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  1. Happy Halloween Ya'll! I'm sitting in my office, and of course I'm the only person dressed up! I don't care...I may be 33, but I don't have to lose that kid inside of me!

    Now fess up, who else out there is all dressed up and ready to go trick or treating today? :)


    We had our Halloween lunch / party today at work. Only 5 of us dressed. We had three devils, one nun, and me. And, of course, JuniorNimrod had his own costume.




    I wore the mask (yes, I am wearing it in the picture) when I walked around with my son.

  2. Gee, that was simple enough. I'd tried that, but I think the key was logging out of both first and closing all my IE windows.


    I usually come into the forums from a link my my personal website, so don't normallly use the GC.com link.


    Thanks. My updated sig is below.



  3. I'm not new, but each time I've modified my signature on my Geocaching.com profile page, I've had trouble getting the update reflected in the forums.


    I remember finding something once that said, "Click the reset button and you'll be good." Or something like that. I never could figure out where that elusive button was supposed to be. Now, I can't remember how I eventually got mine changed last time.


    Doing a search for "signature" in the Getting Started forum didn't bring up anything useful and it doesn't seem to be included in Jeremy's FAQ list, so I thought I ask here, so that others would be able to easily find the directions.


    Can you help me? Please include specific step-by-step directions, to make this the most useful to future seekers.




  4. Thought I better post here about how much I now like the new maps, since I'd posted about not liking the intermediate version.


    The new maps really do have some nice features and include all that I missed from the old ones.


    Thank you!

  5. On the flip side, my first and only (so far) hide was recently muggled. No trace of any of the contents were found anywhere nearby. The ammo can was left behind. I found it ironic since it was likely the most valuable item. Obviously, this was either a non-cacher (as I assumed) or a very dim (in addition to evil) cacher. The box is "secured" to a tree to keep if from sliding down hill, but is not locked. I just used a small carbiner clip to attach the ends of the chain.



  6. I'll add my two cents to this topic and take some new ideas.


    I've found caching to be a great way to get rid of small toys, pins, buttons, trading cards <shock>items relating to my faith (including...gasp...small Bibles or NT's)</shock> and other items that I've collected over the years and just never wanted to throw away or had anyone give them to.


    I'll also visit the dollar store or search for bargains at CVS, Wal-Mart, or such for various camping, outdoors, or patriotic type items. I often pick up new Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars to leave, especially if they under a buck. I once got a couple of dozen at a KB Toys that was going out of business for around 50 cents a pop.


    I guess it would be simpler if I'd ever settled on some sort of signature item. The closest I've come to that were some Brain Injury Association wrist bands in honor of my wife and her struggles that last couple years. Turned one into a TB, too, so it could travel places she can't get to right now.


    Back on point, I seldom take swag myself, but always like to be prepared. Partly becasue I often cache with my son (JuniorNimrod) or will just leave stuff to improve the state of the cache.


    Basically, I'll leave anyting I can get my hands on failry inexpensively (or free) that I think someone might think, "hey, cool."



  7. OK, so I was a bonehead and let our premium membership lapse. Now, when I try to upgrade it on the Groundspeak site, I put in our email address and it tells me that it doesn't recognize the address even though I still get my weekly updates there. My question is - do I need to reenter the information like a new premium member, or is there a way to upgrade my account using the old info? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


    I let mine lapse back in June and was able to renew it with no problem, so it can be done.


    Are you positive that the e-mail is correct and that you don't have your registered e-mail forwarded to where you are actually receiving it? That is what I'd check.

  8. Hey there,


    I've noticed some business cards in geo-caches. I'm putting together my first cache to place out there in the world & was wondering if it's cool to staple my card into the front of the logbook or not? Also, I'm not trying to sell anything it's just a nice card.






    Caches are not supposed to be of a commercial nature or solicit folks to patronize a particular business.

    As the owner, you could justify it as allowing folks to contact you in reference to the cache. Especially if they have accidently found it. Dropping them in caches to get leads or to solicit business would not be in the spirit of the game.

  9. Oh-my-goodness! Where are we going to hide caches now?


    Down on the farm? Not sure exactly how extensive they are, but I know around here we have a number of "OYR" Wannabe caches that are located at a somewhat similar chain. Can't say anymore without giving away info that it in the hints.

  10. You did the right thing by politely writing and educating the other geocacher, who probably didn't know any better. If someone doesn't edit their log to remove the tracking number as requested, you can write to your volunteer cache reviewer, who is able to edit logs for this purpose.


