Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Great Time Recording Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) - Geocaching Pet Peeves

Andy HeadHardHat Smith - Host of Geocaching World (RVNN.tv)

All I can say is WOW - what a cool show! Well okay the stuff before we started recording Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) was not so fun, in fact it kinda sucked but the actual show itself - AWESOME!

What? What happened before we started recording? Well, if you visit us (and many of you do) when we record Geocaching World you know we experience our share of technical difficulties. It's just going to happen. Last night we must have take the prize out of the Gremlin's cereal box cuz everything was going to pot. I started out by having my main show laptop decided to have a software meltdown causing Windows to stop working. I am a computer guy and under other circumstances this was a nasty inconvenience but twenty minutes before the show this is a disaster. So here I am trying to diagnose the issue at hand and at the same time wondering if I have a backup option through one of my other computers... Time is going by and I make some headway with the issue but not enough. Do I setup computer #2 and not have a hangout? Can I setup all my other equipment in time? Now I am beginning to sweat. Finally I decided to grab my gaming Alienware laptop and see if I at least have basics to replace my show laptop. With only a few minutes to go I plug in all my audio and video equipment, play with the extra monitor and turn on Skype - it all worked. What a pleasant surprise. Oh I had to tweak the inputs for Skype but all the drivers including my camera loaded in automatically and worked the first time. What a relief.

So with all the craziness I was going through on my end apparently Courtney Wallin my cohort in crime was having her own issues with Gremlins. Sigh. Ah the price of doing LIVE TV. So here it's show time and both Courtney and I are frantically trying to get everything setup and the Ustream chat-room and the Hangout are filling up. We have such an amazing audience and they were so cool talking amoungst themselves and cheering us on while they waited. Too cool. After all the technical issues we started about 20 minutes late but that didn't phase any of us.

The show itself was a complete blast to do. We discussed Geocaching Pet Peeves and there was no shortage of topics. I had given Courtney a medium sized list and we only scratched the surface. Then we added a lot of discussion from the chat-room and hangout as well. We could have talked for hours but we had to draw the curtain and close the show. I do so love talking about geocaching.

The Geocaching World Cache Stash had a sweet trackable tag from our friends at CoinsandPins.com of which we gave away to a member of the chat-room/hangout. There was also more discussion about the Discovery book from Chris Mackey which we currently have a contest going on where you can win said book if you enter our drawing. The details are here about that: http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2012/09/win-limited-edition-book-by-geocoin.html.

So all in all a smokin fantastic show including some spills, chills and thrills. Be sure to come and join the fun of seeing a live program recorded including all the behind the scenes goodness.



We record Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) every Tuesday night at 6:30pm ET. You can be part of our live audience by going into our Ustream Chatroom where you can see our live feed of the show as we record and/or you can join our Google + hangout by circling +Andrew Smith.

See you next week.

Andy HeadHardHat Smith

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

How Waterproof Are Your Geocache Hides?

Lock N Lock Geocache Container
There is a very popular saying in Geocaching and it goes something like this: "I use a multi-billion dollar satellite system to find Tupperware in the woods.", and the cool thing is its true. Oh sure Tupperware may not be as popular as in years past though we do traditionally hunt for containers hidden all over this great big planet of ours. In fact, after finding the perfect Geocaching hiding spot and getting permission to place it there, the most important aspect of any Geocache hide is the container itself. With that being said the most important aspect of that container to you is how waterproof it is overall. In other words, how well does it keep the elements out plus how well does it stand up to those very same elements over time?

Anyone can get a cheap Glad transport container, fill it with swag and a logbook then place it somewhere. Yet after a day or two the flimsy plastic warps and the seal gives way to an afternoon shower. What good is that now newly placed Geocache of goo? What do you think the next geocacher is going to think of your hide? I am thinking not very well.  You don't want that right?

