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niraD's Geoblog

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!

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