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  1. I am in an area that is full of magnetic nanos and skirt-lifters.  There are a handful of COs that are more creative, but even then each of them tends to develop a "signature" to their hides (meaning - oh, this is Amy's hide, she generally finds an old log and hides a camo'd vitamin bottle.)  I don't currently have that many FPs, but as a rule I am pretty stingy with them.  I want a great location or hide that is truly unique or creatively difficult (typical location but atypical container, or typical container hidden in an atypical way.)

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  2. 22 hours ago, TeamRabbitRun said:

    Even though you're not naming the cache, I think the issue is that if you do three caches on a Saturday and post pictures on Instagram, you've essentially named the caches.

    It would be really difficult to look at a picture on my instagram and then go through my finds to figure out which one it is.  But if someone has that much free time...

    22 hours ago, TeamRabbitRun said:

    I suggest you think about what it means to "share a find with a fellow cacher", and whether that's a good thing to do with a picture.

    I'm not understanding your implication here.  I meant what I said - there are a handful of geocachers that I am connected with on IG.  We all post pictures of finds that we really enjoy.  What about that is a bad idea?

    22 hours ago, TeamRabbitRun said:

    You say that you're not doing it to provide spoilers; just to share cool details, but you admit that you seek out photos to get hints. You say it's to "make sure you're on the right track", but ...really?  What does that even mean? Aren't you looking for a photo to tell you where it is?  And, where are you looking; in the cache's gallery, or on Instagram?

    It means what it says - if I am looking for what I think is a lock-n-lock by a fallen log and have spent a long time looking with no success, I will see if maybe it isn't actually by the fallen log.  Or if it is a film canister and I need to check smaller hiding spots.  If the CO allows the pictures to remain in the cache's gallery, it becomes free to use.  I use them as a last resort before giving up.  I know others that go straight to pictures and hints to speed up the process.  To each his own.

  3. I will take pictures of containers or hides that I find really unique or interesting and post them onto my geocaching instagram.  I acknowledge the CO, but never include the name or ID # of the cache.  For me, this allows me to share my more memorable finds with fellow cachers without risking creating a spoiler on the cache page.  I will admit, though, if we have been truly stuck trying to locate one, we have looked for pictures that show either the area or the container to make sure we are on the right track before accepting the DNF (insert gasp of horror here) or posting a NM when the problem is with the hunter and not the cache.

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  4. 3 minutes ago, captnemo said:

    I have several caches on private property with permission.  I recommend that the property owner become a basic (free) member and put the cache on their watch list.  I tell them that they don't have to do any caching unless they want to.


    I have found that most property owners like this as they can view what is happening with the cache. 


    This is a great idea!

  5. I have a friend who is well-known in our local GC community.  He has been asked to make maintenance checks/runs for caches that the official owner can't get to quickly.

    There is also a group that hides series of caches under a group name and any given time any one of the individuals will perform checks and maintenance.


    I would recommend checking out activity logs for caches in your area, see whose name is coming up over and over again with quality logs and helpful information (I wouldn't trust a hide to someone who only ever posts "TFTC"), and just reach out.  The worst thing they can say is no, right?

  6. I have never used anything except my phone.  I always read the description but only dive into hints and previous activity if I am having trouble.

    I bought a GPS for geocaching but it was too much trouble to manage when everything I need is on my phone, so it is stashed away, still unused, in a drawer somewhere.

  7. 4 minutes ago, Keystone said:

    Provided that the admission fee charged by the non-profit is "reasonable" (for example, $10 per person), there is not an issue under the Geocache Hiding Guidelines.  The same is true for park systems that require an annual pass, public zoos and botanical gardens, etc.


    If the lighthouse were owned by a commercial business venture, then the answer would be the opposite.


    There is a cache attribute for "Access/Parking Fee" - it's a Dollar sign.  It would be helpful, but not mandatory, for the cache page you're describing to include that attribute.


    That clears up my question - thanks for the additional information.

  8. On 9/19/2018 at 11:19 AM, cerberus1 said:


    It is a Travel Bug decal, and example is Here.

     - But you could also use a trackable's code from a standard travel bug and use vinyl letters/numbers to make your own.  :) 


    I am considering doing that. I picked up a really nice unregistered coin that I don't really want to give away.  That would let it "travel" without having to let it go :)

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  9. I know that virtual caches don't necessarily fall under the same rules and regulations as physical hides, but I thought that I read somewhere that logging/finding caches should not require you to pay to enter a business.  Example - there is a virtual cache at a lighthouse, but to claim it you have to pay to take the tour so that you can answer a questions whose answer cannot be found otherwise.  Is this permissible?  I am ok not getting the smiley, but I have to admit it is a little disappointing, especially with so many things closed/limited due to COVID restrictions, to be standing within a foot of the landmark and not be able to count it.

  10. I don't always log DNFs - generally I only log it if I am pretty certain it is not there.  If I feel like it is there and I'm just not laying eyes on it for some reason, I might leave a note, or I might do nothing and just plan to return another time.  It really has nothing to do with numbers, I just reserve them for caches that I think may need a check from the owner.

