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#121759 HGCS Membership Defined

Posted by KeyResults on 16 April 2013 - 10:43 AM

Got to thinking about us all here in the area. Here's what I've come up with so far...


HGCS / SETX defined:


Some people love to sit around gawk at coins and TBs.

Others just don't get path tags and coins and trackables.


Some people love to talk about geocaching.

Some just want to GO geocaching.


Some of us love social events.

Others see social events as cliquish and useless.


Some people love to solve puzzles.

Some people think puzzle caches were invented just to torment.


Some people love to test themselves physically to find a cache.

Some think caching should never be physical work.


Some among us love to test our ability to find well disguised or clever hides.

Some among us love to create clever well disguised hides.


Some among us love to be the first to sign the log of a new one.

Some could care less about FTFs.


Some among us love to power cache and log as many as we can.

Some hate the notion of power caching (numbers run).


Some among us would aspire to find every cache hidden on the planet.

Some of us really have no clue how many we've found and don't care.


Some of us bike, wheelchair, kayak, skin-dive, or stroller our way to caches.

Some of us will only PnG w the car.


Some of us see a place for skirt-lifter or lamp post caches.

Some of us think LPCs are a useless menace.


Some among us love trees and trails.

Some among us hate trees and trails.


Some of us want to help teach and guide newcomers.

Some of us think newcomers should discover and figure it out on their own.


Some of us LOVE to find difficult caches.

Some of us just want to find easy Park and Grabs.


Some of us want help clean our waterways and parks.

Some of us never go to waterways or parks.


Some of us love to geocache at night.

Some think geocaching at night is dumb and asking for trouble.


Some of us pursue challenges.

Some of us cannot understand why anyone cares about challenges.


Some of us think caching and kids are a perfect match.

Some think caching and kids don't really mix.


Some of us love caching w Dogs, Cats, birds or monkeys.

Some don't really like pets.


Some of us LOVE pink flamingos

Some of us just don't love pink flamingos.


Some of us are, uh, older.

Some of us are quite young.


Some among us narrowly define geocaching.

Some of us believe geocaching defies narrow definition.


I give up! We are like a good campfire stew. But, I wouldn't trade any of it.


If I were to relocate I would miss it terribly.


We are HGCS. We happen to live in SETX. A varied collection. A true melting pot.


Like it or not, we are Geocaching. Personally, I think we are just fine.


(Edited to correct bad formatting from Phone App used to post.)

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#132204 Got to toot my horn a tiny bit.

Posted by TAZ427 on 17 March 2014 - 06:30 PM

I'm not sure it truly deserves this but my recent Puzzle Cache 'Wet Sweater - Bras Stuck!' got selected as the Puzzle Cache of the Day.




I didn't even know about it until someone from out of state sent me a question on it an congratulated me.



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#125362 Houston Control

Posted by HoustonControl on 22 August 2013 - 09:07 AM

Thanks for all the well wishes. Just something that was found on a routine screening and getting some proactive care for it. I'm fine.
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#124019 If ever lost in the woods...

Posted by KeyResults on 14 July 2013 - 10:18 PM

All members, and their families: Before embarking on a trip into the woods, be sure to carry an emergency ready-to-hide-cache container with you at all times. If you ever find yourself to be lost, dont panic! Simply hide the cache, taking careful average coords. Then publish the cache using smart phone. Let PR know its an emergency. It will publish in minutes. Now just sit back and wait for Texas Writer :D. He should be there in a jiffy.
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#132337 2014 TXGA coin misspelling?

Posted by Kalvey on 21 March 2014 - 06:44 AM

No, honey. They spelled it right.  Geocachin' is how you say it in Texas.  

