CacheCrazy.Com: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

CITO at Ground Zero

By: Bloodhounded
Notes from the author: This is an entirly different approach to CITO that I dreamed up. Let me know what you think in the comments.

I can't believe it's Monday already, one full week of CacheCrazy.Com. This is a little information on an effort that I personally made to help an area of managed land that I drive by daily.


 I placed a cache near a historic bridge in Bear Creek Village near Rt. 115 South. It’s on the Bear Creek Natural Land Trust section right by the Francis Walter Dam project in White Haven, PA. When I scouted it out up close I was surprised to see that folks have been parking there, engaging in all types of activates and just throwing their trash to the ground. I cleaned some up but unfortunately had to leave quite a bit behind. Then I had a thought, what if I gave recognition to the folks that did CITO at the cache site and logged or emailed me with their effort? I attached a scrolling text that does just that to the bottom of the cache page.

Recently some cachers logged that there was no trash to clean up. Not that I questioned them I just had to see it for myself. Sure enough ALL of the trash was gone! Pretty cool, right? It will take some maintenance to keep everyone up to date on the cache cage but a small price to pay I think. The property manager loved it and offered the whole land trust to me to place caches, yeah!

 






Thank you!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

chirp, chrip, chirp, is that Spring robins I hear?

By: Bloodhounded
The Garmin chirp
You have heard about the inexpensive gadget from Garmin called the chirp. The company aims to make geocaching more fun with it but, what is it, what does it do and how much does it cost?

This is not a field test guide or firsthand experience; it’s a small piece of information that should answer all of your questions. The only question left for me is, “How can I apply this to a cache and have everyone enjoy it?” the answer is simply, “you can’t”. Only certain types of Garmin GPSr’s work with it and that limits the casual cacher who has an Etrex for instance. I’m not sure about cell phones with apps so, feedback is appreciated. Anyone ever come across one of these? Are they selling like hotcakes? Check it out and please share your thoughts with comments.


Here is the lowdown; GPS maker Garmin is tapping into the geocaching community once again by introducing the Garmin chirp a durable, inexpensive short-range transmitter that geocaching fans can leave in (or near) their geocaches to offer hints and information to geocachers who come looking for your stash. Plus, the chirp keeps a tally of visitors, so folks will know how many hunters have come by.

“With chirp, geocachers have a new tool to enhance the joys of creating and finding caches around the globe,” said Garmin worldwide sales VP Dan Bartel, in a statement. “In listening to and participating in the vibrant geocaching community, Garmin created a one-of-a-kind device that builds on popular innovations such as paperless geocaching and downloading cache details directly to the device.”



The idea behind the chirp is that someone creating a geocache puts the chirp in with their items. When someone with a compatible Garmin GPS device comes by—currently that includes Garmin’s Dakota, Oregon, and just-announced GPSMAP handheld—the chirp will transmit information to the GPS, letting hunters know the cache is nearby, potentially including hints to the cache’s location, and coordinates of other caches in a multicache hunt. The latter is particularly useful, since it saves the effort of manually entering a bunch of coordinate sets to continue a hunt.

The chirp itself is tiny—just a bit bigger than a U.S. quarter dollar coin—and is build to stand up to the outdoors, with a user-replaceable battery that should run for up to a year. The chirps are also password-protected so only the owner can see visitor logs and add/update information offered by the chirp—if you use a good password, you don’t have to worry much about someone sabotaging your cache with bogus information…although someone could always leave a chirp of their own nearby.

See The Video



The chirp is available now for a suggested price of $22.99 if the idea is embraced by the geocaching community—and other outdoor GPS makers—the technology stands to add a new dimension to geocaching…and maybe get a few more technology fiends into the great outdoors!

Garmin who owns and operates OpenCaching.com is giving away a chirp a day in a sweepsteaks. See the announcement for complete rules and restrictions. More on the rivaling OpenCaching.com site in the near future.

