Geocaching Basecamp

boulter's Geoblog

Feb 27, 2005

Heritage Park

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

1:50 pm - It was raining a bit, so I made this a quick one. Nice new parkt. Thanks.

BADGES Dinner #6 (South Bay)

By: BADGES Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

5:05 pm - We had a great time tonight as usual and met a bunch of cool people.
I put the Bay Area Backroads video up here if you want to see it again. http://boulter.com/geocaching/babackroads256k.wmv

Thanks!

Not a Ridgeback

By: bthomas Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

11:24 am - This was our first stop on our bike tour. I didn't find it until Anne pointed me in the right spot and there it was. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Clapper Rail View

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

11:38 am - Pretty spot. We didn't even notice all the birds until we were heading back - they have some pretty good camo. The cache was right where it should be and we TNLNSL. Thanks.

Steinberger Slough

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

12:43 pm - We parked right by here to start our bike ride, but skipped it, figuring we'd grab it when we got back.
Unfortunately there where some people fishing right next to the cache when we returned, so we had to skip it. Bummer. Thanks for the nice bike ride though.

Guano Guantlet

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

11:38 am - We really enjoyed this easy bike ride - so much so we did the loop twice. We found this one right away and TNLNSL. Thanks again.

Belmont Slough

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

12:17 pm - This was the last cache we did on our bike ride around Redwood Shores. We really enjoyed the tour and did another lap to enjoy it some more. This one wasn't hard to find. Thanks!

Ex-Evaporator

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

11:52 am - The evaporator left us feeing parched, so we stopped for a drink and found the cache. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Gossmer Cove Lagoon

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

11:46 am - Yet another nice and easy cache along the path. It was well-covered but I found it easily. Thanks.

Don Edwards Refuge -- West

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

11:58 am - As we arrived a large jackrabbit hopped away. There were lots of places to search for this one, but I came out already. Nice spot. Thanks.

The Boulevard Bridge

By: brown-eyed susan Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

1:04 pm - Good camo. It's a good thing one spot stuck out to us and I looked at it thoroughly or we could have been here a long time. Thanks!

Patricia Wharton Park

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

1:29 pm - This one could have been in a lot of places. I felt lucky when I finally found it. Thanks for pointing out this micro-park.

Feb 26, 2005

Gimme Shelter: UC-style

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

10:29 am - This one was so comical. MotorBug, being all stealthy, went for the cache and started digging around just as the dozen women doing tai chi turned around. Of course when they all turned back towards him in unison, he was still sqatting down there and looking around. I'm sure that's a peaceful sight - watching a grown man do something like that. I could barely keep myself from bursting into laughter.
I couldn't laugh too hard though since MotorBug found the cache for me. Thanks for the amusement.

Ultimate Battleship: Lost Patrol

By: Koris Barloff Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

8:54 am - Geez, what a bunch of dimwits. You'd think they might have noticed that they were going a little too far after an hour or so, especially as they crossed a freeway or two!
We were much luckier and found the cache once we got to the right elevation. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Ethel the Earwig

By: GeoWomyn_SF_CA Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

11:03 am - I spotted this one quickly and signed the log. While MotorBug was signing I made a friend with a snail and decided to take him home with me. Snails were definitely the theme of the day! Thanks.

Buelah the ButterFly

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

11:14 am - I was all over the place on this one, but MotorBug found it quickly and was nice enough to help me out. What a guy. Thanks, TNLNSL.

Benny the BedBug

By: GeoWomyn_SF_CA Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

11:30 am - Yup, this one was an easy find. I was tempted by the new Geowomyn sig items, but I quelled my lust. TNLNSL. Thanks for all the bonus caches!

Creekside Park

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

3:29 pm - Confinced my wife to swing by here after lunch downtown. I thought we were going on the trail, but it turned out to be much quicker. Took a bead. Thanks!

Waiting for WalruZ

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

9:57 am - I'm sure glad I brought MotorBug along as I was looking in a totally different place. I dunno how he found this one. Thanks.

Between a rock and a hardplace

By: kusanagi Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

8:39 am - 1.5? No way! Lots of leaves and rocks and stuff around made this one a toughie. Luckily Nazgul applied himself and came up with the cache. Thanks.

Niles Depot

By: WalruZ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

10:15 am - Imagine my surprised when I turned around with the cache in hand and saw MotorBug standing there all smug. That smugness sure went away quick when he realized what he really found. I guess you do get kind of "slow" in old age. [:D]
Thanks.

