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  1. The one tracking me has over 52,000 kilometers. Whoot
  2. FTF prize for La Ventana Pequena de las Quebradas del Norte was a small rock arch with a blue diecast lizard on top. Sort of like a trophy...I love it, and I have it on my bookcase. It was definitely special to find.
  3. I placed one in the Magdalena Mountains (New Mexico) called Scrub Oak Hell. It requires some tricky nagivation with just the right approach. Only one person has found it since last February, and one person tried in April (they called it 'sadistic').
  4. Hmm...no, but I don't fit the query...I like micros Particularly urban micros. Awesome! I've found a bison tube with super tiny swag, though...it was adorable.
  5. Agreed...GPSr don't transmit (in theory...) but yea, I wouldn't argue over it
  6. Me! I just got mine ("Mountaineer") and I'll be wearing it when I cache and such. Not getting the number tattooed on me though... as interesting an idea that may be...
  7. Just got my first TB (from REI, of all places? Hey, I saved on shipping!) and will be keeping it myself to track my miles. Anyone I meet is free to discover it though. Calling it "Mountaineer"
  8. LOL Try cachin' in Florida or Georgia. You haven't lived until you hunted a cache in palmetto. Haha! I'm looking forward to it I just got out of a cache, full of adrenaline, and looked down to see my elbow covered in cactus spines. I love those things.
  9. Never have a problem carrying on my GPSr. But most flights I've been on say at cruising altitude that 'electronics can now be turned on' and yadda, and mention wireless internet devices and GPSr are not allowed to be turned on, ever.
  10. That Southwestern geocachers like to torture other geocachers by placing their tiny micros in mesquite bushes. Time after time after time...
  11. GC1BC95 "Phone a Friend" when heading directly south of Ouray, Colorado, towards Durango. It overlooks a steep plummit from a narrow, windy, mountainous road. Really beautiful. Phone wasn't working when I visited, though. Phone has a light on top so it's technically a lamppost cache Image from agents0x0!
  12. After emailing you and explaining the situation, you, buddy, didn't let me repost my log. I tried three times, posting more and more photos of me and my family and the surroundings each time I submitted the log. You get a unsmiley face 'cause that's just not cool.
  13. So...it's bad to actually make people think...? Instead asking "if the sand is really sand" or "what color is the lizard" (questions recently updated, at least)?! Making caches just for the sake of saturating the area is...well...sucky. And deleting someone's log because they didn't claim a nearby cache (suspecting the cacher of not visiting the cache; yet the cacher fulfilled the cache requirements in total) is ridiculously unsportsmanlike...and completely frustrating to the cacher. And, wishing_on_a_star, been to KY plenty of times for my own caving pleasure and for class. No need to fill out questions on the color of a rock or what insect likes to live there. No thanks. Sorry folks...this REALLY bothers me about Earthcaching. Most of the "impacts" I have encountered are negative. EC needs to change. Signed, GSA paying member...
  14. I don't have quite the awesome record you do, but I too had a terrible experience with one of his caches based on the photo requirement (mine wasn't clear enough?! what a rip off!). Very non-geological and vague questions anyway. Very sad. I was just trying to start out with Earthcaches too...luckily I tried some others. At least experiences like those help you realize to be patient with newcomers. Every once in a while I get a wrong answer for my Magdalena Fault EC. I take the time to write to them telling them why that's the incorrect answer rather than just deleting their log. It's a game, but at the same time, it's not about numbers...you know?
  15. This one is definitely on my 'watch list' now...for another day (when I happen to be in LA?!)
  16. Whoa...that's so incredibly beautiful. I MISS SNOW! I'm a displaced Chicagoan living in New Mexico. Caching in snow sounds like a dream...I've done it a couple times. Finding the caches was either impossible or completely easy (dead vegetation right!)
  17. Exactly why I have NO desire to find an Earthcache in Kentucky.
  18. Yep! That's exactly what they and the police said. It's still hard for me to understand. It was a literal needle-in-the-haystack sort of find...found by complete accident. It's crazy.
  19. Oh boy...are you ready for a story? Maybe I should write a book someday. I was detained for half an hour in August '07 for my own misinformed mistake. My school lies snuggled up against a small mountain range that the government uses to test explosives and create industry-grade diamonds (they also pay my school to conduct terrorism research). You can probably see where this is going. There's a cache located on a peak in this range that is just touching the off-limits boundary but is nearly entirely located open space land. So nothing's wrong there. I went up, didn't find the cache (pretty pathetic for a 15-mile hike), and hiked back down. I came across an unmarked road and, since it went the general direction I needed to go, I took it. Well...it took me right past the security checkpoint. The cop inside flagged me down and was baffled that I "got past them" entering in the space (even though I took a school trail right past the testing land...nothing illegal). She checked my camera for photos, checked my phone for photos, searched my bag, frisked me, and said they'd "be in touch" and that "nothing usually results". Usually? Then I remembered this wallet I found at the beginning of my hike. I even waypointed the location found with my GPSr (why? I still don't know). I handed the wallet over and she pointed me on my way. The next day, I got a call from the school police. I mentally panicked. But then the cop told me I needed to show them where I found the wallet. It belongs to a man missing for ten years, the officer said. I told him I had class in two hours, and I could give him the coordinates. Well...it seems most police don't use GPS yet. He said I had to show them right now. So I met up with what turned out to be a small caravan of school, city and county police officers. I fired up the GPS and let it gather satellites all the way to the trailhead. There is no easy way to reach the site--it's the desert; the ground is uneven, tire-puncturing mesquite is everywhere, axel-busting gullies are unavoidable--so we all set off on foot, me way in the lead. It's up one ridge and down the next, up another and down...at the final arroyo ridge, I looked back to see a long stream of officers behind me. This is the spot. I showed them the exact mesquite bush that stood in my way in the arroyo...and my boot and tire prints from earlier. The police, with bullseye accuracy, headed upstream and uphill to the north. I started wandering back up the other side the ridge, back to the suburbans...I had to teach lab soon. I watched the police across the dried river bed and suddenly, they silently converged into one area. When one officer walked back to my spot on the ridge, I asked if they found anything, not expecting an answer. He nodded: they found bones and a pistol. So, one super-long story later, they sent the bones to be analyzed. The family of the missing man invited me to Brian Darling's memorial, took me out to dinner, and thanked me in a way I still have a hard time saying "you're welcome" to. A short while later, the identification of the man was confirmed. Darling had indeed died out in the desert and stayed there for 10 years waiting for someone to find him. The cache was the most life-changing cache I never found. I was never bothered again about trespassing on EMRTC land. Anyone up for a hike?
  20. Can't recall anything I've found, but one visitor to my Thanksgiving Micro cache found an Easter egg (with candy and stickers inside?) exactly where the real cache should have been.
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