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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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    I told Syd I'd post this. Proud of her accomplishment. Dual milestones atop Guadalupe Peak, Texas' highpoint.
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    HoustonControl and I are meeting with the Baytown tourism director to start to plot out exactly how the Baytown Geotour will work. The money has been approved BTW. As with any geotour, the amount of money you spend doing it is very important to document. When you turn in your passport, make sure you document the bucks spent. Zipping into geotour country and zipping out will kill the program. Baytown's geotour will be funded by a hotel/motel tax. I think any city hosting a geotour through GC.com pays $3000 per year to be listed. Now of course, none of us locals will probably spend the night here, but we'll buy gas and burgers for sure.
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    Little late here but, my first thought was that this was yet another marketing ploy to bring in more potential paying members. Myself, i'm tired of the gimmicks and tactics GC.com has tried using over the last couple of years to increase quantity of members. They've pushed the phone app which has caused a ridiculous amount of turn over and a degradation of our hobby. Things like souvenirs and badges could have been a fun thing but because so many are pushed out these days, there's really nothing special about most of them. The option to buy premium membership without auto renewal was taken away and is simply another ploy to catch some members off guard.I hate the fact that GC.com knows they have the monopoly and can do anything they want without regard to it's members.TPTB are seeing dollar signs so the main thing is numbers. Because of this, the overall quality of geocaching has gone down and geocaching as a whole, is suffering. I'm sure this is one of the bigger reasons why we've lost so many good, dedicated people over the last few years. Ok, not sure why i got on my soapbox just now. Don't guess it matters much since most aren't reading this anyways because they're using their phones with facebook and the app. Go back to your regularly scheduled program.
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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/setxgang/ is a good one. There is a Houston Area geocachers group as well, but I got kicked off of there because, apparently, I'm such a disagreeable human being,
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    Hi all. Sorry, I decided to shut off all digital communication for a few badly needed days of unpluggedness. THOT: Re: The Digital Compass The digital compass has progressed rather nicely and has improved substantially since the 60 series Garmin handheld receivers. For one thing, they became triaxial, which meant it no longer needed to be held flat to render an accurate bearing. To render an accurate direction, however, it requires regular calibration. The chip used for this triaxial compass has improved substantially in performance and lower cost thanks to cellular smartphones and automobile navigation systems that also use the technology. Garmin uses a very sensitive device in its handheld GPSr units. I believe I described the compass in some detail previously on the board. In a nutshell, if you wish to use the digital compass, in ANY handheld device, and you wish for it to function properly, you must calibrate it regularly. Yes, that includes smartphones too. This is especially true in Garmin 62 and 64 series units because of the rechargeable batteries. Each type of battery affects the sensitive digital compass. Software compensates for the various chemistries. That is why it is important to select the correct battery type in the user configuration settings of the GPSr. It's good practice to then calibrate your unit's compass after changing the batteries out. Also, because of geological differences, it's a good practice to recalibrate the compass when you travel to a different location. Sometimes that calibration process can be a little wonky, but if you do it regularly, it becomes second nature, and it only takes a minute. Muddy Buddies, Stan, by all accounts a very experienced and exceptional geocacher, has told me that he really doesn't care about the compass, at least in the past. And, I agree that, as long as you are moving, and have good satellite lock, you do not need the compass for a reasonably accurate COG and you should probably ignore the compass screen altogether. I counter, that the calibrated compass can be very helpful when you are standing still and you want to know which direction you are facing. The "assist" that a calibrated compass affords the geocacher is considerable in my opinion, so why not use it? Re: Bluetooth The Bluetooth wireless functionality built into the Garmin 64 family have so much potential in my opinion, for wireless connectivity to smartphones in the field, and connections wirelessly to the PC for logging and file exchange. Thus far, to my knowledge, this hasn't happened. So as far as I am concerned the BT doesn't bring much to the party. However, the 64 family of GPSr units are by far the best of the button type handheld receivers yet produced by Garmin. Why? (1) The GGZ file format replacing the GPX format, which allows efficient storage of unlimited geocaches. (2) GLONASS support. The addition of the GLONASS satellites network of 24 "birds" provide for much faster satellite position upon power on, and substantially better fix in Urban geocaching scenarios because there are more points in the sky at any given location. Two satellites are simply better than just one! This has benefitted many newer smartphones too, by the way. (3) Mature software is the product of all that Garmin has gleaned from the previous GPSr units. The 64 series is now a mature and stable platform which performs really well for the price. The accessories are all backwards compatible with the 62 series too which makes the upgrade easier on the pocket book if you have handlebar mounts and stuff like that. My recommendation: Get a 64s and use it with your modern smartphone. The Garmin gets great battery life, is rain resistant, tough, and is excellent in most situations. The smartphone allows detailed logging (I prefer dictating my logs), satellite views in real-time when and can be really helpful. I hope this helps. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year fellow cachers!