Licau II

By: WalruZ (with props to Lil Devil) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

12:11 pm - Attempt #3 on this one and I brought MotorBug as backup. He pointed me in the right general spot and I found it. It sure is hidden well in there. Thanks again for the nice walk. TNLNSL.

Acorn Woodpecker

By: N2Books2 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

9:18 am - We just couldn't leave this cache behind. Nagzul had it before we knew what was happening. TNLNSL. I'm sure I'll be back for more fun in this park as there sure are a lot more caches. Thanks.

Feb 24, 2005

Sunnyvale Skate Park

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

8:30 am - After "In the Shade" was archived, I was thinking about placing a cache in this park.
When I arrived today there were homeless people all over the place including one right above the coordinates who was intent on staring at me while I tried to search. I decided that his was not a pleasant place for a cache and left.

Feb 22, 2005

Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park

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

8:30 am - #1 of 3 on bullit day. I looked all over for this one and ended up calling a lifeline to grab it. Tiny container, lots of places to look. I tried to log these soccer balls as a locationless once, but it was already taken. Thanks!

The Longest Walkway

By: bullit Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

8:58 am - #3 of 3 on bullit day. This was pretty hidden but I knew where it had to be, so I dug around before I found it. Thanks for the 3 quickies before work.

Rivermark Park

By: bullit Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

8:41 am - #2 of 3 on bullit day. There sure is a lot of development going on here. At first I thought this was actually a commercial park, but then a SJ parks truck rolled in. Quick find, TNLNSL. Thanks.

Feb 21, 2005

A 100 Million Year Walk Earthcache

By: workerofwood Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Not chosen

1:15 pm - We had a great personal tour of the geology from the cache owner and amateur geologist, Workerofwood. It sure seems like he learned quite a bit while researching the area and he passed along some of the interesting stories to us. Someone should be posting a picture of us shortly I assume. Thanks!

Los Gatos Creek - Revisited #4

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

9:24 am - WoW had found this one before, so I triangulated his gazes to find the cache. That's a pretty nice shack next door! Thanks for the cache.

Olympic Wannabes

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

3:38 pm - It was pouring rain on my way over here, but it stopped as I arrived. I was hoping this would be easier than Ring around the Rosie and it was. I found the cache without difficulty and headed off into the rain that restarted. Thanks!

Turn Over a New Lief

By: workerofwood Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

11:20 am - Quick find. I took a Squints button which I hasn't seen before. I had trouble making the cache stay in place, but I think I finally got it to stick. Thanks!

Discover Water @ L'Avenida

By: MadDad (maintained by bullit) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

4:42 pm - It seems like every week I'm up here on Shoreline these days. While waiting for some muggles to pass, I actually read the plaque. I found the cache soon after and signed the log. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Lou's diamond in the rough

By: Team Shadow Cat Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

8:08 am - WoW found this one quickly and tried to run away with the cache while MotorBug was still on his way. That rascally WoW! Thanks for the quick find.

Conventional Reasoning

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

8:37 am - After struggling to find free parking, we just pushed WoW out of the car and he made the grab while we pulled up beside. Thanks!

Down, Down, Down!

By: hummingbird jr. Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

4:30 pm - After some rain is a good time to come for this one - there were no kids around. I can't imagine trying to find this one during playtime.
The cache fit in well but I got a good angle on it and spotted it quickly. Thanks.

Along the De Anza Trail 7 - Embarcadero

By: MotorBug (a series by Marky & Joani) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:16 pm - Third try for this one and this time it's a happy face for me. Apparently MotorBug found my first log amusing enough to use it for the re-hide. Of course while grabbing for it, I dropped it. Thankfully it didn't get away from me. I was glad to be here when a) there weren't millions of kids and parents around and b) the cache was
actually there! TFTC!

GeoBeads #1 ? Around the Corner

By: zapboy with help from workerofwood Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

4:55 pm - Cool idea for a cache! I walked over and found the hiding spot, but it was tough to grab it with the people so close.
I pretended to call for a lifeline while I searched which worked fine until the voice on the phone got impatient and started to deafen me with EEP EEP EEP EEPs trying to get me to hang up the phone.

I grabbed a bead and replaced the cache I think without anyone the wiser. Thanks!

GeoBeads #1 ? Around the Corner

By: zapboy with help from workerofwood Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

4:55 pm - Cool idea for a cache and series. There were people very close to the cache and in full view, but I pretended to call a lifeline while I searched. That worked fine until the polite voice on the other end stopped being nice and started blaring EEP EEP EEP EEP in my ear to try to get me to hang up the dumb phone.
I grabbed a bead and I look forward to grabbing more. Thanks!

