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Trekkin' and birdin'

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  1. Our grand daughter has decided she wants her own geocaching account. No matter how I enter her name choice, I keep getting a message regarding invalid characters. It suggests that my invalid characters are quotation marks, but I'm not entering any. All just letters. Ideas? Thanks!
  2. Thanks! I haven't explored beyond the main search page much, obviously.
  3. It used to be possible to search for caches with a key word. That has disappeared and now the closest is "starts with." If one is looking to see if other topics have been used for a cache, such as 'Star Wars', that key word may not be the first word in the cache name. Is there any chance that could return as a search parameter?
  4. Add me to the list of longtime premium members who want the attached zip file to return. I understand there may be workarounds available, but why should I have to deal with that? It seems like many of these "improvements" cater to the smartphone set. We don't have one. Don't want one.
  5. I used to actively maintain blogs on storytelling and birding. That kind of died out, but the birding one led to an online friendship with another birder who has great vision. (She is even featured in one of the caches I put out that was a storyteller's hoot to write up). She has just started up a multi-author blog for women with all kinds of outdoor interests and I was honored to be asked to be the geocaching girl. My first offering posted there yesterday. There will be more. I like the multifaceted aspect of this blog venture, because as cachers, we make other discoveries and many of my colleagues have insights to share about those kind of things. http://www.ladieslovenature.com/2014/04/aimless-wandering-with-gpsr-in-hand.html Maybe my long response to your question also reveals that storyteller persona! Up until this point, our only documenting has been to write nice logs and there are plenty of photos as well. I also find that book of faces thing annoying and have not used that, although I think Trekkin' did a couple times accidentally. With this new blogging venture, since there are many of us involved, I don't feel the same pressure I did to keep up my other two. I know they both had good followings and one even made a list for a major metro paper's article on great birding blogs, so I feel kind of bad that I've let is slip.
  6. I just had this issue, too. I don't know why it thinks I don't have the plug-in, but I re-installed it and did the things mentioned by one of the first posters. Still not working. I tried it with Chrome and IE. Time to hand enter them, I guess.
  7. Thanks, it just gets curiouser and curiouser. I was pretty sure the coordinates had been hand entered when we signed up, but I took a look and maybe I used a zip code or something. So I hand entered our home coordinates. My husband and I show the same coordinates on both computers, obviously, but.....he has the exact same caches in his "nearest." I now have 12 more! Go figure. Like I said, no big deal because we don't get fussed about that, but it just seems odd and I wondered if we're the only account in the geocaching world that has this issue.
  8. We've had an odd situation that's no big deal, but I wonder if anyone else has this kind of thing happening. We have one geocaching account. The home coordinates would therefore be the same, whether I'm looking on my computer or my husband looks on his. Yet, our "outer limits" vary between each other. He has four at the fringes that don't show on mine, and I have two that won't show on his. Besides a "disturbance in the force," what could explain this?
  9. I know this one! Muggle B is a Fox valley area cacher in Wisconsin. He does not use a GPSr at all to make his finds. Instead, he uses his compass, a good look at satellite maps and tracking sense. He does a high percentage of puzzles as well.
  10. Same issue here. Have tried logging in and out on both Chrome and IE. Can't get to my profile, just get that 500 error.
  11. There are a few such locations throughout Wisconsin. This is one we didn't have in the GPsr when we drove by, but I recognized it immediately. We'll be back someday to find the cache itself. It has a fun optional logging requirement, with which many comply. Gc1zvzw
  12. We had one come through this morning from someone named ausgemuggelt, also from Germany. This was a coin in a box in our spare room in Wisconsin, so I really couldn't figure that one out or how they got our tracking number. Just deleted it. Challenges can create their own issues, sigh.
  13. We cross list most of our letterbox hybrids, and will list most in a similar fashion on the gc site. The no-no I was given by my reviewer is you can't list a parking spot for your starting point and give turn by turn from there, as that doesn't necessitate the use of the GPS really. So I'll use some point in my storyline as the starting point, then go from there with turn by turn. My big frustration regarding the stamps is that even when the listing makes it boldly clear, even when the stamp is labeled on the stamp itself..."do not take!" they go missing on me. I've carved the same stamp three times. We also discovered that raccoons apparently really like the taste of anything rubbery.
  14. While on the trails, I'm in boots, but I do like the feeling of barefeet when I feel my old feet can take it. Water crossings are usually involved. One time I left my boots behind as we had to do several crossings and I just continued along with bare feet in the north woods (where all those rocks in New Jersey originated, but we have plenty of them left!) The trails were mostly mossy, and I do agree...it felt good. One photo with the log shows the shoeless feet. http://coord.info/GL157769 My feet aren't tough as they were when I was young, but when I feel like being barefoot is an option, it does feel great. In the house, in the yard (in season). Distance running caused me my share of foot issues, so barefoot is a treat, not a regular thing for me now. If it works for you, I understand your enjoyment of it.