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#131620 BBQBOB2 on the Mend

Posted by bbqbob2 on 25 February 2014 - 06:07 PM

Went out kayaking with my son Bobby this afternoon and we talked Pat into an hour long paddle. A very good time for all of us. I am proving to be very good at keeping fish off Bob 's hooks. 3 hrs and one little nibble. Will have to work on that. Take care and get in the 'yak at every opportunity!
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#131434 The obligatory Congratulations thread

Posted by TexasWriter on 17 February 2014 - 07:34 PM

Team Troglodyte hit his 10,000th cache today. Awesome achievement! Congratulations!
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#131130 Archiving a 10 year old cache

Posted by Mr Muddy Buddy on 09 February 2014 - 07:34 PM

Okay.  The issue has been resolved.

GCHJYF Near the Dead has been moved 430' to the nearby cemetery, thus retaining the meaning for the cache name.

New coords are:   N 29 32.186 W 095 48.392

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#131122 Archiving a 10 year old cache

Posted by Team Four Paw on 08 February 2014 - 03:00 PM

I would go with HoustonControl or Baytown Beet. Large has a mobile home so he can run and hide if needed. :2funny:


It's official. Anytime Larry and Bert cache together they have to sign the log as "Team Large Beet".

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#127010 Baytown Sun

Posted by Baytown Bert on 04 October 2013 - 04:22 AM

For those who know me, it is no secret I often engage in a rapidly evolving high-tech game called geocaching.  

For those who don’t know, or are unfamiliar with the game, geocaching translates as the recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden container with a log book by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website.


In other words, a geocacher hides a container somewhere and submits the coordinates to geocaching.com  and if it satisfies all the requirements, the geocache, or simply put, the cache publishes and to those of us who are premium members, sends out an email or text to let us know a new geocache is available.


This often sets off a competition to be the first to find (FTF) and sign the logbook inside the cache, thus proving the hunter actually was there.


The game is addicting in the extreme.


As of today, I am ranked 45th in the southeast Texas region, which encompasses a number of million people, with 3,782 geocaches found and logged.  In addition, I have hidden and maintain 219 geocaches for other geocache hunters to find.  This second number boosts me very high nationally, as most seasoned geocachers do no hide or maintain nearly this many.

To put this game in perspective, there are currently 2,232,627 active geocaches and more than 6 million geocachers worldwide.  You may have a geocache hidden within a block or two of where you live.


The game is played with an app on a smartphone, especially by “newbies,” but most serious “cachers” use a dedicated Global Positioning Satellite receiver, or GPSr to find and hide their caches.  Non-players are affectionately known as “muggles,” a term borrowed from the Harry Potter series.


Although not nerd and geek inclusive, the game tends to attract people involved in academics, technical crafts, and computer vocations.  It is family safe and many seniors engage in finding geocaches for their hobby of choice and to get exercise.

Many geocache containers are hidden in city parks, along bike trails, inside cemeteries, and other urban settings – but many are hidden in the woods and places no sane person would venture and thus the title of today’s column.

Most of us perpetually have thorn and briar scratches on our arms and legs.


Texas, particularly our part of Texas has a wide variety of plants that grab and puncture every part of your body.  If you haven’t experienced this painful incident, imagine wading through six feet of rose bushes for fifty yards.


Along the way, you may, or may not encounter one or more venomous snakes, banana spiders crawling across your arm and back, clouds of hungry salt grass mosquitoes (mossies), chiggers, and the dreaded Lonestar tick.  I’ve had six ticks on me this year alone and after a single outing north of Beaumont; I had more than 50 chiggers on my ankles.  One chigger or redbug bite equates to seven to 14 days of intense itching.


Now all of these potential scary critters are not what I fear and I will walk through the snakiest looking terrain we have and often do, while wearing shorts.  What I fear is what geocachers encounter in urban settings – the black widow spider.  I’ve came across seven this year alone and on two occasions the spider was sitting on top of the geocache container in a parking lot location.  I do not suffer them to live, unlike the venomous snakes I encounter - I simply walk away from them.