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  11. 8 minutes ago, niraD said:

    But the most common approach is to have the first stage outside the library, identified by accurate GPS coordinates. Something at that first stage provides information that allows seekers to find/access the cache inside the library.


    We have found one set up like this.  The coordinates were in the parking lot where you gathered information that translated into Dewey decimal information.  It is still my daughter's favorite find :)

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  12. What is the benefit/purpose of a PQ?  Is it something I only need if I am using a GPS as opposed to my iPhone?  Or if I ever manager to plan ahead for an adventure does it allow me to access cache information when I don't have cell service?

  13. On 6/28/2020 at 1:38 PM, Keystone said:

    Neither of the narrow use cases mentioned in cerberus1's post is in any way applicable to the cache under discussion here.  The inactive owners test only involved caches in Georgia and North Carolina, USA.


    I know this is a side conversation to the OP, but as a cacher in NC I very much appreciate the cleanup done on inactive COs.  It is frustrating enough that this area is overrun with PNGs, but folks also tend to place caches and then abandon them, meaning day trips for caching end up being a waste of time, gas, and bug spray.

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  14. The kids and I love finding good swag.  If we come across cool stickers they go on our garage refrigerator.  If we come across a cool guitar pick, pathtag, or other signature item we will take those as well.  We are putting together a display for the kids' game room.

    My husband is generally indifferent.  He is more of a sign the log and off to the next adventure kind of guy.  I did find a really nice leather key ring that I traded out for him once.

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  15. On 6/28/2020 at 4:32 AM, fizzymagic said:

    Those two puzzles are intentionally unsolvable.  The CO has never shown the slightest interest in having them solved.  In addition, having searched for several of his puzzles a couple of years ago, the CO is also singularly uninterested in cache maintenance.


    I have to wonder, if the root goal of geocaching is to find a cache, why would someone want to make theirs impossible to find?  For me, that seems like someone more interested in bragging rights than actually being a part of the geocaching community.  I am all for a good puzzle, but a puzzle that is intentionally "unsolvable" is, in my opinion, not a good puzzle.  And an owner who places a cache that they do not intend for people to find and do not intend to maintain has chosen the wrong game to play.  Just my opinion, though.

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  16. 23 hours ago, kunarion said:


    .I run a colorizing extenstion in my browser, too.  I don't remove Favorite Points.  My selection is not conditional.  That is, I don't return to to each cache to ensure the cache is still exactly as cool as when I found it.  So when it's archived, the FP remains because that's why I placed a FP... I loved the cache.  I think a lot of cachers also do this, because my high Favorite caches remain that way even after I archive them.  Maybe other people will see which caches are preferred, but that only happens if the FPs remain.  Anyway, as said, some people move the FPs around, and there's no particular rule about that.

    Have some mercy on your colorblind friends! I can't read anything you wrote! :lol:

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  17. On 5/3/2020 at 5:32 PM, cerberus1 said:

    We've kept "grocery" bags in film cans since we started. 

    All say CITO on them, and if we're in an area that can use it, may drop a couple in the container too.

    If folks really want to be environmentally friendly, I'd suggest using one once in a while.  We're not seeing that so much in your state. 


    This is a fantastic idea!  I think we will start doing this as well. 

    I carry bags for us to CITO, especially out on trails and in parks, but I had never thought to leave them in the cache to encourage others to do the same.

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  18. I finally tracked this down. kunarion was correct - I am guessing it is a reference to the movie, not unlike folks who do a Harry Potter or Star Wars based series.

    Looks like the caches are all underground.



  19. 1 hour ago, dealfarms1 said:

    Anybody carry what they would consider pretty unique or strange TOTTs?  There is an adventure trail in our area where many loggers have referenced using a metal detector.


    I carry chopsticks.  Occasionally there are places that I don't want to put my hands, or they can be used to remove logs from nanos (you just twist gently into the middle of the rolled log and lift it out - sometimes if the log is damp, tweezers will damage it but i haven't had any issue with my chopsticks)

  20. 2 hours ago, cerberus1 said:


    Curious, did the fact that previous people may have had TB, any "letter" of  hepatitis, MRSA,  "the flu",  SARS, norovirus,  rhinovirus,  pink eye,  pneumonia, pertussis,  or any of the venereal diseases out there, including HIV/aids ever come to mind the past 10+ years?     ;)

    Hantavirus is 50/50 wherever mice are present.  Cache in the woods ?   Never saw a moldy container ?


    I'd say if this is such an issue now,  guess I don't understand why...

    We always assume that there's crud somewhere.     :)

     After signing the log,  we decide if it warrants us washing (we carry soap and towelettes), or a squirt of sanitizer.

    If you're simply looking for a walk, it'd be a good time to locate the caches that have been hard to find (DNFs?), and later returning to sign that log.

    I'm just taking short walks now,  but hiked years before this hobby.  When I'm healthier, I'm going caching, and will sign all logs.



    My thoughts exactly.  You are no more likely to catch COVID-19 from touching a cache than any other of a myriad of diseases.  Just wash your hands.  It’s not rocket science.

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