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Digital_Dan
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Joined: 2004-10-19
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Location: Waukesha, WI USA

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 3:41 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Does anyone know why Geocaching.com changed to Google Maps from MapQuest?
 
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EnergySaver
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Joined: 2004-05-28
Posts: 1440
Location: Ozaukee County

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 4:02 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Ahhhhh!

If don't know why ... you didn't try!

Try click on the pin on the map ... it opens up a new map screen showing pins for all the caches in the area, along with a list of caches along the right side that you can click on ... cool ... basically a graphical location and list of "nearby caches".

For an example after I clicked on one in my area, go here: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/gmnearest.aspx?lat=43.410267&lng=-87.861267&zm=10

You might have to zoom in/out to see the pins.

EDIT: Oh yes, and if you hoover over a pin it lights up the cache name in the list and vice-versa.

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brkster
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Joined: 2004-06-10
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Location: Racine, Wisconsin, USA

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 4:29 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I wasn't sure why either, but I like the fact that it points out other nearby caches too.
 
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Green Bay Paddlers
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 5:46 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Oh my gosh... this is the best thing Geocaching.Com has done in years!
 
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draconis dave
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Joined: 2006-04-06
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Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 9:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The maps are great!

If you don't like to sneak a peek, you still have a simple map similar to the old one, and if you like to search, there is more stuff to check than I have time for!

It was really absorbing and I almost forgot about what I was doing on the GC.com site!

I said 'almost'!

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Team Deejay
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Joined: 2005-10-02
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2006 8:37 am Reply with quote Back to top

and if you still prefer the Mapquest maps, just click the text link on the left side of the page. It works just like clicking the map used to work.
 
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greyhounder
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Joined: 2004-01-18
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Location: Fort Atkinson, WI, USA

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2006 12:05 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I enjoy playing around with those satellite photos and seeing what I can find. At this cache:

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=31743be9-c9ab-4cd7-80f9-65852fa07f46

(this is the Heroes of Flight 93 cache) if you scan around a bit you can actually see the impact sight and clean up still going on.

Bec

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EnergySaver
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 2:16 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I've found that the new google maps in GC.Com work pretty good/quick to create a query of caches along a specific route. In about 20 minutes I was able to create a Pocket Query of 47 caches that are near the main roads between here and central PA.

Basically I started at a cache page of a cache at the final destination in PA. I clicked on the google map on that map page. I created a new Bookmark. I then kept dragging the map sidewalks along the route, slowly backtracking to Wisconsin. As I saw "pins" for caches along the way, I click on the "Bookmark" symbol behind each cache name. When I was done, I went to my bookmarks and requested a Pocket Query for my bookmark list.

Maybe this is old news to some of you ... but I never bothered creating a query out of a bookmark list before ... until these new active google maps, it didn't seem like a very handy thing to do.
 
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abcdmCachers
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Joined: 2004-09-25
Posts: 135
Location: Brookfield, WI

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 1:40 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Excellent suggetion, thanks for the tip. BTW, we just got back from a road trip to Philadelphia. Feel free to email me if you want to compare notes or know what we did (geocaching or otherwise).

Doug
 
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