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Convert
12-06-2007, 08:34 PM
Are you interested ? Post up details to follow:thumb:

Rogue Leader
12-06-2007, 08:45 PM
What is it? something to do wit GPS' but whats the poker part?

Convert
12-06-2007, 08:57 PM
GPS coordinates will lead you to Caches where cards are collected to create poker hands:thumb:

Rogue Leader
12-06-2007, 09:31 PM
sounds like fun. i just need a car with good gas milage to get me to all the places.

AxleIke
12-06-2007, 09:54 PM
Sure. Sounds fun!

Hopefully my luck is better for wheeling poker than it is at regular poker!! :D

wesintl
12-06-2007, 09:58 PM
I like the idea. Where would it be?

Hulk
12-06-2007, 10:06 PM
Sounds good. I'm in.

RockRunner
12-06-2007, 10:27 PM
Depending on the date I would be up for it. I may get lost.

Rezarf
12-06-2007, 10:30 PM
I could play if it is on pavement... :(

Uncle Ben
12-06-2007, 10:41 PM
I'm in! :thumb:

Jacket
12-06-2007, 11:01 PM
Sounds like fun, and I got a feelin' I might be getting a new GPS for Christmas!

leiniesred
12-07-2007, 12:10 PM
I'm down for this....totally. Thanks, Convert.

corsair23
12-07-2007, 04:34 PM
I guess I should have ordered that GPS that Matt posted up about :)

Hmmm...wonder if my little eTrex would work well enough :hill:

Bighead
12-07-2007, 05:14 PM
Sounds like it would be fun.

Are you talking an off-road version or a bar-to-bar version like I've seen bike clubs do?

Convert
12-07-2007, 06:21 PM
The GPS poker run will be denver metro and surrounding areas and will be pavement based this time. Geocaches will be hidden on or near walking trails.Participants will collect cards from the caches during the day and we will meet up in the evening at a dining establishment to have dinner and play our hand,probably have a couple of prizes. Thinking it will be late january or first part of february. This is still in the planning stage but I posted up to gauge interest. So if you dont have a GPS you better ask Santa for one.:thumb:

Uncle Ben
12-07-2007, 07:29 PM
The GPS poker run will be denver metro and surrounding areas and will be pavement based this time. Geocaches will be hidden on or near walking trails.Participants will collect cards from the caches during the day and we will meet up in the evening at a dining establishment to have dinner and play our hand,probably have a couple of prizes. Thinking it will be late january or first part of february. This is still in the planning stage but I posted up to gauge interest. So if you dont have a GPS you better ask Santa for one.:thumb:


I have a couple I can lend if need be.

Convert
12-07-2007, 07:41 PM
I have a couple I can lend if need be.

Thanks Kevin

bskey
12-07-2007, 11:20 PM
Hmmm.... I have a strong feeling Santa might be getting me a GPS! This could be fun!

rover67
12-09-2007, 01:14 PM
i'd be up for it. I have a GPS i can borrow no problem..

neliconcept
12-09-2007, 07:55 PM
Ive done a powerboat poker run with a scarab 27 footer. racing at 80 on the water against cigarettes and baja boats was too fun!

im down!

actually that boat was a 38 footer, we used to have a 27 twin 200hp boat at the time as well.

DaveInDenver
12-10-2007, 08:26 AM
I have a couple I can lend if need be.
I want to play, I'd like to borrow one!

Uncle Ben
12-10-2007, 09:22 AM
I want to play, I'd like to borrow one!
You can use my old favorite, a Garmin V (http://gpsinformation.net/gps5/g5review.htm). Great GPS just black and white instead of color. I replaced it with this (http://www.gpscentral.ca/products/lowrance/expeditionc.htm).

Convert
12-15-2007, 08:46 PM
TTT more information soon:thumb:

acon40
12-16-2007, 03:29 PM
i in. I will wait till right before the run to get the best unit haha... Plus what better way for me to meet everyone then a frantic where the hell am i call. Thank god i get 55 mpg on the vw.

Convert
01-04-2008, 09:56 PM
Looks like February 17th for a date,we will be finalizing a plan this weekend and posting up details.

Convert
01-08-2008, 06:04 PM
The GPS Poker Run will be Sunday, February 17, 2008. There will be 10 cache locations (see attached map) with individual sealed envelopes containing 1 playing card. You will need to hit at least 5 of the 10 caches to collect 5 cards. If you get a cache that no longer has any cards, you will need to hit another cache to collect your 5.

Friday night the GPS coordinates will be posted, so you will have Saturday and Sunday to get your hand. Coordinates will be in UTM format and the map datum will be NAD27 CONUS.

