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    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. 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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    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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    Finally breaking down and doing it. Looking forward to "giving back" to those who've shared with us. Whatcha think?
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    I too believe that "offensive" is determined by individuals. And, I believe it our right to be offended by anything we wish to call offensive. But, it is the effect, reaction, or remedy "imposed" on us at times where I sometimes get rubbed into a rash. Sometimes, I roll my eyes, but other times I feel like we go too far, mostly in the name of PC Police that amount to nothing more than bullies. These bullies tend to be well educated people that live in the Op Ed's making a hobby of stirring change to amuse themselves. I have met some of these folks, and there are many more than you might think. Many times it's a game to them, slef-righteously speaking for the unknowing apathetic and silent majority. Man, I hate bullies. My greatest concern is where the line gets drawn sometimes, but mostly I get scared to death over who gets to draw those lines... Nude Art Sculptures or Paintings offend many, and so does Mark Twain, and the image of Robert E. Lee, or Abe Lincoln. It must be tricky to be named Richard on the play ground these days, and just how did slang for a restroom derive from a biblical disciple? Now add foreign languages to the mix and even the color black seems to catch a glance, not to mention hundreds of other words that hurt somebody somewhere. As a collective, this age of PC has really gotten to be offensive to me at this point. I do wish people would just chill.
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    Congrats, tuba_dude! Congratulations to Baytown Bert for logging his 6,000th cache on the Lone Star State series yesterday in W.G. Jones Forest!
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    No, honey. They spelled it right. Geocachin' is how you say it in Texas.
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    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://geocachingpuzzleoftheday.blogspot.com/2014/03/say-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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    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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    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 . He should be there in a jiffy.
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    I received a DNF on one of my caches in Rosenberg yesterday. Kirbydox Left Between H and I. The cache has been out for 3 years and I have NEVER had to replace it. Since I was at my computer at the time, I immediately sent a message to this cacher to look again because it is not your typical light pole cache and not an easy cache for a newbie. They looked again and couldn't find it and replied that I was full of it. IN THIS CASE(!) I had to disagree with the cacher. Today I took the 30 mile roundtrip drive to check on the cache and it was there. The cacher has ZERO FINDS. I channeled BaytownBert and tried to teach this newbie about unusual hides without totally giving it away. On the bright side, the log was full and needed to be replaced, there were a lot of cool songs on the radio I listened and sang to on the drive and I got to spend some quality car time with Wolfie the dog. Oh, and it wasn't raining yet either! I'm also thinking of making all my caches Premium Member Only.
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    The only whisper I'm hearing is how fast my fat arm takes my hand to slap a man...
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    I told Syd I'd post this. Proud of her accomplishment. Dual milestones atop Guadalupe Peak, Texas' highpoint.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Team Troglodyte hit his 10,000th cache today. Awesome achievement! Congratulations!
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    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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    It's official. Anytime Larry and Bert cache together they have to sign the log as "Team Large Beet".
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    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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    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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    East Texas’ Hardest Mystery Cache GCNP2K - was last found on 03/19/10 by ggmorton and cachestacker. make that last found on 12-27-15..... team "makes me wanna shout" of green-eyed, j-shout, powerdog02, juleed and + the driver.
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    Hi y'all!! We were deeply moved by all the wonderful comments & kind words that were offered upon our departure of the Houston area. By now we're almost (with emphasis on ALMOST) completely settled into our house in the Netherlands again (watch this video for the difference between Holland & the Netherlands) and enjoying the wonderful summer temperatures! Yes, we rode our bikes already :D! Attached some pictures of our direct surroundings for y'all to enjoy, I sure hope to be able to visit again soon!
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    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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    Not exactly a Milestone, but today was my 10 Year Geocaching Anniversary. I first logged into GC.com and set up my account on Feb 23, 2005. It would be a couple of more weeks before I actually hunted for a cache... much less found one.
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    Dude. All that and no comment on the dog's toenail job?
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    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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    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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    I'm really proud of both my FTFs
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    Should have told him afterward we know the best spots to hide bodies, too.
