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boulter's Geoblog

Oct 29, 2003

The Organ Park Cache

By: DrHugAlot Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:43 pm - Considering I solved the multi and came up with the right coordinates last time I tried this one but didn't find it, I should probably be considered as a brain recipient. I needed a hint to find it, so I went out today hoping I'd have enough time before I had to be somewhere at 5. I almost didn't find it again, but then I probed further in a place I couldn't see from where I reached it. It sure was hidden well. Signed quickly and I was on my way. Finally! Thanks.

A Charming Spot

By: Spider Woman Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:43 pm - After my last failure looking for this one, I went home and looked at a satellite map. The GPSr was almost completely useless here as it was bouncing around and pointing me to the wrong spots. This time I knew where it should be and I found it pretty quickly, again finding a cache without being able to see it. Took nothing, left a bracelet. The log was a little wet but still signable. I was #3. I never did understand the second hint, but it didn't seem to matter. Thanks.

Oct 26, 2003

Resistance is (STILL) Futile...

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

4:55 pm - My memory of how to solve this puzzle faded long ago from the classes I took in college. Luckily a refresher course is easily available on the web. I was also lucky to find the site used to draw the pictures in the puzzle. I solved it two ways and came up with the same answer, so I was pretty sure I got it right.
After 3 consecutive frustrating DNFs earlier in the day, I decided to go out and grab this one as a colsolation prize. As I approached the area, I grew more confident as I saw a very appropriate place for this cache. I started searching and there was an unusually high amount of traffic for this ne
arly-empty parking lot. One car came by very slowly and the people inside were looking at me, so I tried the cell phone trick. It turned out they were cachers and I put my cell phone away, we said hello and we began looking.

I found it soon after, though I'm not sure I would have recognized it if I
hadn't found a similarly camouflaged cache. TNLNSL and chatted with the other cachers for a while before we went on our way. Thanks for the cache.

A Charming Spot

By: Spider Woman Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

2:30 pm - I worked my way through this puzzle on Friday, make some guesses on ones that I wasn't sure of and came up with some coordinates that looked pretty good. Since I've probably seen only 1/2 an episode ever, I was pretty proud of myself. I had no idea there were was such a large and devoted following to this show. I considered posting the questions on some message board and letting a ravenous fan work it all out for me.
Anyway, I confirmed my coordinates with SpiderWoman. I found myself in the
area today, so I thought I'd give it a try. After spending a fruitless hour searching for Flyway Rest Stop, I though this would be a nice consolation. No such luck. Searched in the areas that seemed to be indicated by the hint and found nada. I'm sure I'll find an excuse to be around here again soon, so I'll be back.

Flyway Rest Stop

By: Mr. Ranger Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

1 pm - I wasn't sure where to park for this one, but I guess we managed to find the right spot near the dump. We had a nice walk out to the cache site. We've been on this trail before, but coming from the other direction. As we got close, we saw some girls sitting close to the cache chatting away. After 20 minutes or so, they left and I started to look. I looked here, there and over there for about an hour and couldn't find it. I got partially wet trying to be super thorough, but I sure couldn't find it. It was a nice walk though.

SGC San Jose

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

8:35 am - It seems there a lot of TV-show themed caches popping up latetly! I've been by this place a few times on my way to and from other caches. Found it without much difficulty in the cool spot. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Hiding Places

By: DustBlazer Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

8:22 am - I stared at this one for many hours before I asked DustBlazer for a hint. The hints didn't really help much and I stared at the puzzle for a while longer without success. Finally, during one particularly boring meeting I pulled out this puzzle and I got it almost right away.
I didn't quite park in the right place for this one, but it was a quick walk away. Found the cache without much difficulty. Thanks.

Warburton-A Santa Clara Park

By: shoeluvr Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:08 am - This park was full of people at 8 am. There was an older Indian woman who was really into a swing, some people all ready for an early-morning party/barbeque and a girl who was performing some kind of exercise that involved mostly hopping up and down.
Found the cache pretty easily. Thanks.

HERE's the Beef, Frank!