Idea: Glue it to a hidden place on that special, crazy and unique home made cache container that you have hidden. If it goes missing, fire up the gpsr, get a car load of your buddies together and go on a muggle hunt. You drive in a selected grid just waiting for that "CHIRP,CHIRP,CHIRP" and that's when the game gets interesting. mugglehunting.com - I may be on to something!

What do you think?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Swag: Redux

Swag: Redux

DctrSpott


To me, geocaching is about the challenge and the hunt: the cache could be a nano or an ammo box, I just want to FIND IT. Inevitable, anyone who asks me about caching wants to know, "What's in the container you find???" Many cachers, particularly those with kids, love the little prizes left for the finder. In an excellent post by BLOODHOUNDED, he discusses problems with cachers claiming, "Took Nothing, Left Nothing, Signed Log." While, as noted, swag looting is undoubtedly a problem, today we'll talk about swag etiquette, types, and placement.

SWAG, Stuff We All Get, is governed by a few rules from groundspeak:
Contents are family-friendly. Explosives, fireworks, ammunition, lighters, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), drugs, alcohol and any illicit material should not be placed in a cache. Geocaching is a family activity and cache contents should be suitable for all ages. If someone other than you places an inappropriate item in a geocache that you own, the cache may be temporarily disabled. As the cache owner, you may be asked to remove the questionable item before it is enabled.
Contents are appropriate for outdoor life. Food items or scented items are always a bad idea. Animals have a better sense of smell than humans and have been known to chew containers open to get these items. Items that may melt in the heat, such as crayons or lip balm, or expand in the cold, such as liquids, should also be excluded from caches.
I take objection to parts of these rules. Pocket knives and multitools have saved my sorry butt many times in the field, and (at least to me growing up) are totally family friendly. Similarly, the definitions of "inappropriate" and "family friendly" vary from person to person. Ultimately, I leave the creative freedom to the CO to decide what is or is not appropriate, so if you're thinking of placing something potentially questionable, check with your CO. If the cache description says it is not kid/family friendly, leave the kids at home! Let me know what you think in the comments.

When taking swag, etiquette generally dictates to trade or "trade up": to replace what you took with something of equal or greater value. Again, discretion is left to the CO here, I've seen caches where the CO says "Take what you want!". Either way, it's generally a good idea to log what you took and/or left, and to let the CO know if things are running low. Remember, trackable items are NOT swag! No need to trade them out, but only take them if you'll move them along.

The kinds of swag you can leave are only limited by the container size and your imagination. Here is a list of a couple:

  1. The classics are McToys and dollar store trinkets for the kiddies. If you're thinking of placing an easier or a family oriented cache, I'm told these are a solid choice.
  2. Geocache related items are my favorite: unactivated coins and TBs, as well as cache containers, logbooks, CITO bags, pens and pencils, and ziplock bags. This can be a way to get your own creative containers out there, and to inspire new hides.
  3. George of keoki_eme has told me he frequents the discount sections of home improvement stores, I've seen his caches stocked with tape measures, screwdriver sets, smoke alarms, and thumb/flash drives. These, as well as hand warmers, gloves and hats, mosquito repellent, tissues or sani-naps, and any other outdoor gear, are great items anyone can enjoy, and are often appreciated out in the field.
  4. Homemade arts and crafts are great unique additions. Tricia Goss at brighthub suggests homemade glass marble magnets.
  5. Similarly, signature items are very popular. Some people create their own business cards (some even numerically ordered, "This was my ###th cache!"), while others create their own burned-wood coins. A signature item doesn't need to have your name on it, though: I've used seashells as a unique "signature" item, while ATCresci has been using wooden nickels. Any unique item can be your signature: "Hey, a bunch of seashells in this cache... that seashell guy must've been here too!"
This list is a short summary; the possibilities are limited only by the container size. My opinion is that simpler caches should have simpler swag: I save the good stuff for the harder caches. How do you place your swag? What do you place? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rain Gear???

Rain Gear????
By: Big Al

Author's note to our readers: An experience I would like to share with you.



Welcome to Thirsty Thursday!
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and let your imagination soar.

