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niraD's Geoblog

Dec 31, 2009

Team Checkers' First 10K

By: way2wild Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

I'm looking forward to it!

Adobe Creek

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

It's been a couple months since I found a cache, so I decided to end the year with a find. There aren't many places here to hide a cache (even one this small), so I spotted it quickly. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Dec 15, 2009

FINAL ACTIVITIES 2009

By: SPHERICAL FULLERENES Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Large

I'm looking forward to it!

Nov 10, 2009

Venonium 263

By: workerofwood & fizzymagic Difficulty: 5.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Thanks to everyone for allowing Mrs. niraD and me to tag along. We enjoyed the food, the hike, and the company, and we enjoyed observing your adventures pursuing the stolen Venonium 263. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB354V9]42779's firefly[/url], SL. TFTC!

Nov 5, 2009

Venonium 263

By: workerofwood & fizzymagic Difficulty: 5.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

There's a thread in the GBA forums where we're discussing a group outing for this hike next Tuesday: http://thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=78382

Oct 31, 2009

Another Box to Open

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

While solving Fresno puzzle caches prior to my trip this weekend with Mrs. niraD, I discovered this on-site puzzle cache. I dropped by this afternoon to find and solve it. The box is still in pretty good shape, considering how long it's been out here, and it was a pleasure to discover the tricks it concealed. FWGB. T Team Forward Motion sig item, L incense holders and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. As I was returning the cache to its hiding place, I met the owner. After I replaced the cache, we talked for a while. He encouraged me to try a couple more of his [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1FQ3E]on-site[/url] [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx? wp=GC1W02Q]puzzles[/url], and to redeem one of my [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC123BQ]DNFs[/url] from yesterday. I didn't have time for the on-site puzzles, but I did manage to redeem the DNF. Thanks for sharing your puzzle box, thanks for the conversation, and TFTC!

It's about time

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

This was one of the Fresno puzzle caches I solved prior to my trip this weekend with Mrs. niraD. The puzzle was pretty easy for me, since I've solved a couple others with the same theme, and I recognized it immediately. This afternoon, I dropped by to search for the cache, and it happened to be the first thing I touched once I reached GZ. It's very well camouflaged though. FWGB. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Sunscreen

By: CKJohnsen Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was one of the Fresno puzzle caches I solved prior to my trip this weekend with Mrs. niraD. I like puzzles like this one that teach me something new. I dropped by to search for the cache this afternoon. I had to park some distance away, but I was still able to search undisturbed. I spotted the cache quickly though. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Map From The Attic

By: crew416 Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

This afternoon, I met mrstrix at one of his [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC169VD]on-site puzzles[/url]. During our conversation, I mentioned yesterday's DNF at this cache, and he encouraged me to search more thoroughly in a location that I had already searched. I had just enough time to stop at the cache site before meeting my wife at her convention, and sure enough, there it was. I'm not sure why I didn't spot it when I searched there yesterday. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, D [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1GWAW]Crew416's Pirate Geocoin[/url], SL. TFTC!

Three Hour Tour

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

This was one of the Fresno puzzle caches I solved prior to my trip this weekend with Mrs. niraD. The puzzle was a fun trip down Nostalgia Lane. This afternoon, I dropped by to search for the cache. I found the cache in the second place I looked, but then I had to figure out how to retrieve it without pushing it beyond reach. FWGB. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. I also reassembled something that should never have been disassembled. Future seekers should know that there is no need to disassemble anything to retrieve this cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 30, 2009

You Want A Peace of Me?

By: Crew416 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This was one of the Fresno puzzle caches I solved prior to my trip this weekend with Mrs. niraD. I solved this one quickly once I found the appropriate reference. This was the third cache I searched for this afternoon, but only my first find of the day. FWGB. TN, my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Map From The Attic

By: crew416 Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

This was one of the Fresno puzzle caches I solved prior to my trip this weekend with Mrs. niraD. The puzzle was relatively easy for me, since I've solved another puzzle cache that uses the same technique. But the hide stumped me this afternoon. DNFWGB.