Los Gatos Creek - Revisited #2

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

9:36 am - I was just about to look where WoW grabbed the cache. Thanks for showing us the history of this place.

Vista Remodeled

By: workerofwood Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

11:28 am - Hmm, that's a familiar hint! Quick find/TNLNSL. Thanks.

SC- not! - What is wrong with this LC?

By: nostrada (adopted by Frivlas & OneAngryPuppy) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10 am - WoW and MotorBug let me suffer for a minute while this obvious hide eluded me. I found one of these LCs once, but before I knew it was an LC! I'll have to head back down there some day. Thanks for the cache and the rant. [:D]

WoW!

By: Nurse Dave Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

11:06 am - I just couldn't wait until the next event. After dropping of WoW at work I headed over to this one. I found it without any trouble. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Cahalan Checkpoint

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

11:50 am - I don't know what's been wrong with me lately, but I keep finding caches that I forgot to log. I looked in a bunch of places for this one before I spotted it right in the open, but blending in well. Thanks!

Target In Sight!

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

11:58 am - Today it was just me and the guy with the case of beer drinking on the top of the hill. I found it quickly which was great for such a tricky hide. Thanks!

Ultimate Battleship: WW3

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

10:15 am - I went into puzzle solving mode last night and solved a bunch, including this one. For once, I did the the right thing straight off. MotorBug and WoW helped me find it. Thanks.

Los Gatos Creek - Revisted #3

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

9:29 am - WoW and MotorBug spotted this one pretty quickly. They let me struggle with the cache for a while before I finally saw it. Nicely done. Thanks.

GroMARK

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

3:58 pm - It sure pays to hold off on these Rat puzzles! The first time I seriously looked at this one was last night. I had a solution in a few hours mostly using crawburr's instructions and the hints.
Boy these cryptographers are tricky fellows. I sent in my key and today I was kinda close, so I decided to go after it and get it off my list.

The path was muddy as predicted but the cache was an easy find in a nice spot. Thanks!

Sprite!

By: Cat & Bird Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:40 am - I got really lucky on this one and walked up and saw it right away. Nice camo. Thanks.

Are You Observant? #1

By: Team 'zilla & Mbooski & G.Gadboir Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

2:35 pm - This was definitely a different type of Geocaching puzzle. Workerofwood sent us off with some general direction from his nearby Earthcache.
MotorBug and I were kinda confused at first, but found some things that made sense and headed in. We found some spots that fit, then got really lost without a map. We did some backtracking and picked up where we left off then found the last few steps. We overshot the last waypoint by a bit and had
to come back where MotorBug found the cache. TNLNSL.

This is a pretty appropricate activity for this area because you can't get a GPS signal worth a darn under all these big trees. Thanks!

Feb 20, 2005

Los Gatos Creek - Revisted #5

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

1:29 pm - I was starting to look for this one when Kenny162 popped up. He told me that he had already checked the place I was looking, but I gave it an extra look just to be sure. He was right. SMILIE
He found the actual cache soon after. Thanks for the history lesson and chance meeting!

Los Gatos Creek - Revisited #1

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

1:12 pm - Missed batcher by 2 hours. I thought the cache was trash at first and ignored it.
Thanks.

Feb 19, 2005

Levee Stroll

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

2:02 pm - It was raining hard enough now that I had to get out the umbrella. The trail was muddy, but at least not sticky. The walk was quick and I found the cache quickly with the others close behind.
While I tried to figure out how to work the pen in the cache, digitalfish and MotorBug signed in. TNLNSL. These caches look like a good bike ride someday, so we decided not to save them for a rainy day and headed home after. Thanks.

David's Decoys

By: David ("T") of TBD & D Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

12:50 pm - You may be able to fool MotorBug, but you didn't fool me. Ha!
Actually you fooled MotorBug twice - first with the decoy and second with the fact that he couldn't figure out how to open it! TNLNSL. Thanks.

Lagoon View

By: Pinky B Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

12:16 pm - I've always thought this area would be a nice place to live. We braved the rain for this one while it was still managable and digitalfish made the find. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Tree Puzzle

By: Sierra Hikers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

1:33 pm - On the way to my second try on this one, I stepped in a grass-covered puddle and got soaked through my socks. Yuck.
After wandering around in the rain for a while, MotorBug finally shouted out that he found the very hidden cache. Thanks.

