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Mar 28, 2007

Hyde and Ivy on the Bank of the Mighty River

By: Dr. Jekyll Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

It was a beautiful morning along the Bank of the Mighty River, and this was a quick find. Pedestrians and cyclists really do come upon you quickly though. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. I saw no sign of the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB32D9]Baseball Buddy[/url] TB. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1FEX8]Rancho San Antonio[/url] TB, L seashells and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

HBJ, the sequel

By: The Storyteller Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was another quick find on a beautiful sunny day. I was surprised at how uncamouflaged the container was. TN, L CA wooden nickle WN 52873 and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

POP #8

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

This was a fun puzzle. I liked the way the solution ended up bringing me back to the same place I started, but with a twist. The final location brought back childhood memories, but you couldn't have known that. I replaced the torn ziplock. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

VTA Winchester Station

By: frivlas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was another quick find on this beautiful day. I replaced the torn ziplock. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

VTA Downtown Campbell Station

By: frivlas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was another quick find on this beautiful morning. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. I also dried out the logs in the sun. But what happened to the "End Station" code for this one? I couldn't find it anywhere. [:(] TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

VTA Hamilton Station

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

This was a quick find on this beautiful morning, and my first find of this series. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

SGC San Jose

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I was in the area and had a copy of the cache description, so I dropped by. It's pretty clear that others have been searching here, and I searched as well as I could given the proximity of the bus drivers, but I didn't find it.

My Kind Of Town - Campbell

By: Thefogheads Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

The museum was officially closed today, but there were dozens of muggles having lunch here when I arrived. Apparently, a class of kids were just wrapping up a field trip. I spotted a likely location to search, but had to wait for them to leave. I got a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at a nearby establishment, and walked to the park by the library. After the kids left, I found it pretty much right where I expected it to be. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 24, 2007

ANX: The Angle of Eternity

By: workerofwood Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

This was my 500th find, and my 100th puzzle/mystery find. Thanks for the adventure, workerofwood! Gitonyerhorse, SkaterUncle, and I met at stage 1 this morning, shortly after workerofwood had repaired it for us. Unfortunately, stage 1 needs to be repaired again, so the cache is going to stay disabled for a while longer. [:(]

We worked through stage 1 while workerofwood watched, and eventually the three of us settled on a plan and set off on our own. At stage 2, we were just starting to question whether we had the correct location when one of us noticed something. We were off to stage 3 shortly thereafter, and to stage 4 shortly after that.

Stage 4 was probably my favorite, and not just because I was the one who found it. It was a joy to hold such a well-designed "game piece" in my hands.

Stage 5 was rather exposed when we arrived. Once we read all the instructions there, we set about determining the location of the cache. That was fun in itself, and then we retrieved the cache m oments later.

We covered stage 5 a bit better than we found it, but we encountered an odd situation while replacing it. I've emailed the details to workerofwood.

T Bytemobile sig turtle #337, Team Checker sig token #R120, CA wooden nickle WN52873; L Bytemobile sig turtle #145, [ur l=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBK2EA]USA Geocoin - Geocacher of the Year[/url], [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBG860]Sly[/url] TB, [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB135YK]Micro Micro Geocoin (Mtn View)[/url], [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11YEG]Brought to you by the letter A[/url] TB, [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB120E6]Brought to you by the letter N[/url] TB, [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11C4D]Brought to you by the letter X[/url] TB, my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, seashells, and a couple other trinkets; SL. Again, thanks for such a memorable adventure, workerofwood!

Mar 23, 2007

It's a jungle out there

By: frivlas and oneangrypuppy Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I needed a couple more finds before taking on [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCK1CC]ANX[/url] tomorrow, and I happened to be in the area and to have the info for this one handy. (A recent visit to the nearby AMC didn't afford an opportunity to go caching after all...) I reached GZ and expected one type of hide, but found this fun little hide instead. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11N7D]Brought to you by the letter J[/url] TB and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Assume Nothing #2 1/2

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

I needed a couple more finds before taking on [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCK1CC]ANX[/url] tomorrow, and I happened to be in the area and to have (old) info for this one handy. Sorry; I didn't realize that this one was disabled. At least it just had a full log; the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCQJ4D]last one[/url] I looked for using old data had been muggled. I had to wait for a soccer game to end, but then I found it surprisingly quickly, given the extremely effective [}:)] camouflage technique. Wow! What a creative hide! I will drop my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache into ANX tomorrow. TNLNSL (I managed to find space), TFTC!

Mar 21, 2007

Appointed Rounds

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

I enjoyed this tour of the neighborhood, although I rode my bicycle instead of walking. And like others before me, I had to backtrack at one point because I didn't think ahead. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Historic Palo Alto (Mayfield) 4

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I really enjoyed this multi-cache. Stage 1 was an interesting history lesson. At Stage 2, I had a little difficulty with the value of Y, but I kept looking until I finally found the correct pair of tiles and got the right checksum. At Stage 3, I was expecting a very familiar type of hide, but was pleasantly surprised. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

The Forgotten Flying Redwoods

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

After fruitlessly expanding my search radius around GZ, I finally read the hint. That focused my attention, but I still came up with nothing. So I reread the cache description, which gave me a new GZ to search. Eventually I found it, after expanding my search radius some distance back towards my original GZ. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the history lesson, and TFTC!