Every now and then I get a hankering for a good hike and a little bit of camping. Back just a few years ago, maybe like 24 to be exact, I decided to take my wife and one year old son on a hiking and camping trip. I had decided to take them to a place in the Adirondack Mountains called Nine Corner Lake. This is a beautiful lake near Pine Lake, NY, 12032, in the Southern Adirondacks. The trail head is right on Route 29A with plenty of parking, and the trail to the lake is only a one mile hike.

The scenery along the trail is spectacular. Large rocks are begging to be played on, and there are plenty of trees to climb. As you walk along the trail there are many creeks to be crossed, and many places to stop and take nice pictures. While walking along you might see a variety of birds and salamanders and if you’re lucky you might even see a few deer or other woodland animals. Depending on the time of year you go there are also numerous wildflowers to see, and even plenty of berries to eat. I mean, who doesn’t love fresh wild blue berries. The hike is short, and not too steep, so it is fine for kids of all ages. If you are a rock climber then you can follow the trail to the rock climbing area and test out your skills.

Once you arrive at the lake you’ll be overtaken by its beauty. It is somewhat large and very oddly shaped. Since these lakes are so out of the way it makes them perfect spots for the Common Loon. These are very beautiful and vocal birds. Usually they are heard at night and their call sounds like a woman who is screaming. This just really adds to the outdoor experience, especially if you have never heard them before. There are numerous spots along the lake which make for wonderful camp sites. (Sorry, no RV’s allowed.)

On this particular day my wife loaded up her backpack and put it on, and then I put my son in a special made backpack along with the tent and we headed off into the wilderness. Remember the hike is one mile, one way. The first camp site we came to was being used by a young lady who had just finished an early swim. That is something everyone looks forward to at this lake; a nice swim in crystal clear water. We continued on around the lake following the winding trail until we found what appeared to be the perfect spot. It was beautiful, and it was on the edge of the lake with a rock outcropping that allowed you to walk right into the water. As we looked into the water on the other side of our site, it did not seem to be very deep, but don’t let that fool you; these lakes are so clear you can see right to the bottom. That was when we saw the otters swimming along. They would dive down and come back up with something to eat. It was neat watching them. I set up the tent and then made two more trips, yes two more, back to the car to get the other stuff we needed. I mean, doesn’t every one year old need his little jumping horse to keep him corralled instead of in the water. (My wife says he did.)

I then began the task of building a fire. I first collected the wood to be burned and the kindling to help start it. In the Adirondacks if a tree is dead and on the ground you can use it for firewood, and there was plenty around. As I began to get the kindling going I noticed a few drops of water hitting my arms and back. I looked up to see some dark clouds rolling in. I thought to myself “Oh this will pass right on over us”. Well that would have been nice, but it didn’t happen. I now had the fire going, but I had to hold my hat over it to keep it from being put out by the rain. My wife and son were now in the tent and I decided maybe I had better join them. We got my son fed and then put down to sleep. We tried sleeping, but the rain was now coming down harder and it was coming through the tent. Everything was starting to get really wet. We finally decided we had better walk back out to the car before it was too late. Besides, who thought of rain gear when it was SUPPOSED to be a nice weekend!

I began thinking about how many trips I made to the camp site and then I decided that we would leave everything there and I would come back the next day with a friend and retrieve it. As we started walking out we passed another camp site where some folks gave us working flashlights. We only had one. We finally made it to the car and headed to a friend’s house that happened not to live too far away. She let us in, even at the late hour that it was, and gave us nice warm beds to sleep in. The next day she fed us and then I took my wife and son home. Then I went back with a true friend and he helped me carry everything out in one load. Yes I said one load. We cut down, I mean we found two trees that willingly gave themselves to us to use as cross members along with a tarp so we could carry it all out in one load. Needless to say that was the last family camping trip that my wife went on.

Well now we are more experienced at life and I have learned many things; especially about camping and the outdoors. I would love to be able to go back up there and camp once again and see the otters and hear the loons to remind us of days gone by. Besides, now there are two geocaches along the trail and even more that are only a short drive away. So if you’re looking for a great outdoor experience of camping and caching then take a serious look at visiting Nine Corner Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Just remember to take along some rain gear just in case. Happy Trails!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: DctrSpott Edition


"Hurry up, 2 legs! It's just a hill!"