It Came From The Russian

By: crew416 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was one of the Fresno puzzle caches I solved prior to my trip this weekend with Mrs. niraD. I solved this one fairly quickly, in part because Venona used a similar theme in one of the many ACTIVITIES he has used to taunt the Geocachers of the Bay Area. It was also nice to end the afternoon with a find, rather than another DNF. FWGB. T crew416 sig token, L rocket pin and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Oct 17, 2009

Arbolejo Overlook

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

This morning, I visited Foothills Park with the boys and dads of our church's CSB Stockade unit. On our hike around the park, I introduced them to geocaching. This overlook was our first stop, and our first (and only) find of the day. We searched huckle-buckle-beanstalk style, and everyone eventually spotted it. FWGB. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB354V9]42779's firefly[/url] TB, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1F2F4]HH das Tor zur Welt[/url] TB, supervised a few other trades by the kids, SL. TFTC!

Oct 10, 2009

You Can Learn A Lot From Lydia

By: Grouchosumtin Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This evening, my wife and I went for a walk between dinner at Woodstock's and dessert at Marianne's. Along the way, I stopped a couple times to search for Santa Cruz puzzle caches that I had solved. Or at least, that I thought I had solved. I came up with nothing when I searched for this one, and after rereading the description, I think I'll need to recheck my solution. DNFWGB.

Cabin Coif

By: UV980 and nedsan Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Today, while my wife worked at an event at the Louden Nelson Community Center, I searched for a few of the Santa Cruz puzzle caches that I had solved. As Steve L said, this one is pretty straight-forward once you figure out its theme. And it was a pretty quick find once the GPSr settled down. I'm surprised I got STF three weeks after it was published. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache moving. FWGB, TNLNSL, TFTC!

A Cache for Johnson

By: UV980 and nedsan Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Today, while my wife worked at an event at the Louden Nelson Community Center, I searched for a few of the Santa Cruz puzzle caches that I had solved. I like puzzle caches like this one that teach me something new. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. FWGB, TNLNSL, TFTC!

Art Attack!

By: 50sumtin Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Today, while my wife worked at an event at the Louden Nelson Community Center, I searched for a few of the Santa Cruz puzzle caches that I had solved. This was a fun adventure, although I missed seeing stage 6 the first time, and realized my mistake only when I saw stage 9. After logging the final, I went back and found stages 6-8 easily. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. FWGB, TNLNSL, TFTC! "So many caches, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

Who's on First

By: 50sumtin Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Today, while my wife worked at an event at the Louden Nelson Community Center, I searched for a few of the Santa Cruz puzzle caches that I had solved. The park was busy, but no one was playing baseball, and no one was paying attention to me. I read the hint and grabbed the cache quickly. There wasn't room for many more logs, so I added a waterproof log sheet to the cache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache moving. FWGB, TNLNSL. Thanks for reminding me of Abbott and Costello's humor, and TFTC! "So many caches, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

Puzzle in an Enigma

By: santacruztacean Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

Today, while my wife worked at an event at the Louden Nelson Community Center, I searched for a few of the Santa Cruz puzzle caches that I had solved. This puzzle was a breeze compared to the other Enigma-based puzzle that I've solved, and I quickly realized where the cache itself had to be. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

SC Art Jam

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

This evening, my wife and I went for a walk between dinner at Woodstock's and dessert at Marianne's. Along the way, I stopped a couple times to search for Santa Cruz puzzle caches that I had solved. I DNFed the first one, but I found this one quickly. There was no stash note, and there wasn't much room left on the improvised log, so I left a waterpoof stash note and log sheet. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Oct 3, 2009

Lockhart Gulch

By: peigimccann and robertburns Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

My wife and I were at [url=http://www.missionsprings.com/main.php]Mission Springs[/url] this weekend, so I dropped by to find this cache during our free time on Saturday afternoon. I had a tough time getting a decent signal, but eventually it settled down enough for me to find the cache with the aid of the decrypted hint. I don't understand why this is listed as a "small" though, since a 35 mm film canister is used to define a "micro" in [url=http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx#sizes]the guidelines[/url]. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 30, 2009

Somewhere Not To Call From

By: catomcat Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

This has to be a new speed record for me to find one of catomcat's "Somewhere" caches, since I spotted the cache almost immediately. But since I had plenty of extra time, I was able to do a little CITO. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. FWGB, TNLNSL, TFTC!