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    Some photos of our recent Bike and Barge and Geocaching trip to France and Belgium.
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    A group from Houston attended the Kayak event at Lake Bastrop last weekend. We were in one group , B5 - searchingsimpsons, Team 150%, mcguyvertwo and Benttandem while in Bastrop Buddies were mspatt, georeyna and rambetta. B5 started on the south end of the lake and Bastrop Buddies started on the north end. We all met later on the north end. Butch, the husband of rambetta, was kind enough to lead B5 in a car shuttle from the south to the north end. We had a great time and found 15 kayak caches. Here are a few pictures. More pictures are on the cache "Don't be Stumped" GC6MDGE.
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    Sad? This is something that has gotten my teenagers to go out for walks while we are on vacation! Let me repeat--they are voluntarily going out and walking around so they can build up mileage to hatch pokemon eggs! This is wonderful!
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    As some may know, during a psychotic episode a few years back I decided to have some Houston Geocaching Society geocoins minted. They are nice 1.75" diameter coins that are trackable on geocaching.com with a custom icon. I released some into the wild (a few are still traveling), sold some, traded some, and gave some away. Still, I have a couple of boxes of them left. If anyone is interested in one (or 50) I'll let them go for $8 each. For $10 each, I'll include shipping them to you. PM me if you're interested. I might consider a bulk discount if you want several, so make me an offer.
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    There's another version where the one stripe is blue, representing police officers. I personally don't care for them jacking with the American flag like that, no matter the cause.
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    From BlueRajah: https://firennice.squarespace.com/journal/2017/4/9/thanks-to-prime-reviewer?p
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    We will water board ya if you stop.
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    http://www.aquanami.eu/#!jetangler/c1qs3 A JET YAK Baby! 32 mph... zoom zoom. Might be useful in GBP or Bear Creek after next "500" year rain storm too. I think HC should get one so I can try it out!
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    We ran into a Sheriff at Mingo who had never heard of geocaching. Lots and lots of people from all over the world were there to sign the log and he pulled over to see what was going on. He was very intrigued and was asking a lot of questions and people were excited to answer them. He was very nice and passed out his business cards and said if anyone needed any help while we were out to give him a call and he would come over. He took pictures with anyone and everyone and said he was going to go home and look more into the game. We mentioned to him that since he was an officer he got a FREE premium membership. He thanked us and said he will be creating an account once he got home.
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    Just got started geocaching in February 2016 when a family member told me about it. We are from Cypress, Texas (in northwest houston). We have found about 100 geocaches. We went to the Texas Geocaching Challenge in Brenham earlier this year and had a blast. i recently went to a "flying saucer" meeting downtown and got to meet about 15 geo-buddies. We have 3 geocaches hidden in downtown houston and another six geocaches hidden in the hermann park/museum district. We enjoy geocaching in areas that are family friendly and places that you park and spend the day searching for a series of caches.
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    I'm here to encourage others to join. This is really a chance to participate in something worthwhile that costs you almost nothing. Here's the current roster.
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    April 22nd proved a great day for kayaking, geocaching events and brand new geocaches. Team 150% and mcguyvertwo set out a bunch of new caches. Then mcguyvertwo hosted a breakfast at the launch point for the other events. Team 150% (Josh and Annie) hosted a hot dog lunch on an island in the lake. Finally MsPatt hosted a CITO event so we could all get a souvenir for the day. There was a small chance of rain but the weather cooperated wonderfully. We paddled north and at the north end of the run a front came thru with a great north wind to blow us back to the start. On "The First Annual Paddle Lake Kingwood for a Dog!" GC72KX7 are 20 pictures of the events and the search for the geocaches. If you are interested there are these pictures plus some more. It was a nice outing.
