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niraD's Geoblog

Dec 30, 2006

Centennial Curse

By: fizzymagic Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

My wife and I were running errands in Livermore, and I was able to drop by. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this virtual cache moving. This was a very interesting history lesson. Thanks for getting me to dig a little further than the official version on the plaque, and TFTC!

Dec 29, 2006

Fowl Language

By: Eagle81 & Eagles Wing Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a fun puzzle, and I also enjoyed the final stage. But I'm not sure I got from the first stage to the final stage by following the clues the owners intended me to follow. I will keep my [url=]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC! [Edit: I have confirmed that the clues I followed from the first stage to the final stage were not the clues left by the owner. Oops...]

Ask Your Kids #2

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

Finally! Not having kids of my own to consult, I was forced to turn to the web. I now know far more about these things than I ever expected to. But once I had the answers, the real fun began: I had to convert those answers into numbers. [:O] I decided to go with the numbering system that produced correct numbers for the other AYK puzzles (which I solved before discovering there there were multiple numbering systems). Still, one of my answers was wrong (there are a lot of "correct" answers out there). But even with the incorrect digit, I was close enough to find the cache, thanks to the details in UncleTom's 11-18-2006 note. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCV8GJ]the nano-cache I found before this one[/url], SL. TFTC!

Beneath Me

By: workerofwood Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I found this one in the first place I looked. This is a fun blinker hide. There are 8 spaces left in the log. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving.

Dec 27, 2006

Paper Maps

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a fun puzzle. I figured out the theme pretty quickly, but the necessary research was a little tricky, given the various boundaries that were crossed during mjp303's road trip. The cache itself was a quick find this morning on the way to work. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

BB1: Heavyweights

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

This was a fun puzzle, although I kept trying to overthink it. The cache was a quick find on the way home from work. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

The Stinky One

By: DKAK Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a quick find on the way to work. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Deferred Success

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

I solved this one quickly, and then I spend a fair bit of time convincing myself that I really had solved it. I dropped by tonight on the way home to pick up the cache. And now I've got another Rogue Ramblers' Fremont puzzle cache that I need to pick up sometime... TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Welcome To Redwood City

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

I had to wait half an hour for REI to open, so I dropped by to grab this cache. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens for this cache, for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCYQ87]the nano-cache I found before this cache[/url], and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCY9CW]the one I found before that[/url], SL. TFTC!

Dec 26, 2006

Cartridge in a Bare Tree

By: Eagle81 & Eagles Wing Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This is a cute little puzzle. I like the in-theme hide, too, although I didn't really get it (groan!) until I was ready to put the container back. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

The 12 Days of Christmas All Year

By: Bob & Elliecat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I was in the neighborhood for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCZZP6]another Christmas themed cache[/url], so I dropped by for this one, too. I was expecting something larger (the size of a 5-gallon bucket), but this ammo can is a lot bigger than most of the other caches in the area. I didn't have any extra Christmas stuff though, so I just TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCZZP6]the Christmas-themed nano-cache[/url] I found before this one, SL, S card. TFTC!

Dec 25, 2006

Eel Trout

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a fun puzzle. I had looked at it a while back and couldn't figure out how to continue the number sequences. Last week, I looked at it again and saw the pattern quickly. I was surprised at how busy the cache location was today, although in retrospect, I should have expected it. I think I managed to avoid attracting undue attention though. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens for this cache, for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPX3Z]the nano-cache I found before this one[/url], and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCTQC0]the nano-cache I found before that[/url], SL. TFTC!

DING DING Dong

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

This was a fun puzzle. I managed to confuse myself by misremembering a bit of music theory, and then digging up a bit of obscure trivia that supported my incorrect assumptions. However, email from the owner quickly got me back on the right track. I dropped by this afternoon for the find. I wouldn't have checked the correct location without the hint though. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

GOT NET?

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was in the area, so I dropped by to redeem this DNF. It's much easier to find when it's actually there [;)], although it still took me a while to expand my search radius sufficiently. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Dec 22, 2006

Flood Cache

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

I took advantage of the nearby on-street parking and walked around this park before work. It was a beautiful morning. I ended up resorting to the hint to find this challenging hide. The log was wet. I dried it in the sun, but it was still a bit damp when I re-hid the cache. T KDcool919 sig item, L seashell and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Let's Play!

By: dr.dolittle_w/_faith Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I took advantage of the nearby on-street parking and walked around this park before work. It was a beautiful morning. I'm glad I had this spot to myself, though. I used the hint right away to avoid lingering. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Spider Den

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

I took advantage of the nearby on-street parking and walked around this park before work. It was a beautiful morning. The first time I searched this location I completely missed seeing the cache. Eventually I checked again and there it was. I replaced the shredded ziplock. Also, the log sheet was almost full, so I left a new waterproof one. T Ducky Lee sig item, L keychain and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Suburban Park

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

I dropped by for this cache after finding the ones in nearby Flood Park. It was a beautiful morning. I found this cache just a few feet from where I first looked. Nice hide! It took a while to figure out how to get everything back in the very full container though. T broken seashell, L unbroken seashell and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Dec 20, 2006

2475 Faber

By: vaccine Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a quick find on the way to work. The sunrise was beautiful. T bullit survey marker, L GDB stickers and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

In honor of Charlie Brown

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

I was wondering what this hide had to do with Charlie Brown, but then I found the cache and it all made sense. It was definitely the highlight of this morning's quick caching run on the way to work. (Clever hint, by the way, although I don't think it would have helped me find the cache.) I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Ingvar Kamprad's Pride & Joy

By: Beckerbuns, Nurse Dave & Boyz Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I must have been in the right place, because this was a quick find in a fairly obvious location. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Traffic View

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

This was the last find of this morning's quick caching run on the way to work. Definitely a nice view of traffic, if that's what you're looking for. Did a little CITO on the way back to my car. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens (for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCR9JY]the nano-cache I found previously[/url]), SL. TFTC!

Dec 18, 2006

Travel Long Distances

By: PhilippeGPS (maintained by The Rat) Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

The puzzle was fun and I figured out the theme quickly, but my first search attempt yielded a DNF. After verifying my coordinates with The Rat, I decided to drop by again this morning, "on the way" to work. I had an idea of where I needed to look, but it wasn't there. It turned out to be very close to that spot, however. I'll need to remember to check for this type of hide in the future; I had difficulty the previous time I encountered it, too. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Dec 15, 2006

Travel Long Distances

By: PhilippeGPS (maintained by The Rat) Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I solved this earlier this week, or at least I think I did. I didn't find anything at the solution coordinates this morning. I'll follow up with the owner.

Dec 13, 2006

Marsh View Parking

By: WalruZ Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Thanks for showing me where to park (other than in Sun's employee parking lot). This was a quick find on my way to [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCGJ49]a nearby cache[/url]. I'll keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Sun Microsystems Geek Cache

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

[The weather was overcast, but I still enjoyed the walk along the baylands. I decrypted the hints after finding (and replacing) the cache).] There are no longer any pine needles glued to the container. [T Fremont Claassens Reggie the Wonder-Pug sig button, L keychain and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMZ89]the nano-cache I found before this cache[/url], SL. TFTC!]

Dec 11, 2006

The Riddle of the Sphinx

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

I recognized the pattern quickly, and then worked out the arithmetic to make sure I had the answer just right. I dropped by for the cache after work and signed the third space in the log. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the fun puzzle and TFTC!

Duck Dock Redux

By: Shores Scout Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

This was a quick find after a pleasant stroll through the park before work. I've cleared out this park, but I'll drop by again when someone hides another cache (or if I solve another puzzle that's hidden here). T Gx logo patch, L keychain and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC7695]the webcam cache I found before this one[/url], SL. TFTC!

Fun and Friendship Set to Music

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

I dropped by tonight on the way home from work to leave a keychain in exchange for winini's black Jazz token. I'm getting closer to being able to log [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNYVP]the 101 TFTs cache closest to home[/url].

Dec 8, 2006

Day at the Dump

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

A quick find to end my morning of geocaching. This is a really nice park. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L seashells and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Up a Creek

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

This is my first webcam cache. I noticed it while reviewing one of my "nearest caches" lists and decided to pick it up on the way home from work. I did this one solo: I set up a computer to automatically archive copies of the webcam photo, and picked the best photo once I got back to the computer. Maybe I'll have someone help me with my nex t webcam cache. I'll keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this webcam cache moving. TFTC!

Element #6

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

The LSOH reference had me looking for something much more devious. I ended up taking a long time to find this 1.5-star cache. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB69B4]Wild Witch of Dorset[/url] TB, seashells, and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

She Sells Sea Shells

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

I had a beautiful view of the clouds over the mountains this morning. T rowanf's new Gypsy sig magnet, L seashells and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Dec 7, 2006

Bayfront Revenge

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I really enjoyed starting my morning with this one: a beautiful morning along the bay, an excellent hide... perfect! The log is full, but I managed to squeeze my entry into an empty (or possibly faded?) space. I didn't have a replacement with me that would fit. The camouflage could use a bit of repair too, although it's holding together for now. I'll keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

I Lost My Marbles

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

What a beautiful morning along the bay. This was a quick find before work. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. I also replaced the shredded ziplock. T clear marble with red-white-and-blue swirl inside, sloigo sig item, and sticker; L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB162TA]2006 Alaska Geocoin[/url], blue-and-white marble, GDB stickers, and [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCXCHY]the nano-cache I found before this one[/url]; SL. TFTC!

A Lady Park Me

By: Bob & Elliecat Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

After a long day, this one was at the top of my "nearest to work" list and it looked like a good one to do after hours, so I dropped by on the way home. I'm very glad I didn't try this during business hours. Given the location, I checked the hint quickly, but I didn't figure out its meaning until I was signing the log back in the car. (This kind of hint is rarely helpful to me during the search.) The camouflage is very effective! [}:)] TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

M4

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 5.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Based on the owner's claim (confirmed by logs from previous finders) that programming is not necessary to solve this puzzle, I decided to solve it from the information in the description, rather than by throwing CPU cycles at it. I figured out most of it (encouraged by email from the owner confirming that I was basically on the right track), but the Enigma simulator kept spewing nonsense. Then yesterday I had the "aha moment" when I realized that I had been making one invalid assumption. One little change and... numbers! I had numbers! And then I realized what that implied: The German mob may not be "all that bright", but this puzzle design is truly elegant.

I had considered savin g the actual find for a milestone cache, but in the end, I didn't want to wait that long. I picked it up this beautiful morning before work. T crawburr sig token, L GDB stickers and [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for an excellent puzzle and a wonderful "ah a moment", and TFTC!

Dec 6, 2006

Board Game Bonanza

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

This was a fun puzzle, and a great hide! I solved it quickly yesterday, and dropped by this morning before work to find it. I noted the information in the log book, and am looking forward to finding more caches in this series. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB69B4]Wild Witch of Dorset[/url] TB and Scoobywatchers' Ocean Plait Braid signature item #8, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBZNRY]lost cat[/url] TB, GDB stickers, and [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Dec 5, 2006

Curtner Station

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

I dropped by for this cache after running an errand nearby. The traffic on 87 reminded me why I don't like driving, but it's good to be making progress on this series again. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMYCD]the nano-cache I found before this one[/url], SL. TFTC!

American Injustice: Chinese American Cemetery

By: CC Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I dropped by for this cache after running an errand nearby, but I forgot to drop a TB/GC while I was here. Oops. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Odd Nuts Plus Two

By: Team LegGoes Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

Nice hide. It seemed a bit odd indeed. The log was damp, so I dried it in the sun while updating my notes. While I was sitting there, a neighbor came over and asked what I was doing. He seemed somewhat familiar with geocaching, having encountered someone else who was looking for this one. I will keep my [url=]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Dec 4, 2006

Telegram From College

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

I took a two-pronged approach: I wrote a simple program to brute-force the solution, and while it was running, I worked out the solution by hand. I finished before my program did, although I don't know whether that's because I solve puzzles well, or because I program poorly. The cache was a quick find after work, once a muggle went inside to start his shift. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Dec 2, 2006

Hungering For A Cache

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a quick find while running errands. I had the place pretty much to myself. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCG1TF]the virtual cache I found last night[/url], SL. TFTC!

Dec 1, 2006

A Simple Life

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

My company's holiday party was at a nearby restaurant tonight, and my wife and I walked over before driving home. I'll keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this virtual cache moving. TFTC!

GeoBeads #11 - Free Bead with Membership

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

This was a quick find before work, in the first place I searched. Now I really have completed your GeoBeads series! T GeoBead #11, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 30, 2006

Small park, regular cache

By: yungman Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was a quick find before work. This is a nice little park, if you don't mind the Marsh Road traffic. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Atherton toll bridge...tunnel...err...channel...

By: dr.dolittle & faith Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This was a quick find before work. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB165G7]Ladybug Geocoin[/url], L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Rosita Park

By: mharrigan Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I was in the area, so I dropped by to pick up this cache. I had this nice little park to myself. The stash note is tattered, and the preprinted spaces on the log were full. I signed on the back of the last log sheet. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 27, 2006

The Station 2 Cache

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

This was a quick find after work in a nice little park. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBZNRY]lost cat[/url] TB and Ducky Lee duck, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKYAV]Cookie Monster Cookbook[/url] TB, seashells, Dr. Seuss stickers, and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token

Fair Oaks Cache

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

Another nice little park, and another quick find after work. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB162TA]2006 Alaska Geocoin[/url] and BRIAN+ALANA sig card, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 22, 2006

Digits

By: PhilippeGPS (now managed by WeBeDnD) Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

What a beautiful way to start a morning! This one has been on my "nearest to home" list for quite a while, and I solved it a few months ago. But the cache itself is a fair distance from home, so I ended up saving it for a special occasion. I made a special trip for this one "on the way to work" this morning; it was my 350th find. I saw PO along the way, but found a route to the cache that avoided it. (At least, I hope I did... 8-/ ) The cache itself was a quick find once I reached GZ. T Team Ottlet sig token #32 and large Rogue Ramblers sig token, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB15V9E]my CCCL motogrrl Memorial Geocoin[/url], [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB12Y86]"Knob Mountain (MT)" Green Jeep TB[/url], seashells, toy keys, [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. I also managed to reassemble the "8 Ball" puzzle after foolishly takin g it apart; I left it for the amusement of the next lucky cacher. Thanks for the fun puzzle, and TFTC!

Nov 21, 2006

Other Than My Own?

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

Hey, look what showed up on my "nearest to work" list! There's a lot about this one that seems familiar, but that's okay. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the silly puzzle and TFTC! (PS: Yes, I had to look up the information.)

Nov 19, 2006

Hail Caesar

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

I solved the puzzle quite a while ago. Yesterday I dropped by to find the cache, but I misremembered the landmarks from the satellite photos. I couldn't find legal access to the location I was trying to get to, but that's just as well, given that it was the wrong location. I realized my mistake after rechecking the satellite photos. Today I dropped by again while running errands. Armed with my GPSr this time, I easily found the correct location and the cache. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.a spx?tracker=TBZ8YC]Legolock[/url] TB and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 18, 2006

All in All ...

By: 0rla & eyeob Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I had time for a few quick finds after my bi-monthly [url=http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/]blood-donation appointment[/url]. I liked the camouflage on this one. TN, L [url=]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCZ617]the previous cache I found[/url], SL. TFTC!

City-Wide Wi-Fi

By: zapboy Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I had time for a few quick finds after my bi-monthly [url=http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/]blood-donation appointment[/url]. This one was an interesting twist on a common technique. My [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token did not fit in this nano-cache, so I'll keep it moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Never on a Sundae

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

I had time for a few quick finds after my bi-monthly [url=http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/]blood-donation appointment[/url]. This one felt familiar, with a bit of a twist. My [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token did not fit in this nano-cache, so I'll keep it moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

I want to be a Hilton

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

I had time for a few quick finds after my bi-monthly [url=http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/]blood-donation appointment[/url]. This hide technique is easy to spot once you've seen a few others like it. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www. geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRZ9K]the previous cache I found[/url], SL. TFTC!

Nov 16, 2006

Urban Beach #2

By: magata Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

This one showed up at the top of my "nearest to work" list when I got back from vacation, so I stopped by to pick it up this morning. It was a quick find with dw's coordinates. This is a great park. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBZ8YC]Legolock[/url] TB and Bob & Elliecat sig token, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJCJ7]TopSecret[/url] TB, ring, and [url=]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens (for this cache, for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCHK3T]the virtual cache I found before this cache[/url], and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC870B]the virtual cache I found before that[/url]), SL. TFTC!