Save yourself some unwanted nasty logs and a quick replacement by following some of ole HeadHardHat's suggestions:

- Understand the environment you are placing the Geocache. If your area has wet seasons you need more heavy duty containers with very good seals. 
- If you have extremes with heat and cold remember that plastic warps and can become brittle depending on the outside temps. Make sure your container can handle it.
- If you are not sure how waterproof your container is then do the 'Dunk Test'.  Get a water fillable container that can allow your Geocache to be placed into it and be completely submerged. Then do just that. Fill the larger container with water and then close your Geocache. Hold it under water for at least five to ten minutes. Pull your Geocache out, dry off and then open it. Any water inside? If your container is not going to hold up to this simple test then you need to find another one.

Follow these basic suggestions and you will have a class act of a Geocache to hide. Don't and the logs that get sent your way may not be what you are expecting!

See you out on the trails,

Andy Headhardhat Smith


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Monday, October 1, 2012

Here Are Some Entries For The Chris Mackey - Discovery Book Contest

We Do Love Creative Contest Entries - Send in Yours and you may get shown on Geocaching World and here in our blog! Here are all the details of how you can win a limited edition book from Chris Mackey.


A Real Concept Shot - we Love It! -  Dave DeBaeremaeker 
 You have until Tuesday October 9th, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET to get your photos in of your favorite geocoin and if you get the logo or words Geocaching World in the photo you get a second entry! Here are a couple of entries we found very cool! Check it out and read below about how you can enter the contest - hurry!

That would be a Geocaching World Logo in the background
a double entry for you - Tim Benson!
Here is how you can win this amazing geocoin based book by geocoin designer Chris Mackey:
http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2012/09/win-limited-edition-book-by-geocoin.html

Good Luck and keep sending in those entries. We will show more!

-HeadHardHat
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Hands Free Geocaching Navigation: We Are So Close.

More Power Allocation For Smartphone Navigation
Without trying to get into the GPSr versus Smartphone navigation debate I wanted to share some insights I have discovered after recently pairing up my phone with my new geocache-mobile. Yes after seven years and 225,000 miles of servitude. My 2005 Chevy Malibu has been traded in for a 2012 Chevy Malibu and with that a whole new set of functionality to play with.

For example, all the hands free goodness which I plan on utilizing when I go out geocaching. Now I can hook my Galaxy S3 directly into the nice little USB port just under the radio. This to me is a big plus because I now have an alternate power source for my smart phone and it opens up my cigarette lighter port for something else. *Note this car also has another port and a standard 110 plug just behind the center console -  slick. So outlets are no longer an issue but is there enough juice going through to keep up with the phone? Read on.

Next is the fun part, the Bluetooth communication. Now I can hook my phone right into the smarts of the car via Bluetooth connector (you can go through USB for other things but not for discussion here). Once paired you have direct access thru your steering wheel to tell your car/phone to do anything from getting directions to a nearby restaurant, send a text, find out the weather, to even just plain calling someone and everything goes through the car's sound system. Very cool but not perfect, the technology is getting there but I have found some bugs when testing these features. Over all, very cool to not have the phone in your hand to do all of this BUT and you knew there was a but, there are indeed some major power drain on the smartphone depending on what you use it for. I noticed very quickly that if you use the phone for navigation either with Google Maps, Waze or any other app you are utilizing the GPS functionality  Now add in the Bluetooth power drain and you can almost watch the battery die right before your very eyes. Even when it is plugged in. Cap'n - We Need More Pow'r.

So maybe this is a good argument for having multiple devices in your car when geocaching. I mean I always have used my smart phone for one or two geocache find runs. Though if you are planning on doing a geocaching afternoon or day. You may want to utilize that cigarette lighter outlet for your auto GPSr unit to get to the geocache site and then use your smart phone or hand GPSr unit for finding your geocache. Right now there is just too much of a drain or not enough battery capacity to put everything on your smartphone.

