Baytown Bert Live from Baytown, Texas!

BB's Geocaching Made Simple
Baytown Texas Geocaches as of 3-31-2010

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New Geocachers - this game is based on leaving something of equal or greater value, so if you take something - leave something. Always bring cool items to trade and bring something of real worth in case you find something really cool and you take it.  Read the Geocachers Creed.

- After you've found a cache, go online to geocaching.com and write a log.  Resist the temptation to type TFTC (Thanks for the cache), but instead write something meaningful about your experience at this particular cache.

- If you visit a cache and can't find it, log it in as a DNF (Did Not Find).   Many many experienced cachers have trouble finding a cache.  Be honest about it.

- If you find a Travel Bug, Geocoin or any other trackable item, do not keep it, but move it to another cache and log it in - or best of all, leave it in the cache and log it as DISCOVERED!  You get credit for the trackable and you don't have to relocate it..

- Take care to hide the cache back right where you found it and camouflage it so muggles (non-players) do not find it.

- Don't stick your hand any place you can't see - use your walking stick to probe for snakes.

- If you own a kayak or canoe, there are many geocaches hid on local waterways.

- If you decide to hide a cache, wait until you have found about 50 or 60 before you attempt it so you learn the ropes.  When placing a cache, avoid the temptation to hide a Micro in the bushes next to a 7-11 or restaurant, etc.  These are known as high muggle areas.  Be creative, do your homework, and place one somewhere which requires the finder to do a hike, visit a historical area or place of interest.  In other words, send a person on an adventure, not a visit to the Home Depot parking lot.

These notes from Geocaching.com are excellent advice.

1) Place the geocache container back where you found it.
Avoid the temptation to "be a better hider" and move the geocache to a new, more difficult location. The hint and description on the cache page will no longer be accurate. Other geocachers might not discover the cache and it could be archived.

2) If you take a Trackable, move it along.
Geocaching Trackables, like Travel Bugs , are launched by other geocachers with a mission. The Trackables should be moved from cache to cache. They should never be kept. If you find a Trackable, try to move it to the next geocache as quickly as possible. If you're unable to move a Trackable within a few weeks, leave it for another cacher to move along.

3) Write a "Found it" log you'd like to read.
Share the joy of geocaching by writing logs about your caching adventure. Tell other cachers about the trail conditions, local landmarks you enjoyed or the trip to the geocache. Don't forget to thank the cache owner for placing the cache.

CITO - Cache In Trash Out - Go in for a cache, but carry out trash.   TNLNTFTC - took nothing left nothing thanks for the cache.  Geocaching terms here.

What you SHOULD take when you Geocache

GPSr device Pen - Pencil
Spare batteries Shoulder bag to carry cache items
Multitool Insect repellent
Swag items (stuff to trade) First aid kit
Cell Phone Walking stick
Sun-block Water - Gatorade
Telescoping mirror  

What NOT to Leave in a Cache

Food or strong smelling items Items which are affected by heat or cold
Sharp items - Knives Ammunition (someone suggested I do this)
Altoid cans - they rust in our Texas climate Adult items

Where NOT to Place a Cache

RR tracks or RR property - you will be trespassing Private business/Property w/o owner permission
Under road or RR bridges Ammo boxes in public places (they look like bombs)
Homeland Security high-risk targets On school property or public right of ways (high traffic)

Here is a very inexpensive program that will help you solve many puzzle caches!  They have a Facebook page also.

 

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