Nov 15, 2006

The World's Largest Artichoke

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

I've been here before, but we stopped by today at the end of a 10-day road trip. My [url=]trackable[/url] niraD sig token for this virtual cache will keep moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Nov 13, 2006

Gem of Big Sur

By: Team Jelly Belly & Leap Frog Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

There was a lot of "humidity" today, but it was still a beautiful hike. On the way back, we stopped to see and read about the Pelton Wheel. My [url=]trackable[/url] niraD sig token for this virtual cache will keep moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Nov 12, 2006

Salmo Rivulus

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

I had to catch up to the rest of my group (I'm the only geocacher among them), so I decrypted the hint right away. At the first branch in the main path, they left stones arranged in an arrow. Unfortunately, someone messed up the arrow before I got there. Fortunately, I was able to find them anyway. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB12Y86]"Knob Mountain (MT)" Green Jeep[/url] TB and damp chewing gum that was sliming the other cache contents, L seashells and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Slide

By: Just a Short Walk Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

I walked over this morning from [url=http://www.raggedpointinn.com/overview.htm]Ragged Point Inn[/url]. It was a beautiful morning for a hike. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKYAV]Cookie Monster Cookbook[/url] TB, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBGPJH]Shansi Womble[/url], seashells, and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 11, 2006

Dockin it

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

Our day trip to Anacapa Island was cancelled, so I had time to pick up a few caches on the mainland. My first instinct on this one took me to more difficult terrain than necessary, but then I believed my GPSr and found it quickly. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRDPK]the previous cache I found[/url], SL. TFTC!

Double your pleasure, double your.......

By: pamarler Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Our day trip to Anacapa Island was cancelled, so I had time to pick up a few caches on the mainland. I saw this one immediately as I approached the location. I like these bold hides. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Pygmy Mammoths of the Channel Islands NP

By: TerryDad2 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Our day trip to Anacapa Island was cancelled, so I had time to pick up a few caches on the mainland. This was my first Earthcache. My [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token for this Earthcache will keep moving. TNLNSL, TFTC! (There were 8 people in our group; I was the only geocacher.)

Golden Years - C. I. Harbor

By: campyc Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

Our day trip to Anacapa Island was cancelled, so I had time to pick up a few caches on the mainland. This was a nice spot to watch the boats. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. (The container is not waterproof.) T ROXY1 sig card and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJCJ7]TopSecret[/url] TB, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJ511]Surfers Dream[/url] TB and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Watt's in a name?

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

Our day trip to Anacapa Island was cancelled, so I had time to pick up a few caches on the mainland. I had heard of caches like this one, but this is the first I've found. My [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token for this cache would not fit, so I'll keep it moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Nov 8, 2006

Thar She Blows

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

This was a quick find after spending a few hours at the nearby maritime museum (highly recommended, BTW). It was also my first find with my new GPSr, and my first find with a GPSr since the weekend I was introduced to geocaching. I tried to dry out the log in the sun, but it's still damp. Also, the container is too small to be a "regular" size cache. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 7, 2006

Cross-culturalism

By: chaosmanor Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

The monument was just down the street from our hotel, so I dropped by tonight before bed. My [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] signature token for this virtual cache will have to keep moving. Thanks for the history lesson and TFTC!

Haunted Ventura # 6

By: Mr and Mrs Cache....Adopted by lunarspaz Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was another quick find on a caching run near our hotel tonight. I enjoyed signing the log in the nearby courtyard. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] signature token, SL. TFTC!

Haunted Ventura # 3

By: Mr and Mrs Cache Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was another quick find on a caching run near our hotel tonight, although at first I thought I might not be able to access the cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] signature token, SL. TFTC!

Haunted Ventura # 4

By: Mr and Mrs Cache....Adopted by lunarspaz Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find on a caching run near our hotel tonight. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] signature tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCEC65]the virtual cache[/url] I found before this one, SL. TFTC!

Nov 3, 2006

Cheapco or Employee of the Month

By: Bob & Elliecat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one showed up at the top of my "nearest to work" list, and tonight I finally dropped by to pick it up. The sandwich-size container looked more like a "small" than a "regular" to me. This kind of semi-disposable container tends to leak, and there was no stash note, so I left a waterproof stash note and log sheet. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBGPJH]Shansi Womble TB[/url], L keychain, seashells, and a [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 2, 2006

Queen of the Irish

By: Lil Checkers with the rest of Team Checker Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

I saw this one Friday evening At the unevent. Solved it quickly Monday morning
And I found the clever hint.

Found it after work this ev'ning.
My search did not take long.

But the only thing I hear now
Is a "quite contagious" song!

[T [url=http://www.checker.geocoin.net/]Team Checker signature geocoin[/url], L Multnomah Falls bookmark, GDB & Dr. Seuss stickers, keychain, seashells, and [url=]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the fun puzzle and for the excuse for the walk on such a beautiful night, and TFTC!] [Edit: corrected date]

Nov 1, 2006

Three Women Who Cared

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

I don't normally log multi-cache reconnaissance trips (where I visit only the non-final stages), however today's ride to and through the baylands was so beautiful that I felt I had to post a note. Thanks for the excuse for both the ride and the walk (along the boardwalk)! Anyway, I found all the first 3 stages easily. I'll try to get back for the final later this month.

GeoBeads #10 - Star Light, Star Bright

By: zapboy with help from workerofwood Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I have now completed the GeoBeads series! I liked the hide style of this one, but I'm glad I had the location to myself tonight. The log got a little damp; as I was finishing up, it started raining. It was just a short one-minute shower, but I had the log out when it hit. T GeoBead #10, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the GeoBeads series and TFTC!

Oct 31, 2006

GeoBeads #9 - Hidden in a Hidden Walkway

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

The camouflage of this one reminds me of a nearby cache. It hides the container nicely from muggles, without being too difficult for geocachers to figure out. I dropped by to pick up this one after finding [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPX9V]GeoBeads #8[/url]. There were a lot of costumed pedestrians tonight, but I was able to retrieve and replace the cache during breaks in the traffic. T GeoBead #9, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

A Little Evil

By: zapboy Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Ah, yes... It was much easier to find when I was searching the correct location. This one didn't seem particularly evil though, because it's pretty clear from the cache description (and from the pattern established by other caches in the series) where it should be. The location was free of costumed pedestrians tonight. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. T GeoBead #8, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

A Little Evil

By: zapboy Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was going to post a DNF, but upon reviewing the satellite photos, it seems that I misremembered my landmarks and was searching the wrong location this morning. Sigh... I bet it will be much easier to find when I'm searching the correct location. But at least I got to see hundreds (!) of costumed children, parents, and teachers from the nearby school walking by on their way somewhere. A while later, I spotted them on their way back and decided it was time to leave.

Oct 30, 2006

A Digital Puzzle

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

I've had the coordinates for a while, but wanted to wait to do this one in sequence with the rest of the series. This was a quick find on the way home from [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCN51T]GeoBeads #6[/url]. T GeoBead #7, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Geobeads #6 - Pick Up Stix

By: zapboy with help from workerofwood Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was the first cache in the series that wasn't a quick find, in part because the hide location didn't fit the pattern I'd come to expect of this series. T GeoBead #6 (zapboy signature bead), L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

GeoBeads #5 ? Teal Tressel

By: zapboy with help from workerofwood Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

A quick find on my way to the Caltrain station. Okay, so it was a slight detour... T GeoBead #5, L [url=]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 29, 2006

GeoBeads #4 ? The Jos Memorial

By: zapboy with help from workerofwood Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

Another quick find along the Stevens Creek Trail. T GeoBead #4, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 28, 2006

GeoBeads #3 ? Down the Chute

By: zapboy with help from workerofwood Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This was a quick find while running errands. It will be nice when the Stevens Creek Trail continues beyond this odd little neighborhood. T GeoBead #3, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 26, 2006

Bad Luck

By: zapboy Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This one has been on my "nearest to home" list for almost two weeks now. I finally got around to picking it up. I ended up using the hint; this hide style seems difficult for me. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJ511]Surfers Dream[/url] TB, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJ0Q0]CPU phone home[/url] TB, seashells, and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

GeoBeads #1 ? Around the Corner

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

I missed my train this morning. Actually, it was full and the conductors wouldn't let any more cyclists on. Sigh... So while I waited for the next train, I decided to go ahead and start the GeoBeads series, since I've finally got something to tie the cord to, and since GeoBeads #1 is just down the street from the Caltrain station. T GeoBead #1 (there are 7 beads left), L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Creekside Park

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

This was a quick find after work. I had noticed this park before, and figured it should have a cache, but I was still waiting to start the GeoBeads series at the time. Anyway, GeoBeads #3 is next! T GeoBead #2, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 25, 2006

Pheasant Roost

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

What a beautiful morning to ride through the baylands! The birds, the water, the morning sun... And ah, the joys of caching without a GPSr... I started in the wrong location. Naturally, I didn't find the cache, but I did some CITO and I saw a rabbit. After deciding that I'd misremembered the satellite photo, I started back, only to find the correct location around the next bend. Once I was at the correct location, it was a quick find. T origami star, L seashells and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Lizard Chick's Espresso Society Cache

By: Capt Tong & the Jungle Mock Rangers Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Ah, that explains the checksum error. It also matches the location where I found the container better... SMILIE

Duck View

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

What a wonderful morning to ride through the baylands! This was a quick find in a beautiful location, and there were lots of birds everywhere. T digitalfish #2966 and TwoToques sig card, L bird keychain, digitalfish #4925, and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPAXW]the previous cache I found[/url]), SL. TFTC!

Oct 23, 2006

Speed Ease

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

The container is missing its lid. There is an improvised flap of duct tape for now, but it won't last long.

Oct 21, 2006

GOT NET?

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I looked fruitlessly for a while, then left to grab a cup of coffee at [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRH0V]a nearby coffee shop[/url]. On the way back I found [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQNDQ]another nearby micro[/url] and then looked some more for this one. I eventually read the hint, which gave me a few good ideas of what I should be looking for, but still no luck.

Proposal Point

By: RodnSon Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was here on our church's bike hike for 3rd and 4th grade boys (and their dads). We took a rest break nearby, so I grabbed this cache while the other leaders watched the boys. It is indeed a beautiful spot for a proposal. Congratulations! T ring, L seashell, CA geocoin WN50381, and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Slow Down!

By: Boulter (adopted by AlphaRomero) Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Earlier today I found [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=Speed Ease]a speed-oriented cache[/url]. I like this slow one a lot better, although I found it fairly quickly, and people were zooming by all around me. I had heard of such camouflage, but this is the first example I've found. Nice job! My [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token for this nano-cache will have to keep moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Speed Ease

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

The coordinates originally pointed me to a location on the wrong side of a fence, but I expanded my search radius a bit and found it quickly. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 20, 2006

A Little Logic

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

I had no trouble solving the puzzle or finding the cache, which was in the first place I looked. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. The extra log space on the stash note will help too, since the log sheet was filling up, and for some reason my pen wasn't writing well on the paper. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for a fun little puzzle, and TFTC!

Oct 18, 2006

Border Patrol #2

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I found it so quickly this morning, I have to wonder how I missed it last week. Oh, well. This is a nice path along here. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mental Workout

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I eat at the nearby pizza place regularly, but I can't do any geocaching then. Tonight I happened to be in the area and dropped by for this cache. It was a quick find. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. I replaced the oversized ziplock with a smaller one that is just big enough for the log, so it fits in the container much better. But I didn't have the necessary things to fix up the container, which is held together with masking tape. T CA geocoin WN50381, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 17, 2006

Hey, Jude...

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

For the record, this is not a Windows-only puzzle. I found a tool that works for someone using any OS.

Oct 16, 2006

Urban Beach #1

By: magata Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

This one showed up on my "nearest to work" list, so this morning I dropped by for a quick find before work. I had this beautiful park to myself, so there were no junior muggles (or their parents) to worry about. TN, L CA wooden geocoin #WN51412 and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Frank's Tannery

By: crawburr Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I dropped by on the way home from work tonight. What a great surprise, and I had the place to myself! There were plenty of birds around, but it was getting too dark for me to be able to identify them. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for showing me this hidden treasure, and TFTC!

Oct 14, 2006

What, No Spinach?

By: popeye2 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I dropped by back in April to get the information I needed, however, I treated this cache like an offset multi-cache, rather than a puzzle cache. Sometime in July, I dropped by to pick up the cache, but it wasn't where I expected it to be. I didn't post a DNF at the time, because I wasn't confident that I remembered the satellite-photo landmarks correctly. Today I tried again, using different coordinates based on a puzzle-cache approach, and this was a quick find. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Triangle

By: Rocket Girl & DuckeyLee Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I found this one fairly quickly. It's smaller than I expected, but still rather large considering how busy the area is. T Blanston12 SMB #1092 and CA wooden nickle #WN51412, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB15V53]my CCC motogrrl Memorial Geocoin[/url], Blanston12 SMB #259, and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Built Here: The White House

By: Adamski Adventurers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a quick find, mainly because there was nowhere else to look. I was in the area helping the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJ0Q0]CPU phone home[/url] TB complete its goal, and grabbed this cache along the way. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Coffee Anyone

By: Rocket Girl Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I've been by here a couple other times, but this was the first time I was able to search. After patronizing the coffee shop, I found the cache quickly. There was no stash note, and the log was filling up, so I left a Rite in the Rain stash note and log. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 13, 2006

Skylit

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

This was a quick find on the way home from work--just what I needed tonight. I was the first to sign the new log. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 12, 2006

4|23 `/0|_| |337 3|\|0|_|6|-|

By: vaccine Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

`/35, 1 4|\/| |337 3|\|0|_|6|-|. [I tried to write the whole log like this, but it kept getting munged by GC.com] I knew I was very close so I kept looking and looking and looking... I was about to give up when I decided to repeat something I had tried earlier. This time it worked. Now I need to become a premium member so I can publicly bookmark this as one of my favorite caches. It was an excellent choice fo r my three hundredth find. Getting my first FTF was just icing on the cake. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRM4Z]the previous cache I found[/url], SL. [url=http://www.geocaching.c om/tr ack/details.aspx?tracker=TB15V53]My CCC motogrrl Memorial Geocoin[/url] would not fit in this micro cache, so I will keep it moving. Thanks for the puzzle and TFTC.

Open 24 hours

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

Wow! What a climb! I made it most of the way up the hill with my bike's granny gear, but at the end I had to get off and walk. I found the cache itself quickly, in the third place I looked. TNLNSL. My [url=url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token wouldn't fit in this nano cache, so I'll keep it moving. TFTC!

Oct 11, 2006

Border Patrol #2

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I didn't have much time after finding [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCGPK6]a nearby puzzle cache[/url], and I didn't realize that the replacement container is a micro, so don't worry too much about this DNF. I'll be back when I can search more thoroughly.

The Dead

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

This morning, I found this one the multi-cache way; I figured out the puzzle-cache way only after the fact. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 10, 2006

Square News

By: momagna Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find on the way home from work, and I was the first to sign the replacement log. After finding the cache, I decrypted the hint, but I still don't understand it. There was no stash note, so I left one. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 6, 2006

Lizard Chick's Espresso Society Cache

By: Capt Tong & the Jungle Mock Rangers Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Earlier this week, I collected the necessary information for A, B, and C, and then worked out X and Y. My checksum for Y didn't match, but the coordinates I came up with seemed very likely. This morning, I double-checked the value of C before heading to my coordinates. I found the cache easily, so I'm pretty sure the checksum needs to be updated. I recommend replacing the container with something waterproof; the bottom is already rusting. T BADGES button, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBNV0F]LFD's EU Geoco in #1 (0840)[/url], keychain, [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the excuse to explore downtown San Mateo, and TFTC!

Sylvan Park

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

This was a quick find this morning, but not quick enough: I still missed my train. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Little Fellows

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

Thanks for showing me this mural. I found the cache quickly. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 4, 2006

Mind-Parole

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

I finally had the "aha moment" yesterday. I really enjoy puzzles like this, once I figure them out. SMILIE This morning, I reached GZ, looked around, and found a likely hiding spot. However, the location turned out to be incapable of holding a cache. Thinking about it, a decon container probably wouldn't have fit. Anyway, I checked the hint and found the cache shortly thereafter.

Or rather, I found th e remnants of the cache shortly thereafter. [:(] Something chewed up the decon container pretty badly. I looked around, but didn't find any of the cache contents. Sorry.

Play Ball II

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

Overall, this is a nice park, but I filled 3 grocery bags doing CITO while looking for the cache, and the area can still use CITO. I finally decrypted the hint and found it quickly. There was no stash note, so I left one. I also put the log book and stash note in a ziplock, because this kind of semi-disposable container is prone to leaking. TN, L [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com /seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCDA6B]the previous cache I found[/url]), SL. TFTC!

Oct 2, 2006

Kiss the Dog!

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find after collecting info from the first stages of [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRG70]a nearby multi-cache[/url]. I just looked around GZ for a perfect location for a "really evil" hide, and there it was. It took me a while to realize that I needed to use my other hand to retrieve the container though. I'm not sure why the "attachment mechanism" isn't working, but it doesn't seem to be necessary. My [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token for this cache wouldn't fit, so I'll keep it moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Joani's Prize

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by Team 5150) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This was a quick find after collecting info from the first stages of [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRG70]a nearby multi-cache[/url]. I noticed a likely hiding spot as I circled the cache site on my bicycle, and sure enough, that's where the cache was. I enjoyed looking at the nearby rose garden, but the roses didn't seem very fragrant this morning. I dropped [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBNV0F]LFD's EU Geocoin #1 (0840)[/url], but had to take it back out since the cache description asks us not to leave hitch hikers. There wa s no stash note, so I left one. TN, L seashells and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 29, 2006

...smells just as sweet.