Forever Green

By: Rocketgirl Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I dropped by to grab this one before work this morning. The container was stuffed, but there was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2YEHY]Micro Compass Rose Geocoin[/url] and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Sep 19, 2009

Skylights Along Stevens Creek Trail

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

[I happened to be in the area this morning, and had about an hour for an attempt at redeeming this DNF. I was almost out of time when I finally found it. Very nicely done! The camouflage is definitely evil (but in a good way), and may deserve a full 3 stars. The last time I was here, I had it in my hand and didn't recognize it for what it was. The hints seem a bit misleading though. While I could see it from the trail, and while it is within 5' horizontal distance of the asphalt trail,] it is further than 5' from the trail surface, and I had to place one foot upslope from the trail to reach the cache. Shorter geocachers may need to place both feet upslope. [I repaired the nearby woodchip slides. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL. Thanks for the challenge, and TFTC!]

Sep 12, 2009

Seabright Beach CITO

By: OneAngryPuppy Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I arrived a little late, and it took a bit of effort to find a spot along the beach that actually needed CITO, but it was great to visit with folks and to clean up the place. Discovered [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2HQ6W]Skypoodle's Family Joules[/url]. TNLNSL. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this CITO event moving. Thanks for the new icon :D and TFTC!

So many caches, So little time, event

By: British Invasion Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Mrs. niraD and I came to this event after dropping by [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB27PJV]Bud's Table[/url] and visiting the surrounding buildings at Wilder Ranch. It was good to see so many familiar faces, and many new faces as well. And the pizza was delicious, once it arrived. :) T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1F2F4]HH das Tor zur Welt[/url] TB and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2YEHY]Micro Compass Rose Geocoin[/url]; L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1EXQ4]Mr.Explorer3's Police Geocaching Squad Coin[/url], [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB27RC8]Hula Gem[/url] TB, and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token; SL. Thanks for bringing everyone together to remember Bud's life, thanks for the milestone, and TFTC.

I Mythplaced a Geocath!

By: 50thumtin Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I solved the puzzle for the first stage a year ago, but wasn't able to drop by for the final part of the puzzle until today, between today's [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1XX6M]Seabright Beach CITO[/url] and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1X2DJ]So many caches, So little time, event[/url]. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for a well-themed puzzle, and TFTC! "So many caches, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

Sep 11, 2009

My Shopping Center

By: World's Worst Cacher Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This morning before work, I rode my bike over to the new Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Sleeper Avenue. I stopped for this one on the way. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. FWGB. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB1EXQ4]Mr.Explorer3's Police Geocaching Squad Coin[/url], [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBPPHC]Tizzy[/url] TB, and "GEO CACHER" heart token; L ready-to-hide micro-cache, decorative pencils, and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token; SL. TFTC!

leaf bug

By: nabby2009 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This morning before work, I rode my bike over to the new Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Sleeper Avenue. I stopped for this one on the way. This one reminds me of the first stage of a multi-cache that used to be in this park. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Fishy Fishy In A Brook

By: Nabby 2009 and friends Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This morning before work, I rode my bike over to the new Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Sleeper Avenue. I stopped for this one on the way. I hope this cache lasts longer than the previous two caches that I've found in this park. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sleeping Beauty II

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

This morning, I rode my bike over to the new Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Sleeper Avenue, and then rode to work along the trail. I remember finding the original Sleeping Beauty cache, back before the trail came this far. FWGB. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB27RC8]Hula Gem[/url] TB and winini (white Jazz #246) and summerandnana sig tokens; L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBPPHC]Tizzy[/url] TB (for Princess Ariel), Camelot blinker (Camelot has princesses), Stanford safety light (Stanford has a different kind of princess), and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token; SL. TFTC!

