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#136500 Lesson #2 for new cachers

Posted by Team Four Paw on 05 January 2015 - 01:47 PM

The beauty in not logging your finds and deleting your facebook account is that there is no drama and no one to make you mad.  8)

That's just the way I stroll in the woods. If you don't like it put your big girl panties on and go cry in someone else's corner.

 

If someone is sending you a nasty-gram about the way you log your finds you should promptly discard the message and ignore them. I can promise you that kind of human being isn't worth your time.

 

Play your own game and cache for no one but yourself. Most importantly, Cache Happy™. Sound advice from a 10+ year caching veteran.


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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 19 August 2014 - 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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#137006 Lesson #3 for new cachers

Posted by cachestacker on 24 February 2015 - 03:47 PM

I don't want mine back.  I figure, if they're going to cheat on logging they'll cheat on logging.  Not worried about it. 

 

As a CO, I ALWAYS appreciate a maintenance assist that does not involve replacing a cache someone presumes is missing.  But routine items like fixing a zip tie, putting cache back on a branch or most logical spot if on the ground, replacing a log, adding a baggie, etc.  And I try to return the favor as often as possible.

 

But I'll always let the CO know if a cache is moved from the ground so they know it may not be in the original spot.  And I never replace without first confirming with the CO.


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#136802 The Berty Tube Migration

Posted by cachestacker on 09 February 2015 - 05:24 PM

Dude.  All that and no comment on the dog's toenail job?


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#136746 MILESTONES

Posted by HoustonControl on 02 February 2015 - 09:36 AM

Congratulations to trea for hitting 15,000 finds!  It just seems like yesterday (actually it was eight years ago today!) that I ran into her while she was trying to find her 18th cache


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#136610 Best TB resurrection story

Posted by TravelingGeek on 18 January 2015 - 01:25 PM

Wow!  

 

After 2.5 years a cacher noticed one of my TBs that was marked missing was still listed in an archived cache that he thought might actually still be there.  And it was!   I wish I could give the cacher a favorite point!

 

Back to Bern 300 (TB32VH3) has a new log:

Logged by: andGuest

I happened to come along the page for the archived cache this TB was located in when looking at a cache page for a nearby cache that mentioned the archived cache. I brought up the the archived cache page and saw that it looked like the cache was likely still there and the last finder dropped this travel bug. Decided to test my theory since I was walking by the cache today while going to the other cache. So since I am logging this TB it was obviously still there. So I will hopefully get it into a cache soon and get it back on its travels.


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#136322 Lesson #1 for new cachers

Posted by KeyResults on 16 December 2014 - 05:36 PM

I'm really proud of both my FTFs :)


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