Sat, 26 December 2009
Listen to our interview with jcurtis55 of Plainfield, Indiana (southwest suburb of Indianapolis). He uses the Garmin eTrex Vista Cx and Garmin eTrex H GPSRs and a Palm TX with Cachemate all loaded through GSAK. His favorite locations he's cached so far were Astoria OR, Olympia WA, and Washington D.C. He dreams of caching in Europe, especially Germany and United Kingdom. His favorite location to hide caches has been the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis IN. As for movies, he enjoys the "Lord of the Rings," "Star Trek," and "Star Wars" series. On television he watches "Big Bang Theory," "Hill Street Blues," "NYPD Blue," and "White Collar" As for music, his favorite artists include The Beatles, The Kinks, Neil Young, The Who.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener Seyah Later:
"When you find a new cacher on Geocaching.com be sure to write a quick note and encourage them along. Most cachers will not get to experience an event or the opportunity to meet other cachers right away. A quick note will stand out and do wonders in keeping them interested until the 'addiction' takes hold. Encourage them along just as you would if you were meeting them in person. So whether a new cacher finds one of your caches or you see them on the log of another cache, take the time to send a quick 'welcome aboard.'"
Fri, 25 December 2009
Over the years we've had a few requests for the words to the original Cache-A-Maniacs and Rapid Response theme songs (written and recorded by the talented Geoff Smith). I've listened to the theme many times myself but finally wrote out the lyrics for those who have asked:
We got cache, we got cache.
We can load it in a flash.
We crazy, loony, screwy,
won't you join us in our task?
I got questions.
I want quotes.
I want several anecdotes.
We can take it to another level.
We will end up with an ear full.
Ain't technology a smash?
Don't be scared it's only us.
We won't feed you balderdash.
Just a joke we're being funny.
We're not talking about money.
We can cache-a-mania.
You can say we are insania.
Cache, we're the Cache-A-Maniacs!
Rapid Response Theme
You better be fast be on your toes, be swift, you must be quick.
To answer the question right before you is a precarious trick.
A rapid response is what you need, Get ready here we go.
Just do your very best and you'll be sure to steal the show.
You'd better be quick.
You'd better be quick.
You'd better be rapidly quick.
You'd better be quick.
You'd better be quick.
You'd better be rapidly quick.
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Sat, 19 December 2009
Listen to our interview with SeeKPeeKRs of Calvert County, Maryland. Their first GPSR was the Garmin eTrex Legend but they're currently using the Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx. For paperless caching they use the notes function on their iPod loaded through MacCaching. They're playing with the Geocaching iPhone App. Their favorite location to cache has been their home state of Maryland. Her favorite books are the "Dragonriders of Pern" series. While for movies she likes "Tremors," "Buckaroo Banzai," "Star Trek," and "Star Wars." Favorite television series include "Amazing Race," "Big Bang Theory," "Firefly," and "Survivor." Favorite Musical Groups are "Carbon Leaf," "Genesis," "Rush," and "The Who."
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener WRWhizard:
"When you find a well worn 'GeoTrail' leading to the cache, it might be a good idea to drag some dead fall over to block it so it will grow back natural and help restore the difficulty of the original hide. In general, you should cover your tracks and leave no trace you were there. Conversely, I use the tracking skills I've begun to acquire, to follow the hider to his newly placed cache. I check logs to see how recently a cache has been found, and adjust for how old the traces should be when carefully approaching the cache area so as not to trample any clues."
Sat, 12 December 2009
Listen to our interview with DudleyGrunt of Central Maryland. He started with the Garmin eTrex Legend and now uses the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx. He's looking at either the DeLorme PN-40 or Garmin Oregon. To load his 60CSx he uses GSAK. His favorite location he's cache has been South Carolina and be dreams of caching the entire United States of America. He favorite hide is "Only a Lad" (GC1369P). He's also involved in the Military Association of GeoCachers and GeoCachers 4 Christ. Favorite movies invoice the "Monty Python," "Star Trek," and "Star Wars" series. As for television shows, he likes "Flash Forward" and "Mythbusters." His taste for music includes Johnny Cash and Led Zeppelin.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener rosebud55112:
"If you live in a part of the world that has a significant change of climate with the changing seasons, you may want to check what time of year a cache you are searching for was hidden. Hiders tend to use camouflage appropriate to the season they hide the cache, so a cache hidden in the spring may be easier to find in the fall, when its camo is gone or out-of-place."