Use Your Feet

By: Sonic Rabbits West Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This morning, I rode my bike over to the new Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Sleeper Avenue, and then rode to work along the trail. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. FWGB. T watermelon Brazil nut, L rocket pin and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Lots of Wheels

By: Sonic Rabbits West Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

This morning, I rode my bike over to the new Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Sleeper Avenue, and then rode to work along the trail. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Difference Cache

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

I solved the first half as jasmerb intended, but I ended up solving the second half with modern technology. This morning I rode my bike over before work. FWGB. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this micro-cache moving. TNLNSL. Thanks for showing me how the difference engine works, and TFTC!

Skylights Along Stevens Creek Trail

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

This morning, I rode my bike over to the new Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Sleeper Avenue, and then rode to work along the trail. I found the previous "skylights" cache easily, but this one is apparently much harder. I did some CITO though. DNFWGB.

Sep 10, 2009

Tube It!

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

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

Sep 9, 2009

Seabright Beach CITO

By: OneAngryPuppy Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I'm planning to be there.

Baylands Brute Force

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

This morning, I arrived at my hypothesized ground zero, used GeoBeagle to double-check the location, and started searching. I was able to search everywhere that was consistent with the cache size and with cmilono's comment about the nature of the hide, but I still came up with nothing. I rethought the puzzle and realized that my reference points would allow another solution. A short time later, I had searched this location as well, and still come up with nothing. So I rethought the puzzle again and realized that a different set of reference points might allow yet another solution. A short time later, I had a cache in hand, and confirmed that it was the correct cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for the adventure in brute-forcing a puzzle, and TFTC!

High Point of Our Day

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

This was a beautiful morning for a bike ride through the baylands. I found this cache in the first place I looked. FWGB. I swapped xmts sig items, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the high point of my day (even though this cache wasn't it), and TFTC!

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

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

The last time I was here, the cache was AWOL. This morning, I dropped by again and found it quickly. FWGB. T GAnurse Reader Man sig card, L foreign coins and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 3, 2009

Baylands Brute Force

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

DNS: I had planned to search for this one tonight, but as MotorBug pointed out, this cache is not available 24/7. I didn't realize that it gets dark so early already. It was still light when I left work, but I needed to turn on my bike lights before I reached the (hypothetical) cache location, so I had to turn back without searching for the cache.

Sep 2, 2009

dont forget to log this one

By: RED OCT & TJDavis Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I happened to be in the area this morning, so I looked for an interesting nearby cache, and chose this one. The camouflage is nicely done, although I spotted it quickly thanks to the excellent coordinates and the available hints. The bottom half inch of each log sheet was badly worn, destroying a few signatures and complicating my retrieval of the log. But the log was dry and there was no sign of earwigs or other bugs. I'm not sure why the "needs maintenance" attribute is set on this one. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache moving. FWGB. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Aug 27, 2009

So many caches, So little time, event

By: British Invasion Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

I'm hoping that Mrs. niraD and I can attend. If we do, then we'll want to stop by Marianne's on the way back home... :-)

SPS1 (Stolen Puzzles Series #1)

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

My first solution didn't make any sense, so I broke down the puzzle a little more and got a solution that looked much better. Tonight I dropped by to find the cache on the way home after work. I found it quickly, since I had been considering exactly the same hide myself. I guess great minds think alike. [:D] TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Aug 26, 2009

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

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

This one has been at the top of my "nearest to work" list for a while, and this morning, I finally dropped by to search for it before work. I found it quickly, thanks to the excellent coordinates. This is one of those locations where no one pays any attention to you, even when there are lots of people passing by. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this micro-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

PC Cache

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

This one has been at the top of my "nearest to church" list for too long. This morning, I finally dropped by to search for it before work. When I reached GZ, I was pretty sure I knew what to look for, and I was right. Nicely done! I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Aug 14, 2009

I-5, An Amazing Thing!

