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niraD's Geoblog

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!

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