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Feb 27, 2007

Plane Old Puzzle #1 - PAO

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

"Now, Snoopy had sworn that he'd get that man So he asked the Great Pumpkin for a new battle plan He challenged the German to a real dogfight While the Baron was laughing, he got him in his sight "That Bloody Red Baron was in a fix
He'd tried everything, but he'd run out of tricks
Snoopy fired once, and he fired twice
And that Bloody Red Baron went spinning out of sight"

I quickly figured out how to catch the Red Baron myself, and had the coordinates after just a little work. This morning , I found the cache after a pleasant walk near the airport. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

PH0NY II

By: WeBeDnD (with help from Ceara) Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I missed the full experience when I found this one last week, so I decided to try it again. I had a lot of difficulty with the first PH0NY clue this time. First, I swapped two digits in my coordinates; naturally, I found nothing PH0NY there. I found and fixed that error, but there was nothing PH0NY about the new location either. I checked with the owner, who pointed out where my coordina tes from the first PH0NY clue were wrong.

This morning I dropped by the correct coordinates, quickly found a PH0NY location with another PH0NY clue, and got the coordinates for the PH0NY cache (which I already had from finding it last week).

This was a fun puzzle, and it certainly presented a kind of challenge that I don't experience often. Thanks!

Feb 21, 2007

Turning Tides

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

This was a beautiful morning (before the storm?) for geocaching around Shoreline Park. And yes, this was a quick find. SMILIE TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

PH0NY II

By: WeBeDnD (with help from Ceara) Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I solved the first PH0NY puzzle quickly, but then I had to convince myself that I really had solved it. The first PH0NY clue made me smile. So did the second PH0NY clue, although I had to check it a couple extra times to make sure I had it right. Tonight I found the PH0NY cache quickly. T bullit sig token #151, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for a very PH0NY puzzle, and TFTC!

Rengstorff R ätsel

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

This was a beautiful morning (before the storm?) for geocaching around Shoreline Park. I don't think the container was where the owner intended it to be; I didn't need a tool to retrieve it. I replaced it where I think it belongs, but the owner should probably check up on it. I found the paper passport for [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBZBQB]Emergency! TV Show Travel Bug[/url], but the TB itself is nowhere to be found. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11EFV]Brought to you by the letter B[/url] TB and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Charleston Stormpumps

By: bullit Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This was a beautiful morning (before the storm?) for geocaching around Shoreline Park. I found this one exposed, so I rehid it a couple feet away in a spot that matched the encrypted hint. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBG860]Sly[/url] TB and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBK2EA]USA Geocoin - Geocacher of the Year[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1BYCT]"Cuautepec, Mexico" Unite for Diabetes Travel Bug[/url], [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11DVX]Brought to you by the letter P[/url] TB, and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Go Fly A Kite

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

This was a beautiful morning (before the storm?) for geocaching around Shoreline Park. This one was a quick find. The cache is in good shape. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1212G]Brought to you by the letter F[/url] TB and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 14, 2007

Somewhere in Los Altos revisited.

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

Finally! I spent almost an hour here this morning, but the find was worth it. I was searching the hide location yet again when I realized that this isn't a 5-star hide. So I thought a moment, looked one more time, and found what I was looking for. Great job! I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

241HT1416

By: budd-rdc Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Not chosen

When I finally figured it out, it seemed so obvious. Why did I spend so much time on the red herrings and rabbit trails? The cache itself was a quick find that reminded me of the hide technique used for a couple other caches I've found recently. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Feb 13, 2007

C or N?

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

I spotted the "N" first. The container wasn't visible when I found it, but I think I figured out where it should be. When I put it back, it was both visible and precariously placed. The owner may want to verify its current location, and perhaps even include a description of the proper location inside the cache, in case it gets dislodged again. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

My Meridian

By: Wintertime Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I solved this one a while back, when it first showed up on my "nearest to home" list. This morning, I dropped by before work to find the cache. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L seashells and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the history review and TFTC!

500 Server Too Busy

By: boulter (maintained by mokelly) Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I've been using your online tools for a while, so when someone mentioned this puzzle cache in the forums on thegba.net, I was able to solve it quickly. It helped to know that it would be within 2 miles, and that I would end up with 15 digits. ("Fifteen shall be the digits thou shalt find, and the number of the digits shall be fifteen....") This morning, it was a quick find after a pleasant walk. T seahorse token with "A" on it, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 12, 2007

Coyote Point 2

By: Shores Scout Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Parking was free this morning (A Scout is Thrifty), and with this quick find, I cleared Coyote Point of unfound caches. TN, L seashells and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC! I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout. My favorite memories include summer camp at [url=http://www.boyscoutsmontereybayarea.org/PicoBlanco/picoblanco.htm]Camp Pico Blanco[/url] and the 1977 National Scout Jamboree at Moraine State Park (aka "More Rain" State Park) in Pennsylvania. As an adult, I've se rved 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), then 7 years with Battalion (junior high and high school), and this year I'm working with Stockade again.

