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Hello there,

 

I'm new to this forum :) we're terratin and currently living in Denmark but will be flying to Houston for business in June, for a week. I wonder if someone here can give us some advise for caching in Houston, about things to do and not to do. And about how to get around by public transport. I don't think we'll be renting a car. We only have time for caching in the evening anyway, on the second day and a bit more time before departing again.

 

We'll stay in Westside, and the closest cache is probably this one: http://coord.info/GC3G2M4

I could imagine chasing jetlag away in Terry Hersheypark or George Bush Park, if we find a suitable way of getting to there. Our absolut wish would be to find this one: http://coord.info/GC1Z4PZ as we've been working on it for ages, but as it's in completely the wrong direction I think it will remain unfound by us for quite some time longer.

 

So, looking forward for all advice we can get.

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Well this is a good place for you to start!  We are very friendly around here.  In fact, I am sure a local cacher or two would not mind taking you guys for a caching run.  How many people will be in your party?  And what are the specific dates?  We could even host an event for you!

 

Some advice I have is: it will probably be pretty hot in June, so make sure you bring plenty of water.  The humidity here zaps the fluids right out of a person.  Also, if you are hiking in our nearby parks, watch out for snakes.  We don't have TONS but we do have some and it is best to be watchful and bring a poking stick for hidey holes or to tramp grass down ahead of you.  Watch out for thorns and poison ivy, we do have plenty of that as well.  Also, bug spray is needed, esp in the warmer months - the mosquitos and chiggers will get ya if you don't spray up before hiking.

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Houston is an automobile town and you may find that public transporation isn't what you are used to in Denmark. There is bus service and one light rail line that doesn't run anywhere near where you are staying. As Keely said, you might find a local cacher to take you around. The Earthcache Challenge isn't too hard to get to from your hotel -- just a zip around the beltway and a jaunt down 45!

 

OK, maybe it's a little tougher than I made it sound... :laugh:

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Some great geo-art down that way by the EarthCache Challenge, too!

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Well this is a good place for you to start!  We are very friendly around here.  In fact, I am sure a local cacher or two would not mind taking you guys for a caching run.  How many people will be in your party?  And what are the specific dates?  We could even host an event for you!

 

Some advice I have is: it will probably be pretty hot in June, so make sure you bring plenty of water.  The humidity here zaps the fluids right out of a person.  Also, if you are hiking in our nearby parks, watch out for snakes.  We don't have TONS but we do have some and it is best to be watchful and bring a poking stick for hidey holes or to tramp grass down ahead of you.  Watch out for thorns and poison ivy, we do have plenty of that as well.  Also, bug spray is needed, esp in the warmer months - the mosquitos and chiggers will get ya if you don't spray up before hiking.

 

Hello JustKeely and thanks for your answer. Tons of good stuff for me! I knew it would be warm, but I didn't really think of humidity and mosquitos. Good to know. Snakes! I hope I will see one! Oh and poison ivy: it seems to be such legendary cacher-annoyance and as such I also hope I'll see some. They don't grow in Europe.

 

Oh, I'm writing 'I' because my husband will after all not come along. So it's only me then. I'll be arriving sometime on June 15, have all of the 16th for some caching and getting used to the time shift, the following week I'll be busy until about 16:00 and then part of the following Saturday off until I leave again in the afternoon.

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Houston is an automobile town and you may find that public transporation isn't what you are used to in Denmark. There is bus service and one light rail line that doesn't run anywhere near where you are staying. As Keely said, you might find a local cacher to take you around. The Earthcache Challenge isn't too hard to get to from your hotel -- just a zip around the beltway and a jaunt down 45!

 

OK, maybe it's a little tougher than I made it sound... :laugh:

 

Yes, I realised that I'd need a car to get anywhere. Gosh! I don't think I've ever seen such large city :blackeye: Realistically I will stay near the hotel because I don't see myself driving with a massive jetlag in an automatic car that I'm not really used to. Oh well... the nice caches are not running away, and if they do I'm sure some other nice ones will pop up.

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There will be an event on the 20th in the Clear Lake area for our usual 3rd Thursday event. Maybe one of the west siders can bring you to the area and the event can be in your honor.

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There will be an event on the 20th in the Clear Lake area for our usual 3rd Thursday event. Maybe one of the west siders can bring you to the area and the event can be in your honor.

