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  1. The loneliest I've found was 7 years, 2 months lonely. On a cliff above the banks of the Spokane River. I guess that it was probably so lonely because the nearest access is so distant, a motorized watercraft is almost a requirement. I suppose not many cachers would tow a large craft to a remote launch in an unpopulated part of the state just to attempt a single traditional cache. For my part, I was just tagging along with a few friends on vacation and saw the opportunity.
  2. Please, bestow upon me this burden, so that I may suffer in your stead.
  3. Congrats! I'm sure my letter is still in the mail...
  4. Thought I was on the wrong site when I saw a jackbox post. Great prompts! How about, "I thought geocaching was for losers until I found ____ in a cache" or "Most people bring magnets and tweezers to a cache. I bring ____". Btw, my friends and I use discord, which I think is much better than zoom for games.
  5. I hate LPCs. The skirt often scrapes against the pole as it's lifted, it's impossible to do this stealthily, and the skirt limits the size of the cache container to the micro range. With regards to a bomb scare, a pelican case totally alleviates that issue. They are transparent and you can buy them with an integrated geocaching label. That or slap a sticker on one. My favorite micro caches are the ones made custom for a very specific location. A hollow wood block along a boardwalk, a bolt pushed into an existing hole, a small stone with a container attached in a concrete seam. That said, I prefer option 2. Maybe not a utility box, but a magnetic electrical panel. I see these a lot though. If I were hiding a cache, I'd prefer to place something I hadn't seen if possible.
  6. My favorite of all time was GC1192 - Banana Slugs and High Places at Camp Muir. I also really like a lot of the hiking caches near the APE cache along the I-90 corridor.
  7. I expect that publishing time would decrease when the number of caches being submitted decreases. Geocaching is not at popular as it was in the past, in terms of search interest, daily logs, and daily hidden caches. In these regards, it grew slowly until 2011/2012, when it peaked. It has been declining since. Overall, geocaching is something that sees renewed interest every summer, and declining interest every winter, so the years are marked by peaks and troughs. Looking at a multi-year illustration though, each year the peaks are a little smaller and the troughs a little deeper. I believe it saw an uptick this year as compared to the last, potentially because people were looking for some sort of new and safe diversion while COVID made its mark, or maybe because the people that already were caching had more time to do so.
  8. Isn't that what we always do here? I think it's important that caches remain largely physical. I enjoy virtuals, but definitely feel that the core of geocaching should be the cold hard cache. I like that virtuals have been introduced in a limited and selective way. I feel that the abundance of virtual waypoints on sites like Waymarking wind up making the experience rather boring. The only reason I'd really want a virtual would be to list a location that couldnt otherwise host a cache within a tenth of a mile or so. To me they are best suited to National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, and some incredibly popular tourist attractions.
  9. Maybe this is already a well-known camo technique, but I thought it might interest cache creators. I was working with some grey anchor epoxy and a glob of excess material dropped into the loose soil at my feet. I found the dried patty later in the day and turned it over to discover that it had picked up the material pretty evenly and was now convincingly camouflaged with the surrounding earth. I noticed that the material seemed pretty well packed into the patty. That said, coating a container of some sort with this material and allowing it to sit in soil, mossy dirt, or some other material might make for convincing camouflage in the field.
  10. Geocaching premium isn't a tax and it's not similar to a tax. It's a novelty item, not a contribution to critical infrastructure.
  11. It would be nice if, like other unknown types, the coordinates for challenges were hidden by default. Challenge caches are now required to include a checker to validate the user's qualifications. Why not rig that checker to return true coordinates on a successful check, but keep them hidden on a failed one?
  12. Yup. Getting an error when attempting to log back in. Have to retry several times. Hopefully this will be remedied soon
  13. You are correct. I was vaguely aware of the distinction, but used the two terms interchangeably. As far as I am aware, there are no law enforcement measures preventing me from going where I please, with the exception of restricted access to public lands.
  14. My opinion about this is based mostly on a couple finds I had on one of my caches in a very popular local park recently. It rubbed me the wrong way to see the magnitude of their caching run that day. Although of course they were perfectly within their rights to find a great number of caches that day, I suspect that the trip was not a minor addition to a necessary errand or a foray into an adjacent neighborhood. I'm sure many cachers, like you, are being especially mindful of their cache hunting at the moment. Others, perhaps not. As is sometimes the case with attractive nuisances.
  15. Exactly my opinion of the semantics discussion from the start. Edit: That is was too lawyerly I mean. My intent was not to belittle those who dedicate their time free of charge to us. That is precisely why I left the words "community reviewer" out of my post. I appreciate that care is taken to review every cache in light of our current situation, but wonder if it couldn't be better, lawsuits aside, of course.
  16. Precisely why I copied the wording from Washington's mandate and gave an example cache from Washington, asking others to share their local experience for the purpose of discussion. I fail to see how changing the wording of the title would've made this topic more clear, or at least less abrasive. If I were to use the term "community reviewers", I would be unfairly grouping many reviewers into my experience with a single local reviewer. Conversely, were I to state that reviewer's title, I would be targetting and publicly harassing an individual. My intent was merely to introduce the belief that Groundspeak as a corporation is responsible for actions taken by its representatives, employees, and volunteers who change or add content to the company-owned website. I do appreciate the response, and I understand that the issue is multifaceted. With regards to the finding of the caches in parks, I wholeheartedly agree that there is no inherent issue, and that it is entirely possible to find such caches without overstepping the bounds of the current mandate (at least in my area). I am not upset that caches exist or are being found. I am merely stating the fact that new caches represent something of an attractive nuisance whether in a park or a parking lot. They are likely to draw an increased rate of finders for at least a few weeks following publishing and are therefore more of a health risk than any existing cache. I respect the decision not to publish new park and grab caches, but wonder if there isn't an issue with those in parks as well, especially given the abundance of local land closures. Thanks again. I will write to HQ.
