Sunday, September 15, 2019

Offset Geocaches and how to do them

This week we are discussing Offset Geocaches


An "OFFSET" or Projection Geocache is where you:
1) go to the posted coordinates on the cache page,
2) get some information either from something at the coordinates
or from information on the cache page,
3) do some MATH {OH NO!, not THAT!!!} and then,
4) determine your next place to search.


Ideally, this "next place to search" would mean going to the new
coordinates and looking for the cache container but...
it could be a multi-staged geocache meaning, you  you start over at step 2 above
and continue until you reach the place where the container is!

Is an offset cache a multi or a puzzle????
There is quite a lot of discussion on this topic.
Here are some exerts from the Geocaching Forums

Offset caches are a variation on multi-caches. They are listed as a multi-cache
when selecting a cache type. They are not found by simply going to some
coordinates and finding a cache there. With the offset cache the published
coordinates could be of an existing historical monument, plaque, or even a
benchmark that you would like to have your cache hunter visit. At this spot,
the hunter looks for numbers or information already appearing on the marker
or on some part of the marker or site (geocachers NEVER deface public or
private property). The geocacher is then able to manipulate these numbers
using instructions posted on the cache page to continue the hunt.

For instance, the official designation of "multi" is actually "multi-cache." In
an offset, there is only one cache with multiple stages. Virt cache stages aside,
if there are multiple stops it's considered a multi. Where's the caches?
Further, if you have an offset where your don't have to visit the anchor coords
it is a puzzle, if you do it's a multi. What if visiting the anchor is optional,
say to get a hint is you're having problems solving the puzzle?


In my humble opinion, if there is such a thing...

If you have to visit the coordinates on the cache page, find some
information there, then do some MATH (Oh No Again!), then go
find the container - it is a Multi - even if there is more than one place to
get information.

Am I correct - I think so!

Now the MATH portion of the geocache!!!

To do an Offset or projection, you need 3 things

1) your starting point - lucky for us - it is usually right where you are!  I have seen
and actually own a couple of geocaches where you go to the coordinates on the page
and then search for something (in my cases, usually a particular sign) and then that
point is your actual starting point.


2) A direction - this is sometimes called a bearing.  Bearings are usually expressed
in degrees but I have seen more than one cache that listed the bearing in an odd
unit of measurement which we then had to convert to degrees.  Just like a circle,
a compass has 360 degrees with 0 degrees being North, 90 degrees East, 180 degrees
South and 270 degrees is West.

3) The last item you need is a distance - or how far you are to travel
in the particular direction you were given in #2 above.  Now some cache
owners make it easy on you and simple tell you to go XX number of feet East.  Then again
you could be told to go YYYYYYYY number of inches West.  Make sure you convert
those inches, feet, centimeters, etc to the correct type before doing your calculations!
No! - you do not need the paper and pencil - APPs are our friend!!!

There are numerous ways of calculating the bearing and distance but
here are 2 easy ways that I know of.  I repeat - there ARE other ways of doing this!

using the c:geo app
from the main menu, look for "Go To"

At the top is Coordinates.  You can either enter your own coords OR
press "My Coordinates" and your current coords will be entered

Below that is "From the position"

Enter the Bearing in DEGREES
Enter the Distance
you have several choices for distance (meters, kilometers, feet, yards, or miles)

Then press the Compass symbol (4th from right at top)

follow the compass all the way to GZ!!!


using my Garmin eTrex Touch
from the main menu, look for and press "Sight 'N Go"

A compass pops up.  Rotate until the correct bearing
is obtained and press LOCK DIRECTION.

Press Project Waypoint.  Select your distance units (Miles, Yards,
Feet, Kilometers, Meters or Nautical Miles) then enter the amount.
Click on the checkmark - press save and your compass will come up!!!

follow the compass all the way to GZ!!!

As I said above - there are numerous tools and
apps out there to do your projection.

You can try the steps above or find another app you like
and search for how to do a projection!!!

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That is all for now
Till next time...