Now let's see: -=BLING=- Bluetooth -> Voice -> Navigate -> Directions to nearest Geocaching Event -> Engage!

-HHH

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) Episode: Geocache Placement


HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Here is the latest episode of Geocaching World (RVNN.tv). In this episode we discuss proper geocache placement and you have an opportunity to get into a contest to win a Limited Edition Book from Geocoin designer Chris Mackey.

If you do not have Roku, Boxee, Itunes and many other ways of seeing Geocaching World,
go here to see:
http://rvnewsnet.com/2012/09/27/placing-geocaches/

Enjoy and be sure to get your entry in before October 9, 2012!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Win a Limited Edition Book by Geocoin Designer Chris Mackey

How would you like to possibly win a limited edition Chris Mackey Geocoin based book? I knew you would, just look at this beauty.

Chris Mackey's Limited Edition Book
The rules are simple.

To have an entry in the drawing to win this amazing prize you need to take a photograph of yourself with a Geocoin. It can be either one you found while out Geocaching or from your personal collection. Send that photograph with all your contact information to headhardhat@gmail.com.

Have it in no later than 12:00 Noon ET October 9,2012. Now here's the kicker. If you have somewhere in the photo the words or logo for Geocaching World we will put TWO entries in for you. Remember - only one photo per person please.

Restrictions of the law for your personal residence may apply.

Chris Mackey and HHH

If for some reason you do not win this copy of the book you can ("while they last") purchase a book for yourself. Our good friends at GxProxy who donated the prize by the way are selling them here:
http://www.gxproxy.com/. Be sure and tell them that HeadHardHat sent ya.

Good Luck!

-HeadHardHat
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Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) - Geocache Placement and a Cool Contest

Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Courtney Wallin (Geocaching World)
Had a great time last night as we recorded our Latest Episode of Geocaching World (RVNN.tv).  Due to some unforeseen issues we had to take a few weeks off and believe you - me both Courtney Wallin and I were just itching to get back into the groove.  The photo above was taken just before we started the show by Courtney and she says to me, " make a happy dance " , so that is just what I did. Now this image is proudly displayed somewhere in Instagram for all the world to enjoy.

Our latest episode was very informative as we discussed placing a Geocache. Everything from how to pick just the right spot to put a geocache hide, figuring out if other geocaches are nearby to how the review process works. There are tons of insightful Geocaching greatness for you to contemplate so when the episode comes out in a couple of days be sure to watch it. 

We also introduced a brand spanking new contest for you to get involved with. How would you like to possibly win a limited edition Chris Mackey Geocoin based book?  I knew you would, just look at this beauty.


The rules are simple. To have an entry in the drawing to win this amazing prize you need to take a photograph of yourself with a Geocoin. It can be either one you found while out Geocaching or from your personal collection. Send that photograph with all your contact information to headhardhat@gmail.com. Have it in no later than 12:00 Noon ET October 9,2012. Now here's the kicker. If you have somewhere in the photo the words or logo for Geocaching World we will put TWO entries in for you. Remember - only one photo per person please. Restrictions of the law for your personal residence may apply.

So hurry up and get your photos in. Who knows you might get them shown in one of our social services or on Geocaching World itself. Good Luck to everyone.

Andy HeadHardHat Smith

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bye-Bye FeedBurner... Hello FeedBlitz

New RSS Feed For You To Subscribe To

Well leave it to Google to have so much brilliance and yet still be able to do things in such a numbskull sort of way. Why oh why, would you take an integrated RSS structure like FeedBurner, you know the one that is integrated into your Blogger application, and then suddenly abandon it with no out for your faithful blogger universe? Did somebody just one wake up one day and go, "I think I will mess with the majority of our Blogger community and shut down their way of exporting their content to their followers...", really?

Okay enough of the ranting, it's not going to get me anywhere. The main reason for this post is to notify all my subscribers and there are oodles of you. That you need to re-subscribe to my new RSS feed. I decided to go with FeedBlitz and even though I have to pay for the service it is minimal - though if you want to donate there is a button on the right side of my blog.. Just saying.