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:55 am - From the description, I was expecting a different kind of establishment, so much that I drove right by this place. After a U-turn I made my way into the parking lot. I looked in the typical places and didn't find it, so I tried them all again and found it. For some reason, this always happens to me on WeBeDnD caches. I look once and can't find it, then the second time I look it's there.
My favorite time to come here is right at 10 am when it opens. You've got about 20 minutes before it gets completely crazy. I've never gotten the beef here, but the pretzels are great! Thanks.

Shark Bite

By: cth+js Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

9:30 am - I wasn't sure where the parking lot was, so I parked on the street where I shouldn't, but there wasn't anybody around. I was about to head the cache when a large man employed by the pavilion started walking my way very slowly. I waited for him to pass then started looking. Found it after a few minutes. Didn't have anything appropriate to trade, so TNLNSL. Thanks.

San Jos Public Library - Educational Park Branch

By: Beckerbuns Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10 am - I was apprehensive about trying for this one since it hasn't been found it two months and these library caches have a way of going missing. I checked the locations indicated by the hint (I think), but couldn't find it.

Northern CA Solar System Model: Planet Venus

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:42 am - The coords were boucing all over the place here but I found it eventually. The cache was a little wet, which made me appreciate the rite-in-the-rain paper. Thanks.

Northern CA Solar System Model: Planet Mercury

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:22 am - I hesitated as I approached this one as there was a cop in his car sitting in the parking lot. I opted to park on the street and walk towards a spot to look for the cache. I couldn't find it (the highway above the area didn't seem to help), so I decided I need to get on the other side of the fence. I walked casually by the cop, expecting him to stop and question me at any minute. He didn't, and I made it over the other side. I couldn't find it there either. Then I read the hint and realized I was in the wrong place. I widened my search this time and found it without much trouble. Thanks.

I Still Know

By: Maverix Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:01 am - There were about a hundred homeless people in this park today. It's sure obvious when you're in the right place. Found it, signed it and got out of there as quickly as I could.

Oct 23, 2003

We Won!

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:52 pm - I've been by this park many times on my way to the money pit across the street. In order to conserve daylight, I decided to head out to this one straight from work, rather than stopping home and picking up my GPSr. I figured the park was small enough that I didn't need it. As I drove close to it, I saw a guy finishing his dinner in the park and another guy speaking on cell phone who looked like he was a cacher waiting for the coast to be clear.
Got to the park and the guy had finished his dinner. Turned out it was DavidT21 looking for the cache. While he was trying to get a signal on his GPSr, I started to look. The people on the other side of the fence were in their backyard, so it was difficult to search near that area. After a while I
found it with much trial and error. I nearly did lose it since I couldn't actually see it when I grabbed it. Signed the log, passed it on to DavidT21 and then we chatted for a bit.

Thanks for the cache.

Oct 22, 2003

Tiny Tennis

By: Green Gables Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

7 pm - Second try on this one and I found it. I'm really bad at this type of hide, but with few people around, I had a much easier time. I was running late, so TNLNSL. Thanks.

Oct 19, 2003

The Source

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:10 am - When I saw the title of this one, I immediately made a guess on how to solve it. I had been trying that method with some other caches recently. Sure enough, I solved it easily. Someday I hope to finish reading the interesting story!
I arrived at the location today, but I couldn't remember the text description of the location and ended up guessing. I searched the area thoroughly. I tried to look up the location again on the spot, but my Treo didn't allow me to solve it again. Now that I have access to the description again, I'
ve confirmed I was looking in the right spot, so I think it's gone missing.

Update: 4:30 pm - We needed to make a Wal-mart run later in the day, so I made a quick stop to look for this one, now that I was sure where it was. I looked in all the same places and then I found it. The silly thing is, it
was the same exact placement as another WeBeDnD cache that I found without any problems. Oh well, thanks for the puzzle.

Tiny Tennis

By: Green Gables Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

9:30 am - There were some regular-sized people playing in the tiny courts and I couldn't get close enough to search. I'll come back some other time.