By: NR_Teacher Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

My wife and I stopped here on the way home from a week at Lake Siskiyou. After we enjoyed lunch at a shady table, I dropped by to find this cache. I spent too much time searching the wrong place, before looking at the arrow and realizing that the cache 30-40' away. T a few signature items, L a few nice trade items (including a ready-to-hide micro-cache) and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Aug 13, 2009

SQUARED AWAY

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

I solved this one quickly last year, since I used the technique myself to stump classmates in grade school. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to search for the cache until now. I spotted the container right away, even though it looks almost natural the way it's hidden. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Aug 12, 2009

RuStuMPed?

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

Finding the container was easy: It was right where I had found it last year. And after the frustration of being unable to solve the puzzle last year, this time the "Aha!" moment came quickly. Actually, the "Aha!" moment came so quickly that it felt a lot more like a "Duh!" moment. After logging the cache, I got help jumping our minivan's battery, and then we drove straight to Brook's Complete Auto Repair. Needless to say, our afternoon plans changed. TN, L a few decorative pencils and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for a great "on site" puzzle, and TFTC!

Montague

By: Chinookcapt and Blonde-D Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

The Yreka Western Railroad wasn't running this year, so my wife and I drove to Montague to have lunch at Ms. Lynn's Tea. After lunch, I dropped by to grab this cache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this micro-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

I hate I-5, So let's travel a different way!

By: Uncle Al from Sacramento Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

This afternoon, our minivan had problems with the charging system. My wife and I left it at Brook's Complete Auto Repair, then walked over to this park. This was a beautiful spot for lunch. Then my wife stayed here and read, while I set off to DNF a nearby cache. [:I] An hour or so later, Brook's called to let us know that our minivan was ready! I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this virtual cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Aug 11, 2009

Faery Tale

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

My wife and I drove and hiked up here from our campsite at Lake Siskiyou. The waterfall was a great spot to enjoy a picnic lunch. T StunNoni sig token 0097, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, a ready-to-hide micro-cache, and a [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2G3HF]Micro GPS Geocoin[/url] that wants to visit as many caches as possible. Thanks for showing us this hidden t reasure, and TFTC!

Aug 8, 2009

Dunnigan, Again

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

My wife and I stopped here on our way to Lake Siskiyou, and I decided to grab a cache during our break. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Nicely done. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 22, 2009

Yuba Drive Trail Head

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

I dropped by to find this one, and then rode my bike along the Stevens Creek Trail to get to work. Once I stopped looking for the kind of hide that I "knew" would be here, I found it quickly, since I've found several others just like this one. But I spent quite a bit of time looking for something else entirely. T DragonHeart55 sig card and Rocket Girl 2009 sig token, L several foreign coins and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 16, 2009

Duck Duck Google

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

After returning from a company picnic in Santa Cruz, I walked over to grab this one. I had the place to myself, and found it quickly, exactly where I thought it might be (but was unable to search) when I was here before. It's so easy to take for granted the beautiful places just outside my office window. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

A Hard One

By: 50sumtin Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I was in Santa Cruz for a company picnic, and spent the afternoon finding the caches for a few of 50sumtin's puzzles. I actually solved them all a year ago, in preparation for last year's company picnic. This was the first of four. I recognized the theme of the puzzle immediately, so I was able to solve it quickly. Knowing the theme of the puzzle, I found the cache quickly too, although I did walk past it initially. I'm not used to the way a real GPSr lets you overshoot GZ. TNLNSL. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/ ]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving.

"So many caches, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

Where's the * & %$#@! cache?

By: that * & %$#@! 50sumtin Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

I was in Santa Cruz for a company picnic, and spent the afternoon finding the caches for a few of 50sumtin's puzzles. I actually solved them all a year ago, in preparation for last year's company picnic. This was the second of four. I recognized the theme of this one immediately, and solved it in seconds. Finding the cache took much, much longer, however. After far too long, I finally contracted my search radius and returned to GZ, trusted the terrain rating of the cache, and found the well-hidden container in one of the firs t places I had searched: obviously, I had not searched it thoroughly enough. TNLNSL. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving.

