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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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#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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#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.

 

http://geocachingpuz...what-31614.html

 

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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#134905 CLAPS Cachin' on the Bayou Post-Mega Paddle Event

Posted by CANINE QUEEN on Yesterday, 02:53 PM

Maybe you should list the event as being on one of the islands in Horsepen Bay.  On land but you would need a boat to reach it.


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#134196 Critters seen while caching

Posted by TheNorman on 20 June 2014 - 05:29 AM

Today was a first for us--we saw wallabies while we were geocaching in Australia in Litchfield National Park.  We didn't snap an photos of them.  I'm pleased to add two other observations--we didn't see any crocs and we passed 1600 finds today.


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#133291 Caching in Pearland

Posted by Bigjake14 on 26 April 2014 - 10:42 AM

I am working on increasing the number of caches in the Pearland Area. Look for a couple of series to pop up here soon. I am trying out some unique containers that I have made and acquired to hopefully spice up the hunts.


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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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#134259 Jeep Brute - Baytown Bert Retirement gift suggestion

Posted by Baytown Bert on 26 June 2014 - 12:30 PM

I officially retired today at noon when I found out they had paid me forward one day and removed me from the database.


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#133925 FTF Ups and Downs

Posted by TexasWriter on 01 June 2014 - 09:41 PM

Today I loaded up my kayak and drove 101 miles to go hunt down a cache (http://coord.info/GC3W2Z3) that had been published 20 months ago and had never been found. The journey and hunt were successful, so I was feeling a nice sense of fulfillment in making the trip. As I was driving home, I was thinking about the many ups and downs I’ve experienced on the FTF scene. The experiences have been all up and down the scale of fun, scary, dangerous, frustrating, baffling, hilarious, etc. I’ve driven, paddled, climbed, slid, jumped, and crawled for new caches for various reasons, and I know many of the experiences will stay alive in my memory for years to come. I thought it would be fun to hear some of the stories of others about things you’ve experienced when going after FTF’s.

 

  • Found one cache recently that was over 20 miles off coords, 2 - 3 others that were over a mile off coords, and (in these days of geocaching intro apps and “smart” phones) numerous caches that were 50 – 600 feet off coords
  • Triggered property alarms twice (ironically on caches by the same CO)
  • Totally pissed off a Copperfield police officer who threatened to take CornDoll and I to jail, and when I hastily left I realized my GPSr was still under the bridge where the cache was, so we had to sneak in again later to retrieve it
  • Had dozens of other encounters with police and security
  • Did a 3-stage multi by the light of my GPSr in the woods of a park to avoid detection by a po-po who just knew someone was out there and kept circling and shining his 2-billion lumen car floodlight into the tree line
  • Rode my bike in the freezing rain (28 degrees) for 2-1/2 hours chasing down four new caches (and had to knock the ice off my bike three times throughout the night)
  • Hiked in a torrential downpour for .23 mile, with the last 450 feet being solid bushwhack from hell, then had to climb a slippery tree for 15 – 18 feet….all to get the NTNC trophy for my wife J
  • Managed to get about 18 feet up into a tree for a cache where the tree had no limbs for the first 15 feet, was too large of diameter to scale, and I had no ladder (the CO called me the next day to ask WTH?)….came home with the FTF and bruises from groin to knee on both legs
  • Flushed feral pigs, almost stepped on snakes too many times to count, and had a coon drop out of a tree right behind me while squatted down signing a log
  • Been stung by spiders, bees, and ants
  • Encountered all kinds of night time wildlife (owls, rats/mice, skunks, foxes, armadillos, etc.) including getting T-boned on my bicycle recently by an armadillo
  • Encountered two separate packs of coyotes with CornDoll while FTF’ing in San Antonio at the start of our honeymoon, and the second pack was bedded down and didn’t move when we walked up on them….which is not a good sign for the humans
  • Came upon a young couple in a park who hastily pulled their clothes back into position…..ahem!
  • Was sent a nasty-gram from a Dallas area FTF hound for grabbing FTF’s on his turf in the middle of the night
  • Watched CornDoll do a total face-plant in a stream up in the Woodlands when we went after a new 9-cache series (she didn’t make it across the washout), and was equally impressed that I only came out of it with a “You suck” comment when I joined her on the other side (hats off to CornDoll for laughing it off)
  • Scaled a 10-foot wall to drop over the other side into a gated community in Oklahoma to grab an FTF on a cache that the locals had torn the CO to bits over for the previous 3 weeks (it was archived a couple weeks later)
  • Did a 6-cache off-trail bushwhack in GBP with with a caching buddy during the peak of the Ice-pocalypse (or Ice-mageddon, whichever you jokingly called it) and had a great time chatting along the way
  • Found some very nice (and sometimes cute) notes from kids for the FTF (one of those was on the trail with a rock on top of it in the cache above where the coon dropped out of the tree behind me)
  • Picked up all kinds of fun, cool, surprising, and odd FTF gifts from geocoins, pathtags, and travel tags to money of various denominations ($20 was the most)
  • Had the privilege of hunting down many new caches with other cachers all around the Houston area, many of whom I’d never met until I met them on the FTF hunt
  • Realized when my fiancé (and now wife) was with me in Addicks Reservoir (swamp) in the rain at 1:00 am to get some new caches that she was definitely the one for me

