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niraD's Geoblog

Jul 10, 2011

drum and cofee's first lay

By: morningcofee Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I was in the area, and decided to give this one a try. It took me a while to expand my search radius enough to find this one. Fortunately, it was easy to spot once I reached the correct location. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Odd Nuts #3 Ramac

By: Team Leggoes Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was in the area, and this cache looked interesting. I couldn't help but wonder what kind of nut I'd find. This is a nice little park, although I couldn't help but wonder how hot the playground equipment was, given the sun and lack of shade. And I've definitely never seen one of those used as a cache container before. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jul 8, 2011

Lurking By the Hetch Hetchy

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

This one has been at the top of my "nearest to home" list for a while, and I finally dropped by to search for it while running errands. I found it in the first place I looked. It's certainly the most elaborate implementation of this particular hide technique that I've found. I'm just glad I read the hint after I'd found the cache. My [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache wouldn't quite fit, so I'll keep it moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jul 7, 2011

Charleston Recovery Cache

By: DragonsWest Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was a nice spot to enjoy the summer afternoon. I liked the camouflage: most muggles will ignore it completely, but it was the first thing I checked when I reached GZ. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 6, 2011

Joker

By: musicguy Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This was a beautiful summer morning to enjoy the garden. I found the cache quickly, once my phone settled down and I identified GZ. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Then I spent some time on one of the nearby benches just enjoying the garden. Thanks for bringing me here, and TFTC!

Jul 4, 2011

It Takes A Village

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

I was running errands today, and this cache showed up on my "nearest to Trader Joe's" list. I enjoyed taking a break in this pleasant little park, which I had to myself. I spotted the cache quickly. The log was a bit damp, so I let it dry in the sun. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for bringing me back to this park, and TFTC!

Jul 3, 2011

The cache I can't think of a good name for

By: WannaGoCaching Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one showed up at the top of my "nearest to home" list, so I dropped by this evening to search for it. I had the place to myself, and spotted it quickly. I did a little CITO before I left. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jul 1, 2011

Paced Hunter

By: The Petoskey Stones Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Mrs. niraD and I happened to be in the area this morning, and she graciously allowed me to stop for a cache. This one looked like it would be quick, and like it was in a nice location, so I chose it. It was indeed quick and in a nice location. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 29, 2011

Scout It Out

By: Little"D" Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This cache was on my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by. There were more than a dozen mini-muggles nearby, having a great time launching their homemade water rockets. So I waited. This is an interesting memorial. It's clearly seen better days, but it remains as a tribute to Mr. Sheridan and the investment he made in the lives of others.

Eventually, all the mini-muggles had had had 2 turns launching their homemade water rockets, and it was snack time. They all disappeared i nside and I began my search. It turned out that the first thing I checked was the cache, but I didn't check "thoroughly" enough. Eventually, I had checked everywhere else, and checked the cache one more time. I hope this camouflage doesn't lead to the real thing being damaged by overeager geocachers . TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 28, 2011

The Pizza Casa

By: geovan03 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I managed to find parking very nearby, which was surprising at the beginning of the dinner rush. I read several past logs before leaving my car, given the location. As I looked around, one thing stood out, and sure enough, it was the camouflaged cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 24, 2011

ACTIVITY 1 2011

By: Venona Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

"If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants." - Isaac Newton On the way home from Alameda (where I grabbed a few quads for the [url=http://coord.info/GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]), I decided to take a bit of a detour to search for this cache. Then Google Navigation took me on a bit more of a detour when I refused to turn on a road that didn't exist. But I eventually f igured out how to access the location, identified GZ, and found the cache. (I didn't measure it, but it didn't seem to be "100ml or larger" to me.) TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks to Venona for orchestrating this year's ACTIVITIES, thanks to all the GBA members who worked together to overcome the many challenges (including the puzzle for this cache), and TFTC!