Sat, 5 December 2009
Listen to our interview with localbiz of Augusta Georgia. He started caching with the Geocache Navigator app on his Blackberry Storm. He has since switched to the Blackstar and CacheBerry apps. So far his favorite location has been caching around his hometown of Augusta, Georgia to find places he hadn't known. Some day he would like to cache Australia, Engand, Ireland, and New Zealand. Favorite movies include the "James Bond," "Lord of the Rings," "Star Trek," "Star Wars" series, and the movies by "Tom Clancy." Favorite television shows are "Lost" and "NCIS."
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener Superted:
"When you have failed to find a puzzle cache and are just about to give up and walk away assuming that your answer is wrong or the cache has been muggled, check that you have entered the coordinates correctly into your GPS. You may be pleasantly surprised to find you have not and the cache is waiting for you just around the corner. In these days of paperless caching we forget that we can make mistakes in entering coordinates."
Sat, 28 November 2009
Listen to our interview with Crimson Dragons of Cincinnati, Ohio. He started caching with the Garmin eTrex and is now using the Garmin Colorado 400t. His favorite unit is still the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx. To load the units, he uses GSAK. His favorite location for caching is Louisville, Kentucky. He dreams of caching in Germany some day. His favorite hides are the "Boardwalk" (GC1133Y) and "Park Place" (GCZDGN) caches. Favorite movies include the "Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars" series, and movies by "Tyler Perry." His favorite television shows are "Amazing Race," "Crimal Minds," and "CIS."
Also mentioned in this episode is the coming "Cachercon 2010: Metro Detroit" (GC2158P) event.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener mojave_rattler:
"I have found a few caches in the past were the cache was hidden under what looks like a real berral cactus. On some cache hunts I do what I call the cactus kick to check the local cactuses if they are real ones or not. Now I don't give the cactus a full blown kick but a nudge."
Show Sponsor: Geocaching Podcast
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Date Recorded: November 1, 2009
Show Notes: DarrylW4
Sat, 21 November 2009
Listen to our interview with vertigo84m of Houston, Texas. His favorite GPSR was actually the one with which he started -- the Magellan 2000XL. Since then he's used the Garmin eTrex Vista, Garmin eTrex Legend, and now the Garmin Oregon 200. His favorite caches are "Oh Bother!" (GC294D) and "Geo Fast food" (GC1BN2N). He enjoys listening to Jimmy Buffet and watching "The Great Escape" and "Wizard of Speed and Time."
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener bripod:
"When rolling up logs for nanocaches lay a piece of string (approx 3") across the log and roll it up halfway, then fold one side of the string over to match up with the other side of the string and continue rolling until you're done. Place the log into the nano with the string sticking out and tuck the string under the cap. This will provide a 'handle' for future cachers to easily remove the log. I frequently use waxed dental floss for this."
Sat, 14 November 2009
Listen to our interview with river dwellers of the banks of the Pend Oreille River about 60 miles north of Spokane, Washington. They started caching with the Garmin Rino 120 but upgraded to the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx for the improved reception. To load both units he uses MacCaching. His favorite location to date was Hawaii and dreams of hitting Australia. His favorite hide was Ruby Ferry (GCYM9B). One of his more memorable hunts was for Camels Prairie Stash (GC25) during an event. For other entertainment he likes the Lord of the Rings movies, 24 on television, and listening to Michael Bublé.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener wademercer:
"When you come across a cache that is damaged or in need of repair, add a maintenance log to alert the owner. I have found that most owners will send an email back, and usually will give a time frame as to when they can make the repair. If they have moved or are far away (and you are close to the cache) you might offer to replace the cache container for them. This will get the cache up and running again for other cachers, and also earn you brownie points!"
Thanks to Cache Advance for their donated gift package (Cache Advance Hat, Green 3.5" x 6" Medium Cache Sticker, & "Abomination - Rock Harbor" by Colleen Coble).
