get closer to the cache would be to walk through the creek, so that's what we did. That was the fun part. Once we were within about 30 ft from the cache, we realized that we needed to get out of the creek and head up the mountain. Unfortuneately, there was a 8 ft dirt cliff that we would have to scale to get there. I was able to get up the embankment, but it was a little to steep for my wife and son. So, I asked them to wait there and I would locate the cache. Upon locating the cache, I could see that if my wife and son walked a little further down the creek, they could get up to my location. I let them know what I say and they followed my suggestion. Upon reaching the no-so-steep side of the creek, my wife picked up my 4-yr old and placed him on a log and instructed him to walk from there. As soon as my son began to walk, we heard that noise! I'll never forget it and I don't think my family will either. There, a foot-and-a-half in front of my son, was an adult rattlesnake!! I don't think I've ever heard my son scream like he did at that moment. My wife, seeing what lay before my son, yanked him off the log and pulled him back into the creek. At this point I look over and see that the snake is heading straight towards me. My options were to run up the hill, which is probably where the snake was headed, or jump off of the 8 ft ledge into the brush beside the creek. I chose the latter. When I landed, I realized I was in an area that would be ideal for other snakes. Fortuneately they were not there. At this point, the snake had disappeared into the brush above me and my wife and son were trying to catch their breath and yelling for me to get out of there. Being the stubborn geocacher I have become, I said I couldn't because there were coordinates on the locked cache I had found and I needed to record them to get other clues. So, I stood there for about 5 minutes trying to enter the clue coordinates into my GPSr. Instead of climbing back up the ledge I had jumped off of to replace the cache, I tossed it back to where I had found it. Luckily, it landed within a foot of its original location. That was our first day caching!! Since then, we have found other caches but we all carry walking sticks and I never seperate myself from my wife and son. dteec
  9. On our (me, my wife, and 4-yr old son) first day of caching we hit four seperate caches. The first one was easy, walked right to it and moved on. The second one was little more challenging. At the point we were just about to give up, we found it. The third cache was a little trickier. We ended up parking in the wrong place and had a pretty dangerous 1-1.5 mile hike. Ended up having to turn around, walk back to our vehicle, and drive to the other side of the canyon. The fourth one was the reason for my reply to this thread. We noticed that no one had found this particular cache yet and decided that we would try to be the first. We arrived in the canyon where this cache was hidden and parked approximately 70-80 ft from the cache. Upon exiting our vehicle we discovered a 20-30 ft drop to a creek. So, we walked a little ways until we could get down to the creek without having to repell. Once we got to the creek, we decided that the best way to get closer to the cache would be to walk through the creek, so that's what we did. That was the fun part. Once we were within about 30 ft from the cache, we realized that we needed to get out of the creek and head up the mountain. Unfortuneately, there was a 8 ft dirt cliff that we would have to scale to get there. I was able to get up the embankment, but it was a little to steep for my wife and son. So, I asked them to wait there and I would locate the cache. Upon locating the cache, I could see that if my wife and son walked a little further down the creek, they could get up to my location. I let them know what I say and they followed my suggestion. Upon reaching the no-so-steep side of the creek, my wife picked up my 4-yr old and placed him on a log and instructed him to walk from there. As soon as my son began to walk, we heard that noise! I'll never forget it and I don't think my family will either. There, a foot-and-a-half in front of my son, was an adult rattlesnake!! I don't think I've ever heard my son scream like he did at that moment. My wife, seeing what lay before my son, yanked him off the log and pulled him back into the creek. At this point I look over and see that the snake is heading straight towards me. My options were to run up the hill, which is probably where the snake was headed, or jump off of the 8 ft ledge into the brush beside the creek. I chose the latter. When I landed, I realized I was in an area that would be ideal for other snakes. Fortuneately they were not there. At this point, the snake had disappeared into the brush above me and my wife and son were trying to catch their breath and yelling for me to get out of there. Being the stubborn geocacher I have become, I said I couldn't because there were coordinates on the locked cache I had found and I needed to record them to get other clues. So, I stood there for about 5 minutes trying to enter the clue coordinates into my GPSr. Instead of climbing back up the ledge I had jumped off of to replace the cache, I tossed it back to where I had found it. Luckily, it landed within a foot of its original location. That was our first day caching!! Since then, we have found other caches but we all carry walking sticks and I never seperate myself from my wife and son. dteec
