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Hello fellow geocachers,

I'll be visiting Houston for 3 full days at the end of November (2012) and I would like to do as much geocaching as I can. This will be my first time doing geocaching in the area and I'm seeking your advice to make this visit as much productive, in terms of numbers, as I possible can. I will rent a car to move around and also I don't mind hiking a trail to get to a cache.

So keeping the goal in mind, what areas/series/power-trails do you recommend?

Your help will be most appreciated.

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Sounds like you are flying in to Houston. Welcome to Houston

Start off with GC27ZG2 IAH COIN AND TB HOTEL, located just South of the airport, then a series of 10 caches called ENTER WOODS LOOP, start at one place and walk/drive around the loop. Add GCG54W = FIRST INTO THE FIRE MEMORIAL to the mix, you will be impressed.

Other cachers will make their suggestions. Since there are some 3-4000 caches around Houston, they will need to know what part of Houston you are staying at - North side, NW, West side, downtown, SW. Some power trails will take four-six hours to complete

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We will be flying into George Bush International Airport from Queretaro, Mexico. I still haven't decided which hotel we are going to stay. Probably one that is conveniently located not too far of a mall. Galleria perhaps? I've never been on a Kayak. It looks like CLAPS: Paddling Downstream for Once was a success and everybody had a great time from reading the logs.

So if I stay close to Gallería, what can you recommend. I would like to find at least 200 caches in those three days. Is it doable?

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Thanks PARKERPLUS, I'll look for those caches you recommend,

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If you stay near the Galleria, there are at least 200 caches within 3 miles. Look here at this event listing that is in that area. There is a nice park across the freeway and northeast from the Galleria, and several dozen park and grab type caches.

That's not my favorite area, though. If you wanted to get some power trails, there is the Elements series along the Barker Dam and several series within George Bush Park. Center your map here and you will see what I am talking about.

Any way you go, you are sure to be able to find lots of caches. I think my favorites right now are in Jesse Jones Park, here.

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George Bush park and Barker Reservoir are very cache-rich, but not exactly park and grabs. Lots of hiking and bushwhacking required, but they are nice areas. I agree with Keely about Jesse Jones park -- we had a meet-up there last weekend and it was awesome!

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At the Jesse Jones Park, then following the Greenway Trail and the Pundt Park I counted about one hundred caches. But It seems a rather long hike for one day, is there a place near or at Jesse Jones Park to rent a bike?

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I've never been on a Kayak.

Depending on the days you are here and how much time you have, we may be able to arrange for your first time. Several of us have a spare kayak and would love to take you on a caching tour of the bayous. I will offer to lend my boat. I live very near the Galleria and could pick you up if the timing works out.

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At the Jesse Jones Park, then following the Greenway Trail and the Pundt Park I counted about one hundred caches. But It seems a rather long hike for one day, is there a place near or at Jesse Jones Park to rent a bike?

Here's a link that shows some places you can rent bikes. As was mentioned some of us did the Greenway trail a week ago. Great time can easily get 70+ in a day. You may want to look at the Element Series. If you do it, I'd recommend doing a 'Mash Up' with someone here where you can park a car at one end and car pool to the other end and work it together. Otherwise it's a long walk back. The TEXAS and One Huge Smile in George Bush Park / Barkers Reservoir would provide a lot of caches.

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The TEXAS and One Huge Smile in George Bush Park / Barkers Reservoir would provide a lot of caches.

Just be forewarned, the terrain for these great two cache series is flat but covered in dense brush and can take more time than you may think.

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I know you are getting a lot of suggestions for your visit to Houston, but to get a feel of the inner city life of Houston, I suggest any of the following series, sites.

WASHINGTON CORRIDOR SERIES by ACOMPOFELICE (A series of six caches along Washington Ave showing the local street scene and nightlife, resturants. Available 24/7)

OLD SIXTH WARD Series by ACOMPOFELICE (A series in the Historial District with some old homes, available 24/7)

MIDTOWN BIKE TRAIL by PARKERPLUS (A series along the old Houston Height Tolley system, drivable by car, available 24/7)

A visit to the GLENWOOD Cemetery, an old and beauiful surrounding property. In the cemetery you will find many beautiful headstones, large monuments, statues, old oak trees and three or four caches along the driveways as follows. Some important people are buried there. Available during the daytime only.

GCGZFY - WHO'S THERE, where Howard Hughes is buried

GC3VPZH - GIVING MY THANKS TO PARKERPLUS and PLUSONE

GC2VRNY - SEEKING PEACE FOR MY LOVE by the WATERFALL

GC11M22 - WHERE THERE'S SMOKE (Here is the first stage of a multi and the final is at HFD Station 28 which is near the Galleria area. A must see of 9/11 artifacts, pictures memorial built by SMITTY, one of the firefighters at that station. The final location is at N29 44.035 W95 28.605. Available 24 hours a day)

Do hope you have some time to do them

Have fun and enjoy

Neal Parker - ParkerPlus

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Yes, those are good ones to get some of Houston's urban artwork.