Code Breaker

By: DavidT21, Fisherwoman, Chrissy_SkyKing and Bl Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

9:50 am - I solved this one the night it came out. I found that it was a lot easier to see the solution rather than listen to it.
After making some wrong turns and finding a surprisingly nice condo development in East Palo Alto, I found the park, which I hadn't known about before. I nearly fell over when I slipped coming off the trail. Found the cache easily, TNLNSL. Thanks for the creative puzzle.

Amjitsu

By: Thefogheads Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:30 am - My GPSr got kinda confused here and I ended up searching in the wrong place for a while. I decided to ignore it and then found it quickly. Thanks.

Snail Mail

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

8:48 am - This was an easy puzzle and my first hunch on the solution was correct. I was a little wary of the coordinates though as when I first saw this one, I expected it to be at another place up the road in theme with the cache.
I tried to make this one a drive up, but failed. I couldn't find it in the first place I looked, so I went to another likely spot where I found a surprise - a hornet nest. It looked to be abandonded, so I was OK. I finally decided to park. The first place I looked had to be the right place, so I l
ooked again and found it this time. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Ranked #9

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

3:21 pm - Wow, this was a nice Taco Bell! For some reason all the batteries I brought with me were nearly dead, so I had to zero in on this one fairly quick. I found the location ok, but became too preoccupied with a certain spot, no matter how strange I must have looked to people driving by. I went back to the car to read the logs, which didn't point out anything obvious. There was a lot of construction going on in the area, so I feared it might be gone, but since it was found two days ago probably not. All the construction had chruned up a lot of dirt, so I got really dirty thorougly searching the area. Finally, I found it. Cool container. I've seen one of these only one other time. I only wish there was more room inside them. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Beach Comber's

By: The Robot Family Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

2:21 pm - We're pretty bad at actually reading descriptions before we get to caches and this one was no exception. We parked at the wrong beach, but climbed over the hill anyway. We weren't sure if we should take the high or low road. Good thing they both ended up at the cache.
We found the cache after a few minutes of looking. It was wedged in there very well and it took a bit of deconstruction to get it out. We took the Fish TB and left a nylon frisbee. Thanks!

Harold and Maude

By: Maddy & Kent Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

1:06 pm - One of the few things we miss about living in LA is being only a few minutes of the beach. While it sure isn't that far away from where we live now, it's far enough that we don't get there regularly anymore.
Considering all that, we enjoyed this cache quite a lot. We had a great hike up to this point and enjoyed the view from the top of the cliff. I had some trouble finding the cache as my GPSr was pointing 20 feet down from where I eventually found it. There were lots of bushes to look under, but it
was quite obvious when I found the right spot.

I brought the cache down to where Anne was sitting and she started going through its contents. She found the popping hulk fist, not realizing its popping ability and launched it directly into my eye. Ouch.

We took a pink koosh guy and left a ring. O
n the way out I found a strange collection of bones. Some of them were pretty large, so I'd guess it was from an animal at least the size of a large dog. Very odd.

Thanks for the cache and nice location!

Oct 18, 2003

Jar of Attraction

By: kablooey Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

5:30 pm - I worked through this one a few months ago, visited the first couple of waypoints, decoded the puzzle and figured out the theme.
On July 26 we went to find this cache, but were successful only in getting ourselves covered in painful burrs.

Later THAT DAY, kablooey replaced the cache in the exact spot we were looking. Apparently it had gone missing, even though there were no logs that indicated as such.

Today we found it
easily and left an item in theme, taking nothing. We also left some paper as a log sheet as there wasn't one. Thanks!

Met Creep yet?

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

1:08 pm - Once again I "knew" where this one was, ignored my GPS, and ended up looking fruitlessly for a while, trying to dodge poison oak. My better half took the GPS and noticed I was searching in the wrong place. The hint then made a lot more sense and we found it easily. Thanks, interesting spot.

scout orchard

By: Oclie Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

5:15 pm - We've had more than a few fiascos during our geocaching adventures, but this one takes the cake. Somehow I imagined this one as a nice walk through a grassy field with a little hill at the end. Not even close.
In July we planned to do this one along with a few others in Stevens Creek Park. We didn't read the description, had an argument about where to park, and then decided to come back to this one after we did some others nearby. We couldn't find any of them, got lost (GPSr coudn't get a signal) and en
ded up in Palo Alto!

