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niraD's Geoblog

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)

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