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  1. Most people are bitten by a snake when----------------------they are trying to kill it. Leave it alone, and it will leave you alone.
  2. In almost 8 years of caching, and around 3000 finds, in all parts of the country, I have probably seen half a dozen snakes. I usually cache in thongs (flip flops if you must) and don't have a drama. And I hate snakes. See my log for a cache I tried to find recently. My link As has been said, in reality, most snakes are more scared of you than you are of them. Make some noise, walk noisily through grass and scrub, tread heavily, they usually get out of your way. Be wary of large male kangaroos. I am talking about the ones that are over 5ft tall. If one stands its ground as you approach, standing up on his back legs and tail, back away slowly, keep looking at him, don't run. If a large male roo does happen to approach, put your arms up, and protect your face. They will try to grab you with their arms, then lift their rear legs while balancing on their tail, and attempt to rip your guts open with their hind legs. A guy at work was recently put into hospital by a large male roo. Fortunately, its a rarity. Spiders are usually not too much of an issue, as long as you use common sense. Don't go diving your hands into dark holes. Be careful checking along the edges of structures. Having said that, there are some very dangerous ones out there. Red back spiders and funnel webs are probably the most dangerous. But anti venines are readily available. You can see why they are called Red Backs. Easily identifiable. Anything from a few mm and larger.
  3. You will find a lot more aussies frequent the Geocaching Australia forums and website. http://forum.geocaching.com.au/
  4. Fair suck of the sav Don, how many caches have you found, and placed? As has been pointed out in this discussion, the cache owner has 7 finds, and this is their first hide. That makes them a NEWBIE. Remember back, in the dim dark annals of history, we were all, at one time or another, a newbie. And, as such, we all made mistakes in our D/T ratings, and everything else caching, and life related. I for one, have been to Alice Springs. I was there in 2011. Even got a FTF on our travels, My link and the terrain around those parts can be tough. Its not just the actual flatness or otherwise of the ground, but heat, cold, ect, that can affect a D/T rating. I am sure, that over in the USA, the D/T rating can vary wildly on a particular cache, depending on whether it is found in summer, or the depths of a frozen winter. Give the cache owner a chance. They have a lot to learn, and only time will educate them. Unfortunately, if they dont travel far and wide, the available local caches to find will dry up quickly- a situation I know too well- as The Alice is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and caches can be tens or hundred of kilometres apart, instead of the luxury of tens or hundreds of caches within a few square miles.
  5. Would you believe, in fact, its all about graffiti. http://mreternity.info/
  6. I for one, have had a look for Bifrost, during my travels down to the recent Mega Event. I must have spent over an hour and a half at GZ, and came away empty handed. Am I disappointed, of course, do I want a hint- even though I wont get back down there in the future, no. Its obviously a tough cache. And if thats the case, then so be it. But are the cache owners aware that the Bifrost container was revealed as found on stage at the Mega- actually the container itself was shown? Mr Coffee of the Coffee Clan revealed it. A large white plastic container about 30 x 10 x 10 cm, with BIFROST GEOCACHE emblazoned on it.
  7. There are a number of caches out at East Point in Darwin. Historic WW2 gun emplacemnts abound. There is also a Stargate cache just off the road in to East Point. Wheres Peary, would also be a fitting cache for an american to grab whilst up there. Its a memorial to a US warship, the USS Peary, lost in Darwin harbour during the bombing of Darwin by the japanese in WW2. Barack Obama laid a wreath there during his recent visit to Oz. It would be within very easy walking distance of the town centre, in the parkland overlooking the harbour.
  8. Either month would be suitable. Of course, your not going to get perfect weather everywhere, but those 2 months are not too bad. April, just coming out of our summer, and there have been predictions of another wet one this year, not as bad as last year, but still wet. That means everywhere north of say Sydney is going to be green, including into the red centre if they get any rain to follow up the huge amount they got last year. The cyclone season is nearing the end in April so travel to Qld should be safer. The worst of the humidity should be gone. Sorry I cant comment of Perth. September is coming out of our winter, but it may still be a bit cold down south. Qld and the red centre should be pleasant during the days, but a bit nippy at night. Caching along routes and postcode searches work very well in Oz. Try the Australia Post website for the postcodes of intended destinations, making sure you get the correct state as well, and use them to do searches.
  9. I have a ammo can cache I put out yesterday, and I am waiting for the interesting FTF log. The cache page describes the container as a slightly larger than normal ammo can. In fact, its a 155mm howitzer shell canister. Circular, about 800mm (2 1/2 ft tall) and about 200mm (8 inches) diametre. Really great pressure seal at the end, with a really good closure method.
