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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!

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