Sat, 7 November 2009
Listen to our interview with Geldhart of Regina, Saskatchewan. This Cacher got his start using Trimble's Geocache Navigator on his Blackberry. Since then he has switched to the eTrex Legend HCx for the GPS, Cacheberry on the Blackberry, and GSAK to load both. His favorite hides are From Edmonton with Love (GC1VX7A) and lrae (GC1VX7R) which require cachers in two cities to work together to claim each of the caches. His musical taste includes the Arrogant Worms, Slim Dusty, and Weird Al. On television he enjoys watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Mythbusters.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener TeamZebra:
"Always remember when you are putting trackables or swag items in caches that kids are often the first to open the container. I've found some items in local caches that I shudder to think of in the hands of a young child. Items such as pocket knives, box cutters and lighters are never good ideas for trade items or TB hitchhikers. Before you place something in a cache, ask yourself if you'd feel safe letting your kids (or someone else's kids) play with it or hold it."
Thanks to Cache Advance for their donated gift package (Cache Advance Hat, Green 3.5" x 6" Medium Cache Sticker, & Yellow Rite in the Rain 3" x 5" 135 Pocket Notebook).
Sat, 31 October 2009
Listen to our interview with jeffbouldin of Tennessee. He's currently dreaming of upgrading to a DeLorme PN-40, but currently caches with a Magellan eXplorist 500. He started with the Magellan eXplorist 210 before being upgraded to the Magellan Triton 300, then going to the Magellan eXplorist 300. He uses GSAK to load them, but has worked paperless through CacheMate (first on Palm, then on Windows Mobile), followed by GCz, and now BlackStar on the Blackberry. His favorite location has been the Virgin Falls State Natural Area, but he looks forward to caching in Alaska, Australia, Oregon, and Washington. As for entertainment, he likes the "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "Monty Python," and "the Princess Bride" movies. On television he enjoys "Stargate SG-1," "Stargate Universe," "Monk," "Star Trek," and "Criminal Minds."
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener capytone:
"Ammo cans, lock-n-locks, and film containers are wonderful. But remember that containers are only limited by your imagination."
Thanks to Cache Advance for their donated gift package (Green 3.5" x 6" Medium Cache Sticker, Vehicle Travel Bug -Static Cling, & Yellow Rite in the Rain 3" x 5" 393-M Pocket Notebook).
Tue, 22 July 2008
Listen to our interview with WitzEnd of Tacoma Washington. He and The Bad Cop (interviewed on CAM136 started caching together about five years ago. As for WitzEnd's favorite locations he's cached to date, that would be Hawaii and Japan. Eventually he would like to cache in Antarctica. His favorite hide was the Digital Communication (GCMC4D) which used a container he received as a gift. On television he enjoys Chuck, Dirty Jobs, and MythBusters. As for movies, Galaxy Quest, Star Trek, and Star Wars are notable favorites.
Sat, 17 October 2009
Listen to our interview with StinkyMillers of Lincoln Nebraska. On his brother's recommendation, he purchased the GPSMAP 60Cx to start caching and still uses that today. The favorite location he's been caching so far was Australia. He would like to cache the remaining five continents he has not yet found a cache (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, and South America) to have cached on all seven. He enjoys "Lost" on television, older movies by Steven Spielberg like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Jaws." As for his music tastes, he enjoys AC/DC and U2.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener dcarbone:
"Quite often cache titles are a play on words that describe the location or what the container may look like. When reading the cache title, take the time to read between the lines as there may be more to the cache title then you think."
Thanks to Cache Advance for their donated gift package (Dr. B's Urban Cache Repair Kit Refill, Green 3.5" x 6" Medium Cache Sticker, & White Geocaching.com Lanyard).
Sat, 10 October 2009
Listen to our interview with Influence Waterfowl Calls of Mayfield, Kentucky. He started his caching adventures with a eTrex Camo, but has since upgraded to the GPSMAP 60CSx. He also uses the nüvi 200 and loads them through GSAK. He uses CacheMate and a Tungsten E2 for paperless. His favorite location to cache to date has been the St. Louis, Missouri where he found the "RT66:IL-MO - Above the Trees & Mississippi Cache" (GC2258). He'd like to cache just about anywhere there are caches to be found, but the Seattle, Washington area, Antarctica, and Brazil are stand-outs. He favorite hide was the now archived "Behind The Castle Gate!" (GC14Y4J) unknown cache. Some movies he enjoyed were "Shooter," "Fast & Furious," "Find Me," and "GPS the Movie." He's also been watching "America's Got Talent" on television lately.