Edward's Nonsense

By: The Owl and The Pussycat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

11:25 am - It's been a long journey to this one, but eventually I found them all. The owner had to give me a remedial lesson in counting before I got the coordinates right.
It's a good thing I brough digitalfish and MotorBug along because I probably wouldn't have found the small container on my own. Thanks.

Feb 17, 2005

BADGES Dinner #6 (South Bay)

By: BADGES Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Since there will be TV "stars" there now, I just have to be seen there. 2 please.

Feb 13, 2005

Sag Ponds on the San Andreas Fault

By: workerofwood adopted by Bootdisk Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Not chosen

12:27 pm - Woo hoo, my first earthcache!
It was great to be back in Los Trancos Poison Oak Preserve, especially when all the new buds were sprouting.

I took what appeared to be the best trail and almost took it all the way to the posted coordinates. [:D] I was 99% sure I was going the wrong way so I decided to explore a deer trail to s
ee if I could correct things. It popped me out right on the faultline.

Every time I walked by one of those yellow markers I got a little nervous. Add this to the list of places I don't want to be during a major earthquake.

I found the bolt and continued on the trail, in the wrong direction of cou
rse. I soon fixed that returned all the way back the same trail that I came in on.

Thanks for the education!

Shhh! The Bonus part II

By: Nurse Dave Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

3:17 pm - I had a lot of trouble with this cache. I doubted my approach at first, but I soon found myself within 20 feet of the cache.
At first I looked on the upside of the trail until I read the description more carefully.

Then I tried to figure out an approach down. There is poison oak everywhere, lots of rocks and lots of rocks. I decided to follow the rab
idly-eroding hillside where everyone else had been. I searched there for at least a half-hour but found nothing.
Finally I decided to try some other rocks and trees, crawling through the poison oak. It was everywhere and unavoidable. Once I was in the right spot the cache was easy to spot, but it was behind more poison oak. I pulled it out, signed the log and TNLN. I wish I had brought my clippers and I hope
the technu works.

Oregon Cache

By: Nurse Dave Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

3:30 pm - I did the quick hike to this one, then climbed down the crumbling hillside amongst the broken glass. The cache was easy to find. TNLNSL. People should be careful when approaching this one.

Byrne Preserve Ski Jump

By: budd-rdc Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

10:03 am - I drove around to near the top of this one to try to avoid some elevation change, but I think I just ended up making it worse.
The first thing I did was head down until I found myself at the bottom of the ski jump, so I had no choice but to head stright up.

My god, what were they thinking when they built this hill? SMILIE

I found the cache easily and TNLNSL while I caught my breath. I kept going up and caught up with the
road a while later. Thanks for the cache.

Los Altos Hills Pathways: Artemas Ginzton Pathway

By: budd-rdc Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:45 am - There sure are a lot of paths around here. I found the cache surprisingly quickly. I started to head up the trail, but it was muddy so I decided to take MotorBug's advice and drive. Thanks!

Llama View

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

10:30 am - They are are doing a lot of contruction to this park. I haven't been on this side before. I hiked my way up and got a good look of the ominous clouds hanging above Skyline which was where I was going next.
I found the cache without much trouble. I didn't see any llamas today. They must have all been at Llama Church. Thanks!

LT01 Trail Head

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

12:50 pm - I didn't think MotorBug was capable of such evil. Oh nevermind, the container was provided by WeBeDnd. That explains it.
It was a mercifully quick find. Thanks!

Automotive Curiosity

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

3:40 pm - Now that's some serious off-roading!
I headed down the trail from the viewpoint and when I saw the cars in the ravine I headed straight down. I passed by 8 cars, but I was still 400 feet away from the cache.

I bushwacked to within 50 feet of the cache, but still didn't see the cache until I turned a corner and found the deer trail.
The way back up was pretty steep for sure. I was wet, tired and ready for a shower. Thanks!

Deck-View

By: woggs1 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

11:50 am - I rolled into the parking lot and things looked bleak. It was cold, raining and incredibly foggy. Visibility was about 100 feet.
I was about to skip this one when I saw a familiar Jeep pull in. It was TeamNazgul. We chatted and he looked pretty determined to find these, so I went along.

The weather was everything I expected and worse - cold, windy, raning, cold and windy!

We kept a quick pace and found the deck and the c
ache just fine though, with Nazgul picking up some I had already done along the way. TNLNSL.

We hustled back and I was thankful to get dry and warm in my car. Thanks!

Los Altos Hills Minefield

By: budd-rdc Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:34 am - It's poison oak seasong again! There were little sprigs in the area, but thankfully not in the way of the cache. I enjoyed the camo and the note. Thanks!

