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Old 08-30-2006, 07:53 PM   #15
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We tried geocaching for the first time at a rally scout out in Vermont. The kids loved it, so we're going to do more.

Another form of this is letterboxing.

Description from website: LETTERBOXING is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming "treasure hunt" style outdoor quest.

After we do a few more geocaches, I think we'll give letterboxing a try too.

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Old 08-30-2006, 08:30 PM   #16
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Letterboxing sounds like fun. I've worn out my local geocaching scene. I've found them all, except a series of really hard ones that require things like waypoint projection, which my old GPS can't do. Also there's a lot of micro caches being hidden now, and my old GPS doesn't have the accuracy to get us close enough to find many of them. Many fruitless hunts have taken some of the fun out of it.

Letterboxing looks like fun, but I can't imagine when I would get around to making my own rubber stamp! That would require creativity!
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:32 PM   #17
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Letterboxing looks like fun, but I can't imagine when I would get around to making my own rubber stamp! That would require creativity!
I was thinking of buying an Airstream rubber stamp and adding my WBCCI# to it.

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Old 08-30-2006, 09:43 PM   #18
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Yep, we geocache

Had a slight GPS malfunction, but just got a new Garmin for my birthday and just spent an hour or so loading up some geocaches. We're going up to June Lake, CA for Labor day (no airstream, just an Aliner) and will be trying to find some cache's with the new GPS. It is addicting!
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:48 PM   #19
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I enjoy geocashing. I am airstream1. The last time I went the family found about 6 or 8 on weekend trip. When I came back I found out that while I was gone the plant that I work at had almost burned down. We all work about 2 month staight nad I for got till just now that I have not logged those finds. The extra money alowed me to buy another AS. Thanks. Maybe with the weather fixin to cool off we can go cashing some more. Would like to get together locally for a weekend. Vacation almost gone.
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:31 PM   #20
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GO Bob, sounds like you have some catching up to do! Both camping and caching since you've been working so hard.

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. . . Another form of this is letterboxing. -J
I looked at this once, sounds facinating and fun. Like Stefrobrts says, "That would require creativity!" Maybe one of these days. Since I see there are a few cachers in the forum community, maybe I'll run into some of ya'll during a ralley someday. Happy caching!
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:48 PM   #21
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letter boxing

After reading your posts here, we took our AS rubberstamp and decided to try this! What fun!! Our first was a success. We found the letter box near a parking lot. Larry was worried about the folks watching us....hmmm...trafficing something????? or what!??? It was pretty fun and funny! We worked fast to get done while there was less traffic.

Thanks, dougjamie, for the information. I am an avid rubberstamper and this is another avenue to take them.

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Old 09-07-2006, 07:10 PM   #22
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I geocache, my login on geocaching.com is "ingie". It goes very well with Airstreaming. I look for at least one cache wherever we go, even if it's just a weekend drive somewhere.

I found that reading over the www.geocaching.com site carefully will help you get what you need to successfully do some 'caching and not go broke. A GPS unit that downloads the coordinates via a cable from the computer to the unit is really helpful. Otherwise you're manually punching in long strings of numbers into your GPS, and you risk entering a wrong digit, and that can put you wandering around looking nowhere near the cache.

When we are going to travel, I look up the caches within 10 miles of the zip code, on the Geocaching site. I print them out and throw them in my envelope. I download the coordinates using EasyGPS to my computer, change the number to a string of letters that will help me identify which cache I'm looking at on my GPS, and then transfer to the unit. I have a Garmin eTrex. Then I bring my supplies with me and we look for whichever one we can find. It's fun!!
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Old 03-02-2007, 08:38 AM   #23
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Hi there!

I have been 'caching for four or five years now, and have not used anything other than my trusty Garmin e-Trex. I was in the Dallas area, and it was great to find and learn about new places I had no idea existed. We also enjoyed 'caching along our trip routes as we traveled (I did the same thing as Ingrid, above, and printed out the 'caches in the areas I would be traveling to ahead of time). Now we are in central Arkansas and finally within the last year or so it has really picked up here. This sport goes hand-in-hand with Airstreamin', since caches are supposed to be hidden on public, accessible property and I have seen a lot of them at RV parks and state parks. Just remember not to put food of any sort (candy, gum, etc.) in 'caches, since it draws animals and bugs.

It's a great way to get out and get exercise, too!

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You bet we do! If only we could find an AS shaped container. I like the idea of a Private Airstream Geocache right here on the forum. I could ask Andy to put up a dedicated Subject if there are enough people interested!
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Geocaching has really died off in our area All the new caches are put out by this one really prolific guy who like really hard word puzzles and math problems and projected waypoints (something my old GPS can't do), mostly micro caches stored in pill bottle size containers where all you can do is sign a little rolled up piece of paper to say you were there. Everytime I think of a new place to put a cache he beats me to it with one of his. I'm sure some people like those sort of caches, but they're just not for us.
I hate stading in a playground looking for a toothpick! I loved the old caches where you just put the coordinates in your GPS, and follow it to an ammo can.
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Old 03-02-2007, 10:02 AM   #26
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I agree, Stephanie! I won't do the micros since I enjoy the treasure hunt. I love to see what people put in for "treasures!" And when I worked for Interstate Batteries, I got a kick out of putting new batteries for GPS units in there.

I'm sorry yours is no fun any more.

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Old 07-13-2007, 11:51 AM   #27
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Geocaching Anyone???

Has anybody done this? It sound like a lot of fun. I was reading a travel guide and came upon it. We are going to start doing it since I bought a Garmin Etrex and have only used it while fishing in our boat.

http://www.geocaching.com
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:58 AM   #28
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There are about 20 threads on this...if you use the search feature. Seems there are quite a few that do it...

Congrats on your 100th post!

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