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niraD's Geoblog

Dec 10, 2008

Run to Sunnyvale

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

I dropped by before work this morning. It was a beautiful morning for a bike ride. I found it quickly after doing a little CITO. Although I've found others of the same general style, this is the first example of this particular type that I've found. I think it works nicely. 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!

Dec 3, 2008

FINAL ACTIVITY EVENT

By: Venona (hosted by Bullitovsky) Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

It's on my calendar!

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly

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

I had an errand in San Mateo later this morning, so I came up early for a puzzle run. I enjoyed decrypting this one. I recognized its source immediately, and quickly found the necessary reference. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Pi èce de Résistance

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

I had an errand in San Mateo later this morning, so I came up early for a puzzle run. As I mentioned at the recent unevent, I'm embarrassed at how long it took me to solve this puzzle. But once I saw the theme, I obtained the coordinates quickly. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

4|23 `/0|_| 571|| |337 3|\|0|_|6|-|

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

`/35 1 4|\/| 571|| |337 3|\|0|_|6|-| I had an errand in San Mateo later this morning, so I came up early for a puzzle run. I started with this one, which was easy given my experience with the previous incarnation. TNLNSL. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

So you must live in....

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

I had an errand in San Mateo later this morning, so I came up early for a puzzle run. I used to work just a few hundred feet from the Foster City border, but this puzzle introduced me to a side of Foster City that I hadn't been aware of. Thanks for bringing me to this beautiful spot this morning. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Hillary Foyer: The Aggravating Micro Game

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

I had an errand in San Mateo later this morning, so I came up early for a puzzle run. With 20/20 hindsight, I'm surprised that I didn't figure out what the game was until after I read the statement on the first container. Yes, I won. I think this implementation of the puzzle works well. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 19, 2008

Runnway2

By: TIMNKRIS Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was a great place to hang out and observe the baylands this morning. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

That Cache by the Duck Pond

By: WalruZ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This was a great place to hang out and observe the baylands this morning. T one of my older sig tokens, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache, SL. TFTC!

Nov 12, 2008

Los Altos Orchard

By: Wildbun Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was a beautiful morning for a bike ride before work. I enjoyed this multi-cache, which gave me a more complete tour than the other cache I've found at the Outdoor Agricultural Exhibit. T duckeylee sig bead, L beads and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 9, 2008

TA @30,000 - Gone in a Flash(mob)

By: Team Checker Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Congrats to Team Alamo! My (muggle) wife was even willing to join me for this micro-event. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token and the California Bound TB (now heading back home to Florida), SL. TFTE!

Nov 8, 2008

WoW's Polymer Clay Workshop V

By: workerofwood Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

This was a great opportunity to start the cane for my next set of sig tokens, and I even learned a thing or two. (And you thought I wasn't paying attention...[;)]) I also enjoyed visiting with everyone, or at least with those at my end of the table and those who stayed late. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTE!

Moulin Jagra Architecture

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

I solved this one quickly. Given my day job, I suppose that's to be expected. But it also helped to have solved several similar puzzles previously. Tonight, I found the cache quickly before heading home after [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1H6KX]WoW's Polymer Clay Workshop V[/url]. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Nov 5, 2008

one ate A Fig

By: OneAngryPuppy Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

After almost 2 months, I figured it was time to rescue the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJWDC]California Bound[/url] TB. I'll get it moving again.

Take a Gamble

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I've been here before, but just to attend a class. This time, I got to do a lot more exploring. And this was such a beautiful morning to explore the gardens. After finding the information I needed, I walked to the final. I knew what to look for, since I had seen Marky making one at LSOH4. TNLNSL (in space 7 of 37). I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Nov 1, 2008

Bouncy Coords

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

I was running errands, and use GeoBrowse on my G1 to look up nearby caches. This was a relatively quick find, thanks to the excellent coordinates. Nicely camouflaged, though. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Oct 18, 2008

Biking into 2007 #3

By: n2books2 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

After a hike at the [url=http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/]SFBNWR[/url], I decided to grab a few more quadrangles for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]. This one was a challenge. First, I had to return to the cache I found before this one to retrieve my printout of the cache info. [:I] Then it turned out that the streets near this cache don't appear in the map on my (admittedly obsolete) GPSr. But eventually, I found my way here, where I found this cleverly hidden cache surprisingly quickly. Swapped Blanston12 SMBs, T Chloe 2006 (Chloethedog) sig token, L shamrock toy and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

DT21 & FW @ 10K

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 5.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

After finding a couple puzzle finals and picking up a few more quadrangles for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCYNR9]BAQC[/url], I decided it was time to try to grab the final for this one. After all, it has been near the top of my "nearest to home" list since it was published almost 2 years ago. The hard part was finding it the second time: As I was replacing the blinker, I dropped it on the ground. [:O] Walking back to my car, I met one of the previous finders, who lives in the neighborhood. We had a nice chat. TNLNSL. (I signed the next available space on the front of the log, although there are already several signatures on the back of the log.) I'll keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. Thanks for the challenge, and TFTC!

Long Distance

By: Fremont Claassens Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I solved the puzzle quite some time ago, but haven't been in the area when I could stop since then. Today, I came across the bay for a hike at the [url=http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/]SFBNWR[/url] and dropped by for the quick find. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTP TFTC!

Kooper's Kaper 2, the sequel

By: Bear n Grin it Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

After a hike at the [url=http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/]SFBNWR[/url], I decided to grab a few more quadrangles for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]. This one was a quick PNG. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

A Test

By: Rogue Ramblers Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I solved this clever puzzle quite some time ago. Today, I came across the bay for a hike at the [url=http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/]SFBNWR[/url] and dropped by for the quick find. Fortunately, I had the place to myself today. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTP TFTC!