Today after doing some other caches in Fremont Open Space Preserve, we came over here to try this one again. We found the parking OK, then wandered around looking for the trail, passing by a group of people singing songs in a language we couldn't understand.

The trail was nic
e and we got within .1 miles of the cache, but we didn't see a way up the hill, so we continued walking. At one point I spotted a small trail, but it didn't seem big enough. As the flat trail became very vertical, we started to wonder if we were going the right way. My hunch was that the trail would
bring us up to the ridge, then we'd walk back down the ridge to the cache. Sure enough, we got to the ridge, and started following the trail directly towards the cache. We arrived at the park boundry gate and the cache was still .1 miles away, with no apparent way to get to it from there. Having re
alized our mistake, we headed all the way back down (and parts up) the trail. We ended up walking 4 miles unnecessarily, though there was a nice view from the ridge.

On the way back, we found a spot .1 miles aw
ay again that looked like a trail. We headed up a bit, only to turn back 490 feet away as the brush got too thick and the terrian too steep. We continued down the trail some more and saw yet another path that could have been a trail. I headed up this one alone. The path quickly dissapeared and I was scrambling up the hill again. After hiking at least 8 miles so far today, I was pretty tired. When I lost the trail again and couldn't find a away around the brush, I turned around, this time 250 feet from the cache. On the way down I suddenly noticed that my legs were feeling prickly. I looked down and found that my shorts, legs, socks and shoes were covered with small burrs. I walked slowly back to the main trail, then we spent about 10 minutes trying to get them off enough so I could walk without pain.
At this point, we decided to give up. We had been hiking for a few hours up steep terrian, and we were very tired. We saw a few other potential trails further down, but didn't attempt them. We did another cache nearby as a colsolation, but I was full of scrapes and burrs. When I got home, I found
the easiest method was to use scissors to get the stubborn ones off my legs.

Overall, this was a painful excersize, partially our fault. Reading all the logs now, I have a better idea of how to get this cache, but it's one we won't soon forget, especially not until I've removed the hundreds of bur
rs from my socks and shoes.

Hanging Around

By: Gymnast8 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Other

1:48 pm - With a name like gymnast8 and the area were were looking at, we were expecting an adventure to find this one. We began making our way to where we thought the cache would would be when we saw it directly off to our right. Easy find. Thanks.

Midnight Memorial

By: Jim and Cecilia Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

1:35 PM - We came over to this one from Met Creep Yet. We searched adjacent to the trail for quite a while and then we read the logs to look higher. The cache was so big, it was easy to spot once I got in the right place. I waited for some people to pass then logged our find. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Oct 15, 2003

HAIKU PARK

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:04 pm - Last Wednesday evening I was twiddling my thumbs waiting at the Palo Alto train station with 20 minutes to kill. After about 15 minutes, I turned on my GPSr to see if there were any caches nearby. This cache popped up and I saw the parking lot directly across the tracks.
This week I went right for this cache when I realized I had some time to spare. I approached from the wrong direction and couldn't enter the garage from Alma, so I ended up parking in the Caltrain lot.

It took me a while to find the haikus and I was still confused until I saw them on all the lev
els. I got some of the answers, but others I wasn't so sure about. I tried some coordinates, but didn't find the cache. I went and looked at the haikus again, but still couldn't figure out some of the answers, so I decied to try the brute force method. I searched for a long time before I encountered
an object that made sense with the hint. Inspecting throughly I finally found the cache.

Thanks for pointing this one out. Now I know where to park next time I'm caching in downtown PA!

Sleb Slob

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:09 am - I maxed out my vacation time again, so I took a day off to run some errands, do some Geocaching, and watch the Red Sox game.
I figured out the first part of this puzzle pretty quickly, but I had trouble figuring out how to use it. I drove around a few times looking for graffitti, then asked the Rat for help. He got me going in the right direction.

I was momentarily confused as I found some matching graffitti a short di
stance from the cache and I did some unnecessary digging. The correct graffitti is black, not white. Found it shortly after. Thanks for the fun.

