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Everything posted by jdpen74

  1. How much climbing

    Do this.^ You never know til you get there. D/T ratings mean jack and the hint....I have no idea how to respond to that. Curious cache after I looked at the street view with a residence right there-- is it their home?
  2. craziest caches you've seen?

    I wasn't sure whether to type this in the "craziest cache containers" or "most amusing" since these can be both-- if you're ever in Angleton/Lake Jackson, look for caches by VossX2. I'm sure some of you have seen their older ones and recently they placed a few more. GC5EKCQ and GC5EKCM were really good. Too bad they were archived after flooding. They didn't get seen by a whole lot of folks, (my opinion: middle of nowhere location) but they all are worth the drive.
  3. I've been everywhere?

    We will be in the same area this week (camping at a state park) so I looked at some of my saved lists searching for certain caches in needed counties and came across this one : GC54C8X It sounds the same as you describe but is for counties, not cities. And, it's in Fort Worth. Still looking for the challenge by cities you are talking about....maybe I'll come across it. Found this one in Plano: GC1E28V
  4. 2017 Texas Geocaching Challenge - Tyler, Texas

    RoundUp is "supposed" to be in Abilene. Challenge is supposed to be in Denton. Both north Texas. I'm only going on hearsay and what I've read on the net since TXGA website won't let me log in to forums there for questions and clarity.
  5. A Night on the UHCL Trails Jan 19th

    Another chance for the night cache, with a group. CITO meet up there on 4/13. GC72XDR
  6. Baytown Geotour info here

    The girls working for Baytown and the geotour are really doing a great job of responding to online logs and checking up on the caches. Also, thanks to HoustonControl and BaytownBert for getting things going over there. Hope yall do as well or better than Brenham! It's almost been 3 weeks and looks to be headed in that direction.
  7. Baytown Geotour info here

    I got to #18 last Saturday just after crossing the big bridge at 12 p.m to meet up with a couple girls there. We found all the caches for the tour plus a few more and didn't finish til 8 at night. That's 8 hours of driving around Baytown that included only one pitstop for fuel. Afterwards, we were finally allowed (ha) to have food at a place called King's BBQ before heading home. It was very good and the pricing was very good. Couldn't find a place that allows pets so I just parked right in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows so Frasier could see us. We went past Four Corners BBQ on our route but they were closed by the time we got there. The girls who put on the tour said they would look into providing info for restaurants and accomodations for those of you who bring pets along. It was a fun and tiring day. And, now I have a whole map of waypoints for great locations in Baytown. There were a lot of nice cache containers so I can't pick a favorite, though it was fun to see the folks at #17 and get a thumbs up! Just got the coin today, plus the city sent us a combo flashlight/light up pen also. Not sure which one I like more!
  8. Hi folks! I was wondering if anyone has compiled a list of the oldest caches in Houston and, say within 60 miles of going east, west, north and south? After searching through hundreds of caches for the state of Texas starting with the first one placed and working back up to the newer ones I finally got tired of staring at the computer screen and stopped at about 2003 for cache placement date. Some caches can quickly be identified as to where they are located based on the name so I searched that way along with looking at familiar cacher's names. I found some dating back to 2001-2003 from by BaytownBert, ATMA (adopted?), Thot, Teddielynn (one that's been around since '03 in little old Manvel!), HoustonControl and a couple others. But, being new to this, I wouldn't know all the names of those who have been around for a long time. Did I miss something or is this actually the quickest way to find the older ones closer to home? I have one of ATMA's original logbooks from 2005 that I just think is so neat! (paper mache mush I took home to dry) Seems like a big task to make such a list but it would be neat to find those old ones before they are gone.
  9. Found an old Letterbox?

    Not sure if I found an old LBH or not. It was on the trail in Challenger 7 Park. Tupperware container wrapped in camo tape. Contained a wooden stamp (It is not the destination but the journey), ink pad and journal so I assume that's what it was. Does anyone remember there being one in the park? I have a picture but it's too large to upload.
  10. Found an old Letterbox?

    Thanks. Looks like it will take a while to figure who owns this.
  11. Pokemon GO

    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.
  12. Pokemon GO

    The developers didn't think much about long term; that's obvious. Everytime I think and then read about it, the final thought is always bad for this hobby/ game. https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemongo/comments/4rqn0s/pokemon_go_geocaching_the_slowest_method_of/
  13. Pokemon GO

    That's what my son suggested. Every church in my small town (and every other town) was a territory for Ingress. The Pokemon Go game is made by the same company-- they took all that data and used it to make every church a "gym" or "Pokestop". Side note -When he and I started talking about it, he said it"s like Geocaching. I had to explain the difference. Oh, I hope this new game doesn't affect Geocaching negatively.
  14. Pokemon GO

    I was in a park Saturday looking for a cache. Pretty sure the young guys I saw w/their noses in phones were playing Pokemon Go since there was no cache there- atleast not one w/ a GC code. Then today I read a lot about it (the card game was a big thing for my oldest son when young) and realized it's Ingress w/Pokemon characters. My youngest son and I played it on the way home from an appointment this afternoon.
  15. We're leaving tomorrow to spend a few days in the park. I've been to the hill country often but not this park- we always wanted to go in the fall and it never worked out. Does anyone have any extra info on bugs and critters? I will be so happy to get away from the mosquitos for a while as I was when we went to Austin last month---instead, I came home with 50 chigger bites after sitting on an asphalt trail w/my dog for 5 minutes. It was extremely hot and he needed to rest. Any advice for hiking around to find caches (particularly concerning insects) would be greatly appreciated!
  16. Lost Maples State Park in summer