Beginner's Health Nut Cache

By: CooperPair Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

After a hike at the [url=http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/]SFBNWR[/url], I decided to grab a few more quadrangles for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]. This cache was a nice walk from the park entrance. There was no camera though. T Team Yofa 2007 sig token, L colorful pencil and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 17, 2008

Wickedly Retired

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

This one popped up at the top of my "nearest to home" list (even when not ignoring finds), so I dropped by this morning on my way to work. I found it quickly, thanks to the excellent coordinates. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 16, 2008

WoW's Polymer Clay Workshop V

By: workerofwood Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

What a great opportunity to make my new sig tokens! I'd like space to work, but I can let someone else take a spot for instruction.

Oct 15, 2008

On the Road Again

By: Maintenance_Man! Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was a beautiful morning for a bike ride before work, and so much about this cache felt oh so familiar: the puzzle, the solution, the hide... TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Procrastinator's Stash

By: Fyrfly Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Other

This was a great cache to end a dry spell of 3.5 weeks: camo ammo! (Nice camouflage at stage 1, and a nice ammo box at stage 2.) And this was a beautiful morning for a bike ride. One of the digits was a bit ambiguous at stage 1, so after finding stage 2, I re-inked stage 1 with my Sharpie. Swapped digitalfish. T Duckey Lee 2008 sig token, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1NXJ2]"Pamet River (MA)" Red Jeep Travel Bug[/url], a reindeer toy, and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TF TC!

The Purple Heart

By: boulter Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was a beautiful morning for a bike ride before work, and I managed to find this one without earning a geocaching Purple Heart on the nearby thorns. The closest I've come to a geocaching-related injury was a case of poison oak a couple years ago. But I'm not even sure that was geocaching related, since I have no idea where I contacted the stuff. Sorry, but that's the best story I can offer... TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 20, 2008

Wild Coord Cache

By: cyan_blue and echidnaboy Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I was in the area, and had time between [url=http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/]donating blood[/url] and meeting my wife, so I dropped by to find the new cache in Cuesta Park. The black tape is surprisingly effective as camouflage. TNLNSL. I will keed my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache moving. TFTC!

Sep 11, 2008

The Brink of Insanity

By: The Petoskey Stones Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Of my nearest unfound traditional caches with a difficulty of at least 4 stars, this one seemed the most appropriate for this personal milestone. Tonight I dropped by after work for what turned out to be a brief search. As is often the case, knowing that it is an EVIL hide actually made it easier to find. It also helped to know that I could ignore anything electrical, and that the terrain is rated 1 star. This is definitely an EVIL hide, but in a good way! TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. Thank you for such a worthy cache for my 666th find!

Sep 10, 2008

Baylands Trail Junction

By: geekster Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was another beautiful morning for a bike ride through the baylands. Wow... Once I uncrumpled them, the log sheets for this one were impressive, going back years! There was room for more signatures, but I left a waterproof stash note and log sheet anyway, since the writing on the original stash note was getting hard to read. I smoothed the other log sheets and folded them neatly inside the new stash note and log sheet. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Byxbee Park

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

This was a quick find before work, on a beautiful morning for a bike ride through the baylands. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Code Breaker

By: DavidT21, Fisherwoman, Chrissy_SkyKing and Bl Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I enjoyed this puzzle. First, I tried using the MP3 file, but for some reason the playback was so distorted that it sounded like an audio CAPTCHA. Next, I tried the WAV file, which was perfectly clear. My lack of expertise forced me to transcribe first and then decode afterwards, but I suppose that's typical. This morning, I rode my bike over for a quick find before work. When I reached GZ, I reread the cache description on my Palm m500 to remind myself what to look for. Then I looked up and the cache was hanging right in front of me. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for a fun puzzle, and TFTC!

Sep 9, 2008

one ate A Fig

By: OneAngryPuppy Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I spent far too much time over-thinking this puzzle and chasing red herrings, but eventually I managed to see the forest for the trees, whatever kind of trees they happen to be. When my wife was a kid, her family had a fig tree in their front yard, but she doesn't remember ever eating any of the figs. Their neighbors didn't let them go to waste though... Tonight, I decided to drop by after work, since no one had logged a find yet. I parked my bike and took photos until the coast was clear. Then I found the cache, saw the blank log sheet, and claimed FTF. Woo hoo! T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1NXJ2]"Pamet River (MA) " Red Jeep Travel Bug[/url] and the OneAngryPuppy sig pin, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJWDC]California Bound[/url] TB (which is really headed back home to Florida now), a wooden train whistle, and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC !

Aug 27, 2008

Angular Reasoning

By: The Rat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

Friday evening's search was more than 100 feet from the cache, since I used a tool with insufficient precision. Monday evening's search was more than 100 feet from the cache in the other direction, since I used a tool with insufficient accuracy. I had coordinates confirmed by GeoChecker for yesterday evening's search, but came about 100 cm short of the cache. I just read too much into the cache description and limited my search area too much. This morning, I rode my bike over here before work. Encouraged by email from The Rat, I touched nothing until I saw something that could camouflage a large micro container. (Some might even call it a small container.) How could I have missed that before? TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]tra ckable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for an educational puzzle, thanks for an excuse to visit a pleasant spot a few more times, and TFTC!

How Does Your Garden Grow

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

This one showed up on my "nearest to church" list, so I decided to ride my bike over here this morning before work. I had the place to myself, until it was time to replace the cache. SMILIE I like "in plain sight" hides like this, and it's always nice to spend time in a community garden. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Junior Cache

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one showed up on my "nearest to church" list, so I decided to ride my bike over here this morning before work. I found the cache in the second place I looked, thanks to the spot-on coordinates. 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!

