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Dec 30, 2010

The Night Has Eyes (Night Cache)

By: Baron88 Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

It was an honor being part of [url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=456cdfb7-a81a-4812-b4f5-a33c6f521abf]workerofwood[/url]'s milestone adventure, but it was also a lot of fun finding this night cache. I'm glad I had a backup flashlight, because my main flashlight was malfunctioning (worked when pointed up, but not when pointed anywhere useful). But there were enough other folks with flashlights and headlamps that I easily could have gotten by without one. T Baron88's glow-in-the-dark pathtag; L a ready-to-hide micro-cache, a "pinball" toy, and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token; SL. I also dipped the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB3MEVA]Monti - Seeker of High Altitude[/url] TB. Thanks for joining us on our nighttime adventure, and TFTC!

Trailside Sojourn

By: Baron88 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

After joining [url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=456cdfb7-a81a-4812-b4f5-a33c6f521abf]workerofwood[/url] on his assault on [url=http://coord.info/GC20J8N]a nearby night cache[/url], we stopped for a couple other caches on our way back to our cars. This was one of them. Nazgul spotted this one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mirador Top

By: Baron88 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

After joining [url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=456cdfb7-a81a-4812-b4f5-a33c6f521abf]workerofwood[/url] on his assault on [url=http://coord.info/GC20J8N]a nearby night cache[/url], we stopped for a couple other caches on our way back to our cars. This was one of them. T a couple sig items, L a ready-to-hide micro-cache and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

hearin shots

By: clubjackie Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I was here for the assault on [url=http://coord.info/GC20J8N]a nearby night cache[/url], but [url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=456cdfb7-a81a-4812-b4f5-a33c6f521abf]workerofwood[/url], our fearless leader, hadn't arrived yet, so I checked for caches near the parking area where we were meeting. This one was just a hundred feet away, so I wandered over to find it. While I fiddled with my flashlight (which worked when pointed straight up, but not when pointed anywhere useful), some of the others came over and made the find. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Then I left my malfunctioning flashlight in the car and switched to my backup flashlight. TFTC!

Mythbusters: Break Out The Guns!

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

I was part of the group assault on [url=http://coord.info/GC20J8N]a nearby night cache[/url] that was organized by [url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=456cdfb7-a81a-4812-b4f5-a33c6f521abf]workerofwood[/url]. Little did we know that he organized the trip so the night cache could be a milestone: his 6000th find. Since he had only 5998 finds, he needed one more find first, so we stopped for this one on the way to the start of the night cache. It took us a while, largely because we paid too much attention to the encrypted hint ("Ybbx, n ebhaq ebpx!") and not enough attention to the coordinates, which were actually very good. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Dec 29, 2010

Downtown Campbell Walking Tour

By: Nazgul Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This was a fun prelude to the unevent, as a bunch of geocachers wandered around downtown Campbell for almost an hour. Many faces were familiar to me, but others were new. A few of the locations were familiar to me, but most were new. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for showing us downtown Campbell, and TFTC!

Ex Post Cacho

By: Antfugue Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

After breakfast with a group of friends, I decided to grab a cache on the way home. This was the nearest unfound cache, so off I went... I paid too much attention to the cache name and fruitlessly checked a nearby location first. Then I checked a few other locations similar to that one, and finally I found the cache in its hiding place. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Dec 20, 2010

Bang Bang

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I searched the obvious location (bang bang), and then expanded my search radius and searched some more (bang bang). Hmm... this isn't supposed to be that difficult to find (bang bang). I reread the description and a bunch of logs (bang bang) and searched again, starting from ground zero (bang bang). And there it was, in the first place I had searched (bang bang). How could I have missed it the first time (bang bang)? One of these days, I'll have to come back to participate in the namesake activity (bang bang). TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Public Access

By: Map Geeks (adopted by vaccine) Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

As I was walking to [url=http://coord.info/GCBC09]a nearby cache[/url], I thought that this footbridge really deserved a cache. After finding that cache, I checked for other nearby caches and discovered that this footbridge already had a cache. However, actually finding this cache was a challenge. After searching thoroughly (but fruitlessly), I stepped away from the problem to get a different perspective, and spotted the cache immediately. I could have sworn I searched there earlier... T boman96 sig item, L foreign coins and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Es Effo Bug Hotel

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I dropped by after dropping off a friend at SFO. This would probably have taken me a lot longer to find if I hadn't seen the hide style a few times before. The container was wet inside, although the log was fine. I dried out the container and its contents as best I could, and CITOed some soggy, unrecognizable paper pulp. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB3MEVA]Monti - Seeker of High Altitude[/url] TB, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. There were no other TBs in the cache at the time. TFTC!