"So many caches, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

Foul Salmon Men

By: 50sumtin Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I was in Santa Cruz for a company picnic, and spent the afternoon finding the caches for a few of 50sumtin's puzzles. I actually solved them all a year ago, in preparation for last year's company picnic. This was the third of four. It took a bit of research to figure out the theme for this puzzle. I enjoy learning about new things like that. I found the cache quickly, given my recent experience with a very similar hide. TNLNSL. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. "So many caches, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

50SUMTIN's Nonogram Puzzle

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

I was in Santa Cruz for a company picnic, and spent the afternoon finding the caches for a few of 50sumtin's puzzles. I actually solved them all a year ago, in preparation for last year's company picnic. This was the last of four. This was the first nonogram I solved, although before finding the cache for this one, I solved and found another one that's closer to home. It's an interesting type of puzzle, although I'm sure they're easier to solve when you know the solution will contain coordinates. I found the cache quickly, given my recent experience with similar hides. TNLNSL. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving.

"So many caches, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

Jul 9, 2009

Duck Duck Google

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

I can see the cache site from my office, so I figured it was time for me to drop by. I saw a rabbit (or maybe it was a hare), but no ducks or geese. I'm pretty sure I know where the cache is, but I wasn't able to check there since a muggle had settled nearby and he didn't look like he'd be leaving anytime soon. I'll be back.

H0H0H0

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

I rode along the Permanente Creek Trail after work, and then came over here for the quick find at a nice location. TN, L foreign coins and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 20, 2009

Summer... I scream, You scream, We all scream II

By: nielsenc/hjnielsen/worlds worst cacher Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

Mrs. niraD and I enjoyed the ice cream and the opportunity to socialize. Thanks for making it easy to donate to 50sumtin's memorial, for organizing the group purchase, and for the raffle. I also swapped geocoins and dropped my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token (the first of my latest design that I've released).

Motherlode

By: Jesse and Lizzy Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I stopped by to find this cache before [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=gc1ryh2]this evening's event[/url]. T red oct sig token, L PCFDA sticker and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Carrot Cake and Carrot Juice

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

I took a break to drop by to find this cache during [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=gc1ryh2]this evening's event[/url]. While logging the find, I managed to drop the lid, which unfortunately fell camouflage-side-up. But I eventually found it again, and was able to replace the cache as found. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 19, 2009

Summer... I scream, You scream, We all scream II

By: nielsenc/hjnielsen/worlds worst cacher Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

Mrs. niraD and I will attend!

Jun 10, 2009

Too Bad!

By: streetwalker1 and Deathbysnoonsnoo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I dropped by to grab this one before work. Given the location, I decrypted the hint immediately. I checked another FVTA, and then checked the correct one. I found the IRYPEB, and then found the cache on the ground, as crawburr described. When replacing the cache, I was able to reattach the IRYPEB to the container just fine, so the container is back where I think it belongs. Exchanged xmts sig items, T streetwalker1 sig item, L rocket pin and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 3, 2009

Dead End

By: Nefesh Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This one has been at the top of my "nearest to home" list for too long, so I dropped by this morning before work. I spotted the cache quickly; I hope it lasts. T digitalfish and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB22ZA9]2007 California Micro Geocoin[/url], L digitalfish and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

May 16, 2009

Blame It On WeBeDnD

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

Silly me... I did a bit of research to figure out which of WeBeDnD's POP caches inspired this one. First, I had to remind myself how I'd solved that puzzle. Then, I had to forget that technique because this one was completely different. Today, at the cache site, I found the cache quickly. I had to wait for some muggles to continue on their way before I could replace it though. Swapped kablooey's [url=http://kablooey.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] BART nickles, swapped my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL . TFTC!

