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    • To me the first chart is the most meaningful.  It shows the change clearly.  The chart distinguishing between caches labeled small vs micro has more issues. The small cache designation wasn't adopted until somewhere in 2005 or later.  Before that most people called them micros.  My earlier data with smalls must have been people who relabeled older caches small once that designation became available.  For example, people relabeled caches placed and labeled small in 2003 may have later changed them to small.  My data uses when the cache was placed and I can't know if the size was changed later. My observation is there's been size creep over time.  Some new cachers are labeling caches small that in prior years would have been labeled micros.  I've imagined this may partly be because newer cachers have seen so many of the tiny containers (nanos, Bison tubes, etc.), which didn't use to exist, a large pill bottle seems like it must be a small.  My intent was to show the decline of regular caches and the second chart muddies that.  I omitted 2001 & 2002 because my data's bad back then and geocaching had growing pains with some odd things going on.  For what it's worth in 2001 (the first year of caching) 96% were regular caches and 4% micros in my iffy data.
    • I'm gonna finish my passport and turn it in with about $100,000.00 worth of restaurant and gas recipes attached! 
    • I sat in on the scoring for a bit and it seemed to be going very well.  We hand-checked and re-checked the scorecards so no mistakes were made.  They also went out and picked up ALL the challenge caches that evening before they finished totaling the scorecards... and eliminated one of the hides from the tally because it had gone missing sometime during the competition.  That said, participation was down and it appeared they had about half as many scorecards to deal with that we had last year, AND they decided ahead of time to not announce the winners until Sunday morning.  That certainly took he pressure off and made things go smoother!
    • Here is a photo i took of the Southeast Team just before the challenge started. I teamed up with no_muggle and bittybit and found 21 caches and did 3 activity challenges. Had a lot of fun and enjoyed 4 days up in Tyler, Texas.     Thursday night we went to the drive in movie theater and saw the GIFF short films. Then watched the "Treasure" movie. Did some late night ninja caching after the movie. Friday did the Tyler Texas lab caches. Saturday was the challenge with over 300 people visiting and many teams from all over. North Texas got first place, Out of State was second. But i think everyone enjoyed the events, the competition, and the city of tyler (rose garden, alzalea trail, downtown and the many parks to geocache in.
    • Got the mail today and my coin and other prize-level swag was in the mail from Saturday.  I turned in my passport on Sunday by e-mail and got a nice acknowledgment back Monday morning saying the coin and swag would go out that week.  They are on top of it! Loved the geotour.  Took me to a bunch of places I have been to before, but also a bunch of places I've never been to or seen.  There are some fun ones, some good containers, and one or two that were pretty challenging. It was a nice mixture all the way around. We ended up going to the Pipeline Grill.  Never been there and thoroughly enjoyed it.  
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