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Dread_Pirate_Bruce

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  1. Thanks everyone. All better now. I'm not sure why there was an issue.
  2. I have been doing drafts of my log notes using an app on my phone while away on vacation. Now that I'm home, I want to edit these and then log them. But, the "Drafts" page is not loading. Any ideas on why?
  3. What is the sense of proposing a challenge for those who have already met the challenge? Give me a fun task to do and I'll do it. Tellng ng me to look at all the caches in be found to see if I've done something is not interesting to me.
  4. It is 10:15 on November 18, 2019. I can't get to Drafts on the GC website on either my Mac with Chrome or on my Windows 10 with Chrome. Am I the only one?
  5. There are caches on Catalina Island, which is 26 miles off the California Formica coast. Most people who visit go by boat, either a private boat or a ferry boat. However, there is an airport and one can fly there. Once on the island, one can hike or bike or even drive to most of the caches. Are these boat required caches?
  6. I'm too dense to figure out how to use this app. I can scan the TBs, but have no clue how to get them to log to the website!
  7. My last Gus tell about my experience in hunting for a cache. If I'm visiting from a distance, I mention that. If I'm on a hike or bike ride, I mention it. If I'm doing a series of caches, I say something about it., I do this partly for me, partly for the CO, and partly for anyone who may be interested in my experience. I read others' logs to learn of their experience. if there are a number of caches that the log applies to I will copy and paste because often there are multiple COs and I want each to be able to read of my experience. Likewise, not everyone who seeks a given cache will have looked for the same caches as I did and may not see a lot of g on a different cache. if anyone sees multiple logs by me, they can easily. Skip them. i try to say something about each cache, but if there are just a bunch of caches along a trail with nothing special about them, it's hard to do that.
  8. Updating the iPad is not an option for me as other apps, which are no longer available or supported, will stop works by.
  9. I am using 8.3 on my iPad with Safari, and 10.8.5 on my Mac with Safari.
  10. Having done a cross-country car trip, my suggestion is to first define your caching goal or goals as 2 weeks goes pretty quickly if you are trying to visit 48 states. Do you want big numbers? Do you want high favorite points caches? Do you want 4 or 5 states in one day? Do you want a cache in each state? How far off the route are you willing to go? For my trip, I wanted at least 2 caches in each state, preferably one with high favorite points. I also wanted to eat at certain restaurants. I figured out a map route to accommodate the eating. Then, I did several PQs for caches along a route. These, I edited down to those with high FPs and those that were really old for each state, keeping a number of alternates. I edited these further based on accessibility from the highway. If a cache was particularly good or old, I would give it more latitude as far as accessibility. Then, but added in some caches that were at points of interest that we wanted to see. Beware of power trails as they can eat up a lot of time. We covered 10 states in 5 days and got around 40 caches.
  11. I just returned from a visit to Sarasota, Florida, where I found a bunch of caches in and about Myakka River State Park. I want to compliment the caching community there, to suggest it as destination, and to urge others to follow their example. It seems that many of the caches are archived and replaced on a yearly basis. Some of the same containers, most of which are better than just pill bottles ot film cans, are reused in nearby locations. This gives catchers an incentive to return to the park, while giving hikers and bikers something to do when they return to the park. Since the old caches are archived, the 500 foot rules does not get in the way of placing new caches. Since the latest cations and GC numbers are new, there is no double logging and there is still a real search. I'd like to see caches on trails get recycled like this. It would give those who hike only to find caches a reason to revisit the trails. It would give hikers something to do while hiking trails they've already hiked. Incidentally, the caches in Myakka are generally outstanding. I found a "series" of 4 caches, all of which were ammo cans. On a prior visit, there were a bunchh of bird houses. When pill bottles are used, they are decorated with more than just a covering of duct tape. All of the caches in the park are with permission. Many are chained in place. The coordinates are dead on.
  12. Some of my favorite cache finds probably violate the letter of the guidelines. However, to me, they don't violate the spirit of the game. In contrast, there was one that complied with both the letter and spirit of the guidelines that would have been much more fun if it hadn't. There was a large, abandoned, graffiti covered item in a rather remote place and someone put a film can and log in it. However, it would have been much more fun had it been one where catchers would have added to the graffiti.