Dec 12, 2010

Old Mill Cache

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

This was at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by this afternoon to find it. I remember going to the Old Mill. Actually, the cinema stayed open longer than the rest of the mall, and my wife and I saw a couple movies there before the cinema finally closed too. Anyway, the coordinates were excellent, so I found the cache quickly. There are certainly a lot of possibilities within 10 feet though. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Dec 9, 2010

Kick-Off...

By: willye6 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This one was at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by this morning on the way home. I spotted the cache quickly, thanks to the excellent coordinates. T digitalfish #11761, L digitalfish #11140 and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 21, 2010

The Double Cache of Doubleness

By: GraffnTrix and Dorian Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I dropped by this afternoon to redeem my earlier DNF. When I arrived, willye6 and a couple of his friends had already retrieved the cache. I loaned him a pen so he could sign the log, and then they replaced the cache right where the hint in the first "brother" said it belonged. Some experimentation revealed that the first tool I had tried might have retrieved the cache with some difficulty, that the second tool I had tried wouldn't work at all, and that a third tool (which I hadn't had with me last time) retrieved the cache easily. I left my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache with willye6. TNLNSL. Thanks for placing this creative multi-cache, and TFTC!

Nov 13, 2010

I feel pretty...Oh so pretty

By: #1 geobears Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Mrs. niraD and I spent an enjoyable afternoon with two other couples on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On the way back to the car, we stopped here and I introduced the others to geocaching. It was a beautiful spot to stop on this warm November afternoon. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. TN, [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Nov 11, 2010

The Double Cache of Doubleness

By: GraffnTrix and Dorian Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This cache was on my "nearest to church" list and sounded interesting, so I dropped by to find it. I didn't find the first "brother", but I spotted a location where I thought the second "brother" might be hiding. Unfortunately, the tool I had available could not retrieve the second "brother", but using it, I thought I could detect the second "brother" in its hiding place. I returned shortly with a different tool, but when I tried to use it to retrieve the second "brother", I came up empty. I searched for the first "brother" some more, and then decrypted the hint automatically on my mobile device (despite the CO's attempt to thwart automatic decryption). I then foun d the first "brother" quickly and read the the hint inside, which confirmed that I was searching for the second "brother" in the correct location, but indicated a different type of container than I was expecting. Unfortunately, I found no sign of the type of container indicated by the hint inside th e first "brother".

The CO should probably check on the second "brother".

Oct 31, 2010

Blur

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

There was another Shroomie hide at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so how could I resist dropping by this afternoon? After checking the obvious and suspicious pile, I expanded my search radius and found several other spots that were more typical of Shroomie's style. Unfortunately, the cache wasn't in any of them. Then Shroomie himself showed up to check on the cache, and we introduced ourselves. We interrupted our conversation so I could find the cache (guided by a few "you're getting warmer" hints). I spotted the camouflaged cache not far from where I'd been searching before the owner arrived. I gave my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache to the owner before we parted ways. TNLNSL. Thanks for the conversation, and TFTC!

Oct 21, 2010

The Question _ _ _ _!

By: Little"D" Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This morning, I dropped by to search again for this one. I eventually found it within a few feet of my original GZ. After all this time searching, I wasn't expecting something so simple. It's amazing how effective this camouflage technique can be. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Oct 16, 2010

Yellow dot

By: rscout79 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was in the area and stopped to search for this cache. Like others, I started by searching the correct object, but didn't find the cache until I searched elsewhere and then returned to reconsider the correct object. The cache blends in very nicely. The log appeared to have been replaced recently. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Oct 10, 2010

10-10-10 Multi-Event - The GBA version

By: Marky & Joani, anne.and.eli Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

Mrs. niraD and I celebrated 10-10-10 with dinner and this geocaching event. The room was awfully loud, but our dinner was good and it was great seeing familiar faces (and a few not-so-familiar faces). TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for pulling everything together for this fun event, and TFTC!

Oct 9, 2010

In Case of Emergency!