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

I was at a nearby merchant to pick up an order, so I dropped by to pick up this cache as well. What a beautiful rose garden! T Duckey Lee sig item and broken seashells, L seashells and [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 27, 2006

Sandpipers

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

This was the third of three easy finds on a ride through the baylands this morning. This is indeed a great place for a bike ride. There were a lot of birds around this morning, although I couldn't tell a sandpiper from any of the others. TN, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Birders

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

This was the second of three easy finds on a ride through the baylands this morning. This is indeed a great place for a bike ride. Originally, I scrolled past the 5/28 note, and was looking for a bison tube per the 2/21 note. I found the film can (per the 5/28 note), but it wasn't really "at the base" as described. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Diversity

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

This was the first of three easy finds on a ride through the baylands this morning. This is indeed a great place for a bike ride. There was a lot of beautiful diversity to take in, although the caches themselves weren't very diverse. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 26, 2006

Carlos Theater

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

This brought back memories. I remember watching [i]The Sound of Music[/i] in one of those big, ornate cinemas when I was a kid. As of [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=1880f825-ea13-4ee7-ae96-47045f6ecea1]last Mother's Day[/url], it was still there, but it's unused and run down. There wasn't really room for my signature token in this cache, so I left it in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJBCF]the next cache I found[/url]. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Ashen Cache

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

It's a lot easier to find these things when you have the right coordinates. [;)] Last night I was searching in the wrong location and found an empty film canister. Before sending the owner email, I double-checked my coordinates and caught a stupid math error. Sometimes a film canister is just a film canister... This morning, I did some much-needed CITO while waiting for a nearby muggle to depart. Once I had the location to myself, I found the container quickly. But I'm still not sure I "get" the puzzle, even though I figured out the solution. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Along the De Anza Trail 2 - CHP

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

This is the second cache of this series that I've found. The [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCK21G]other one[/url] is less than a mile from home. TN, L niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCXVKF]the previous cache I found[/url], SL. TFTC!

Sep 21, 2006

The Da Vinci Cache

By: brown-eyed susan Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I was familiar with the "classic" Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5,...). It was fun (and occasionally surprising) to work out the other sequences. The cache was a quick find after work. T digitalfish #4925, L digitalfish #1858 and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 20, 2006

CalTrain - Burlingame

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

For the record, the final cache for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJQMD]CalTrain - Weekend Trains[/url] series has been archived.

CalTrain - Millbrae

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

For the record, the final cache for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJQMD]CalTrain - Weekend Trains[/url] series has been archived.

CalTrain - Redwood City

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

For the record, the final cache for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJQMD]CalTrain - Weekend Trains[/url] series has been archived.

CalTrain - San Carlos

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

For the record, the final cache for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJQMD]CalTrain - Weekend Trains[/url] series has been archived.

Ceara's Cache!

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

The baylands were beautiful this morning. Swapped AlphaRomero Wood Slices (T #461, L #55), T Geo Baby sig magnet, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11ZP5]Happy Ness[/url] TB, keychain, and niraD sig token. Thanks for the excuse to come back out to the baylands, and TFTC!

Salt Water Marsh

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

The baylands were beautiful this morning. The container lid was loose, but everything inside seemed fine. T red 10 Canada poker chip, L GDB stickers and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 18, 2006

Dave got Cached at Shoreline

By: rjb2001, BiggggAl, and friends of DMB Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Hey, a new cache at the top of my "nearest to home" list! This was a quick find after work, in part because of the very obvious geotrail (geohighway?) that is forming. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBNV0F]LFD's EU Geocoin #1 (0840)[/url], L keychain and niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for bringing me back out to Shoreline, and TFTC!

Coin Trading

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

I figured out the basic concept during my morning Caltrain commute a while back, but at the time, I lacked the resources to work out the final coordinates. This afternoon, I did the necessary research, and this evening, I grabbed the cache. TN, L niraD sig token, dipped [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBNV0F]LFD's EU Geocoin #1 (0840)[/url] into the cache (it seemed appropriate, given the theme), SL. Thanks for a fun puzzle, and TFTC!

Sep 16, 2006

Black Adder

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

I solved this one some time ago. It's outside my normal "area of operations", but one of the owner's other caches was showing up on my "nearest to home" list, and one thing led to another... Anyway, today I finally got around to picking it up before heading over to Lake Del Valle. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Eye Cue Test

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I stumbled upon this listing after finding some of the owner's other caches, which have been on my "nearest to work" list. I enjoy wordplay and visual puns like these, so I had a solution quickly... but the checksum was wrong. [:(] I tried to figure out what I'd done wrong, but finally I gave up and emailed the owner. It turns out that I had come up with a variant answer for one of the puzzles. (I still think my answer is more appropriate than the one the owner prefers, but...) Anyway, I didn't expect to get over to the East Bay to find this one so soon, but I was able to pick it up on the way to Lake Del Valle. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Buzzards Roost

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Next weekend, I'm helping lead our church's canoeing and camping trip to Lake Del Valle for 3rd and 4th grade boys (and their dads). Today, I was scouting out the site, and decided to pick up a couple finds while I was at it. (I doubt I'll have time for geocaching next weekend.) I found this one lying in the open completely exposed. After signing the log, I looked around for nearby hiding places that matched the cache description and the hint. The spot I chose can't have been too bad, because KG GeoCachers and Oculus found it just fine. But there's a good chance that it's no longer where the owner originally hid it. Also, there was no stash note, so I left one.

T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKTYV]Calling Dr. Badzt Maru[/url] TB (but gave it to KG GeoCachers when they caught up to me at [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details .aspx?wp=GCH6Y4]The Old Tree[/url]), L keychain and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

The Old Tree

By: Silka Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1956]Little Whale Bug[/url] and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBB8A6]Ten the Hard Way[/url] are no longer in this cache. Sorry.

The Old Tree

By: Silka Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

Next weekend, I'm helping lead our church's canoeing and camping trip to Lake Del Valle for 3rd and 4th grade boys (and their dads). Today, I was scouting out the site, and decided to pick up a couple finds while I was at it. (I doubt I'll have time for geocaching next weekend.) This was an easy find at the end of the day. I spotted the cache location from a few hundred feet away. Just as I was finishing signing the log, the younger KG GeoCacher came over the hill and asked, "Are you a geocacher?" The older KG GeoCacher and Oculus followed.

As we chatted, the younger KG GeoCacher mentioned that he was disappointed not to have found the [url=http://w ww.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKTYV]Calling Dr. Badzt Maru[/url] TB in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCG8RM]Buzzards Roost[/url]. I told him that I had grabbed it and gave it to him. He gave me the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11ZP5]Happy Ness[/url] TB once we got back to the parking lot. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJ0Q0]CPU phone home[/url], L keychain and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Love

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

This one has been on my "nearest to home" list for a while, and I solved it some time ago. However, being more than 7 miles from the posted coordinatees, it's outside my normal "area of operations". I finally got around to picking it up today before heading over to Lake Del Valle. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 15, 2006

MTF

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

STF by about 10 minutes! I saw this at the top of my "nearest to home" list. Unfortunately, I was at work at the time. Ditto dw's comments: Google showed my how, but I worked out the solution by hand. And the final location fit the theme nicely! T digitalfish #1858 and soccer coin, L digitalfish #4554, seashell, niraD sig token, SL. This microcache is rather full... Thanks for the very interesting puzzle, and TFTC!

Wooden Brother

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

This was a quick find before work. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for showing me the Wooden Brother, and TFTC!

Sep 14, 2006

Menlo Park Rest Stop

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

This was a quick find before visiting one of the nearby merchants with my wife, but I did take a few moments to appreciate the memorial in this corner of the park. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 13, 2006

Screwed Up

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

Wow... [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMAFG]My first find[/url] was a large cache, but at the time, I couldn't really appreciate what it takes to hide one. And this one is a puzzle cache! I can forgive a few screw-ups. Anyway, this cache has been on my "nearest to church" list for a while, but when I first saw it, I couldn't make sense of it. Now, I have experience solving [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQ7GM]quite[/url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRP9N ]a[/url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCN4P7]few[/url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCM8FY]other[/url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCVQ97]very[/url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCX0HG]geeky[/url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNJ3J]puzzle[/url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMZZT]caches[/url], and earlier this week I took another look at this one and figured out its theme. A few visits to Google, a little custom software, a lot of CPU cycles--I had the final coordinates. But there's a difference between having the final coordinates and having the cache.

For starters, I left [url=http://www.thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1595]my GPSr[/url] at home. But I remembered the locations of a couple [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCH2E9]other[/ url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQHTH]caches[/url] that I had found earlier, and I was able to work out the approximate location of this one without it. But I also neglected to bring the special equipment I had used for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detail s.aspx?wp=GCWVF7]the extreme terrain cache that I found last night[/url]. I got a little wet getting to this one, but that's okay: I needed to buy new shoes anyway.

It's a good thing I have experience with [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMWKK]cleverly[/url] [url=http://w ww.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJT6R]camouflaged[/url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPDVR]caches[/url]. But reaching the (very appropriate) final location and finally holding the log in my hand was worth all the trouble. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the screwy adventure, and TFTC!

Sep 12, 2006

Elevated Awareness - Coyote Point on a budget

By: vaccine Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 5.0 Container: Micro

From the cache description, I had a pretty good idea how the container would be hidden and what kind of tool I'd need. This evening, I happened to have a tool which I thought would be appropriate, although it was originally designed for [url=http://www.therallyeclub.org/what.htm]a rather different purpose[/url]. I dropped by after work, found the cache hidden as I expected it to be hidden, and was able to retrieve and replace the cache easily. The lid for the f ilm can was missing, but I happened to find one on the ground nearby [:O], so it is no longer missing. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the challenge, and TFTC!

Mariner Kakuro

By: Shores Scout Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I didn't realize that September is "the rain season", but the grassy area was definitely soggy. I chose to avoid it on my way back to the car. I found the container on the ground, but I figured out the attachment mechanism and put it back where it belongs. T anonymous red-white-and-blue Fimo token, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the interesting puzzle, thanks for bringing me out to the baylands again, and TFTC!

Sep 11, 2006

Top of the Hill

By: Billspursuit Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Even using my bike's granny gear, this was a long, slow climb. I saw the cache location quickly, but before I logged it, I did a little repair work on the nearby landscaping. (Several of the river rocks were clearly out of place.) I had no difficulty signing the waterproof log, but getting it out of the container was a challenge. The next finder should have an easier time of it though, since I noticed the "pull tab" and figured out how the log had been folded originally. The "pull tab" is now facing the container lid, where it can be used to retrieve the log easily.

TN, L niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJ4TZ]the previous cache I found[/url] (a nano without enough room for sig tokens), SL. Thank s for bringing me to the Top of the Hill, and TFTC!

Shopping by Numbers

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

I was FTF the new log. It's much easier to find when it's actually there... [;)] I left my sig token for this nano cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMZAM]the next cache I found[/url], since there was no room for it here. TNLNSL. Thanks for teaching me a bit about the businesses at the mall, thanks for bringing me up the hill again, and TFTC!

Sep 8, 2006

Cache Across America California

By: Mystery Ink Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Small

[I managed to repeat a familiar pattern: I parked my bike, looked for the cache while expanding my search radius further and further, and then found the cache right next to my parked bike. But still, I enjoyed finding this one, the first I've found to use this technique. The real problem is that now that I've decrypted the hint, how can I get the voices of] the Kingston Trio and the Smothers Brothers [out of my head? SMILIE T kablooey token, L seashells and niraD sig token, recorded code, and SL. Thanks for bringing me out here again, and TFTC!]

Ode To Gilligan

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

I was in the area, so I dropped by. The Minnow is indeed gone. But there are a couple boat trailers here, so perhaps a new Minnow will show up sometime...

SVC: Microsoft in the Valley

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

I was in the area, so I dropped by. It is definitely not where I found it previously.

Sep 7, 2006

My First Micro

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I've been aware of this one for a while now, but I finally had the "aha moment" yesterday. I had the final coordinates quickly after that. (Yes, I'm a geek, too.) It's amazing what you can learn while geocaching, both by solving puzzles and by reading the encrypted hints. [:D] TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 5, 2006

Fangorn

By: sandlotfamily Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a quick find after work, and a pleasant spot. TN, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 1, 2006

look out above

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

This was a quick find after work. T new GeoWomyn_SF_CA sig postoid, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBM1ZG]Mr. Brownie[/url] TB, seashells, and new niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for bringing me back out to the baylands, and TFTC!

Aug 31, 2006

Don't mess with the Army

By: Jim and Jeanette Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

I found this one pretty quickly, considering the hide technique. It's a good thing no one was around though. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKNAP]Travel Bug soldiers[/url] and new niraD sig token, SL. This isn't quite the "historical military site" the TB soldiers want to visit, but I think this cache's theme is appropriate. TFTC!

Community Garden

By: Sierra Hikers Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Hey, I recognize this park! I was here a few years ago for a company picnic, but I didn't notice the beautiful community garden then. I wholeheartedly agree with the hint, BTW. SMILIE It took me an awfully long time to find this 1.5-star micro-cache; I just kept looking right past it. There was no stash note, so I left one. TN, L seashell and new niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for bringing me back here, and TFTC!

The Cuesta Quest

By: Beckerbuns Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

What a great micro-wilderness spot. I've been to Cuesta Park many times, but I've never been out here. Sitting next to the open ammo box, I could almost forget that suburbia was no more than a few hundred feet away in any direction. T babest51 sig card and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBM1ZG]Mr. Brownie[/url] TB, L seashells, [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBX0A5]Haughtons Hunters Geocoin[/url], and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 29, 2006

The bus stops here?!

By: vaccine Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a quick find after work. I first noticed bus stops on freeway offramps in Marin County, then then I noticed a few down here too. I suppose it makes sense for express busses. TN, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Benny

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

Wow! Thanks for introducing me to Benny's work. I don't think the stage 2 coordinates are very accurate, but as others have said, it really doesn't matter. I found the intended location easily, and enjoyed several others along the way. And what a great spot for the final stage! However, the log sheet is almost full. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBX0A5]Haughtons Hunters Geocoin[/url], L seashells and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 26, 2006

East Evelyn Oaks

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

This was a quick find while running errands. The nearby construction razed the other landmarks that I remembered from the satellite photos, but these two fine oak trees are still standing strong. There was no stash note, so I left one. TN, L seashells and new niraD sig token, SL. Thanks show showing me these oaks, and TFTC!

Aug 25, 2006

Wizard Walnut Huller

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

Thanks for bringing me to this interesting location. I'll have to come back later when I have more time, and when there isn't a wedding rehearsal taking place nearby. (Although I did enjoy listening to the recessional music while logging the find.) T anonymous Fimo token, L seashell and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 24, 2006

Northern CA Solar System Model: Luna

By: shadow101 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I figured that I probably wouldn't be able to find this one when I saw the nearby construction, but I was wrong. There it was, safe and sound. TN, L new niraD sig token (yes, it fit), SL. TFTC!

Aug 23, 2006

Government Test

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

This was a quick find before work, and before finding [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCH4MX]the other "Government Test" cache[/url]. There was no stash note, so I left one. And the container isn't waterproof, so I left the stash note and log in a new ziplock. TN, L new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

RWC History 101: Climate Best by Government Test

By: PisoMojado Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

A few weeks ago, I recorded the information at stage 1 while waiting for Caltrain. This morning, I dropped by to find stage 2 before work (and after finding [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCK7Y7]the other "Government Test" cache[/url]). It's easy to use CITO as cover here. T broken maze toy, L frog flinger, seashells, and new niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the history lesson and TFTC!

Aug 22, 2006

Shopping by Numbers

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

I dropped by again this morning before work, armed with a more specific description of the hide location from the owner. It isn't there. Sorry. [:(]

Stairway to the Bay

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

I dropped by this morning to grab the yellow Echo token. Now all I need is a pair of Jazz tokens to log the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNYVP]101 TFTs cache closest to my home[/url]. (I left some GDB stickers.)

Shopping by the water

By: Bob & Elliecat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find before work. There was no stash note, so I left one. I also put the stash note and log in a ziplock, since the container is not waterproof. T digitalfish #4554, L digitalfish #4329 and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 21, 2006

Almost Eden

By: mjp303 (adopted by niraD) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I dropped off [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB15WQ6]my CCL motogrrl Memorial Geocoin[/url] this evening. (It wouldn't fit in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCXM27]my 250th find[/url] this morning.)

Rogue Ramblers' 45-Step Birthday Cache

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Finally! It turns out that last time I followed all 45 stages correctly, but just didn't find the container. Then I proceeded to overthink the puzzle, retracing all previous stages, starting over from the top, pursuing assorted red herrings, etc. This morning, after a bit of reflection, I found the cache in the area I had searched originally. TN, L new niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the fun challenge and TFTC, my 250th find!

Big Worm-Gear Needed

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I had noticed the DNFs, and since I was in the neighborhood, I dropped by to check on the cache. It's still right where I found it.

