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Sep 29, 2004

Cupertino Power Walk

By: garyhenry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This and the other nearby cache provided a nice two-fer on the way home tonight.

Cupertino Foothill Walkway

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

I had a printout of the other "Cupertino" cache with me, so I had to find it without the hint, but that didn't take very long. TFTC.

Los Altos Gateway

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

Lots of traffic by here at lunchtime. SL, TFTC.

Sep 28, 2004

Or take... ah...

By: The Petoskey Stones Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I stopped by on the way home. This is a nice park I had not been to before.

Catch Mike Chosco

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

I happened upon this, probably the same way digitalfish did, but I decided to solve it before logging. It was easy to tell I solved it since I already had the approximate coordinates. Thanks for a nice puzzle and cache.

Sep 27, 2004

Civic Center Park

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

I stopped by about 12:30 pm, and was evidently just behind another cacher at 12:15. Thanks for the lunchtime fun.

Rock it?

By: Mr. Ranger Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This is a new container type for me. Thanks for the lunchtime escape.

Warburton-A Santa Clara Park

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

No swimming at lunchtime today, so this was an easy find.

Sep 26, 2004

Walkway to Deep Cliff

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

I consider myself lucky to have found this one. I was cooling off from "Deer trail trek", and just sat around and looked for a while. Normally, I don't have the patience and give up on caches like this.

deer trail trek

By: greenlightning Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 4.0 Container: Regular

I did in fact see deer on this trek, even in the middle of a hot afternoon. This one went fairly smoothly. I followed my GPSr up the trail and over the hill. I found the cache quickly using WOW's coordinates. My round trip time was about 40 minutes, which I thought was good for an over-50 geezer.

Fremont Older Open Space Preserve ~ MROSD

By: MROSD (adopted from workerofwood) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

I've been here a couple times before, so I let this one go for a while, but this afternoon seemed like a good time, and I was able to drop off Sockmonkey's Travel Bug.

Sep 24, 2004

Who would? Driftwood!

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

Great view of Half Moon Bay from here.

El Granada Kids Cache

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

I had a little time to kill while waiting for Mrs. Bytemobile, so this multi fit the bill. The plaque with El Granada's history was quite interesting.

Bret and Bart's Lovin' Feeling

By: The Owl and The Pussycat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

I was having a bad day of DNFs and "Was not there", and almost gave up on this one, but the coordinates were good, and you just have to have the right angle to see it.

Sep 23, 2004

Reflect on this

By: garyhenry Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Made a slight detour on my way home from work to grab this one. Thanks for the cache.

A Gathering of Cultures

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

The answer the question in the hint is no, I am not. I found a web site for teaching the relevant subject matter to little kids, and it worked for me.

alla Fontana

By: Carl LaFong Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Thanks for a neat little puzzle. My first solution was 12 steps, then I found the shorter one.

Sep 22, 2004

Evil Empire

By: Stiv Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

I didn't notice any evil during my quick lunchtime stop.

Sep 21, 2004

Fork in the River

By: bullit & mickeychopchop Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I made this one a little more difficult by assuming where it must be before checking out other possibilities.

Wind in the Cattails

By: bullit & mickeychopchop Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

There was quite a clear view up the bay at lunchtime today. Thanks for the incentive to get out and about.

San Jos Public Library - Alviso Branch

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

Grabbed it quickly on my lunch hour.

Sep 20, 2004

Plant Grapes Everywhere

By: Right Turn Only Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I had trouble with the third waypoint calculation until it was clarified by the cache owner. I was running an errand after work tonight, and Mrs. Bytemobile helped me zip through the last waypoints to the cache. This area seems to be a popular area to walk and play in the evening.

A gathering of hands

By: PhilippeGPS (maintained by The Rat) Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I solved this months ago, but failed to find the cache. I stopped by again yesterday with similar results. Last night I started to compose an e-mail to Philippe for confirmation of my coordinates, and in the process, I rechecked my work. Aaargh! I dropped a term in computing the coordinates and was about 75 feet off. Stopped by on the way to work this morning for a quick find.

