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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Keyholder Munzee Find

Was out running some errands and found some Munzees in the area.

Geocaching will always be my first love but sometimes it's nice to just click and score.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Signature Geocaching Items: Wooden Nickels


I would like to thank Cache Gator and Catlady for sending me this fine geocaching signature item. Which is one of my favorite items I like to collect, that is wooden nickels. They heard me recently mention wooden nickels as we recorded the Geocaching Podcast and sent me one of theirs. Thank you so very much.

Headhardhat


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Geocachers - Time To Get Discovered!

Discovered an amazing book by Chris Mackey
We had mentioned a while back about an amazing book by geocoin designer extraordinaire Chris Mackey and what a book it is. It's titled Discovered Memoirs of a Geocoin Designer and in my not so humble opinion, it's a 'bute.

For starters let me tell you about the book first. It's hard covered and beautifully illustrated. It's limited edition and get this it's trackable at geocaching.com. So if you have any interest in geocoins, how they are made or just want to enjoy the beautiful full color example of art that Chris Mackey has originated this book is for you.

Chris Mackey and HeadHardHat


I will tell you how to go purchase one (while they last) at the end of this post but first WAIT - Don't go anywhere yet!!! Chris and the fine people at GxProxy have donated a copy of DISCOVERED for one lucky person to win.

Which means we are going to have a contest which will officially be starting Tuesday, August 28th, 2012. All details will be given first on Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) when we record LIVE at 6:30pm ET. You will want to be in our chatroom or G+ hangout that night because you will have the opportunity of getting an extra chance to the final drawing to win the book. Essentially doubling your chances! So be sure to click the Geocaching World link at the top right of this blog to get to the RVNN Ustream Chatroom (don't forget to book mark it) then we will all meet up on Tuesday night for ALL the details.

Now if you want to learn more about Chris's amazing book and purchase one for yourself. Go to the GxProxy website and click on the graphic. Enjoy. Did I mention there are only so many left???
www.GxProxy.com


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Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Adopt A Geocache

HeadHardHat and Geoness working on newly adopted geocaches

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Adopt A Geocache

When adopting a geocache requires a bit of forethought. No the actual process of adopting a geocache is only a couple of clicks between the geocache owner and the adoptive owner. I am talking about the question of "Should this geocache continue on or should it have a natural death so that a better geocache can be put in it's place?"

Over the years I have adopted about 50 geocaches. Usually from established geocachers who could no longer continue on with the game. Many of them I still have to this day while others I have archived for better replacements. It's a judgement call for each of us but definitely something to consider. Below is a link to three separate posts about adopting a geocache. I hope you find it useful in your geocaching adventures as a cache owner.

Below is a link to the complete post I did on the subject. Enjoy.

Check out the post in it's entirety here ->
http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2010/03/keeping-geocache-alive-by-adopting-it.html

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Ammo Box Geocaches


Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Ammo Box Geocaches

Geocachers do love the "treasure hunting" aspects of geocaching. Even though we do not find pirates chests filled with gold doubloons (usually). We do get to search for the next best thing and that is ammo boxes. Even if you are not into the assortment of swag that can be found in one. The sheer fun of looking for them can be very exhilarating. Don't think so? Look on the faces of children (at any age) as they go a hunting...

So regardless of your geocaching expertise check out the following article I wrote about ammo boxes and then try not to think about finding your next one for the rest of the day. I personally can't wait.

Below is a link to the complete post I did on the subject. Enjoy.

Check out the post in it's entirety here ->
http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2011/05/hhhs-gotd-ammo-boxes.html

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Evil Resin Nano Geocache



Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Evil Resin Nano Geocache

Want to drive geocachers crazy? Looking for an EVIL geocache to create to show your neighbors and amaze the kids? Well look no further as I demonstrate and at no time does my fingers leave my hand...Presto!

HeadHardHat's Evil Resin Nano Geocache. Learn how to make then adapt and design your own clever hide. Go for it. You know you can.

Below is a link to the complete post I did on the subject.  Enjoy.

Check out the post in it's entirety here ->
http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2010/07/headhardhats-resin-clump-o-dirt-nano.html

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Tonight 6:30PM ET on Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) we discuss Earth Geocaches plus So Much More


Tonight 6:30PM ET on Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) we discuss Earth Geocaches plus International Geocaching Day, Dave (DeBaer) DeBaeremaeker, and Courtney's current geocaching finds?!?