  10. It varies, but I have spent over AU$300 building one cache, and then there was the $100 FTF prize that I shared 50/50 with the co owner.
  11. Oh the yanks will have a field day with the crumblydore ute. They will want to know where you got the kit from.
  12. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=b4f34ff1-d446-41a8-b5db-b98dd795fcd1 Light at the edge of the world, on the west coast of Tasmania.
  13. Our aforementioned 05 Nissan Patrol GU. I have once cached while driving one of these, it was a DNF as I only had avery short time stopped at the red. And I have recently bought a 3.2 metre Aquilla Inflatable, with 9.9 Yamaha on the back for the very wet caches.
  14. Well, I think I am up to nearly a dozen of my caches that are either disabled due to being soaked, or gone missing completely, washed away witht the floods. And I have another 3 to check next time I am at home, with logs stating the contents are wet.
  15. Well, sorry, but I dont think its necessarily in bad taste. Yes, its been pretty bad, lives have been lost, but thats no reason for EVERYONE to stop their normal lives. I could post up pics of Theodore, as I have spent the last week helping the clean up there. 7 12 hr shifts. And yet, one day whilst stopped at Biloela for smoko on the way out there, we happened to stop at a park that I know had a cache in it. I went to check on it. I have about 5 or 6 caches disabled due to flooding around the Rocky/Gladstone/CQ area. I really cant see the issue with listing them, Bundys commute 3 and 4, one on Yeppen flood plain, one down the end of East St Rocky, U.U.R.R., just off the top of my head. Life goes on, in spite of the disaster we are going through at the moment. I havent worked since Xmas eve. Life still goes on. I can tell you for a fact, life goes on for the people of Theodore. I witnessed some of the lucky few, unaffected directly by the waters rising in the town, but still affected by the evacuation and loss of power for 7-10 days, out mowing their lawns while the recovery efforts continued. Life goes on, the sooner you can get back to normal, the better it will be for you. Cheers Bundy
  16. This is our blog from 2009, our holidays when we did 8200+km on our bike, towing a trailer, over 29 days, caching all the way. http://www.expeditionaustralia.com.au/4wee...abike/album.php
  17. I log locationless caches- I even own a few- all the time, just not on GC.com.
  18. Breebarker, Geocaching is well and truely alive in Oz. You can do PQs via a postcode (zipcode) search. Go to this Australia Post website for a list of Australian postcodes. http://auspost.com.au/apps/postcode.html make sure you also choose the correct state. To give you a general idea, the postcodes start with the same number for each state, 0 for Northern Territory, 2 New South Wales, 3 Victoria, 4 Queensland, 5 South Australia, 6 Western Australia, and 7 Tasmania. All our postcodes are 4 digits long. You can cache easily here without maps on your GPS. You might also like to head over to the Australian geocaching forum, http://forum.geocaching.com.au/ where you should pick up some info that you require, either in the appropriate state forum, or the international visitors section. There is usually a lot of interest amongst aussie cachers to help out overseas visitors. Where in Oz are you visiting? Also, after travelling a huge distance, and depending on which GPS you have, you can usually enter a rough location in setup mode, which cuts the time it takes to reacquire at a new location.
  19. I have 2 locked caches. The keys are in the caches.
  20. It was the owners of the trackables that put them in the cemetaries. When it became known to an owner that one of their trackables had gone MIA, (cache muggled or destroyed, ect) it was easier to move them to a cemetary cache. I believe Groundspeak canned these types of caches a while ago. This thread on the Australian forums explains the issue. http://forum.geocaching.com.au/viewtopic.p...raveyard+caches This is the Australian cache in question. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCHGX5 For those not in the know, The Isle of the Dead, not the cache by the same name, is a real place, just off Port Arthur in Tasmania, which was an early 19th century penal colony. Its where convicts, officials and officers stationed there were buried. Nearly all of the convicts have no marked graves.
  21. Actually, Im surprised I dont get more comments about the speed I was doing at the time, 115. And yes, that was on that trip, with trailer in tow, and Mrs Bundy on the back. All up weight was approx 800kg, roughly 1750 pound in your language.
  22. Last years caching holiday, 8500km (5000 mile) roughly, over 29 days. On this, our 2007 1600cc Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad- The missus and I caching by the side of the road. And my view of the world. Cheers Bundy
  23. Yes, the Garmin Nuvi 500 and 550 have Geocaching functions, are waterproof, and have a decent battery life, in fact the battery is user changable.
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