Yes, many of these things could've/would've happened whether it was an FTF run or not, but in many cases I wouldn't even have been there if it wasn't for a new cache publishing nearby. How about your FTF stories? Do tell...


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#133884 A humble request - vote for me!

Posted by GASTX on 29 May 2014 - 12:03 PM

Hurelyanne rallied at the end with basically every Canadian in the country casting a vote for her. It might still be May 28th somewhere, but I can't see how. It appears her claim to fame is she really likes geocaching a lot. That pretty much describes everyone on this forum, doesn't it? LOL


The canadians were confused. They thought they were voting to renounce Biebers canadian citizenship.
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#133787 Longest since last find

Posted by Jhawk! on 22 May 2014 - 10:38 AM

Well of COURSE everyone here wants to hear Jhawk's opinion! If the CO is actively checking the cache and has reasons (construction, clearing, etc) and doesn't want to lose that spot, then leave it alone I say... within reason. I mean, 6 months a year whatever is likely way too long no matter how much you wanna keep the location. But an active CO is a precious commodity that we don't want to loose... some fancy number system be damned.

 

Having said that... some people are easily offended. BB's note would not have offended me, as a CO. Or, if it had, I simply would have sent him a PM saying something like "Stuff it up your arse, I'm checking it and will take care of it when they stop clearing trees back there." I tend to prefer to handle things one on one as opposed to taking it to a public forum. But then, I'm charming and diplomatic that way. :angel:


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#133754 Caching Crazy

Posted by Kirbydox on 20 May 2014 - 04:10 PM

I've been accused of being a little obsessed with caching but this log I received on one of my caches on Bolivar made me laugh:

 

Location: Texas, United States
kf5qzs found Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary (Traditional Cache) at 5/20/2014

Log Date: 5/20/2014
Wife and I are on our way to Galveston Island, Texas for the delivery of our second child.

My wife was insistent we stop and grab a few caches along the way to Galveston just in case they do a C- section delivery, because she will be out of commision for at a minimum 5 weeks.

TFTF!

KF5QZS and family ( + 1 a day or so out )


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#133611 Missing TB - what to do what to do

Posted by HoustonControl on 14 May 2014 - 11:32 AM

Bert, I used to kind of disagree with your mantra of discovering trackables instead of moving them (you still get "credit" for them but don't have to worry about logging them properly or losing them!).  As a TB owner, I want to see my  trackable move, not just sit in a cache and be discovered.  Especially if it is in a mugglerific cache that could end up disappearing along with everything in it.  Grab my TB and get it out of there!

 

But then I realized that you're generally preaching to newbies in your Geo-101 classes, so maybe it's a good idea that they start off discovering bugs only -- at least until they get all the mechanics down of grabbing, moving, and dropping off the things -- and are sure they're going to stick with the game.  Too many trackables get picked up by new players in their first outing only to never be seen again.


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