Aug 26, 2008

Angular Reasoning

By: The Rat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I finally have coordinates confirmed by GeoChecker! The tool I used for my first solution attempt lacked precision. The tool I used for my second solution attempt lacked accuracy. After my second DNF log, cachbefound sent email offering me the source to a Mac program (based on FizzyCalc) that he had used, and we started an email conversation. He co nfirmed that his original coordinates had been almost the same as my second attempt, and forwarded a suggestion from The Rat that pointed out a way to obtain the accuracy necessary for this puzzle. Soon I had identified another tool with the necessary accuracy, and my third attempt at the coordinate s was confirmed by GeoChecker. Interestingly, my third attempt produced coordinates roughly half-way between my first and second sets of coordinates.

But having accurate coordinates is not the same as finding the cache, and tonight's search was just as fruitless as my previous two searches. I'm not sure how much more thoroughly I can search for a micro-cache at this location without becoming destructive.

Aug 25, 2008

Angular Reasoning

By: The Rat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

Over the weekend, I found a different tool--one that provides the necessary precision. The coordinates I obtained with it were in the same general vicinity as my original coordinates, but some distance away. Tonight I dropped by after work to search for the cache, but again, I came up with nothing. Now that I'm home again, I fed my new coordinates to GeoChecker, which says they're incorrect. My original coordinates are also incorrect. Sigh... I'll be back once I have confirmed coordinates. Too bad there isn't a Mac version of FizzyCalc.

Aug 22, 2008

Stamp Exchange

By: E.caballus Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

The description page needs to be updated to indicate the correct size and type of container. It is no longer a Small container and it is no longer "a Rubbermaid container, about pint size". And since the cache had migrated some distance before I returned it to a location that matches the description page, it's probably a good idea for the owner to make sure it's hidden where it's supposed to be hidden.

Stamp Exchange

By: E.caballus Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I dropped by this morning to redeem my earlier DNF. After reading the most recent logs, I expanded my search radius. I was a bit concerned to find a film canister (not "a Rubbermaid container, about pint size") located more than AB yards away (not "about AB feet away"). I rechecked the cache description, and confirmed that it did say "about AB feet" rather than "about AB yards". Then I re-hid the container in a location that matches the description page, but I'm not sure it's where the owner originally hid it. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/ur l] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Angular Reasoning

By: The Rat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

Finding the general area was easy enough, but the tool I used lacked the precision I really needed. Still, I was able to compensate, and tonight I dropped by after work for a (fruitless) search. On my way home, I realized a mistake in the way I had compensated for my tool's imprecision. I'll be back once I rework my solution.

The Sentence

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I first encountered this one more than a year ago on someone's favorites list. Back then, I didn't make any progress at all. Recently, it showed up on some of my "nearest to" lists, so I took another look. This time... Wow! This is another puzzle that I could only truly appreciate after solving it. I dropped by this morning to find the cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 15, 2008

SQUARED AWAY

By: Corgi Clan Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

DNS: I solved this one quickly, since I used the technique myself to stump classmates in grade school. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to search for the cache before we had to leave Yreka. I'll be back next year...

Noyo Harbor Secret

By: the5Bucks Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

After driving all day, my wife and I just missed this afternoon's [url=http://www.skunktrain.com/choose-a-trip-northspur-bbq.html]BBQ train trip to Northspur[/url]. We should have left Yreka earlier to allow time for traffic (construction-related and otherwise). Anyway, rather than BBQ, we enjoyed a wonderful seafood dinner at [url=http://www.silversatthewharf.com/]Silver's[/url]. Afterwards, I quickly grabbed this nearby cache while my wife enjoyed the harbor, and then we started the long drive home. T GeoTigger pathtag, L tape-measure/level combo tool and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 14, 2008

Lake Siskiyou Trail

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

My wife and I enjoyed this pleasant hike along the lake as we left Lake Siskiyou Camp-Resort. This was a quick find once I paid attention to where my GPSr was pointing, but I spent far too much time searching elsewhere... TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

EYES OF THE NEIGHBORS

By: hafhas Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

10pm was definitely the right time of day to be geocaching today. My night-time stroll with my wife was pleasantly warm, rather than uncomfortably hot. This was my first night cache of this style, and it was rather easy with a tool that I normally use for [url=http://www.therallyeclub.org/what.htm]a different hobby[/url]. T Snowmann sig wooden nickle, L bracelet and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 13, 2008

Cowtown

By: bishoptakesqueen Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

My wife and I took [url=http://www.yrekawesternrr.com/]the train[/url] from Yreka to Montague and had lunch at [url=http://www.mslynnstea.com/]Ms. Lynn's Tea[/url]. After lunch, I found this cache quickly (in the first place I checked). I would have posted a better photo, but yellowjackets stung my wife [:(] and we barely had time to tend to the stings before catching the train back to Yreka. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 12, 2008

Rockin' California

By: puzzlepeople Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I ended up turning this one into 5-star terrain by renting a pedal boat to cross from the Lake Siskiyou Camp-Resort. [:D] The camouflage was quite effective. I didn't recognize it until I was standing right next to it. There was no stash note, but I had left my supply of waterproof ones back at camp. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Scouts Honor

By: peaceofmind Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I ended up turning this one into 5-star terrain by renting a pedal boat from from the Lake Siskiyou Camp-Resort and pedaling down from there. [:D] UPS delivered this one to me... There was no stash note, but I had left my supply of waterproof ones back at camp. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBJWDC]California Bound[/url] TB, L "camo" pencils and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. I found a Rat & Mushroom sig item on the ground on the way back to the boat, and had seen a similar one in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1E83G]an earlier cache[/url], so I picked it up. TFTC!

Aug 11, 2008

RuStuMPed?

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

Often, I have to expand my search radius before I can find the cache. This time, I had to reduce my search radius. I would have been better off ignoring the comment about the (in)accuracy of the coordinates. The puzzle was as I expected, but none of my solutions worked. And I didn't want to spend vacation time on a brute-force solution. After reading the logs, I decided that I had been focusing on the wrong kind of solution, but I didn't have time to return. I'll be back next year...