(Taken on the return hike from GCKVVA: Ashley Planes Cache A.K.A Barneys Rubble)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Geocaching With Dog the Bounty Hunter



Anybody ever watch Dog the Bounty Hunter on A&E? Anybody else wonder if this guy and his crew are for real or do they just think that everyday is Halloween? I think that it’d kind of be a kick to take these guys out geocaching…

It’d go down like this. First, Dog would write up the mission on his dry-erase marker board.

“All right, everybody. It’s a 3/3. That’s not bad. That’s pretty tough. This cache ain’t a pushover. Let’s see… Ammo can… Last found about a month ago… Dwayne Lee, put up a picture of it.”

Then we’d all say a prayer for success before loading up into some serious SUVs and going after it.

It always takes Dog a couple tries to find his bail jumper so I’d guess that geocaching wouldn’t be any different. After several dead-ends at gas stations, apartment buildings, and fast food joints, Beth would have to call the CO and get a better lock on GZ.

Once we had the information on where the cache was going to be, Dog would outline the strategy. When everybody knew what to do, we’d all jump out of the SUVs armed with paintball guns and get after it!

Leland, Youngblood, Dog, Beth, Baby Lyssa, Dwayne Lee, and I would start running through the woods. When we’d spot the hide, Dog would yell, “Don’t move, @#$%^&*!!! Don’t @#$%^ move!!! You’re goin’ to jail, $%^&*!!!” Leland would smack some handcuffs on the ammo can and then we’d throw it in the SUV.

By this time Dog would have cooled off and would try to talk some sense into this renegade geocache – “Ya can’t keep doin’ this, brother... Leland, give him a cigarette… Take his handcuffs off… Hidin’ in the woods doesn’t do it, bro. Ya gotta go to court, bro. Ya gotta change. You got a family, bro.”

I’d try to explain to Dog that you’re supposed to put the geocache back where you found it. Dog, looking out the passenger’s window with a tear in his eye, would reply, “That’s what they want you to think, bro. That’s what they want you to think.” “Shakedown” by The Brought Low would start playing, and we’d say a prayer of thanks before heading for home.

The next seeker for the cache would have to log a DNF, but at least we would have changed a life that day.

"Hated to leave the paintball guns, but couldn't resist the bicep bands. TFTC!"

Monday, February 21, 2011

March 2011 Geocaching Horoscopes

Geocaching Horoscopes


for the month of

March 2011

By: Stargazing Steph




 Stargazing Steph


Your monthly geocaching horoscope as seen in the stars somewhere above Bloodhounded's house brought to you by 
Stargazing Steph.








Aries



March 21 - April 20

Mercury is in Aries territory this month which will bring you an increased amount of mental awareness, quick thinking, and more interaction and communication with people. You will be excited to see and catch up with people you’ve been more distant with. This is a great time for that tough cache you’ve been putting off! Take your buddies with you and have some fun! Remember: The more cachers you have, the more fun you have!



Taurus


April 21 - May 21

The New Moon in March will spark Taurus’ energetic and more creative side this month. It will also give you a power of personal expression, which will help you in self promotion and achieving goals. This is an excellent time for you to work on those things in life that mean a lot to you. Planting your own cache is ideal for you this month because you are at your prime creativity time! Don’t waste it!



Gemini


May 22—June 21

The New Moon this month brings potential crisis into your life this month. This is due to the demand of others such as bosses, teachers, and spouses. This is a good time for you to prove o other and yourself how strong you are! Don’t breakdown under the pressure. Take a break and go find a few caches! You will feel better in just a few miles!



Cancer


June 22—July 22

The New Moon brings harmony into your relationships this month because it brings you a sense of calmness and balance. Everything in your life will flow smoothly this month and plans will work out well. You should consider organizing a caching event! With spring coming, it’s a great time to encourage others to get outside and have some fun! Don’t be afraid to do something you normally wouldn’t!



