Texas Bandits

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  1. Virtual Reward :)

  2. Two new Souvenir's Coming up...

    The funny thing is a lot of the metric using countries still serve beer in pints.
  3. Precinct 4 GeoChallenge announced

    I'm in!
  4. The "Walk" series finally finished

    Well, after 9 months, I’ve finally finished up the “Walk” series in downtown Houston back in late July. Actually 6 years if you count “A Walk in Space” which I grandfathered in. I would have finished it quicker but I had to deal with various interruptions/travel/weather and procrastination. However, as a reward for completing all 3 caches, I’m handing out collectable (souvenir) geocoins, which were finally delivering last week! I know 3 caches isn't much of a series but there are 34 stops altogether, so you'll definitely earn this. Below are pictures of the final art work and the actual coin. For the front side, I tried to address the Apollo and Shuttle missions without it being too busy. And on the back side, I went with the Nichols-Rice-Cherry House, which was the first historic structure moved into Sam Houston Park, which is where “A Walk Through Houston’s History – Part 1” and “A Walk Through Houston’s History – Part 2” are located. Although the first 5 coins have been spoken for by those brave cachers who endured the summer heat of Houston, there are plenty more left! So come enjoy the caches and get a geocoin too!
  5. Collectible Geocoins

    Does anyone have any suggestions on who to use to get some collectible Geocoins made? There is a long list on geocaching.com, so any help in narrowing that down would be appreciated. Thanks! TB
  6. Collectible Geocoins

    Sorry to bump an old thread, but since it's mine, I don't mind When I first started this thread, I had planned on giving out collectible geocoins as a reward for finishing a cache series that I'm working on downtown. However, I found out that for a small price increase, I can make the coins trackable. So I'm wondering, as a cacher would you rather get a collectible geocoin or a trackable geocoin as a completion prize?
  7. Collectible Geocoins

    Thanks! I should have known that. I'll contact him.
  8. Amazing Race

    See it? We talked about it HERE! Very cool. That was right before the summer that I started geocaching.
  9. Amazing Race

    Cool. Other Amazing race fans. Did you all see the all star season where they had to use GPSr's to locate military guys hidden in the brush? That one lady kept pushing buttons on hers and changing the screen, even after her escort told her not to about 10 times. And the other guy who couldn't find the hidden man who was about 10 feet from him? The guy finally stood up so that he could see him.
  10. fivesecrethunters (1964 - 2009)

    Wow, I just now found out about this. How sad. The first time I met Marty was at the first Flying Saucer get together and then a few times after that at other events. He was always fun to chat with and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. RIP
  11. EarthCache in Clear Lake - CCNP

    Glad to see yours got through so quickly. Mine took a few weeks once I submitted it.
  12. Congrats to Texas Bandits on the new EarthCache!

    that's one that I was working on, but then lost interest. I guess great minds think a like. I was thinking of doing an oxbox somewhere along the brazos river. More great minds!
  13. Congrats to Texas Bandits on the new EarthCache!

    Wow, we've been there before, but it was before our geocaching days. I think I have pictures of all the requirements for that cache other than having my gps in one. A good excuse to go back up there.
  14. Congrats to Texas Bandits on the new EarthCache!

    Thanks. I actually started this back in October but got side tracked while gathering all of the info. I had it ready to go in December, but had to jump through hoops with the Geosociety and red tape with City Hall trying to get permission to place the cache there. I explained to the Geosociety that all info could be gathered from a public sidewalk so they didn't need to worry about anyone trespassing. City Hall told me the entire buildnig is public, but they wanted to make sure I wasn't profitting off of this in any way. :-\ Then the holidays came and I never heard from City Hall again. After explaining everything to the Geosociety again, they finally gave it the green light this week. After all of that, I still want to put some more out, but it might be awhile.
  15. Night Caching

    I was browsing one of the cache supply websites out there and saw the markers that you put on trees for night caching. So I was wondering if anyone here has looked for or hidden any night caches?
  16. Hail to Gabbytabby

    Very impressive! How long did you work on setting all of those up? A year or two?
  17. Hello from Calgary!