Southshore TB Hotel

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

I visited Alameda to grab a few quads for the [url=http://coord.info/GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]. This was the first, at a very pleasant spot to enjoy the summer morning on the beach. I did a bit of CITO while searching for and replacing the cache. Discovered [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBGBQD]Red Anstruther Trawler TB[/url]. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB3N7EE]Old Spike lives again[/url] TB, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

MADAVENTOR

By: GWAPOGREG Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Other

I visited Alameda to grab a few quads for the [url=http://coord.info/GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]. This was the second, at a very pleasant spot to enjoy the summer afternoon on the beach. The log was almost full, so I left a weatherproof log and stash note. T a polymer clay token, L foreign coins and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Bocce Ball

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

I visited Alameda to grab a few quads for the [url=http://coord.info/GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]. This was the third, in a very pleasant park to enjoy the summer afternoon. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Ship 66

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I visited Alameda to grab a few quads for the [url=http://coord.info/GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]. This was the fourth, at a very pleasant spot to enjoy the summer afternoon on the shore. T thebushmaster sig item, L foreign coins and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 22, 2011

Just Like Mother Used to Manufacture

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

When I ride along this frontage road, I usually take the bike lane rather than the trail because the bike lane has smoother pavement and fewer "obstacles" (aka pedestrians). But not all the "bicyclists" along this trail were traveling at high speed today... [;)] TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the excuse to walk along the baylands this beautiful afternoon, and TFTC!

Ling The Lang/Buzzcocks II

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

Bring [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB474ER]niraD's Favorite Gecko[/url] to one of my favorite caches...

Almost Natural

By: Rocket Girl and DuckeyLee Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I parked nearby while searching for another nearby cache, and noticed something new at this familiar site...

Tear Down This Wall!

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

Drop [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB474ER]niraD's Favorite Gecko[/url] in one of my favorite caches...

Jun 9, 2011

TBAS #10 of 15

By: seanatron Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was on my "nearest to home" list, so I dropped by this evening to find it. It was indeed a quick find. I've recorded the sentence, and eventually I hope to solve the bonus mystery/puzzle cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 8, 2011

Super "Ball"

By: Little"D" Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

This cache was near the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I decided to drop by to search for it this morning. Wow... you weren't kidding about this place being busy on weekday mornings. Fortunately, I didn't have to wait long for the miniature muggles and their parents to clear out, and then I found the cache quickly. I definitely like this hide location better than that of the last cache I found in this cul-de-sac. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Jun 7, 2011

The Walking Schoolbus

By: virtualdavid Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was in the area this evening, and this cache was on the list of nearby caches so I decided to drop by and search for it. I spotted the hiding spot quickly, thanks to the excellent coordinates. Wow... Stanford's Escondido Village sure has changed a lot since the last time I was here! TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Jun 3, 2011

Log with a Twist

By: baldmonk Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I was in the area this evening, and this cache was on the list of nearby caches so I decided to drop by and search for it. Wow... once again I am reminded just how effective this simple camouflage technique can be. I expanded my search radius, re-read the description, read the hint and a few logs, and restarted my search from GZ. Then I re-read the description and hint, read a bunch more logs, and restarted my search from GZ again. After more than half an hour of searching and CITO, I was about to give up when a neighbor asked if I had found it and offered to show me where it was (for a price [;)] ). I didn't have him show me where it was, but his comments reassured me that it was still there. Moments later, I found it within a few feet of GZ. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

May 28, 2011

Somewhere with an Ammo Box

By: catomcat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I was in the area this evening, and noticed one of catomcat's "Somewhere" caches nearby. How could I resist? But an ammo box? How can an ammo box be hidden in a manner worthy of catomcat's "Somewhere" series? Half an hour later, I had my answer. I really enjoyed signing the log of this clever, well-hidden cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for placing it where I could search (and search, and search) undisturbed, thanks for the fun, and TFTC!

May 27, 2011

Where Pac-Man was born

By: mallamace Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

After dropping off a friend at SJC, I checked for nearby caches and decided to search for this one. I immediately had the right idea, but I somehow missed it the first time. Eventually, I checked again and found it though. Yes, the container is cute. I never really played Pac-Man much. I did play Donkey Kong, Tempest, and Star Wars though. T DePhogration wooden nickle, L foreign coins and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

May 21, 2011

GeoCa$h

By: gkinghorn Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

After my bimonthly blood donation appointment, I decided to do a little geocaching. This was one of the nearest caches. I spotted an interesting spot as I approached GZ, but before I searched it, I spotted a small container. I took the container back to my vehicle to sign the log, and then discovered that it was a decoy. [:O] So I replaced the decoy and promptly found the real cache in the interesting spot that I had noticed initially. The lid for the actual container is broken, but it still seems to snap on well enough. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token and a couple foreign coins, SL. TFTC!