Bring your five envelopes to the restaurant (place not yet determined and will be buy your own dinner & drinks) and play 5-card stud and socialize. We will probably have a couple of prizes as well.

As soon as I have more information on a restaurant, I will post more details. Please post if your interested in this run so we can get a head count to make sure the dinner venue is large enough.

Groucho
01-09-2008, 08:46 AM
but my poker playing skill suck, as shown by the recent poker game. Gotta get my Etrex out and make sure the batteries are good. :thumb:

Convert
01-20-2008, 06:30 PM
Went back through the thread here is a list of participants so far

Rouge Leader
Axle Ike
Wesintl
Hulk
Rock Runner
Rezarf
Uncle Ben
Jacket
Leiniesred
Corsair23
Bighead
Bskey
Rover67
Neliconcept
Dave in denver
Acon 40
Groucho

Any more were only 4 weeks away?

Convert
01-31-2008, 05:41 PM
bump for interest

bvb
02-01-2008, 09:44 PM
Do I drive the LX around every bend or try to cross town in the 60? :Princess: says the LX, I like the idea of gettig it used to the club for events.:beer::beer:

Uncle Ben
02-04-2008, 08:21 AM
Sooooo....since the locations will be posted Friday night can we start searching Friday night? Wife is not thrilled this will take time Sat and Sunday. She is excited to do it however. Also, you stated it was 5 card stud....does that mean we get to pick 4 of the cards or is it more of a 5 card draw game?

Convert
02-04-2008, 07:07 PM
Sooooo....since the locations will be posted Friday night can we start searching Friday night? Wife is not thrilled this will take time Sat and Sunday. She is excited to do it however. Also, you stated it was 5 card stud....does that mean we get to pick 4 of the cards or is it more of a 5 card draw game?

After the coordinates are posted which will be Friday afternoon/evening it is up to you when you find the caches.We figured the more time we gave folks to find them the easier it would be to participate.(weekends are busy times)Finding the caches may be more challenging in the darkness. We will be playing 5 card no peek (stud poker),you will need to collect an envelope from five of the locations.
Hope that all makes sense
Dan

Convert
02-04-2008, 07:35 PM
We will be meeting at The Old Spaghetti Factory downtown. We have room for 30 people right now. More room is available but I need to let them know in advance,so please RSVP to this thread.

Date: February 17 ,2008
Time: 5:00Pm
Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory
1215 18th Street
Denver Colorado
Here is a link to the menu and map http://www.osf.com/locations/menu-by-locations.htm#Colorado

bvb
02-05-2008, 10:40 PM
I'm in for two! I have a extra GPS if someone needs to borrow one. the more the merrier

Convert
02-14-2008, 10:07 PM
BVB and I will be out tomorrow hiding caches in the 200LC. We will post up locations as we go. Stay tuned for live details and prize info all day . Grab a card from 5 caches and meet us for dinner on Sunday to play your hand. Please keep envelopes sealed. Prizes include ARB ?, Toyota? , Gear?, directions?Confused ?
Better get your GPS out and hunt it down:beer:

Uncle Ben
02-14-2008, 10:29 PM
BVB and I will be out tomorrow hiding caches in the 200LC. We will post up locations as we go. Stay tuned for live details and prize info all day . Grab a card from 5 caches and meet us for dinner on Sunday to play your hand. Please keep envelopes sealed. Prizes include ARB ?, Toyota? , Gear?, directions?Confused ?
Better get your GPS out and hunt it down:beer:

Right on! I'm excited!!!!

So to be clear.....we DO NOT open the envelopes till dinner....correct?

Convert
02-14-2008, 10:45 PM
So to be clear.....we DO NOT open the envelopes till dinner....correct?

Uncle Ben you are 100% crystal clear Do Not open the envelopes till dinner.
:thumb:

corsair23
02-15-2008, 01:42 AM
I'm out :(

Someone wanna play my hand for me? :D

Tramontana
02-15-2008, 12:41 PM
...but I'm also considering the snow run, same day.