Have you ever heard a banana spider bark?  I didn’t know it was possible until about two months ago and when I breeched the subject to the Baytown Nature Center’s naturalist Crissy Butcher and biologist Sarah Graham, both were skeptical and declared they would have to hear it to believe it.


This particular incident occurred a bit south of Baytown in an abandoned “garage” in some very over-grown woods.  I walked up on a huge Golden silk orb-weaver spider in a web about 5 feet off the ground, but was so caught up in looking for the geocache that I didn’t see it until I all but bumped it with my elbow.  It “barked” at me and shook its web.  I stepped back not believing my ears, so I moved my naked elbow closer to it and once again, it made the noise and shook the web.  For the third time, I moved my elbow in close and yes, once more it jerked and emitted what I can only describe as a tiny barking noise.

Most of us never encounter the variety of critters I mention in this column, even though they exist all around us, but if you become a geocacher, you can pretty much expect to see them often.


On Nov. 2, I will be hosting a free geocaching 101 event booth and workshop at the Baytown Nature Center’s Nurture Nature Festival. I’ll be at the raised pavilion in back and the class starts at 0800 sharp.




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#123931 Streaks

Posted by TexasWriter on 12 July 2013 - 06:59 PM

To me, a streak is when you throw off all your clothes and run across the football field during game time. Extra points if you are able to grab a cache along the way before donning clothing to wear to the police station.

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#132800 12th Annual Texas Challenge Trackable

Posted by JustKeely on 03 April 2014 - 11:16 AM

I AM going to make that silver ammo can of ours trackable, though!  Then take it around to events!  Right now it has the scorecards from 2013 and 2012 in it - hoping to get 2014's in there soon. As soon as I get a hold of those puppies, I am going to put the results in a spreadsheet and share it with everybody who is interested.

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#132578 TEXAS CHALLENGE 2016

Posted by Team Four Paw on 27 March 2014 - 05:03 PM

I'm not in favor of GBP. That is all.

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#131509 Critters seen while caching

Posted by Baytown Bert on 21 February 2014 - 12:31 PM

Saw these 3 feral hogs while geocaching today.



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#131318 The obligatory Congratulations thread

Posted by HoustonControl on 13 February 2014 - 09:43 PM

Congratulations to Kirbydox on hitting 20,000 finds!  Amazing!!!

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#130980 I think I am ready to hide my first cache....

Posted by chringuyen86 on 03 February 2014 - 09:32 PM

thanks for all the advices :) I believe I am going to attended Baytown Bert 101 classes first then probably hide one :)
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#130928 GC24K2K ▼ Soda Tube Trials #2: Aim For The Water!

Posted by GASTX on 02 February 2014 - 12:44 PM

We made it!!. Rain stopped long enough to climb the bridge.Dhaulaghiri, Jayhawk & friend (sorry I didnt get the name), Javcky (my son) and myself made the climb. Shame the fog was thick, got pictures. Glad we did it, was a blast


Dhaulaghiri shot video of the group climb (Yay Dhaulaghiri!!!).


Jayhawk placed a replacement cache container (magnetic) after we all signed the log. I signed the structure as well.


Just as we got back to our vehicles the rain came down, I think someone had our backs!!!

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#129579 The obligatory Congratulations thread

Posted by Kirbydox on 04 January 2014 - 07:00 PM

Congratulations to Rozowski5 on #1400 AND Texas Dreamweaver on #2000 at Snoogans' White Elephant Gift Exchange Event. 



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#129413 TXGA Representative Position is up for election

Posted by Baytown Bert on 29 December 2013 - 05:30 PM

My Bride has given me the okay to offer myself up for candidacy, but it's what everyone thinks is best that counts. :smitten:

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#129306 The obligatory Congratulations thread

Posted by cajunabear on 23 December 2013 - 12:15 PM

Congrats to Woodpicker and Skipbo on their recent 10,000 Milestone from the Beaumont, TX area.



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