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Monthly Review - July & August 2019


Well we did get back out on the trails in July
and then took our "Trip of a Lifetime"
starting the last day of July through
mid-August!!!



A quick look at the numbers for both
July & August 2019:

Total Caches found: 60
Traditionals: 34
Virtual: 10
Puzzle: 4
Multi: 2
Letterbox: 2 
Events: 5
Earthcache: 1
Ape: 1
GC Headquarters: 1 


That brings our total number of finds to: 10202
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Caching Days in July & August: 16
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Places We Geocached In During July & August:
Virginia -  23 finds
Washington - 22 finds
Alaska - 10 finds
British Columbia - 5 finds

MAP OF FINDS
Seattle & Victoria Finds
Alaska Finds
Virginia Finds
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Souvenirs we received

in July & August:









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Caches which received


Favorite Points from us in July & August: 

  1. GC1169 - Mission 9: Tunnel of Light - Co is Moun10Bike - Located in King County Washington
  2. GC2FHZ7 - The Rocket Cache - CO is Hypnopaedia - Located in King County Washington
  3. GCK25B - Geocaching Headquarters - CO is Geocaching HQ - Located in King County Washington
  4. GC32A0H - HQGT: Ode to the Golgafrinchan Phone Workers - CO is Geocaching HQ - Located in King County Washington
  5. GC3Z3PE - HQGT: Geo Post Office  - CO is Geocaching HQ - Located in King County Washington
  6. GC20Y24 - HQGT: Troll Droppings  - CO is Geocaching HQ - Located in King County Washington
  7. GC2AD97 - HQGT: Chairy Tree  - CO is Geocaching HQ - Located in King County Washington
  8. GC4B84C - HQGT: Within Reach  - CO is Geocaching HQ - Located in King County Washington
  9. GC49HR7 - HQGT: Beneath Aurora  - CO is Geocaching HQ - Located in King County Washington
  10. GC7B6BG - The Seattle Space Needle  - CO is Prying Pandora - Located in King County Washington 
  11. GC7B9G7 - BIG WHEEL - CO is latetrap - Located in King County Washington
  12. GC1DG1T - Tracy Arm Fjord and Sawyer Glacier - CO is PeanutsParents - Located near Juneau Alaska
  13. GC10RDC - The Mountain King - TB Hotel - CO is davidaknz - Located in Juneau Alaska
  14. GC1RQRW - Bin Caching TB Hotel - CO is Mako233 - Located in Ketchikan Alaska
  15. GC89AWG - # 24 Chrysler Treasures - Here Kitty Kitty - CO is Episcodad - Located in Virginia Beach Virginia
  16. GC8ADTC - ARE THESE THE MUSEUM'S MISSING JEWELS??? - CO is Steve-n-kim - Located in Virginia Beach Virginia

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    July & August Caches Awarded the
    "COVETED" SNAP!!! Cache
    of the Day Award:
    1. GC1169 - Mission 9: Tunnel of Light - Co is Moun10Bike - Located in King County Washington
    2. GC2AD97 - HQGT: Chairy Tree  - CO is Geocaching HQ - Located in King County Washington
    3. GC1DG1T - Tracy Arm Fjord and Sawyer Glacier - CO is PeanutsParents - Located near Juneau Alaska
    4. GC89AWG - # 24 Chrysler Treasures - Here Kitty Kitty - CO is Episcodad - Located in Virginia Beach Virginia 
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    NEW SNAP!!! Geocaches 
    which were published in July: 
    1. GC8C9QJ - Old Tweeters #15 - located in Surry VA

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    A peek into things ahead.

    Nana & I will be archiving some of the SNAP!!! caches in and
    around Suffolk to make room for some new caches.

    Here is a list of the geocaches that will be archived.
    IF you still need to find these - get to them soon as they
    will be disappearing before the end of September!!!

    GC2XJ24 - Another P&G
    GC6BBVV - Nana thinks Papa Has SNAPPED!!!
    GC3XA5J - Lone Star Archery
    GC3XA3T - Can you see the "Waterfall"
    GC3WVMY - Another Lone Star Cache
    GC3WVM2 - Lakeview
    GC3WVJF - The Hobbit Cache
    GC3WVR1 - Lonestar Fir
    GC3WVHX - Beauregard's Booty


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    That is all for now
    Till next time...

