DanIAm Posted August 7, 2003 Share Posted August 7, 2003 Hello all, This is my first post and although I am sure you've heard this story a thousand times, I will proceed anyways. About 2 months ago I came across a link for Geocaching.com. When I opened it up I saw something that said 'where you are the search engine' and for some reason this sparked enough interest to bookmark the site. This just happens to be on my wife's computer. A few months went by with her paying no attention to the link passing it off as another geek related site of mine. On Sunday of this week, just 4 day's ago my computer went down. My wife had already called it an evening and her computer was free for my using. In doing so I clicked on the favorite’s button of her browser oddly enough just out of habit. Being that I was on a pc other then my own and would not have any of my listed favorites I don't know why I was looking. For those of you a few steps ahead in thought, you know I come to find the link to Geocaching.com Sunday evening I spent nearly and hour and a half on the site getting the gist of this hobby. It took only minutes to get the excitement knowing this whole concept had my name all over it. I could not wait to get started yet I had so much to learn. Upon calling it a night myself I mentioned something to my wife who was still very much asleep about the whole idea and that I wanted to get started. The next day being Monday my wife remembers our brief conversation and without my knowing spends her fair share of surfing around the geocaching site at work. She called me mid-day and tells me tonight we buy a GPS unit. I placed my order that Monday after work on Amazon less then 24hrs since I became aware of the sport. I decided to go with the eTrex Legend not wanting to invest more then I should until I confirm my liking for the hobby. With 2nd day air, I received the unit last night, Wednesday evening. On Tuesday my wife and I decided to go out and stock up on trading items. As I am sure you've seen before we ARE the stereotypical newbies full of excitement and over boarding expectations. But at the same time we've come to know that not every cache will be that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I've roamed these forums everyday since Sunday and know all to well that for some it's the hunt and for others it's the treasure. My wife and I both see it as something to do, something to get out of the house, something to be present with nature, all being of a value in itself. We've also made promise to being a positive productive geocaching team. To always leave the cache no matter how sad it may be better then when we found it. We feel this includes leaving something good when there may not be something good to take. We spent a little over $35 on trading items, nothing impressive, yet hopefully effective. All items ranging from the very small to the larger over $3 range. We took a few pics of our items laid out on the dining room table. We choose to put all items in zip lock bags being that where we live the weather changes so incredible fast that we saw no other option then to protect from the elements. Here are two pics of the same items but from different positions. Now my reasoning for calling the veterans is that I have a few questions: 1.) Is it cheating to read the clues and location vicinity of the cache? 2.) Am I supposed to navigate blindly only using the GPS from my home? Or am I supposed to find out where about the cache is and only use the GPS after I drive there? 3.) Is it suggested that my wife need a GPS unit as well? 4.) Should I have a paper map as well? If so what kind? I would think the answer would be topo, but where I live it is all flatlands, the entire state for the most part. Would a topo be as effective or would there be something else suggested? I appreciate any and all feedback and comments. I realize this is an incredibly long post, however I am not usually this long winded. I look forward to hearing from other geocachers! Thanks, GeoCachingGuy Quote Link to comment
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