  13. 1. Sorry for the typo in the initial post. It was due to auto-correct and inadvertence. It should have said "be kind." 2. When I plan an outing, I look for trails where bikes seem to be allowed, i.e. the bicycle attribute is marked. I assume others do, too. It is disappointing to arrive and see the trail is marked "no bikes." I was just asking people to think whether bikes are permitted before using the bike attribute. 3. Terrain ratings can be ambiguous. A "T-4" could mean a long but flat ride or a short, very steep, technical one. It could also mean hard all the way or easy until the very end. Again, I was just asking people to think whether a normal person could ride the trail, not whether it takes an elite athlete.
  14. I use a somewhat older browser on an even older computer and can not log my finds through the new logging page. When I go to the new logging page, everything is grayed out or empty. Even if I've filled in a draft from my phone, it does not show on the logging page on the web site. I cannot type into the text box on the web site, I cannot select "found," "did not find," etc. I cannot click the button to submit. I cannot update my browser due to the age of my computer nor replace my computer due to the fact essential software will not run on newer platforms. Nor would I like to spend the money on a new computer and new software. A new hobby would be cheaper.
  15. I use a somewhat older browser on an even older computer and can no longer log my finds. When I go to the new logging page, everything is grayed out or empty. Even if I've filled in a draft from my phone, it does not show on the logging page on the web site. I cannot type into the text box on the web site, I cannot select "found," "did not find," etc. I cannot click the button to submit. I cannot update my browser due to the age of my computer nor replace my computer due to the fact essential software will not run on newer platforms. Nor would I like to spend the money on a new computer and new software. A new hobby would be cheaper.
  16. When hiding a cache and using the bicycle accessible attribute, please be known nod and consider (1) if the trail is open/legal for bicycles, and (2) too steep for the average rider. Thanks.
  17. I've been caching for more than 10 years and have 12,000 finds in 47 states and live in a very cache dense area, yet, I'm having trouble motivating myself to go out and find geocaches this year. For me, the problem is that I like to use caching as a diversion while on a hike or bike ride in the mountains and I've found most of the caches on nearby trails. The density is so high that there are few new caches on legal trails to warrant a caching trip. We should take a tip from the caching community in the Sarasota, Florida area. They have a huge state park that is very cache rich. However, every year or so most of the caches are archived and new ones hidden nearby. This gives people reasons to go back to the park. BTW, very few of the caches are simply pill bottles in SPORs.
  18. I just noticed that the identification marks on interstate highways is no longer being displayed, e.g. "I-5". That makes figuring out where places I see in the map are much more awkward.
  19. I still can't put my finger on exactly what I don't like about the new maps. However, I don't. I find it much harder to pick trails or trail systems in areas with a high cache density. I think it may be that the icons are too big to let me get a good sense of which caches are on which trails.
  20. I'll add to the thread by saying I don't like the changes, either. I don't see that the changes do anything to make the site work better or faster or cheaper or that they will attract new users. If I'm wrong, it would be nice to know as it would make the changes less intolerable.
  21. I'd suggest GCMTA6, Lord Of The Rings. It's great. It's old and it's got lots of favorite points. To get to from Barstow or Victorville to LAX, you'll be going west on I-10. The GPS will tell you to take I-405 south. However, if you pass the 405 and continue a few miles west, you'll end up very near that cache, as well as the Santa Monica Pier. The pier is the west end of Route 66. It is in lots of movies and TV shows. The boardwalk in that area is not to be missed; it's better than a "reality show." From there, you can backtrack to the 405 or just take Lincoln Blvd. south. If you take Lincoln and the time permits, Baby Blue BBQ is outstanding. It was featured on "diners, Drive-Ins & Dives." Alternatively, Tin Roof, which is south of LAX has the best brussel sprouts anywhere. (Although they are listed as an appetizer, I'll often have them as an entree.)
  22. While riding quads in the Mojave Desert, I found a wooden box that the as a part of another treasure hunting game. It was 20 feet from the cache I sought.
  23. I recently found a dead horse. As I was driving up, it was right where my geosense said the cache was. Fortunately, the GPS said it was 50 feet away.
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