LR10

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

1:54 pm - I found this one in the first place I looked. I love it when that happens. Thanks.

End of the Trail 2: Lambert Creek

By: darrenk13 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

1:28 pm - I didn't even really need the GPS for this one.
Step 1: Follow trail to the end
Step 2: Find the cache!

The hike wasn't too bad today, actually pretty nice. The trail was some kind of newt highway - I had to keep stepping over them.

I didn't really have any GPS reception at the end of the trail, so I just started looking and found it easily.
TNLNSL. Thanks!

Achistaca

By: 4wheeler Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

2:10 pm - It was quite eerie walking up here with all the dense fog. I wandered around a while trying to find this little film can in the forest. I finally found it, mostly with luck. Thanks.

Carillon Cache

By: Quasimodo the Cacher Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

10:30 am - Last weekend I drove by here and noticed a sign that said "Carillon School". Hmm, might there be a Carillon near the school? Sure enough, some quick research found a Carillon at the Christ Church in Portola Valley, California. Here's their website: http://www.ccpvw.org/ . Cool bells. Thanks!

Feb 12, 2005

~ Look Out For Flying Needles ~

By: ~ AfricanQueen & Khumbupacesetter ~ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

3:35 pm - There was one car here when we arrived, but we found the cache quickly anyway. Nice new container there. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Lost Trail

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Small

12:29 pm - The lost trail has been found!
I'm sure glad I had motorbug with me today to help me find the parking lot to this one. My failure in getting to Scout Orchard which used to be very close to here is legendary.

We found the cache easily and I TNLNSL. Thanks.

Lone Pine Overlook

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Small

12:55 pm - A few weeks ago I was hiking with digitalfish in this area when I ran into CKayaks. Being a nice guy, I gave him the coordinates to a cache I had just placed so he wouldn't need to make a return trip. How does he return the favor? By placing a couple of caches so I have to come back! [:D]
We found the trail and the cache without much trouble, though MotorBug earned himself another purple heart when he impaled his foread with a branch from the Lone Pine.

TNLNSL. Watch out for the little poison oak sprigs around the tree! Thanks.

Nig on park 2

By: kg6mov Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

6 pm - Missed batcher again by 45 minutes.
I was wut with motorbug today and this was on the way back from our random tour around the south bay. We sure felt suspicious in the middle of the street and we tried to think about why this would be a fun spot to hang out on a Saturday night if someone where to ask us what were were doing there.
The cache was a mercifully easy find. TNLNSL. Thanks.

TC1-2005

By: popeye2 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

1:12 pm - I had been to this area once before trying to approach another cache from the wrong way. That was a painful day. If you know the easy way, this is quite a nice and easy walk.
We found the cache easily and took nothing. MotorBug dropped his Palm stylus somewhere around the cache, so I guess we left that!

On they way out we ran into escooby, then I slipped and fell hard on my side. That sure smarted for bit.

Thanks for the cache!

Vasona Lake cache

By: CDNinCA Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

4:06 pm - I wanted to park really close, but MotorBug wouldn't let me, so we took a short walk instead. A short walk was not a given after all the hiking we had done earlier in the day!
On the way to the cache, we walked by a birthday part turned dance party with a couple of girls dancing on the picnic tables. That sure grabbed MotorBug's attention; I barely noticed. [;)]

MotorBug found the cache after walking through a lot of poison oak. TNLNSL. Thanks!

First Cache of Spring

By: workerofwood Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:48 pm - There we go, the cache is in place again! That rock should help keep it there. I made the quick grab from a parking spot a few feet away and we were off again. Thanks!

Steel Wheels

By: smithdw Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

3:23 pm - MotorBug and I were on our way to another cache when I saw this beat of a tractor along the road. I did a uey and grabbed a shot or two. It's about time I spotted one of these!

Remember The Alamo?

By: geowyz Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

4:40 pm - St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Los Gatos, California has some seriously Alamo-style architecture going on. It's got the "hump" and two bells. Here's their website. http://www.stlukeslg.org/

Feb 10, 2005

View From The Office

By: stbk Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

8:40 am - I've been on this section of the trail a couple of times, but I never knew there was a trailhead here. I guess I know now.
I was ready to get frustrated searching for the first stage, but I found it after a minute or two and while I was on the phone to boot!

The second stage was easy to find. I looked through the loot, but TNLNSL. Thanks!

