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bflentje
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Travel Bug Cleanup Reply with quote

Holy batman, I went through ALL of my archived caches since the beginning and found over 20 travelers I had to mark as missing. Anyone else ever go through their listings and clean things up? Some things I noticed were the obvious..

- Trackables get lost at events.
- Don't place trackables in a river cache.
- People drop trackables in micros where they'd never fit in the 1st place.

The first two make sense. But the third??
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AerosmithPA
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Travel Bug Cleanup Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:

- Trackables get lost at events.
- Don't place trackables in a river cache.
- People drop trackables in micros where they'd never fit in the 1st place.

The first two make sense. But the third??


I pulled off #3 for the first time in my knowledge last month while cache Rapid City SD. After making 4-5 finds one morning and misplacing my notebook, I later logged from memory, which included dropping a TB into a cache, and very quickly received a "WTH?" email from the cache owner asking how I could have fit a TB into such a small container. Because I was logging from memory I misconstrued two caches in the same park which were about 600 feet apart when I made the drop.


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jeffrae
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can see dipping a TB in a micro (that's what we do with our vehicle TB)but dropping one in a micro would be a different story. Maybe it was a small TB that actually fit in a micro.
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BigChiefS4
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done #3 when I hand someone a TB and need a cache to drop it into so they can retrieve it vs retrieving it from me. I have never actually physically dropped a TB in a micro, though.
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AustinMN
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dropped a TB in a cache once, and because it was one of my first, I put a watch on it. The next finder dropped it in a micro, and admitted it would not fit so they hung it in a tree nearby! Of course that was the last of that one.

Austin
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Aix sponsa
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That depends upon the TB. I made this one small so it could fit in some of the micros since they have become more prevalent. It is in a micro cache in Belgium right now. If I remember correctly it fit easily in a baby soda bottle. Surprisingly it hasn't gotten lost in some pocket or in the corner of desk. I would understand if it did.
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to focus more on the idea of checking archived caches for listed travelers. Anyone else do it? What did you find?
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AerosmithPA
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
I'd love to focus more on the idea of checking archived caches for listed travelers. Anyone else do it? What did you find?


Eleven archived caches, zero trackables.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No trackables malingering in my 20 or so archived ones either.
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dmnrec
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a unique micro container now that I'm going to put out that would be possible to put a regular size geocoin in...but only one coin. I won't post a pic, however, don't want to ruin the surprise Smile
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Copaman
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I came across a virtual that showed a few TB's at it. I'm guessing they aren't really there, though. Very Happy

I placed a microcoin in one of my micro caches (the small microcoin easily fit in the hide-a-key container).
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dornole
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even though none of my caches had any trackables, this is a great reminder to follow up on that when archiving and notify the trackable owner. I'm not sure I would have connected the dots.
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timewellspent
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dornole wrote:
Even though none of my caches had any trackables, this is a great reminder to follow up on that when archiving and notify the trackable owner. I'm not sure I would have connected the dots.


I'm pretty sure the coin owners get an automated reply from GC.com when a cache gets archived with a coin of theirs in it.
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Boreal Walker
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

timewellspent wrote:
I'm pretty sure the coin owners get an automated reply from GC.com when a cache gets archived with a coin of theirs in it.


You do. I just got one on a coin I own. I marked it as missing shortly there after. Need to send out a new one.
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King Boreas
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
I'd love to focus more on the idea of checking archived caches for listed travelers. Anyone else do it? What did you find?


Ok, I'm kinda bored anyway.
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