AND a brand new contest to win a limited edition, numbered, trackable book from Geocoin Designer Chris Mackey! Come join us to get all the geocaching greatness.

Meet up in our Ustream chatroom http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rvnn-live or Circle me +Andrew Smith and join us in our G+ hangout! See you tonight!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Everything You Wanted Know About Geocaching Swag

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Everything You Wanted Know About Geocaching Swag

Ahh Swag, the "treasure" in geocaching treasure hunting. Sometimes you can find some really cool stuff in a geocache. Sometimes not so much. Just remember that value is in the eye of the beholder. Also in the beholder that knows what they are looking at. There are plenty of examples of real treasures being found. Just to remember to trade for equal or better value to keep the tradition of swag going. If you want to find out what all the attraction to swag is then please read on.

Below is a link to the complete post I did recently on the subject. Enjoy.

Check out the post in it's entirety here -> http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2009/09/everything-you-want-to-know-about.html

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

A 35mm Geocaching Find

I don't know how many more geocaches I'm going to be able to get today cuz it looks like the storms are starting to move in but I sure did have fun geocaching on international geocaching day.

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Nothing like geocaching in the woods

I needed to get some geocaching in today before the storms hit this afternoon. Right now it is absolutely gorgeous out.

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It's International Geocaching Day.

It's international geocaching day and I'm going out to get me some geocaches hope you are too

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: How To Convert Mapping Coordinates



Random geocaching tidbit for the day: How To Convert Mapping Coordinates to GPS Coordinates

There are now many different apps out there that do map conversions. You know the geocaching situations where you have to either put data into your GPSr but the coords are in decimal or vice versa. Mystery and puzzle caches are notorious for conversions. Having an app like GCC (The Geocache Calculator -http://gcc.eisbehr.de/) is great but what happens in those situations when you don't? There are ways my geocaching friends and today's tidbit goes over a multitude of mapping conversions that you can do quickly.

Below is a link to the complete post I did recently on the subject. I find it very useful at times. Especially if I do not have my geocaching applications with me. Be sure to bookmark after you visit.. Enjoy.
Check out the post in it's entirety here ->
http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-convert-coordinates-to-gps.html

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Bison TubesBison, Bison who has the Bison?



Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Bison Tubes


Bison, Bison who has the Bison. I actually have a geocache called Bison, Bison Everywhere in which you find a bison tube right next to a field that holds (you guessed it) live bison. Talk about your point of interest. I get a lot of compliments on that one because there are not too many areas in North Carolina that have them... but I digress.

Below is a link to the complete post I did recently on the subject. It has some really great tidbits that you may or may not know about bison tubes. Enjoy.

Check out the post in it's entirety here ->
http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2012/06/geocache-maintenance-bison-tube-o-ring.html

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Learning My Waze Around Town



Over the years I have tested and utilized many different GPSr units, GPSr software and mobile applications. Some were not all that great and others had some really nice functionality. One mobile application that is available for Android and iOs and is in my book a real winner called WAZE. Their catch phrase is "Outsmarting traffic. Together" and they have the right idea.

What would you say if I told you that Waze is an interactive driving tool that not only gives you up to the minute traffic conditions as you drive but also is built to find you the quickest route to wherever you are going? Sounds good right off the bat doesn't it? How about this same utility can tell you were there are hazards in or next to your route that may effect your driving time? What if you could be alerted of a speed trap or police sighting real time? It even allows the map to have speed limit warnings and just about any type of traffic situation you can think of? Waze is that cool.

The idea is simple, there are already tons of Wazers already using the application. As you use the application you can very easily notify others of a hazard or situation like heavy traffic. It immediately goes live and you are limited to what you can put because it wont let you type if you are driving. I was pleasantly surprised just from my ride home at how many we're on the road right there with me and all the different things going on I should be aware of. Everything from cars on the side of the road to a half bag of mulch that was in my lane a few miles down. Keep in mind this is not just for highway or interstate travel. It works great for any road. I was heading to my subdivision and someone told of a cop waiting near the entrance. I waved as I passed by.

On the way to work today there was a large back up from an accident I was unaware of. Waze automatically found me the fastest route around it in a way I never even knew existed. I kept thinking to myself, "Where is this thing taking me?" and then when I got around all of the backup I realized what it had done and was completely blown away. This application is made for finding alternate routes. Awesome!