When is last opportunity to make up my other mind?:hill:

Cheers!

subzali
02-15-2008, 12:48 PM
GPS run starts this afternoon/evening, so if you have an empty weekend, all you have to worry about is getting into downtown Denver by 5 on Sunday and you can do both! :D

bvb
02-15-2008, 02:59 PM
I'm attaching the gpx files for those of you that have software/

Here are UTM cordinates:
name/cordinates
Brin your boots/13 S 505319 4411402
Coyote run/13 S 513299 4400504
Short walk/13 S 505990 4405030
UB's back yard/13 S 480553 4422230
Under the cottonwood/13 S 518411 4378258
Yucca/13 S 488882 4411339


Good hunting pics to follow

bvb
02-15-2008, 08:36 PM
UB's back yard/13 S 480553 4422230
Yucca/13 S 488882 4411339
Bring your boots/13 S 505319 4411402
Urbin Solitude/13 S 497053 4405092
Short walk/13 S 505990 4405030

bvb
02-15-2008, 08:41 PM
White Ranch/13 S 478761 4405426 What you're looking for at all locatons
Among the rocks/13 S 482457 4390664
River Bend/13 S 497448 4381446
Under the cottonwood/13 S 518411 4378258
Coyote run/13 S 513299 4400504

bvb
02-15-2008, 09:01 PM
Attached is the total list of all ten locations in GPX format.

Dinner is at 5PM at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Post up if you can before noon on Sunday so we will have enough seats waiting.

4 Prizes to play for so bring 1 sealed envelopes from 5 locations (and we know were they are from).

Uncle Ben
02-15-2008, 11:35 PM
Man....you guys had a ball! Surely you didn't stash all of them today or did you split up? I snagged the one out of my back yard already......that was a biatch! You hadn't posted a picture yet so I went in from the top (closest to the location) Fun stuff! Just laid it all out via satellite image....should make it much easier!

bvb
02-16-2008, 10:11 AM
It was a great day! We set them all yesterday:cool::cool:, Took all day with a breakfast and lunch stop, we made :beer: 30 just in time. Looking forward to hearing everyones experiences with good weather!:) Don't forget you dog(s) if they need a run, there is parking at every location too!:thumb:

leiniesred
02-16-2008, 01:49 PM
Lin and I are out. We're experienced geocachers but you stumped us at coyote and shortwalk. Maybe I'm using the wrong dataset.
Coyote put us at the pin for the 5th hole for example.good luck y'all.

Uncle Ben
02-16-2008, 02:52 PM
Lin and I are out. We're experienced geocachers but you stumped us at coyote and shortwalk. Maybe I'm using the wrong dataset.
Coyote put us at the pin for the 5th hole for example.good luck y'all.


I've only hit the Marshall Mesa one so far and it was several digits away from the coordinates too! You guys should have use Lat and Longitude instead of UTM! I am not sure we will have enough time tomorrow to score 4 more either. Too far apart and you guys had too much fun hiding them! I might sneak over to White Ranch yet today....and if I do that then Red Rocks is only a blip from there. How many envelopes are in each cache? It would suck to dog down one in Denver area just to find it empty! Now that the clouds have moved in it's gonna make it that much tougher as I've noticed overcast sky's will greatly effect GPS readings!

Convert
02-16-2008, 03:10 PM
Datum is utm nad27conusa. Coyote has nothing to do with were it is at other than we saw 3 coyote's. All locations are at trailheads/parks with parking area's

bvb
02-16-2008, 04:38 PM
Amoug the rocks N39 40 03.0 W105 12 16.3
Bring your boots N39 51 16.2 W104 56 16.2
Coyote run N39 45 22.5 W104 50 41.1
River Bend N39 35 04.6 W105 01 47.0
Short walk N39 47 49.5 W104 55 48.1
UB's back yard N39 57 06.7 W105 13 39.6
Under the cottonwoods N39 33 20.5 W104 47 08.5
White Ranch N39 48 01.5 W105 14 53.1
Yucca N39 51 14.0 W105 07 47.9
Urban Solitude N39 47 51.6 W105 02 03.9


See if this helps:beer:

Uncle Ben
02-16-2008, 04:51 PM
Struck out at White Ranch! Wife and I looked a long time! I took my Gamin V also (along with my Lowrance Expedition) and it showed exact same spot! You posted the green coffee can? Is that just one of the caches? The one I found on Marshall Mesa was in a gallon Ziplock under a rock weighted Safeway bag. You guys shouldn't have hid them so well.....takes to long to find them!

Thanks for the Lats and Longs but if you used UTM to mark the spot initially then going to seconds now won't help much.

Uncle Ben
02-16-2008, 05:06 PM
Amoug the rocks N39 40 03.0 W105 12 16.3
Bring your boots N39 51 16.2 W104 56 16.2
Coyote run N39 45 22.5 W104 50 41.1
River Bend N39 35 04.6 W105 01 47.0
Short walk N39 47 49.5 W104 55 48.1
UB's back yard N39 57 06.7 W105 13 39.6
Under the cottonwoods N39 33 20.5 W104 47 08.5
White Ranch N39 48 01.5 W105 14 53.1
Yucca N39 51 14.0 W105 07 47.9
Urban Solitude N39 47 51.6 W105 02 03.9


See if this helps:beer:

Hmmmmm...our datum is different for the Latatude!