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    Occasionally I like the P&G's to give my numbers (and EGO) a boost, but I like Skunkonthefog's approach. He only does caches that interest him. Wow. That is totally cool and amazing. When I hit 4000 caches, I thought to myself "When is enough, enough?" I set a goal to advance my numbers 1000 each year if possible, thus the P&G's, but if my Bride and I can go get 13 - or 2, as we did today, then we are successful. Now, all I need is a hook-up on those fricken puzzle caches! What's great about geocaching is that there is something for everyone. For the most part, lpcs and other similar easy caches don't affect me so i have not much reason to complain. At the same time, i can see how puzzles can sometimes affect the hiding of other types of caches so i can understand the frustration their presense may cause in these cases. Otherwise, i really don't understand why certain types of caches bother anyone. Skunkonthefog has the right idea,,, Go for what you like, place what you like, nix the drama, and have fun!
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    Taken by my game cam on the BHP series of caches behind my house:
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    Let me help you Bert ...
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    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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    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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    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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    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.
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    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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    Congrats to amberita13 on joining the comma club!
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    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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    I'm not in favor of GBP. That is all.
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    Saw these 3 feral hogs while geocaching today.
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    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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    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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    Congratulations to Rozowski5 on #1400 AND Texas Dreamweaver on #2000 at Snoogans' White Elephant Gift Exchange Event.
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    My Bride has given me the okay to offer myself up for candidacy, but it's what everyone thinks is best that counts.
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    A heart-felt "Thank You" for all our veterans. "The Home of the Free Because of the Brave" says it all.
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    She heard him mumbling and when she put her ear to his mouth, he said: "Curse you Aaron Barbee!"
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    Maybe Garmin is prepping for the TEXAS 25000s, and 25050stc-wifi-BT-4G models for unlimited geoCaches, photos, TBs, PAF lists! The networking capability and the internal camera enable you to tweet your chirps, and even "Bert a pictorial panorama" directly to FaceSpace or HGCS.org by just telling SILLI (Siri was already taken) to make it happen. I envision the real-time voice logging to be a great hit - especially with "Curse you Aaron Barbee" filters (among other curse words) available as optional pluggins. One of the coolest features is the built in SL printer which will imprint your full signature and date within the allotted space on even nano-size logs by simply sliding the log along a slot on the device like a credit card...there's even a built-in pop-out roller for those pesky nano logs too. New breakthrough trick features are for the events. If you have the new optional BlueTooth ear piece, SILLI will tell you the name of any premium geocacher by simply training the camera on them, while tapping the brand new "WTF?" button and whispering "who's that again SILLI?" Now we can all remember names like Preachers and Salesman! Also, the unit has a built in flashlight and magnifier function which enable the unit to automatically log even the most difficult to read Travel Bug or geoCoin using advanced scanning and OCR. How cool is that? For me, I cannot wait for the new proximity alarm tones! One rumor has it that when you get within 50ft of the GZ, you hear the opening to ACDC "Hells Bells" as an optional alternative tone. I love ACDC. Also SILLI works great with Google Maps too. Once you have a cache in mind to go after you just say "Get me as close as you can SILLI" and word is SILLI makes it happen! Another neat breakthrough is the WWCCC feature. WWCCC is short for Warmer warmer, COLD COLD COLD and it is the choice of voices, including Sue Sylvester, Kanye West, Bart Simpson, and Don Rickles providing you audible "hints" to GZ so you can keep your eyes out for snakes and/or fresh Poop, The built-in "help me Obiwan Kenobe, you're my only hope" projector (on the 25050stc-wifi-BT-4G model only) will surely be a big hit as we share Baytown Bert inspired geoPhotos and video with others at local events. I just projects a 48in HD image in free space using magic I guess. SILLI will even critique your work if you press the "WTF?" button...amazing. Yep, I'd say those Garmin folks are working hard to make the new TEXAS model really special right down to the random and spontaneous "Obama slams" in the voice of Rick Perry, such as "Gun Control? Use both hands! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha," for example. Note: There is a mute function for when you're caching in Austin. Anyway, you didn't hear any of this from me if anyone asks.
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    You know these caches are not just something you drive to, walk a bit into the woods, and do maintenance. The time, effort, and enthusiasm displayed makes you a true caching steward. I just want to say thanks.