Also mentioned in this episode is CacheBerry, CacheMate, Caching, Geocaching iPhone App, Geosphere, , and iGeocacher.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener DaveJustTyped:
"When paperless caching with an iPhone or an iTouch, sometimes there is no wireless signal in the bush. By pressing the power button along with the menu button, you can take a screen shot which is then saved to your photo section. By taking a screen shot of your maps, hints and the like, they are all right there in front of you - even without a signal."
Thanks to Cache Advance for their donated gift package (All-Weather Standard Clicker Pen - Black Ink, Green 3.5" x 6" Medium Cache Sticker, & Green Rite in the Rain 3" x 5" Notebook).
Sat, 3 October 2009
Listen to our interview with Hamilton Family of Durham, New Hampshire. Dave and family began caching in 2003 with the eTrex Legend, which they had problems finding caches while in the woods. Earlier this year they attempting finding a cache with the iPhone and found they were actually able to locate those caches in the woods. Shortly after they bought the Geocaching iPhone App and love the convenience of caching without all the prep. They still use that old eTrex for the kids though, loaded through MacCaching. Their favorite cache so far was found in Naples, Florida. At a loss for ideas of dream locations, Darryl and Drie suggested New Zealand and Australia, and the upcoming Oz Mega Wagga Wagga Mega-Event. Dave and his friend John host the "Mac Geek Gab Podcast." The family enjoys attending concerts and this year the kids enjoyed their first Phish concert. A movie they recently enjoyed was "Instinct." He and his podcasting partner used to enjoy "Mystery Science Theater 3000." on TV during their earlier years.
Also mentioned in this episode is the Midwest Meetup (GC1YRRG) and the Cache-A-Maniacs Geocoins.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener dougswass:
"I am from north of Toronto Canada, and have a tip for 'northern' n00bs. I started in early April, and was able to find a number of caches that would have been much harder in summer time, caches in trees and bushes are a lot easier before all of the trees are in bloom, and the wild grass grows up around them. I was able to find them at a much faster rate because of the easier terrain rating of spring time. In Canada (and probably the northern states too) you can probably reduce the terrain rating by .5 or 1 in spring and fall. Finding a number of caches that seasoned geocachers had DNF'd fueled my now unsatisfiable obsession. I attribute some of the finds to the lowered terrain rating. (Another bonus is mosquitoes etc are not a nuisance in the spring, making it more enjoyable). So my tip to folks thinking of starting geocaching, starting in the spring or fall in the northern half of the continent makes the introduction more rewarding."
Sat, 26 September 2009
Listen to our interview with Ashallond of Ft. Smith, Arkansa. Though he knew of Geocaching first, he didn't begin caching till he bought an iPhone 3G and downloaded the iPhone Geocaching App. To round out the phone as a geocaching device he also added MotionX-GPS and iGCT Geocachers ToolKit. His favorite find so far was "Making the Connection" (GCHNF5). He dreams of caching in the Northwestern United States, Western Canada, Ireland, and Scotland. He was surprised to find that his "9-9-9: The Cache!" (GC1YBXW) cache which was posted to commemorate 9-9-9 was found 9 times on the 9th. In his little free time he enjoys playing "The Kingdom of Loathing." As for movies, "Harry Potter" and "The Lord of the Rings" are favorite series. A favorite TV show was "Battlestar Galactica."
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener Clubmud1:
"When looking for a difficult cache in the woods and you run out of ideas where it could be, look for a branch or log that is slightly out of place, such as barkless, log from a different type tree or a sawed log, where others aren't. I have had a number of finds this way when I have exhausted all other ideas to find a difficult cache."
Sat, 19 September 2009
Listen to our interview with Pumpkinking27 of North East Pennsylvania. He starting caching with a TomTom One but added the Garmin Venture HC quickly after that first attempt. He uses the Geocaching iPhone App on his iPod Touch for paperless, but loads EasyGPS to load the eTrex. He dreams of caching in Italy and wants to return to Disney World in Florida for all the Virtual Caches. He likes movies by Tim Burton. "The Office" and "Seinfeld" are his favorite television shows while Alkaline Trio and Weezer are a couple of his favorite musical acts.
