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  1. And if you really want more info about the Central IA group, pop down to Ankeny on Tuesday evening for their "Pizza n Meet". http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...52-5c1bb216af94
  2. Seems to me this has been suggested before. The problem, as I recall, is that the email is sent right away when the log is submitted. At that point, the pictures havnt been added yet. And in some cases the pictures wont be added for several days/weeks.
  3. Sounds like a good trip. Im glad we could help.
  4. Hi Hermit Crabs, welcome to our playground. Here is a link to the Waterloo page on the Eastern Iowa Geocachers Assoc. website. It lists a couple of recommended caches and the name of a local cacher that can answer specific questions. In addition, the EIGA has recently been contacted by the Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau about working together. They recogonize that geocaching is a growing "tourist" activity and have offered coupons and such good at area businesses. Drop them a note and let them know you are a geocacher and will be staying in the area for a few days. Let us know what they will do for you. On specific caches, if you are up for a good puzzle, I highly recommend Unusualoo (bring a good calculator). Most caches by Iowa Tom are micros but will have an interesting story or some local history associated with them. There are a couple of caches in Hickory Hills park, a very nice county park about 10-15 miles south of town. If you have time for a daytrip, and especially if you'll have kids along, go east about 30 miles to the trout hatchery near Manchester (Beaglebox cache) or to Backbone State Park (Maltese Goldfinch cache). Good Hunting...
  5. Huh? The geocachingpolicy.com link takes you to the section that says The policy is quite reasonable (especially compared to many that we have heard about). Please check it out, and contact the park manager before placing the cache. In eastern Iowa at least, we have a good relationship with the parks (the EIGA is holding a big event at one of them in a couple of weeks), lets all work to keep it that way.
  6. Evidently there are bigger GPS geeks than us. Check out these: http://www.gpsdrawing.com/gallery.htm
  7. By becoming a premium member and setting up a pocket query for the area and cache types you are interested in. The results of this search are emailed to you on the day(s) that you choose. Ouch, that's slow! There are tools (see www.geocaching.com/links) that will do this for you automatically. Just feed them the pocket query.
  8. I fully agree that people should pay attention to where the cache was and return it to the same spot. This is why our rule is "the person who gets it out of the spot, also puts it back". However....What you describe sounds more like a case of the cache being muggled and the next cacher "taking a guess" as to where it was supposed to be hidden. I have had one case just like this. I didnt know where it was supposed to be so I hid it in a rating-appropriate place near the coords and emailed the owner with pictures and an explanation.
  9. And, what would get generated in the PQ? Presumably nothing, so the paperless cacher has none of the clues.
  10. WindChill

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    Exactly what I do Jester. And just as a note, you dont have to actually exit HotSync. If you right-click the tray app and _uncheck_ the "local serial" connection option it will release the port. Though the "Available only when Palm Desktop is Running" setting is fine if you use Palm Desktop, it doesnt help if you sync with Outlook.
  11. We just got back from two weeks in the front range then up through the black hills and badlands. We did several caches along the way, and took Tahosa up on his offer to show us around a bit (well worth it). You can check my profile to see the caches we did. Here are links to the threads where I asked basically the same question about a month ago: This forum, and the C.A.C.H.E forums. One warning, since it was mentioned here; the Elk Poop cache along Estes Lake has gone missing and been archived. The walk along the lake is still worth while though. For non-caches, of course Trail Ridge Road (if it is open) is an amazing drive, and Hwy 34 from Estes to Loveland is also incredible. We didnt do any caches on the way out so cant help with western Iowa or Nebraska. Around eastern Iowa (home), "Cache as Cache Can" is a quick find just off of I-80 in Iowa City. "Gobble Cache" (in F.W. Kent park a little west of Iowa City) is a little bit farther from the highway but a neat park.
  12. Hey....I just noticed that there are no map links on the page for these guys. That's no fun!
  13. Thanks for all of the suggestions. Ive added them to our list.
  14. I posted this in the forums over at the C.A.C.H.E. site, but they dont seem to get much activity, so Ill copy it here also: The WindChill family will be in Colorado in a week or so on vacation, and Im looking for recommendations on some "must see" caches. We'll be staying in Denver but wandering around the whole area from Colorado Springs to Ft Collins (and eventually north to the Black Hills). We prefer traditionals over virtuals or micros, but any cache that lets us really experience the area will be great. Oh Yah, we are "flatlanders" so not too big of a hike please We will be in the area for several days, so other suggestions are also welcome. We have a pretty good list of the tourist places, but lesser-known attractions or resturants would be appreciated. Thanks for your help.
  15. I got a chuckle from this log for an event being held on April 25:
  16. Jeremy says no.... http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=67444#
  17. Here you go...It definately is a shocker. http://www.snopes.com/photos/commercials/sportka.asp
  18. Actually there is a way to get the fun of being able to move the cache without a lot of the other headaches. Simply make it a two-stage multi. The first stage is at a fixed location and has its own logbook. The second stage gets to move and its new coordinates get recorded in the first-stage logbook. See this cache.
