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|May 2011 Volume 1 Issue 2|
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Funny tag line seen on the forum...
I want to die while asleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car.
Funny tag lines seen on the forum....
Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.
Funny tag line seen on the forum...
Everyone has the right to be an idiot at times. Just don't abuse the privilege.
Funny tag lines from the forum...
Yeah it's a Jeep thing!
Funny tag lines from the forum...
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.
See you next month and be sure to send those ideas, stories and don’t forget to submit your contest entry!
Deadline for all submissions is the 30th of each month unless otherwise stated.
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Upcoming Maine Events
Rain date on 5-21-11
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06/04/2011 - 1pm
Official World Wide Flash Mob for 2011
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Don't miss this one if you can help it!
06/4/2011 - 1 P.M.
Official World Wide Flash Mob for 2011
Wear your Brightest colors for this one!!
Coming in September 2012...
We will have some articles coming in future newsletters about this awesome event - stay tuned!
the Newsletter" contest has ended and we received
awesome submissions. The winner is Mainiac1957 with the
name "The Ammo Can". He will receive a FREE GeocachingMaine
This month we have another contest! This one will be "Best Caching Photo" submission. With warmer weather I know you are all out there in the wilderness (ok some of you are at guard rails) caching your little hearts out. So take along a camera with you, snap some good pictures of you and your caching buddies out in the wilds of Maine, or at an event, or even falling off a log (if you're on the way to a cache when you fall). The pictures can be funny or scenic or mushy or whatever you want. Please though keep it "G" rated as this is a family newsletter. Get the kids involved....get the pets.....get crazy Uncle Jim....but most of all have fun with it.
The best three photos will be included in July's newsletter. Since it might take you a bit to get those photos submitted, I thought we would do this contest for two months. And, if we get enough photos I might continue it into the next month. Photos should be 500 X 350 and send them in an attachment by PM to JustPJ66 . As an example, this is a snapshot that can be found in the photo gallery on the website. Brdad posted this picture of Gulliver's Hole. Beautiful, isn't it?
We will be trying to have a contest each month sometimes with prizes and sometimes with statewide recognition here in the newsletter. (How awesome is THAT?!?!?) Be sure to get in on this fun part of GeocachingMaine.org membership.
Relay For LifeEMSDanel (aka Dan Bahr) has led the Maine Geocachers team for the past few years at the Hancock Relay for Life in Ellsworth. This year he has passed the torch to Quilting Mom (aka Kathie Wing) to lead our team. We do have a few people on our team but need more people to participate in order to make this event successful. The Relay for Life event is on Friday June 3rd and starts around 5:00 pm with the survivor’s lap at 6:00 pm. Once the event starts we are supposed to have at least one member of the team on the track at all times. This is why many people are helpful. Even if you can’t stay the night, a few hours would be helpful so that those that are spending the night can rest until they need to walk later in the evening.
If you have never been to a Relay, it is an experience you will never forget. If the Survivor’s lap isn’t special enough for you, the Luminaria Ceremony is an event to behold. Please contact Quilting Mom or EMSDanel for more information. We appreciate all you can do to help us make this a successful event again this year.
If you are unable to be there to participate in the event, you can help with a monetary donation to the team at the link below.
A travel bug is a trackable tag that is purchased by cachers and left in a cache for other cachers to find. It is not to be kept. It is designed to be moved from cache to cache by other cachers racking up miles along its journey. They can come in various shapes and sizes. Since there are some questions by new cachers and some veteran cachers as to the proper way to deal with travel bugs, I thought some simple easy-to-understand rules of thumb couldn't hurt. Please remember I am only one cacher and no trackable expert. If you have questions regarding travel bugs please go to www.geocaching.com/track/default.aspx where you can get all the details on the travel bugs, geocoins, and all their companions, but here are a few highlights to get you started.
1. Move it along ASAP! Most people are looking to get their travel bugs to go as far as they can so don't hold on to it to long. Some travel bugs have a mission , so there is nothing wrong with taking it home and looking it up online and seeing what this TB is looking to do. Hopefully, you will be able to aid it along its way. But get it back into a cache as quickly as possible so the owner can continue to enjoy the logs related to the journey.