Aug 18, 2006

Tanks for the Cache

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

"Tanks" for bringing me here. For some reason I was expecting a nano cache, so I spent a fair bit of time looking for something tiny hidden in plain sight. Eventually I read the hint and found it quickly thereafter. I placed the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKNAP]Travel Bug soldiers[/url] in the container, but then I had to take them back out so I could put the log back in. [:D] T frog flinger, L 1965 Éire penny and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Rogue Ramblers' 45-Step Birthday Cache

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was hoping to make this my 250th find, but I got stuck looking for my next clue. I'll be back.

Aug 17, 2006

Shopping by Numbers

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

I finally got around to figuring out the value of e, and this morning I rode up the hill from the Hillsdale Caltrain station. This is a nice neighborhood, and a nice location. But even with the hint, I couldn't find the cache. I even searched all the nearby objects that matched the hint. I'll be back.

Aug 16, 2006

Bus Bench Bogaloo #5

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

This one is just down the street from my home, so I dropped by while cycling to the Caltrain station this morning. I noticed some seashells on the ground below the cache location, so I returned them to the container.

Beware of the Horsemen

By: woody666 & NLRW Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I dropped by on the way to work, since this is just off the path I take cycling from the Caltrain station to work. (Yeah! I'm cycling again!) The coordinates were very good, and the camouflage really brought a smile to my face. [:D] FWIW, the niraD sig token in this cache is the one I left for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCP9XW]Burton Park Revisited[/url]. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKNAP]Travel Bug soldiers[/url], L seashells and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 14, 2006

Minor Inconvenience

By: Woof! Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one has been on my "nearest to work" list for a while. By the time I checked the puzzle hint, I had already adopted the suggestion on my own. However, I refused to see what was obviously missing, and kept overthinking the puzzle. I got the "aha moment" last week, and made the extra drive for the cache this morning before work. A very nice location, and a quick find once the area was clear of muggles. There was no stash note, so I left one. The container clearly is not waterproof, so I left the stash note and the (currently dry) log in a new ziplock. TN, L new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Ask Your Kids #3

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

This has been on my "nearest to work" list for a while. I hate to admit how long it took me to decrypt the code. Finally, I gave up searching the web for a key and quickly figured out the code on my own. After that, coming up with the final coordinates and finding the container were easy. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 12, 2006

Mayfield Puzzle

By: budd-rdc Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I was in the area, so I dropped by to check out the replacement cache. I think it blends into its environment much better than the one I found. But improvising a tool would have been much harder with this one.

Aug 10, 2006

Pete's Bair Cache

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

This was a fun multi-cache after work. Thanks for bringing me out here, although I have to wonder how much the area has changed since you hid it 3 years ago. TN, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 9, 2006

Olympic Wannabes

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

This was a quick find after work, but I lingered to enjoy the sculpture and the park, to do a little CITO, and to remember my great-aunt (who used to live down the street from this park). T chili token, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 8, 2006

The D.P.C.

By: Bob Cat Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find after work. I figured out the meaning of the cache name as I drove up. After finding the cache, I decrypted the hint, but it made no sense. While doing a little CITO, I found something that the hint could refer to, but it was more than 150' away, so I still don't get it. TN, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 7, 2006

Port Of Redwood City Redux

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I walked over after finding [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCT0B3]your cache across the harbor[/url]. Now I'm curious what a "typical CKayak decon placement" would be. Are those your terrain 5 caches that need a boat of some kind? T Quackercache sig item, L keychain, seashells, and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

JAFLP-Portside

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

A quick find after work. TN, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 4, 2006

Almost Eden

By: mjp303 (adopted by niraD) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I stopped by just before sunset to drop off [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBYYBY]Juul's rijksdaalder TB[/url], which is supposed to visit spiritual places.

Around Ten Birds

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

What a great location, and what a well-engineered cache! I enjoyed both the natural beauty and the artistic construction of the sitting area. Thanks for bringing me here. And the container was a delight to find. TN, L seashell and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Anchors Aweigh

By: crawburr Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I started off trying to work this one out by ear, but although I have a good ear for tunes, I have a very poor ear (or perhaps, a very poorly trained ear) for recognizing intervals. Of course, by the time I found sheet music for this tune, I probably could have worked it out by ear anyway. The location was appropriate, and a pleasant evening stroll. There was no stash note, so I left one. T dw's I [heart] Geocaching pin, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 3, 2006

10 Essentials

By: workerofwood, with thanks to Vaudesir Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was a quick find before work: I knew exactly where to look when I reached GZ, but I've found a few of these before. It's a great upgrade from the nano, though. There was no stash note, so I left one. T sig items (bughound's Scottish flag #255, zapboy's sushi bead #36) and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBYYBY]TB Juul's rijksdaalder TB[/url], swapped digitalfish (T #4329, L #3447), L CA wooden nickle, [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBGQW9]Asics Running Shoe TB[/url], seashells, and new niraD sig token.

They Call This Art? -

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

This was a quick find before work, in the first place I looked. But it's a very nice hide. And yes, I'd call this art. There was no stash note, so I left one. T crawburr's worksheet and solution/spoiler for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCXE6Z]a nearby puzzle cache[/url] (fortunately, I've already found it) and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBGQW9]Asics Running Shoe TB[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBG2A4]Little Miss Sunshine TB[/url], seashells, and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

The Fiber Channel

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Once I figured out the theme of this puzzle, it was just a matter of finding the appropriate tools to automate the decryption process. I stopped by after work and had to wait out a couple groups of muggles. But eventually I was able to search in earnest, and I found it quickly. The container wasn't quite closed, but with a bit of work, I figured out how to rearrange the stash note, log sheet, and ziplock so it would close completely. TN, L new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 2, 2006

Greenie

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

This was a quick find before work. The location is surprisingly peaceful, given the proximity of Oregon Expressway. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11AM3]Peking Duck TB[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBM8KZ]White "Jeep" TB[/url], seashells, and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Steeple Chase #1

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

This was a quick find on the way home after work, although it helps to have found other caches using this particular type of camouflage. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBG2A4]Little Miss Sunshine TB[/url] and CA wooden nickle, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11AM3]Peking Duck TB[/url], seashells, and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 1, 2006

The Original "Survivor"

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

After I figured out the theme, I had to figure out how the version I'm familiar with corresponded to the version used in the puzzle. Then it was a quick find on the way home from work. TN, L new niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the interesting puzzle, thanks for reminding me about this classic, and TFTC!

Jul 31, 2006

A cache for Arbor Duo

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

I saw this one on my "nearest to home" list. Unfortunately, I was at work at the time. [:(] I solved the puzzle quickly, since I raked up plenty of these when we lived in Sunnyvale. I found the container quickly because, well, great minds think alike! [:D] (I really do need to hide some of these caches that I've been planning.) When I read the log book, I discovered that I had missed the FTF by a few hours, and that I had missed ArborDuo by a few minutes. T ArborDuo coin for my sig item collection, L Mt. Hood boo kmark, GDB stickers, seashells, and a new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

View From The Office Too

By: Vaudesir Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I really enjoyed this puzzle. And as a bonus, it was nicely self-confirming when I figured out the theme. But when I checked the solution in the satellite photos, the location seemed... unlikely. An alternate solution produced a location that looked... not quite as unlikely. Email to the owner confirmed that the first solution was indeed correct. I found a nice ammo box full of goodies, but I didn't really care for the location. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBM8KZ]White "Jeep" Travel Bug[/url] (but it looks more like a VW bug), L seashells and new niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 30, 2006

Of the latin thing

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

After shopping at a nearby store, my wife and I walked over so I could show her this cache. The cache has migrated a few inches from where I originally found it, but is otherwise fine.

Jul 24, 2006

Almost Eden

By: mjp303 (adopted by niraD) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Last month, I accepted mjp303's invitation to adopt this cache, which was one of the first ones I found on my own. Today, I finally replaced the missing container. I apologize for the delay; I had to switch to "Plan B" because "Plan A" required seasonal products that are no longer available locally. The new container is in the same location as the previous one, but it's larger (about 60 in³) and camouflaged. I have updated the size and difficulty accordingly. I also updated the terrain, since the location is not wheelchair accessible.

Please help keep the TBs moving.

Jul 23, 2006

Hey, Jude...

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

At first, I tried to decrypt the coordinates on my own, but I quickly decided to use an appropriate tool instead. Finding the tool and using it was fairly straightforward, and the find itself was easy. I'm familiar with this location, since I've been trying to figure out how to put a camouflaged regular-sized cache here for a while. Oh well--ya' snooze, ya' lose... I put my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCG98Q]the next cache I found[/url], since there was no room for it in this nano cache.

Big Pink

By: SuMo Cyclist Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was an easy find, and a nice location. But even at 6:30pm, it was still awfully hot today. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB12321]Dawns 40th part 1[/url] TB and Nettles sig card, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB14D5C]Kansas Sunshine geocoin[/url], GDB stickers, and niraD sig tokens for this cache, for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCX0HG]the previous cache I found[/url], and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQNJ9]the cache I found before that[/url] (both nano caches without room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Jul 21, 2006

Stairway to the Bay

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

This was a quick find while I took a break from searching for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQNJ9]a nearby tribute to evil hides[/url]. I enjoyed the location while eating dinner, then went back to find the other one. Half the attachment mechanism has come off. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB14D5C]Kansas Sunshine geocoin[/url], L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Bad Dog!

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

I spent quite a while looking for this one unsuccessfully. Along the way, I picked up a couple bags of trash, read the hint, expanded my search radius, and found a few instances of what I expected the cache to look like (except they were all genuine, rather than camouflage for a cache). Finally, I gave up and found [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQ4GZ]a nearby cache[/url]. Afterwards, I reread this cache's description, returned to GZ, looked around for the best place for an evil hide, and found it fairly quickly. I was the first to sign the replacement log. I left my sig token for this nano cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCG98Q]th e next cache with enough room[/url] that I found, since it wouldn't fit here. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jul 20, 2006

Patricia Wharton Park #2

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

I dropped by after the unevent at Mountain Mike's. I checked the entire park for a common cache type (assuming the coordinates were unreliable), then I went back to my car for my Palm. While I was rereading the cache description, shadow101 drove up. He walked right up to GZ, looked around, and found the cache. Then he backed off and let me find it. This is the first container of this type that I've found (although I've checked for them a few times, only to find the cache elsewhere). TN, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 13, 2006

in R.P.

By: Bob & Elliecat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

It took me longer than it should have to expand my search radius. It looks like some of the container plants near the hide location are suffering needlessly. TN, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

"open 24hrs" or "Smell the Coffee"

By: Bob & Elliecat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

The coordinates were very good. The tape holding the stash note to the outside of the container came loose, so I put the stash note inside. The container doesn't look waterproof; I'm not sure how it will stand up to the rain. And I don't really get the hint, which seems to indicate a point about 100' away from the cache. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBGKNV]Carlos TB[/url] and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

"belly up"

By: Bob & Elliecat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This was a quick find using vaccine's coordinates. T Eagle81's leather token, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 12, 2006

Coyote Point

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I decided to do a little geocaching after a company picnic in Coyote Point Park. I searched for this one fruitlessly, read the hint, and searched some more. The location is beautiful though. Thanks for bringing me here, even though I didn't get to admire the camouflage on this cache.

Bus Bench Bogaloo #5

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

I walked down to the bus stop tonight, since this cache is just down the street from my home. It was a quick find. I'm glad I decrypted the hint with c1ph3r after finding the cache, rather than by hand after a fruitless search. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBGKNV]Carlos TB[/url], L seashells and niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCX01V]the previous cache I found[/url] (a nano cache without room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Of the latin thing

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

I bet there will be more muggle activity when the Latin "thing" opens next month. (You wouldn't be a fan of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptic_crossword]cryptic crosswords[/url], would you?) Anyway, this was showing up on my "nearest to home" list, so I picked it up tonight. I left my sig token for this nano cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCWR95]the next cache I found[/url], since there was no room for it here. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Ryder Park Trail

By: bodster Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I've admired this bridge when driving past Ryder Park, and tonight I finally found its cache on the way home from a company picnic at Coyote Point Park. (Okay, so it was a bit of a detour... SMILIE) The creek area can use some more CITO help. TN, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

The Sky's the Limit

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

I decided to do a little geocaching after a company picnic in Coyote Point Park. I had just spent quite a bit of time on two DNFs, so I was glad to find this one quickly. T R5 sig pin, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC! I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout as a kid, and attended the 1977 National Jamboree at Moraine State Park (aka "More Rain" State Park). As an adult, I've served for 19 years as a leader in [url=http://pbc.org/]my church[/url]'s [url=http://csbministries.org/]Christian Service Brigade[/url] program : 12 years with Stockade (3rd-6th grade), 7 years with Battalion (junior high and high school), and this coming year I'll be switching back to Stockade.

Between Dangers

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

This was a quick find after a company picnic in Coyote Point Park. There was no stash note, so I left one. I also replaced the torn ziplock. T Bill & Lore Geocaching button, L dinosaur and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 11, 2006

"Lick it"

By: Bob & Elliecat Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

There were too many muggles right at closing time, but I had the place to myself when I returned a short while later. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC! Edit: Remove coordinates for old location

My 1st Puzzle Cache

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

This afternoon, I quickly solved this easy puzzle. After work, I enjoyed the baylands while finding the cache. TN, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 9, 2006

Through the Looking Glass

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

Completing multi-caches without a GPSr is a challenge. Fortunately, one stage of this virtual multi-cache is easy to find, and the other is near enough to [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCTJFB]a nearby traditional cache[/url] that I could pace it out. But in the end, I managed to complete it in a single trip, without returning home for another look at Google's satellite maps. I left my sig token for this virtual cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMQ6R]the next cache I found[/url].

Cyanocitta Cristata

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

I DNFed the last couple caches that I searched for after dark, so I was glad I could find this one without too much difficulty. The container doesn't seem to be waterproof. Also, I replaced the perforated ziplock. T paper clip, L seashell and niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCWVQ9]the previous cache I found[/url] (a nano cache), SL. TFTC! My favorite bird is a quail, because my wife used "Quail" as her "bird name" when she worked with kids in the [url=http://www.pioneerclubs.org/]Pioneer Girls[/url] ministry at [url=http://pbc.org/]our church[/url].

A 16th century cache

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

This one was showing up on the first page of my "nearest to home" list, so I picked it up on the way home tonight. I left my sig token for this nano cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCX0T0]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't room for it here. The log is torn, so it may need replacing before it's full. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Key Rings

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

I'm glad this was a quick find. The location was pretty trashy and there's only so much CITO one person can do. But this cache's waypoint did help me find one stage of [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC51A2]a nearby virtual multi-cache[/url], since I don't have a GPSr yet. The container and most of the key rings are rusting. T Johnny Vegas & Julie with Santa Cache button, L Oregon Coast bookmark and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Not a Ridgeback

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

Yep. This one was much easier to find during the day. There was no stash note, so I left one. TN, L seashell and niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC51A2]the previous cache I found[/url] (a virtual cache), SL. Thanks for bringing me to such a beautiful spot to enjoy the baylands, and TFTC!

Jul 6, 2006

Not a Ridgeback

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

I dropped by last night after work. I'll try to come back during daylight hours. Maybe it will be easier to spot then.

Jul 5, 2006

Secret Shoreline

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

This was a surprisingly quick find on the way to work (the only time I'd be nearby during this cache's hours of availability). Approching the cache location, I picked up some litter that might be typical of a muggled regular-size cache, but then recalled that this is a micro-size cache. When I got to the cache location, it was the first place I checked. Very impressive construction! TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 29, 2006

Border Patrol #2

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I was in the area, so I dropped by tonight. The hint confirmed that I was searching in the right area, but I still couldn't find it. I was searching after dark, so maybe it's easier to spot during the day.

Jun 27, 2006

GFC 4 PF

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

We were in Oregon visiting close friends (one is a GFC alum), and I had a couple opportunities to get in a little geocaching. When I arrived at this location, I was afraid that the cache might have been muggled recently by the landscaping crew. But I found the container safe and sound. There was no stash note, so I left one. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

31st & 99

By: jugglerdad Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

We were in Oregon visiting close friends, and I had a couple opportunities to get in a little geocaching. I had noticed this location, but hadn't stopped to take it in until I went looking for this cache. Nice hide, BTW. There was no stash note, so I left one. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 25, 2006

Say Ahhhhh!