Leo


July 23—August 22

The New Moon brings harmony in intentions for you this month. Your thoughts and opinions flow easily into words, making it easy for conversation and writing. Paperwork should be a breezy with the way your thinking! Getting all that paperwork done will leave you spare time to do whatever you want! Maybe get out of work a little early and pick up a few cache-and-dashes!



Virgo


August 23—September 22

The New Moon brings a sense of conflict into your life this month. Your personal ambition and drive to succeed is getting in the way of what you’re trying to do. You feel like your banging your head off a brick wall because you can’t seem to get your message across to anyone and others aren’t working well with you. This is a good month to go caching by yourself. Leave others and all your stress behind and take in the beauty of nature.



Libra


September 23-October 23

Mercury is directly across from Libras territory this month which is going to present a little bit of conflict but not too much. You mean well in all you do but others just aren’t being appreciative. They will find your actions somewhat annoying even though that was not your intent. Laying low would be in your best interest this month. Maybe a few small caches are in order.



Scorpio


October 24- November 22

With Mars in the area this month you will have increased an energy level and self confidence. Your new found confidence and energy will be well balanced and do wonders for you. Be careful not to get over confident! Over confidence would be a major downfall for you this month but you should be ok as long as you keep it in check. With all your energy, long caches are ideal for you this month! Take some energy-ready friends with you!



Sagittarius


November 23 - December 21

Sagittarius’ and Gemini’s seem to be in the same boat this month. The New Moon looks like its bringing potential crisis into your life due to the demand from bosses, teachers, or bosses. Standing up for what you want and believe in and don’t let the stress others are putting on you, get to you. Use caching as a distresser for you this month. Go on a leisurely hike to a good peaceful cache destination.



Capricorn


December 22—January 19

Mars really increases your confidence, energy, and your magnetic attractiveness to others. You will not have a hard time getting what you want this month and achieving goals will be a breeze. People will be willing to help you and want to be involved in your life. You seem to be on top of the world! Invite all your friends to go caching! It’ll be a great time!



Aquarius


January 20—February 18

Venus is in your territory this month and it brings lots of love of nature and creativity! It is a great time to spent time with the ones you love while doing the things you love. Relationships with people, especially the opposite sex, will do really well this month due to your attractive energy. Take this opportunity to take the ones you love caching! They will love the change of scenery in their lives.



Pisces


February 19—March 20

Mars brings harmony into your life this month. Your goals and ambitions seem to be achieved easily and others are willing to help. You will experience a sense of calmness and balance in your life. Don’t waste this opportunity! Get a big group of people together and go caching! You will make new friendships and strengthen old ones!










 


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hi I’m Steph!

I really wanted to write the horoscopes to give geocachers insight on their monthly readings based off of what I saw in the stars above Bloodhounded’s house. I was excited to be a part of the cachecrazy team because I love to write. I am also heavily involved in the arts, especially music, which is why I was enthusiastic about coming up with the monthly horoscopes.

I am hoping you will feel confident enough in my star reading ability, to follow your horoscopes religiously. Really. I would even go as far as to say, you can refer to them for life changing decisions!* I have written them as true as I believe them to be and I hope you follow me in my astronomical research and predictions!


Blessings to all,

Stargazing Steph






*I herby declare that I am not responsible for anything that may happen when you make decisions based off of my predictions. I promise that they aren’t THAT reliable…but believe what you want.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cue the Music


Cue the music.

For some reason, Europe's "The Final Countdown" comes to mind, but I want something a little more gnarly... Maybe "Hair of the Dog" by Nazareth. Yeah, that's it. Get that going in your head. Here we go...

Bum. Da Da Da Da Dum. Dum Dum Dum Dum. Bum Da Da Da Da Dum... Heart breaker, soul shaker! I've been told about you! Steamroller, midnight stroller...!

And now... Entering the ring... Hailing from Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania... With a combined weight of 370 pounds... The reigning Intercontinental Champions... DODGER LIZARD CREW! (Boos and hisses... The crowd waves taunting banners and throws stuff...)