By: Quinner1011, teamjnj Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

A friend of mine lives just down the street, so after dropping him off, I took a short detour for this quick find. And it was a very quick find indeed. The cache is fun to find, but has it really survived for more than 2 years? Wow! TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Oct 6, 2010

Kinda Loud

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

This was at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by to give it a try. I found it very quickly, given that it's a Shroomie hide. Nicely done. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Sep 29, 2010

Beyond Barbie

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

I was in the area, so I dropped by for a quick find. The cache decorations have seem better days, but they're still cute. T voodoofun & Galileo the cat sig items, L tiny (Barbie-size) Coke bottle, foreign coins, and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Sep 22, 2010

The Question _ _ _ _!

By: Little"D" Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by to search for it. More than an hour later, after reading the hint, the last 5 logs, and all the other logs, I finally gave up. I'm looking forward to eventually finding this one. I'll be back.

Sep 13, 2010

Stop Your Naglee

By: SRHunters Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was in the area, so I dropped by for a quick find. I don't think I've seen a cache hidden like this before; it's a very effective hiding spot. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

blinker at the drive in

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

I was in the area, so I dropped by for a quick find. There were only a few spaces left on the log. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Aug 6, 2010

GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit-Turtle Bay Park

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

My wife and I stopped here on our way home from a group camping trip at Lake Siskiyou with others from our church, and spent the afternoon exploring the maze exhibit, finding the keyword caches hidden at Turtle Bay Park as part of the maze exhibit, and exploring a few of the other exhibits at the Turtle Bay Museum. The GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit was interesting, even though the geocaching-related information was very familiar to me. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this exhibit moving. TNLNSL, and discovered a bunch of trackables. TFTC!

Party Central in the 80's

By: NummyAndTasty Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

My wife and I stopped at the GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit on our way home from a group camping trip at Lake Siskiyou with others from our church. As we were leaving Turtle Bay Park, I dropped by to find this cache. When I reached GZ, a security guard dropped by and we talked about the history of the site for a while. I enjoy discovering historical sites like this. After he left, I expanded my search radius a bit and came up with the cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Aug 5, 2010

Three Strikes & You're Out

By: djmom11, mizzadventure Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

My wife and I have been camping at Lake Siskiyou on a group camping trip with others from our church, and drove over to Ms. Lynn's Tea for lunch today. After lunch, I dropped by to search for this cache. This was the first container of this type that I've found, and it took me a few moments to figure out how to open it. Interesting... I hope the container holds up to the weather. T daveydude sig item and stalkernoctem182 sig item, L foreign coins and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Historical Yreka

By: EMC of Northridge, CA and cpadale Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

My wife and I have been camping at Lake Siskiyou on a group camping trip with others from our church, and drove over to Montague to have lunch at Ms. Lynn's Tea today. After lunch, we drove over here to visit the museum, but arrived just before closing time. Next year, we'll have to check their hours beforehand. Instead, we walked along this trail, and I took a few moments to find this nicely hidden cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Aug 1, 2010

Northbound I-5 "PIT" Stop

By: Ed & Julie Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

My wife and I stopped here on our way to Lake Siskiyou for a group camping trip with others from our church, and I took the opportunity to find this cache. These olive groves are nice places for rest-stop caches. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 17, 2010

Happy B-Day Joani & Summer Fun!

By: nielsenc Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

It was good seeing familiar faces, as well as meeting a few new ones. Happy birthday, Joani! Thanks for organizing the party, nielsenc! TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2T15E]Molokai One Travel Bug[/url] and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTE!

Happy B-Day Joani & Summer Fun!

By: nielsenc Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

Mrs niraD and I will be there!

Jul 14, 2010

Ramos's Meadow

By: US6 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one was at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by to find it on the way home this morning. The first cache I ever found on my own was hidden very near here. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jun 30, 2010

D.W. Bear

By: GraffnTrix and Parents Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Back when I worked for Sun Microsystems, one year's April Fool stunt was the introduction of the Sharks Station, which was the Winter Lodge's Zamboni machine decorated with a combination of Sun SPARCstation logos and SJ Sharks logos. CEO Scott McNealy's hockey team even played an exhibition game at the Winter Lodge against folks from the SJ Sharks. Anyway, the coordinates given by camper03 were pretty much spot on, and helped me find the well-hidden cache. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2T15E]Molokai One Travel Bug[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB141PF]Mauison's IowaBeaver Geocoin[/url] and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Home