By: DocWMB and The Nagrivator Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

We were in Oregon visiting close friends, and I had a couple opportunities to get in a little geocaching. It's a good thing no one was around on Sunday afternoon, because I made this one much harder than it needed to be. I started by searching a more difficult area than where the cache is actually hidden. And then I discovered that my Palm computer had fallen out of my shirt pocket, so I had to search that area again. T Shop99er sig item, L skin ointment and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Where Flat Stones Lie

By: DarK JazZ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

We were in Oregon visiting close friends, and I had a couple opportunities to get in a little geocaching. This was an easy find, and my first find at this type of site. There was no stash note, so I left one. T Seeker & Sidekick sig card, L rubber ball & niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Click & Drag

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

Half a star might be a bit generous, given that the solution presented itself, without me needing to do any extra work at all. Anyway, we were in Oregon visiting close friends, and I had a couple opportunities to get in a little geocaching. This was a nice drive. T dinosaur, L skin ointment and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 23, 2006

Goose for the Gander

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

The Sacagewea dollar is still safe. I tried a couple other resources first, but ended up using Google. I replaced the torn ziplock. (How did it get torn after so few finders?!) T black Echo token ([url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNYVP]one of winini's "101 TFTs" caches[/url] is showing up on my nearest caches list, and this was my first of his tokens), L CA wooden nickle and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 21, 2006

Fun and Friendship Set to Music

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

I square-danced with [url=http://www.mixed-up.com/quads/]the Stanford Quads[/url] back in college, but my wife and I haven't done much square dancing for quite a while. I was at the cache location several weeks ago, but was short on time and spotted the container just before I had to leave. I came back today when I had time to retrieve the container, sign the log, and return the container--hopefully without drawing the attention of any of the hundreds of people passing by. T rubber ball, L skin ointment and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 20, 2006

Fame

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

Good grief! What a comedy of errors! I was working from an old copy of the cache description that didn't have the latest hints. And of course, I didn't read trode's log about adding the latest hints. And I didn't notice that my final coordinates' checksum was 64, rather than 54. I rechecked my calculations for the coordinates a couple times, but I never rechecked my calculations for the checksum.

Jun 19, 2006

Fame

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

I used Google to find the famous sentence (although it took a couple attempts to get the search parameters right), and an online acquaintance helped me with the famous poet. But when I ran the numbers, the checksum was wrong. So I ran the numbers again, doing it the "stupid American" way this time. The checksum was still wrong, and even further off. Back to Google: the famous poet's name was misspelled. When I ran the numbers again, the checksum matched. In the satellite photo, GZ was just barely on private property, but there was plenty of public property just across the fence. However, I didn't find anything on the public property near GZ after half an hour. Then I took a SWAG and found the container about 150 feet away from GZ. The log was soak ed, so I dried it on my car's defroster and replaced the ziplock. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 16, 2006

Northern CA Solar System Model: Shoemaker-Levy

By: bthomas (Maintained by kindredlaugh) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a trivial "puzzle", but thank you for not making it a multi-cache with xx micros in the woods (where xx equals the number of lettered fragments, of course [;)]). I found it quickly this morning on the way to [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCCE39]Planet Jupiter[/url], which was my 200th find. T Li'l Devil sig card and CA wooden nickle (also left by Li'l Devil, as it turns out), L grey lure, marble, and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Northern CA Solar System Model: Ganymede

By: bthomas (Maintained by kindredlaugh) Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

After [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCCE39]Planet Jupiter[/url] (my 200th find), I stopped by and quickly found this one. There was a swarm of earwigs on the container lid. There was no stash note, so I left one. TN, L tiny bear and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Northern CA Solar System Model: Planet Jupiter

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

This was my 200th find! I found [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCF457]Shoemaker-Levy[/url] (my 199th find) on the way here, and then found [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCF456]Ganymede[/url] (my 201st find) before heading in to work. There is construction work nearby , but these three caches are fine. The container lid has cracked in one spot along the edge; it's ok ay for now, but should probably be replaced soon. I really enjoyed the morning walk along the lake, through the woods, and along the bay. Thanks for bringing me out here, and for inspiring the various extensions others have added to your Solar System series. TN, L antenna ball and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 15, 2006

GeoDice

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

[This one brought back memories. Back in college, a friend kept half a dozen of us up into the wee hours of the night rolling dice and asking us questions.] How many roses? How many petals? How many stems? How many leaves? How many caterpillars? How many roots? [I enjoy parlor games like this, and I've learned several more since then: Snaps, Crossed or Uncrossed, The Good Book, Aunt Emma, Aunt Susan, Bang Bang, I'm Going on a Trip, etc., etc., etc. Anyway, given what I remembered from my college experience, I figured out cachers and muggles quickly, and it didn't take me too long to figure out caches. Tonight, the cache itself was an easy find after work. T 6¢, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the puzzle, and TFTC!]

Sanchez Lagoon #1

By: nlrw Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This is further north than I've been caching so far, but I was in the area to pick up [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCGZR3]a nearby puzzle cache[/url], so I decided to stop for this one, too. It was a quick find. T tiny bear, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for the excuse to walk along the beautiful lagoon, and TFTC!

Sanchez Lagoon #2

By: nlrw Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

After finding [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCP6WF]the cache on the other side of the lagoon[/url] so quickly, it figures that this one would take me a while. I searched around GZ and didn't find it. I started picking up trash, which included a pill bottle (not covered with green tape though), a small ziplock, and a couple tiny ziplocks, and I grew concerned. After a while, I read the hint, which took me to a couple spots that were 40-50 feet away, but I didn't find it there either. There was more trash over by GZ though, so I went back there. Finally, after several trips to the nearby garbage can, I found the cache. Whew... The construction of the container seems a bit inconsistent with the way it's hidden, but I suppose that could be because it's a replacement container. T grey lure, L spinner, purple fish, and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 14, 2006

This Sucks Too!

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

Your previous sucky cache was missing when I finally got around to searching for it. Actually, it was missing and had already been archived. That sucked. I was in the area, so I figured I'd better pick up this sucky cache before it met the same fate. Actually, as sucky caches go, this one was in a nicer location than your previous one. T Changes in Lattitudes sig guitar pick, L seashell and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 13, 2006

Juana Find a Cache?

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

My wife used to work at the school across the street, and a friend of mine lives down the block. A sign near the posted coordinates states that the park is closed between 10:30pm and sunrise. I replaced the torn ziplock. TN, L NASA pin and niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for showing me this interesting bit of history, and TFTC!

Jun 12, 2006

Little Bridge

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

The third time's the charm. After reading rwclady's note, I decided to expand my search area just a bit. The first half of the encrypted hint refers to an act that is physically impossible unless you "leave the paved path" and enter the national wildlife refuge. When replacing the cache (from the paved path), I could not quite return it to the location where I found it, but I left it inches away, and hidden as well as it was when I found it. T TimberToo sig item #7, L TimberToo sig item #53, seashell, and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 9, 2006

Little Bridge

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

The owner emailed me more detail about how the cache container is camouflaged and where it was hidden. I had been expecting something quite different based on my interpretation of the hint, so I dropped by again this morning. I still couldn't find it.

Jun 8, 2006

Little Bridge

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

I walked from the suggested parking location, but didn't find the cache. Reading the hint didn't help either. I'm not sure where else I could have looked without leaving the paved path.

Jun 6, 2006

Sub Station

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find on the way home from work. The log was full so I left (and signed) a new one, although it isn't on all-weather paper like the original. I also replaced the perforated ziplock. T biker-chick sig token, L soccer eraser and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 5, 2006

Pizza Power

By: Bodster & Vaccine Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I came by again last week, and the first stage was a quick find after work. But I've also seen that hide technique a few times since my earlier DNF, so I'm learning to check for it. Tonight, the second stage was in the first place I looked. TN, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 3, 2006

Duck,Duck,Goose!

By: The Saints Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was the second cache I found, back in January. My wife and I went for a ride on [url=http://www.roaringcamp.com/steam.html]a Roaring Camp steam train[/url], and then I dropped off a belated sig token for this cache. I also dropped off the belated sig token for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMAFG]the first cache I found[/url] here, although I originally intended to leave that sig token in its own cache.

JCF

By: Sgt Stitches Difficulty: 5.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

My wife and I went for a walk through [url=http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=546]Henry Cowell State Park[/url] before riding [url=http://www.roaringcamp.com/steam.html]a Roaring Camp steam train[/url], and I dropped off a belated sig token. I was surprised at how hard it was to find this one again, even though I remembered where and how it was hidden from January.

Camp #4's secret treasure cache

By: friendly four from felton Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Other

This was the first cache I found, back in January. My wife and I went for a ride on [url=http://www.roaringcamp.com/steam.html]a Roaring Camp steam train[/url], and then I dropped off a belated sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNPJ5]the second cache I found[/url], although I originally intended to leave it here.

Bridge Mind Bender

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

My wife and I went for a walk through [url=http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=546]Henry Cowell State Park[/url] before riding [url=http://www.roaringcamp.com/steam.html]a Roaring Camp steam train[/url], and I dropped off a belated sig token. This one really does blend in well with its surroundings. The log was full, so I left a new log sheet and stash note. I also replaced the perforated ziplock.

Jun 2, 2006

Why?

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

This was a quick find on the way home this evening. I have a guess about the purpose the object may have served in the past, but it sure does seem out of place now. T geodiamond's first attempt with FIMO @ WOW event 135 of 155 (I know it isn't a sig item, but I decided to add it to my collection anyway), L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. Thanks for making my day a little more surreal, and TFTC!

Jun 1, 2006

Pizza: NOT on the Menu

By: GeoWomyn_SF_CA Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I dropped by to pick up this cache after finding stage 1 of [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPQTJ]a nearby multi-cache[/url]. I doubt you'll find Vegetarian with Italian Sausage Pizza on the menu, but I've ordered it anyway. It's a great way to get a combo that has a little meat and lots of veggies when you're in a pizza restaurant with combos that are heavy on the meat and light on the veggies. (Thanks to my sister fo r introducing me to this trick.) T soccer-ball eraser, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

May 31, 2006

Historic Palo Alto 3 - RAFAEL ?S RANCHO

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I completed the first stage 3 weeks ago, and dropped by tonight on the way home for a muggle-free search for the second stage. There was no stash note, so I left one. TN, L seashells and niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCW9HW]the previous cache I found[/url] (a nano cache with no room for sig tokens), SL. Thanks for the history lesson and TFTC!

The Stop and Go,Go,Go Cache

By: Team Capsaicin Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Okay, so it was a long shot. But the email came in just before I left home, so I had to try. But I didn't get there until just before dw had hidden it again...

The Stop and Go,Go,Go Cache

By: Team Capsaicin Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I read dw's log and headed out the door. I found the cache just before midnight, but it took a while to find one of these where I could rehide the cache. Then I had to get the coordinates. TN, L niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Eucalyptus conferruminata

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find after work since I had a pretty good idea what I was looking for. But it is a very well made container. I left my sig token for this nano cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCKPQ6]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't room for it here. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Park Place

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

This was a quick find after work. I used CITO as a cover, and the container was right where I expected it to be. There was no stash note, so I left one. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBHXKV]Pvt. Kelly TB[/url] and niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC32AB]the previous cache I found[/url] (a virtual cache). Thanks for showing me this park, and TFTC!

May 30, 2006

Fairchild Superfund

By: Otis Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

I was here a couple weeks ago to find [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCW101]a nearby multi-cache[/url], but I forgot the information I needed to log this virtual cache. I left my sig token for this virtual cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCHPCK]the next cache I found[/url]. TFTC!

Nuts!

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

I solved the puzzle by hand a while ago. The first time I dropped by to pick up the cache, the area was being used for a large event, so I didn't bother searching. This morning before work, I had the place almost to myself and found the cache quickly. I replaced the perforated ziplock. TN, L small seashell, extra Rogue Ramblers sig token (I ended up with two in my collection, now there are two in this cache), and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Space Cowgirls

By: Space Cowgirl CaliSeaStar Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I had the park to myself tonight, so this was a quick find. T Bykenut sig item #13, [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBHXKV]Pvt. Kelly TB[/url], and one of the small NASA pins, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

May 26, 2006

To Breathe Lazily

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

I figured out the theme fairly quickly. At that point, finding the necessary reference and solving the puzzle was straightforward. As expected, it was easy to find the container since it was in the usual location. I still don't get the encrypted puzzle hint. I went to the fake coordinates, and I don't understand their significance either. Oh well...

I replaced the perforated ziplock. TN, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Waiting for Christa

By: Capt Tong & the Jungle Mock Rangers Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a quick drive-by after finding [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCTX56]a nearby puzzle cache[/url]. I found the lid first, and then found the container lying open on the ground nearby. The lid is broken and no longer attaches securely to the container. T steel penny, L Canadian penny, seashells, and niraD sig token, SL. I replaced the perforated ziplock, and put the container in a slightly different spot from where I found the lid. It should be a bit less obvious there, and hopefully the lid will stay in place. TFTC!

There Was a Farmer Had a Dog...

By: calipidder Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I enjoy the more difficult Sudoku puzzles, and the logic of this one was tame by comparison. But for some reason, the bookkeeping was harder for me: my first three attempts, I ended up with multiple squares that had every possible number crossed off. Oops. Anyway, I've had the coordinates for this one for a while, but just now came by to pick up the cache. I don't think I'll get around to finding all the other [url=http://www.thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1500]April GBA contest entries[/url] by the end of the month. T Rogue Ramblers sig token, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

May 25, 2006

Burton Park Revisited

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

As I drove up, I was a bit concerned that the nearby construction had compromised the cache, but it turned out to be perfectly safe. While searching, I picked up a bag of trash and found a lost baseball. Then I read the first hint, which didn't help. So I searched some more while picking up another bag of trash and finding another lost baseball. Then I read the second hint.

After figuring out the meaning of the hints, I eventu ally found the cache. And I realized that I had had the container in my hand during my earlier searching. Sigh...

I left my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPRWN]the next cache I found[/url], since there was no room for it in this nano cache. T NLNSL, TFTC!

Gateway To Heaven

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

This was another quick find after work. TN, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Going In Circles

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

This was a quick find after work. I felt awfully exposed in the middle of the intersection like that, but I picked up litter and people ignored me. TN, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Safe Diligence

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

This find took much longer than it should have because I kept trying to turn this "quick and easily accessible" 2/1 hide into an "obvious and predictable" 1/1 hide, even though the 1/1 location was about 30' from my zero. TN, L seashells and niraD sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCP9XW]the previous cache I found[/url] (a nano cache with no room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

May 24, 2006

Excel

By: Eagles Wing Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find before work this morning, and I also found the source of the cache name. On a previous caching trip, I was wondering why there was no cache here. Thanks to you, now there is one! TN, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Pacific Shores Point

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Another quick find on the way home from work. I spent some time just enjoying the baylands and this odd little park before heading home. There is no sign of the TB; I've logged a note so its owners know. TN, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Pacific Shores Zoo

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

A quick find on the way home from work. Some of the paint is wearing off the container, but it still matches the terrain pretty well. T star-shaped soap, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

May 23, 2006

Gustine's Sister Cache

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

Caches are much easier to find when you search the correct location. [:D] I had already checked the hints from last night's search (on the wrong side of the park--oops), but I would have needed the first hint anyway. I probably would have needed the second hint, too. A muggle couple showed up just as I was ready to return the cache contents to the container, so I picked up litter until they left. TN, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Arguello Park

By: NavySparks Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

This was much easier to find when I searched the right location. [:D] And this is indeed a beautiful park with magnificent views. T Canadian penny, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2990]Local Yokel[/url] TB, plastic cauldron, and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

Stumpy

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

This was a quick find before work, and another pleasant stroll through the baylands. T Bright Shining Stars sig item #88, L seashells and niraD sig token, SL. TFTC!

May 22, 2006

Cedar Street Park

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I read the logs after my previous DNF, but there weren't many hints there. Tonight I found the container almost immediately, in a spot I was sure I'd checked last time. TN, L seashell and niraD sig token (no more niradw sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Gustine's Sister Cache

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

This was a bad night for my GPSr-less geocaching. First, I misremembered the satellite photo landmarks for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJZYK]Arguello Park[/url], and then I did it again with this cache (rotating everything 180 ° and searching exactly the wrong side of the park). I'll be back.

Arguello Park

By: NavySparks Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

I misremembered the landmarks on the satellite photos, and ended up searching the wrong area. I really do need to get a GPSr one of these days. But I don't mind, because I forgot to drop a TB when I found [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCKCBD]the other cache in this park[/url], so I "need" to come back to this park (and its TB-sized caches) anyway. And this is a wonderful park to hike through. Nope, I won't mind coming back here at all.

A Walk In The Park

By: NavySparks Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

This was a beautiful evening to hike through this park. After searching in the wrong location for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJZYK]the other cache in this park[/url], I came over to get this one. I forgot to drop a TB while I was here though. Oh well, I'll just have to come back to this park and its TB-sized caches! TN, L seashell and niraD sig token (no more niradw sig tokens!), SL. TFTC!

May 19, 2006

Bookworm

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

I had seen this "old chestnut" before, so I was able to solve it quickly. And I was able to figure out how to open (and close) the container with no difficulties. TN, L my last niradw sig token (now I really do need to make niraD sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Nuts!

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

DNS: I dropped by this morning on the way to work, but the area was being used for a large event. I'll try again later.

Above and Below

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

I'd seen this "old chestnut" before, so I had the coordinates quickly. But it took me a couple weeks to get over here to find the cache. The ziplock was perforated, so I replaced it. TN, L seashell and niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD tokens yet), SL. TFTC!

May 18, 2006

Northern CA Solar System Model: Planet Earth

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

I knew I was going to be in the area, so I checked for nearby caches and was happy to find this one listed! I'll get Jupiter sometime soon, since it's showing up on my "nearest to home" list. I'm looking forward to finding other caches in the series, but I doubt I'll make it to Halley's Comet by July. The ziplock for the log was ripped, so I replaced it. TN, L LORAL pin and niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD tokens yet), SL. Thanks for the series and TFTC!

