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  1. Seriously? If that page is "vulgar," what does that make Maxim magazine (or Cosmo, for that matter)? Both of which are readily visible at grocery store checkouts by little kids, by the way.


    I'd say that the ACTIVITY of geocaching is pretty much "family friendly" for people who want to include their kids in their hobby (by the loose definition of "okay for kids to see") but the web forums don't have to be.


    If you worry about what they might see online, don't let them cruise the online forum by themselves.

  2. DIBS!


    I'm going to carefully remove each page of your 100 April Fools' Day Jokes book, and fold them into oragami cranes, and then leave them as siggy items in 100 caches. Except for trad caches found in shrubs and bushes! Those will get 2 cranes since "a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush!"


    In return, I leave you my half eaten Kashi granola bar from lunch. It's Pumpkin Pecan flavor... festive for the holidays and only has 3 gram of fat.

  3. I'm all about bringing my cell phone. I cache alone (or with the dog) and you never know when something might happen that you could need a little help with... and *surprise* you might actually be in coverage range. Not to mention, if I really need help, the dog isn't going to do much. She's "all thumbs" at that survival sort of stuff.

  4. Oh, dreamarcher, I completely agree about "family friendliness" with caching. I just wanna state that for the record. I think people that leave condoms or porn or adult related material in caches as some kind of joke are *feminine hygiene product*-bags. It's completely inappropriate and cruel to parents who have to have that lingering, awkward discussion with their little ones on the walk back to the car.


    On the other hand, when I am selecting a cache to go find, I have the right to choose which caches to go looking for. Kind of like that cache in the parking lot of a adult bookstore: you see it as you're cruising closer to ground zero, you point out the donut shop across the street to your wee cachers, and quickly turn the car around. You made a choice that was in the good interest of your kids. That's called parenting. Parents rock!


    I think it's awesome that families go out together and that you can usually expect (with some exceptions, of course) that you'll have a safe experience. Families that have hobbies like this, that get passed on to their kids, tend to have pretty good moral fiber. I applaud that. When you have a teenager who's out roaming the woods or enjoying the outdoors with a GPSr and hiking boots, it's a reasonable assumption that they have a good set of values and realize that a cache description implying sex doesn't mean that it's a green light to behave like a Buffy the Vampire Slayer character and boink like there's no tomorrow.


    Me as a single cacher with no kids? I can choose to be offended for myself, like I can choose to go find a specific "vulgar" cache or not.

  5. I'm not sure how good I am anymore, but every little bit of practice helps.


    12 years of formal instruction, and you'd think I'd be better than fumble-farting my way through vocab. It's proof that, if you have kids taking a language in school, keep them active or they'll loose it fast!

  6. We have snowshoes and walking poles. Any cache is winter friendly if you're willing to put in some elbow grease. :D


    That sounds like a lot of fun actually. I'm really jealous. Plus, you Ottawa folks can have Beaver Tails and hot cocoa at the end of your caching victories...


    you know all those "boat only" caches you passed up before? now they're park'n'grabs!




    Being in lower Alabama, the weather doesn't get cold enough to freeze the lakes. All the paddle caches are still paddle caches, but I just bring extra clothing and wear a spray skirt on the kayak to keep dribbles out.

  7. Life's about choices. They're your kids, and no one else's. You can control what they can and can't be exposed to while you take them caching. For bigger kids, it's a little harder to keep them from being exposed to sexually mature topics (or caches), and you have to trust that you gave them the right morals and good judgement to make good choices.


    More upsetting than the whole "this is vulgar, delete it now" theory is the fact that someone out there feels offended for me, rather than letting me be an adult (or a parent, in some cases) and choose for myself how to view sex in my family.


    Take some responsibility for your own actions, and remember to stay in your lane and out of other people's business. If it's not illegal, or risking other people's lives, it takes too much effort to be THAT concerned about it.


    I personally would like to make it easier for kids that want to be self controlled by being at least one person that is trying to portray sex in a positive light for married couples who are more capable of dealing with children and a situation less likely to involve STD's.


    So what happens if I don't get married?... just had to ask.

  8. MooseJaw, you got it. That's exactly what he was asking.




    Pathtags est truc qui n'est pas la partie de geocaching.com, mais "cachers" les distribuent comme les swag dans le cache. Le site Web de geocaching.com ne reconnaît pas un concourir retraçable comme Pathtags, et les modérateurs de site Web effaceront les postes de forum qui discutent Pathtag remplacent.


    Ils sont libres au viseur. Juste le commerce sur ou échange même pour eux. "Trade up or Trade even" en anglais.


    Bonne chance!

  9. In debate about clear vs black film cans (can't believe Clan Riffster would even allow this discussion to occur), clear plastic produces more humidity inside a trapped container in the sunshine if there is already water inside the container.
    Humidity isn't produced by the color of the plastic. It's produced by water which gets into the can either via a faulty seal or rain during signing the log.


    Yeah, that's what I said. "If there is already water inside the container"


    Clear plastic does make a difference. Black will attract more heat but that also means that condensation won't form properly on the back edge of a solar still's plastic until it gets dark.

  10. In debate about clear vs black film cans (can't believe Clan Riffster would even allow this discussion to occur), clear plastic produces more humidity inside a trapped container in the sunshine if there is already water inside the container.


    Take the theory of a greenhouse, if there is already moisture inside (like a slightly dampish log left that way by a finder during a drizzly day of caching), the sun will warm and maintain the condensation inside.


    This is the same theory that makes a solar water still for survival training work.


    As far as clear vs black film cans under lamp posts? If the log is completely dry and the inside of the can stays moisture-free, and the can itself remains in a cool dark environment, both cans should stay dry. I'm more apt to favor the clear cans because the top is a little more robust, when it's put back on properly...


