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  1. Camping near Galveston?

    Hi Gang, I'm trying to find a campground for a TENT for this weekend that's in the general vicinity of Galveston. The state park is full. I DON'T want to camp on the beach, and I'd prefer electricity. Does anyone know of a little local campground, or even a site in a city park, corps of engineers park, etc. that might work? It can be along I45 (Alvin, La Porte, Dickinson, etc) or on Bolivar Peninsula or some secret location I don't know about yet. Any ideas? We're cruising out of Galveston on Sunday, but we want to cache a couple of days first. Cheers, Julie Mrs. Captain Picard
  2. George Bush Park?

    If that's the same alligator-infested ex-neighborhood, I've been there, done that! Did the Red Bluff Trail in the driving rain. Muddy! RED muddy! Actually, I'm here with my friends from Florida, TeamSnook, and we did 50 some caches in the Katy area and are now cooking pork chops for supper out in Stephen F Austin State Park. They will be in the area for a little while if you want to send them an invitation to any events you might be having this week. Boy, have they got some stories! Thanks for all the suggestions, Julie Mrs. Captain Picard Hate to hear cachers staying at SFA SP. The last time we hosted the NYE event there, we were treated like cr@p. Not real friendly to cachers :'( at that park I know, that was my first New Year's Eve with you guys! But the choice of parks wasn't up to me. I certainly took note that there weren't any new caches since I'd been there 3 years ago. Boy, they are going to have to adjust their attitude when the TPWD's geocaching program kicks in. Julie
  3. George Bush Park?

    If that's the same alligator-infested ex-neighborhood, I've been there, done that! Did the Red Bluff Trail in the driving rain. Muddy! RED muddy! Actually, I'm here with my friends from Florida, TeamSnook, and we did 50 some caches in the Katy area and are now cooking pork chops for supper out in Stephen F Austin State Park. They will be in the area for a little while if you want to send them an invitation to any events you might be having this week. Boy, have they got some stories! Thanks for all the suggestions, Julie Mrs. Captain Picard
  4. George Bush Park?

    Hmmmmm. OK. Can you direct me to the closest string of lamp post caches??? I think I'll wait until the drought kicks back in and the snakes re-freeze. So that Huge Smiley is in there?? Julie
  5. George Bush Park?

    Hi Gang, I'm coming to town tomorrow with some caching friends from Florida, and we're looking at George Bush Park. I've never been there and need some recon assitance! Is GoogleEarth a good representation of the park? If so, how are the trails? Is it a total bushwack or are caches nicely near trails? Will it be a swamp after all this rain? Best parking spots? I need this information before I get home from the big roller skating party I'm going to tonight for Ramona de Pest's birthday! If we do good, I might hit 15,000 while I'm there! (and don't break anything in a freakish roller skating accident!) Cheers, Julie Mrs. Captain Picard
  6. TPWD Outdoor Family Geocaching Workshops

    I was assuming we'd be out in the campground for the training and I was going to printout the home page and a cache page, etc. Let me know how it actually goes down. You might contact Chris Holmes or Dan Haynes about the specific arrangements. The email from Dan I just read talked about learning to use the GPS and then go find the cache, but nothing about the website. Let me know!
  7. My son, Brandon, leaves for the Army today

    Congratulations and best wishes to him for making this monumental decision. Hang in there, Mom! Julie
  8. TPWD Outdoor Family Geocaching Workshops

    Believe me, you CAN do it! I'll bet you've shown other friends how to geocache. This is just a bit more formal. If you like, you can join me at Huntsville on September 13 and see what I do. And let's just say that this will be my first time, too! If I screw up, you'll know what NOT to do! Go ahead and commit to one park you've never been to and put it on your calendar. It's great PR with the TPWD.
  9. Caching Vacation

    Enchanted Rock is one of the most popular parks in the state. They close the gates when the parking lot is full, so you really MUST arrive as early in the morning as possible. That's also good advice due to the heat. If you go after To Boldly Go......., be sure to read the cache notes first. It's a great cache, but it's almost impossible to find without the notes. You didn't list sunscreen! Have a great trip! Julie Mrs. Captain Picard
  10. TPWD Outdoor Family Geocaching Workshops

    Gang, Chris Holmes at TPWD is in charge of organizing Texas Outdoor Family Workshops which take place at state parks in the area over the course of a weekend. He wants to include a session on geocaching and is looking for volunteers to lead the sessions. All you really need to do is walk participants through the website, discuss basic GPS navigation, various methods for hiding and finding, and then go geocaching! They aren't offering any pay or mileage, but I'll bet you can camp for free maybe! Pick a park you've never been to and you can spend the rest of the weekend finding the caches there! PERFECT! Here is the body of the email he sent to me. I'm doing the September 13 and November 1 sessions. The others are open to anyone interested. Please contact Chris directly to volunteer. Hi Julie. We are beginning our Texas Outdoor Family Schedule and are looking for volunteers to assist in the teaching of Geocaching. We have 15 Garmin CS units and plan to download shape files of trails / roads in each park. You had indicated you could help find volunteers for this program? These are the locations we are leading programs at • Mon., Aug. 4th – Galveston SP • Wed., Aug. 13th – Bastrop SP • Sat., Sept. 13th – Huntsville SP • Sat., Sept. 20th – Galveston SP • Sat., Sept. 27th – Buescher SP • Sat., Oct. 18th – Huntsville SP • Sat., Oct. 25 – Brazos Bend SP • Sat., Oct. 25 – McKinney Falls SP • Sat., Nov. 1st – Palmetto SP • Sat., Nov. 8th – Brazos Bend Thanks for any help. For more information on the program please see below http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20080609b http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/bof/index.phtml Chris Holmes Outdoor Programs Coordinator Texas State Parks 512 308 1475 x28 Cheers! Julie Mrs. Captain Picard
  11. Austin's Funky Bus Ride - You're Invited!

    Four more seats left on the bus! You KNOW you want to go!!!!!!!! Cheers, Julie Mrs. Captain Picard
  12. Austin's Funky Bus Ride - You're Invited!

    These are two tricked out 18-passenger former school buses. The route is being hand drawn and caches placed especially for this trip to make sure the buses can just pull right up. But you have to realize that this is less about caching than it is about riding the bus to caches. I doubt most people will get off the bus. I mean, who would want to have their foot rub interrupted for a geocache?? .....although I suppose it might depend on WHO is singing karayoke at the time.......
  13. Austin's Funky Bus Ride - You're Invited!

    Alcohol: Bring your own Belly Dancing: Are you offering? Pole Dancing: Let me "pole" the guys and see if they don't mind...... Psychic Readings: It's not in the cards. Santa Claus: He caching in Vegas that week. Foot Rubs: Thanks, that'd be great! Assigned Seating: Just wait until he gets on a bus, and then get on the other one! No Excuses! Come play with us!
  14. Austin's Funky Bus Ride - You're Invited!

    I get a good one from time to time! This is going to be over the top!
  15. Austin's Funky Bus Ride - You're Invited!

    We have to get off the bus to find the caches?? I imagine most of us will wave at the cache from the bus! We'll be too busy disco dancing. There will only be 8 or so caches on the route. It's truly about acting silly on a bus. I had the thought about caching by limo long ago and couldn't really figure out how to make it work, and then I saw the funky bus going down the road and KNEW we had to be on it! You guys get a car load full and come on down! Cheers, Julie Mrs. Captain Picard