ITSA #2A

By: JDUDE250 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I had the place to myself when I dropped by on the way home from work, which made this a quick find. T purple fish, L seashells and niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD tokens yet), SL. TFTC!

May 16, 2006

3 strike rule

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

This one took a while, even though I had the place to myself this morning before work. I checked the hide location fairly early, but didn't check it well enough. The hint brought me back to it though, and I found it quickly the second time. TN, L seashell and niradw sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCN5YM]the previous cache I found[/url] (since there was no room for a sig token there), SL. (I haven't made niraD tokens yet.) TFTC!

Whisman Station

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

This was a quick find after work. I rode my bicycle, and it was a short detour on the way from [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCW101]one cache[/url] to [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCT0AD]another[/url], so it took no more than a few minutes extra time to get here. The ziplock bag was torn, so I replaced it. The log and replacement log are almost full, and will need to be replaced soon. T beetle, L seashell and niradw sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCW101]the previous cache I found[/url] (a nano cache without room for sig tokens), SL. (I haven't made niraD tokens yet.) Thanks for bringing me to this nice little park, and TFTC!

Hetch Hetchy Trail - Countdown

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

Very nicely done! This is not your everyday nano cache! Part of the log tore off while I was putting it back in the container, but batecher's FTF log is still intact. I suppose it fits a bit easier in the container now. I left my sig token for this nano cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCFF1E]the next cache I found[/url], since there was no room for it here. TNLNSL, T FTC!

Numbers Hound # 1

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

It was on a couple of my "nearest caches" lists, and it was on my way home from [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCFF1E]the previous cache I found[/url], so I stopped to pick this one up. It's actually not as bad as I was afraid it would be after having found [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCT0AP]Numbers Hound # 2[/url]. T Duckey Lee sig yo-yo, L red-and-white ball, seashells, and niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD tokens yet), SL. TFTC!

May 15, 2006

Find the S in Stevens Creek

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

This was a quick find after work. T Flamitos Gal chili token, L seashell and niradw sig tokens for this cache and for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCH2E9]the virtual cache I found before this[/url], SL. (I left niradw tokens since I haven't made niraD tokens yet.) TFTC!

Hetch Hetchy Trail - Purple Wisteria

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

Like winini, I needed to use the hint to find the cache container. I did find your pen though, and was able to sign the log with it. However, given the size of the pen and the size of the log, there was no room for my sig token, so I left it in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCHZ30]the next cache I found[/url]. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Yum

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

Very nicely done. It took me a while before I expanded my search radius far enough, but then something caught my eye... and I caught a cache. T marble, L seashell and niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD sig tokens yet), SL. TFTC!

May 14, 2006

Historic Homes

By: The Plunketts Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

My wife and I drove down to Salinas for Mother's Day, and went for a walk around the downtown area with my mom after dinner. We've had lunch at waypoint #2 before, and knew a fair bit about it, but I'd forgotten enough that I could relearn something from the plaque by the front door. On our walk we stopped to smell the roses at a beautiful brick home in the neighborhood. I left my sig token for this virtual cache at [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCA724]the next cache I found[/url]. Thanks for the history lesson, thanks for the excuse for a walk, and TFTC!

May 12, 2006

A Fair Cache

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

This was a quick find after work, and before dinner with friends at a Castro Street restaurant. T rubber band, L seashell and niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD sig tokens yet), SL. TFTC!

May 11, 2006

View From The Office

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

I found the first stage two weeks ago. Very nice camouflage! I came back for the second stage tonight. I parked my bike right next to the cache, but started searching some distance away. Oops. There was no "You found it" page, so I left one. T Bytemobile turtle #145, L seashells and niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD tokens yet), SL. TFTC!

[Edit: corre cted date]

Ode To Gilligan

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

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale A tale of a caching spree That started with [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMQ3E]a multi-cache[/url] And [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNCZM]a puzzle/mystery[/url] (a puzzle/mystery) The third cache was traditional
An ode its owner wrote
To a silly 60s TV show
and a badly damaged boat (a badly damaged boat)

I pedaled down the creekside trail
And reached the Minnow's spot
I picked up lots of litter there
The container I found not (container I found not)

The sun had set, I had to go
I'd log a frownie face
But then I took one final guess
And found the hiding place (and found the hiding place)

I took a nickle, signed the log
I left a small seashell
Ten Euro cents and a sig token
And then I said "farewell" (and then I said "farewell")

I packed my stuff, switched on my lig hts
And pedaled down the road
My caching spree had ended here
Here at Gilligan's Ode!

[I left a niradw sig token, since I haven't made niraD sig tokens yet. The "not much nearby trash" line is a little more accurate now. TFTC!]

SVC: Microsoft in the Valley

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

I came back tonight and found the cache pretty much were I expected it to be, but about 30 feet south of my zero spot. T LORAL pin, L dinosaur, seashell, and niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD sig tokens yet), SL. TFTC!

May 10, 2006

Herring Box

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

I completed stage a week ago, and came back for stage 2 this morning. This cache gave me an opportunity to try out a new tool in my caching kit--first to find the container, and then to retrieve the container. The last container of this type that I found was completely filled by its log book; this one still had a bit of room. TN, L niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD tokens yet), SL. Thanks for bringing me here, and TFTC!

California Ave. Art

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I completed the first 5 stages 2 weeks ago. I attempted stage 6 last week, but realized that I had transposed two of the digits in the coordinates. Bet you can figure out which two I transposed... Anyway, today I came back to complete stage 6, and to make it my 150th find. T rowanf's Geocache Gypsy sig item, L .10? coin and niradw sig token (I haven't made niraD sig tokens yet), SL. Thanks for the art tour, and TFTC!

May 9, 2006

No Trump Bidding Quiz

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

I solved this sometime last week. I stared at it online for a while, and finally decided to print it out so I could work on it on Caltrain. The next morning, on my way to work, I figured it out right away. So I worked on some other puzzles until we reached my station... As I approached the cache location this morning, I thought it was going to be a boring hide, but I was wrong. The old cache name was still on the log, so I updated it. T red-and-white ball, L .05? coin, seashells, and niradw sig token (I haven't made new niraD tokens yet), SL. TFTC!

It's Windy

By: mrZ Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This seems an odd place to hide a micro, but it was a beautiful sunny morning to search for it. I expected a completely different container, but at least the "pluck your eyebrows" comment makes sense now. TN, L niradw sig token (I haven't made any niraD sig tokens yet), SL. Thanks for the ride along the shore and TFTC!

May 8, 2006

Cedar Street Park

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I had the park to myself in the twilight, and I spent a good half-hour searching, but no luck. Maybe reading the logs will make my next hunt more productive...

Belmont Beauty

By: Rickshaw Man Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This is a beautiful park, but the tree cover that interfered with others' GPS readings also interfered with my satellite-photo landmarks. I ended up resorting to the hint as well. I had the park to myself near sunset, so it was a quick find once I realized where I should look. T Blanston12 SMB #259, L Blanston12 SMB #1107, seashell, and niradw sig token (I haven't made new niraD sig tokens yet), SL. TFTC!

May 5, 2006

Pizza Power

By: Bodster & Vaccine Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

After the unevent, I searched for a while for stage 1. It looks like I was focusing on the wrong location, but I did search around the right location, so I'm logging a DNF.

End of the Trail 3: Palo Alto Baylands

By: darrenk13 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

A quick find during a pleasant stroll through the baylands. On [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=ec12acb5-8999-444f-90d8-571dee8041e9]my previous trip out here[/url], the trail was flooded and impassable. The various critters were very noisy this morning, although the roar of 101 remained in the background. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

May 4, 2006

Dolphin Encounter

By: Shores Scout Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Wow... I can't believe how long it took me to get the correct coordinates for this cache. My confusion started with a Graffiti error on my Palm and an arithmetic error. While struggling with the implausible results these errors gave me, I decided that answer D refered to the wrong kind of "driving", which put me in the front yard of a private residence once I fixed my other errors. But I eventually sorted it all out, arrived at the correct location, and found the container quickly. There was no "You found it" sheet, so I left one. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2990]Local Yokel[/url] TB, L pewter saxon figure, seashell, and sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCTBRN]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache with no room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

May 3, 2006

Boy, Am I Ever Hungry!

By: NavySparksandtheMrs Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

When I was in college, we'd occasionally come to this restaurant, but it was an Acapulco back then. Anyway, this was a quick find before work this morning, after visiting the early stages of a couple nearby multi caches. The log was damp, so I dried it in the sun, and there was no "You found it" sheet, so I left one. TN, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Five a Day

By: fulmar2 Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

After making absolutely no progress on this puzzle for far too long, I finally took fulmar2's advice and spent some time at the posted coordinates last weekend. The "aha moment" came quickly, followed almost immediately by the "duh moment". (As in "Duh... why didn't I see that before?") The cache container is clever, but surprisingly sma ll. I left my sig token for this nano cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCVJMM]the next cache I found[/url], because there was no room for it here. Thanks for a very creative and well-themed puzzle cache!

Big Worm-Gear Needed

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I was in the area, so I dropped by to check up on it. The container is still right where I found it. FWIW, there are a lot of hints in the logs.

May 2, 2006

Gateway & Portal

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

Yesterday evening I dropped by after work to get the info I needed for the coordinates. Tonight I dropped by for the cache. TN, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 29, 2006

Monta Loma

By: brian1789 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

As I approached the area, I noticed signs of a rather severe "pruning", and assumed that the cache had been muggled. Fortunately, it was perfectly intact. For the record, the token [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=5f871ef1-6385-4ccc-8b9f-ce1a39878142]left here by Scorpion King[/url] is my sig token for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNFQ8]C.H.U.D.[/url] T dinosaur, L killer whale, seashell, and sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCGAEW]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache with no room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Trigger Happy

By: Mohetka Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

After finding this one, I spent some time taking in the two points of interest. The first is indeed an amazing view, and it was a beautiful day for it. The second was interesting, although it is probably more fun on work days. I left my sig token for this nano cache at [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCVP35]the next cache I found[/url], since there was no room for it here. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Apr 27, 2006

Numbers & Letters

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

I'm sure I've seen most of these before, but it was fun working them out again (although I did decrypt the hints for a couple of them). The hide location was beautiful this morning. TN, L seashell and sig token, SL. Thanks for the puzzle, thanks for the morning detour, and TFTC!

Poetry Corner

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

Is this a cache I see before me, The log book toward my hand? Come, let me sign thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, small container, sensible To feeling as to sight, or art thou but A micro of the mind, a camouflaged ghost, Proceeding from the rot-thirteened brain? TN, L sig token (yes, there was room, even in this nano cache), SL. Like oneangrypuppy, I had to expand my search radius to find the cache. TFTC!

Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate

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

It's funny how something new (Google) can be used to understand something old (old enough to have been obsolete by the time I started programming). There was no "You found it" sheet, so I left one. TN L sig token, SL. TFTC!

SVC: Microsoft in the Valley

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

I searched the area around my coordinates but found nothing. Then I read the encrypted hint, which just made me question my coordinates. Email from the owner confirmed my coordinates, and helped me interpret the hint correctly. I'll be back.

Apr 26, 2006

For the Love of the Game

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

I remember learning this game during the 1977 National Scout Jamboree at Moraine State Park (aka More Rain State Park) in Pennsylvania. My wife and I play it occasionally, although we didn't play it yesterday. TN, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Hetch Hetchy Trail - Hippity Hoppity

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Peter was almost (but not quite) what I expected him to be, and he was very well hidden. I hid him as well as he was hidden when I found him; I don't think I could hide him better than that. There was no "You found it" page, so I left one. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

MiddleField Madness

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

I continued working on my "nearest to home" page on the way home from work. The contents were a bit damp, so I let everything air out a bit while I logged the find. TN, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

ELVIS LIVES

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

The excellent camouflage sure gave me a cause to grin--well done! FWIW, there are only two (official) spaces left on the log, and the first cache on my current "closest to home" list is Five a Day (A Deaf Ivy?). TN, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 25, 2006

Tower Of Power

By: Shores Scout, originally by NavySparksandtheM Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I was FTF the replacement cache. It was another quick find after work. TN, L seashell and sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCVJRK]the previous cache I found[/url], which didn't have quite enough room for a sig token), SL. TFTC!

Wide Water View

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

The view is indeed great. This was a quick find after work. I left my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPKY9]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't quite enough room for it in this cache. TN, L seashell, SL. TFTC!

Laureola

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

Another quick find after work. The baseball diamond, basketball court, and play equipment were in use, but everyone ignored me as I found this cache at the other end of the park. T beachbum67 sig item, L seashell and sig token, SL. Thanks for the story and TFTC!

Apr 24, 2006

Ask Your Kids

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

I had no idea what any of the phrases referred to, but Google came to my rescue and allowed me to solve the puzzle quickly. The cache was a quick find after work. I liked the way the cache location related to the theme. TN, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Gone Fishing

By: geotap and skwerlie Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

This was a quick find on the way to work. T spinner, L white-and-brown fish, seashell, and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 22, 2006

JESTER

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

As a kid, I played around with ciphers, codes, invisible ink, etc. However, I had no idea what you meant by the keyword or the cleartext key, so I took advantage of your tutorial. In the process, I wrote a simple program to help me decrypt future ciphers of this type. TN, L seashells and sig token, SL. Thanks for the decoding lesson, and TFTC!

Apr 21, 2006

Mad House

By: CachEE Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

It was an easy find (the first place I looked), but it is VERY cool! The area around [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMRNA]the other cache in this park[/url] was overrun with junior muggles, but I had this corner of the park to myself. T killer whale, L seashells and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 19, 2006

Clapper Rail View

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

It looks like the orientation of [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMJ3K]Gossmer Cove Lagoon (GCMJ3K)[/url] may have helped it drain. This one uses the same kind of container, and it was full of water. I left a dry log sheet (with a "You found it!" page) in a fresh ziplock bag, but everything needs to be dried out and put in a waterproof container.

Silas started it all

By: WalruZ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I got the necessary information (along with a cup of "Joe") this morning, and picked up the container after work. It was a quick find. TN, L seashells and sig token, SL. Thanks for the history lesson, and TFTC!

Clapper Rail View

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

A quick find after a beautiful walk in the baylands this morning, although the cache needs maintenance. T white-and-brown fish, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Guano Guantlet

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

Another quick find before work, and a pleasant walk through the baylands. TN, L fish charm and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Tilted

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was in the area, so I dropped by. GeekDad, the replacement container is still there, right where I found it.

Apr 18, 2006

Discover Water @ L'Avenida

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

I was pretty sure I knew where it would be as I approached the location, but I was wrong. The camouflage is great and the placement is very good, too. I left a printed log sheet to supplement the scrap-paper log (and to provide a "You found it!" page). T fish charm, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

WALK YOUR BIKE

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

I had a pretty good idea where to find this one after reading about it on the Geocachers of the Bay Area web site. It was a quick find after work. The "Official Geocache" label has come unstuck from the outside, and is now inside the container. TN, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 17, 2006

Steven's Creek Button Exchange

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

A quick find before work. FWIW, the "slippery when wet" signs on the wooden bridges of Stevens Creek Trail are accurate. [:(] T alpharomero.com wood token #55, L sig token and a pin (some might call it a "button" [;)]) with a smiling sun wearing sunglasses, SL. TFTC!

Numbers Hound # 2

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

I was in the area with a few spare minutes before I needed to catch the train. There was no "You found it" page, so I left one. TN, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 15, 2006

Twisted Strands

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

A very quick find while running errands today. I figured out what the twisted strands were as I drove up, and the container was in the first place I looked. There was no "You found it" page, so I left one. TN, L seashells and a sig token, SL. TFTC!

ROUND ABOUT

By: misterfranklin Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I saw the container clearly as I approached the location. I hid it as best I could, but it is still quite visible from certain directions. A little bit of camouflage would help a lot. T Team Ottlet sig postoid, L seashells and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Now That's Funny

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

My guess is that I would have zeroed closer to the cache with a GPSr (subject to the same reception problems as yours) than with Google. The potential locations for a magnetic key holder were fairly limited though, so this was still a quick find while running errands. There was no "You found it!" page, so I left one. T Blanston12's Steve Martin button #1107, L Asian coin (with "10" on it) and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Standing By

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

A quick find while running errands. I spent a few extra minutes just taking in the sculpture. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC.

Apr 14, 2006

Play Ball!