Park It

By: Mtnshasta Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

After my DNF at [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1DCZB]another local puzzle cache[/url], I decided to grab this one. I was sure of its solution. I found the cache as quickly as I had solved the puzzle. T PatNanz 2008 sig token, L decorative pencil and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 9, 2008

Willows Break - I Hate I-5

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

We stopped for a late lunch, and I grabbed a quick find (and a new county for my California finds map). TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 7, 2008

Almost Eden

By: mjp303 (adopted by niraD) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

** Coordinates Changed From ** N 37 ° 25.503 W 122° 06.838
Distance From Old: 20.4 feet
Updating the coordinates from N 37° 25.503 W 122° 06.838 to N 37° 25.502 W 122° 06.834.

Aug 6, 2008

Stroller Friendly #4: That's not my diaper!

By: Geo Baby Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

It was a beautiful summer morning for a bike ride through the baylands, and there wasn't even a hint of "Pee-You!" here. Although there was more than a hint of "Pee-You!" elsewhere along the trail, so it probably depends on the prevailing winds. Anyway, I spent far more time searching than a regular size 1.5-star hide should require, and came up with nothing.

Nano from GeoWoodstock VI

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

This one showed up on my "nearest to home" list, so I dropped by for a quick find this morning. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Pinheads

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was a beautiful summer morning for a bike ride through the baylands, and this was a nice spot to stop before heading in to work. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB204N5] 250 Finds Geo-Achievement Geocoin[/url] and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 30, 2008

Stamp Exchange

By: E.caballus Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I dropped by this morning before work. As others have mentioned, working the math was easy enough. Thanks for the checksum though: I made a classic mistake when calculating one of the digits. But when I reached GZ, I came up with nothing. Eventually I read the hint, which matched a location I had checked, but where I hadn't found anything. I assumed that it was muggled and continued on my way. However, from reading the logs, I think this may just be a bit harder to find than most 1.5-star hides.

Sleeping Beauty

By: Rosie the Kitten & her Dad Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I dropped by this morning before work. It was a beautiful morning for a bike ride, and I enjoyed this sleepy little park. TN, L star pencil and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Almost Eden

By: mjp303 (adopted by niraD) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

It's been too long since I spent time here. I trashed out some expired coupons and other geojunk, added a bit of swag, and started the process of updating the coordinates.

Jul 24, 2008

Almost Eden

By: mjp303 (adopted by niraD) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

For the record, the garden at Almost Eden is [b]not open 24 hours[/b]. It is open sunrise to sunset, as it says on the cache page, and as it says on the signs at the garden entrances.

Jul 23, 2008

Puzzled Park

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

I noticed that this one had popped up at the top of my "nearest to home" list, so I stopped by after work last night to get the necessary information for the first option. The numbers I got didn't quite work out (in writing email to the owner, I realized that I had used A=1 rather than A=0 when determining G), but I was sure enough of the answers that I dropped by this morning to make the find. Fortunately, I had the place mostly to myself both visits. The first option really feels more like an offset multi-cache than a puzzle. For the record, Mountain View parks and trails [url=http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/comm_services/parks_and_trails/default.asp]are open from 6:00 AM to one-half hour after sunset[/url], not 24 hours. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Counting Scheme

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

I found this in the first place I looked... once I had the correct numbers. Unfortunately, I spent quiet some time trying various counting schemes using the wrong numbers beforehand. Sigh... My research was correct, but my application of that research omitted an important factor. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Dr. Mahoney Baloney

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

Wow! I love the camouflage on this one! I replaced the perforated ziplock bag, but I couldn't do anything about the jury-rigged lid. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Jul 18, 2008

Dead Man's Chest: Treasure Map

By: 50sumtin Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was at the boardwalk for a company off-site, and took a break from the rides and attractions to do some geocaching. I enjoyed the location. Thanks for bringing me here! Maybe one day I can come back and do the rest of this series. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Santa Cruz Wharf

By: 50sumtin Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I was at the boardwalk for a company off-site, and took a break from the rides and attractions to do some geocaching. This was the last cache I found before catching the bus back to Mountain View. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

"To Honor Surfers"

By: 50sumtin & Pink Static Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I was at the boardwalk for a company off-site, and took a break from the rides and attractions to do some geocaching. I like caches that highlight sculptures like this. Thanks for bringing me here! I'll keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Summer Beach Stamp

By: Chickasaw of ynots4 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I was at the boardwalk for a company off-site, and took a break from the rides and attractions to do some geocaching. This was my first Letterbox Hybrid. I enjoyed this variation, and I really enjoyed the location. Thanks for bringing me here! TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1RJWN]Travel Bug Catch & Release[/url] and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the new icon, and TFTC!

The Ear Infection

By: Sgt Stitches Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I was at the boardwalk for a company off-site, and took a break from the rides and attractions to do some geocaching. I had solved this one pretty quickly, since I've seen (unintentional) examples of this code before. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 17, 2008

Trigger Happy

By: Mohetka Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I noticed the DNF logs and dropped by after work to check on this one. It wasn't where it has been when I've been here before. Sorry.