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    April Update: In the four months since the last update, 11 caches on the list were found, 3 were temporarily disabled or archived and 62 more were added to the list. As of March 31st there were 116 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. 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. Hyperhidrosis GCM3E4 - was last found on 2/9/13 by cachestacker with one DNF since. 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. 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. Ninja Bait #2 GC3VW63 - 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. 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. 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. 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. Off the Grid GC2WARC - was last found on 5/14/13 by Kirbydox. You can't get from there to here GC4D0G2 - was last found on 6/12/13 by theBasty and Craziestcatlady. FTFC #71 - 2010 GC22WDP - was last found on 6/15/13 by TexasWriter. Night Time Ninja Aptitude #11 GC2V42P - was last found on 7/27/13 by AVOdizzle, with three DNF's since. Oldies but goodies GC350B3 - was last found on 8/1/13 by drew8, with two DNF's since. I See You GC2NPTT - was last found on 8/15/13 by finnfive, with two DNF's since. Old and (Not) Gold GC37AV7 - was last found on 8/16/13 by amaranth1211. Grant's Hole in the Tree GC2K21Q - was last found on 8/18/13 by cache.points. Under Water? What was I thinking? GC4EK4Z - was last found on 8/19/13 by rambetta. You can get here from somewhere, maybe! GC4DWJ5 - was last found on 8/19/13 by rambetta. The Found River GC4D0H9 - was last found on 8/19/13 by rambetta. You have to go this way to get it from here GC4DZH3 - was last found on 8/19/13 by rambetta, with one DNF since. Badguys Rule! Heroes Drool. T-850 model 101 GC2MQ31 - was last found on 8/21/13 by TrailHunterD, with one DNF since. Badguys Rule! Heroes Drool. KARR GC2MQ3J - was last found on 8/21/13 by TrailHunterD with one DNF since. Santa's Coming GC39ACM - was last found on 8/25/13 by fendmar, with one DNF since. Wave It GC4C1H3 - was last found on 8/31/13 by Cache Advisor with one DNF since. Troubled bridge over still water GC4D0HM - was last found on 9/1/13 by redcar & mr redcar. Scrambled GC3XZQD - was last found on 9/4/13 by davarle. FTFC # 82 - The Final Game GC2KEE7 - was last found on 9/10/13 by MedTexPlacer. Wizard's House - Redux GC44MAV - was last found on 9/19/13 by Benttandem, with two DNF's since. FTFC #115 - Hard Sudoku GC4FQHW - was last found on 9/19/13 by Benttandem. GBP West Trail Series #3 GC1HX88 - was last found on 9/22/13 by Hoosier Ranger, with eight DNF's since. A SERVICE FOR ALL GCMRRF - was last found on 9/28/13 by finnfive, with one DNF since. Shakespeare or the Bible? GC1ENJW - was last found on 10/7/13 by BaytownBert with one DNF since. Over the Woods and Through the River! GC2K2CK - was last found on 10/27/13 by RRM10. Points of Interest GC4RKPM - was last found on 11/11/13 by FamilieRyan with four DNF's since. GBP Hike: Berm GC41EHX - was last found on 11/13/13 by uptrain. GBP Hike: Animals GC41EDY - was last found on 11/13/13 by uptrain. GBP Hike: Cluster GC41EGD - was last found on 11/13/13 by uptrain. GBP Hike: Another Fence? GC41EGW - was last found on 11/13/13 by uptrain. GBP Hike: Tree GC41EHC - was last found on 11/13/13 by uptrain. Don't Be Crude GC3DFKM - was last found on 11/15/13 by marinebuck with one DNF since. Looking Right At It GC3D3JF - was last found on 11/16/13 by MsBhavn70. Southwest GBP #6 GC2VRWW - was last found on 11/28/13 by Backwards Charlie from Austin. Badguys Rule! Heroes Drool. Wile E. Coyote's cache GC2MQ2V - was last found on 12/10/13 by drnarnia with one DNF since. Down the Pipeline #10 GC48MD0 - was last found 12/11/13 by LACampers with four DNF's since. Submitted For Your Approval... GC1YV9G - was last found 12/13/13 by TexasWriter. FTFC #111 - St. Patty's Day Pub Dash! GC47H3C - was last found 12/13/13 by Muddy Buddies CR1999: Music Smorgasboard GC2AB1T - was last found 12/13/13 by TexasWriter 007: Cachefinger GC1VG41 - was last found 