    Thank you! We are in Kerrville so I was able to check emails and this forum. It sure was nice outside last night at the park and tomorrow morning should be great for those hikes! Just love it here, always have : ) No skeeters and thanks for tips on the bug from hell.
  17. Lost Maples State Park in summer

    Thanks much!! We won't be able to take long hikes because our Brach dog will have to stay in the rv and I worry about electric getting cut and/or the a/c going out with him in it. I do have the puzzle, Earth, SP caches and Monkey Rock on my wishlist. We're just going to have to get to them on seperate hikes. Also, Garner- been there several times before we started Geocaching and would like to get a couple target caches there as well if my prayers are answered and a cool front unexpectedly blows through! Do yall have an association/forums for that side of the hill country? I found only one geared more for the Austin area.
  18. Happy Hours

    It really makes me happy when someone finds one of my caches! Sometimes it's the highlight of my day for various reasons. Lately, I've been just tick-me-off sick health wise and all the new found it logs (email notifications) recently from others just makes my day! I got logs from a couple whom I appreciate very much and from some folks brand NEW to the hobby in my area. I found a cache by the folks who are new AND got the souvenir for today. All in all, a good day : )
  19. HGCS Membership Defined

    More posts like this please. Thanks for bumping it! Yep, to all above and I'm learning to take "goofy" pics of myself as well. I look better posing stupid!. Need fake teeth and a fake big eye just to add to my enjoyment.
  20. Pet Lovers

    I want to share what happened today at Bay Area Dog Park with you all. I know a handful of folks into geocaching but everyone who adores their dog/s should know. Several of us strangers were in the park, all dogs were behaving very well- one larger dog who was "becoming" too aggresive was handled quickly by owner. It's been an hour and Frasier's at the gate to greet a man and his large dog enter. They enter, Frasier's walking along w/new dog then a small 20 pound dog runs over, "gets to know" new dog briefly then growls and jumps at home. Man pushes little dog, reaches into his pocket and proceeds to taz this little dog! Man leashes his and quickly exits while the little dog's owner is screaming (young lady maybe 20). I immediatly call Frasier, leash him and by this time I'm so pissed off I'm shaking. By the time we make it out the gate, the guy is zooming out of parking spot- older model black corvette w/ personalized license plates.....believe that? It says: GS ROCKS. He himself is late 40's maybe, between 6ft-6ft 2 and around 250. Dog is tall, 100+ lbs and solid black. Wish I knew the breed(s). I'm still upset....some humans make me want to puke. I've never heard a tazer and was just over 100ft away. It was loud and obvious what he'd done.
  21. Pet Lovers

    I called the # posted at entrance- robot gives options 1-5. No option on "overly aggressive human". I circle around lot to where the 2 officers are parked and roll down my window. Officer shakes finger pointing to the direction of traffic So I shake my hands and gesture that I needed to speak w/ him. He gets on the horn and tells me "one way". (In other words, keep moving) Not sure, but after speaking with my Son who's studied law, guy could be in for a lawsuit to cover medical expenses if the dog was taken to emergency to be checkedf on. or any medical bills + attorney fees for court. Does anyone here have play dates? My neighbor and his dog come over but he's about to move. I'd gladly sue if it were me and I despise sue-happy America but this guy needs control by some kind of force.
  22. Do you have a good explanation?

    Lots of individual Law Enforcement Officers know about this. The ones who don't, I will show them the website on my phone (but that's happened once so far.- LEO was in his vehicle and immediately looked it up on his laptop). I do remember a few times giving a "I dropped my pen" explanation when crawling around a redbox or something else where a cache is hidden in a place where folks walked past. They just laugh and I'm sure they're wondered "just how precious is that pen?"
  23. Oldest caches in Houston area

    Not sure if I should've started a new one so I am replying to this one since I sort of changed it anyway.... But, it still has to do with the Houston area's oldest and the cache I'm keeping an eye on--GCF447. I've tried 3xs now to get ahold of the owner w/no response. Funny thing is, she quit caching for a long while then out of the blue, a couple months ago she logged finds on several of mine in Manvel. It isn't only me that wants to keep this cache going and yes, I know there's a big difference of opinion by everyone about trying to do so w/ an inactive owner. Houston Control also confirmed my suspicion about getting ahold of reviewers directly and trying to get them to allow me to adopt the cache. The thing is-- that NM wrench will get attention and ultimately the cache will be archived. There's got to be something that can be done. I just maintained it today after a Found It/throwdown log. Any thoughts?
  24. A Jeep must have

    Love that! Anything which helps being self-contained looks good to me.
  25. project gc stats

    Quick question concerning something I don't understand. It's a #'s thing and I noticed before but didn't really care. My stats say I've found "1065 finds on 1064 unique geocaches". Why does this happen, what am I missing/doing wrong? It isn't a big deal but if I were just starting the hobby and noticed this on someone else's project gc stats I'd wonder "Is one particular cache not unique?" Is it a glitch?