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  1. My wife often geocaches with me, and she uses an oxygen tank due to a lung disease, and a birth defect in her heart. (and she's never smoked in her life)

     

    You won't find her registered as a geocacher here, for some reason she just won't do it. She says it's not neccesary, since she's always with me when we geocache, and I log the finds. I'm not fussing, I'm just glad she enjoys going with me! :huh: I'll sometimes refer to her as "Mrs CND" since she won't pick a handle. :mad:

     

    Our oxygen machine at home allows us to fill our own bottles. The portable bottles are relatively small, (12' tall) and each bottle will last a little over an hour. (set at 5 L/min, the highest setting) The bottle has it's own pack, that can be worn across the shoulders, or around the waist. I carry the bottle, and we have several feet of small tubing so she can stay connected when she's walking beside, in front, or behind me. We carry four bottles in the car or truck, and just grab one when we get out for a hunt.

     

    We live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so the terrain can be rough some times. We just take it slow and enjoy the hunt, and spending time together.

     

    "Mrs CND"

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  2. Peterson Lawyers Debate Sequestered Jury, GPS

     

    FOXNEWS

    Tuesday, February 17, 2004

     

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Attorneys in the Scott Peterson (search) case headed to court again Tuesday to argue whether GPS tracking evidence should be allowed during his double murder trial and whether the jury should be sequestered.

     

    The judge would also hear arguments on whether to use separate juries for the trial's evidence and sentencing phases. Court began at 12:30 p.m. EST (9:30 a.m. PST) Tuesday in Redwood City.

     

    Rick Distaso and other prosecutors want the judge to admit evidence from a GPS tracking device that police secretly attached to the undercarriages of Peterson’s vehicles to track his whereabouts before his arrest.

     

    Peterson’s defense lawyer, Mark Geragos, is asking the judge to toss out the evidence on the grounds that global positioning system devices aren’t reliable.

     

    Fox News legal analyst Stan Goldman said that there is no California Supreme Court or Court of Appeals decision allowing GPS evidence, but the accuracy of the technology has been well-documented outside the courtroom.

     

    “Chances are, the judge is going to let them in,” Goldman said. “The technology is just too well settled.”

     

    Using the GPS device, police traced Peterson going to the Berkeley marina a number of times, though they also tracked him without the device going to the same spot.

     

    The San Francisco Bay marina is where Peterson said he’d been fishing the day his 8-months-pregnant wife, Laci, disappeared. It’s also where her body and that of the couple’s unborn son, who was to be named Conner, washed ashore four months after she vanished Christmas Eve 2002.

     

    If Judge Alfred A. Delucchi (search) decides the GPS evidence is permissible, it would mark the first time such readings would be allowed in a California criminal trial.

     

    As a result, prosecutors must establish the technology’s reliability using properly qualified experts, and then demonstrate that police used it correctly.

     

    Testimony about police tracking of Peterson's whereabouts began last week, when Geragos tried to poke holes in the accuracy of the GPS devices, particularly when placed secretly on vehicles.

     

    Geragos is arguing that the device on Peterson's vehicles had glitches because it didn’t track all of his client's comings and goings. He has hired his own expert to question how police used it in the case.

     

    Police installed the devices in vehicles Peterson owned, borrowed and rented after Laci Peterson disappeared, saying they trailed him to San Francisco Bay at least once in January.

     

    If he's convicted of the murders of his wife and their unborn son, Peterson could face the death penalty.

     

    Bound by gag orders, neither side has discussed specifics on the information gathered by the tracking devices.

     

    The military developed the satellite-based system, which can pinpoint a user's location at any time, in all weather, anywhere in the world. The decades-old technology is now used by everyone from airline pilots to weekend hikers and Sunday drivers.

     

    Also at issue is whether the jury should be sequestered for the entire trial, expected to last three to four months.

     

    Geragos wants jurors sequestered in a hotel to avoid negative publicity surrounding the case. The prosecution doesn’t on the grounds that it will be difficult to seat a jury if lengthy sequestering is required.

