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  1. It's great. Someone hid one near me, and it's still not found (1/1 cache right near one of my own), but I'm now saving it for a day when I need a find REALLY close to me. I hid a cache a few days ago and need to figure out how to do some internet wizardry before publishing it....taking me forever because I hate using the internet for a lot of things other than browsing and such. Also updated a cache needing maintenance yesterday with a tougher hiding spot (2D/4T rating to 2.5D/5T)...and a local cacher is actually heading out to find it today o get some alone time due to this whole situation. Might try and convince some high school friends to geocache....may as well in these strange times.
  2. Well, as someone who works in a restaurant, I lost two of my three shifts this week...my restaurant has closed for Monday tomorrow and is only open in dinner service on Tuesday....I'm going to have maybe 5 hours this week. In the meantime, I'll be hiding a T5 large ammocan this coming week as a way to kill some time and finally get that out of the way....I've been planning this hide since July haha. Ammocans are a rarity in my city, and T5's are pretty well only water related caches in my city.
  3. Too bad it seems it wont be happening this year.
  4. I do the same thing, although I'm making plans to travel to cities outside of my own to cache this year....something I do occasionally, although part of the reason I do it is to explore a new area and be inspired. Possibly going to the Woodstock event this year will be the first cross country trip I ever made by myself....so it'll be interesting. When I geocache, I tend to stick to my city, which has a solid transit system...and plenty more geocaches to hunt for, so spending is minimal.
  5. Most of my containers are smaller than that first container I found, so it's tough...or their designed to not work that way, partly because I live in an urban and busy environment. This year however, I'm hiding some larger containers, further in some suburban areas of my city...and some still close-ish, where I'll label my caches. I do need to return to at least 2-4 geocaches and label them however.
  6. I first found out aboit geocaching when I discovered a plastic container in a hollowed log near my house in the nearest park. I looked up what geocaching was, and was surprised. I just wish I learned to make more meaningful online logs...and was more serious about it....though I was 13 haha. I stopped caching after my 4th find....I still dont really know when I found that first cache however. My first hide was five years later, just above 400 finds. I was VERY nervous around hiding caches, it sounded complicated with finding coordinates...but after that first one, I realized how easy it was....I published a few in the following weeks. I just wish I started hiding earlier, and pushed myself to publish one.
  7. I was also confused by this, someone mentioned you only needed six finds in this three week period in an online group a few days ago....which confused me earlier today as I found a bit more than six since the 11th. Turns out I have found caches on 5 days now since the 11th, so tomorrow's adventure will be a my ticket to this souvenir (not that I really care about this souvenir....but it's nice to get in it's own way).
  8. Alright, year end update, even though this isn't quite a year technically. I found over 370 caches this year.....and much more than one a month. I can't blame myself too much for this goal...I didn't know how this year would shape up. I did end up finding more caches in different counties. I think I racked up 4 or 5 counties....not bad at all. This final goal was one that felt very daunting to me....hiding caches seemed SUPER difficult to me, and that's why I kept myself from hiding any until May. After that, I began releasing a bunch....and now I sit at 37....of which 32 are traditionals. The rest are events, mysteries and multi's.....and another multi is awaiting approval. Overall, I did pretty well this year, I'm happy.
  9. Going from last year, I'll try and set some real goals that don't sound so wimpy. #1. Hide more unique caches. I want to try for more mystery, multi and other types of caches....not so many traditionals….although I do have one or two ideas for some wacky traditionals. Not setting a formal amount for hides, though increasing my presence in my hometown is a goal I like working on. #2 Host an event somewhere interesting. I started doing events late into the year, when I became busier and the weather became too bothersome to be outside for long....I have some ideas for new kinds of events....the special one for next year sounds great, but I don't see myself getting it. I choose to believe my luck will be terrible. #3 Find my 1000th cache. As of typing this, I sit at 699 hides.....by January 1st, I'll be at least 710. And find more multi's....even though they can e frustrating. #4 Fill out more of my grids. I have 50 D/T combinations found...I'll have one or two more found by 2020, but push up that number. Same for my found dates....and Jasmer and yadayadayada. #5 Find my first webcam cache. I know of one now in Canada....and it's a ways away, but at least it's two train rides away....and a few hundred miles. #6 Find more counties. A goal from last year, I just want to push my map a bit...maybe even find another state.
  10. Streaks are just not my thing...I pulled off an 8 day one when I was in High School, but these days with work, caching is limited to 2 or 3 days. Going for a streak would come and feel much like a chore at that point anyway, I don't lie the idea of just making up an incentive on the whim.
  11. One caching couple left a $25 gift card once for the FTF of a new container, and I did manage to find it, not that it was hard to get to or anything. Other than that, I've seen coins in a few caches. Sometime I'll leave a bit of cash in a cache, but nothing crazy, maybe $5 if the challenge is substantial enough.