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    Stay Safe & Keep Caching!!!


    Suffolk Nana & Papa
     - - - or just plain ol' - - -


    SNAP!!! 

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    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Our "Trip of a Lifetime" - Part 2

    In Part 1 we discussed arriving in Seattle and the first few days...

    On Tuesday August 6, after a small problem with Uber,
    Nana, I and the family finally arrived at the terminal,
    passed through security and boarded the 
    Carnival Legend!!!

    The view from our balcony on the Legend!

    On Day 3 of the cruise we arrived in Tracey
    Arm Fjord where we boarded a smaller boat
    and made it to the southern face of Sawyer Glacier.


    After getting very close (per the Captain we were
    closest he had been all year) and watched some
    minor calving of the glacier - Amazing!!!


    The Captain then took us to the main face of the
    Sawyer Glacier where Nana just happened to be filming.


    Nana just happened to catch some major calving
    of the face of the glacier!!!  Shortly after that,
    the crew hauled aboard a small piece and put
    it on the deck so everyone could feel it.


    While in Tracey Arm Fjord, we made sure we had all
    the answers and pictures in order to claim our
    find for the Earthcache there.

    GC1DG1T - Tracy Arm Fjord and Sawyer Glacier


    On Day 4 of the cruise we arrived in Skagway Alaska.

    Nana & I made our way around town sight-seeing
    and grabbing a few caches.


    GC5Z1T9 - White Pass Remains
    a quick walk n grab!


    GC76XP1 - I (We) made it to Skagway, AK.
    a cleverly hidden cache.


    GCGJ2Q - Camp Skagway No.1
    A very nice Virtual Cache in the
    heart of the town


    GCG627 - Skagway cliffs
    another Virtual Cache and this one
    was right by our ship


    We spent the rest of the day hanging out
    with the family and browsing the stores!

    Whale tail
    Day 5 of the cruise was Juneau Alaska.  We spent most of the day
    with our family but we did manage to get one cache found
    before heading back to the ship.

    GC10RDC - The Mountain King - TB Hotel
    favorite point awarded and dropped of quite a few trackables!

    looking down on Juneau
    Ketchikan was the port for Day 6,
    Nana & I left the ship early, grabbed a few caches and
    then joined the family for a tour of all the stores in the area.

    very few salmon were running when we passed by
     GC521YF - Cache Fish-On


    GC4CN8W - Well...Here I am!



    GC1RQRW - Cache Bin Caching TB Hotel
    favorite point awarded


    GC5XYGZ - liquid sunshine
    dodging the muggles took some time!


    our new GC Headquarters Souvenir!
    Our last full day of the cruise ended with a very short
    visit to Victoria British Columbia.  Finding caches here
    while the family toured the shops enabled us to get the 
    Souvenir for British Columbia!




    GCA00B - Crows visit the Govenor of Nootka
    a very nice Virtual Cache


    GC7B752 - The Fountains at Parliament - Virtual Reward -
    another nice Virtual Cache


    GC29BEM - Little Brown Lamp Post
    gotta love quick grabs!



    GC80YK5 - Urban Bird Watching Tour---1. Kingfisher-HAG XV


    GC6ZXW7 Traditional Cache Super fish




    Our cruise ended the next day - sadly we were only
    able to grab one more cache as we headed home.
    I noticed there was a Virtual Cache right in the
    terminal as we were waiting for our plane.

    GC7B73R Virtual Cache Flying Fish at Sea-Tac

    Did we get in all the geocaches that were on our lists - NO!
    But, considering the sights we saw and the
    people we spent the time with...

    our "Trip of a Lifetime" was a trip we will always remember!!!

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    That is all for now
    Till next time...


    Don't forget to visit our favorite Geocaching Store


    Stay Safe & Keep Caching!!!



    Suffolk Nana & Papa
     - - - or just plain ol' - - -

    SNAP!!! 

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