12/16/13 by TexasWriter Forest Stump GC1P15T - was last found 12/16/13 by TexasWriter NTNC #4: Mostly Harmless GC2WN9Z - was last found 12/16/13 by TexasWriter insurance GC2WN9D - was last found 12/16/13 by TexasWriter FTFC #90 - It's Hot in Houston! GC2X676 - was last found 12/16/13 by TexasWriter Asteroid Impact GC1PDDP - was last found 12/19/13 by TexasWriter, with one DNF since Riding The Rail III GC1TF97 - was last found 12/20/13 by TexasWriter FTFC # 83 A Remorseful Cache GC2M9WF - was last found 12/21/13 by juleed, green-eyed & powerdog02 Blue Star Day 8 GC35VJH - was last found 12/31/13 by -Scarecrow- Blue Star Day 7 GC35VHV - was last found 12/31/13 by -Scarecrow- Blue Star Day 6 GC35VH0 - was last found 12/31/13 by -Scarecrow- Blue Star Day 5 GC35VGJ - was last found 12/31/13 by -Scarecrow-, with two DNF's since DUcK SOUp GC2P0HD - was last found 12/31/13 by TexasWriter and CornDoll Phobia Series: Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia GC21XB1 - was last found 1/4/14 by L Clan with two DNF's since. NinjaKurt Hits 1111101000 GC3FG8D - was last found 1/6/14 by Kirbydox FTFC#72 - Temple of the Four Orders GC23P8B - was last found 1/12/14 by L Clan A$OFC$ - Pennsylvania Railroad GC1MFK3 - was last found 1/18/14 by OMA&OPAof5 with one DNF since. GBP Hike: Old Fence GC41EDP - was last found 1/18/14 by debojusd Travels #2 GC4T2TQ - was last found 1/19/14 by Hoosier Ranger NTNC#2: Crossroads GC2RJK2 - was last found 1/20/14 by puravida88 with one DNF since. A$OFC$ - Tennessee Avenue GC1MNB9 - was last found 1/21/14 by Stampingpiper and piperf Lumpy's Delight GC10Z03 - was last found on 1/26/14 by todd.alan.bryant, with three DFN's since. Some Easy Math GC4KW1A - was last found on 1/31/14 by Craziestcatlady with one DNF since. You've CAT to be KITTEN me right MEOW! #1 GC4JFXK - was last found 2/1/14 by krwolf with twelve DNF's since. Constantly constant GC4H33F - was last found 2/1/14 by Hoosier Ranger with two DNF's since A Fridge Too Far GC1MZH4 - was last found 2/7/14 by jjax12 Mossy Feeding Grounds GC2AJ8H - was last found 2/7/14 by jjax12 The Fridge Was Too Far GC24X08 - was last found 2/7/14 by jjax12 Over the river 1 GC1NXYR - was last found 2/9/14 by FalconFinds Over the river 2 GC1NXYZ - was last found 2/9/14 by FalconFinds After the Fire #2 GC34GZG - was last found 2/9/14 by FalconFinds FTFC #116 - Crypotographers needed GC4HP9Y - was last found 2/9/14 by FamilieRyan A$OFC$ - St. James Place GC1NCM1 - was last found 2/9/14 by Stampingpiper GCWLGBP - The Southern Part GC1YYAG - was last found 2/12/14 by TexasWriter Land of Giant Oaks GC1VH2D - was last found 2/14/14 by Rathergohiking Walking along the berm 3 GC1NXY8 - was last found 2/15/14 by idcacher Amatuber1K - Help, I lost my tube! GC2MC3W - was last found 2/15/14 by TexasWriter Bastrop Bayou Water Cache #1 GC4HBDW - was last found 2/15/14 by --Wendel, with one DNF since. Akokisa's Summer Home GC2W7D3 - was last found 2/17/14 by ej2525 Micro in the Woods! GC4AKPB - was last found 2/17/14 by Raven FTFC #113 - Random Patterns GC4AJH3 - was last found 2/17/14 by Raven Congrats on 100 FTFs, Latitude_Attitude! GC2Z886 - was last found 2/17/14 by Deltawolf 11, with two DNF's since Just Above Flood Zone GC3P65B - was last found 2/20/14 by geocacher coza Unscrambled GC3YF1Y - was last found 2/22/14 by BigBender Puzzle People-davarle GC2KDJ1 - was last found 2/28/14 by Hoosier Ranger A tree that screamed for a cache GC34VRY - was last found on 3/15/14 by uptrain and Kirbydox Rabbit Coordinates GC1M7BB - was last found on 3/15/14 by uptrain CC1000 - Bottleshock GC1XWGE - was last found on 3/16/14 by Honeysuckle Vine and Swagglepuss Rock is in the country but is country in the rock? GC3G9DV - was last found on 3/18/14 by Hoosier Ranger Sons and Daughters GC1QH5V - was last found on 3/18/14 by .jpeg and teamCull 1,000 down GC3B5P7 - was last found on 3/20/14 by msbbop with one DNF since. A Bridge Too Far GC1HCW3 - was last found on 3/20/14 by TexasWriter with three DNF's since Ele079 - Gold - (Elements Series) GC2XB37 - was last found on 3/23/14 by geocacher coza Prowling behind the dam GC48TTB - was last found on 3/23/14 by TrailHunterD Middle of the Trail GC3D4V8 - was last found on 3/24/14 by Lambbear The Legend of George Bush Park GC2P4F9 - was last found on 3/25/14 by dmtex Sonic Berm! GC2NEG6 - was last found on 3/25/14 by dmtex Now off the list: I'm Sick of Puzzles Two! GC1DZJP - was found December 10th by Mama514, 46 months after it was last found. SW 2 - For a Few Caches More GC227AV - was found February 11th by gymgirl56 and phish4fun, 4 YEARS after it was last found. Here Come The Beatles! GC2VMQM - was found January 25th by teamCull, 46 months after it was last found. FTFC #54 - Pitch Perfect GC1EAGG - was found February 11th by Sweet Tides Crew, 44 months after it was last found. AHHHCHOO 097 GC2MCQM - was found February 22nd by txgo4fan, 42 months after it was last found. CR1000 GC1N97A - was found February 11th by Latitude Attitude and crumbcrunchers, 42 months after it was last found. "The Cut" - The Bend GC1CXEV - was found February 25th by MacyVeranda, 41 months after it was last found. "The Cut" - Piggy #3 GC1DE44 - was found February 25th by MacyVeranda, 41 months after it was last found. "The Cut" - Piggy #1 GC1DE3B - was found February 25th by MacyVeranda, 41 months after it was last found. 4 AGNAV GC1ZVVT - was found January 26th by JMCz, 40 months after it was last found. Behind the Stink GC3BXMB - was found January 9th by texastimr, 40 months after it was last found. Other changes since the last update: Muy Caja! GC18J5X - was temporarily disabled by a reviewer. Star Wars Empire- Darth Vader GC3PGZH - was archived by a reviewer. GCWLGBP: SUPER SUNDAY GC2MN0J - was archived by the owner This will be the last update. I thought I would slip to just updating this list once per quarter, but today's effort took all afternoon and the list almost doubled since the beginning of December. I've decided to pull the plug on this effort since the majority of folks seemed to have lost interest. It's been a fun ride, but just too much work. Anyone can just put the coordinates for downtown (I've used N29 45.450 W095 21.800) into the Geocaching.com search box, filter out to 75 miles, then click a couple of times on Last Found to get the list I reproduce here. Larry
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    Interesting. On the Remember the Alamo series of puzzles SW of San Antonio, the cache owner has pill bottles and 35mm film canisters listed as "Small". Geocaching.com used to use a film canister as the example for a micro cache. To me, if you can't put an normal-sized geocoin in the cache, it shouldn't be labeled as small.
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    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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    Here is an advance notice: This will be the last winter season for the TEXAS series in George Bush Park (picture below) The first cache in the series is: GC2K0CD The series was placed 6 years ago and has hosted many groups caching treks and most have been found over 100 times. This notice will give interested parties time to make the trek and find the caches. Sometime in March, the series will be collected and archived. It will be sad to see it go, but it's time to move on and open the space for something new. For those that don't know the area it is heavily wooded, with lots of thorns and vines, and a couple of ditch crossings. Some powerline r.o.w. and piepline r.o.w. access makes it a little easier. Also, the eastern entrance is closed until 2019, so you must access from the southeast or from the west. Parking suggestions are on the picture below. This notice was also posted on the FB site. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/608446622603627/)
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    This thread could help you fix that..
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    Makes me appreciate the building achievements of the Ancient Civilizations that much more; Assuming the Ancients weren't helped by advanced intergalactic visitors, or future Us traveling back in time to mess with ourselves in the present.