  10. Suggestion: it would be nice if users could turn off those annoying wav/midi/etc sound files on the cache detail pages. Possible? dteec
  11. As a GeoCaching.com user, there's not many things more annoying to me than going to a cache detail page only to be serenaded by a wav/midi or other sound file that another user decides to place on their detail page. Is this totally necessary? I realize how some of the songs played play into the whole them of a particular cache, but I don't I need to be serenaded, especially when it interferes with other music that I may be listening to while browsing the site. One option would be for GeoCaching.com to implement a play/stop button on the detail pages that would allow users, that don't want to hear the music, to turn it off. Until then, there not a whole lot any of us can do except to remove our headphones or turn down the volume when those annoying songs are played. Yeah, I know, what's the big deal?? It's really not a huge deal, just something that bother's me and I'm wondering if it's bothering other users as well. To me, it falls into that mentality of "if it can be done, do it." What do you think? dteec
  12. As a GeoCaching.com user, there's not many things more annoying to me than going to a cache detail page only to be serenaded by a wav/midi or other sound file that another user decides to place on their detail page. Is this totally necessary? I realize how some of the songs played play into the whole them of a particular cache, but I don't I need to be serenaded, especially when it interferes with other music that I may be listening to while browsing the site. One option would be for GeoCaching.com to implement a play/stop button on the detail pages that would allow users, that don't want to hear the music, to turn it off. Until then, there not a whole lot any of us can do except to remove our headphones or turn down the volume when those annoying songs are played. Yeah, I know, what's the big deal?? It's really not a huge deal, just something that bother's me and I'm wondering if it's bothering other users as well. To me, it falls into that mentality of "if it can be done, do it." What do you think? dteec
  13. Disregard the previous comments. I've figured it out. dteec
  14. Disregard the previous comments. I've figured it out. dteec
  15. I would like to download waypoints from GeoCaching.com to my copy of EasyGPS but I can't seem to figure out how to do so. I've logged in to GeoCaching.com, found a cache that I would like to find, and then click on the "Dowload to EasyGPS" link but it just takes me to the download instruction page. I've followed the directions but I just keep ending up on the instruction page. I'm very computer literate. Any tips/ideas??? Thanks. dteec
  16. I would like to download waypoints from GeoCaching.com to my copy of EasyGPS but I can't seem to figure out how to do so. I've logged in to GeoCaching.com, found a cache that I would like to find, and then click on the "Dowload to EasyGPS" link but it just takes me to the download instruction page. I've followed the directions but I just keep ending up on the instruction page. I'm very computer literate. Any tips/ideas??? Thanks. dteec
  17. Being new to GeoCaching I'm curious if people typically do "Holiday Caches?" dteec
  18. Anyone have suggestions on how to be prepared for possible encounters with snakes? I've heard there are Snake Bite kits out there. What is in them? My 4-yr-old son almost stepped on a rattlesnake on our first day out GeoCaching. Luckily we got away unharmed. Thanks in advance for any tips provided. dteec
  19. I like your javascript version better than my CF (ColdFusion) version. I wanted to write it in javascript but didn't have the time and I'm more familiar with CF. Thanks for the replies. dteec
  20. I made a really basic online code decrypter for decrypting GeoCaching.com's encrypted messages. Feel free to use it as much as you want. I'll probably dress it up a little bit when I have time. Enjoy. Click Here to use the Online Code Decrypter dteec [This message was edited by dteec on July 08, 2002 at 01:37 PM.]
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