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  1. Micros have changed the game and and ruined it for me. When I started geocaching there were fewer than 100 chaches in the whole state. The ones that were out there were in interesting places. I found lots of waterfalls, caves, geological oddities and local hideaways. Geocaching took me to interesting places off the beaten path. Now it takes me to a Wal-Mart parking lot for a game of hide and seek. Boring.
  2. Exactly. While my original guess may have been off slightly, the point stands. This cache being archived had nothing to do with micros. If we had had all the information about the situation to begin with, that would have been evident. What was obvious to me and others was that the quote just didn't make sense, hence my suspicion that it was made up. If I had known other details, I would have understood that it was just a disenchanted wacko blaming his loss of interest on someone else. Well it had something to do with micros. No one takes the time to place or search for regular caches off the beaten path.
  3. I posted my photo with a similar hand signal. It was not real popular with the moderators, but then neither am I.
  4. At one time nearly all of them required a hike. Not really. I am not that interested in caching anything at present. After several years very few things are as interesting as they were in the beginning.
  5. I removed the cache, because there was no activity. I had been out there to maintain the cache more often than any cachers. I owned a GPS before Geocaching was invented. I enjoy hiking and backpacking. I was expressing frustration that the current trend has obsoleted caches that take you off the highway.
  6. I don't pay, because it is free.
  7. The first rule of Geocaching is that no matter how worthless the cache items are they will be replaced with something of lesser value.
  8. Why would you want people to respond with a lie?
  9. Why is a travel bug not a trade item? I thought these were the most coveted of trade items. I don't see many posts of people leaving a TB and a trade item. Of couse the first rule of geocaching remains: "No matter how worthless the trade items, they will be replaced with something of lesser value."
  10. I think Mr. DONNELLY makes a rather compelling arguement.
  11. So why do all the conspiracy theorists and anti-conservatives question the President's mental abilities? This story makes him sound like a maniacal genius. Moooo Haaaaa Haaaaa
  12. I am forced to dissagree. Without a map maybe. But, although convenient, software is only one way of viewing a map, paper with a GPS is often better than software (bigger view, less weight, no batteries). I don't think we are on the same paper page here. The mapping software that I am talking about (Maptech Terrain Navigator, Delorme Stree Atlas) produce paper maps. I have access to an 11 x 17 printer which is a very user friendly size for a map. Even 8 x 10 maps contain enough info to navigate with. Print a book of them if necessary. The abilty to transfer data, between GPS and map is a real bonus. I can plot a route to the top of a peak with my mapping software and dump the coordinates into the GPS and print the map. I don't own a mapping GPS, but I have owned one and I did not find it to be a big improvement over my Garmin 12 which is what I still use today.
  13. A GPS without mapping software is like a pen without paper.
  14. Geocaching rules state that permission must be obtained from the land owner before placing the cache. If the Park Superintendent/Agengy does not give permission, then the cache should not be placed.
  15. Is anyone aware of another website that has coordinates of PlaceNames? Thanks
  16. Call me high brow. Caches in crowded parking lots do not excite me.
  17. By the way, could you reset my profile? I am not allowed access to contact approvers.
  18. I have Maptech's Terrain Navigator. The maps are USGS topographic 24k DRG's. Routes, tracks, data transfer, seamless views, elevation profiles, are the main features. If you like USGS topo maps these are the same thing.
  19. Anyone who owns a gps should purchase mapping software. For geocaching it is very handy to download caches, import to map and autoroute a path to minimize travel to each cache. For travel you can select where you want to go on the map and import the waypoints to the gps. I use Delorme Street Atlas and Maptech's Terrain navigator.
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