Salutations. Sal-u-what? Salutations! It's my fancy way of saying hello!

Geez, professional wrestling to Charlotte's Web. I'm the only male in the house. That's kind of the way it goes for me. Anyway...

We are the family geocaching force known as Dodger Lizard Crew. I am the family patriarch Dodger. Maybe someday I'll give insight on how the family picked up its handle. For now, we'll say this. We enjoy well-planned multis, clever hides, abandoned ruins, and good hikes. Having said that, we're not particular either. We'll take a parking lot 1/1 just as well as a deep-woods 3/4. It all depends on the mood and available time.

I'm looking forward to sharing my wandering thoughts and getting some feedback from all you folks. So, once again...

Salutations!

Now cue the exit music.

Bum. Da Da Da Da Dum. Dum Dum Dum Dum. Bum Da Da Da Da Dum... Now you're messin' with a...!

Woo!

Friday, February 18, 2011


Hello, My name is BigAL437,


You can call me BigAL. I would like to give you a brief bio of myself so you can get to know me a little better.


I am a retired United States Air Force Security Specialist. After retirement I attended Baptipst Bible College of PA for four years. After graduating I stayed in the area and began working in Clarks Summit. I am married with five children, and we have homeschooled all of them. Three of our kids have graduated and we have two more to go. (11th and 7th grades).


Our family loves to Geocache. I don’t think there is a trip we go on without looking to find at least one. The kids think I’m a little CRAZY, but then that’s why I joined the CacheCrazy team. I’ m always seeing a new place to hide a cache and they just roll their eyes. Somehow I don’t think they are as obsessed as I am. I like all kinds of caches, but especially ones that hold SWAG. Yes, I know once a kid always a kid.


I also love to camp and hike so you’ll be hearing all kinds of stories from me. I’ll be writing on Thirsty Thursday. I call it this because I want you to get a thirst for things that are fun to do by yourself, or with your family. I want you to get a little taste so you’ll come back for more. So be watching for the kick-off of Cachecrazy.com on 2/21/11.


Cache on,


BigAl

A message from Bloodhounded

Hello, my name is Bloodhounded,




I would like to introduce myself and share a very special message with you but, first I want to thank you for taking the time to come and see the blog for yourself.



For those of you who don’t know me, I guess I’m kind of a loner. I loved geocaching right from my very first find. Oh, I remember it well. I went caching with four experienced cachers from Team Blueball (Thanks Big B! I am forever grateful). We found six that day and right out of the gate I found four of the six. Soon seeking wasn’t enough so, I started hiding. I started light but soon was doing some pretty crazy stuff. I started acting crazy. I started talking crazy and soon I was so far gone that I became a pusher, an enabler of the cache. First it was with friends but soon I was converting anyone who would listen to my crazy talk of GPS systems and treasure hunting. I was truly beside myself, I was cache crazy!



So, I decided to build a blog and share my sickness with you.



On Monday, February 21st, 2011 we will launch CacheCrazy.Com under its newly organized look and feel. I have assembled some of the best thinkers and writers I know. These authors are committing to post to this blog one day each week. That means that every day of the week CacheCrazy.Com will have fresh posts! (except Sunday, hey even the good Lord took that day off). We’ll keep it going and seeing your comments and gaining followers will fuel our fire so please let us know you are there.



The basis of the blog is Geocaching of course and everything related however, nature, outdoors, outdoor photography, hiking, family fun, wildlife, hunting, fishing, bird watching, ATV, mountain biking, cooking, traveling, camping, maybe farming, collecting, hi-tech stuff and probably a few other subject matters that elude me right now. It was meant to be fun and informative and about a quality of life that relates closely to the great outdoors and the wonderful sport of Geocaching too.



So enjoy the site, laugh and read the posts, learn, share or just say hi. We are all cache crazy so you’re in good company. And if you would like to be a guest blogger, just email us and we’ll set it up or just send your work to urcachecrazy@gmail.com and I’ll post it.



Thanks for checking us out!

Bloodhounded

Introducing: DctrSpott

Hello all!