    Yes, a trackable can be locked down if it is moved virtually all over the world. That's why it's a bad thing for its secret tracking number to be disclosed so that a dishonorable miscreant can get ahold of it.


    Thanks, Professor Uto Keystone.


    Just for reference, is there actually something on geocaching.com with these guidelines?


    Happy trails...

  11. I just had a cacher post the tracking number for one of my TB's in his log. I dropped him a note asking that they edit their log and let him know that, in general, tracking numbers should not be made available to people who have not seen the actual TB or coin. I included a link to the pinned "HOW TO LOG A TRAVEL BUG OR GEOCOIN" topic, but is there a Groundspeak policy / guideline anywhere that states this? I've read that trackables have been deactiviated when the owner doesn't properly protect the tracking number.


    Can anyone help me on this? Thanks.

  12. If I'm on foot, I stick with the haunting melodies in my head.


    If in the Cache Retrieval Vehicle TB, usually the XM.


    10 - America (classic country), especially Outlaw America T/Th 5-6:30

    12 - X-Country (progressive country)

    13 - Willie's Place (more classic country)

    46 - Top Tracks (early classic rock)


    If it is Sunday, I'll likely be listening to my local Christian music station (WGTS).


    Not music, but often on...


    121 - Fox News Channel

    168 - Fox News Radio

    Local news / talk on 630 WMAL.



  13. How much would you be willing to pay annually as a usage fee to Groundspeak for:


    - A non-premium account

    - A premium account


    Note to all who tread here: Nothing that I have or ever will post here or on any other site on the entire Internet should be viewed or interpreted as in any way indicating that I predict, have knowledge of or in in any manner whatsoever think or believe that Groundspeak can or will ever cease to exist.


    This is completely hypothetical in nature. Any resembalance to any Web Site, living or dead is purely co-incidental.


    Some people! Relax already. :huh:B);)


    Gee, people are acting like every other thread in the forum is a completely serious discussion based on an actual real world situation. OP seemed to have a good grasp of his audience.


    I'd probably be willing to spend $10 a month. If I slipped and let my current membership lapse, that is.

  14. Oh, I should note that I also took offense at the derogatory reference to law enforcement and our military. Though, not a part of either, I have friends and family that are.


    Dave, member Military Association of GeoCachers

    (anyone that might be interested should check the link in my sig.)

  15. Here is Southern California we pride ourselves on having a live and let live philosophy. Sadly there are a few in the geocaching sport who can't leave well enough alone and want to be The Geocache Police.


    These people take it upon theselves to criticize other people's caches, remove items that they deem inappropriate, and even move another persons cache to what they consider a "better" location. I have had all of the above happen to my cache. Where do these people get off?


    If these people want to play cop why don't they go join the military or the police force where they can dominate other people to their hearts' content? Leave the rest of us alone and get a life.


    I think we all should be policing ourselves. That includes removing inappropriate items and even...gasp...criticizing poor caches. While I do not think that moving a cache to a "better" location is within the realm of what folks should do, I have moved one cache from where I found it.


    I found the container completely exposed due to recent weed trimming. I moved it about 3 feet and immediately wrote to the owner to advise her of the situation. I sent her pics of the before and aftera and offered to return and place the cache as I'd found it. This was part of a series of hers and a number had been having muggle problems recently and I was pretty sure she'd appreciate the anti-muggle precaution I took. She did and all was good.


    This was a rare case and not something I would do lightly. If coords appear to be off, I simply note that in my log so the owner can determine if it is where it should be. Of course, if a cache has been muggled or ani-muggled, I try to put it back together as best as I can and place where I think it was supposed to go. Then I'd write the owner after posting a NM log.


    I have found a number of caches that I don't think follow every aspect of the guidelines. Usually, I make a decision as to whether or not to either finish my search or to actually retreive if I do find it. If I think it is really a problem, I'll write to the owner with my concerns. Only if it is especially egregious will I either log an SBA to alert the reviewer.

  16. I don't want to say what cache it is, but it is hidden in a bird feeder. When you open the front of the feeder, a ball of brightly colored fuzzy stuff comes flying at you. In that first split second, it could be mistaken for a bird. It's spring loaded and can be easily replaced by each finder. It was a shockig find.

  17. One of my logs from yesterday.


    "After finding your cache my cache partner and I jumped back into the car. We strapped on our seatbelts and I started 'er up. First I put the car into drive and pulled forward turning it to a hard left. Just before I hit the curb and braked and put it into reverse. I backed up turning the wheel to the right, again braking before hitting the curb behind me. Back into the forward gear and turning again to the left I navigated ourselves down the road and out of the area. I believe this would be called a three-point turn."