Also mentioned were the Geocaching 12 of 12 September 2009 Submissions.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener rstefano52:
"More often than not, most caches are not too far off of established trails in the various parks that they are hidden - it is BEST to stay on the trail until you get within a few hundred feet of GZ before you go off of the trail."
Sat, 12 September 2009
Listen to our interview with auburnfan99 of Birmingham, Alabama. He got his start through a gift and the experience of his co-worker pallet2005. That gift was the Garmin Nüvi 200 but he has added a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx. He loads the GPSRs through GSAK and uses the Geocaching iPhone App for his paperless caching. As for his favorite cache, that's "VIEW CARRE '" (GCE02C), a well know hide in New Orleans. Given the opportunity, he really wants to find the "International Space Station Travel Bug" (TB27AH8) placed on the International Space Station by LordBritish. The only event he's attended was the "Pilot Knob CheeseBurger" (GC1RXR9), part of the "Summit Cheeseburger Quest." Favorite movies include "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Godfather," and the "Star Wars" series. On television he enjoys "CSI" and "Law & Order."
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener Crew of Misfits:
"When performing a multi-cache in which you are discovering the written coordinates to the next stage, don't just write the coordinates down. Take a digital picture of the coordinates in the event you may need to validate what you wrote down or loaded into your GPSr. With a little zooming in on your camera's LCD display, you're back in business without having to double back to the previous stage."
Sat, 5 September 2009
Listen to our interview with kkooll2 of North West Indiana. This geocacher does not own or use a GPSR but rather Google Maps (which he prints) and other paper-based means to find the containers. He's a volunteer instructor with Livefree. As for his musical tastes, his favorite performers are no longer recording, including the Beatles
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener chico_valdez:
"Often when we are out in the woods searching for a cache, we seem to get pitch or sap on our hands after we've touched a tree trunk or branch. Inevitably the sap gets on everything including our GPSR, clothes, or PDA and its really annoying. Trying to wash it off your hands with water just doesn't work. In our caching bag, we carry a small bottle of alcohol based hand sanitizer (like Purell) and we've found it dissolves pitch instantly. Give it a try - you'll also find it very useful for a post bathroom cleanup should the need arise!"
Sat, 29 August 2009
Listen to our interview with Headhardhat of The Piedmont of North Carolina (Raleigh). He turned the camera and microphones on us for an interview of the Cache-A-Maniacs hosts for his Geosnippets show and you can watch part 1 and part 2 on his YouTube channel. He told us that his favorite GPSR is the Garmin 60CSx but that he also uses a Garmin eTrex Vista and started caching with his Garmin Nüvi 200. His favorite locations he's been caching are Michigan and North Carolina. He'd like to cache Japan, New Zealand, and the Scottish islands. His favorite hide is "Ghosts Of The Woods" (GC1PYGJ) which was inspired by the movie "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." As for the vest of his visual entertainment, he enjoys the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" series.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener dan_n_stef:
"When hiding a geocache take the time to either use the waypoint averaging feature that is built in to most Garmin units or revisit the site a few time to make sure your coordinates are correct. Anything you can do to get more accurate coordinates will help the finders enjoy your hide that much more."
Sat, 22 August 2009
Listen to our interview with madkiwiman of Matthews, North Carolina. His geocaching name was inspired by the Mad Max movie. He learned of Geocaching from the Abomination novel by Colleen Coble. He started with the Garmin eTrex Legend. Now he's using the iPhone 3G with the Groundspeak Geocaching App. So far his favorite cache was TUBE TORCHER II (GCWA47). He's really looking forward to caching New Zealand when he returns for his next visit. On television, he used to watch the Father Ted series.
Also mentioned in this episode is the Geocaching 12 of 12.
Our "Tip for the Seasoned Cacher" comes from Listener Influence Waterfowl:
"For various reasons a cache may need to be moved. I have had to do this when the grounds crew cut back the growth that hid you from the muggles on a near by trail. When faced with moving your cache leave a forwarding address when possible. Just write the coordinates to the new location on a slip of paper and put it into a zip lock bag. Place the bag where the cache was originally hidden, such as under the usual pile of sticks. Then if a cacher with the old coordinates comes to find the cache they will not be hit with a DNF. They can follow the forwarding address to the new location. They will thank you just like they did me! Remember to retrieve the bag after you think that there will be no more cachers with the old coords seeking the cache. That way it will not just become geotrash!"