Jul 9, 2008

Halloween = Christmas

By: xmts Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I was already familiar with the joke, and knew how to solve this one quickly. This morning, I rode my bike over before work and found it in the second place I looked. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Cowboy, Manimal & Yankee (but not Killer)

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

Even though I solved these colorful puzzles quickly (with Vim, my favorite text editor), they were still fun. This morning, I rode my bike over before work to grab a few solved puzzle caches. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB204N5]250 Finds Geo-Achievement Geocoin[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBQ0FV] Travel Bug Dog Tag[/url] (aka "Jeep Rubicon") TB and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Robin, Gwen & Becky

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

Even though I solved these colorful puzzles quickly (with Vim, my favorite text editor), they were still fun. This morning, I rode my bike over before work to grab a few solved puzzle caches. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1QZ12]SobaNoodle's (Black)Dog Tag[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB21H8X]the girl's[/url] TB and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Cache of the Lake

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

I was here this afternoon for a department off-site. After the bus dropped us off, I had a few minutes before the coaches started teaching us about paddling dragon boats, so I walked over for this quick find. The dragon boats were a lot of fun, but I'll probably be sore tomorrow... T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1RJWN]Travel Bug Catch & Release[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1QZ12]SobaNoodle's (Black)Dog Tag[/url] and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 2, 2008

Urban Garden

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

This one is at the top of my "nearest to home" list, so I dropped by this morning since it was on the way. Given the cache location, I decrypted the hint immediately, so it was a quick find. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

STS Mission Success

By: CaliSeaStar Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This one has been on my "nearest to home" list for a while, and I finally dropped by to find the cache. The puzzle wasn't particularly difficult, but it was interesting. This was a beautiful morning for a bike ride before work, and I had the place to myself when I got there. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Caught in a Tree

By: Rocket Girl Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Other

This hide style sure seems familiar, but it wasn't caught in a net this time... SMILIE The log was completely full, but I happened to have a small scrap of waterproof paper that fit in the container, and that will provide room for a few more signatures. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/ url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jun 26, 2008

Silicon Valley Treasure Hunt

By: candcfamily 2.0 Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Yahoo! This one has been at the top of my "nearest to work" list for a couple weeks now, and I finally solved it! At first, I had no idea where to start. Watching a volleyball game didn't help at all. But eventually I stumbled upon a few pieces to the puzzle, including a key piece that put the others in context. Then I found other pieces, and started figuring out how they fit together.

I can see how treating this treasure hunt as a social activity might help, but I ended up solving most of it on my own. At one point, I did ask for help from coworkers who are quite experienced with the theme of this puzzle. While they did point me to a resource that I found somewhat useful, they couldn't actually help m e with any of the puzzle pieces I was struggling with. Later, I reported what I thought might be an error to the owner, who offered a hint that nudged me to finish the remaining pieces.

Once I had the treasure map in hand (so to speak), I decided to grab the cache ASAP. I dropped by tonight after l eaving work. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB21H8X]the girl's[/url] TB, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB130KJ]Mauison's Gettysburg Geocoin[/url] and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trac kable[/url] sig token, SL. Many parts of this treasure hunt were familiar to me (including the final hide location), but many were new to me. Thanks for an excellent enjoyable and educational puzzle, and TFTC!

HELL CACHE: Deception Unsolved

By: CACHE, The Devilish Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

"When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) Given the sparse nature of the description page, there weren't many impossibilities to eliminate before all that remained was the (rather improbable) truth. Very nicely done, Sir! The construction of this puzzle is impressive! (Of course, I still don't understand the meaning of the hint...)

This morning, I was in the area so I dropped by for the quick find. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for a very enjoyable puzzle, and TFTC!

Encounter of the DVD Kind

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

This alien language was unfamiliar to me, so it took me a while to identify it. Then I tried translating it with a reference that turned out to be incomplete. But eventually, I understood the meaning of the message. This morning, I was in the area, so I dropped by for the quick find. 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!

Jun 25, 2008

Jackrabbit Crossing

By: Wildbun Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

Despite the slightly smokey smell in the air from the wildfires, this was a beautiful summer morning for a bike ride along the baylands. T a 2006 penguin cork keychain, L a tire pressure guage and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Driftwood

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I wish I had solved this puzzle sooner. I might not have misinterpreted the hint of another cache quite so badly. Anyway, despite the slightly smokey smell from the wildfires, this was a beautiful morning for a bike ride along the baylands. Swapped digitalfish, T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB130KJ]Mauison's Gettysburg Geocoin[/url], crawburr Fimo sig token, Rufus The Cat wooden nickle, L basketball pencil, fresh AA batteries, my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Plant Invasion

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

Despite the smokey smell from the wildfires, this was a beautiful morning for a bike ride along the baylands. T Sonny and Sandy PodCacher sig card, L foreign coin and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 23, 2008

Hanging out with Heinz

By: carolehu and sealjane Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I remember when my wife and I used to patronize the little corner grocery store and the laundromat that were in this building. That was quite a while ago. Anyway, I was in the area, so I dropped by for a quick find this morning. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. There was no sign of a geocoin. T 3blackcats sig token, L foreign coin and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 21, 2008

Not A Through Street

By: xmts Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I was running errands this morning, so I stopped by to redeem my earlier DNF. Wow, that was a quick find! I have no idea how I could have missed it the last time... TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for an enjoyable puzzle, and TFTC!

Inertia Helen

By: Team Ottlet Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This was a fun puzzle. Even after I figured out how it worked, I still enjoyed solving it for the coordinates. It reminds me of an abstract board game that I've played occasionally. I was running errands this morning, so I stopped by for the quick find. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for an enjoyable puzzle, and TFTC!

Jun 19, 2008

Northern Passage From Middlefield

By: Runnerinwoods Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This one showed up at the top of my "nearest to home" list, so I dropped by for a quick find before work this morning. It will be nice when the Permanente Creek Trail is extended south of 101. TNLNSL. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Jun 18, 2008

Juana Briones Slept Here

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

This was a beautiful summer morning for a bike ride before work. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBQ0FV]Travel Bug Dog Tag[/url] (a white "Jeep Rubicon" TB), L stickers and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for bringing me back out here, and TFTC!

Along the De Anza Trail 9 - Los Altos Hills

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was a beautiful summer morning for a bike ride before work. Swapped digitalfish, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for bringing me to another step in the De Anza Trail, and TFTC!

Along the De Anza Trail 8 - Los Altos

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This was a beautiful summer morning for a bike ride before work. T cokas sig token, L foreign coin and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for bringing me to another step in the De Anza Trail, and TFTC!