Mar 19, 2007

POP #9

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

This one's theme jumped out at me, and I had the coordinates shortly thereafter. Finding the cache, on the other hand, took me far too long, given that I needed to expand my search radius only a couple feet. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11PCM]Brought to you by the letter G[/url] TB and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 17, 2007

Bishop's Paddock

By: Raptor & Rex Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This is a nice spot. I definitely needed the hint though. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Halbert's County Line

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

This was a quick find, largely because the coordinates were spot on. The container seems more like a micro than a small though. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Willow Pass Business Park

By: Team Tiny Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

I've found a couple of these before, and they get easier each time. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token (yes, it fit), SL. TFTC!

Don Fernando Pacheco Adobe (HCP)

By: AndyandRobin(adopted by Harmon Baby) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

After spending more than an hour on [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC10YKQ]a nearby DNF[/url], I was glad this one was a quick find (in large part because the coordinates and reception were both excellent). T interesting "COPY" coin, L Delaware quarter and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

In Memoriam

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

I was expecting another quick find for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCYNR9]Bay Area Quadrangle Challenge[/url]. I found much more. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thank you for bringing me here, and TFTC!

Mar 14, 2007

Element #2

By: GeekDad Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was a beautiful afternoon for a bike ride along the baylands. This one was pretty exposed, so I covered it a bit better when I replaced it. I also replaced the perforated ziplock. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB135YK]Micro Micro Geocoin (Mtn View)[/url] geocoin, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11M9W]Brought to you by the letter C[/url] TB and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Stevens Creek Marsh

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

This was a beautiful afternoon for a bike ride along the baylands. This was a quick find in a nice location. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Burrowing Owls

By: caliseastar Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a beautiful afternoon for a bike ride along the baylands. I didn't spot any burrowing owls, but there were lots of other birds around. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Somewhere in Mountain View

By: catomcat Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This was a beautiful afternoon for a bike ride along the Stevens Creek trail. I found this one pretty quickly. The camouflage is very effective, but sticks out if you're looking for it. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Mar 8, 2007

Serpentine

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

Last week, I got stuck at the wrong sign for stage 2. My GPSr was telling me that I was still 20-30 feet away, and I looked for something else in the direction it was pointing, but I just didn't see it. This morning, armed with information in PurplePeople's email (and experience finding stages 3 and 5), I found the correct sign right away. Oops.

Ca ˝adamandu

By: crawburr Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

I approached from the west and found both [:O] containers quickly. It was a beautiful morning to sit up here and enjoy the view. I'm sure it would be gorgeous at sunset. T Quackercache sig duck, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11XV4]Brought to you by the letter O[/url] TB, a coin purse, and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, signed both logs. I left the containers where I found them, but I tried to cover them up a bit. (They were pretty exposed when I found them.) TFTC!

Mar 4, 2007

GeoFusion Leaves

By: ingmccleary Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was a quick find while running errands: Both containers were sitting out in the open. I re-hid them better, but in the same location. I didn't see [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBZFWR]The Original Travel Bug[/url] in either container. [:(] T nature__lady sig card, L bookmark and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, S both L. TFTC!

De Anza Bonanza

By: Team Ottlet Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

What a beautiful afternoon to pick up a few caches in between errands. This was a quick find, thanks to excellent coordinates. The cache contents were in good shape, except for the laminated stash note, which is damp inside the lamination. [:(] TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11XHN]Brought to you by the letter W[/url] TB and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Somewhere .....

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

This was an enjoyable find between errands. I found the camouflage quickly. The coordinates were spot on for me. That was the "somewhere". Then I immediately read the hint. Hmmm... I tried a few possibilities, but then used a different approach to quickly figure out the "somehow" on my own. T kablooey sig flower #F10, L seashells, [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11QQ4]Brought to you by the letter L[/url] TB, and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. La ter, in the car, I figured out the "somewhy" for the "somehow". Groan... TFTC!

I See Sick People

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

This was a quick find while running errands. The container is not waterproof. I dried out the contents with the car defroster before replacing the cache. T PrincessT (princesstlingit) 2006 sig item, L seashell and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Server Still Too Busy?

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

I've had the coordinates for this one for a while, but hadn't been in the area to pick up the cache. This afternoon was beautiful, as I picked up a few caches between errands. It took me a while to expand my search radius far enough for this one, but eventually I found it without the hint. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 3, 2007

241HT1619

By: budd-rdc Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Other

This is a fun series. The cache was a quick find. 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!

Mar 2, 2007

Serpentine

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

Today was a beautiful morning for a hike! I was uncertain about my numbers at waypoints 2 and 3, so when my final coordinates ended up on the wrong side of some No Trespassing signs, I reverse-engineered the correct location based on the numbers that I was certain of. I found the cache quickly at the first location I searched. I also did some CITO on the way out. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB11H2C]Brought to you by the letter D[/url] TB and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for showing me Edgewood Park, and TFTC!

Mar 1, 2007

Piece of Pie (Easy as Pie)

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

It was much easier this time, ignoring the hint and just following the coordinates. Also, the container no longer matches the cache description. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Reflect on this

By: garyhenry Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick PNG tonight. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

State of Confusion

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

Ooh, pretty! A new log sheet! :-) I spotted the puzzle's theme quickly, but I didn't get around to working out which interpretation of the theme would yield coordinates until this afternoon. Tonight it was a quick find, thanks to the hint. T green and white WeBeDnD token, L seashell and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[ /url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Orange Lincoln

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

I wonder whether Charlie Ryan's Hot Rod Lincoln was orange... Anyway, this was a quick PNG tonight. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

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