     

    “Chances are, a judge isn’t going to sequester a jury,” Goldman told Fox. “It’s a real financial burden.”

     

    Additionally the ongoing hearing, which likely will take about two weeks total, will touch on whether there should be a different jury for the evidence and sentencing phases of the trial.

     

    The prosecution has argued against that motion, but Geragos wants there to be a different jury deciding on Peterson’s punishment should he be found guilty.

     

    Fox News' Catherine Donaldson-Evans and Trace Gallagher and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  3. I know the topic of cache containers comes up often, but just thought I'd share another one for you.

     

    Airtight, WATERPROOF used German Mil.-issue Gas Mask Cans. Steel Cans have hinged top with rubber ring seal to keep air and water out. Each is 4 3/4" in diameter, 13" tall and has web adjustable carry strap. The carrying strap would be pretty handy carrying them to the hiding spot.

     

    I found them at Sportsman's Guide. You get two of 'em for $9.97

     

    Here's the link if you want to order a couple.

  4. quote:
    Originally posted by ChurchCampDave:

     

    Wait till he places it and lets have a dollar pool.

    GDAE, Dave


     

    Save your dollars Dave. icon_wink.gif Based on some of the negative responses, I don't think you'll have to worry about my camera at any of my caches.

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    The purpose of the camera wasn't to try to degrade anyone or be voyeristic. (BTW, If anyone is peeing on my cache ... you deserve your pic taken! icon_razz.gif )

     

    The idea was just to have fun. I never said I would publish the photos. I believe I said I would send the cacher a copy of the pic for their own enjoyment. They could do with it as they please.

     

    For what it's worth ... remember how surprised you were, when you first found out there were so many geocaches near your home? You might be just as surprised at how many of these cameras are being used by people for wildlife photography and home surveillance. I know several stores that can't keep them in stock.

     

    Anyway, Don't worry about a camera at ANY of my caches. Does that mean I'm taking the camera out of the woods at it's current location? Absolutely not. Tomorrow morning the POSTED signs go up. If you're caught on the camera, then that just means you are trespassing. I'll continue to use it to take pictures of wildlife on our property. icon_smile.gif

     

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  5. quote:
    Originally posted by seneca:

     

    You are, of course, right. However,taking pictures of someone having a quiet walk in the woods, without their knowledge, although perhaps legal, is, in my book of morals, not a nice thing to do. It is sneaky, and a little bit sick. (If you are a fan of Jerry Springer and other sick, voyeuristic TV shows, you might disagree with me.) There are a lot of things that aren’t very nice, and in fact downright offensive, but you have the right to do them. Doing them though, doesn’t make it right.


     

    Well Seneca .. I never realized that I was so "Sick" .... thanks for pointed it out. smiley-yikes.gif I'll rush right out and see a shrink tomorrow!smiley-hitting-self.gif

     

    Heck I wasn't trying to spy on anyone, I just thought it would be fun for the geocachers themselves. I didn't plan on putting it in a public park and playing "Big Brother". The camera is currently on my property, and would stay on my property ... as would the proposed cache.

     

    I'm not sure how the camera would take pictures of someone taking and not leaving anything at a cache either. The camera would most likely only take one picture of the visitor, as they walked up to the cache. It's on a time delay and would not snap another picture for several minutes.

     

    I just wanted to make a cache that I thought would be fun for other geocachers. I didn't realize that I would offend people. Once again in this time of "political correctness" it appears that I have once again blundered.

     

    Thanks for the comments and insights... I guess I'll just continue to take pics of the local wildlife with the camera.

     

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  6. Originally posted by Doc-Dean:

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    This is pretty slick! Is there a good way to secure it against theft??


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    Doc - Theft of the cam would be a big concern. That's the main reason I haven't done it yet. Most of the cameras come with some type of anti-theft device. Usually a cable that locks the box to a tree.