2. If you go to log a trackable and it says something to the effect of "that trackable is not registered with geocaching.com". First, don't panic. Check the tag again and see if you entered the tracking number correctly. If you entered it correctly check your Caps Lock and Num Lock buttons on your keyboard. Are they in the correct position? Next, check the cache page and see if that trackable is listed on the list of trackables currently in that cache. (This is found on the right side of the cache page) If it isn't listed, spend a couple of minutes reading some of the logs - perhaps some generous cacher left it in the cache as swag or an FTF prize. Although, nine out of ten times, it was a typing error that caused the problem , so start there. If you have done all those things and without success go to http://www.geocaching.com/track/default.aspx and read the FAQ section.
3. When placing a TB or Geocoin of your own in a cache remember that there is a good chance that your trackable item could get lost along the way. Be prepared for that possibility and if the bug or coin has special meaning you might want to consider keeping it in your own collection.
Remember travel bugs and geocoins are supposed to be another FUN aspect of this hobby. They can also be a wonderful geography lesson along the way. One of JustKev's coins is currently with a civilian contractor/geocacher in Iraq. It is simply amazing to me that a piece of metal that started its journey by being placed in an ammo can in Winthrop, ME is now trekking across the desert. So have fun with a TB today!
Notes from the Board
Remember your Advisory Board is working hard behind the scenes to keep this site and the Maine cachers up to speed on all they do to make caching a great experience. Be sure to keep an eye on the forum called 2011 Advisory Board Progress .
Technical TalkOh come on, I know you guys are all smart but there must be something you are wondering about. Do you want to know how the Magellan models compare to the Garmin? Do you want to know where to find cool macros for GSAK? Do you want to know how to brew your own beer? Well fot the last one I will have to have WhereRWe do a guest article, but there have to be some questions out there you need answered. Send them to us, and we will do our level best to find you the answers.
Hollora was good enough to start a thread about preventing ticks with the start of the spring caching season. If you did not see that thread I encourage you to check it out. The URL she recommended in that thread is a great one. Click HERE to check it out.
This site also briefly addresses how to keep ticks out of your yard and off your pets. Remember when you take your geodogs out to check them for ticks as well. Those pesky little buggers love our animals as much as they love us! YUCK!!
Here are a few other sites that might be helpful in this battle.
And here is one for the kids:
Don't get ticked off.....prepare for the little buggers!
Maniac1957 has successfully completed the momentous achievement of getting a cache on every calendar day of the year including Leap Day! That's awsome! Quilting Mom had a special event to commemorate this auspicious occasion. We hope to have pictures of this and other events coming soon in future newsletters!
Since we didn't recieve any other submissions for member achievements this month I will toot our own horn.
JustKev and JustPJ66 reached the 500th cache last month! Way to go, us! hehe
Nutmeg the geowonder dog was in attendance for this milestone.
Be sure to send me us the achievements of your geo buddies and we will get them posted for you. And remember it doesn't have to be caching-related news either - anyone getting married, having a child, or adopting a puppy? We will spread all the happy news for you. :)
And so the Story Goes…We didn't receive any new caching stories to tell you about this month but there are some great stories already posted on the article section on our web site that you can read in the meantime. Click HERE to read them all.
Wealth of Information
Last month we told you all how to add our banner to all your cache pages. This month I would like to make sure every Maine cacher is aware that located in the article section there are some wonderful recipes from area cachers. Some came from potluck events and some came from the forum posts but either way there are some yummy ideas in there.
Here is just one of those recipes:
Eustis Buffalo Chicken Dip (2nd
Annual Get Useless In Eustis Event)
In addition I have had a request for a regular recipe feature in the newsletter. So my thought is, we can get all you great cooks out there to send me all your wonderful recipes, and I will not only put them in the newsletter but they can be added to to the recipes in our article section for use by future cachers for all time. Your recipes should be suitable for taking to a potluck event or perhaps something you take caching with you. If you have a recipe you would like to have featured in our newsletter and on our forum send JustPJ66 a message and include your recipe, name and caching name.
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