Weed-Green

By: Tonton-Ca Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

1:05 pm - As I approached this one, I cringed: lots and lots of ivy. I was pleasantly surprised when I found it very quickly. TNLNSL. I hope this one sticks around!

BULLSEYE!

By: Team BigM Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

12 pm - I found the location OK, but there were some people sitting in car pointed directed at me in the parking lot, so I had to wait for them to leave before I could really search. Found it pretty easily. Left a propeller and took and orange ball. Thanks.

Knick-Knaack Cache

By: Team BigM Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:20 pm - As I drove up to this one, I knew exactly where to look. As I started towards the cache, a long line of kids in gym class started coming around the field doing laps. I had to wait for the slow kids to pass, then I went for the cache and found it easily. I brought it back to my car, signed it, and exchanged a silver ball for a bracelet. As I was doing this, the kids were coming around for a second lap. I again waited for them to pass, pretended to sit down because there was a guy sitting his truck watching me, replaced it, and took off. Thanks.

Inept Idle Activity Multi

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:39 am - I had a good time working through this multi. On the last multi, I forgot some paper, and ended up writing the answers on my hand. This time I remembered some paper and I'm glad I did so I could do all the calculations.
I also appreciate that the projection specified true north. It makes a big difference!

I spotted the cache quickly, but I had a little trouble getting to it. The log sheet is full. Thanks!

Capitol Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

1:15 pm - I saw the signs to this station as I was driving to some other caches in the area, so I took a little diversion to grab this one. As I was driving through the parking lot, a security car was driving around. She left relatively quickly though and I found the cache in the second place I looked.
Looks like we've done 10 of the stations now. I'm looking forward to finishing this series!

Curtner Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

1:32 pm - I came back to try this one again, hoping the goodwill truck would be closed. It's wasn't closed, but the guy (different one than last time) was sitting inside the truck, so I was able to sneak around the side and grab the cache. Thanks.

The Amazing Race

By: GeoROCKS! Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

Well, I thought I'd note my adventures on this one so far before I forget them. This really is one of our favorite shows, so I was excited to begin this cache.
I haven't been making any particular effort to finish this one, even though it frequently ends up as my "nearest" cache. I've just been hitting each stage as I've been doing other caches in the area.

I did the first stage a couple of months ago. I did a lot of counting and came up with the coords
for the first roadblock. That one was relatively straightforward and a nice walk. I filed away the answer and the coordinates for the detour for my next trip, not realizing that it was very close to the roadblock. Made a return trip and chose "through". That was probably a few weeks ago.

I calcula
ted the first pit stop coordinates and they looked a bit strange. They seemed pretty far out there and it doesn't look like the kind of place I'd want to venture to without being sure I'd find the pit stop there.

I double-checked my answers with Nostrada. They were the same except for the roadbloc
k; he did "Under" and got a different answer. His c
oordinates looked a lot more reasonable though. I decided that I'd try for the fast forward before the pit stop and try to resolve the inconsistency.
Today I was in the area of the fast forward and searched for it for a while, but didn't find it. I don't know if that means someone has taken it, or I just didn't find it. Where are the the red and yellow flags? :-)

I guess I'll think about this one some more, but I think it's probably more likel
y that it'll be archived for whatever reason before I finish it.

Midnight Basketball? Not!

By: TammieTheDog Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:09 am - An easy Tammie find. TNLNSL. Thanks.

No Trespassing!

By: justincredible76 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

12:45 pm - I'm not sure if I trespassed or not on the way to this cache. I'm pretty sure I parked somewhere I shouldn't have, but when I got back, my car was still there, so no harm done.
I found what looked like a perfect spot for this cache and a place that matched the hint. I looked and looked and looked, only to end up with dirty and bloody hands. I'm not sure where else it could be.

Huerta Post

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:23 am - Walked across the street from the library for this one. This was an easy multi. I got some strange looks from the woman with her kids in the park, but I found the cache easily. Thanks.

Oct 14, 2003

Sunnyvale Public Library

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:40 pm - I had half an hour to do this cache before I had to be somewhere. I thought that would be more than enough, but it took a lot longer than I expected.
I arrived at the library and found some numbers for A and B, but they didn't really match the what it said we were looking for. I tried two different catalog systems and both gave the same result. Wandering around somewhat aimlessly in the library I found the patent database and sat down to look u
p those answers. Boy, that system is slow. I'm always amazed how poor the interfaces are on these catalog systems are. Who designs these things?