    That's great! If you can't think of anyting to say about the cache, don't let that squelch your creativity. Not to assume that your cache isn't worth commenting on, but it was a cool log. (Wasn't sure if it was a log you wrote or a log on a cache you own.)

  18. This is a great thread. I agree that it is really disappointing to get the "teenager speak" (VERY few words) logs on my cache. So far, I just have the one and I eagerly look forward to each new find and seeing what folks say and what they thought of the hide, location and overall experience. "TNLNSL" doesn't really convey much. Might as well write, "This is the text of my log."


    The following is my favorite log to date, not just because of the nice things, but because he took the time to tell me what he thought. DragonsEar is an experienced cacher and has some very nice hides:


    "June 5 by DragonsEar (1049 found)

    WOW! If this is your first hide, can't wait to see what you come up with next! I absolutely LOVE walking along the rivers in this part of the state, and this cache gave me a chance to see the west bank of the Middle Pax River, one I have see so many times from the other side; searching for caches in in Savage Park. Walked by the remains of the old dam that was there to service the mill, and generally just had a great time on a beautiful, cool, June evening after work. Chose this cache to turn loose one of the GeoWoodstock V coins I got down in Raleigh last month. It's a cool icon, grab it while it's there! MANY thanks for the hide! Caches like this one are why I keep on chasing waypoints!"


    Of course, if the cache is not particulary interesting, I won't write much, so I wonder if the folks that don't write much for my cache, didn't think much of it or are they just naturally brief. I don't take the time to search their previous logs, though, so I'm not really that bothered by it.


    One of my logs for a 1/1 mag key holder, LPC or similar... (1 star on DG scale).


    #269 - I very fast find. Left a BSA service pin.


    For a very easy cache, but at least a small container (2 star on DG scale)


    #301 - Right off US 301. Appropriate. Quick find before a meeting just on the other side of 50/301. Was in the midst of retreiving the cache when some muggle stadium workers were coming across the bridge on a cart. Took it to the car to look through, the replaced when they were at the far end of the lot. Dropped Police Boy TB and retrieved The GREEN Mouse TB. TFTC.


    Typical log for a cache on the 3-4 star range on the DG scale (this was more of a 4):


    #302 - Got up at 7 this morning and headed out for my first foray in to Fleye's Kingdom. Parked just south of the bridge and headed in, not knowing what I'd find. Even though it had rained last night, I think I benefited from the recent drought since I was able to make a more or less bee line toward the cache. Once I got near GZ, I had to figure out the right way to approach it, but found the classic majikfleye container (with a twist). It was laying on its side, though, so I tried to return it to its intended orientation. Have no idea what the clue refered to, however. Dropped off Gerbera Daisy Micro Geocoin. Otherwise, TNLNSL. Thanks.

    PS - I was a big fan of "Land of the Lost" when I a lad.


    When I really enjoy the cache or have much more of a memorable experience going after it, I'll get even more verbose (like this post)...


    #25! - Great cache! Loved the attraction at the payoff. Visiting with my aunt and uncle here in Young Harris, Ga.

    Aunt B recognized the map for stage one right away and was planning to take us over there anyway. Glad I checked out the local caches first.


    Once we got the coords set up for stage 2 set, we went down the road a little further to check on the local llamas. They were hanging out in the barn.


    Finally, we headed out to stage 2. No problem. Name at top of column 3 is my favorite Dem. Got the next set of coords set up and were off. This was a little tougher. I didn't have a local map, so I was just trying to follow my Legend around these twisty roads. Took a few false turns off of 76, but Aunt B finally suggested we try what turned out to be the right one. GPS was blinking in and out, but just as we were about on top of it, it came back up and told us we were only about 400 feet away.


    When I saw the signage for the "attraction", I knew were on the right trail. Within 10 minutes, we had the cache in hand (so to speak). Aunt B also got to learn why the road has the name it has. This was a nice intro to GC for her. I left a Grand Teton Mountains magnet and took a smiley face keychain to add to my GC backpack. Son (JuniorNimrod) left an Archie Comics holographic trading card, "Eternal Triangle". I thought that was appropriate in light of the romantic nature of stage one. He took a golfball. I also retrieved The Graduate TB and dropped the Lucky TB.


    Whew. This has definitely been my longest log to day.


    In closing, I like to write worthwhile logs when the cache deserves it and always do more that "TNLNSL. TFTC."

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