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

After searching a while, I checked the hint and knew exactly where to search. I expanded my search radius a few feet and found the camouflaged cache seconds later. It would have taken much longer if I had not seen this camouflage style before. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jun 26, 2010

You Can Learn A Lot From Lydia

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

My wife and I came to Santa Cruz with friends, and I dropped by to find this cache. The last time I attempted it, I was looking for it a considerable distance away, because I had misinterpreted my solution. This time, I spotted the nicely hidden cache quickly, although I had to wait for an opportunity to retrieve it. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC! "So many cache s, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

Jun 23, 2010

Smith Slough

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 5.0 Container: Small

This was the second stop on our geo-kayak tour, and another quick find. I retrieved the container for the group and signed everyone's names. When I was ready to replace the cache, I discovered that I had drifted about 100 feet. Oops... Thanks to workerofwood and REI for making this adventure possible. T Baron88 pathtag, L foreign coins and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Swallow Hollow

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 5.0 Container: Small

This was the sixth (and final) stop on our geo-kayak tour, on our way back to the boat launch. The youngest member of the vaccine clan grabbed this one, and I signed the log for everyone. Thanks to workerofwood and REI for making this adventure possible. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=fd1b7721-8c65-401c-b755-411154d9dc3a & log=y & decrypt=]Mauison's IowaBeaver Geocoin[/url] (since it wouldn't fit in the container), L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Without Pier

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 5.0 Container: Small

We started our geo-kayak tour by paddling around the harbor, and then paddling over to this cache site. We narrowly escaped a stampede of novice sailors on our way across the channel SMILIE and spotted this cache quickly once we reached GZ. Thanks to workerofwood and REI for making this adventure possible. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Go Cal Bears!

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 5.0 Container: Small

This was the fourth stop on our geo-kayak tour. (The third stop was an unpublished cache that we passed on our way out here.) I hope it's okay for a Stanford alum to log this cache... Thanks to workerofwood and REI for making this adventure possible. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Lots Of Juice

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 5.0 Container: Small

This was the fifth stop on our geo-kayak tour. The channel was clear, so we made it across without incident. We're getting the hang of these kayak caches. Thanks to workerofwood and REI for making this adventure possible. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

May 15, 2010

Prickly Point

By: OldA'sFan Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

This weekend, I came to Lake Del Valle on a camping trip with a group of fathers and sons from PBC CSB. This morning, we went hiking. After the "long hike" group found [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCY4WK]the second of three easy Lake Del Valle caches[/url], we continued towards this cache. I was bringing up the rear, and by the time I reached GZ, most of the group was already at the bottom of the nearby hill, and didn't want to climb back up for this cache. After searching unsuccessfully, I read a few past logs, reread the cache name, and looked around. Then I found the cache quickly by expanding my search radius quite a bit. I was going to post better coordinates, but when I checked my GPS receivers, they were getting the same coordinates at the cache location as they were getting about 50' south of the cache location. Weird... Anyway, there was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. FWGB. TFTC!

Ridgeline

By: OldA'sFan Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

This weekend, I came to Lake Del Valle on a camping trip with a group of fathers and sons from PBC CSB. This morning, we went hiking. About half a mile southeast of here, we divided into two groups. The "short hike" group returned to camp. The "long hike" group continued on a loop that passed this cache location. We played Huckle-Buckle-Beanstalk until everyone spotted the container. That took a surprisingly long time, given the simplicity of the hide. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. T a couple signature items, L a few trade items and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. FWGB. TFTC!

Blue Briefcase

By: Ron Streeter Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

This weekend, I came to Lake Del Valle on a camping trip with a group of fathers and sons from PBC CSB. This morning, we went hiking. About a third of a mile northeast of here, the "long hike" group split up. Most of the group returned to camp. I came a bit further to get this cache, accompanied by two non-geocaching friends. For me, finding this historic cache was one of many highlights of the weekend. However, the cache was rather exposed when we found it, so we covered it a bit better before we left. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. FWGB. TFTC!