  15. Many of the caches I've placed are bird themed in some way. Our first ones actually were a series of lessons on how to see birds, in nice birding areas. The one I've had the most fun creating was a "birding serial," three puzzles in the same forest that came out over several weeks time. I contacted two birding friends for permission to use one of their photos and personas to build the storyline. The FTFers from the previous week's cache were built into the next "installment." (I'm also a professional storyteller). I had great fun creating these and the few people who've gone for them have had fun, too. They don't get a lot of hits because puzzles are not favored around here. But it's the kind of thing I'd enjoy finding, so that's what I put out. Here's the first week's "installment." Searching nearby will get the other two. http://coord.info/GC2RM2V I also get a charge out of some facebook interactions with a couple other area birders, who will post photos from one of their favored birding spots. I'll recognize it as near a cache we've found, make that comment and they'll invariably say...."Yeah, we know where it is!" I'm still waiting for the day when my main abiding interests all collide at once....storytelling, birding, playing dulcimer and caching. I've had two collide, but never that whole grouping.
  16. As you might guess from our caching name, one of us is also an avid birder. Of course, that means I'm always listening and watching. I just this past week had wonderful close encounters with a Black and White Warbler, and later a family of American Redstarts, while doing EarthCaches in Michigan. I do find that while geocaching, even when I have the binoculars along, my birding is more incidental than primary, because of course I'm looking for a cache. Still, reading through our logs will show I'm often mentioning what birds I saw or heard. The other half of our team, while not a birder, has learned a fair amount as we've shared this activity together. I'll be interested to see your blog combining the two. I do avoid some caches during nesting season when I discover a nesting bird too close to the search area, which I think is good practice. I know there are those who will still search when they encounter this, because they're there and they want to make the find. I understand that feeling, especially when on the road, but still feel that no find is worth upsetting the birds during an already stressful time for them.
  17. Nice sequence of photos! In my area--the Wisconsin/Minnesota border--an inspired event host set up an eclipse viewing event at a historic fire tower. One of the most unique events I've had the pleasure of attending. We had about 67% coverage here, so pretty awesome sight. Oh, and to get there, everyone had to climb 553 steps from the parking area. I chose to do so twice, to get my other camera. Feeling it in the calves today, but worth it.
  18. We noticed a couple years ago that we'd not missed a day in several weeks, so decided....let's see if we can keep it going. Now, at this point in our caching career, we'd found most of the stuff within 30+ miles, and were still teaching. There weren't many new cachers in the area at the time either, so new caches close to home were a rare thing. Still, we pressed on, driving to find one of a few caches close by, until one day after such a trip, we were passing a cache in a state park, "saving" it. We looked at each other and both said....this is dumb! What a waste of gas and time and all that! So we went and got that cache, thus ending a streak that lasted 77 days. If others want to keep a streak going, more power to them. For us, it made no sense at that point and even with the lure of "century challenges," we have no desire to try and cache that many days in a row anymore. Lately, we've been trying to do other things non-caching and extend our non-caching days a bit longer, actually.
  19. Oh my, and you guys are "newlyweds," too!
  20. We enjoyed caching with kablooey when we took part in the Yosemite CITO a couple months ago. He seems like a low key, stand up sort of guy. In fact, we had no idea of his streak until others in our group mentioned it. It seems he has a life, too, because he left early to be at a Scrabble tournament in the Bay area the next day. We got a chuckle out of the fact he connected us with a log he'd read on a cache he'd planned on doing on a Hawaii trip. Small world.
  21. Bringing this one back to the OP's observations, we experienced a bit of a revelation of sorts. When planning our trip out to the west coast, we picked caches that looked interesting.....long hikes in the mountains, unique or historical locations. Not going for numbers. I did the same thing when I took a solo trip east last spring. After it was all over and we pulled into our own driveway, Trekkin' commented that unlike after some of these "number trips" we've done with friends, he wasn't sick of geocaching this time. It goes back to what someone else said....when the quantity is perceived to be less, the enjoyment can be more. I realize some derive their enjoyment from getting sheer numbers (hence caching trips with our friends who enjoy that), but in the end, we're happy that caches are being placed and that we're getting better at discerning which are the ones we'd most enjoy. I have noticed in the five plus years we've been doing this that the game has changed quite a bit. We've been trying really hard to spend our caching time with the kinds of caches we truly enjoy and worry less about "how many." We've enjoyed ourselves a lot more this way. Others will enjoy the number trails, and that's just fine, too. No matter what we've done, seven mile hikes in the middle of nowhere or a rest area skirt lifter, we're happy that people are taking the time and effort out of their busy lives to put these things out there for others to enjoy. When it brings us to places like Buzzard's Roost or The Crack in Killarney.....we're REALLY thankful!
  22. I went to Killarney last May...no one else in the campground but me, myself and I. I did just a few caches as well, but they were all wonderful and one was one of those completely memorable ones. Yes, got photos, and was annoyed at myself that I left the good camera behind. I hope to get Trekkin' up there so we can do some of the paddling caches. It was bad enough that I had to tell my mom I was staying in a motel so she wouldn't worry about me in my little tent alone up there. You got some really wow shots. It's definitely a place to find them.
  23. My gallery shows 1450 photos, the most recent being from an outing on 11/18. I do have a tendency these days to write my logs, plan to take care of the photos in photoshop, then forget to actually do that. I know I have a bunch from Yosemite yet to post, for instance. I was a photographer long before I ever discovered caching.
  24. Believe it or not, some of us don't have smart phones. Our phone is dumb. I think most people try to keep the bugs moving and move them in the right direction, but I know for us, we're just happy if they're still out there....anywhere. At least half of ours have disappeared from the face of the world of geocaching. I'm sure for those with the right kind of phone, your site is helpful.
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