Below are the easy links to choose from:

Feed URL: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/geocacheimnotobsessedright
XML URL: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/geocacheimnotobsessedright&x=1
Mobile Friendly: http://m.feedblitz.com/geocacheimnotobsessedright

You have many more options including email, mobile, facebook, twitter, plus others so you can get all of my blog goodness just about anyway you like it.

You can also subscribe via directly from my blog as well. Just click the RSS or Email links in the right pane.

Again sorry for the inconvenience of all this but this has blindsided many a blogger but the good news is FeedBlitz has a newsletter format that will become available to all of my subscribers once it is ready.

Enjoy and thanks for re/subscribing to my blog!

-Andy HeadHardHat Smith

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Behind The Scenes: Geocaching Podcast - Ep. 270 - Buying Your New GPSr

HHH is co-host of The Geocaching Podcast
Last night XpunkX, Darrylw4 and myself (Headhardhat) recorded episode #270 of the Geocaching Podcast.

It was good to be back in the saddle again after taking the past few weeks off for a family related hiatus. Even though XpunkX was still sick with a flu bug, Darrylw4 and myself were both pretty much whipped by show time but that is how it goes sometimes. The point is we are back and I personally am getting my sorry excuse of a geocacher back in the groove. This can only be a good thing :)

Last night's show we had owner of GPSTracklog.com aka Rich Owings as our guest. Rich has been running GPSTracklog.com since 2005 and has a vast knowledge of a geocachers bestest buddy the GPSr unit. During our discussion we talked about many of the available GPSr units and the different price ranges and functional capabilities. This is a perfect episode to listen to if you are planning on purchasing a new GPSr or want to spread the information to your significant other cuz the holidays are coming right around the corner. Nudge-nudge, wink-wink.

Overall a very informative show and you really need to give it a listen when it is released in the next couple of days.

The Geocaching Podcast is recorded LIVE every Wednesday at 9:30PM ET. You can be a part of the show by going to the Geocaching Podcast Website and clicking 'Live' to enter the Talkshoe client. You can also download all the published shows from the Geocaching Podcast Website and many of your favorite podcatcher sites and applications.


-See you out on the trails. -HHH
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Clearing Out The Munzees In My Area

I have a little time this afternoon and was just itching to go out and find me some Munzees. So that's what I'm doing, cleared out the Munzees in my area.

Thanks to the fine hiders who put them out for us to find.


Not Your Usual Rock Hide

It's a rather muggy, hot, North Carolina day and when I was going for this geocache I was thinking great another rock hide. Turns out it had a really pleasant surprise and I love to see creative geocaches. This one was really fun to find.

If interested come to the Garner, North Carolina area and check out Gc2yf3j.


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.

Sent from my phone. Please pardon my autocorrect.

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

Each day we will pull an interesting geocaching tidbit from HeadHardHat's Blog - Geocache: I'm NOT Obsessed... Right? With over five years of information you can search your geocaching questions as well.


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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

Each day we will pull an interesting geocaching tidbit from HeadHardHat's Blog - Geocache: I'm NOT Obsessed... Right? With over five years of information you can search your geocaching questions as well.


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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.
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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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
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See you there!

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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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tonight on Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) - Viewer Request: Puzzle and Mystery Geocaches

Join Us Tonight 6:30pm EST LIVE on Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) a Viewer Request : Puzzle and Mystery Geocaches.

Many geocachers absolutely love these mind boggling geocache types while others won't give them a second glance. Where in the world are they popular and where not? What is an example of your favorite types and why?

Let us know your thoughts and we get them on tonight's show. You can view the show LIVE either on the Ustream chat room here - > http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rvnn-live  or my personal Google + Hangout. Just follow  +Andrew Smith here -> https://plus.google.com/u/0/100208679823468674324/posts

See you tonight.

