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  1. We are happy to share. The more the merrier!
  2. The Rhode Island Canoe and Kayak Association (RICKA) is offering this 2016 geocoin to support geocaching and safe paddlesports in Rhode Island. Artwork RICKA members-only version in antique copper Non-members version in polished nickel Coin Sample There are a few weeks left to get yours by pre-order here.. We will be placing the mint order soon, after which time all future orders will be closed. Thanks and happy geo-paddling!
  3. Spent the long weekend on Cape Cod. It was warm enough to take a long walk on the beach, barefoot--a real treat for this time of year! Nauset Beach - no sign of sharks!
  4. I apologize if this has been covered recently, but I searched and didn't see it. I have two US state pages bookmarked: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?state_id=40 (RI) http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?state_id=22 (MA) These now take me to the state search page vs. the state specific page. When I put the country/state (US/RI or US/MA) into the search function from here, it returns a 500 - Server Error. I've tried this on both IE and Firefox. thanks.
  5. It's becoming impossible to do anything in a timely manner on the website or forums. It took me six tries to sign in to the forum. I can't wait to see how many times it takes to post this. Logging caches last night was painful. Dreadfully painful.
  6. I'm having the same issue with the cache logs--eternal logs loading message, but none actually appear.
  7. I don't agree with everything you've said. If a new cache pops up and it is clear from maps it is on private property, military property, property that is off limits (such as Audubon Society of RI property in my area), etc, I will contact my local reviewer with my concerns. If I go to find a cache and it is behind No Trespassing signs, I will stop my search and contact the reviewer. In any case where I contact the reviewer, I will provide as much information as I can (plat maps, photos etc). The reviewer then can do with that information as he sees fit. They may disable it and ask for more info from the cache owner (such as an explicit POC for permission issues), or retract it immediately if it clearly violates guidelines (clearly after I provide info - they may not know if it is violation from their computer). So, I don't see a need to visit a cache in every case to know there are issues. In fact, visiting the cache may actual mean I am breaking the law in some cases. Seems like this is an apples/oranges comparison. The OP is about an existing cache with active finders that as far as I can tell has no other apparent issues. I would guess that if the good folks of Alberta started armchair logging N/A logs on active RI caches, you might have something to say about it. I don't understand the original activity, rather than an email to the CO. There's either more to the story or I'm a complete idiot.
  8. ...unless it looks like a sleeping bear. Don't poke a sleeping bear. Unless it has a geocaching sticker on it.
  9. I don't think applying jumper cables to one's nether regions violates the guidelines... Yet. I'm still trying to figure out how to make a puzzle out of that! Meter readings.
  10. All that gear and no PFDs? I think you need a bigger canoe.
  11. This is me. I borrowed three or four different kayak brands over the course of 2-3 years before researching what I wanted to purchase. I did most of my research online (paddling.net is a great resource). When I was pretty certain I wanted a Pungo 120, I ended up talking to the manager of a boat rental place on a local lake and learned a ton more. That's how I ended up with my Pungo 100. The extra 2', associated weight (and price) weren't going to get me enough extra to justify anything. Plus I knew I probably wouldn't be able to handle the 120 by myself on/off the car. It definitely helps to talk to someone who has the knowledge, but neutral is in the transaction. That was one of the best conversations I had.
  12. It's nice that you're totally cool with with, but as often as this topic comes up, some cache owners would prefer that finder write something meaningful. Since you and others don't care either way, doesn't it make sense to try to convince finders to write something meaningful for those cache owners that *do* care? It's encouraged. I definitely try to write a couple sentences about the hunt or theme or whatever. I'm wordy like that. Others don't and that's ok. As often as this topic comes up, doesn't it make sense that cache owners have some unrealistic and high expectations? I don't think that last sentence came out the way you wanted. In past threads I haven't seen cache owners with unrealistic and high expectations, unless you count a reading a complete sentence unrealistic. The way I see if, if cache owners are no satisfied with the quality of logs they receive they have two choices, not as someone else put it "you *have* to take the good with the bad". The other choice is to stop placing caches for a bunch of ungrateful finders. Its unfortunate, but logs with complete sentances are on the decline from what I've seen. Expecting complete sentences is becoming an unrealistic expectation, if it isn't already. If thats your expectation, you're sure to be disappointed. I don't think that's a geocaching-specific trend.
  13. There is a green sand beach on the Big Island. Hilo Side - Botanical Garden, Onomea Bay Kona Side - great beaches all the way up the Kohala Coast(Hapuna is my favorite), petroglyphs at Mauna Lani resort Waimea - great views of Kona/Kohala coast from up here, just outside of town. Parker Ranch House Mana Rd - I've never driven it, but have seen photos. It's beautiful--goes from Waimea around the perimeter of Mauna Kea and meets up with Summit Rd.
  14. Someone once logged one of my caches with, "was there a log?" I kind of thought that was the whole point? They were new, I sent them a nice email explaining things, gave them an opportunity to go back, find the log and edit their online log. Six months later and not even a reply to the email. I deleted the log. I tried.
  15. I have this cache that's in the middle of the woods near a babbling brook. It's a Charlie Brown-esque tree, decorated with hundreds of ornaments. One of them has a log in it. Here's a shot of the tree And a close up
  16. I did a cache-a-day for 30 days challenge a few years back and it sucked GMB. This was during the summer and after about 10 days the joy had been sucked out of it for me. I knew then there was no way I would be doing any other challenges, and that's okay. Now I cache whenever, however and with whomever I choose. Essentially, whenever the mood strikes I go. Or lately, whenever the weather is good out in the kayaks we go. I'm not a big fan of parking lot caches or most p & g's, but they do have their place. When we get our group together and head out, with the right prop in tow (think pink feather boa), any cache can be a fun cache. At that point it's all about who is with you and less about the cache itself.
  17. According to the latest the Patch has confirmed with Steve that it is, in fact, a geocache. I looked at this intersection on the map, but I'm not seeing a cache. Nor am I seeing any "Cute as a Button" caches anywhere near there. Maybe it's listed elsewhere or a letterbox? Or someone is having fun at The Patch's expense?
  18. 1782.7 mi from home. a 1/5 Scuba cache that went unfound for just over 3 years. And I didn't scuba dive to find it, either.
  19. If you follow the trail to MD's oldest cache, you have to cross active railroad tracks to reach it.
  20. Not worth worrying about. Either the cache is good or bad. If it's good, it doesn't matter how many they've found. If it's bad, it might still be bad even after they've found a bunch. +1 If you did go search for it and determine it was bad, and you were truly concerned vs. just wanting to vent, you could always offer to help them out or mentor them. RI is a small caching community and there is a bit of this that goes on. The more we help each other, the better the caches get, in theory.
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