Example. My White Ranch converts to N 39 47' 54.7" and W105 14' 53.1"

We are 50ish feet off on coordinates!

leiniesred
02-16-2008, 05:59 PM
So, after getting skunked, finding only kujo the dog, 6 hobo camps, 2 pairs of underpants, dead rabbit, live skunk, and a golf ball we went to lunch. (Always a good idea.)

We got to thinking, "Ya know we really don't suck this much at geocaching. Something isn't right."
Changed our map base and everything worked perfectly. It took less than 3 hours to get 5 cards and get back home.

Thanks guys! You showed us that it pays to READ THE DIRECTIONS.
Which flies in the face of me and most men. "No Lin, those are just SUGGESTED operating instructions. Just throw them away, I got this figured out!"

So, people having trouble: The only hint you need: GO READ THE DIRECTIONS! The map coordinates are all spot on.

Uncle Ben
02-16-2008, 06:06 PM
So, after getting skunked, finding only kujo the dog, 6 hobo camps, 2 pairs of underpants, dead rabbit, live skunk, and a golf ball we went to lunch. (Always a good idea.)

We got to thinking, "Ya know we really don't suck this much at geocaching. Something isn't right."
Changed our map base and everything worked perfectly. It took less than 3 hours to get 5 cards and get back home.

Thanks guys! You showed us that it pays to READ THE DIRECTIONS.
Which flies in the face of me and most men. "No Lin, those are just SUGGESTED operating instructions. Just throw them away, I got this figured out!"

So, people having trouble: The only hint you need: GO READ THE DIRECTIONS! The map coordinates are all spot on.


Rudeboy your a genius!

"Friday night the GPS coordinates will be posted, so you will have Saturday and Sunday to get your hand. Coordinates will be in UTM format and the map datum will be NAD27 CONUS."

I didn't go back and read the beginning. Hmmm....Still not sure we will have enough time tomorrow but maybe if I find 3 aces it will be good enough! ;)

Convert
02-16-2008, 06:25 PM
Struck out at White Ranch! Wife and I looked a long time! I took my Gamin V also (along with my Lowrance Expedition) and it showed exact same spot! You posted the green coffee can? Is that just one of the caches? The one I found on Marshall Mesa was in a gallon Ziplock under a rock weighted Safeway bag. You guys shouldn't have hid them so well.....takes to long to find them!

Thanks for the Lats and Longs but if you used UTM to mark the spot initially then going to seconds now won't help much.


UB Sounds like you have muggled someones Geocache on Marshall Mesa all of the locations have the same camo can other than size of the can. Lats/longs to UTM conversions are pretty accurate in my Geocaching experience. Keep looking none are hidden very hard. Red rocks will be the toughest due to reflectivity :thumb: We will have extra cards at dinner if you are short:beer:

leiniesred
02-16-2008, 06:51 PM
How we did it: We grabbed Lin's Garmin Nuvi 350 navigator and converted the UTM to degrees and minutes since the Nuvi doesn't know what UTM is.

(Our Nuvi is named, "Karen." Example: "Well I don't know where the flippin' hotel is; ask Karen!")

So "Karen" got us to every parking lot without any wrong turns. This is a good thing since my Garmin Vista Color (Wedding gift from Lin.) doesn't show many small roads since I have detailed Moab maps loaded right now. This saved us from driving in circles trying to get closer to the waypoints. Lin, my Human Navigator, hates driving around lost and in circles.

Once in the parking lot, I stuck the UTM coordinates in my GPS. From there we walked to within 5 feet of each cache. Piece of cake! These would all be classified as "Easy" geocaches. We hit 5,7,8,9,10 and all had plenty of cards this afternoon. We pulled an envelope at random from each bucket.

Here is a picture of our Toyota MR-S (Geocaching Edition) in the parking lot near the Coyote waypoint.