HHH

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Get Wild - July is National Park and Recreation Month!


Okay this year the notice is coming out late but there is still time to check out all the events and activities going on right now because July is National Park and Recreation Month. The National Recreation and Park Association has a number of programs in local parks that emphasize the benefits of health and exercise while also encouraging individuals to participate in our geocaching contests.

Here is the information that came directly from their press release -  Check it out Geocachers!


Almost one year after Americans across the country “rocked their parks” with celebratory flashmobs, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) wants everyone to show how wild they are about parks and recreation this July.  NRPA is pleased to announce this year’s Park and Recreation Month program of activities.

The 2012 theme of “Get Wild” encourages individuals, families, friends, and park-lovers everywhere to venture to their local parks and recreation areas to experience the many benefits they offer, such as programs to inspire healthy, active lifestyles and activities to appreciate nature and the environment.  

“Park and recreation agencies promote health and wellness and significantly contribute to the greater good of a community,” says Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of NRPA. “The obesity epidemic rages on, physical activity levels remain low and more than ever kids are staying indoors and behind electronic media.  Park and Recreation Month is a great time to take a stand against these trends by going to your park, getting active and of course, getting wild!”

Nationwide, park and recreation agencies will be helping their community “get wild” through a variety of fun initiatives, events, and activities. One such activity is the Get Wild Geocache contest.  Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game, where players locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices or mobile phones and then share their experiences online. During Park and Recreation Month, people can hunt for geocaches in their local parks and recreation areas and submit their treasure hunting stories or photos to NRPA through Facebook to be entered into a contest.  

Along with the geocaching initiative, NRPA encourages people to take the Get Wild pledge and show their “wild” side with the official Get Wild social media poster.

To learn more about how to get wild in parks and recreation areas across the country during Park and Recreation Month, visit www.NRPA.org/july.

Through efforts by NRPA, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official resolution to create Park and Recreation Month in 2009.  The Association supports the national park and recreation community and the general public by advocating for federal support for park and recreation programs and legislation.   

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people.  Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.  For more information, visit www.NRPA.org.  For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

America's Backyard was launched in 2010 by the National Recreation and Park Association to draw major public attention to the powerful and essential role of parks and recreation in America. The initiative seeks to educate citizens on the American park and recreation landscape, support and encourage national advocacy for the field, and leverage funding and resources for national programs that benefit local communities. For more information, visit www.americasbackyard.org


I personally plan on talking with some of the top people at the NRPA and am in the process of getting them on Geocaching World (RVNN.tv) hopefully this next week so stay tuned!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Did you know that July is National Park and Recreation Month?


Did you know that July is National Park and Recreation Month?

It looks like I will be speaking soon with the Senior Executive of the NRPA. Will let you know what I find out and their interest with getting geocachers involved.. Stay tuned!

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Planning a Geocaching Camping Trip



It's summertime in the US of A and that means it is time for heading out on the road and enjoying all the wonders this land has to offer. Now that I think of it I shouldn't be so localized in my thinking. We have readers all around the world so let's change it for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere - better? No matter where you are on this planet there will be a time you are going to want to go camping and I have a few thoughts that might be helpful for you as you plan your geocaching adventure.


First off it is very important to know all the destinations you are going to want to visit on your trip. Places like historical, scenic, hiking, biking, boating, etc. There will also be the actual camping areas and also all the side trips as well. Make a list of where they are and how far around those areas you are going to want to venture. Then check out your favorite geocaching listing site and generate the needed .gpx files for each of those areas. For those who don't know a .gpx file is a collection of GPS data that can be incorporated into different devices like GPSr units, computers and smartphones showing where individual geocaches are hidden. Here are a few listing sites you might want to check out.

