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  1. I thought that claim by the parks department person sounded a little hard to believe. I had previously heard that the best accuracy was about one centimeter but it looks like it's a bit better than that.
  2. Thanks for the research - lots of good info there. I particularly like the conversion tool link and that one gets bookmarked for possible future use.
  3. 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/

  4. I would consider any finds logged by TrailHunter as suspect.
  5. I've heard a number of the iPhone cachers speak well of Cachly.
  6. You could try this FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SAGeo/ It's the San Antonio Geocachers.There is also a CENTEX cachers Yahoo group that I've followed long before moving to the Hill Country, but it doesn't have much activity these days. The old puzzle cache is a pretty long hike. I did it last year with RRM10 and another Kerrville cacher. We ended up with about 8.5 miles according to my GPS log but you could do it with a little less distance depending on the route you pick. Larry's earthcache, and the nearby official park cache are just a short distance from parking and the monkey rock cache mentioned earlier by TFP is a relatively short hike. If you go to the park website there's a .kml file of the park trails that you can look at in Google Earth and get a better idea of how the trails relate to the terrain and caches if you load them into GE as well.
  7. You'll find fewer mosquitoes than in the Houston area, but then you'll find some critters you don't have there, such as scorpions. Be careful when turning over rocks and such. I've found chiggers to be the biggest nuisance since I've been living in the hill country. The Lost Maples SNA is one of my favorites in the park system. Also keep in mind that some of the trails are steep and rocky. A ten mile hike here is not the same as a ten mile hike in the flatlands. The oldest puzzle cache in Texas is in the park too, but it's the farthest one from the parking area. Cool SNA, have fun.
  8. I always wondered about those Skunkonthefog logs, now I understand.
  9. I happened to be back in Houston for a brief visit and managed an FTF on you Elephant Walk hide. Welcome to the game.
  10. I'll have to visit that on one of my return trips to Houston. I've heard about it for years but had no idea it was to be opened to the public.
  11. I think you're going in the right direction Larry. Looks like it may be Universal Polar Stereographic. When I try to convert, it comes very close to believable numbers and there are apparently some correction factors that need to dialed in to make things work just right. Not something the casual GPS or cell phone user is likely to be familiar with.
  12. A number of systems refer to northings, eastings, etc., including the relatively common UTM, but I can't find any that fit with the numbers on that post.
  13. Almost undoubtedly correct, but if the reference point is not given it's meaningless to someone trying to determine their position. And the reference to "GPS Coordinates" is odd since it seems it would have to be a system that is normally selectable in a typical GPS, and my Garmin 64 seems unable to digest it. I may have to try to find someone in the parks department that has some information (but I'm not optimistic about that happening).
  14. Does anyone know what coordinate system is in use on this sign in a San Antonio park? I'm at least somewhat familiar with most coordinate systems, and I can't think of anything that matches this. So far no one in the SA caching community seems to have a clue either. For reference, here are the coordinates of the nearest cache: N 29° 29.906 W 098° 42.482 UTM: 14R E 528300 N 3263245. State plane doesn't seem to work either.
  15. That would do it. If you want to get things back in balance, just delete one of the logs. You can even delete the one which was used to drop the TB, and it will remain despite the log deletion.