HC, I thought I included EMMA. It was on my list.

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Wow! I really love to visit all the places you have suggested. It will be difficult to choose which ones to do and what to leave for another time. Thanks a lot, and keep the suggestions coming. Remember my main goal this time is to increase my numbers. Check the ranking for Geocachers located in Mexico and you will see why.

http://cacherstats.com/Mexico1.html

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I've never been on a Kayak.

Depending on the days you are here and how much time you have, we may be able to arrange for your first time. Several of us have a spare kayak and would love to take you on a caching tour of the bayous. I will offer to lend my boat. I live very near the Galleria and could pick you up if the timing works out.

Great Birds, thanks for your kind offer but I think I will have to pass this time. I've almost finished sketching my plan. I will try to do the Enter Woods Loop Series, Pundt Park, Greenwood Trail and Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Reserve. The northern part of George Bush Park including One Huge Smile, TEXAS and Noble Road Trail Series, plus extras. Also I would like to hunt the other caches at the inner city some of you recommended. I think that could easily fill all the time I have available for geocaching in my visit. Hopefully I would reach my goal. Again thanks for your kind offer I truly appreciated it.

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That's called One Huge Plan. Good luck. One huge smile took me about four hours and I was ready for bed after that. Don't underestimate the terrain in GBP. Lots of COs who are very familiar with the terrain there tend to under rate the terrain on their caches in my humble opinion.

And bring lots of water. Humidity is a real drag here. Not sure if your neck of the planet is similar.

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That's called One Huge Plan. Good luck. One huge smile took me about four hours and I was ready for bed after that. Don't underestimate the terrain in GBP. Lots of COs who are very familiar with the terrain there tend to under rate the terrain on their caches in my humble opinion.

And bring lots of water. Humidity is a real drag here. Not sure if your neck of the planet is similar.

Where I live is hot but dry and I'm not used to coup with humidity but I'll do my best. How about the TEXAS series, how long that would take? Is the terrain the same as in One Huge Smile? Someone contact me directly and suggested me to do the Presidential Series and the new caches north of them at the Jones State Forest instead of the GBP. What do you think?

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How exciting to come to Houston and get some caching done. I see you are looking at doing Pundt park, Greenway Trail and Jesse Jones Park... As mentioned several of us got together to do those 2 weeks ago and for numbers I highly recommend them. I was one who walked the series with Davarle and my son and was happy to have gotten as many as we did in one day. It was a record for me until where we went caching last weekend. I will admit I am not in the best of shape so you may be able to do all three in one day. You probably have read the logs but just in case and to give you a taste -- we walked at least 9.5 miles mainly doing the Greenway Trail and a few in Jesse Jones Park.

If you are interested in doing any of the caches with people in the area, there are several of us who are looking at doing some of the ones you listed that might be happy to join you dependig on timing. As mentioned you can list to do a "Mash Up" and those that can join will list and we would make plans to meet you. It was great to have a car parked at each end on the Greenway Trail and would be good to have one along the way for the Element Series.

Good luck, have fun and be safe!

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That's called One Huge Plan. Good luck. One huge smile took me about four hours and I was ready for bed after that. Don't underestimate the terrain in GBP. Lots of COs who are very familiar with the terrain there tend to under rate the terrain on their caches in my humble opinion.

And bring lots of water. Humidity is a real drag here. Not sure if your neck of the planet is similar.

Where I live is hot but dry and I'm not used to coup with humidity but I'll do my best. How about the TEXAS series, how long that would take? Is the terrain the same as in One Huge Smile? Someone contact me directly and suggested me to do the Presidential Series and the new caches north of them at the Jones State Forest instead of the GBP. What do you think?

One thing to be aware of in your planing is that the TEXAS and One Huge Smile series are in a flood zone. After a rain the ground can be anything from boggy to inundated. They are great caches, but check back here before you go out.

The terrain for both of these series ranges from open fields to dense brush and thorn thickets. It can really slow you down. The difficulty of the terrain is one of the features of the series that make them such an accomplishment. Just bring more water than you think you will ever need.

For a finds per hour pace, the Greenway trial is the best I have done in Houston.

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I concur with the above. The difference between Greenway Trail and TEXAS is substantial, with the latter being a real test to accomplish in a single outing. Multiple sets of eyes obviously is a huge advantage not to be overlooked if you are wanting to work 65-85 finds per day. Most people completing the Greenway had at least two sets of eyes hunting, and most had more.

One more thing to consider:

There are many series in Houston that are Bicycle friendly, including the Greenway Trail, Red Bluff, La Porte, etc. If you can lay your hands on a bicycle you won't regret it I promise you if this is truly a numbers run.

IMHO: Recruit additional eyes, procure a decent mountain bike, and work the bicycle caches! (and WATER WATER WATER)

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True Nuff on Waco but additional help still goes to at least act as Driver. Waco is serious numbers 400-500 possible on one weekend

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