As I was trying to figure out that patent software, Kreebelle showed up and we decided to join forces. I got the rest of the patent answers from the compu
ter and she found the book. We then tried to find better answers to A and B, but didn't have any luck. Since I was running late, I said I would try the brute force method outside while she investigated further. One of the questions seemed to indicate a particular hiding spot, so we thought knew what
to look for.

I started looking and shortly after Kreebelle popped out. We headed around the building in opposite directions to look. We met up again as we approached an area that looked right, searched for a few minutes and came up empty. I was really running late now, so I ran over to try one mo
re spot. Didn't find it there either, so I said goodbye to Kreebelle and headed back towards my car. About 100 feet away I hear Kreebelle shout that she found it. It was in the last place I looked, I just didn't look hard enough. She graciously let me sign first so I could get on my way.

I think t
he puzzle has some problems, but it's not hard to find without doing all the lookups and calculations. And it was nice to meet another Geocacher. Thanks.

Oct 12, 2003

Edith's Other Trunk

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

12:58 - This was a really nice park and it was almost completely empty on this warm October day. We looked where I thought it would be, then though of another possibility and found it. Cool container. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Patience

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

11:27 am - This puzzle was really bothering me as there didn't seem to be anything close to coordinates in the description. But just like so many other puzzle caches, after a while the solution magically presented itself to me after a while. Very cool.
I went out to nab it this morning and the coordinates were leading me to an area that didn't seem appropriate. I walked around a bit and found lots of potential places to look. At that point I wished I had written down everything from the solution.

I went home and checked my coordinates - yup, t
hey were right. I went back and this time found it without too much trouble though the coordinates definitely weren't leading me to the cache. Took a rubber eyeball and left a cork. Thanks!

Oka Slalom

By: Aargnpopo Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

2:43 pm - Found this one in the second place I looked. It was pretty wet despite the ziploc bag. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Magic Squares of Odd Orders

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:17 pm - Solved this puzzle a while ago. It was definitely the kindest of the three in the series. As we approached the cache area, an emaciated kitten appeared, but ran away as we approached it. Poor kitty. Found the cache without too much trouble and headed off to the next Jiffy cache. Thanks.

Magic Squares of Singly Even Orders

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:53 am - I solved this one a while ago on my second attempt. I figured out most of the pattern, but went to the hint to get some clarification. This one was tricky.
When I got there I realized that we had been to this park before. There were some kids playing in the sand and I had trouble accessing the cache without the parents looking at me too weirdly. Finally did get it, signed it and left.

In the process of solving this one, I created very pretty color-
coded excel spreadsheet with a 16x16 magic square in it. It's a shame that no one else will ever see it!

Thanks.

Magic Squares of Doubly Even Orders

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:27 am - I solved this one along with the other magic square caches a while ago. I worked on it for quite a while and had something that appeared to follow the pattern extrapolated from the smaller squares. The only problem was that my square wasn't quite magic. After scratching my head for a long time and rechecking my work, I decided to try another method. I found some code that calculated magic squares, ported it to Java, had my solution and finally understood the pattern.
The cache was right where I expected to be in this nice park. Thanks.

The Finish Line

By: Frankenlurch, Aargnpopo, Mallrat46 & 2 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

1:36 pm - We had a nice walk to this through this part we hadn't been to before. We looked in some difficult places first, then found it in an easy place. Took a ping pong ball, left a US Flag sticker. Thanks!

Lumber-Room of Your Library

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:20 pm - This was a really cool quiz and I learned a lot of 'useful' stuff. This is yet another of those things that would be nearly impossible without the Internet. We got to the cache area and I got really lucky and found it in the first place I looked. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Krab Louie: A Dish Best Served Cold

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:51 pm - I got the theme of this cache pretty quickly, but it took me a while to figure out the mechanics of it. Some of I I still don't get. This was a very nice tribute.
We got to the cache location which was very nice. Anne guessed where it was but had trouble finding without looking. Once I looked I realized why I couldn't find it - it had fallen down! It seemed to stick fine as I left it though. Thanks for the fun cache!