Metamorphosed Buildings

By: MeeMaw Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

8:20 am - I happened to spot this building in downtown Mountain View, California while waiting on a traffic light the other day. I saw it from a distance so I wasn't quite sure what it was. I marked the waypoint to come back later.
Today I came back to check it out and it was as I expected. It's a boring blank wall of an office building painted over with an image of a building with huge glass windows overlooking green hills, with palm trees swaying. The mural is by San Francisco-based artist John Wullbrandt http://www.wullbr
andt.com/selectedworks/mountainview.html .

I got a picture of the mural and the "plaque".

Feb 9, 2005

Animal Trails

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

8:30 am - I searched for this one a bit on my way to Wild Turkey, but I wasn't sure where I should be looking and I didn't have the cache description. I followed all kinds of animal trails, but I think most of them were from the species Obsessorus Geocacherus.
On the way back from Wild Turkey I got some reception and downloaded the cache page. I found the cache in a spot I checked, but not that thoroughly. The cache lid isn't staying on properly, so I put a log on it to hold it down. Thanks.

Wild Turkey

By: Sharkz Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

8:20 am - This was a pretty neat place for a rest. I consulted the description for more info on the cache only to find I was standing right on top of it. TNLNSL.
It sure was a good idea to bring another pair of shoes to wear to work as the trail was pretty muddy today. Thanks!

Over Here

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

8:40 am - If I were to order the three new caches here, I would call them Hard, Harder and Hardest, with this one being the Hardest. Ironically, the difficulty ratings are in the opposite order!
I looked for a while on my way in and looked again on the way out, finally resorting to a lifeline. I had checked the spot before, but not for that type of container I guess. Thanks.

Feb 8, 2005

Screwed Up

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 4.5 Container: Large

8:40 am - Yeah, this is pretty screwed up. I'm pretty screwed up too.
I found this puzzle pretty frustrating while I was trying to figure it out and even more frustrating after. You see I remembered this place and thought it might be the exact spot for the cache. I even went so far as to try to look at it on terraserver, but couldn't find it. A couple of days ago I
even drove by at a high speed and tried to see if that might be the right place.

I gave up the idea though and tried many more ways to solve it. When I had the answer and drove up to the cache, I had a forhead-slapping moment.

The cache was in the first place I looked, though I just didn't get my
hands on it the first few times I tried.

I'm hoping that whatever temporary incompetence that befell WeBeDnD has since resolved itself and we can look forward to more finely-constructed caches in the future. :-) Thanks.

Zeno's Paradox

By: Chris & Janet Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

8:19 am - Finally! With a small hint, I found the small cache. It was near where I was searching last time, but my coordinates were pointing me about 20 feet away. It's hard to get a good reading here.
When I started searching, there was one lone kid on a swing. When I came out from behind the wall again, there dozens of them running around and screaming. Time to get out of here!

Phew, glad to be done staring at this one at the top of my list. Thanks.

Feb 6, 2005

Los Trancos Trek

By: homermayor Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

10:47 am - This was quite an easy trek! We passed the counting test, took a short walk and found the cache easily. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Sunset Lane

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

1:11 pm - My, I've driven up mountains with roads that were less steep than this one!
After going up the loop, we found some questionable parking across from a trailhead.

We really enjoyed this hike up to the views of the valley. We weren't sure where the side trail started and we kept cutting over at the wrong place. Finally we reached the top and headed down a bit. There were
some interesting tracks in the mud which I think may have been from a mountain lion.

The cache was at a great spot. We found it easily, took a golf ball, and left a smiley guy.

These Portola Valley caches really should get some more visitors - they're quite nice.

Thanks!

ENTROPY

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

2:30 pm - We were running out of time before having to head home to catch the SuperBowl, but this cache was so close to where we were and the only one I had left in the area, so I just had to do it.
We powered up the trail, spotted the cache easily, took in the area, then powered back down, getting home with 10 minutes to spare before kickoff. TNLNSL. Thanks for the workout!

Thornewood Problem

By: Mr. Ranger Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

1:50 pm - We blew right past the entrance to this one on the way up. I had to switch my GPS to topo maps to actually see the road we needed to take.
We had a nice short walk to the cache and found it without any problems. There were all kinds of flowers blooming here, making it even nicer. TNLNSL. Thanks for pointing out this hidden gem.