  12. I'm going ahead as well with a half year check up...I genuinely wish I could say I was inebriated by some degree when I typed this....the first goal makes no sense because I was trying to find a certain amount of caches per month. The first goal is a write off....completely. I'm working on the second one, and the third one is already good to go, with my tenth cache having been planted yesterday, of which four are yet to be published.
  13. I've had two confrontations, though one was less concerning than the other. First story; Me and my friend were looking for a geocache in a park. Just after making the find (having searched for fifteen or so minutes), a cruiser went to the parking spot right near the GZ, and questioned what we were doing. I think we told the truth....but my memory is bad in some cases...this is my log, can't believe I found it last year, it feels like a while ago. https://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=2a958c9f-fc1d-4e5f-92f5-583cf2a489fc Second Story; I was going for a few caches in a small town where some family live, my relative having dropped me off somewhat nearby. I made out with two DNFs (mostly because the few inches of snow we had made geocaching troublesome). I was in a park, which was barren due to the weather, and I was being a goof. Breaking ice, trying to find a cache in a pine....and I decided to finally look for this cache hidden in a wooden lot near the railway bridge, and not far from someones house. Well….as I searched the GZ, an officer came by, and directed me to come out of the woodlot....telling me where to exit because their were brambles and such. Once I was out in the open, he approached me and asked me if I was okay and what I was doing. I told him the truth, and they carded me. I had no idea if they were charging me for anything (I didn't exactly figure out if the woodlot, which is quite small, is restricted for the public)….but after going to the local police station, they explained that I wasn't being charged, and hat someone called the police because I looked distressed or lost in the park. My log is here; https://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=2d62ed74-701a-4375-8871-cf20edcf8bf3 I will return for this geocache, when I see those family members again, and it'll be MUCH easier to find since I'm pretty sure the cache was covered in snow.
  14. For the following year, I want to continue caching by finding at least 1 a month, go and find more caches in different counties, and place a few caches.
  15. I started geocaching when I found a Tupperware container in the park near where I was living at the time, in spring of 2014. I made an account soon after, and I completely messed up the found times....my first few cache finds are all incorrect as to when I found them haha. Anyways, I stopped geocaching after I became bored of it, and becoming frustrated by the applications which serves geocaching (most were knockoffs, the official was quite strange to me). I briefly geocached a bit a few months after….and stopped....and went back to it a few months later....and stopped, then got back into it just over a year ago, and haven't stopped geocaching since. I geocache for the fun of it, and because it can be such a unique and fun experience.
  16. Anyways, I began geocaching under an alias which was likely "penini74", which was created under a sporadic and strange conversation with a friend years ago. I changed it to something which truly fit me, and was less vulgar in it's origins. This alias is my newer one which I use on a small fraction of the sites I use. It's derived from the final song from Phantom Planet's debut album "Phantom Planet is Missing", called 'Sleep Machine'. I love the record, and find this song to be very interesting. It also speaks to my strange experiences with dreams....which has caused me to be scared of dreaming as time has gone on. The song is below; https://youtu.be/Hew9vTBCOCU I decided to stick with the song title, but change "sleep" to Dream to reflect this, which just happens to be a slight nod to my favourite song, called "Only in Dreams". The end of my name is for the two numbers I have a fair predilection to, 7 and 4.
  17. I wish the Earth Cache could've been left as is, that's very unfortunate to hear of the logisitics of why this cache had to be streamlined to be "family friendly" (really just made less interesting for a patty reason IMO). I'm glad that the cache's been brought back at least....I'm guessing you can't allude to the previous rock display on the ground of the store for that may step on the toes of the big folks at HQ. (I hope HQ can improve their communications by some degree in the future) EDIT: Oh....this cache is in the UK....well then, by the way this thread sounded, I thought this was in the US.
  18. I mean there are multiple "did not find" types of messages on the page for the cache.
  19. Good point. I, for example, found the last cache for a letterbox cache, which was right next to a multi-cache final container. I only logged the letterbox cache, which I intended to find.
  20. I'm getting annoyed by folks who log a challenge cache found who hardly have any finds, but found the challenge cache, but in no way could've possible met the requirements. When they admit it wasn't met it's more annoying.
  21. I've never placed any caches, even though I've geocached for a few years now, but in the next few months, I'll be placing caches, some of which are generic, but some WILL attempt to be creative, whether it be because of an area, or for a theme.
  22. I generally agree with the points made above, and heck, I happen to be going to an event just as this time period starts....but the incentive to find caches for this souvenir isn't too high, especially as it's something we all can earn, and earn fairly quickly.
  23. Haha, I will. I'm being strategic however, as I'm going for a challenge that limits by finds per month...(Just because I need a certain amount of caches for the next few months...which'll be increasingly harder to find as it gets colder)
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