Jun 17, 2008

A Cache for Vince

By: stbk Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

This one has been on my "nearest to work" list for quite a while now, and I finally dropped by this morning. It was beautiful along the creek today. Exchanged Blanston12 SMB sigitems, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 11, 2008

Water's Vista @ MTV Shoreline, near the SF Scow

By: truedat101 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This cache was on my "nearest to work" list, so I dropped by this morning. It's a good thing I checked the updated cache listing rather than using the old version! BTW, the hint still describes the old location. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. T Rocket Girl 2008 sig token and kablooey BART nickle, L 0.10 ? and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Caltrain Secret Entrance

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

Wow... How many times have I driven under this bridge? How many times have I used the Cal Ave station? How many times have I crossed the parallel bridges (Park, Alma, or Caltrain)? But I had no idea this bridge was here. This cache was on my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by this morning before work. I found the cache quickly, thanks to the spot-on coordinates and the notice about it not being in the bushes. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Bear Bagging

By: virtualdavid Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I really liked this one! The design and implementation are excellent, although once again I parked my bike, started searching elsewhere, and then expanded my search radius enough to find the cache almost on top of my bike. T vaccine's sig playing card and GeoWomyn_SF_CA's sig GeoTales postoid, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBK0A3]Mewtwo-Smiley[/url] TB, a lanyard, and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. There were no signs of [url=http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1037357]bears[/url]. TFTC!

May 17, 2008

Series Finales

By: boulter Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This one has been on my "nearest to home" list for quite a while. I spent a lot of time researching a red herring, so the "Aha!" moment felt more like a "Duh!" moment. Friends gave me the most trouble: I still don't understand the solution, even after using my GPSr to determine the number. I had planned to leave the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBK0A3]Mewtwo-Smiley[/url] TB, but he wouldn't fit. The container is a bit small for a regular size cache. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC! [Edit 2008-05-18: I finally figured out Friends. That was a hard one.]

Too Weird, Man

By: Carl LaFong Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

This was a fun one. I enjoyed figuring out how to do my previous webcam find unassisted, so when I noticed this webcam cache, I decided to drive over. Again, I grabbed the photo unassisted. In the photo, I am holding my GPSr in one hand and the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBK0A3]Mewtwo-Smiley[/url] TB in the other. And yes, I did a little shopping while I was here... I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this webcam cache moving. TFTC!

May 16, 2008

Blink and You'll Miss It

By: GoGoJo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I used in the last available space on the log, although I'm sure creative cachers could squeeze in a few more signatures if they had to.

May 14, 2008

Blink and You'll Miss It

By: GoGoJo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This morning, I finally explored the new section of the Stevens Creek Trail (and its new caches). For this cache, I knew exactly what I was looking for, and found it quickly thanks to the spot-on coordinates. TNLNSL. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

El Camino Skylights

By: bullit Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This morning, I finally explored the new section of the Stevens Creek Trail (and its new caches). I spotted this cache right away. The hide style may need to be revised when construction of the next section of the trail brings more traffic. TNLNSL. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Apr 30, 2008

On the Road Again

By: TP 76 Discovery, Rouge Finder Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This one was on my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by this morning before work. Once again, I parked my bike, started my search elsewhere, and eventually found the cache right next to my parked bike. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Apr 26, 2008

Not A Through Street

By: xmts Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

My wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. This year I planned ahead a bit more, and solved a few of the local puzzle caches beforehand. I haven't seen many puzzles of this type. It was an interesting challenge. Unfortunately, when I dropped by this morning, there were signs of something having been hidden at GZ, but no actual cache at GZ. I expanded my search radius and did a little CITO, but still didn't find a cache container. I 'll check with the owner to make sure I was searching the correct location.

Dirty Dozen

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

My wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. This year I planned ahead a bit more, and solved a few of the local puzzle caches beforehand. I don't really enjoy traditional crossword puzzles, but this one had an interesting twist, similar to the cryptic crossword puzzles that I do enjoy. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/detai ls.aspx?tracker=TBK0A3]Mewtwo-Smiley[/url] TB, L foreign coin and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the fun puzzle, and TFTC!

Slippery When Wet

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one probably would have been easier for me to find without the hint. A week ago, I searched the wrong coordinates, came up with nothing, decrypted the hint, still came up with nothing, and verified my coordinates... only to discover that I had been searching at the wrong coordinates. From there, I walked to the correct coordinates, but started searching immediately where I "knew" the cache was located, based on the hint that I'd already decrypted. Except that I still wasn't looking in the right location. I emailed the owner, who verified my coordinates, but pointed out that I had misinterpreted the hint. Thus, I was focusing on where it was not, and completely ignoring where it was.

This morning, my wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. After finding or DNFing all the local puzzle caches that I had solved beforehand, I still had time to come back here to grab this one. Yep... It's much easier to find when you search where the cache is, rather than where it isn't. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. Thanks for a very quirky, enjoyable puzzle, and TFTC!

Behead Me Again

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

My wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. This year I planned ahead a bit more, and solved a few of the local puzzle caches beforehand. I really enjoyed solving this one. I wrote a Python program that got me about 70% of the way to the solution for the first part (latitude), but then came up a bit short. But that was enough for me to find the rest of the solution via other means. This morning, I found the cache quickly. T crawburr sig token, L 0.10? coin and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the fun "Behead Me" pu zzles, and TFTC!

Behead Me

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

My wife was at the Cupertino Lions' annual Fish-A-Thon and I was dogsitting again, to keep her guide dog out of the pond and away from the fish. This year I planned ahead a bit more, and solved a few of the local puzzle caches beforehand. I enjoyed this puzzle and its sequel. This morning, I found the cache quickly, while casually taking my wife's guide dog for a walk. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for the puzzle and TFTC!

Apr 21, 2008

Old Technology

By: OneAngryPuppy Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was in the area and found the lid of a film canister on the ground. I checked the hiding spot, but it was empty. Sorry. :-(

Apr 19, 2008

Journey to the Center of...