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I intended to make this a quick find before work, but the lid was open and the container was half-full of water. I took everything back to my car to dry it out on the defroster and replaced the torn ziplock bag. TN, L seashells and sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMFY9]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache with no room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Apr 13, 2006

Boulter

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

I remember coming to the nearby restaurant as a kid. I think the neon sign was on the side of the building back then, rather than being out here in front of the parking lot (where I could "admire" it until the muggles left). The camouflage and the efficient use of space are both excellent! I left the sig token for this nano cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCTXZN]the next cache I found[/url], because there wasn't room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Forgotten Plaza

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

I found it fairly quickly tonight. There just aren't that many places where you could hide a "zntargvp" cache. (I'm not sure it's a good sign that I recognize words that have been rot13 encrypted.) Very nicely done, BTW. T pewter saxon figure, L seashell, black-and-white fish, and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Portkey

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

There aren't many places to hide a magnetic micro here, so this was a quick find. FWIW, a while back I found [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNFQ8]another nano cache[/url] where a pen was hidden near (but not in) the cache container. I think that approach would work well here, too. The container is not waterproof. I dried out the log page on my car's defroster, but it's just going to get wet again. Also, the "You found it" side of the log sheet is almost illegible, and the log side is almost full. I left my sig token for this nano cache in [url=ht tp://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCGECW]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't room for it here. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Los Altos Gateway

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

After checking up on [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCTNC3]my own cache[/url], I set out to find a few. This was the first. As others have said, it was in the third place I looked. And it was a bit of a challenge to retrieve it from where it was hiding. T Scott & Valerie "The Saints" sig card, L seashell, ant, and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Pioneers R.I.P.?

By: alpharomero.com Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I broke down and decrypted the hint. Naturally, I found the cache quickly after that. TN, L seashell and sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJT6R]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache with no room for sig tokens), SL. Thanks for the history lesson, and TFTC!

Apr 12, 2006

FREE PARKING

By: The Petoskey Stones Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I decided to try to make this cache my 100th find because it appeared on [url=http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=9eef79eb-7ef5-4614-ad80-0c39e224ac02]workerofwood's list of favorite camo hides[/url]. I expected something other than what I found, so I didn't really expect it to be where I found it. I just happened to examine its location as I passed it, on my way to where I planned to look in earnest. In a way, the lack of a search was disappointing. But at the same time, I really enjoyed finding such a well-designed cache. TN, L caterpillar and sig token, SL. TFTC!

What's the frequency?

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was my last find tonight after work. I had to wait for a muggle to leave before I could search for the container, but I didn't mind a bit. Wow... what a beautiful sunset! Thanks for bringing me out here. T pin with a smiling sun wearing sunglasses, L Stanford Blood Center pencil and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Ventana Del Mar

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

This is a nice location and a quick find before work. Thanks for bringing me here. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Gazebo

By: Shores Scout, originally by fishdude Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

After finding the cache, I decrypted the hint and had to think a bit to figure out how you intended it. I'm not sure how helpful it would be to someone who hasn't found the cache yet. What's left of the pencil in the container is pretty useless; it's a good thing I had my own pen. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

How Old is Mrs. Gooby?

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

I've been working on the puzzle in bits and pieces for a week or two, and finished it last weekend. I dropped by last night, but the location I got from the coordinates seemed odd, and I didn't find anything as I expanded my search radius. Email from UncleTom confirmed that I had the right coordinates, and I found it quickly this morning. It turns out that I just needed to expand my search radius by a few more feet. TN, L sig token, SL. Thanks for introducing me to this very entertaining puzzle, and TFTC!

Don Edwards Refuge -- West

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

This seemed an odd place for a micro, but it was still a quick find after work. The log sheet had room for only a couple more entries, so I left a new one. TN, L grey snake and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Ex-Evaporator

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

Another quick find during a very pleasant stroll after work. T TimberToo Sig Item #53, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Tilted

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I almost missed finding the replacement container this morning. I hadn't read the reactivation notice, and dropped by on the off chance that it had been replaced since I last checked my email. I didn't see anything where I expected the previous container to have been, and was about to leave. Then, almost as an afterthought, I decided to look around a bit more. I found the replacement container quickly. Again, I really like this puzzle. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 10, 2006

Fresh Water Marsh

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

This was an easy find before work, and a pleasant stroll in the baylands between rain showers. T grey snake, L blue frog, seashell, and sig tokens (one for this cache and one for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCT6EE]previous cache I found[/url], which was a nano cache with no room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Tilted

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

A couple days after my previous DNF, I dropped by again and found the clues very quickly. I really like this puzzle. (Knowing that there is a checksum was critical, although the checksum itself is hardly needed.) This morning I searched the location indicated pretty thoroughly and came up with nothing. Then I expanded my search radius and looked in places where I would expect a micro, and still came up with nothing. I'll be back to find this one.

Apr 8, 2006

The Charleston Shuffle

By: Mohetka Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I visited stages 1-3 a couple nights ago, and dropped by this morning to find the cache. (I'll be able to get multi-caches in a single trip once I have a GPSr, but for now...) There was no "You found it!" sheet, so I left one. T Mickey 'n' Minnie sig card, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Octal Fair!

By: bullit Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I came up with a prime solution, except it put me on the Moffett airfield. Email from bullit confirmed that the cache was not on the airfield [:O] and tipped me off to the hints in the cache description. That simplified the puzzle greatly! I left my sig token for this cache in the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCM7V2]next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL, TFTC!

The Source

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

April 4, 2006. 9:15 pm. Mountain View. It was a dark and stormy night. I answered a knock at the door. She begged for help. "Yeah? What kind of help?"

She told an implausible sob story about her mansion being robbed. Frankly, I didn't think she'd seen a bed in years, let alone the inside of a mansion.

"I'll let you know if I find anything."

Did I find anything? You bet I found something! But just between you and me, the credit goes to The Source. Sure, he's unreliable--he didn't help a bit in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRP9N]a recent kidnapping case[/url]--but when he does come through, he's good as gold.

[I've had the location for a couple weeks, but just now got around to fin ding the container. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!]

Apr 7, 2006

CalTrain - Burlingame

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I quickly found the replacement cache this morning. I replaced the scrap-paper replacement log with a printed log sheet and "You found it!" page. Unfortunately, there was no clue for the Weekend Trains Multi-Cache. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

CalTrain - Millbrae

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

A quick find, but not quite quick enough--I just missed the train I was hoping to catch. I liked the hide technique, but that might be just because it's different from the others I've found so far from this series. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 6, 2006

One Equals Two

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This "proof" is one of my favorite bits of mathematical trivia. It nicely demonstrates the difference between blindly following a formula and understanding what you're doing. Thanks for turning it into such a fun puzzle cache. The whole thing fits together very nicely. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 5, 2006

Evelyn Station

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

I took Caltrain, and rode my bike from the Mountain View station to this cache before heading home. It was a few minutes out of my way, not counting the time seeking and logging the cache. As others have mentioned, the hinge on the container is broken, but the lid stays in place if you replace it carefully. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 4, 2006

Gossmer Cove Lagoon

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

A quick find after work. The container is not waterproof, and the orientation of the container probably doesn't help. I tried to let the inside dry out a bit, but the log is soaked. I managed to sign the wet log with a Sharpie, but I left a replacement log (with a replacement "You found it!" sheet attached) in a ziplock bag. T a black and white fish, L a green spider, a purple spider, sig token, SL. TFTC!

Tilted

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I spent half an hour here after work. I'm still trying to work out the puzzle. I had a few ideas, but I couldn't figure out how the check sum could relate to any of them, and the one I like the best is inaccessible. But there are still plenty of unfound (by me) caches in the area, so I'll be back to figure this one out.

Apr 3, 2006

Vladimir has been kidnapped!

By: fulmar2 Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I thought I understood the clue, but fulmar2's email encouraged me to reconsider. The real meaning of the clue provided the final piece to the puzzle, at which point All That Geeky Code became perfectly clear. Still, in retrospect, I got pretty close by substituting brute force for the final piece. And the puzzle turned out to be somewhat educational as well. The cache location is very appropriate, and I had the site to myself this morning before work. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 31, 2006

Quest for the Masks

By: Eagle81 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Another quick find before work, and a pleasant stroll through the baylands. The camera is out of film. There was no "You found it!" page, so I left one. T Kindergarten Teacher sig item, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC, and thanks for the series!

Mar 30, 2006

Quest for the Masks: Onu-Wahi

By: Eagle81 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

Wow... it was a lot wetter out there than it looked. This was a quick find before work. There was no "You found it!" sheet, so I left one. The log is almost full, too, so geocachers can use the log space on the "You found it!" sheet. T "RR" FIMO token, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Quest for the Masks: Ko-Wahi

By: Eagle81 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

A quick find before work, and my 6th "Quest for the Masks" find. Now I have the clues I need for the 7th. There was no "You found it!" page, so I left one with the log. T blue frog, L cross necklace & sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 29, 2006

Evil Empire

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

This was supposed to be a quick find after work, but just as I was getting ready to return the ziplock bag to the camouflage container, a security truck drove up and parked on the other side of the car next to mine. The guard and another person started working on the car next to mine. I waited as long as I could, but I had to leave before they finished working on the car. So I drove off with the ziplock bag and cache contents... Which is just as well, I suppose. The seal was trashed on the ziplock bag, and the "You found it!" page was a mess. (Page protectors don't keep out the water.) Since I had had everything with me anyway, I let the cache contents dry out, replaced the "You found it!" page, and put everything in new ziplock freezer bags. Later that night I returned it to the camouflage container.

T cross necklace, L shell, clip key chain, sig token, pen, SL. TFTC!

Quest for the Masks: Ta-Wahi

By: Eagle81 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

A quick find before work, right where I thought it would be. There was no "You found it" sheet, so I left one with the log book. T spider, L seashell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Computer History Anyone?

By: Jim and Jeanette Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

A quick find after work. TN, L shell & sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 28, 2006

Quest for the Masks: Po-Wahi

By: Eagle81 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was afraid this was going to be a smaller container, and more of a needle-in-a-haystack search. But it was a quick find after work. There was no "You found it" sheet, so I left one with the log. T ant, L shell and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Shorebird Sudoku

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

I solved the puzzle last weekend. It had been a while since I had solved a Sudoku puzzle on paper. This was a quick find after work. T Asian coin (with "10" on it), L Mexican $100 coin and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 26, 2006

I Like Mine Animal-style!

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

A quick lunchtime find. I ate mine (with pickles and grilled onions) on the little bit of lawn while signing the log. There was no "You found it!" sheet, so I left one. T spider, L caterpillar and sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCKXTR]the previous cache I found[/url], which was a nano cache with no room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Mar 25, 2006

Mainline weaving operations

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

I worked out the final coordinates a few weeks ago, but didn't get around to searching for the container until now. FWIW, I visited waypoint 1 at night and was able to get E and F, albeit with some difficulty. I left my sig token for this nano cache at [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCTZY8]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't room for it here. (Why a nano cache here?) TNLNSL, TFTC!

As far as we could go!

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was heading towards another cache and ran into a trail so flooded that I dare not attempt to cross, especially without gortex boots. I found a cache in the only spot available. It was a nice place to bring a bag lunch and relax. [;)] TN, L sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCV0QC]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache with no room for a sig token), LN. TFTC!

Traffic Patterns

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

Wow! I was the third to sign the log--the closest I've gotten to FTF so far! It was rather windy as I sat on the hill eating my lunch and looking for the cache. This sculpture offers so many possibilities for an upgraded container, although it is clear that some of its original features have been vandalized. I left my sig token for this nano cache at [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMD5C]the next cache I found[/url]. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Almost Natural

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

Stopped by again on the way back from [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMD5C]another cache[/url], and noticed the container was looking rather exposed. I did what I could to help with what was available.

Eagle Park

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I had noticed the logs saying this cache might be missing, so I dropped by when I was in the area. It wasn't where I had found it, or in any of the related spots where might have been replaced by a careless geocacher. It looks like it's gone. [:(]

Mar 23, 2006

Cherry, Cherry pie. ohooo oohh oohhhh

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

A quick find before taking the train home. I correctly guessed where it would be as I approached the cache coordinates. There was no "Please Read" sheet, so I left one. T caterpillar, L purple fish and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 22, 2006

West Hillsdale Park

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

What a beautiful park hidden in this neighborhood! I had the place to myself, at least until I was ready to put the container back. I hate it when that happens... T yo-yo and centipede, L electronic sound-effects keychain (with fresh batteries), a school of three digitalfish (#1736, #2240, and #2907, released to celebrate finding [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJG8G]GCJG8G[/url], which is owned by [url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=ffbb5f0d-3740-468c-87f2-23740b7b6c4c]digitalfish[/url]), and sig tokens (one for this cache and one for GCJG8G, which was a nano cache without enough room for sig tokens--or the school of digitalfish), SL. TFTC!

Big Worm-Gear Needed

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I couldn't make this my 50th find, so I made it my 75th find instead. I did get an emailed hint from digitalfish, pointing me to the correct end of the bridge. I had been searching the whole bridge, but was focusing on the wrong end. (FWIW, the coordinates posted by catomcat were spot on for me.) Actually finding this cache was rather anticlimactic. I had searched for hours when it wasn't there to be found, building a mental image of an incredibly devious hide, more devious than any of the unused hide locations I had discovered. The actual location could never live up to that.

I left my s ig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNVGG]the next cache I found[/url], since there was no room for it in this nano cache. I also released my school of digitalfish there in celebration of this find. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Mar 21, 2006

Quest for the Masks: Le-Wahi

By: Eagle81 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I started the morning with this very nice hide. Good job! I left my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCHRNN]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Levee Stroll

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

This cache was a challenge at night without a GPSr. But I really enjoyed the walk back to my car in the moonlight. Note that the container is not waterproof. There wasn't any standing water, but the inside was wet, and so were some of the contents. I dried it out as best I could with what I had. T GeoWomyn_SF_CA sig postoid #87, L lizard and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Quest for the Masks: Ga-Wahi

By: Eagle81 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

This was a quick find after work. I liked the thematic container. I didn't see a "Please Read" sheet, so I left one. T Duckey Lee & Rocket Girl geocaching pin, L Stanford Blood Center pencil and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Bridge View

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find before work, but not at all what I expected as I approached the cache coordinates! T Duckey Lee card, L orange fish and sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRQCY]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache with no room for a sig token), SL. TFTC!

Mar 20, 2006

Google Falls

By: MadDad (maintained by bullit) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I'll be back here in May, but I'll be surrounded by thousands of people. Today, the rain kept the muggles away. This was a quick find before work. T green beetle, L smiling sun charm, sig tokens (one for this cache and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNFQ8]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache without enough room for a sig token), SL. TFTC!

Kittycat

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

This was a quick find before work. There was no "Please Read" sheet in the container, so I left one. T purple fish, L green beetle and sig token, SL. TFTC!

C.H.U.D.

By: Mohetka Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

The location is not at all interesting, but the hide was interesting. I found the pen first, then the container. There was no room for my sig token in this nano cache, so I left it in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMEY7]the next cache I found[/url]. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Mar 18, 2006

Hey Bubb!

By: pao_flyer Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

The micro container's contents were wet, so I dried them in the sun and left them in a plastic bag to help keep them dry. I wasn't sure I would be able to interpret the clue for the ammo box's location, but then I figured out how to use my Palm computer to do it. I walked right past the ammo box a couple times before I found it though. Nice job! T Mexican $100 coin (I'm rich! I'm rich!), L small pinball game, Stanford Blood Center pencil, sig token, SL. TFTC!

Shopping for a cache

By: Rocket Girl and Duckeylee Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

A quick find this morning. The inside of the container was wet, but the plastic bag kept the log dry. I dried out the container, and trimmed the camouflage tape that was getting caught between the lid and the container. Hopefully that will help. T orange fish, L wheel & sig token, SL. TFTC!

Cooper Duper

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

I almost started to expand my search radius, but then I reread the description (especially the difficulty rating) and decided to search more carefully. Very nice camouflage! The bag for the log and "Please Read" sheet was trashed, so I replaced it. T smiling sun charm, L wheel, green ball, sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 17, 2006

Spirit Trap

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

A quick find after work. Much of the labyrinth was flooded from the recent storm, and I needed to get home anyway, so I didn't linger. T k5incali's GBA chip, L USA Olympics '06 pin and sig tokens (one for this cache, plus two for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJZ22]the previous cache I found[/url] and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJZ24]the cache before that[/url], since they were nano caches with no room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Catapult!

By: Sierra Hikers Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick find before work, and an interesting sculpture to examine while searching. The log has been torn in half, which makes it even harder to get back into the container. I put my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRMX7]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't enough room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL. TFTC!

Slough View

By: Sierra Hikers Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I was here earlier this week (while trying to figure out how to reach [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCN5PF]GCN5PF[/url]), but didn't know about this cache at the time. This was a quick find before work. I put my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRMX7]the next cache with enough room[/url] that I found, since there wasn't enough room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL. TFTC!

Mar 16, 2006

CalTrain - Redwood City

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I had no difficulty finding the cache or the hint for the multi inside the cache. T USA Olympics '06 pin, L Aloha Hawaii key chain and sig token, SL. TFTC!