Spy Movie

By: The Rat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

After my bimonthly blood donation appointment, I decided to do a little geocaching. This was one of the nearest caches. I found the [url=http://coord.info/GC1A06E]original[/url] cache at this location a few years ago, but I didn't really remember the hide. Still, it's a regular-size 1-star cache, so I found it quickly. The [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBHET3]HOMES the Diving Bear I[/url] TB is doing fine, but I didn't see any other trackables. This was actually a nice spot to enjoy a beautiful May morning, listening to the birds singing between bursts of traffic on the nearby expressway. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

May 20, 2011

Programming Challenge Puzzle Series: Level 9

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

I solved this a while ago. It was a good excuse to brush up on my Python skills, but I'm still pretty rusty. This evening I decided to drop by to search for the cache. I found it quickly thanks to the excellent coordinates and the bonus hint. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

May 18, 2011

2475 Faber

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

I was in the area for a job interview this afternoon, and decided to drop by to search for this cache before heading home. I found the [url=http://coord.info/GCWV0Q]original[/url] cache at this location more than 4 years ago. It took me a while to find this one, but I liked the way it was hidden. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

May 15, 2011

"Y" Not?

By: Little"D" Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This cache was on my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by this afternoon to search for it. There were a few muggles coming and going, but I was able to search pretty thoroughly. Then I read the hint and kept searching. Then I read all the logs and kept searching. Then I reread the hint and kept searching with a slightly different focus. Then I stood at GZ and had the "Aha!" moment (or perhaps it was a "Duh!" moment) when I realized the significance of the hint. This is hardly the first time I've encountered this camouflage technique, but it is definitely on e of the better examples. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this log-only cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

May 13, 2011

Hope and a Prayer

By: geovan03 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Mrs. niraD and I used to live just down the street, so I'm familiar with the area. Fortunately, I was also familiar with this camouflage technique. The first time I encountered it, it took me a couple visits before I found the cache. This time, after walking around GZ and considering just a few other options, I started looking for the correct type of camouflage quickly. Still, I think this one's difficulty rating deserves at least another star unless you've seen the spoiler photo. The log is full, but I managed to find an unused space to sign in the middle. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLN, TFTC!

May 9, 2011

Brewery Series #4 - Bear Bites Man For Cold Beer

By: BrewMonkeySF Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I was in the area after a job interview, and decided to do a little geocaching before taking the train back home. Given the location of GZ, I checked the hint immediately. It turned out to be a spoiler, but I didn't mind as that allowed me to grab and replace the cache without drawing undue attention to it. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

#2: Deuce ?

By: zoroe Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Not chosen

I was in the area after a job interview, and decided to do a little geocaching before taking the train back home. It took me a while to confirm GZ, but then I was relieved to spot what I thought was the cache. Fortunately, I had an appropriate tool for the job. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

May 7, 2011

Party Favor

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

Mrs. niraD was at the Cupertino Lions' Fish-a-Thon, so I was dog-sitting this morning. I dropped by to search for this one, in hopes of completing another quad for the [url=http://coord.info/GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]. I missed Marky's birthday party event, but I've seen him making these at LSOH events, so I knew what to expect. Unfortunately, it still took me a while to expand my search radius enough to spot this well-placed, well-camouflaged cache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Semperviren's Point Vista

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

Mrs. niraD was at the Cupertino Lions' Fish-a-Thon, so I was dog-sitting this morning. I dropped by to search for this one, in hopes of completing another quad for the [url=http://coord.info/GCYNR9]BAQC[/url]. I spotted this trailhead cache quickly, in the first place I looked. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC! "So many caches, so little time." - Bud "50sumtin" Gawlik

May 6, 2011

Random

By: geomagguy Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

There isn't a lot of information to work with for this cache, but I suppose that's appropriate, given the name. I searched GZ, expecting a well-camouflaged small container, then re-read the cache description and read all the past logs. I expanded my search radius (still looking for a well-camouflaged small container), re-read the cache description and past logs again, and then noticed someone with a GPSr in hand walking towards me. We introduced ourselves and discussed the information we had culled from reading the past logs. Then she reached down and immediately had the cache in hand. The terrain rating is solid: there is no need to leave the pavement. And the difficulty is probably about right: I was clearly over-thinking this one. But the size rating is off (see below), which helped me over-think it. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC! For the record, the "What does a geocache look like?" entry of the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/guide/default.aspx]geocaching guide[/url] explains that a "small" container is "100ml or larger, but less than 1L." This is a "micro" container: "Less than 100ml." (100ml is about 3oz.)