One Life To Live

By: Spyder Woman Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I started off following clues that led me in the wrong direction. I now understand how most of them were intended as hints, but they sure seemed like red herrings at the time. Eventually I connected a couple of the other clues that hadn't seemed to fit, and I remembered that Gitonyerhorse had solved it easily. I had the solution shortly thereafter. Today, at the cache site, the hide seemed rather daunting. Then I reread the description. The size and terrain narrowed the search significantly. T xmts [url=http://xmts.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig item and Dotish 2009 sig item, L foreign coins and my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[ /url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Apr 30, 2009

POP #4

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

I solved this clever little puzzle a while ago. Naturally, I pursued a healthy assortment of red herrings first. SMILIE Tonight I dropped by for the quick find. TN, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for the fun puzzle, and TFTC!

Mar 18, 2009

Passage to Granada

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

This one has been on my "nearest to home" list for too long. I finally dropped by this morning before work. I found it fairly quickly, but only because I've previously found others of this style. This one is particularly well designed. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Mar 8, 2009

PurplePeople's Posey Perambulation

By: PurplePeople Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

Mrs. niraD and I arrived late for PurplePeople's Posey Perambulation, but we were able to catch up to everyone at the third waypoint (which turned out to be waypoint 6, since we visited waypoints 2-7 in reverse order). The weather was beautiful. We enjoyed hiking and visiting, and especially enjoyed PurplePeople explaining the geology and flora of Edgewood. Except for Mrs. niraD's guide dog nibbling on some PO, I thoroughly enjoyed this birthday. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for personally showing us the wildflowers of Edgewood, and TFTC!

Mar 7, 2009

Historical Stanford

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I was here shortly after the cache was published, back when my find count was in double digits. I found nothing, but apparently I didn't post a DNF, probably because I was inexperienced, and uncertain about my ability to find GZ without a GPSr. Now, about 3 years later, I was in the area and decided to drop by to redeem my DNF. I found it quickly. This is an interesting bit of Stanford history. Even with the years I spent at Stanford (as a student, and then as the fiancÚ/husband of a student), I had no idea this was here. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Feb 24, 2009

Somewhere Along the Secret Pathway

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

This is starting to become a habit... Tonight, I was in the area with some time to do some geocaching, and this "Somewhere" cache appeared at the top of the list of nearby caches. How could I resist? I spent a few minutes eliminating the obvious hiding places, and then started thinking about where a cache worthy of this series could be hidden. Yep, there it was. Very nicely done. To avoid disturbing the neighbors, I used only the light given off by my phone. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Feb 19, 2009

Varsity Park 2.0

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

I was in the area, and this one showed up when I looked for nearby unfound caches. Fortunately, I had the place to myself. The log was wet so I dried it on the car defroster. Swapped digitalfish, L my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 18, 2009

Bird's Eye View

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

This one has been on my "Nearest to work" list for far too long. I quickly visited the indicated locations and determined the final coordinates, but I visited the cache site itself only this morning. I searched GZ fruitlessly until the decrypted hint redirected my search to a location several yards away. Then I quickly found the cache, hidden in a way that was very different from what I originally expected. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC!

Feb 17, 2009

Somewhere in San Jose

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

Tonight, I was in the area with some time for caching, so I looked up nearby caches. This "Somewhere" cache near the top of the list caught my eye. Shortly after I arrived, a bus came and the muggles left. I quickly eliminated the obvious hide styles for locations like this, and started considering more "evil" hide styles. I still hadn't found it before muggles started gathering again, so I suspended my search and read the past Found logs. That convinced me that my latest idea about the cache type was correct, and that even so it would still be challenging. A second bus arrived, the muggles left, and I resumed my search. Using the "Flashlight" program on my phone and throwing subtlety to the wind, I finally saw the cache. Yep, just what I thought it would be. Yep, still very hard to spot. TNLNSL. My [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache would not fit, so I'll keep it moving. Thanks for the challenge, and TFTC!