By: E.caballus Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I got help from the Internet for several of the linguistic equations (Puzzle 1). Those were tough! And puzzle 3 taught me about an interesting cipher. I was in the area this morning, so I dropped by to grab the cache. It was a quick find once I expanded my search radius about 12 inches. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. Thanks for an interesting puzzle, and TFTC!

Slippery When Wet

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one has been on one of my "nearest to" lists for a while, but I kept trying to determine the encryption method without doing any basic analysis. Sure enough, once I decided to work at it a little, I determined the encryption method quickly. (Yes, it is a rather quirky warning, but it's also a rather quirky encryption method.) I had coordinates moments later. I was in the area this morning, so I dropped by. GZ looked unlikely, but about 50' away was one of my favorite types of hide location, and the hint fit this example nicely. But after searching for half an hour or more, I hadn't found anything.

I decided to double-check my coordinates. (Fortunatel y, I had the necessary information in my Palm.) Sure enough, I had again managed to make a mistake while converting a puzzle solution into cache coordinates. Fortunately, the corrected coordinates were within walking distance of my original coordinates. And the new location fit the hint too, althoug h in a rather different way.

But after searching for another half hour or more, I still came up with nothing. I've rechecked my corrected coordinates, and I think I was looking in the right place. I'll confirm my coordinates with the cache owner before searching again.

Apr 11, 2008

Auld Lang Syne

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

This has been on my "nearest to work" list for far too long, so I took a slight detour on the way home tonight to grab it. This was a great spot to slow down at the end of the day! TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for showing me this peaceful place, and TFTC!

Mar 26, 2008

Parking in Rear

By: gdict Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This one has been at the top of my "nearest to home" list for a while, so I dropped by on the way to work this morning. I had the place to myself, until the Foothill Disposal truck made its rounds. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. I'm glad I didn't need to decrypt the hint by hand. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 25, 2008

POP #2

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

After my recent DNF, I re-worked the puzzle and came up with the same solution as before. But when I checked my coordinates with the solution, I discovered some misplaced digits. Oops... Anyway, I was in the area again, so I popped by for the quick find. Yes, it's much easier with the right coordinates... TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the "pop" quiz, and TFTC!

Mar 21, 2008

Caching in a Parallel Universe

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

This was my 600th find! w00t! I spend a lot of time in that parallel universe, but while the puzzle was easy for me, I was surprised to learn about something new while solving it. This morning, I was in the area for a dentist appointment, so I dropped by for the quick find on the way back to work. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 19, 2008

Elementary-School Math - Golf Caching Diversions

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

This one was showing up on my "nearest to church" list, so I solved it a couple weeks ago. Once I figured out the theme, the math was easy, but tedious. After crunching out a couple sets by hand, I found a tool to do the rest. This morning I dropped by "on the way" to work. It was a beautiful day for a ride through the baylands! There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. T digitalfish #8709, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1W91T]Icarus[/url] geocoin, digitalfish #8004, and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Dislocater, Jr.

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This one is so-o-o much easier when you search at the correct coordinates! Anyway, today was a beautiful morning for a bike ride through the baylands before work. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 14, 2008

POP #2

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

I had "solved" this one some time ago, and was in the area this morning, so I dropped by. I found nothing. I thought the location I found looked like a "pop top" from the air, but now that I'm back at a computer, it doesn't look like WeBeDnD's aerial photo. I'll need to solve this one correctly before I try again...

Mar 12, 2008

End of the Road

By: blackfrancis, adopted by Team Nazgul Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

It had been more than a month since I'd gone geocaching, but this was a beautiful sunny morning for a bike ride through the baylands before work! I found this cache quickly, in the first place I looked. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1BXPM]"Lugoba, Tanzania" Unite for Diabetes Travel Bug[/url] is doing fine, but [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBPCF7]ureca #3 (USA Geocoin)[/url] was nowhere to be found. [:(] T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1W91T]Icarus[/url] geocoin, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBQ9BB]Stormin Normin[/url] TB and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for helping to get me out here again, and TFTC!

Feb 5, 2008

Rhyolitic Breccia and Banded Rhyolite

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I started with the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPRKJ]Split Volcano - Pinnacles NM East Earthcache[/url] after the trailhead shuttle dropped me off at the Bear Gulch Visitor Center. From there, I hiked up the Condor Gulch Trail, along the High Peaks Trail, and down th e Juniper Canyon Trail. After lunch, I continued along the Balconies Trail, through the Balconies Caves, and up the Balconies Cliffs Trail for this Earthcache (my last cache of the day). Then I hiked back down the Balconies Cliffs Trail, and back to camp via the Old Pinnacles Trail and the Bench Tra il. In 9 hours, I hiked about 12.5 miles (including about a mile of unplanned backtracking) and completed all 6 Earthcaches and the virtual cache at Pinnacles National Monument. All in all, it was an wonderful day! I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthc ache moving. TFTC!

Split Volcano - Pinnacles NM West Earthcache

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I stopped for lunch near the information panels shown in the photo, but then continued along the trail to the posted coordinates. After studying the cache description again and recogizing the location in the photograph, I backtracked to the information panels. (I have included the coordinates I go t for the information panels.) After collecting the necessary information, I continued hiking along the Balconies Trail and through the Balconies Cave to the [ url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPXHT]Talus Cave - Pinnacles NM[/url] Earthcache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

Sampling of Rocks in Pinnacles NM Earthcache

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I worked on this Earthcache while hiking up the Condor Gulch Trail. I stopped for a snack break at the optional fifth waypoint. Getting there was a challenge, but the view was worth it. Then I continued up the trail to the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPRZ1]Chalone Cr eek Fault - Precursor to the San Andreas[/url] Earthcache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

