Stan, the 64S is a terrific migration from the 62S Garmin handheld. All the stuff you know and like and are used to with the 62S. Some significant upgrades such as GGZ file format, much faster satellite lock, and use of the Russian birds. It's handy that it's physically identical size-wise if you have handlebar mounts, etc. too. Battery life remains excellent, a pair of freshly charged eneloops will last all day long. Screen is as good as ever in bright sunlight. Firmware is quite stable.
Bottom line: It's an excellent radio that behaves just the way you've come to depend on the 62s, only with lots of benefits and a nice two-tone grayish color (little harder to see in a pile of leaves when you drop it! )
Hope this helps.
I am a throwback to the bulletin board / newsgroups days. I still hangout in numerous IRC chat rooms. I am an eight plus year member of several GPS forums and just prefer them. I do not have a FB, Twit or MY-S accounts and wont until I just don't have a choice.
I understand keeping a forum up and running isn't a free (time or $$$$$) endeavor and appreciate owners / admins who maintain them because they just like to.
May Update: Since the last update, 2 caches on the list were found, 1 was disabled or archived, and 3 more were added to the list. As of April 30th there were 34 active caches within a 75 mile radius of downtown Houston that have not been found in over three years. They are:
Chopped... GC189K6 - was last found on 4/22/12 by Log Dawgs, criffree and SeekerOfSeasons.
SW 4 - High Plains Cacher GC227AX - was last found on 7/8/12 by rocky4.
Chasing a Night Time Ninja GC2TJF4 - was last found on 9/8/12 by TAZ427 and TeamPoliceBike36 with two DNF's since.
Rope Swing GC1MK6V - was last found on 11/18/12 by metalman69 with three DNF's since. A child logged a find on it on 1/17/16, but it looks like a mistaken find log.
Part of the Family GCW38B - was last found on 12/3/12 by Raven & Georeyna with one DNF since.
SW 3 - The Good, The Bad & The Cacheless GC227AW - was last found on 12/15/12 by L Clan.
FTFC #62 - Or is it a puzzle? GC1P369 - was last found on 12/15/12 by Raven.
Strike One GC3D05C - was last found on 1/3/13 by msbop with four DNF's since.
Black Box #2 GC2TN93 - was last found on 1/15/13 by TresHntrs with three DNF's since.
Sundial at George Bush Park GC28Q25 - was last found on 1/19/13 by teamCull, Eagles1181 and .jpeg.
Buffalo Trail #3 GC1RZVA - was last found on 1/19/13 by Lonestar 77 and Mustache xo, with two DNF's since.
Hyperhidrosis GCM3E4 - was last found on 2/9/13 by cachestacker with one DNF since.
Fools Rush In GC282P5 - was last found on 2/10/13 by Moose.Head and TimGrady.
Watering Hole GC2KZ0W - was last found on 2/14/13 by Moose.Head and TimGrady with one DNF since.
FTFC #73 St. Patrick's Revenge GC24Y0V - was last found on 2/17/13 by Rich&Lola.
I'm Sick of Puzzles Two! GC1DZJP - was last found on 2/18/13 by cachestacker.
SW 2 - For a Few Caches More GC227AV - was last found on 2/27/13 by L CLan.
Night Time Ninja Aptitude #8 GC2NPZ8 - was last found on 3/1/13 by dmtex, with two DNF's since.
Night Time Ninja Aptitude #9: The Unknown Grave GC2P4G6 - was last found on 3/2/13 by DJAX96 & jjax12, with one DNF since.
Here Come The Beatles! GC2VMQM - was last found on 3/2/13 by L Clan.
Ninja Bait #2 GC3VW63 - was last found on 3/2/13 by DJAX96, jjax12 & TimGrady.
Ninja Bait #3 - Ninja Eye Candy GC3VW6V - was last found on 3/2/13 by DJAX96, jjax12 & TimGrady.
Ninja Bait #4 - Animal Crossing GC3VW78 - was last found on 3/2/13 by DJAX96, jjax12 & TimGrady.
STP (Soda Tube Puzzle) GC1YMXM - was last found on 3/2/13 by L_Clan.
Termite's Vinyard GC2NQ48 - was last found on 3/3/13 by -Scarecrow- with two DNF's since.
DEER XING GC1BADQ - was last found on 3/3/13 by rocky4.
Timberlane Hike and Bike 2 GC2JJ1P - was last found on 3/8/13 by TexasWriter & CornDoll.
The point of no return? GC252F0 - was last found on 3/12/13 by skunkonthefog & Silliams, with two DNF's since.
THORNS GC1QD58 - was last found on 3/12/13 by margeo47 & HeidiPoo with one DNF since.
Alphabet Soup Bonus #1 GC2579Y - was last found on 3/23/13 by L Clan.
FTFC #112 - Yes, it is tax time GC49G4W - was last found on 4/12/13 by FamilieRyan, Manofsteel73 and criffree.
Russian Roulette # 2 GC3AF87 - was last found on 4/17/13 by BaytownBert.
Jason's Big Oak GC2K21K - was last found on 4/26/13 by rathergohiking.
Now off the list:
Rising Sun (FTFC #77) GC2CP27 - was found April 8th by MedTexPlacer, 37 months after it was last found.
Homestead 4: Wayback Machine GC2PXKV - was found April 10th by MedTexPlacer, 38 months after it was last found.
FTFC #96 There's a Giant Lettuce Behind Me GC379NY - was found April 30th by legolaws, 46 months after it was last found.
Other changes since the last update:
From Jedi to Bison 1 GC1VDZ8 - was archived by the owner.
Be sure to check out the Bookmarked List of these caches.
Jason, your chart(s) almost exactly mirror Google Trends chart of activity. It's interesting. I've noticed it too...for a while now.
I too belong to many "online communities". The professional ones, the ones dedicated to business trades, mostly seem to be thriving as ever, at least the ones that were established in their respective space first, and that are well maintained and moderated against strict rules.
http://hvac-talk.com, or https://community.spiceworks.com/ for example, are two glaring exceptions to the general decline of online communities. 2coolFishing, TexasKayakFisherman are a couple of others that seem to be hanging in there too. Hunting and Fishing. Go figure.
Hobbies and interest type forums seem to be all suffering similar erosion of activity. Speaking for myself, social sites like FB have nothing to do with my ebbing/waning activity level in each of my memberships. Is there some overlap? Yes.
When I look at the charts you posted and consider the timeline, I can't help but think what a perfect storm of high speed mobile, matched with an explosive and non-stop supply "stuff" that interests, entertains, inflames, or otherwise seems to satisfy or satiate enough to gobble up available time during that period. I watch youngsters right now (High School), and indeed, people in any public setting and note how addicted they've become to their smartphones and reddit or whatever. I find it both amazing and scary. More and Faster...but not sure about Better.
What's next for HGCS? Well, I certainly don't know. I will say that the site continues to be an authoritative body of general geocaching knowledge on the Internet. At last look, Google has more than 160,000 references to HGCS.org posts, articles, and information. That's pretty cool if you ask me. It's worth preserving and sustaining. To do so probably will require some changes. This is definitely something worth talking about IMO.
I wonder how the analytics look Jason?