Geocaching Listing Sites:
     - Geocaching.com - Pocket Queries
     - Opencaching.com - .gpx files
     - Opencaching.us - gpx files - multiple formats

Now that you have your geocache ducks in a row for areas you are going to visit during your trip you might also want to figure out where some geocaching finds are while on the road getting to your camping destination. To do that you need to plan some routes.

How this works is pretty simple. You have the route, which is the road you are travelling on. You can set the route to find geocaches that are close to the road, say half a mile for example. A .gpx file is created with all those geocaches that then can also be loaded into GPSr units, computers and smart-phones as well. That way while you are going from point A to point B you can pick up geocaches along the way. Below are some ways you can plan geocaching routes.


Plan Routes
     - Geocaching.com
     - GSAK  (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife) -  http://www.gsak.net/   
     - GPS Mapping Software

Plus don't forget that with many of the modern, fancy-dancy technology out there you can do real-time geocaching. Simply by using your smart phones and tablets with cellular capabilities you can be anywhere that has a signal and go geocaching.

Some favorite spots during a trip could include:

Geocaching on the Spot (Unplanned Geocaching)
     - Rest Areas
     - Places of Interest
     - Getting supplies in a nearby town

So no matter if your travels takes you to private campgrounds, RV parks, State Parks of just out on the open road. Geocaches are bound to be close by for your geocaching pleasure.

Be safe out there and see you out on the trails.

-HHH



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Monday, July 16, 2012

The Geocachers Creed


The Geocachers Creed is a voluntary set of guidelines that describes how geocachers in general should act.

Below is the Geocachers Creed highlighted in bold and some general thoughts for each point. If you have more I would love to hear your insights.

The Geocachers Creed

When placing or seeking geocaches, I will:

Not endanger myself or others. 
- placing a geocache in an area or situation that could hurt or possibly hurt someone else
- knowing your limits and not exceeding them while Geocaching
 - using the proper equipment when needed

Observe all laws & rules of the area.
- you do not have the right to break the law or enforced guidelines
- parking where not allowed
- trespassing is wrong
- out of bounds or during posted times (parks) - sunrise, sunset.

Respect property rights and seek permission where appropriate.
- No Trespassing means No Trespassing
- Landscaping and muggle trails
- Get written permission from land owner

Avoid causing disruptions or public alarm.
- bomb like Geocaches or caches that may seem suspicious
- looking suspicious when Geocaching
- speeding away from the area

Minimize my and others' impact on the environment. 
- Leave No Trace
- Muggle Trails
- Think Before You Search

Be considerate of others. 
- The Golden Rule

Protect the integrity of the game pieces.
- Protect travel bugs and geocoins
- Clean inappropriate materials from caches
- Repair when broken or full - Emergency Geocache Repair Kit

Most if not all of these are guidelines we can easily apply to not only geocaching but our everyday lives as well. I hope you found them useful.

See you out on the trails!

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Expedition Mississippi Update: Didn't Quite Make It

Read a blurb on Facebook from the Expedition Mississippi crew. This is where four guys were to ride kayaks from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico. We were adding some geocaching aspects to their adventure as well and it turns out The Great Mississipp was just a bit more of a challenge than expected. Here is what was told.
"Shorter journey than we anticipated, but still no less of an amazing adventure. We're sorry to tell you that yesterday marked the end of Expedition Mississippi...we just got back into Bloomington.

There were several factors that played into our decision to get off the water. We'll go into detail about this in the film and maybe in an upcoming blog post, but in a nutshell the record breaking heat PLUS record breaking low water/current levels stopped us from making the progress we anticipated. The last couple weeks especially, we would go all out and maybe get 10 miles done, where we really needed to be doing 20 or more per day.

By the end, it became clear to us that we wouldn't meet the goal, even if things got better. ...we thought we made the best of the situation, but we decided it no longer made sense for us to push on at this point.
On the bright side, we still had an amazing adventure and got more than enough footage to put together an awesome film!! Thanks again for all your support, it wouldn't be possible without you. Stay tuned for further updates about the movie and other things......"
Better luck next time guys and I still am very interested in seeing your film.