     

    Without going into detail, I have designed a way of securing it to the tree that's better than just a cable. icon_wink.gif Someone would need to bring some serious tools and equipment with them if they wanted to steal it. Of course ... someone probably would eventually. icon_rolleyes.gif

     

    As my Pappy used to say, "A thief will work harder at stealing than working"

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    Originally posted by Shadows:

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    I have been thinking about somthing like that also, but, with with no flash.

     

    The camera can be set to use no flash and for daytime use only. I know a few guys that make "stumps" to hide them in, with a knothole for the camera lens. Kinda like some cache hiders I know. icon_cool.gif

     

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  7. I've been thinking about hiding a cache and placing my PhotoTracker (remote game camera) nearby, to take pics of the geocacher as they approach the site. Of course I wouldn't tell them on the cache page that there was a hidden camera. I would let the camera be a surprise to them.

     

    I thought the pics might be worth a few chuckles ... geocacher staring intently at their gps, swatting bugs, and making funny surprised faces etc.

     

    So what do you think about this type of camera cache? I think most folks would enjoy getting a copy of the pic to remember the cache hunt. It might make a cool momento! icon_biggrin.gif

     

    BTW,I've had my camera out in the woods for the last week or so, along a game trail. (not a cache location ...yet)

     

    Look who showed up to pose for the camera! icon_cool.gif

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    Someone feel free to "Markwell" me. Are there any caches out there using infrared sensing cameras?

     

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  8. Why didn't you just report your "find" to the K-9 officer so he and his fellow officers could eradicate the weed? That might save some future geocacher a lot of hassle, and put geocaching in good standing with law enforcement.

     

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  9. quote:
    Originally posted by Dinoprophet:

    I boiled mine, which of course didn't taste so great. Wet greens, bleh. I drank the water I boiled it in, though, and it was *really* good tea. It tasted kind of like camomile, but not as strong. I understand steaming them works well. Basically, treat them like spinach. But cook them to neutralize the sting.


     

    Dino, don't give up on 'em after one try. You have to gather them early in the season while they are still tender to make greens. Gather the tops before they bloom and you'll like them much better. Toss in some onions or better yet ... some "ramps", (wild leeks) to season them with. Drain and add a shot of vinegar, and a dash of salt.

     

    When I was a kid, "Stingin' weed tea" was often used by some of the old timers for aches and pains.

     

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  10. There are several caches close to I-81 near Marion & Smyth County VA. (Birthplace of Mt Dew, and home to Virginia's Highest Mountain)Here is a list of the closest caches for ya:

     

    Stone Arch Cache - just a few hundred yards off of exit 39.

     

    River Bend Park - just a hop off of exit 44

     

    River Walk- exit 45 or just follow Main St. from the River Bend Park Cache

     

    A Stone's Throw - Exit 47, or ... just follow Main Street from the River Walk cache. "A Stone's Throw" is a Multi-cache, but all the locations are very close by. (less than a mile)

     

    Old Beaver Ponds &

    Hidden Hollow Farm are both just off of exit 54.

     

    There are several other caches around, but those are the closest to I-81 in my area. Do a search using zip code 24354 if you want more.

     

    If you have time there are several nice caches nearby at Hungry Mother State Park!

     

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  11. My hair has been archived for almost 20 years now, so a hat is a must! Keeps me from getting sunburnt in the summer, and keeps my noggin warm in the winter.

     

    In the winter I'll wear a wool cap, baseball cap, or if it's raining or snowing ...my Filson Hat, nothing repels rain better.

     

    Summertime can find me in a ball cap, my Panama Jack Crusher, or my Tilly LTM3.

     

    Tilley's hats float, are insured against loss, and are guaranteed for life ... so if you think about it, it's a one time investment.

     

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  12. I've made several foam rocks, a couple of them have been caches since back in the winter. They seem to be holding up well.

     

    The foam I use is not the canned foam. I'm fortunate enough to have access to some industrial type foam insulation. It sets up hard, and is very dense.