 

Oh, now I feel very shy! I would love to visit an event in Houston, so lets just see what happens :) Thanks for the info, ohl hockey guy.

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Houston is an automobile town and you may find that public transporation isn't what you are used to in Denmark. There is bus service and one light rail line that doesn't run anywhere near where you are staying. As Keely said, you might find a local cacher to take you around. The Earthcache Challenge isn't too hard to get to from your hotel -- just a zip around the beltway and a jaunt down 45!

 

OK, maybe it's a little tougher than I made it sound... :laugh:

 

Yes, I realised that I'd need a car to get anywhere. Gosh! I don't think I've ever seen such large city :blackeye: Realistically I will stay near the hotel because I don't see myself driving with a massive jetlag in an automatic car that I'm not really used to. Oh well... the nice caches are not running away, and if they do I'm sure some other nice ones will pop up.

 

At least we drive on the right side of the road.  It's not like going to the UK!  :2funny:

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Houston is an automobile town and you may find that public transporation isn't what you are used to in Denmark. There is bus service and one light rail line that doesn't run anywhere near where you are staying. As Keely said, you might find a local cacher to take you around. The Earthcache Challenge isn't too hard to get to from your hotel -- just a zip around the beltway and a jaunt down 45!

 

OK, maybe it's a little tougher than I made it sound... :laugh:

 

Yes, I realised that I'd need a car to get anywhere. Gosh! I don't think I've ever seen such large city :blackeye: Realistically I will stay near the hotel because I don't see myself driving with a massive jetlag in an automatic car that I'm not really used to. Oh well... the nice caches are not running away, and if they do I'm sure some other nice ones will pop up.

 

At we drive on the right side of the road.  It's not like going to the UK!  :2funny:

 

 

Mind you, in Denmark we do drive on the right side (not the wrong one :notme:) as well, only we use bicycles, not cars. They're currently building super-bike-highways with airstations along the way, constant green traffic lights, bridges or tunnels at street crossings and other things so you can cycle 12 miles to the office without any delays. :o

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Houston is an automobile town and you may find that public transporation isn't what you are used to in Denmark. There is bus service and one light rail line that doesn't run anywhere near where you are staying. As Keely said, you might find a local cacher to take you around. The Earthcache Challenge isn't too hard to get to from your hotel -- just a zip around the beltway and a jaunt down 45!

 

OK, maybe it's a little tougher than I made it sound... :laugh:

 

Yes, I realised that I'd need a car to get anywhere. Gosh! I don't think I've ever seen such large city :blackeye: Realistically I will stay near the hotel because I don't see myself driving with a massive jetlag in an automatic car that I'm not really used to. Oh well... the nice caches are not running away, and if they do I'm sure some other nice ones will pop up.

 

At we drive on the right side of the road.  It's not like going to the UK!  :2funny:

 

 

Mind you, in Denmark we do drive on the right side (not the wrong one :notme:) as well, only we use bicycles, not cars. They're currently building super-bike-highways with airstations along the way, constant green traffic lights, bridges or tunnels at street crossings and other things so you can cycle 12 miles to the office without any delays. :o

 

That is cool

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I just noticed there's a very old cache that we still need for our Jasmer challenge near the EC challenge. Hmm.. looks like I should look into some transport options after all...

 

Houston cachers: where do you buy your electronics? I decided I need a new notebook, potentially an Asus UX32VD (with Windows 7) and cannot find much apart from Amazon of course. Are prices displayed on websites including or exclusind tax, and if without then how high is the tax in Texas? Is there some kind of Black Friday-like shopping event in June? When I was in Calgary (oooh, the jet lag!) two winters ago I managed to get some really good deals there.

 

Thanks a lot :)

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Everyone is going to have their opinion on where to shop for computers.  Right now Best Buy has that model on sale.  http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+13.3%22+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Radiant+Silver/6869475.p?id=1218810051214&skuId=6869475&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=6869475&extensionType={adtype}:{network}&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!{keyword}!{matchtype}!{adwords_producttargetid}!{network}!{ifmobile:M}!{creative}

 

You are going to look to pay about 8% in tax here in Houston.  I would not expect there to be any great deals in June but there will be some sales because of all the High School Graduations.  I worked in Electronics retail for some time and can tell you from experience the best month to buy a laptop price wise is August due to the back to school sales.  But all summer there will be some kind of sale going on.  I am not sure on how shopping is in Denmark but here in Houston be prepared for the salesman trying to add on a lot of accessories and warranties because that is where the profit margin is.  In some cases a store will make more money off of the USB cable than the laptop.