May 10, 2010

Twisted By Design : Part 2

By: atomsoup Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

Over the past several weeks, I came up with a few more ideas about where this one might be hidden, so this afternoon I dropped by to search for it. None of my new ideas turned out to be correct, but after checking them, I was able to step back and consider other possibilities, free of the mental ruts that I had been in. In an instant, all the invisible clowns stopped waving their invisible red herrings at me, climbed into their invisible clown car, and drove away. The camouflage on this one is very effective. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. FWGB, TNLNSL, TFTC!

May 1, 2010

10 Years! Redwood City, CA

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

It was fun to see so many familiar faces, and to meet a few unfamiliar ones as well. And now I know what a "Nevada nano" is. SMILIE TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBK0CB]Sandra's Picture Book[/url] TB, [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2TFH9]Palm of Alaska[/url] TB, and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks everyone for a great brunch, and thanks mjp303 for the successful 10-year event!

Apr 28, 2010

Put 'er There!

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

This one was on my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by this morning. I focused my search on the correct object, but it still took a while to spot the extremely effective camouflage. Well done! FWGB. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/admin/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

FOOTPRINTS: Don't lay your bike here

By: Sam Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Like others, I had no idea this trail was here. I assumed the trail ended at Los Altos Ave. I found the cache almost immediately. I didn't find anything legible on the side of the container though. FWGB. T digitalfish #11140; L digitalfish #10021, my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/admin/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, and a few foreign coins; SL. TFTC!

Apr 17, 2010

Spare Change

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

While Mrs. niraD was busy at the Crowne Plaza with the CCB convention, I strolled around the area to grab a couple caches. The nearby virtual was easy and quick. This micro was much harder and slower. After searching for an hour, I rethought something that I had noticed very early in my search. I was able to use one of the tools I brought with me to verify that I had indeed found the location of the cache earlier. It was more than "just" out of reach, and I didn't spot any little trick to make it slightly less evil. But I was able to improvise the necessary tools to retrieve the cache from materials available at the site and things I had with me. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens and a couple foreign coins, SL. TFTC!

Three Dancing Maidens

By: Sierra Hikers Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

While Mrs. niraD was busy at the Crowne Plaza with the CCB convention, I decided to drop by for this virtual cache. I never would have found this sculpture without this virtual cache to point it out. Thanks for detailing its history. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this virtual cache moving. FWGB, TFTC!

Apr 1, 2010

10 Years! Redwood City, CA

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Mrs. niraD and I are planning to attend.

Mar 23, 2010

Twisted By Design : Part 2

By: atomsoup Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I thought I might have better luck this morning, during the daylight. Alas, I still saw no clowns, no clown car, and no cache. Before I return, I'll have to figure out where else it might be. Just searching all the same locations again wouldn't make any sense. DNFWGB.

Mar 20, 2010

Twisted By Design : Part 2

By: atomsoup Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I dropped by on my way home from the closing night of "Fiddler" at The King's Academy. Unfortunately, no clowns or clown cars appeared, and I couldn't spot the cache on my own tonight. DNFWGB.

Permanente Creek

By: The North Star Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Wow. It's amazing how effective such simple camouflage can be. I was searching for something much more devious until I read the past logs. Then I stepped back, looked around, and spotted something interesting. Very nice. FWGB. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TFTC.

River

By: X Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I arrived early for the closing night of "Fiddler" at The King's Academy, and noticed that this cache was nearby. I found it quickly, and had plenty of time to take my seat before curtain. There was no stash note, so I left a waterproof one. FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC.

Marymeade Park - Notso Lame

By: The Petoskey Stones Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

After donating blood, I stopped by this pleasant little park to search for its "not so lame" cache. So I searched. And I searched. And I read the hint and the past logs. And I searched. And finally I expanded my search radius and quickly spotted it. Still, this is a nicely camouflaged cache. FWGB. I will keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache moving. TFTC.