Great America Station

By: Stacy & Jerry; Adopted by cachbefound Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I came by at lunchtime and found the cache with no problem. The nearby trailmap sign was interesting.

Ulistac

By: Mhop (adopted by bullit) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

Before heading out, I tried Ulistac on an anagram solver (with no luck), then all was clear when I got to the cache site.

Sep 19, 2004

Creekside Park Walkway

By: garyhenry Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Quick find after I got there. Had to circle around a bit after my GPSr auto-route feature took me to a dead end street.

Park it in the Park

By: garyhenry Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

There was a soccer game going on, but no problem picking this one up.

Los Altos Hills Pathways: Mary Stutz Path

By: atc Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Interesting area for a little hike. I sat down at "S" to log, and the odor was a bit unpleasant. I picked up the Sockmonkey TB.

Los Altos Hills Pathways 2: 280 Exercise

By: budd-rdc Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

I hiked on over from the Mary Stutz Path, then over the hill and down the other side, and found it quickly.

Great Reception

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

The recent front cleared the air, and the view was great today. The San Francisco and Oakland skylines were visible as well as San Jose.

Sep 18, 2004

goal line

By: spyder woman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

After not finding Arc of Art, I headed on the wrong side of a long fence for this one. When I finally got on the right side, I found it after a few minutes of pondering the possibilities.

Spider Monkey Fiasco

By: spyder woman Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I made a fiasco of this one, just like "goal line" by guessing the wrong side of the fence. I should have just walked across the field from "Wildcat Crossing".

Along the De Anza Trail 3 - Campbell

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

I zeroed in on the right place to search fairly quickly, but it still took some time to work through the possibilities.

Assume Nothing #1

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

Nice craftsmanship. An easy find with the hint.

Wildcat Crossing

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

I zeroed out about 20 feet away, but it was a good direction from which to spot the cache, and there weren't that many possibilities in the area.

Pick the Bucket...Don't Kick it!

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

Seems like I've been here before. The excellent coordinates zeroed me in quickly to the cache.

Hey, Larry!

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

I didn't see Larry, but a soccer game was going on nearby. What type of vine is on this fence? The blossoms are incredible.

Goose Meadow

By: jabberwocky and the little momeraths Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was my second attempt. The last time I was by, there was a guy camped here with his guitar. No one here this morning except the joggers and bikers.

Edith's Other Trunk

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

The hint apparently doesn't apply any more, but the cache is in a perfectly logical place.

Sep 15, 2004

Anna Graham

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

I headed out on vacation about the time this one appeared, and didn't spot it until last night. I stopped by on my way to work this morning, found the cache, and got some wet shoes from the dewy grass. This was a great idea for a cache, and certainly drew my interest, athough I was below the cut, with 10 finds from the list.

Sep 12, 2004

Day on the Gravel

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

I have no shame in using hints that are total spoilers. Thanks for a nice cache.

Northern Exposure, Old Tree

By: rootroof Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Once I found the right tree, found it on the first circle around. The original craftsmanship may be a little degraded.

Lyle Park Cache Lives!

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

The other side of the park was busy today with a soccer game. Not much happening on this side, and I found it fairly quickly.

Erected 1910

By: bthomas (Maintained by kindredlaugh) Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I have passed by here a number of times, but never turned my head to see the tower. Thanks for a cache at an interesting spot.

High Five & Clueless

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

The coordinates are excellent, and the view of the sky superb, which makes this a great place for this type of cache.

Vintage Oaks

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

I had some trouble with this one, then followed the procedure outlined in hint #2, and spotted it immediately.

Quackie Quack

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

This was a quick find. I was amazed at the size of the cache and all the goodies it contained.

...smells just as sweet.

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I came by after services today, and it was a very nice day for a walk through the rose garden.

Little House at the Park

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

I had heard of Little House before, but never knew where it was located.

Flood Cache

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I believe I found the area named in the hint, but there has been some landscaping activity, and I wasn't able to find the cache.

In the Greens

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was last here for a wedding reception. It is a great out-of-the-way park.