Traffic Jam

By: geotap and skwerlie Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

After clearing Coyote Point of unfound caches, I dropped by for this one. It was a quick find using the coordinates posted by others. The container is not waterproof, and the log book was damp. I was able to sign it, but I didn't have time to dry it out before replacing the cache. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Coyote Point

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

When I [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=74de849c-6eda-427e-9d4a-ba90152694bc]looked for this one last summer[/url], I expanded my search radius far enough, just not in the right direction. This morning, I found it easily. I liked the simple--but very effective--camouflage. 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=GCZDFK]the nano-cache I found before this one[/url], SL. TFTC!

Feb 8, 2007

In The Event of a Water Landing...

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

On the way back to my car from [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCRB8Q]a nearby 2-star hide[/url], I stopped for this 3.5-star hide. Very nice camouflage! I'd hate to see a "truly evil" hide, if this one is only "slightly evil". Still, I found it fairly quickly, mainly because the coordinates were spot on, and because I knew I could ignore the more mundane hide locations. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Harbor view

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

Parking was free today. Hopefully it will stay free until I can come back for the other Coyote Point caches. Anyway, I enjoyed the walk and the view this morning. The label on the outside of the container is loose and torn, but everything inside is fine. [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBPBE2]Vaudesir's 2005 USA Geocoin[/url] was not there. [:(] T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1BYCT]"Cuautepec, Mexico" Unite for Diabetes Travel Bug[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB15GAD]Vaudesir's Appalachian Trail Geocoin Silver[/url] and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 6, 2007

Piece of Pie (Easy as Pie)

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

I didn't have much time, so I read the hint right away. From reading the past logs, it looks like that may have been a mistake. I'll be back.

Shel Silverstein's story..

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

This was a quick find before work. What an odd little spot! There were flowers lying on the ground, a bit like a roadside memorial, although there was nothing else to explain why they were there. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 5, 2007

Valley Stream Nectar

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

This was a fun, educational puzzle. Even while chasing red herrings and following rabbit trails, I still enjoyed learning about new things. Once I saw the theme, I quickly learned what I needed to know to solve it, although I was a bit nervous using unofficial references. But given that I couldn't find an official reference... Using the hint, I found it quickly tonight after work. I'm a bit concerned that this one won't last long though, given the container type and location. I hope I'm wrong. T Rogue Ramblers' FTF token, L seashells and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. It seemed appropri ate, so I dipped [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB15GAD]Vaudesir's Appalachian Trail Geocoin Silver[/url] while I was here. TFTC!

A Few Caches #1 Salt Water View

By: OneAngryPuppy Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

I've had this one solved since shortly after it was disabled last August, and today I picked it up before work. It was a beautiful morning for a walk. I enjoyed the puzzle, the location, and the new hide style. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens for this cache and for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCREM1]nano-cache[/url] and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC107MF]event cache[/url] I logged on Saturday, SL. TFTC!

Feb 3, 2007

Puzzle and Crypto Workshop

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

After attending several unevents, I finally attended an actual event cache! I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this event cache moving. Thanks for the new icon and TFTC! The only criticism I could have about the workshop is that it was too short. [:D] The material was very well organized and presented, and the homework examples were well chosen, and were used effectively. I also enjoyed the post-workshop conversation with everyone. It was great to see you all agai n!

Before the class, I announced a gimmick car rallye that will be later tonight. If anyone wants more info, but didn't pick up one of the fliers, the Rallye Club's web site is [url=http://www.therallyeclub.org/]www.TheRallyeClub.org[/url].

Chainasaurus

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

I came early to The Rat's [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC107MF]Puzzle and Crypto Workshop[/url] so I could grab this one beforehand. This type of hide is becoming one of my favorites. I found it after about 15 minutes of very enjoyable searching, and put it back right where I found it. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Feb 2, 2007

Impasse

By: trode Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I've had this one solved for quite a while, but just now got around to picking it up. IIRC, this was a quick, fun puzzle. It was a quick find on this beautiful February morning, complete with another one of those "Why?" moments, when I saw something that seemed quite out of place. The container was rather visible and had what appeared to be an unused attachment mechanism. However, I couldn't figure out how to use the attachment mechanism effectively. In the end, I rehid it in the same place I found it, but hopefully it isn't quite as obvious now. TN, L my [url=http://niraD. sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Tube It!

By: 3BBoys Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I just wanted to confirm that the posted coordinates are correct, and that the cache should be visible from that location. I originally posted "more accurate" coordinates too, until I read the other logs and realized that I had been mistaken.

Feb 1, 2007

Circular Reasoning

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This was my 450th find! I chose this one in part because I wanted to actually find it before the owner's [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC107MF]Puzzle and Crypto Workshop[/url] this weekend. I'd like to get his [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCG0MP]K3 Gang[/url] as well, but I haven't finished solving it yet. SMILIE T mvflyer round tuit, L my round [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB15V0J]CDL motogrrl Memorial Geocoin[/url], a keychain with a round miniature Tupperware ® container on it, a round CA Wooden Nickel, and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for reminding me how much math I've forgotten, and TFTC!

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