Split Volcano - Pinnacles NM East Earthcache

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I started with this Earthcache after the trailhead shuttle dropped me off at the Bear Gulch Visitor Center. Next, I headed up the Condor Gulch Trail, working on the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPRKN]Sampling of Rocks in Pinnacles NM Earthcache[/url]. I'll keep my [ur l=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

Talus Cave - Pinnacles NM

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I reached this Earthcache after hiking/wading through the Balconies Cave. At the Bear Gulch Visitor Center, the ranger said that the Balconies Caves were closed, but when I got there, they were open. I was hiking through several inches of water water in places, but I enjoyed every minute of it! Ne xt, I headed up the Balconies Cliffs Trail for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC4B9]'C' Is For Cave Dweller[/url] virtual cache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

Chalone Creek Fault ? Precursor to the San Andreas

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I stopped for this Earthcache after hiking up the Condor Gulch Trail. Then I took the High Peaks Trail to the Juniper Canyon Trail, and hiked down the Juniper Canyon Trail to the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_deta ils.aspx?wp=GCPRKP]Split Volcano - Pinnacles NM West Earthcache[/url]. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

'C' Is For Cave Dwellers

By: Buxley Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Virtual

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, and picked up this virtual cache towards the end of the day. I hiked through the caves first, in the downstream direction. Then I passed by the coordinates for this virtual cache on the way to the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPRKV]Rhyolitic Breccia and Banded Rhyolite[/url] Earthcache, which was my last cache before heading back to camp. I think it would have been more difficult to hike through the caves in the upstream direction, given that the creek flowing along the path through the cave was several inches deep in places. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this virtual cache moving. TFTC!

Feb 2, 2008

Meet & Greet Groundspeak & Garmin in the Bay Area

By: Signal the Frog Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

I dropped by between sessions, and while I couldn't stay for the next Wherigo session, it was fun visiting and hearing others' thoughts after they had played with it a bit.

Jan 27, 2008

Ames Geocache

By: astrochem Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

A friend who works at Ames needed a ride onto the base this afternoon, so I took advantage of the opportunity and grabbed this cache. He took advantage of the opportunity to see what these geocache things are that I keep talking about. SMILIE T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBQ9BB]Stormin Normin[/url] TB, L lanyard and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jan 26, 2008

hidden box

By: Wooden Nickel and ShadyTree Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=28ac3618-96da-494e-b6d8-bcc002381228]SkaterUncle[/url] and I went geocaching with several first-timers from our church's men's retreat. This was our first stop, and it was a nice introductory cache. SkaterUncle found this one. It was hidden well, but I'm surprised an ammo can survives since the surrounding area obviously receives a lot of use. T nedsan sig lanyard, L a can cozy and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Duck,Duck,Goose!

By: The Saints Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=28ac3618-96da-494e-b6d8-bcc002381228]SkaterUncle[/url] and I went geocaching with several first-timers from our church's men's retreat. This was our third stop as we hiked to the albino redwood trees. Roaring Camp was pretty quiet this afternoon, and we saw ducks nearby, but no geese. John found this one. T muhlion cow sig token, L Mardi Gras beads and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Refrain from Bouncing

By: Sgt Stitches Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=28ac3618-96da-494e-b6d8-bcc002381228]SkaterUncle[/url] and I went geocaching with several first-timers from our church's men's retreat. This was our second stop. We originally tried to approach via the terrain 5 route, but quickly plotted an alternate course. Mark found this one. I did some CITO, but the location still needs more. T nooks sig spoon #44 and Sgt Stitches sig plastic army man, L whistle, puzzle, and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jan 16, 2008

Sar0d

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

While I enjoyed solving and searching for this one, I was also glad to get it off my "nearest to home" list. I worked very hard over-thinking the puzzle (as I did with the other one I've seen of this style). Anyway, this was a quick find with the correct coordinates and an appropriate tool for retrieving the cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the gentle nudges with the puzzle and with the coordinates, thanks for the excuse to detour along the baylands this beautiful morning on my bike ride to work, and TFTC!

Jan 15, 2008

Shocking

By: Rocket Girl Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

After a meeting at a nearby restaurant, I decided to grab a few caches on the way home this evening. I liked the camouflage on this one. Good job! TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Don't Go There To Get There

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

After a meeting at a nearby restaurant, I decided to grab a few caches on the way home this evening. I didn't plan for them all to be RG & DL caches, but it looks like it turned out that way. I found this one in the first place I looked. It seemed so obvious when I saw it there; I'm surprised it survives! There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. The stash note also doubles as a replacement log, so I think you can post a maintenance log to clear the "needs maintenance" attribute. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Stoned

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Other

After a meeting at a nearby restaurant, I decided to grab a few caches on the way home this evening. I didn't plan for them all to be RG & DL caches, but it looks like it turned out that way. I had the place to myself for this one, and found it pretty quickly thanks to the spot-on coordinates. Spaces 1-3 on the log have been obliterated, as have spaces 33 and above. I signed in space 18. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jan 12, 2008

Old Technology

By: OneAngryPuppy Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

In high school, we had TRS-80 computers with 4kB of RAM. Actually, the "big machine" had 16kB of RAM. (Oooh! Aaah!) Today, RAM is measured in GB, not kB. I enjoyed the trip down memory lane. I also enjoyed solving this puzzle. I dropped by on this beautiful January morning to find the cache, and spent far to long ignoring the obvious location. Nice hide! TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Sar0d

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

A while back, I sent the owner email. After he confirmed that a certain red herring was indeed just a red herring, I looked at the cache again and immediately had the "Aha!" moment. I was able to derive coordinates easily after that. I've got to stop overthinking these things... On Wednesday evening, I dropped by the location and decided that I shouldn't try searching there in the dark. This morning, I dropped by again to search during daylight, but I couldn't find the cache. It seems an interesting location for a cache, but I'm not sure how to search any more thoroughly for a micro without being destructive. I've sent the owner email asking for verification of my coordinates.

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