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    I emailed the San Antonio Parks Dept this morning and got this quick reply this afternoon. This is state plane coordinats for the more expensive Survey grade GPS, not your less than hand helds. The accuracy of the gps numbers are to the 1000 of an decimal inch, they geocachers would have to calculate it to what they use. Coordinates for this spot for Geocaching is 29* 29’54.91” N 98* 42’30.71”W 872’ Elevation This beta conversion tool gets you pretty close. http://beta.ngs.noaa.gov/gtkweb/ Received another reply to say the conversion can be down via GoogleEarth. I found another conversion tool but you have to enter the zone number which appears to be 4204. https://gis.tulaliptribes-nsn.gov/Home/FrequentlyAskedQuestions.aspx More on the History of State Plane Coordinates. Used in the US. http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/10.3/guide-books/map-projections/state-plane-coordinate-system.htm
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    We had a good Thanksgiving in Austin. Lots of turkey, way too much football and a little geocaching. We found four puzzles and one traditional. The attached picture is our grandson Luke at "Le Tresor de La Salle". Thanks to his persistence we found the cache. Grandpa kept insisting in searching the wrong place while Luke spotted the right one and finally talked me into trying it. This is in the Bull Creek off Hwy 360 (Capitol of Texas Hwy) in north Austin. There are lots of good caches in this area.
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    While it might be interesting to actually write an obituary, I don't really have the time to do so right now. Much of the activity on this site has dropped off for whatever reason. However, I think the activity will pick up, especially in the private area, once the planning begins for the Texas Challenge. I think that communication is REALLY important and it would be a shame if this went away. I don't post much anymore on this site mainly because I never did initiate many topics, but I have been known to comment on the posts of others. So, if others are posting less, I end up posting less. Since I live on the extreme edge of the Houston area, I have always felt somewhat on the fringe of the group. I'm not yet at retirement age, but will be within a decade, and when I retire I know that we will move elsewhere. For those two reasons, (and my general level of being over-worked at work), I will not step up and volunteer to take over administration of this site. I think it would be a huge shame if it dies.
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    Well, at least you didn't get tagged with the needs archived flag! Great post. Some of the newbies have been rather sour and belligerent lately. Bummer. But they still don't cancel out those wonderful logs that show up from appreciative visitors now and then. I understand about the premium thing, but I also would urge you to pick and choose a percentage of good, easily maintained caches you own stay regular and accessible to the newbies. In our densely populated area, rich with hides, publishing as premium has become necessary because of some bad apples. Premium tag is not fool-proof, but it does help with jerk vandals and bored teens. However, I also agree that it is essential that we have a selection of geocaches, good ones, available to the newcomer. The barrier to entry to play this game is still pretty high when you consider the need for tech to play, but it's gotten better with GPS enabled smart phones. Having a good selection of free geocaches must be maintained to help recruiting IMO.
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    This weekend we went out and did the Lake Woodlands kayak series. It was hot and I baked a little, but nice, calm waters the whole way. And really different than most anywhere else. Mixture of nice big office buildings and retail, wild and pretty undeveloped areas, and really nice houses. Some of us went and slayed the 5/5 dragon at the far end of the lake, too. And there are one or two land based ones you can easily get out to get. Some fish jumping. Lots of HUGE herons. Strange ducks I've only ever seen in The Woodlands that look like they came from the move Coraline. Was cool to venture up here and do these.
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    My son and I have been playing it. We go to parks, he finds the Pokemon, I find the caches, we both get some physical activity and the baby gets to see the sights or maybe run around as well. I don't feel as conspicious geocaching because I figure everyone else thinks I am playing Pokemon. Heck, sometimes I am. I really want some developers or gc.com to make a hybrid application that uses augmented reality for geocaching. It would be awesome if the cache appeared before you on your screen like the pokemon, and then you had to do something to open it, and then when you did, the caches had some kind of cool digital swag that you could collect, pass along, or use for some exchange to become more powerful in the game, like what happens when you go to pokestops.
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    And now, if you go to Google Maps - just normal everyday Google Maps, PokemonGo locations show up with blue tear drop shaped icons (like the red ones we use to drop a "pin" to pinpoint a location). Some are simply labeled "point #" and some are labeled by the business name. What the heck? And, from what I've read...yeah you can submit a request to add a Pokestop/Pokegym at your place of business/home/anywhere. Not a character floating around in your phone at ××× location, but same concept Bert suggested.