Apr 23, 2011

Spring Fling Potluck 2011

By: dw-thegirlsfromPA-thelins-Red Rovers-Winterwo Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

It was great seeing familiar faces, and a few new faces too. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful park for a lunch event. TN, L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBNBTC]Scuba Jack[/url] TB, [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB3DJJ5]Mt Whitney Geocoin[/url], and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTE!

Apr 20, 2011

Mission Not So Impossible

By: xxxsparkmanxxx Maintained by Frivlas Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I dropped by this morning to redeem my previous DNF, armed with hints volunteered by a previous finder. I quickly found the cache in a spot I thought I had searched before, saw the clean log sheet, and then noticed that the original cache had been replaced yesterday. This is a clever hide, but I still don't understand the hint. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. I made sure to re-hide it as found, where it isn't visible. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Somewhere to Call From (with your cell phone)

By: catomcat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

After logging my earlier DNF this morning, I read through the past logs. Some of them seemed to confirm a hide location that I had already checked fruitlessly, so this afternoon, I dropped by to recheck it. That turned out to be the right location, but it still took me a while to find the cache. I guess my use of modern technology has reduced my familiarity with this old-school technology. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this sign-only cache moving. TNLNSL. Thanks for another "somewhere" ch allenge, and TFTC!

Somewhere to Call From (with your cell phone)

By: catomcat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

I spent about half an hour searching for this cache before I had to leave. From the previous logs, this sounds like a fun one. I'll be back.

Apr 17, 2011

Mission Not So Impossible

By: xxxsparkmanxxx Maintained by Frivlas Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was one of the nearest caches this evening, so I dropped by to search for it. About an hour (and 4 bags of litter) later, I gave up. In the process, I re-read the description a few times, read all the logs, decided that the terrain rating might be helpful, decided that I had no clue what the encrypted hint means, and enjoyed the scent of rosemary. I'll be back, but I'll probably wait until I figure out something new to try.

Apr 16, 2011

Long Number

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

As others have discovered, determining the correct approach is easier than finding the right tool. The first few tools I tried produced obviously incorrect results, but once I had the right tool, the coordinates quickly fell into place. As others have pointed out, there is an error in the puzzle, but it isn't a problem; it's merely a curiosity for those who have solved the puzzle. This morning, I had time before I needed to pick up my wife, so I dropped by to search for this cache. After searching a bit, I started to think that it might require more searching than I had time for. But then I expanded my search radius a bit more and spotted the nicely hidden cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the puzzle, and TFTC!

Baseball Dream Team

By: The Ninja Duck Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I enjoy puzzles that teach me something new. When I looked at this cache again (after leaving it on the back burner for months), I discovered a very educational resource that I had completely missed before, and learned quite a bit in the process of solving the puzzle. After the update a week ago, I quickly solved the puzzle again to get the new coordinates. This morning, I dropped by to search for the cache. I spotted it quickly (thanks in part to the bonus info from Certitude), but couldn't figure out how to open it. For a while, I even gave up and searched elsewhere. But then I came back to the cache, examined it more carefully, and figured out how to open it. Very nice! TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the educational puzzle, thanks for the clever camouflage, and TFTC!

Unfortunately, I broke the camouflage while replacing the cache. I posted a Needs Maintenance log and contacted the CO direct ly.

Baseball Dream Team

By: The Ninja Duck Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I'm so sorry. When I replaced the cache, the camouflage broke. I couldn't figure out a good way to re-hide the cache, so I took it and the broken camouflage with me.

