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  1. Best TB resurrection story

    https://coord.info/TB3Z7N1 This one just reared it's head after a 6-year hibernation!
  2. Google Earth Pro?

    There is a cool macro in GSAK called GoogleEarthCircles that will draw 528' circles around all the cache locations in a database or filtered database. http://gsak.net/board/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=216660
  3. Cachly?

    Cachly keeps adding cool features. I recently noticed that new unfound caches have an "FTF" mark beside them on the map. You can tell at a glance any FTF opportunities that exist on the map... if you're into that sort of thing.
  4. What's With Haunted Hides?

    My souvenir says: You earned this souvenir by finding a geocache or attending an event from October 29–31, 2016. The Ghost of Unfound Caches thanks you for freeing her. The ammo can on the souvenir art has some message written in runes on it. After getting the souvenir, I got an email from Groundspeak that said: You freed the Ghost of Unfound Caches! To thank you, the Ghost concealed a secret password within the Haunted Hides souvenir. When entered here, this password unlocks a ghostly gift for your geocaching profile. (View hints.) The Ghost would also like to thank you for its release with a FREE spooky trackable tag on your next purchase from Shop Geocaching. Enter the code SPOOKY at checkout to claim your reward. Happy geocaching! Not sure if I ever ordered anything to get the free tag or not.
  5. Virtual Reward :)

    Well deserved, TB! Still waiting for my email...
  6. Google Earth Pro?

    Google Earth Pro used to be a paid app, but they made it free a couple of years ago. Under Tools/Ruler, there are more options for measuring, such as drawing circles and polygons. Enclose an area in a polygon and it will show you how much area (acreage) is inside of it. I used that to verify the acreage on our place outside of Fredericksburg. I believe the ruler function on regular GE just had line and path measure.
  7. fainter & fainter

    There's another great FB group on How to Use GSAK -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/407287435986118/
  8. Caching with Smartphone / Apps mind your compass!

    I guess the same could be true for a "regular" GPSr, since some have similar internal compasses.
  9. Has GC stopped supporting encryption of logs?

    There's a lot about the "new" version of pages I don't like. If they ever do away with the old home page (dashboard?) and make me use the new one, I think I'll quit caching.
  10. fainter & fainter

    I think I mentioned in another thread that I USED to be on the Houston Geocachers Facebook group, but suddenly got kicked off for (I guess) possibly being friends with someone who may or may not have ratted out the admin of that group to Groundspeak for being a terrible reviewer... or something to that effect. Kirbydox and BB got banned too for similar fuzzy reasons. cachestacker isn't on facebook at all (look him up on Instagram!) ;-) I post occasionally on the SETX Gang and the Centex Geocachers groups on Facebook. I still check in here frequently and will be disappointed if this forum ever goes away.
  11. It's a sad day...

    Crap. I never got that one either!
  12. GC.com's name search

    They divorced about, oh, 8 years ago. She changed her name then.
  13. How much climbing

    Newbies who hid a cache and never changed the default rating of 1.5 / 1.5. I'm sure reaching out to them through a log to the cache or through the messaging system will result in no change to the rating.
  14. Houston GeoCaching Society Geocoins

    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.
  15. Best TB resurrection story

    That's quite a resurrection!
  16. Traveling Caches

    NEW traveling caches were "outlawed" years ago, but the older ones were grandfathered until recently. The idea was that they would move around and be rehidden and their coordinates updated for others to find. Apparently, they all pretty much were just being held onto by people and taken to events to be "found" by others and the coordinates seldom changed, so Seattle decided to archive them all.

    I was trying to solve a puzzle cache that involved putting a zip code in the GC search box to get coordinates to project off of, but the new search function gives results in a new format that doesn't include the coordinates at the top of the page. After some looking around, I found if you use the "Advanced Search" link on your dashboard (the old one, not the new one) it gives results in the old format.
  18. The Red, White & Black

    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.
  19. How far can you move a cache?

    Define "overlapping zones". You won't be able to move it to within 528' of another cache, regardless of which one was there first. If you draw a 528' circle around each cache, the circles can overlap (Venn diagram style), but neither circle can overlap the center of the other.
  20. Missing Souvenir

    Did anyone else not get the souvenir for attending a Donerstag event? I went to the Donerstag and CITO at night on the UHCL Trails (https://coord.info/GC72XDR) and logged it from the Geocaching app, immediately getting a pop-up box that said "Congrats on receiving the Donerstag Souvenir!" (or something to that effect), but I still don't show the souvenir in my profile. I have a help ticket in to GCdotcom, so we'll see what happens.
  21. Missing Souvenir

    Be sure to log a find today to get the Blue Switch Day 2017 souvenir!
  22. How far can you move a cache?

    I'm pretty certain it's 528 feet. Well, YOU can move it 528 feet. Any further than that an the reviewer has to do it, which he may, depending on the circumstances. I have an old multi that I recently converted from a 5-stage multi to a 4-stage multi by just eliminating the first stop. That meant moving the posted coordinates a couple of miles, but leaving the rest the same. PR did it with no hesitation.
  23. I've been everywhere?

    Yes, https://coord.info/GC1E28V I made my bookmarked list years ago but have never gone to sign the log. https://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=7e72ec7a-2526-4133-8e06-9d6bf6d5e6dc
  24. Missing Souvenir

    Well, that didn't take long! Hello Larry- Thank you for contacting Geocaching HQ. Where in the world is Signal? Dönerstag 2017 has been granted to HoustonControl! Best regards, Paul Geocaching Community Manager
  25. 2017 Texas Geocaching Challenge - Tyler, Texas

    You are correct -- I got my locations confused. North Texas hosts the Challenge next year and it will be in Denton. That won't stop them from trying to win, though...