Gato Grande - Oh the Roar!

By: DR. Doolittle, the Mrs. and Zoo Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

2:23 pm - We walked down the trail from the Los Gatos Creek Cache on this warm day. Lots of walkers and bicyclists around traveling by this raging river. I climbed up and around for a while and got very tired looking for it. Then Anne points and says ''Did you check there?''. I looked inside and there it was. TNLNSL.
Thanks.

Los Gatos Creek Trail

By: tkohler Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

1:53 - Wow, I think this is the oldest cache we've done. I was surprised it's lasted so long when it's so visible. The huge log book is almost full!
We had a very nice walk here across the bridge. I wonder why they took the stairs down from the gazebo.

Took a Mike's Hard Lemonade golf ball and left a plastic pipe connector thingy. Thanks.

Son of Stumpy

By: Rosy3 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3 pm - Very walk in this park. There were some pretty nice 'shacks' in this neighborhood too. I was surprised that my GPSr was able to hold a signal. Found the cache easily. As a bonus, there was a egret standing in the creek just off the bridge. Thanks.

Oct 5, 2003

Bell Air

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

9:32 am - I found the tools necessary for this cache when it came out, but of course I forgot them when I went out to grab caches in this area. Luckily my digital camera is part of my geocaching survival kit and I snapped off a few shots once I found the clue. Decoded it without much trouble last night and then headed out to grab it while running an errand this morning. TNLNSL. It seems that I'm learning all kinds of new languages and codes lately!

Oct 4, 2003

Dont Get Caught!

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:27 am - I've driven by this park many times on the way to and from Ninja caches and I wondered why there wasn't one here. I didn't have to wait long.
I found where the cache was pretty easily. It was just a matter of finding a break in the traffic to access it. I waited for a couple to walk by
verrrryyyy slooowwwwwlllyy and then I grabbed it without trying to make too much noise. Thanks for the quick find.

Commando Bird!

By: Chick-N-Rock & BobbiSue Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:07 pm - Quick cache in this park. Nice container. I sometimes wonder in a post-apocalyptic world what someone (sometthing?) would think if they found this.
''These humans sure were strange!''

Thanks.

Just around the corner

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

10:35 am - I had previously tried this cache and failed miserably. When we ran into Ninja last weekend he offered us a hint. With that in mind, I made a second trip and found it easily. I thought for sure I had looked there last time, but I guess not.
I've been lulled into thinking that once the cache is found the excitement is over. This one had an extra surprise that really made me laugh.

TNLNSL. Thanks.

West Side Story

By: mbrill Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

10:27 am - I had fun visiting these places. If only I had realized this was a multicache a while ago, I would have avoided going repeating trips to these places as I did other caches. I never did find #4, but there was only one value that made sense.
I had a little trouble finding the cache as the hint led me to believe it was elsewhere. Left a Fozzie Pez dispenser and took a refector. Thanks.

Oct 3, 2003

PHOTOSHOOT

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:46 pm - Either the mail is messed up or my bank is lying to me. My landlord didn't get my check this month so I had to go drop it another one. It did give me great excuse to go grab this cache less than a half mile away.
After spending the last few evenings working on similar caches, I had a pretty good idea about what I needed to do for this one. I tried one tool that didn't work. A little virtual tresspassing directed me to the right tool, which was very nice.

The coords are definitely off, but I checked the lo
gs before I left, so I didn't bother with them. There was a guy sitting in his car next to the cache and some sk8tr dOOds hanging out in the parking lot, but neither seemed to be paying attention to me. The cache location provided some plausible reason for me to be there anyway. Found it immediately
, signed it, and I was off. Thanks!

Oct 1, 2003

Secret Garden

By: Spider Woman Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

7:03pm - #300 - Woo hoo!! Our goal of 365 in one year (Jan 1) is within sight.
Had a good time wandering around here after finding the cache easily. Nice big container. TNLNSL. Is there some king of picnic coming up soon? :-)

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