I am DctrSpott. While I am not a doctor, I will be beginning my graduate studies in chemistry this fall at the University of Wyoming, and have selected my username in anticipation of my PhD. I am a Pennsylvania native, and spent a good 6 years as a student and adjunct faculty member at Wilkes University, doing research, and writing for several philosophy journals. I can often be found caching with my German Shephard/Collie mix, Boltzmann.

I am interested in caches that are interesting and clever hides, as well as those that push physical limits ("extreme" caches): long hikes, big climbs, and amazing views. One Friday of every month will be "Fiendish Friday": a review of an particularly devious and impressive cache. The other Fridays will be discussions varying from the merits of different cache types, to introductions to cache placement, to gear and meal choices.

I'm glad to be a CacheCrazy poster, and hope you all are looking forward to my posts.

Cheers!

DctrSpott



Thursday, February 17, 2011

Last night I saw an Android while I was BlackBerry picking!!!!!

Yes, you heard me correctly, an Android! Also, an iPhone made a small appearance last week and I've been searching the net looking for information on picking a BlackBerry! I was talked to by a duffus, ridiculed by some rollypolly woman and nearly swindled by a swindler. No, this isn't Bloodhounded in wonderland, it's cell phone shopping! My least favorite pastime. 

I am buying a new cell phone and along with the many needs from this communication central, I need to know that I can at least cache paperless and possibly as effective in pin pointing GZ as with my GPSr. I'm looking at three "brands" of phones, the Android, iPhone and the BlackBerry (I wont get into model specific). Obviously, a good quality geocaching app is critical. I'll look at all three and share the results with you here at CacheCrazy.Com.
If you have any thoughts please do share them with us by using the comments feature.

Geocaching, my favorite sport, now has an official app for Android with the release of Groundspeak's Geocaching app for Android phones. With this app, users can tap directly into Geocaching.com's database of GPS-tagged hiding spots and containers, called geocaches, and use their GPS-equipped Android phone participate in the world's largest on-going treasure hunt. The geocaches usually contain a log of some sort and, occasionally, small trinkets. Once found, users log their find, take a trinket, leave a trinket, and the game goes on.

Groundspeak's app isn't the first geocaching app for Android users (we've had access to apps like GeoBeagle and OpenGPX for some time now) and it's not even the first official Geocaching.com app from Groundspeak (that honor belongs the Geocaching iPhone app), but does look like the easiest way for Android users to get into the game of geocaching without an investment in dedicated GPS equipment or fiddling with a notebook.

The app uses GPS to determine your approximate location. It then pulls data from the Geocaching.com database in real-time for the geocaches located near the handset. This info is viewable in a list or on a map. Users can also search by address or GC code for a specific area or cache. Once a cache is chosen, users are given access to details, including description, photo gallery, attributes, recent logs, hint and inventory.

The Geocaching app gives cachers access to a massive amount of info that's useful for finding hidden cache.

Along the way, the app will help navigate with a simulated compass arrow that point users towards their selected cache, multiple waypoints for multipoint caches and routing, and access to a map screen that can be switched between street and satellite views. Once the cache is located, users can document their find and post notes or hints for other cachers on Geocaching.com without leaving the application.

If your phone does not support GPS, the app can still use the cellular network or Wi-Fi to approximate your location. However, GPS is sort of the point here, so we don't recommend you waste your time if your phone isn't packing a GPS receiver. (But feel free to check out some of our previously reviewed standalone geocaching devices.) And if your geocaching adventures take you beyond the safety of your cellular provider's coverage map, the app can still access locally stored cached data and maps.

Android owners running Android OS version 1.5 and higher can download Groundspeak's Geocaching for Android Application from the Android Market for $9.99. (Link only works on Android devices.)

(Credit: Groundspeak/Geocaching.com)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Testing 1 2 3

This is a test post......THIS IS ONLY A TEST. If this were a real post you would be notified to conceal your web browsing and go to CacheCrazy.Com Immediately! Again, this is only a test.

Is there anybody out there?

Check one two, check!

IS THIS THING ON?