     

    I was concerned with one of them being blown away, so I drilled holes in the bottom and placed 1oz. fishing weights in each hole. Then caulked the holes shut.

     

    Here is a pic of the "rock"

     

    and another of the back side, showing the cache container.

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  13. To the tune of "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood:

     

    On the day I was hidden,

    The cachers all gathered 'round,

    And they gazed in wide wonder,

    At the joy they had found.

    The head admin spoke up

    And he said leave this one alone

    He could tell right away

    That it was bad to the bone

    Bad to the bone

    Bad to the bone

    B-B-B-B-Bad to the bone

    B-B-B-B-Bad B-B-B-B-Bad

    Bad to the bone

     

    I broke a thousand hearts

    Before I was found,

    I'll break a thousand more Baby

    Before I go down.

    I wanna be your's pretty baby

    Your's and your's alone

    I'm here to tell ya honey

    That I'm bad to the bone

    Bad to the bone

    B-B-B-Bad B-B-B-Bad B-B-B-Bad

    Bad to the bone

     

    I make a good cacher beg

    I'll make a good cacher think

    I'll make an old cacher cuss

    And make a young cacher blink

    I wanna be your's pretty baby

    Your's and your's alone

    I'm here to tell you cachers

    That I'm bad to the bone

    B-B-B-B-Bad B-B-B-B-Bad

    B-B-B-B-Bad Bad to the bone

     

    And when you search these hills,

    Every step could be a "hide"

    Every cacher I meet

    They all stay satisfied

    I wanna tell ya little geo

    Well Ya see I hide my own

    I'm here to tell ya cacher

    That I'm bad to the bone

    Bad to the bone B-B-B-B-Bad B-B-B-Bad

    B-B-B-Bad Bad to the bone

     

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  14. To the tune "Sharp Dressed Man" - by ZZ Top

     

    Sharp Dressed Can

     

    GPS, hiking shoes

    and you don't know where I am goin' to.

    Ammo can, good hide,

    I don't need a reason why.

    They come runnin' just as fast as they can

    coz everyone's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed can.

     

    Log book, cache things,

    I ain't missin' a single thing.

    Coordinates, toys within,

    when I hide out I'm gonna do you in.

    They come runnin' just as fast as they can

    coz everyone's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed can.

     

    Black cloak, Black hat,

    Cloak & Dagger knows where I'm at.

    Lookin here, lookin there,

    lookin' around, everywhere.

    They come runnin' just as fast as they can

    coz everyone's grazy 'bout a sharp dressed can.

     

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  15. Brian, 99% of that trail will be fine for the kids. That's the only spot with a cliff. It's actually a little to the side of where your gps will probably be taking you.

     

    You'll cross a grassy field just before you get to the cliff. After you enter back into the woods, the cliff is just a stones throw away. So relax on the walk and pull the kids in close after you cross the field.

     

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  16. I was just cache hunting at Pipestem last weekend! Most of the caches are fairly short walks.

     

    The final Stage of the Pipestem Crypto Cache will be the hardest one for you, but should be OK even with a 2 year old on your back. It's less than 1.5 miles round trip on the final stage. (Stage 1 & 2 are very short walks)Stage 3 of the Cryptocache is downhill going, and all uphill coming back. This is a great multi cache and y'all should really give it a try. There is a scenic overlook along the way to the cache that has some awesome views, but keep the kids close to you at the overlook. It's a long way down!

     

    It's about 500' straight down to the river from where I'm sitting in this pic.1519842_300.jpg

     

    Plan to spend the whole day at Pipestem, it's a beautiful park!

     

    Best of luck to all of y'all

     

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  17. ...most people look for the easy one's first

     

    ...you take something and leave something

     

    ...you've been heard to say, "a little to the left, no ... this way, aaaah... there it is!"

     

    ...you worry that hiding more than 20 caches may make you known as a "Geo Pimp"

     

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