    Thought I'd drop a message on here between my working, caching and Canadian beer drinking. Nothing like a new city for caching! And the weather is perfect for it. Highs in the low to mid 70's with no humidity. We need summers like that in Houston! So after flying up and working Friday, I decided to get all of the downtown caches that I could that evening, since that is where I am staying. Like Houston, there are not a lot of downtown caches here, but enough to keep you busy, especially if you're hoofing it like I was. Plus there are two Earth Caches in downtown here! I managed to grab them and about 4 or 5 others before it got too dark. On Saturday, I got my rental car and spent the afternoon at a huge park in the city here called Nose Hill. It's about 4 square miles with over 150 miles of trails. You can check out the info on it here if you like. My plan of attack was to drive to one of the entrances, hit caches in the area, and then drive to the next entrance and do it again. I should be able to get most of the caches that way, right? Maybe if you're caching in Houston, where it's flat. I failed to take into account that Nose Hill meant "Hill", with elevation changes. Lots of them. Plus the elevation here is just below 4000'. Talk about a lot of heavy breathing. So needless to say I didn't finish them all, but I did get more than half. From there I headed over to Nose Hill Spring to grab an Earth Cache and then it was off to Nose Creek Park (what's up with all of the "Nose's" here?) where there were 4 more Earthcaches. I grabbed all of them right as it became dark out. A fun day, but my legs were tired! On Sunday I headed over to the Canadian Rockies to visit Banff National Park. I usually head to Lake Louise first and then hit the city of Banff on the way back. This whole area is crawling with caches, but the terrain is almost all hill and mountains. Since I wasn't prepared for that kind of hiking, I decided to go for the "easy" ones. I grabbed a couple of virtuals and a traditional cache at Lake Louise while walking the FLAT trails there. I'll grab the higher ones on my next visit. From there I headed to Banff where I grabbed food and beer first. Priorities man! Then I got a couple of traditional caches and 3 more Earth Caches with one of them being a hot springs pool. They capture some of the water as it comes from the ground, cool it down some, and send it into a large swimming pool where you can go and sit in it. Talk about an awesome Earth Cache! They should all be so relaxing. Anyway, that's the update. I've taken a ton of pics here and haveselected a few for you all to look at. I got over 30 caches since I've been up here which isn't a lot, but it's good for me considering park and grabs are almost non existant up here. And did I mention it's not flat??? I did get 12 Earth Caches though, which is cool and has given me some ideas for back home. I may cache somemore before I leave on Wednesday, but I may be enjoying Canadian beer as well. Got to save some caches for next time. Talk to you all later!
  18. Hello from Calgary!

    I've hiked the tea house trail from Lake Louise up to Lake Agnes several times. I love the hike but the altitude kills me every time. Makes the rest at the tea house worth it though. I've also hiked from the tea house up to the top of the big bee hive. I'll have to post pics of all of that on here sometime. Did you ever heed the bear warnings in the area? Some of the trails require you to hike in groups due to the bear sightings. They also tell you to carry bells, for the noise, and bear spray. And to also look for signs of bear crap on the ground. Don't know what bear crap looks like? It's easy..it's full of bells and cans of bear spray.
  19. Mr. davarle

    Tell him to hang in there.
  20. Cullen Park Series

    So just #4 left now? I say we all go at once and find the $&^@*%$. I know others got spider webbed like I did, but did anyone else get ticked? I had to remove 2 of the freeloaders off of me last weekend.
  21. Stats

    I'd like to fill up my difficulty chart too, but I'll skip the over 100 in a day runs. The FCL is in the national forest right? Deer season starts in October, but I'll still go then since it's only for bow hunters. I'm staying away once rifle season starts in November though. :-\
  22. Cullen Park Series

    Luckily I was wearing long pants when I made my stop in the park for these caches the other morning. Now if I can just come up with a spider web detecting hat or something. I wish I would have had more time to look for the others, but 4 was my limit. I'd like to head back out there sometime and look for the rest though.
  23. Cache not approved....dang it.

    Sure it is...... you're always looking for something to make you smile, your hunt is fraught with little perils that scratch at you, there's things that bleed you dry and bite you in all sorts of places, sometimes it's easy, sometimes you shake your head, and a lot of the time you question your sanity but you meet some great people so it makes it all worth it... You got that right. During my last day of caching in Calgary, I was scratching and clawing my way up the side of a valley through the woods. As I was crawling under a fallen tree (don't ask), I heard "RIP". So I spent the rest of the day caching with a hole in the leg of my pants, but I was grinning the whole time.
  24. Setting Up Wifi at Home

    Yes we have their Uverse package with internet and television. I know that there is a stand up unit next to the computer that has flashing lights....youknow pretty ones, blue, green, and red.... I have to take a look at the port on it today. Then you're set. You won't need to buy anything else. You'll just need to turn your laptop wireless on and set up the connection. I'm sure one of us here can help you with that.
  25. Setting Up Wifi at Home

    Are you using ATT Uverse? If so, their 2-wire router has wireless built in. You'd just need to type in a few #'s when setting up the connection on your laptop. I'm not sure if there are other ATT package and what equipment they might use.