Day at the Dump

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Although WalruZ re-hid it better, it was again visible from 20 feet away and the top of the container was loose. The towels were still laid out on a branch. I heaped a few pine needles on top to conceal it somewhat.

Historic Palo Alto

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

This was my first visit to El Palo Alto. Thanks for the tour.

Junior Cache

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I guess there were big doings today at the museum since the parking lot and adjacent streets were full of cars.

Sun Microsystems Geek Cache

By: DeadReckoner Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I read Wacka's log, and decided to take his route. No one seemed to mind my parking at Sun on a Sunday morning.

CalTrain - Atherton

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

I'm not a big fan of ivy, but decided to give this one a try, and got lucky on my second pass.

Sep 9, 2004

Medicine Buddha

By: Coyos Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

I rounded up brother-in-law Wirebndr, and we headed out in the cool of the morning. The grounds and buildings were interesting and colorful. We had no trouble with counting words since an off-by-one error would only mean a few feet of error. Finding the cache was easy with the hint.

Sep 8, 2004

Zooropa

By: O_Chemist & Turtledove Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

This was a tough one, with poor GPS reception and lots of potential hiding places. For what it's worth, my location for the cache, with six satellites, and 30 foot accuracy was: N 36 59.575 W 122 00.172.

Duck Island Travel Bug Shelter

By: ynots4 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Thing were fairly quiet early this afternoon, and I had little trouble grabbing and replacing the cache.

Marine Center

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

I've been out here for dinner before. This was my last cache of the day before heading back to our trailer at Sea Cliff Beach. I replaced it as tourists on the other side were shooting a photo.

La Vega De Echo

By: Team Crush Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I think I followed the trail blazed down the hillside by digitalfish, except that I came from the "Santa Cruz Degree Confluence Point", and was hoping for a fairly direct trail.

Sep 7, 2004

Fetch! #2

By: ynots4 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I gave it my best shot, short of pruning tools, but couldn't spot it.

Mountain Charley I

By: O_Chemist & Turtledove Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I am camped this week at Sea Cliff, and came up this morning to do a few Santa Cruz caches. I think I was here years ago for a dog show, but I don't remember the stage coach or the locomotive.

S.C. Stairway View Cache

By: jtkcacher and grumpybear Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I was parked at Harvey West for a couple other caches, so I just hiked around for this one. Nice view this morning.

Good Luck Charm Cache

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

I didn't notice this place when I drove by to park. It has evidently been here quite a while.

Sep 6, 2004

Alley Catz

By: Team Mossimo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was a combined effort with brother-in-law Wirebndr. He said try looking there -- and I found it.

Arana Bananas

By: Team Mossimo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was out today with Wirebndr. We probably would have found this faster by hiking from Alley Catz, but we wandered around by car, then on foot, and finally came in from the Yacht Harbor. The hike was a bit warm, but it wasn't that long.

Sep 5, 2004

The World's Largest Artichoke

By: ynots4 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

I stopped here once many years ago when my brother and family was in town, but didn't really remember the Giant Artichoke. Thanks for the cache and an opportunity to stop for a lemonade at Giant Artichoke Produce.

Elkhorn

By: Touchstone Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Virtual

This is what geocaching is all about. I had been by here before, but never ventured in. I would never have explored this place to this extent without the cache incentive. One note of caution -- take care when approaching the barn. A swarm of termites jumped on me. Thanks for the tour.

Bottom Blue

By: Ford Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Other

We are camped at Sunset Beach this weekend, and I am out getting my caching fix. Thanks for the cache.

Charlie Moss

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

I managed to find the closest parking, and found it fairly quickly, although the previous finder did an excellent re-hide and camo job.

Little Big Bird

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

We were camped at Sunset Beach, and this was my first stop of the morning. The pens looked empty from my view at the gate.

Pelican Brief

By: Team Mossimo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I have been to this park one before to launch kayaks for a trip down the slough and back. I hadn't ventured down this walkway, though. The slough was teeming with activity this morning.

Little Foot Prints

By: Ford's Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I spotted some turkey vultures on the way to the cache, but no snowy plovers. The color of the cache provides great camo, but I found it quickly.

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