6 MORE DAYS TILL WE GO LIVE!

Friday, February 11, 2011

TNLNSL???????

As a responsible cache owner I recently did my regular maintenance on some of my hides either by myself or have emailed friends to assist and report the findings (thanks guys). You know, make sure the cache is not negatively impacting the immediate area, check out the container, make sure it’s dry, replace the log with a new one or make sure it has enough room for another 30 or so visit and replace the pen/pencil. Then comes my favorite part, I add some swag and look through the swag that others left for some neat stuff. But wait, where’s the swag???? I make damn sure when I place a cache that it’s filled to the brim with treasure. After all it is a treasure hunt, right? You can imagine my disappointment to see half of the swag gone and not many different items other than what I put in them. I suck it up, fill them up and move on but I ask you, “Whatever happened to trading up?” Or, how about even?

I’m cool with a TNLNSL log, but it appears that in many cases the TN is FALSE, the LN is TRUE and the SL is accurate most of the time (however, I have seen some inconsistencies and you know who you are).


Take a kid caching and see how important good SWAG is....














My expectations as a newbie were awakened by the reality that about half of all geocaches are either not maintained well or/and that they have been robbed of most of their swag. You hit a good one now and then that’s really filled and it’s actually a refreshing change from the frustration of getting skunked. You would think that after awhile you would get beat down and just give up but guess what? I'm still going to continue to load up those caches because I know that some little kid out there is going to open that cache and go "wow, awesome, look at this and that" and I have received emails from folks who appreciate it. Let's face it guys, this sport is pretty cheap. I mean once you get the gear, you're pretty much set. It’s not like golf where you can drop $100.00 in one day no problem (one of the reasons I do not personally partake in that sport. That and chasing the little white ball around, I don't know, not for me).To go to the dollar store and spend $20.00 for a bag full of stuff is actually part of the fun to me. Adding items that I think little and big kids would like is my personal touch to a cache be it mine or others.




Let’s never forget, IT’S A TREASURE HUNT! Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not all about the trinkets but, some little kid who just walked what was 10 miles in his/her mind, got scratched, bumped, yelled at a few times by Mom and for what? Junk! Next thing you know the kids don’t want to go any longer, so you can’t go either because there is no one to watch the kids, the caches don’t get found, so hiders give it up and then before you know it, it’s history. Don’t believe that the youth drive the future? Just ask the ex-CEO of a burger franchise named Jack in the Box who said 25 years ago “We don’t have to compete with the youth market. McDonald's can have them”. That coupled with the 1993 E.coli breakout the killed 4 little kids and made 600 more seriously ill pretty much put an end to the company. This from a company who had a more aggressive marketing strategy than today’s top dog McDonald's but, just didn’t think that kids and food safety were all that important. Think about that the next time you drive by the Dollar Store.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (kinda)


Close your eyes and imagine the sound of the trickling stream, the birds singing in the background, a bee buzzing around the mountain laurel flowers and other insects partaking in gathering food. Smell the fresh scent of the morning dew and the musk of the earth that emulates the air. Feel the warmth of the air as the sun rises and a new summer day is about to unfold before you. Think of this on this 7 degree Fahrenheit winter day and know that these are the days to come. Hang in there, before you know it the earth will reward you with it's gifts again soon for you to enjoy.






Monday, February 7, 2011

Announcement


Hello, I have some exciting news to share with you!

I am building an alliance of admins and authors to keep www.cachecrazy.com current with regular posts and I want to invite you to come and see our newly organized site starting Monday February 21st 2011. We coordinated an alliance of author’s/admins to post nearly each day of the week so there will always be fresh content. The site is primarily about geocaching but it touches on all things that connect with a lifestyle of activity with nature and just some fun stuff to enjoy. So come on and see for yourself, stay awhile and have some fun.

Follow us now so you'll be the very first to receive notification and updates to the launch and the all important introduction on the team.

We are going to have so much fun! Enjoy yourself, pull up a chair and stay awhile for a fresh new look and feel of cachecrazy.com.

Next update coming soon so stay tuned!
Bloodhounded

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