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  1. Challenge Caches coming back with changes

    The new icon is a carrot they're dangling if we all play nicely!
  2. Challenge Caches coming back with changes

    Glad I got my "100 Year Old Find" Challenge published before the moratorium! I read through the new requirements and really don't have a problem with them. It seems like they thought them out pretty well. I found if you're a paid member to Project-GC, you can view a map of challenge caches and it will show which ones have a checker and which don't. Of the one's with checkers, it will show which you qualify for and which you don't. Pretty slick!
  3. Do you have a good explanation?

    Echoing what everyone else said -- my exception to always telling the truth is cemetery caches.... especially if they are IN the cemetery. I lot of folks wouldn't take kindly to playing a "high-tech treasure hunt" near the final resting place of their loved ones, even if it is harmless. Prior to geocaching, I stomped through lots of cemeteries doing genealogy research. I remember going with my wife through every cemetery within 10 miles of the city of Caldwell looking for my great-grandmother (we never found her grave). My standing answer for cemetery queries is "I'm looking for my great, great grandfather Levi Justice who's supposed to be buried somewhere around here." (I do have a great, great grandfather named Levi Justice, but he's buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Bosque County). I usually try to have a camera with me, or at least my phone, so I can take a pictures of markers in the cemetery. The GPSr? "Oh, that's so I can mark the coordinates of the grave for my records". Yes, I've done that too doing genealogy research. The vagueness of checking every cemetery in the area works in case the one you are currently in happens to be predominantly black or hispanic or jewish or something-other-than-you.
  4. Sunday, October 16, 2016! http://cnation.squarespace.com/houston/
  5. Anybody Want to Adopt My Choo Choo Series?

    For the record, Kirbydox, Lola and I did it the "right" way. Of course, Lola had to fend off all the homeless she always seems to attract while riding the train. Alas, I can't adopt it either...
  6. A Jeep must have

    Great Bert -- you can cook yourself something to eat while you wait for the tow truck. GO TOYOTA!!!!
  7. Strange Coordinate System

    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.
  8. Strange Coordinate System

    From what I read online, it seems Northings and Eastings are usually measured in meters. Measuring in Google Earth, 13,731,996 meters south of the point is pretty close to the South pole. Well, within 500 kilometers or so. It could be slop in Google Earth measure and the roundness (or lack thereof) of the earth. 2,061,011 meters west of there is VERY close to the 120th line of longitude, off the coast of Baja.
  9. Longest since last find

    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.
  10. project gc stats

    I ran this today for grins and found I had recently double-logged a cache. Thanks for posting this! I'd hate to get to a big milestone and find out I my logs were wrong.
  11. My 1k

    #2 and #3 on that list are mine, but due to changes in the Nature Center, they don't have the cool factor that they once did. The other two multis on the list are also mine and are still getting lots of faves. There's an event and hike planned for the 30th to do the One Cache Loop. http://coord.info/GC6F05M
  12. My Last Cache

    I got hit with the "you don't need a GPSr to find it" rule (guideline? capricious epiphany?) when I placed my night cache in 2007. I had the posted coordinates at Holloway Park and said to park there, wait for dark and then head down the walking trail looking for firetacks. PR wouldn't approve it. I moved the starting coords a few hundred feet down the trail and said to navigate to the posted coordinates and start looking for firetacks. Published!
  13. Lake WHAT?!?

    Meanwhile, on the other side of town... another water feature in serious need of renaming?
  14. Lake WHAT?!?

    I guess the folks at the United Negro College Fund need an attitude adjustment. Damn racists... Just don't call me "white" or "Caucasian", it offends me. I prefer the term "European American".
  15. Longest since last find

    April Update: Since the last update, 1 cache on the list was found, 6 were disabled or archived and 15 more were added to the list. As of March 31st there were 35 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. FTFC #96 There's a Giant Lettuce Behind Me GC379NY - was last found on 6/3/12 by Muddy Buddies. 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 two 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. Rising Sun (FTFC #77) GC2CP27 - was last found on 1/27/13 by HoustonControl. 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. Homestead 4: Wayback Machine GC2PXKV - was last found on 2/11/13 by elmdor7797. 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. Down the Pipeline #4 GC2WAPH - was last found on 3/3/13 by The BeerHunters & sickseed, with two DNF's since. From Jedi to Bison 1 GC1VDZ8 - was last found on 3/3/13 by Queen of Chains, 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. Now off the list: AHHHCHOO 080 GC2MDCN - was found March 23rd by txgo4fan, 39 months after it was last found. The cache has been replaced. Other changes since the last update: NinjaKurt's First Puzzle GC3GCPC - was temporarily disabled by Lone Star Reviewer. Working Title... GCXZ2R - was archived by Lone Star Reviewer. Star Wars - The Clone Wars GC1JRWM - was temporarily disabled by Lone Star Reviewer. FOTW Bonus cache GC1BNA8 - was archived by Lone Star Reviewer. FTFC #70 A Holiday Cache GC21EKT - was temporarily disabled by Lone Star Reviewer. Grey skies......10 yrs later GC3VKA0 - was temporarily disabled by Lone Star Reviewer. Be sure to check out the Bookmarked List of these caches.