Banana Slug Highway

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

12:13 pm - Our first attempt at finding the trailhead failed, so next we found an aptly road and parked near the end to find a very tiny little trail entrace. That made for a short walk to the cache. Some others came walking down the trail just as we started to search so we waited them out and then found the cache, carefully trying to avoid all the poison oak here. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Green Finger Alley

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

11:52 am - We headed off in the wrong direction at first for this one, having to backtrack to the trail the started right near where we parked. This was a neat area. We took a golf ball and left a quarter. Thanks.

Shady Trail

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

11:05 am - Neat hidden trail. We weren't sure were to start, but we saw something that looked like a trail at the end of a cul-de-sac so we went down to find the cache only a few hundred feet away. We'll have to explore more of these trails. TNLNSL. Thanks.

New Life From Old

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

12:17 pm - It really helped to calibrate the Portola Valley Trails map beforehand and use that to figure out how to get here.
We kept going from Banana Slug Highway and found the cache without any problems. TNLNSL.

On the way back we couldn't quite remember which trail we took after crossing the creek so we tried one, then turned around to try the other. After a while it became obvious that the first one was the right o
ne so we turned around again. Geesh! Thanks for the cache.

Feb 5, 2005

Lost and Foundation

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

11:07 am - What a surreal place. It was really foggy which made the abandoned base even stranger. We found it without much trouble. Thanks for the interesting spot.

DNA

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

11:34 am - This was a quick find with another great view of...fog. There were some cool sailboats amongst the fog. TFTC.

Get wired

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

4:14 pm - Wow, this is pretty interesting. I didn't know that's where all that mess started. :-)
We took the looong way from the first waypoint up to Coit Tower to grab a few more caches before getting the final on the way back. The camo was pretty good and it took a few minutes before I spotted it. Thanks!

Waateekaa

By: WalruZ Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

2:08 pm - Well, I sure didn't expect to see this here. We found the plaques fine. It would be cool to come back someday for the tour. Thanks!

Parrot's Perch

By: Dr. Zaius (adopted by CKayaks 1/2007) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

3:27 pm - Whoah! This was pretty neat and broke up the long hike up to Coit Tower. The birds were in full force today and noisy as heck. The cache was easy find as well. TNLNSL. Thanks!

T-aye!

By: Laird Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

11:40 am - We didn't even turn off the car for this one. Took golf ball, left usda magnet. I guess I missed the whole contest. Thanks for the cache.

Wake Up!

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

12:18 pm - It was past noon, so we had better be awake! Quick find with the hint. Thanks.

Sister Mary Frankenlurch's SF History 101 Lesson 3

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

1:36 pm - Neat history lesson. We did a few u-turns while walking the route, but found all the markers. We found some other caches before backtracking to the final. I felt somewat perverted grabbing the cache, but I don't think anybody saw me. :-)
Thanks for the cache!

San Francisco Waterfront

By: Johnny Vegas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

1:10 pm - I liked this multi. It made you actually read the signs and learn some interesting history. We found the cache without incident and had a nice walk on the pier. Thanks!

Early Bird gets the Cache!

By: LooneyTunes Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

4:01 pm - I thought this cache would make a nice loop down from Coit Tower and then back to the Embarcadero where we were parked. I was hoping it would be all downhill and it was - for the most part.
We definitely never would have spotted this place. Great views! It took me a little while to spot the cache. TNLNSL. Thanks!

A Simple Life

By: Team RCTZ Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

12:53 pm - I thought I logged this one a while back, but apparently I did not. I had never been to the SF Farmers Market before, so this was a two-fer with the cache. Thanks!

What a Sight!

By: Allwayslooking Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

11:49 am - What a sight ... of fog! We were a little too early for the fog to burn off. We saw the island from the city later in the day though. I guess we'll just have to come back. Thanks.

Working Downtown

By: iwcotton Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

2:03 pm - Interesting sculpture. We parked nearby and took a short walk to this one and another virtual close by. Thanks.

Crazy Lines

By: Frankenlurch Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

1:23 pm - Wooo, crazy! It took me a little while to find it. I don't usually see this kind of attachment device, so I was looking for something else. We had fun running through the sculpture. Thanks!

Momma Cache's Baby

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

4:20 pm - Yup, we found the rat trap first, then the cache. This was a pretty neat park and it's good go see a regular-sized container in the city. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Panning for Gold

By: IWCOTTON Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

4:52 pm - I was reading the description for this one as we walked over. When I asked the question about who sponsored the plaque, Anne gave me the answer. How could she know that??
We had walked by here on the way to Laughing Sal's and she had noticed the plaque. Thanks!

WPArt: Lillie's Cache

By: LooneyTunes Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

[3:41 pm - We've never been here when the place was open. We didn't pay to go up though. Enjoyed the murals.] Police robbed, Accuse Dillinger

Left What in San Francisco?

