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Suggestion for GeoTour/Trail Spreadsheet

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I like the spreadsheet and map of the GeoTours and GeoTrails. I would suggest a couple of changes to the map.

 

1. Make the placemarks a similar size. I like the size of the GeoTrails circles, the GeoTour placemarks are just huge in comparison.

2. Make them different colors. However...

3. Keep them different shapes. That way color blind people can still differentiate between the symbols.

4. If possible, add a legend.

 

Thanks, Skye.

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Also, put the date the geotour/trail was first published. That way, we know if the prize is likely still available or all gone. (Sorry, but I have a thing for getting those geocoins!)

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Also, put the date the geotour/trail was first published. That way, we know if the prize is likely still available or all gone. (Sorry, but I have a thing for getting those geocoins!)

 

I agree. The spreadsheet does have the creation date listed, however it would be nice if it was also in the pop-up on the map.

 

Thanks, Skye.

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In my attempt to add Creation Date to the pop-up map, I managed to screw up the document's geocoding. As a result, the map is not currently appearing. Working now to get it fixed. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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The document is updated. (New link. So be sure to bookmark it if you had the original link bookmarked.)

 

The creation date is now in the pop-up window when clicking from the map. (FWIW, knowing the creation date is nice. But it's no guarantee that a prize will still be available. I always call or email ahead of time to check.)

 

The placemarks are now different color. Blue/bigger for GeoTours, Red/smaller for geotrails. There are only two size choices in Google Fusion- small and large. No in-between, unfortunately. Also, not possible to work a legend into it at this time.

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Thanks for the update.

 

On another note, one of the problems is that you can only pick a single location for the trail/tour. Some of these can get cover a lot of territory. I was thinking about adding a radius or area column, but I'm not sure that that would help much. And I doubt that Google Fusion would be able draw circles, or any other shapes. That would also get to be a maintenance nightmare.

 

Anyhow, the basic idea is to give people an idea of just how how much travel is involved, and how long they may expect it to take to get all of the caches. So, I would like to see the following added to several of the trails/tours in the Notes column.

 

For the BLM Idaho Land Adventure trail, add 'Caches located throughout the state. Will take more than a day to complete all caches.'

 

The Washington State Parks should have a similar note; 'Caches located throughout the state. Will take a week or more to complete all caches.'

 

The Lamprey trail is 'Between Chehalis and Aberdeen, WA. Single day.'

 

Bigfoot is North Bonneville, WA area, single day.

 

HQ, local to Fremont, WA, couple of hours walking.

 

Lane County. Each tour follows a route. Will take up to a week to complete all four tours.

 

Is there anyway to open up the notes column for editing, rather than asking you to make all of these changes?

 

Thanks, Skye.

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Is there anyway to open up the notes column for editing, rather than asking you to make all of these changes?

 

We won't be opening the file to editing, but will certainly consider adding the suggested notes. Thanks.

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The document is updated. (New link. So be sure to bookmark it if you had the original link bookmarked.)

 

The creation date is now in the pop-up window when clicking from the map. (FWIW, knowing the creation date is nice. But it's no guarantee that a prize will still be available. I always call or email ahead of time to check.)

 

The placemarks are now different color. Blue/bigger for GeoTours, Red/smaller for geotrails. There are only two size choices in Google Fusion- small and large. No in-between, unfortunately. Also, not possible to work a legend into it at this time.

Thanks for the changes. It looks very informative.

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