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niraD's Geoblog

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!

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