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

12:40 pm - Anne reminded me while we were here that we've lived here long enough that she remembered when this wasn't here. Got a picture, not sure it's better, especially since I'm in it. :-) Thanks.

Laughing Sal's

By: Haicoole and the Petaluma Navy Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

4:50 pm - This was a pretty neat place. We had never been here before. Lots of neat stuff to explore and play with.
We found 6 different types of smashed pennies.

New question: What years did the roller coaster car on display go through Belmont Park?

Island 2: Treasure Island

By: LooneyTunes Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

11:22 am - The fog was extremely thick today and we couldn't even figure out which direction the city was. I'm usually not very good at these rock hides, but I got lucky this time. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Feb 4, 2005

Northwood Sign Only

By: GeoBrowns Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:12 am - This time it was a quick find for me on this one. There were people all over, but I stopped to "tie my shoe" and found the cache. Thanks for the hint. :-)

Flickenger Duex

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

8:22 am - FTF! I don't really go after FTFs, but there were two others nearby that I needed to grab, so this one made the area my closest cluster for a quick before-work run.
I have one question for geobrowns - how do you sleep at night? How do your minds come to rest when there's so much evil coursing through your being? And why must you unleash all that evil on us poor, downtrodden geocachers?

It seems that my complaint about hints sparked some faint memory o
f goodness in their hearts and the hint for this one allowed me to find it quickly, but just barely. I was surprised to be first. This one had been approved for at least 12 hours. Where is everyone?
Thanks for the cache - and the hint. :D

Penitencia "Dectructocache"

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

8:32 am - I had no problem with this one. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Feb 3, 2005

Mountain View's other tallest mountain

By: MadDad Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

8:40 am - Perhaps we should start a fund to collect money for "MadDad". It seems that the only outlet for his anger is sadistic camo. :-)
I wandered all over the place and I was just about to call for a lifeline when I found the cache. Yikes. Great view from up here this morning. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Feb 2, 2005

Tanks for the Memories

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

8:00 pm - I tried a bunch of other places before I found the cache. It was dark, and I wasn't really keen on sticking my hands into strange places. I found one spot and felt something slimy inside. Yuck! I took a closer look and found the cache. I'm really hoping that the slimy thing I touched was the cache and not something else. Didn't take too long though. Thanks!

Hidden Sports Complex

By: stbk Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

8:10 pm - I won the parking lottery on this one and ended up only a few feet from the cache. Without a flashlight, I found that my phone did a pretty good job of lighting up the area. I found the cache after a few minutes. I'm gonna bet this place doesn't get much use. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Outdoor Warning 2

By: bullit Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

8:27 pm - I missed batcher, but I did run into atc and budd-rdc. Five finds within 2 hours - that's pretty impressive! I was just in the area for some other caches and figured I might as well pick this one up on the way home.
I had no problem finding it once I found the right parking. TNLNSL. Thanks.

MiddleField Madness

By: MadDad (maintained by bullit) Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

8:40 am - I parked really close; I wasn't sure it was legal, but it looked alright and I was quick. That's some camo I haven't seen before for sure! TNLNSL. Thanks!

East Evelyn Oaks

By: MadDad (maintained by bullit) Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

8:30 am - I was looking harder than I needed to when I spotted the container. Nicely done. TNLNSL. Thanks.

King Arthur's Tor

By: 2blucats Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:30 pm - This one left me pretty confused. I had some theories about where this one might be, but no way to really verify without doing a lot of driving around. With some guidance, my best guess was right. I'm not sure I would have gotten it right in the daytime though.
It seemed odd that the final cache was so far away, but later on I ran into atc and budd-rdc and they told me why. I found the cache easily once I had the coordinates. Thanks.

Feb 1, 2005

Picnic on the Corner

By: stbk Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:31 am - Odd little spot here. Maybe they had laid the concrete and thought it may look a bit nicer with some tables. Found it quickly. Thanks.

SC-16 - Mission Corral Site - LC

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

8:25 am - Hey, there used to be another cache here. I guess not anymore. Thanks for another quick one.

SC-15 - Intel Museum - LC

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

8:50 am - I was going to grab this one yesterday, but I was on my snowmobile.
Today this was a quick find after I battled traffic. I already have a time capsule LC and my Flatiron LC is right at the intersection.

A security guard was looking at me as I drove off the lot. Not sure if he was watching me the whole time or what, but he seemed to go away quietly. Thanks.

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