Feb 12, 2009

Pie Filling

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

I used to make my own pie crust mix and store it in our freezer. With our food processor, making big batches of the mix was easy. To make a pie crust, I'd just stir some ice water into a cup of mix, and then roll out the dough. Making a perfect pie crust was quick and easy. But then you need to do something with the crust, right? There are so many possibilities. I enjoy pies that combine two fruits, like strawberry-gooseberry pie, pear-apple pie, strawberry-banana pie, or apple-cranberry pie. The crust was the easy part. What remains after you've got the crust, that' s what makes all the difference.

Tonight, I was in the area running an errand, and dropped by to make the find. I started expanding my search radius. After reading the hint, I returned to ground zero, where I found the well-hidden cache after a bit more searching. There was no room for my [url=http ://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache, so I'll keep it moving. TNLNSL. Thanks for an excellent puzzle, and TFTC!

Jan 10, 2009

FINAL ACTIVITY EVENT

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

It was great to see so many familiar faces again, and to meet so many geocachers that I knew only by name. Receiving the Order of Venona was quite an honor, and tagging along for the final puzzle was a lot of fun. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB28ZG8]Moon Mushroom Geocoin[/url], [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKBTE]ARIZONA Key Chain 2 TB[/url], and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, discovered a bunch of TBs and GCs, SL. Thanks to Venona for preparing such creative and enjoyable 2008 ACTIVITIES, thanks to all my fellow Order of Venona recipients for letting me tag along for the ride, thanks to Bullitovsky for hosting the event, and TFTC!

Recycled Caches

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

I grabbed this one after Venona's [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1JM8A]FINAL ACTIVITY EVENT[/url]. The camouflage is extremely effective. TNLNSL. I will keep my [url=http://niraD.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving.

Jan 1, 2009

STP Overlook

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

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my fifth find of the day. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. T one of my sig tokens from another cache, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Kamikaze Downhillers

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

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my second find of the day, at the top of the first big climb of the day. T CrazyOn2Wheels sig token, L blinker (not a nano-cache, but a blinker) and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

The Rainbow Bridge

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

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my third find of the day. When Nora (my wife's second guide dog) retired, we kept her and she became "my" dog. We moved her bed to my side of the room, and I took her for a walk every morning. She got along great with the new guide dog, and enjoyed her retirement. Several months later, the vet removed a tumor that turned o ut to be malignant, and estimated that Nora had 3-4 months left, 6-8 months at the most. However, Nora enjoyed another 18 months before the cancer claimed her.

TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the chance to reminisce, and TFTC!

Hidden Frog Pond

By: STP Ron Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my 700th find, and my ninth find of the day. There was no frog pond today though. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Coyote Junction

By: STP Ron Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my eighth find of the day. As the sky finally cleared, we headed back down the hill. Our small group was joined by dclendenin, who made the find. T one of my sig tokens from another cache, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig to ken, SL. TFTC!

Let Sleeping Bears Lie

By: STP Ron Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my tenth find of the day, which is my new personal record for finds in a single day. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKBTE]ARIZONA Key Chain 2 TB[/url], L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Peek at Coyotes

By: STP Ron Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my sixth find of the day. CrazyOn2Wheels made the find, after he, sammydee, and I collected the necessary information for the final coordinates. T wood jelly-bean (?) token, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Bay Area Multiple Hills - 3

By: Mhop (adopted by bullit) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my seventh find of the day, as sammydee, CrazyOn2Wheels, and I took a slight detour to grab this cache, while the rest of our group started down the hill. T California wooden nickle and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB28ZG8]Moon Mushroom Geocoin[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKG1M]Rubber Duckie TB[/url] and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Doll House

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

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my first find of the day. T Pinky B sig pin, L mini Rubik's cube and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC, and thanks for organizing the hike, sammydee!

Rocky Ridge

By: Two Hawks Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

Mrs. niraD and I kicked off the new year by joining sammydee's GBA group hike in Santa Teresa County Park. This was my fourth find of the day, and I actually made the find for our group for this one. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBKG1M]Rubber Duckie TB[/url], L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

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