Apr 14, 2011

Spring Fling Potluck 2011

By: dw-thegirlsfromPA-thelins-Red Rovers-Winterwo Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

Mrs. niraD and I will be there. (2 adults, 0 kids, 1 on-duty furball)

Apr 9, 2011

Joe Domecq

By: jimnade Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I was at the nearby Kiwanis Youth Camp for CSB's annual NorCal Camporal, and came over to search for this cache during a short break after lunch. I had the place to myself and spotted the well-camouflaged cache quickly. This one definitely looks like it belongs... almost. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Cone Home

By: Jimnade Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was at the nearby Kiwanis Youth Camp for CSB's annual NorCal Camporal, and came over to search for this cache during a short break after lunch. I had the place to myself and spotted the well-camouflaged cache quickly. When I was here again a couple hours later for the 4-man canoe races, the site was much busier! This is definitely one of the best examples of this type of camouflage that I've seen. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Apr 5, 2011

wat.

By: wat. Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

wat. is the guy's name on first base? no, wat. is on second. i'm not asking you who.'s on second! no, who.'s on first. i. don't. know. he's on third. Working on this cache, there were times when I could really relate to Mr. Costello:
"I'll break your arm if you say wat.'s the name of the cache again!"
Based on the list of certified solutions, I bet I'm not alone.

Earlier today, I had the necessary "Aha!" moment. This afternoon, I dropped by wh ile running errands. Armed with the provided hints, I searched fruitlessly for a whil e. As I was rereading the hints to verify my search technique, wat. happened to arrive with a replacement container. [:O] After I signed the new log, wat. replaced the container and I verified that my search technique could have worked, had the cache been in place when I had been searching. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL. Thanks for a maddeningly clever puzzle, and TFTC!

Apr 2, 2011

The Media

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

I saw where GZ was and immediately read the logs and hint. The logs were helpful. I think the best way to search for this one is just to go for it, acting like you know what you're doing and like you're supposed to be doing it. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. There were 7 spaces left on the log. TNLNSL, TFTC.

Apr 1, 2011

Broadway #1: 42nd Street

By: Kyriet11 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was at the top of my "nearest to home" list this afternoon, so I dropped by to search for it. I found it quickly, thanks to the excellent coordinates. My [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache wouldn't fit, so I'll keep it moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Mar 31, 2011

Pickup Lines II: Electric Boogaloo

By: xmts (maintained by mokelly) Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

"Some girl with psychic powers, She said `T-Bone, what`s your sign?` I blink and answer `Neon!` I thought I`d blow her mind." - Tom "T-Bone" Stankus ("Existential Blues") I somehow missed the original [url=http://coord.info/GC1ZVR3]Pickup Lines[/url], but I've been working on my "nearest puzzles to home" list again and noticed this revival. I solved the puzzle quickly since it's a variation of a basic technique I've seen elsewhere. This morning I dropped by to sear ch for the cache. Wow... very nice! There were others around, so I started out by checking the usual spots visually while savoring my coffee and enjoying the beautiful morning. Then I noticed something interesting at GZ, but I kept looking until I had the place to myself and could examine what I had noticed more carefully. It turned out to be the very nicely camouflaged cache. The log was a bit damp, but I was able to let it dry in the sun. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Mar 30, 2011

Jesus Man Cache

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

I stopped to search for this one because I happened to be nearby, and was pleasantly surprised. Except for the traffic sounds, this is actually a nice spot to enjoy a sunny morning. And it was a beautiful morning to reflect upon the cache description. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBNBTC]Scuba Jack[/url] TB, goodlife pathtag, and scented candle (please don't leave scented products in caches); L LED flashlight and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token; SL. TFTC. RIP "Jesus Man"

Sans Gold

By: baldmonk Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I was in the area, and this one showed up as the nearest cache, so I dropped by to search for it. As advertised, it was easy and quick, thanks to the excellent coordinates and familiar technique. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 26, 2011

Rossi-Rico Parkway 3

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

I was out for a walk with my brother and his wife this evening (enjoying the break in the rain), and I noticed this cache nearby. Fortunately, I spotted it quickly, so they didn't have to wait very long. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 22, 2011

Baseball Dream Team

By: The Ninja Duck Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I first looked at this puzzle more than a year ago. Even though I'm not much of a baseball fan, I could easily appreciate the significance of the men chosen for the "Dream Team". Unfortunately, that didn't give me coordinates. More recently, I discovered a resource that I had been unable to find before. It was a very educational resource, and the rest of the puzzle started making sense. I quickly obtained coordinates, and Certitude agreed with me.