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    i enjoy having a goal or something to work towards while i go out geocaching. some of the others in my household don't like to just go out for an entire day, so if i have a goal (ie cemeteries, counties, difficulties, etc), then they tolerate more. if i say i'm working on XYZ challenge, they may have an interest too.
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    Too bad you didn't host an event 30 min before gates open. Could have handed it off to another cacher in FL. Let me ask THIS question. Is the scout here or in Florida? If the scout is here and just wants it to travel, Dip it in each of the virtual caches you visit and you can upload photos of it at each location later. Then bring it back and put it in a cache here. Then it has double miles and some cool caches with pictures at Disney. And from there it will start moving. If the scout is there, consider UBER to an of-property cache. First ride is free on sigh-up usually up to $20 or $30 (google Uber sign-up codes if not a member). I'm sure you can find one of appropriate size that's been found recently before close enough.
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    I resurrected 3 geocoins at GeoWoodstock this weekend: https://coord.info/TBPZMK https://coord.info/TBP2KC https://coord.info/TBNQQK All three had been placed in an unpublished cache by a locked member in 2007. They all belong to other locked members (or sock puppet accounts). I'd love to hear the backstory, but it looks like someone gave up the game and just dumped them in the event. Cool old coins, though!
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    You'll have no cell coverage so plan accordingly with however you cache "offline”. A mile up the road from lost maples is foxfire cabins. Highly recommend. We've stayed there several times. Chiggers, yes. Prepare accordingly. Monkey Rock is cool. There is a cache there. It's hot. Hydrate. Garner and Texas Hill country SP are reasonably short drives from Lost Maples. Garner if you've never been is very nice.
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    The Baytown Geotour is NOT dead. It has been delayed, but should start picking up steam very soon.
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    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.
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    I generally refer to "it" as "asocial media".
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    I've noticed how Google Earth now displays in this pseudo-3D view, but garbles everything. I was looking at the unit we built at Exxon right before I retired. I swear those pipes were all straight when we built it!
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    Apparently this area of the site isn't well visited anymore.
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    We're running a half marathon in Baton Rouge in January...& perhaps we'll have time to grab a few of the GeoTour while we're down there if ole' grumpy is in the mood So, has anyone devised a plan, like the Brenham tour, on the most efficient route to take? Thank you in advance
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    I've heard a number of the iPhone cachers speak well of Cachly.
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    In the last week I've noticed an increase in my cache finds in Hermann Park/Museum District and downtown. I was at Hermann park yesterday and saw about 20 or 30 kids all playing the pokemon go. A few were geocaching too. I think this new craze is helping the younger generation get outdoors. I think its a good thing and can help geocaching. My choo choo series has been very busy. Lets hope more pokekids find geocaching fun as well. -HoustonTxDave
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    My muggle husband actually asked me if we could go caching so he could catch pokemon.
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    Geocaching basics for Law Enforcement (Free class!) Anyone can attend. You do not have to be a police officer. https://coord.info/GC6K0B2 Don't unleash the bomb-sniffing dog....that strange little container could be a geocache! Are you a law enforcement officer who would like to learn about geocaching? Come join us for an informative afternoon of geocaching! We'll tell you what to look for, where to look, and how to find geocaches on the map. Law enforcement agencies are eligible for a free "Premium" membership on geocaching.com! We'll show you how to get an account for your agency. If you have a laptop, bring it. WiFi is available in the library. Anyone can attend. You do not have to be a police officer. When: Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: Evelyn Meador Library, 2400 N. Meyer Ave., Seabrook 77586 Have a question? Email: juleed@texasgeocaching.com
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    Looks like my next puzzle cache will be in Universal Polar Stereographic coordinates! When I project from the south pole, 13,731,996 meters north along the 120th line of west longitude, THEN due east 2,061,011 meters, it comes out near Hamilton, about 250 kilometers (150 miles) north of San Antonio.
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    I am meeting with the City of Baytown 3-16-16 to run a punch list of the caches. There will be some combination padlocks in high muggle areas so we can have a safe container.
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    Make sure there is a Geo-tour stop at Buc-ees. They'll be $$ spent there, for sure!
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    BUT no matter who you are, if you are on HGCS, you need to pay your dues. BEER & DONUTS! Send to the attention of: TEXAS DREAMWEAVER, Official Treasurer of the Houston Geocaching Society c/o hgcs.org. Don't forget to include your box tops in order to be entered in the official rebate drawing held every Feb 29th at midnight.