  19. Happens all the time: "Thanks for your order. If you choose FREE shipping so you will receive your item in 7-10 days. If you choose Premium shipping for an additional $10 you will receive your item in 2-3 days. If you choose Premier shipping for an extra $20 you will receive your item tomorrow." If you dont pay extra, you'll still get your item. If having your item sooner is of value to you, that option is available.
  20. I started this as seperate thread, but it makes sense to keep things together (to simplify our lives next year Here is what I learned from the Eastern Iowa Geocachers Association events: - More may be better. We had three seperate events that were spread around our area. Each was very well attended, IMO, because people didnt have to drive as far. An added benefit is that we helped three parks instead of one and we got media coverage on three events instead of one. - Find a park that will work with you. When we started planning an event it was to be along a rails-to-trails trail. The trail organization was thrilled that we wanted to clean it up, but they had no money to provide bags or to haul away the trash. We were unable to find a sponsor so we found another location instead (actually this is when we split to three locations). The new locations all provided bags and removal, one even provided some items for door prizes. - "Officially" contact the media. Of our three events, each organized by a different member, two had media coverage. One organizer sent out a press release and had a local TV crew and reporters from two local newspapers. One member contacted "an uncle" at the newspaper. Though the uncle did show up and take photos, he had thought it was the following weekend and had to be called to remind him. I wonder if an "official" contact such as a press release would have made a difference. - Just do it, If you build it they will come and expect the unexpected. Enough cliches? What I mean is, dont worry about finding out if there is "enough" interest, just post the event. People will show up. And dont try to judge how good the turn out will be from the number of "I plan to come" logs. Again, people will show up. - Be careful not to overestimate how much area can be covered. When I looked at the area we had planned to cover, it seemed small. By the time we got to the end, we were all ready to be done.
  21. MissJenn suggested that this be combined with the existing CITO Event tips from '03 event organizers that is pinned here. So....This one is closed.
  22. There was a posting on another board, asking people to share their lessons learned from last weekend. So, while they are still fresh on everyone's mind.....Here is what I learned from the EIGA events: - More may be better. We had three seperate events that were spread around our area. Each was very well attended, IMO, because people didnt have to drive as far. An added benefit is that we helped three parks instead of one and we got media coverage on three events instead of one. - Find a park that will work with you. When we started planning an event it was to be along a rails-to-trails trail. The trail organization was thrilled that we wanted to clean it up, but they had no money to provide bags or to haul away the trash. We were unable to find a sponsor so we found another location instead (actually this is when we split to three locations). The new locations all provided bags and removal, one even provided some items for door prizes. - "Officially" contact the media. Of our three events, each organized by a different member, two had media coverage. One organizer sent out a press release and had a local TV crew and reporters from two local newspapers. One member contacted "an uncle" at the newspaper. Though the uncle did show up and take photos, he had thought it was the following weekend and had to be called to remind him. I wonder if an "official" contact such as a press release would have made a difference. - Just do it, If you build it they will come and expect the unexpected. Enough cliches? What I mean is, dont worry about finding out if there is "enough" interest, just post the event. People will show up. And dont try to judge how good the turn out will be from the number of "I plan to come" logs. Again, people will show up. - Be careful not to overestimate how much area can be covered. When I looked at the area we had planned to cover, it seemed small. By the time we got to the end, we were all ready to be done.
  23. When I first started using rechargables in my eTrex, it would "drain" them much quicker than plain old alkalines (a couple of hours versus a full day). I found that if I changed the battery type setting on the eTrex, they lasted longer. My conclusion is that the batteries were not actually dead, but that the GPSr was shutting itself off because it thought they were nearly dead. WIth that figured out, I found that the rechargables dont last significantly longer than the alkalines in the GPSr. The digital camera is another story all together, the rechargables last an order of magnitude longer.
  24. I disagree. A simple event is the best way to find out who is interested. You see, late last year a few Eastern Iowa geocachers started talking about a club. It was even brought up on our Yahoo group but there didnt seem to be much interest outside of the few people mentioning it. Around that time, another cacher held a "meet at the coffee house and talk about geocaching" event. The event was well attended so we mentioned that we were thinking about starting a club and the response was very positive. The Eastern Iowa Geocachers Association (EIGA) now has 40 people registered for our forums. Many of the locals that I dont see posting here are frequent posters in our forums. And our events often have more "out of towners" than "locals" Last weekend there were four events in our area (3 CITO and 1 Post-CITO). Each event was well attended. Two of the events had cachers from over 100 miles away and there is one guy who attended all three CITO events. So.....Have an event and see who shows up. If there isnt interest in a club, at least you had some fun and met some other cachers
  25. I agree, and do avoid some companies. The unfortunate part is that if they arn't toldy they're not getting your mony (and why) they wont change because our individual purchases dont amount to a rounding error on their bottom line. Even when they do know, many dont seem to care. When I make sure someone knows why they arn't getting my money, the attitude is often "Im sorry you feel that way. Have a nice day...Next".
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