-HHH


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Sunday, July 8, 2012

HeadHardHat Reviews: The Unofficial Field Manual to Geocaching

HeadHardHat Reviews The Unofficial Field Manual to Geocaching

Out in the information universe there are a growing list of books about the game, sport and obsession known as geocaching. Whether the writing styles are to one person's liking or not all have nuggets of value which can help a geocacher enjoy geocaching better. I recently read The Unofficial Field Manual to Geocaching by Robyn C. Broyles and it is a fine assortment, even if it is unofficial, of geocaching information.

The book itself is of standard paperback size and lightweight at 96 pages. It is designed to be a handy reference guide to be used while out in the field. It should fit just fine in your favorite geocache pack.

Within it's covers a reader can find many general useful tid-bits a geocacher may need as they gain their geo-sense abilities. Many of the basic aspects of geocaching are touched upon and one in particular of note is a rather extensive section about GPS coordinates and conversions. What I also enjoyed was the emphasis on good geocaching practices sprinkled within all the geocaching facts and terminology.

This field manual would be very beneficial to geocachers who are just starting out and need a quick heads up when confronting new geocaching concepts. It also makes a great refresher to geocachers who want to renew themselves with the basics.

You can get The Unofficial Field Manual to Geocaching either in paperback or Kindle version here: http://www.geocachingmanual.com/.


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Friday, June 29, 2012

It's Coming!

It's a masterpiece of insights and design. It's Limited Edition and Trackable.


From Master Geocoin Designer Chris Mackey.

Available in the next few days. Stay tuned to this blog for more details.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

L.E.I.F. 2012 - Geocache In Space Video Is Now Live

Actual Shot From LEIF Video

The L.E.I.F. Geocache In Space Video is now Live on YouTube!  Come and see an alien eye view of Earth just as the Geocache sent by Echo Six Charlie.

Check it out!



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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wanna See Some Geocache Photos From Space?

My legs are torn up like I had a loosing fight with a box of razor blades but it was all worth it. I attended, videoed and bushwacked like never before when I attended todays: Geocache in Space "L.E.I.F." MMXII Launch Party! What an adventure I will not soon forget! Here are some of the highlights.

Scott aka E6C (Echo Six Charlie) with weather balloon.
Arrived at the correct coordinates for the LEIF Launch Party and found E6C filling up the weather balloon that would be used to propel the geocache, camera box, and tracker into low earth orbit for as long as the weather balloon would allow before coming back to Earth via parachute.

Andy HeadHardHat Smith just before takeoff
 It was so exciting as countdown approached. I was also very pleased to meet fellow geocacher and good friend Dave DeBaeremaeker. Dave is a good friend of my TV show Geocaching World (RVNN.tv)

Dave (DeBear) and HeadHardHat at Event
Here you see the geocache just before takeoff. If you look closely you can spot the parachute just below the balloon, then the camera box with tracker and the very bottom is the small ammo box geocache.

10...9...8...7...6...5...  ...
Here is the money shot from low earth orbit. We don't have the actual information back yet as to how high the geocache went but we figure any where to 200,000 feet or higher. Will let you know once we find out.

A geocache with an alien's eye view of our wonderful Earth
Then came the painful part. Finding the geocache after it landed. We all took different routes looking for it. Mine in particular was bushwacking through .25 of a mile through extremely painful briars. Long story short my legs have been terribly razor bladed by thorns... Owie.. Even with the painful excursion we found the geocache intact and some breathtaking footage from way, way up there.

So after going through a major thunderstorm (trees and branches down everywhere) we managed to have an incredible adventure today. Will fill you in on all the details once we get them all and you will be seeing some really great videos coming out real soon. Not to mention I will be having Scott (E6C) on Geocaching World in the next few weeks.

Who said geocaching wasn't cool...?

-HHH
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