CalTrain - San Carlos

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Another quick find on the way to work. TN, L bracelet and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 15, 2006

Transitions

By: payakoi Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Wow! This one really is quite visible! It was a quick find on the way to work. TN, L wheel and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Smiley

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

Another quick find on the way to work. I put the container back where I found it, but the location does not match the encrypted hint. Also, there was no "Please Read" notice, so I left one in the ziplock bag with the log. It's good to see people placing caches larger than micros around here! T lizard, L serenity prayer bookmark and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 14, 2006

Ling The Lang/Buzzcocks II

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

This was my first blinker find, but I had a pretty good idea where to look as I approached the sculptures. I was right and this was a quick find, but I can see how they could be used for Truly Evil Purposes ?. I left the sig token for this nano cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCGPTH]the next cache I found[/url] because there was no room for it here. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jetty

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

The coordinates posted by mraymondus work better for me, too. The original coordinates point somewhere with a much higher terrain rating. :-) This was a quick find, once I figured out how to reach the correct location. The nearby roads are confusing, and parking was a challenge. But otherwise it's a great location!

T Duckey Lee token, L snake and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Rhino Eels 2

By: Dale (Mengarelliott/2) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Several days ago, I walked right by this cache on my way to [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCA211]another cache[/url]. Too bad I didn't know where this one was at the time. Oh, well... T snake, L music pin and sig tokens (one for this cache, and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCT4MY]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache with no room for a sig token). TFTC!

Mar 13, 2006

Border Patrol #1

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

A very interesting find on the way home from work tonight. I had the park to myself, which made it a lot easier. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Castro Park

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

It was quiet this morning before work, which made this a quick find. T green ball, L wheel and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 7, 2006

Shark Fin Slough

By: The Owl and The Pussycat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

A quick find on the way home from work. My guess is that the "shark fins" are supposed to be sails, but who knows. The container seems more the size of other small caches I've found, rather than the size of other regular caches I've found. And there was no travel bug. T music pin, L bracelet and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 4, 2006

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Cache

By: artadams & belrose (adopted by Streetwalker1) Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I was in the area for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQ7GM]GCQ7GM[/url], so I decided to find this one, too. What a LARGE collection of books! I didn't have a book of my own though. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Easy as Pi 1

By: Team.Geek Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

My 50th find, and it was an interesting challenge finding the coordinates. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Big Worm-Gear Needed

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

Another hour and a half, another DNF. Sigh...

Mar 3, 2006

Big Worm-Gear Needed

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

After rereading all the logs yet again and bouncing some thoughts off Lynn (of digitalfish) to make sure I wasn't too far astray, I spent another half hour searching between rain showers this morning. No joy. I've found several devious places to hide micro (or larger) caches on and around this bridge, but not the one used for this cache.

Mar 1, 2006

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Cache

By: artadams & belrose (adopted by Streetwalker1) Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

After finding [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCK3Q8]GCK3Q8[/url], I stopped by the first stage of this one to get the business name. Nothing seemed very appropriate, and now I know why. I should have updated my copy of the cache description before setting out...

Crossing Adobe

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

I used to commute across this bridge every day. I found the wrong ABCD, kept looking until I found the right ABCD, then found the container without doing the math. I did do the math at home before logging the find on gc.com. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Rengstorff Park # 2.5

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

I dropped by this morning before work. I was the first to sign the replacement log. The fallen bottle-brush trees are gone, and the cache was a quick find. Knowing that I wouldn't be able to see the container narrowed my search tremendously. Then I had to search for a dry bench to sit on while I logged my visit. :-) TN, L music pin and sig token, SL. TFTC.

Feb 28, 2006

Along the De Anza Trail 5 - Mountain View

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

I was originally planning to look for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCK3Q8]GCK3Q8[/url], but decided to pick up this one instead. Retrieving it was easy. Then I had to wait out numerous muggles before I could return it. T Rocket Girl 2006 token (#025), L Steve Martin Button (#265) and sig token, SL. TFTC!

As Seen From the Sky!

By: Daniel & Christina Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Wow! A full-sized cache here in the Bay Area! I finally found a cache big enough for the Hopper TB, so he's moving along. T "Aloha Hawaii" keychain; L Hopper TB, gold pencil, and sig token; SL. TFTC!

Rengstorff Park # 2.5

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

The recent storms brought down a couple of the nearby bottle-brush trees right on top of ground zero. I decided to pick up [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCK21G]GCK21G[/url] rather than search for this one.

Shoreline Trailhead

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

A quick find on the way home from work. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 27, 2006

Just a little wooden bridge.

By: nlrw Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

It was a dark and stormy night... On the plus side, there were no muggles. On the minus side, the last few feet were wet, muddy, and slippery. I managed to stay clean while looking for the cache, but once I found it...

I really should have come back later, but [insert generic rationalization here]. T music note pin, L frog and s ig token, SL. TFTC.

Hit the Target

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

Okay, so Dennis the Menace was nowhere near the mark when I posted my DNF log. And I had no idea where Batman's mark needed to be. Then I experienced the "aha moment" (which seemed more like an "ARRGH! moment" at the time), and unlike Dennis the Menace and Batman, I was able to hit the bulls-eye easily. T Steve Martin Button #265, L dragonfly and sig tokens (one for this cache, and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJ4MD]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache without enough room for a sig token), SL. TFTC!

Feb 25, 2006

Hit the Target

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

I worked the obvious "solution" and thought to myself that surely it can't be that simple. So I grabbed the red herring and realized that it isn't that simple. So now I think I've got Dennis the Menace on the mark, in which case I know roughly where Batman's mark needs to be. I'll wait for the "aha moment" before I look for the cache, though.

Point of Light - Palo Alto Tower of Mystery

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

After logging another DNF for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJG8G]GCJG8G[/url], I stopped by to pick up this one. I put my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCHK4X]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't enough room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Big Worm-Gear Needed

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

Another hour looking, another DNF.

Feb 24, 2006

Home Brew

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

A very appropriate container. T frog, L anonymous FIMO project and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Something to read?

By: pao_flyers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

Very nice camouflage! T anonymous FIMO project, L geodiamond's first attempt with FIMO @ WOW event 123 of 155 and my sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 23, 2006

Don't Feed the Ducks

By: geekster Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

The original log and "You found it" note were wet, so I dried them out in the sun while enjoying the beautiful location. I also replaced the ziploc bag. The container lid will stay on if the container is replaced carefully, but the cache has seen better days. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

The Boulevard Bridge

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

A very enjoyable find on the way home from work! I love the camouflage, but I'm not sure how secure the container will be if any more glue gives way. I put my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNF2W]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't enough room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL. TFTC!

Do I Need A New CD or DVD?

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

An easy find on the way home from work, although it's the first hide of this type that I've found. TN, L sig tokens (one for this cache, one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCMWKK]the previous cache I found[/url], and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCKHFM]the cache before that[/url], since they lacked enough room for sig tokens), SL. TFTC!

Go Dogs, Go!

By: TBD & D, SUPERflamingo, and GeoBeags Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

An easy find on the way home from work. I put my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCNF2W]the next cache with enough room[/url] that I found, since the log used all the room in this cache. TNLNSL. TFTC!

Feb 22, 2006

Bev-Mo Park

By: nlrw Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I often ride my bike past this site on my way to/from work. T dragonfly, L snakeskin pencil and sig tokens (one for this cache, and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCKKQ6]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache without enough room for a sig token), SL. TFTC!

Zeno's Paradox

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

It was an interesting puzzle. After a couple brute-force attempts, I understood it well enough to work it out methodically. The container isn't waterproof and the log has been wet (although it's currently dry), but it looks like some of the signatures have been typed over, so I guess you know that. I put my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQGQM]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't enough room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL. TFTC!

It's Easy To Be Organized...

By: beck1980 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

A quick find while waiting for the train. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 18, 2006

Mayfield Puzzle

By: budd-rdc Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I drove by this afternoon (after logging another DNF for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJG8G]GCJG8G[/url]), and there was the tool, plain as day, right where I had been looking for it Monday night. I have no idea why I couldn't find it then.

Tube It!

By: 3BBoys Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

[This is a very clever cache. I can assure cachecrashers that it was not muggled during the recent tree trimming. And I can assure ProTechCC that the cache should be visible from the posted coordinates. TN, L sig token, SL. Thank you very much for this cache!] My original log included "more accurate" coordinates for the cache. Then I read the other logs, realized that the posted coordinates are absolutely correct, and deleted my original log.

In hindsight, I realize that I went to the correct location and looked at exactly the right spot. I just wish I had looked long enough to see the cache as the owner originally intended. Instead, I expanded my search radius.

Note that this stretches the definition of a traditional cache. Compare this one with Mayfield Puzzle (GCKQCN), which is listed as a puzzle cache.

Vanishing Breed

By: batecher Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

After logging another DNF for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJG8G]GCJG8G[/url], I needed a few quick finds like this one. A vanishing breed is right! As I approached the location, I knew exactly where to look. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Free WiFi #2

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

After logging another DNF for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJG8G]GCJG8G[/url], I needed a few quick finds like this one. I put my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCM2GA]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't enough room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL. TFTC!

Mountain View's Smallest Park?

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

Given the hide location, this cache may get accidentally muggled. But this is a nice little park. T digitalfish 2907, L ladybug magnet and sig tokens (one for this cache, and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCM3AZ]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache without enough room for a sig token), SL. TFTC!

Gotta Love It

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

After logging another DNF for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJG8G]GCJG8G[/url], I needed a few quick finds like this one. T ladybug magnet, L coin from New Zealand & sig token, SL. TFTC!

Another Walk in the Park

By: forman (adopted by budd-rdc) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This is a nice little park next to the fire station. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Big Worm-Gear Needed

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

Another hour looking, another DNF.

Feb 17, 2006

Middlefield Field

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

A quick find on my way to the train this morning. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Tie-Dyed Coins

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

My 25th find, and it was a great one! Actually, I found the camouflage yesterday, but it and the cache container were jammed firmly into their hiding place, so I gave up and kept looking. But after thinking about it, I came back and freed them from their hiding place. I put my sig token for this cache in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQD57]the next cache I found[/url], since there wasn't enough room for it in this nano cache. TNLNSL, TFTC!

101 at 92

By: nlrw Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

Nice hide. I picked this one up on the way from the train station to work. TN, L sig tokens (one for this cache, and one for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQD57]the previous cache I found[/url], since it was a nano cache without enough room for a sig token), SL. TFTC!

Eagle Park

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I actually found this one yesterday, but was not prepared to log it at the time, so I came back this morning to log it. It was a quick find; I walked up and put my hand on the container first thing. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 16, 2006

Mountain View Station

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

A nice quick find on my way home from work. Normally, I would ride my bike directly home from the Caltrain station. Tonight, I took a few minutes to find this cache first. T geodiamond's first attempt with FIMO @ WOW event 123 of 155, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Tie-Dyed Coins

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

I spent half an hour looking (plus CITO). I'll be back.

Feb 15, 2006

Tear Down This Wall!

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

Thanks for introducing me to this piece of history, tucked away in a corner so close to home. It was also an easy find, which I appreciate after spending time looking for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=56033fa0-5b42-43b6-8fd5-e9cb640b2ba8]GCJG8G[/url]. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Almost Natural

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

Nice camouflage. It would be easier to replace the lid if you trimmed some of the camouflage material that extends to the "inside" side of the lid. And I'm not sure why you asked us to leave the container where it was. Anyway, this was an easy find, which I appreciate after spending time looking for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=56033fa0-5b42-43b6-8fd5-e9cb640b2ba8]GCJG8G[/url]. T "Hopper" TB (which didn't really fit in the container), L a pair of frogs (to join one that was already there) and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 14, 2006

Tree Puzzle

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

Another quick find in the area around my office. I didn't leave the container anchored where it was because its contents were stuck, and I pulled it loose trying to shake them free. I think I resecured it properly, but it would be nice if it had a simple way to be removed and resecured easily. It turned out that a coin from New Zealand just barely fit in the container, and was blocking everything from coming out. T the coin from New Zealand, L slightly smaller coin from French Polynesia and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Big Worm-Gear Needed

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

Another half hour looking, another DNF.

Feb 13, 2006

Mayfield Puzzle

By: budd-rdc Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

My wife and I frequently ride past this location on our tandem. Anyway, I found the cache right away. I looked for the tool, but didn't find it (even with the hint). Fortunately, I did find the raw materials to improvise my own tool, so the container is back in its original location. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC.

Harbor Patrol

By: TBD & D Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I decided to leave the sig token for a nano cache (a micro cache like this one that is just large enough for the log, with no room for tokens, coins, etc.) in the next cache that I find. So I dropped off a belated sig token for this cache at GCNF0V, since that was the next cache I found after I found this nano cache.

Catamaran

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

More exploration of the area near my office... I found this one pretty quickly. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Parking Citation

By: anotherone Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I decided to leave the sig token for a nano cache (a micro cache just large enough for the log, with no room for tokens, coins, etc.) in the next cache that I find. So I dropped off a belated sig token for GCHYB9 here, since this was the next cache I found after I found that nano cache.

Klein Park

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I found this one pretty quickly. I remember when this development first went in. They've got a nice little park. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Big Worm-Gear Needed

By: digitalfish Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

Wow. I can tell that I'm going to be impressed when I finally find this cache. I read the hint, which narrows the search area a bit more than the cache description itself, but I still can't imagine where it could be that I haven't searched.

Feb 11, 2006

Almost Eden

By: mjp303 (adopted by niraD) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I dropped by this evening to leave a belated sig token. The new container is better, and the cover is better. Thanks.

Parking Citation

By: anotherone Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I dropped by this evening to leave a belated sig token, and to replace the log and its ziploc bag. I also cleaned the inside of the container.

Down, Down, Down!

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

I dropped by this evening to leave a belated sig token.

Feb 10, 2006

Rengstorff Park # 4

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

Found it. The funny thing is, that I didn't find it the first time I checked its location. I must have just missed it the first time. TN, L sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 9, 2006

Stevenson Surprise

By: ladybug54 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Nice hide. Some of the writing on the outside of the container had worn off, so I reinforced it with a Sharpie. T frog, L bookmark and sig token. TFTC!

Feb 6, 2006

CalTrain - San Antonio

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

The landscaping is pretty torn up around here, and the container doesn't really match the description, but it's still there. This place could use some more CITO help. T digitalfish 2240, L racing-helmet antenna ball and sig token.

911 Police Department

By: F.C.P.D. Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Searching for a cache at night in front of a police station was definitely a new experience. Fortunately, this was an easy find, so I wasn't there long. T digitalfish 1736, L CA wooden nickle geocoin WN 52786 and sig token. I wish I could have left something related to law enforcement. TFTC!

CalTrain - Hayward Park

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Low-service stations like this one are pretty quiet between trains. The container is rusted and the hinges needed a bit of repair; I did the best I could with what I had. Nice hide. T CA wooden nickle geocoin WN 52786, L 1996 Olympics coin and sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 5, 2006

Whisman Whimsey

By: trode Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I can't believe how much time I spent here yesterday without finding it. Today I found it right away. Nice camouflage, nice hide. T frog, L fly and sig token. TFTC!

Feb 4, 2006

Whisman Whimsey

By: trode Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

CI was not very successful. TO was quite successful (a grocery bag full of it). And as a bonus, I smell like rosemary. This is less than half a mile from home, so I'll be back.

Feb 3, 2006

The Cat's Other Hat

By: TBD & D, SUPERflamingo, and GeoBeags Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

Nice location. I work a few blocks from here, but it's in the other direction from my commute routes. Much of the writing on the container had faded, so I restored it with a handy Sharpie. There was a seed-bead bracelet lying next to the container, so I added it to the container. Took the coin from French Polynesia, left a Tahoe sunset bookmark and a sig token. TFTC!

Feb 1, 2006

Parking Citation

By: anotherone Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

The log was soaked and starting to mildew, and the bottom of the ziplock bag was ripped. I dried them out with my car's defroster and tried to seal the bag as best I could with what I had available. I guess I need to start carrying ziplock bags and spare log pages in my geocaching kit. TNLNSL, TFTC! (but it needs maintenance)

Jan 27, 2006

Harbor Patrol

By: TBD & D Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

A great location, and a nice micro (nano?) cache hide. It didn't take long with the hint and the correct starting location. It was much harder last night with the wrong starting location. GPSr? What GPSr? :-) TNLNSL, TFTC!

Almost Eden

By: mjp303 (adopted by niraD) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I wish I could have spent more time here. Thanks for the moment in the garden.

Jan 25, 2006

Down, Down, Down!

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

I dropped by last night on my way home from church, so no one else was around. It's a nicely placed and camouflaged cache! The hint might give too much away, though. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jan 21, 2006

Duck,Duck,Goose!

By: The Saints Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

SkaterUncle introduced a group of us to geocaching today. This was our second cache, and again, I was the one who found it. This is fun! Took a pencil, left a pewter pin. TFTC!

JCF

By: Sgt Stitches Difficulty: 5.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

SkaterUncle introduced a group of us to geocaching today. This was our fourth cache (and our last cache of the day). Someone else in our group (I forget who) found this one. We definitely needed all the hints on this one. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Camp #4's secret treasure cache

By: friendly four from felton Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Other

SkaterUncle introduced a group of us to geocaching today. This was our first cache, and I was the one who found it. Took a pencil, left a pewter pin. TFTC!

Bridge Mind Bender

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

SkaterUncle introduced a group of us to geocaching today. This was our third cache. Someone else in our group (I forget who) found this one. Micro caches are definitely harder to find than regular caches. TNLNSL, TFTC!

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