Mar 11, 2010

Lizards Lair

By: Baron88 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I noticed this letterbox hybrid after DNFing a nearby cache, and decided give it a try. I ended up over-thinking the pillars and the metal disk, more than doubling the length of my hike. At least it was a beautiful day in the baylands. While recording my DNF, I noticed the hint. On the way back to my vehicle, I passed the object referred to by the hint and realized my mistake. I found the cache quickly after that. FWGB. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBK0CB]Sandra's Picture Book[/url] TB and [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2TFH9]Palm of Alaska[/url] TB, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB191E2]S's Irish Dancer[/url] TB and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

A Gathering of Cultures

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

I solved this one a while ago, and dropped by to find the cache this afternoon. I enjoy wordplay, so the puzzle was a treat. And today was a beautiful day for a walk. FWGB. T Wintertime snowflake, L foreign coins and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Mar 10, 2010

Gjetost

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

Hmm... Why is this Shroomie hide different from all other Shroomie hides? Why does it have a "Somewhat evil" warning, when none of the others do? [;)] I like this cache a lot better than the previous one I found in this corner of the park. It should certainly last longer. I don't know that I would have been able to find this one without previous experience with several "Somewhere..." caches, other Shroomie caches, and other "evil" hides. (It might be good to let seekers know that they won't need to disassemble anything to find this cache.) I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Shell Mounds

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

I dropped by this morning and noticed the hide location almost immediately. Then I continued my search elsewhere. [:I] But eventually I came back to the hide location, recognized it for what it was, and found the cache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Baby Face

By: Shroomie Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

After searching the obvious location fruitlessly, I stepped back, looked around, and spotted something... something much more interesting. I really liked the camouflage for this cache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Mar 9, 2010

Coffee Anyone #3

By: Rocket Girl Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I dropped by for this quick find after depositing my last paycheck from Google. The log sheets were full, so I left a waterproof log sheet. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Been Here: Pastoria

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

Just as I told Mrs. niraD that I had DNFed this one and that I was on my way home, I spotted the cache. This isn't the first time I've seen this camouflage technique, but it's still impressively effective. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC! "So many caches, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

Feb 10, 2010

Stephen C's. Connections

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

"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." - Doyle This morning, I focused on searching places that I hadn't searched last time, and I came up with the cache fairly quickly. I like the misdirection that makes this hide much more difficult than it would otherwise be. I will keep my my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for thi s nano-cache moving. FWGB, TNLNSL, TFTC!

The Unclaimed Lane

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

I dropped by this morning and found the cache rather quickly. The cache itself is not waterproof, and the plastic bag it's in no longer keeps the water out. There was no stash note and the logs were a bit waterlogged, so I left a waterproof stash note and replacement log. FWGB. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB191E2]S's Irish Dancer[/url] TB, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for pointing out an interesting quirk of history, and TFTC!

Feb 3, 2010

Stephen C's. Connections

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

I spent about 45 minutes searching here this morning, but came up with nothing. It's my unfound cache nearest to church, so I'll be back. DNFWGB.

Jan 16, 2010

You Can Turn That Page Now

By: eagleneb22 (with help from my2002cali) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

We lived about a mile walk from here for 9 years, so I'm familiar with this library, and with the sculpture. But I never looked at the sculpture quite this way before... SMILIE Thanks for the checksum. It took a couple tries before I got DE right. [:I] But then the coordinates were very good, making the cache a relatively quick find, once there was a break in the muggle traffic. (To the anonymous geocacher whose hint I declined, thanks anyway!) FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Jan 13, 2010

Morchella

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

It was a beautiful morning for a stroll in the park. Everything was still wet from the recent rain, but the sky was clear and the sun was shining. It's amazing how effective such simple camouflage can be. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. FWGB, TNLNSL. TFTC!

Jan 9, 2010

Team Checkers' First 10K

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

It was fun to get together to celebrate Team Checkers' 5-digit milestone before the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC21Y0T]FINAL ACTIVITIES 2009[/url]. Congratulations! TN, L [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. FWGB. TFTC!

FINAL ACTIVITIES 2009

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

I'm honored to have been included in this year's ACTIVITIES. Thanks to Venona and his minions for making it happen! FWGB. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Just My Size

By: Geo Baby Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I was one of the people who grabbed this one after the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC228V4]Team Checkers' First 10K[/url] event. I need to figure out a better way to do paperless multi-caches, because reading the cache description on the same device that I'm using to record the coordinates of the next stage is awkward. Still, it was an easy find since WalruZ was holding the container when we reached GZ. :) TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. FWGB. TFTC!

Centerville Depot Solo

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

This was a fun solo adventure before the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC21Y0T]FINAL ACTIVITIES 2009[/url] event. I've done webcam caches solo before, but this was the first one I'd done with my Nexus One, which served as my GPSr, paperless geocaching device, and internet device. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this webcam cache moving. FWGB, TNLNSL. TFTC!

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