 

Here in Houston I would shop at Fry's, Best Buy, and Microcenter.

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Add TigerDirect to that list. Also remember if you buy it here you will need to get a power cord for back home (unless you want to deal with an adapter all the time). Eagles1181

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Thanks a lot for all your answers. That's an excellent price there at Best Buy! And when I take the very good exchange rate into account, it's about half of what I'd pay here :smitten:  Shame, that offer is just a bit too early, and comes with Win8. But I'll keep my eyes open from early June.

 

Yes, I know about the adapter thing. My current computer has a British power cord. No problem though as I'm traveling a fair bit and almost always have to use an adapter anyway.

 

The salesman can try to add what he wants, an additional warranty is useless for me, and I generally know which extras I want, and which I don't. Guess that makes me a salesman's nightmare :angel:

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northern girl, although it's a bit too early to commit (I travel for work), I may be able to escort you on one of your free days.  

 

Look around and figure out what you may want to do, and whether or not I've secured the smiley(s), I'd be happy to show you around town.   With the local, friendly cachers around this town, you never know, you may even have a whole crew on the adventure!  (if you want all the company)

 

Let's talk!  

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northern girl, although it's a bit too early to commit (I travel for work), I may be able to escort you on one of your free days.  

 

Look around and figure out what you may want to do, and whether or not I've secured the smiley(s), I'd be happy to show you around town.   With the local, friendly cachers around this town, you never know, you may even have a whole crew on the adventure!  (if you want all the company)

 

Let's talk!  

 Oh gosh, sorry for my late reply 2katz. Been on vacation for two weeks and never managed to get more than a few seconds of the slowest possible internet connection :tickedoff: I'm still here, or rather, back :) Lets just see what's possible.

 

I just browsed around a bit. I think on the Sunday after arrival I will mostly try to get rid of jetlag and maybe take a cab to George Bush park as there's GC8C0

which we're still missing for our Jasmer Challenge and potentially this challenge here: GC3549Q I think otherwise I will only have time in the evening. :disappoint:

 

But if there is an event in the southeast, I will try to somehow get there and also pick up the EC challenge and a few other old caches. Well, lets just see what happens :)

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Hello Houston cachers. Just a bit more than two weeks :)

 

I do have two questions left that you might help me with.

 

1. I don't mind creepy crawlies, but what about poisonous ones? Someone already mentioned snakes. Are there other beasts I should avoid in George Bush Park? I'll certainly bring my hiking boots along.

 

2. And I know the States are car country. Will it look suspicious when I walk through a residential area and search for caches or walk to a shopping center (hey, it's just around than three miles. Sounds very doable, even in hot and humid weather)?

 

Thanks a lot

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We have 3 VENOMOUS snakes, none of which are poisonous, even if you eat them. The copperhead, cottonmouth, and coral snakes. Learn to identify them. Keep your eyes open and give them a wide berth. Oleander plants will kill you dead if you ingest the fluid in them and there are others. Don't put any plant in your mouth on the trail and you will be good. We have 2 real bad spiders. The black widow and brown recluse. As with snakes, don't put your hand any place a stick can do better. We have lots and lots of thorns ranging from cactus to tall Devils walking stick in George Bush Park. We have fricken CHIGGERS (or redbugs, whatever), ticks, and mosquitoes in abundance. Our humidity and heat can kill a person who stays outside on the trail without copious amounts of water. All of us know of people being taken to the hospital while caching due to the heat. We have bee hives in old trees and hornets and bumble bees which burrow underground. Very few caches are actually in residential areas, but in small parks. You should have no problem.

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Wow, that's a lot of dangerous beasts  :what???:  OK, spider cuddling is out of the question then. Thanks a lot for this great advice, I'll certainly bring photos of these animals along, just to be sure.

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Just keep the normal amount of diligence, especially when caching solo and you will do fine.

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Northern girl, there is a thread on this site where others were discussing snakes seen while caching so you could get a good look there... and the saying that always helps to know what to be aware of is in that thread.  

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