Uncle Ben
02-16-2008, 07:32 PM
UB Sounds like you have muggled someones Geocache on Marshall Mesa all of the locations have the same camo can other than size of the can. Lats/longs to UTM conversions are pretty accurate in my Geocaching experience. Keep looking none are hidden very hard. Red rocks will be the toughest due to reflectivity :thumb: We will have extra cards at dinner if you are short:beer:

Hmmmmm.....just opened the envelope from Marshall Mesa....:lmao::lmao: Is a Dave Dravecky SF Giants card worth anything? :lmao::lmao::lmao: :rolleyes:

bvb
02-16-2008, 08:27 PM
That card won't get you any of our prizes(ARB, Wells, Toyota and Husky)! Our envelopes have the RS logo and the cache # . Directions:confused: I'm going to enjoy a :beer: tomorrow and await the stories!:lmao:

Uncle Ben
02-16-2008, 08:53 PM
That card won't get you any of our prizes(ARB, Wells, Toyota and Husky)! Our envelopes have the RS logo and the cache # . Directions:confused: I'm going to enjoy a :beer: tomorrow and await the stories!:lmao:

Are you sure? Might be worth more than the prizes! :p:

leiniesred
02-16-2008, 08:58 PM
Dave was the pitcher who broke his arm throwing in a game. They re-played the video on TV for days. Then, he discovered he had cancer in that arm.

Uncle Ben
02-16-2008, 09:01 PM
Dave was the pitcher who broke his arm throwing in a game. They re-played the video on TV for days. Then, he discovered he had cancer in that arm.

Just looked....if it was signed it would be worth $4 on E-bay! :lmao:

Convert
02-16-2008, 09:23 PM
Just looked....if it was signed it would be worth $4 on E-bay! :lmao:

That is why it is in a cache. Rarely do you find something of value in a geocache. But then again that's not what it is about :thumb:

Uncle Ben
02-16-2008, 09:28 PM
That is why it is in a cache. Rarely do you find something of value in a geocache. But then again that's not what it is about :thumb:

I will put it back tomorrow when I get the RS one.

Uncle Ben
02-16-2008, 09:57 PM
So is The Rude Boy and the Unc Benny teams the only ones hunting? :confused:

Groucho
02-17-2008, 03:45 PM
I'm out!:( Kid needs a nap and the expectant momma needs to rest as well. Had to work all day yesterday, too. Had everything in my GPS to boot. Convert, please accept my regrets.

Uncle Ben
02-17-2008, 04:24 PM
Secured UB's Back Yard, White Ranch, Among the Rocks and Yucca. UB's was about 400+ yards directly North of where we found the Baseball card! :rolleyes:

UB's ended up being the easiest with Yucca being a close second on quick and easy. White Ranch was snowing very over cast so the GPS ghosts made it quite a challenge. Red Rocks was downright tough as it was blowing and snowing really hard and between ghost readings and some sneaky hiders it took some snooping! We'll catch Urban Solitude on the way to dinner. We had a lot of fun today!!!!

There will be three of us at dinner.

Uncle Ben
02-17-2008, 04:34 PM
Looks like it's just gonna be 4 family's eh? With only two fams hunting I'd say what your hand ends up being is irrelevant as there are more prizes than participants! :eek:

Way fun run! Can't wait to do another one! Once we had the right datum set up the Caches were spot on easy to find! :thumb::thumb:

Uncle Ben
02-17-2008, 08:59 PM
Looks like it's just gonna be 4 family's eh? With only two fams hunting I'd say what your hand ends up being is irrelevant as there are more prizes than participants! :eek:

Way fun run! Can't wait to do another one! Once we had the right datum set up the Caches were spot on easy to find! :thumb::thumb:


GREAT RUN! Thank you Bill and Dan for setting this up! My wife and I had a blast today! My wife already want to do another one! Great dinner too! Great prizes, great fun and together with the wife....can't beat that! :thumb::thumb:

leiniesred
02-17-2008, 09:20 PM
Dan and Bill (and families):

Thank you.

Lin and I had a great time doing a Toyota Club thing together. This Poker run was well organized and executed. I am surprised more people didn't get in on this. Dinner was tasty and a perfect end to the weekend. We enjoyed getting to meet the families of the wheelers we usually spend time with.

We're looking forward to helping out on the next one! This time, We'll pick up Coyote and short walk (probably Tuesday after work).

Man, I can't wait to get that ARB into my truck!

Sincerest thanks,
Stephen and Lin.

subzali
02-20-2008, 12:23 PM
So how many people ended up showing up? What were the prizes like? Details? Pics? :D Worth doing again? Already got another one planned? :eek:

Uncle Ben
02-20-2008, 12:37 PM
Prizes were awesome and we agreed to keep it low key as a lot of people said they would participate but only a couple actually said they had to bow out....not too cool! Vendors were Toyota, ARB and FunTreks! A lot of work went into this and while I thought I knew GPS usage very well I learned I didn't know a lot! Great family non wheeling event!