  17. I forgot to mention with regards to hiking as a pastime, that numerous land management agencies have completely or partially closed access for the duration of our quarantine. DNR lands for example are closed until at least April 8th. The National Parks system has closed access roads to many local attractions, campsites, and hiking routes. Knowing this, I believe that hiking, although allowed, would be ill-advised. Regardless, I think that the intent of this clause was to allow residents to maintain healthy exercise habits within their neighborhood or community, not to encourage distance travel to popular regional destinations.
  18. Yes, outdoor activities (geocaching included) are allowed provided social distancing measures are followed. The clause states that "Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running or biking, but only if appropriate social distancing practices are used" is permitted. As I said, I am not opposed to individuals caching on their own if they feel that they are safe in doing so. That said, I feel that new caches pose a significantly greater risk in that, as we all know, they are likely to draw an influx of local cachers either hunting the FTF or looking for a nearby geocache to find after having exhausted the local supply. For example, one published on 3/20 received 7 finds. 4 in the first 2 days and 2 since quarantine. One published on 3/15 has 13 finds, 4 in the first two days and 2 since quarantine. One published on 3/23 has 11 finds. 8 in the first two days and 3 since quarantine. The cache published 3/29 has 3 visits, 2 finds. All within quarantine. There are of course further examples, but I feel that new caches are a unique health risk given that the residence time of COVID-19 can be several days depending on the material.
  19. I am aware that there are a number of threads regarding COVID-19 and geocaching at the moment, but I didn't see this specific topic mentioned, so I thought I'd bring it up. Early last week, Washington's governor issued a proclamation that stated, among other things, that "All people in Washington State shall immediately cease leaving their home or place of residence except: (1) to conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or (2) for employment in essential business services". Similar orders were given across the country, even before this, as I'm sure we are all well-aware. This proclamation was to last until April 6th, at the earliest. I wonder then why a new cache published in an adjacent town on March 29th. A cache that has had 3 confirmed searchers already in the midst of our statewide quarantine. I have seen numerous finds on local caches throughout the last couple weeks, and honestly, if these cachers are confident that they won't be congregating in a popular area and that they are conducting themselves safely as individuals, I don't much care that they're still geocaching, although I wouldn't do so myself. I do think that it's odd that Groundspeak continues to publish new caches both leading up to and during the quarantine. I know that for some people, a proclamation from the governor means little when compared to the near daily activity of geocaching, and that there will be those select few who decide against the better judgment of medical professionals to travel to new and distant geocaches, but as an organization, I find it extremely irresponsible of Groundspeak to encourage the activity by publishing new caches in the midst of this pandemic. Let me just say before closing that I would not be opposed to the publishing of new caches if there were not official quarantines in place. I was personally caching until just a few days before the beginning of quarantine and would have, at that time, supported the publishing of new caches and denounced the disabling of existing ones. That's just my opinion, and I'm sure it varies by locality. Would like to know what you all think about this. TLDR: Groundspeak is publishing caches and cachers are finding them in the midst of a state-mandated quarantine. I believe both are ill-advised.
  20. Property use concerns are a big one. The first cache I ever found was near the property of a friend. She lived directly adjacent to a popular park. Evidently, she had been having trouble with cachers taking the wrong route through the woods and winding up in her backyard. I know these concerns aren't always legitimate, but in my experience, explicit permission is a rarity, and even when it is granted, not everyone is aware, so I can understand the frustration with strangers apparently heedlessly tromping about what one would consider to be private property. Employees can remove caches from commercial property, and park officials can remove them from public property for these same reasons. Weather is also a factor, and can knock these things free, after which they get scooped up as trash, or animals get into them and carry them away. I think the spiteful muggle is probably the minority here.
  21. I recreated a few common cache containers in pixel art form. If anyone would like to use these for any geocache-related purposes, by all means, go ahead.
  22. Same issue here, though only intermittently. I have been able to edit coordinates after attempting to click the button enough times. There have been some other strange happenings that seem related. Opening gallery images now intermittently opens the image in a new tab rather than in the typical windowed version with the "view log" function. Navigating to a new page often temporarily displays text rather than images. It takes much longer to load elements than it did prior to 24-72 hours ago.
  23. Just checked and I am still experiencing this issue. It only occurs when messages are sent from the link on a cache page. When I send them through a user's profile, they appear normally. In addition, when attempting to send a message through the cache page, the box that normally contains the "drop files here" text is completely gone and I cannot attach any images.
  24. Skyrim and the Witcher 3 are two of my favorites of all time. The Witcher's Skellige is a fantastic piece of work. I love alpine environments when I'm playing, and more importantly, when I'm geocaching. Both games remind me very much of the upper reaches of Washington state, but the Witcher is my favorite of the two. That said, I'm unclear about what your goal is in connecting these subjects. They are not dissimilar, but what's the goal?
  25. I see Johnny Island's Throne Room has been mentioned. That'd be my preferred stop. For gadget caches, I'd visit some of bounce,bounce's caches https://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?u=Bouncebounce&sortdir=desc&sort=fav. Outside of the realm of gadget caches, I'd make a point to visit Chamber's bay or Fort Steilacoom park. These are dominated by the caches of minstrale and On a Dragon's Wings respectively, and both of these owners create some amazing caches. minstrale's strong suit is the puzzle cache, while I believe ODW's is interesting hide ideas, such as with GC6TEGJ or GC6FC29. minstrale also owns a number of caches in Steilacoom and Point Defiance Park, which is a great destination in its own right. His most interesting cache container, in my opinion, is GC4WTRG.
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