So yes this is an interactive driving tool you are going to want to use daily. Not to find your way home, rather to find your best way home. There are a lot of extras like points for participating, great info like gas stations with the best prices, a meet up function and so much more... Did I mention it is FREE? Yeppers it's free and I will be honest in that I would pay good money for it even if I had to... But I don't it's FREE...

So give WAZE a try, you will be glad you did.

FYI - thanks to all my friends on Google+ and Twitter who let me know about this great app!

- Andy Headhardhat Smith


Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Geocaching Traveler Buddies




Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Geocaching Traveler Buddies

Geocachers love their Traveler Buddies.. No I am not referring to travel bugs per say. Meaning not the ones that are the game pieces that travel from geocache to geocache. Rather one that as a geocacher we create and keep with us during our travels. For example HHH's Mutant Mantis here.

MM has been hanging on my rear view mirror since 2008. It is my geocaching companion and has traveled well over 225,000 miles in my cache-mobile alone.

Do you have a special traveler or geocoin you keep with you all the time? Tell us about it.

Below is a link to one of the early introductions to Mutant Mantis. Enjoy.

Check out the post in it's entirety here ->
http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2008/07/mutant-mantis-attacks-pilot-mtn-nc.html

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Poke It With A Stick

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Poke It With A Stick

This is HeadHardHat's number one rule so you would be wise to listen. Geocachers can be seriously hurt if they are not careful . Be safe out there!

Check out the post in it's entirety here ->
http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2011/04/hhhs-gotd-geocaching-rule-1-poke-it.html


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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Geocaching With A Mirror

Random geocaching tidbit for the day: Geocaching With A Mirror

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Check it out! --> http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2009/12/geocaching-with-mirror.html
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Geocaching World - We will be talking with Richard Dolesh at NRPA



Geocaching World - Tomorrow - 6:30pmET - We will be talking with Richard Dolesh who is the Vice President for Conservation and Parks at NRPA. As Geocachers or vacationing travellers. Send us your questions so we can ask somebody with the pulse on the National Parks.

Join us in the chatroom here -> http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rvnn-live
or circle me +Andrew Smith and join us in the hangout.

See you there!

HHH
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Friday, August 3, 2012

The Seven Inch Tablet May Make Me A Believer - Almost

I have in my hot little hands a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and an intended purpose to see if the smaller tablets are to my liking than the 10 inch iPad2 I normally use when I am out blogging or geocaching. My conclusions are mixed.

When I opened the box and compared the size between the Tab 2 and my brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy S3 I rolled my eyes. It's only a couple of inches difference in length and width between both. The first thoughts that came to mind was what is a couple of inches going to matter? Never mind the obvious pun, there are some niceties and still some drawbacks.

Let's start with some of the good stuff. As I have read in other articles, the 7 inch tablet's feel and weight has a very comfortable feel when you hold it. I agree completely when I held the Tab 2.  Ìn contrast I have found certain situations like being in the car, standing in line or sitting in a chair, a 10 inch tablet is clumsy to hold. This is most apparent when doing certain apps let alone trying to take a photo when the opportunity arises. The 7 inch does not give that fatigued finger stress point feeling like it's 10 inch cousin.

As far as functionality goes I am just as much in Android app heaven with my tablet as my phone. This particular unit is the 8 gig model with a 16 gig sd card added extra. I plan on keeping the Tab 2 in the family room for all those "I need a computer but don't want to go get my laptop" moments. It doesn't hurt to have a built in TV remote which is built in with the Tab 2. So as far as being a handy gizmo to have sitting nearby a 7 inch tablet is a sweet nice to have.

Now with some of the negatives that thou will want to consider. First the Asher size of the 7 inch tablet makes typing more than a quick email or note a complete nightmare. Just the same as attempting to do a blog on my phone the keypad is just too small. Don't get more started with the auto correct. I had to do some adjustments just to keep my sanity and even after spelling words correctly it still puts in a different word while putting there actual word I wanted four or five words shown the list. I spend more time correcting the auto correct and that is mind numbing.

As far as geocaching goes the 7 inch tablet fits nicely in your pack or pocket. It is still not made to be outside in the elements. I wouldn't recommend taking one out in the wild any more than a 10 inch tablet. Not unless you bought insurance.

So my final conclusions, the 7 inch tablet is a sweet gizmo to have if you have a lot of WiFi access and want to give your mobile smartphone a rest but if you do a lot of typing stick with the bigger 10 inch tablets. Typing this shirt post gave now a headache.

Just saying...

HHH