    ... which never happens.

  11. I'll do a "Proof of Life"- style prisoner transfer for your TB that's been held in captivity for 36 months, and repatriate him into Traveler Service again (but only if you provide a picture of the TB with a current proof of life, which I will not pay for).


    For this, I will give up a half used-up pack of Post It notes from my desk drawer at work. They're yellow and 1" x 1.5" in size. I think the last couple have a coffee stain on them too.

  12. Trade even or trade up.


    Place the next cache you create in an even better hide spot than the last one you found or created. If you always aim to out-do (in a "friendly competition" sort of way) every other hide you've ever seen, then you can always have a memorable hide!

  13. fart putty


    Those sound pretty great for kids, but I'm sure the "NO TOYS IN CACHES" people will have other thoughts.


    Do you really think there are that many "No toys" folks out there?


    I've seen fart putty keep a group of 18-21 year old men laughing for hours. Some toys have no age limits.



    Thanks for the tip on the LED flashlights. I like the $1 swag bins at the entrance to Target, especially for the hand warmers and little tools.


    I use locally inspired pins from our town's chamber of commerce. I can get them for a $1 each, and attach a little calling card to 'em.

  14. "She doesn't really have 10 years experience, she just has one year of experience repeated 10 times."


    I love that quote, and I'll probably be using it from now on! Thank you.


    Ask yourself the question, if the online logging and number counts went away tomorrow, would I still cache? If the answer is "yes," then you probably don't care about other people's stats or whether or not they "cheat."


    If your blood-pressure is going up and you're getting all upset about someone you've never met (and probably won't ever meet) "cheating" at geocaching, perhaps you've missed the point of geocaching.


    If you're the one who "cheats" (whatever your personal definition of 'cheating' is), maybe this isn't the game for you. Your supposed to feel inspired by difficult caches to achieve something greater than you have before- therefore giving yourself a measure of accomplishment.

  15. Some people work full time and have full time family obligations. Some people are retired, or are young and single and can go out geocaching almost any time. Comparing total finds between two geocachers that have significant differences in the available amount of time to go geocaching doesn't make sense either.


    There are just two many factors which can contribute to total find counts that make it a meaningful stat.


    Abso-freakin'-lutely! *slow clap*



    Experience comes with doing something WELL... not just with doing something. Practice doesn't make "perfect"... it makes "permanent."


    Just because someone has 47,000 finds doesn't make them some kind of geocaching deity unless that's what's important to YOU. I'm deeply respectful of people who do 10 miles hikes through difficult terrain to reach their one cache find for the weekend because that's all the time they get to cache during the work week. If someone only has 50 finds to their name since 2004, but every find evokes a sense of "wow, that's hardcore," I'm willing to give respect where respect is due! THAT is experience to me.

  16. Thus, my proposal in post #2 for the panel of retired schoolteachers to judge each and every log submission for originality, spelling, grammar, plot and character development.


    Can we get that same panel to review cache listings? At least for grammar and spelling? ;)

    I thank this is a great idea two. I wOod like to heRe what the review panel?.! says when they find miss-steaks. Are they going to correct them on there own!?! or will the cash owner half to dew it?

    It's a great idea to have the logs reviewed for spelling and grammar. I think the forum moderators should be tasked with that assignment. :unsure:


    Unless the spelling error is intentional, such as a reference to mad caching skillz (replacing the plural "s" for a "z" to denote how mad your caching skills really are!


    Joking aside, I select my caches carefully to avoid lameness, and therefore try to say a little something about each cache I find in the online log (unless in A-Stan or Iraq). Logging in the field gets tough when the mosquitos rival the Millenium Falcon in size and it's starting to get dark, which is why the online logbooks are awesome.


    As far as the people who copy and paste for bulk runs, grabbing every LPC they can on some mad Saturday dash to get eleventy-thousand caches or bust, they probably won't be concerned with the caches that need a 10k approach hike to GZ for an awesome cache... where you'll find all the purist cachers hanging out, taking notes of the amazing scenery for a awesome log when they get home. Awesome caches, placed in great places, with thoughtful efforts by dedicated CO, will always be sought by people willing to take the time to make a serious effort at a good log.


    Edited for language

  17. Such caches are being published all the time and is not an ALR.

    Climbing the tree to sign the log is a requirement if the cache is permanently affixed and cannot be retrieved from ground level.

    Thus, such a type of cache, popular in my area, is rated at a 3.5 terrain or higher for just such a reason.


    Why? Because it was fun as a kid and it's fun now.


    No. Climbing the tree is an ALR. Signing the log is the requirement. So, now you want to delete log of people who have signed the log??!


    I think the poster was referencing that their cache is UP in the tree, and you have to climb to get it.


    What's the difference between this and a cache that requires a trad climb up a rock cliff to get to it? Wouldn't having the necessary skills and gear be an ALR then? Or SCUBA/underwater caches?

  18. Some people just don't get it that not all geocaches are for everyone and if you are unable to perform the necessary tasks to get to the geocache, whether it involves crossing a creek, taking a boat out to an island, rapelling down a cliff or climbing a tree, then you should just forget about it and move on to the next cache.


    For those who like the adventure associated with caching, those are the best caches.


    Perhaps some people just get frustrated with caches that require specialized equipment or training, beyond just their GPSr?

  19. The cheating, laziness, and shady techniques that go on in this game are truly sad. Does it affect me personally? Eh, yea, it does. Because crappy people who represent my sport also represent me.


    You just have to learn to not take things like that personally, I guess.


    There are douche-bags in every game (because geocaching to me isn't a "sport"... it's a friendly game). Why dwell on the crappy people and the bad logs? You'll end up getting resentful of your hobby, and that's not a very good way to be.

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