This afternoon, I found myself in the area and decided to drop by to sea rch for the cache. Unfortunately, the location was rather busy at the time, and I wasn't aware of the nature of the hide. But the muggles were almost done, and while I waited, I was able to read the cache description and the recent logs more carefully. I was also able to do a visual inspection of GZ . When the muggles left, I had the place to myself, but I still came up empty. If I'm right about the nature of the hide, then I don't know when I'll be back with the necessary "special tool". Thanks for the fun and educational puzzle though.

Mar 20, 2011

Looking Joint Probabilities

By: GraffnTrix Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

3TF! Like the others, I recognized the reference, tried a few things, tried a few other things, and then realized I was staring at coordinates. Wow... Even with the zero hack, the construction of this puzzle is impressive. [8D] This afternoon, I decided to drop by to search for the cache, and had the place all to myself. It's a good thing no one else was around, because it took me a while to find this micro-cache. Hmm... I thought I had checked that location when I first arrived at GZ. [:I] I didn't realize this type of container was available in such a small size. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for a beautiful puzzle, and TFTC!

Mar 19, 2011

What A State

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

I never heard this very punny song when I was a kid, but I did discover it as a volunteer youth leader at church, when I was looking for songs to lead at campfires. Unfortunately, the kids don't seem to enjoy it nearly as much as I do. [:(] Anyway, the crossword puzzle was fun, and in some cases, educational. Unfortunately, I forgot The Rat's advice and tried to copy-paste the coordinates: click... oops. So I transcribed the solution, refreshed the page, and started over. Unfortunately, I made a small error in my transcription. The e rror seemed obvious once I noticed it, but it sure took me a while to notice it.

After donating blood this morning, I drove by to search for the cache. I found it quickly, then took it to my vehicle so the rain wouldn't get the contents wet while I signed the log. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem .com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for a fun puzzle, and TFTC!

Mar 17, 2011

You're Andre!

By: kablooey's 2010 Puzzle Challenge Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Looking in the right spot makes all the difference in the world. I returned this morning to redeem my DNF, armed with a correct reading of the bonus hint. I found a number of interesting (but unfruitful) hide locations before expanding my search radius a bit. Then I spotted the key object mentioned in the bonus hint, and soon after that I found the cache. Without the bonus hint, this is truly an evil hide. Even with the bonus hint, it's still a challenging hide. My [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache would not fit through the container opening, so I'll keep it moving. I dried out the log as well as I could, but it was still damp when I returned the cache to it's hiding spot. TNLNSL. Thanks for an interesting puzzle that pushed me out of my areas of expertise in multiple ways, and TFTC!

Mar 16, 2011

Programming Challenge Puzzle Series: Level 1

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

I've seen this type of online puzzle before, but this particular one is new to me. It looks like a fun one, so I'll have to finish it (and in the process, solve the owner's other puzzles in this series). This morning, I decided to drop by to search for the cache and spotted it quickly thanks to the excellent coordinates. T digitalfish #11836, L digitalfish #11830 and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for introducing me to a fun online puzzle, and TFTC!

You're Andre!

By: kablooey's 2010 Puzzle Challenge Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was an educational puzzle. Even after I had identified most of the photos, it still took me a while to correctly identify the theme of the puzzle. Even after I had identified the theme of the puzzle, it still took me a while to correctly identify the last photo (and for that, I needed a big hint from Certitude). This morning, I dropped by to search for the cache, but came up empty. I see now that I misread the bonus hint, which had me searching the wrong area. I'll be back...

Mar 11, 2011

Puzzix: Puzzles For Everybody! #1: Multiple Images

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

I solved Puzzle #1, and dropped by this afternoon to search for the cache. I have to agree with the other comments that this deserves more than 1.5 stars for difficulty, for both the puzzle and the hide. I had the place to myself when I started exploring GZ, but shortly thereafter the place got a little busy. I expanded my search radius significantly, wondering whether I had made a mistake with some of the digits, but eventually came back to GZ. This time, I spotted it immediately, right where I had looked before. I hate it when that happens. I retrieved it easily, signed the log, and replaced it. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Mar 3, 2011

Tree Tunnel

By: thelibbeys Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by to search for it this morning. If you don't mind the traffic sounds, this is a really nice spot to sit and enjoy a beautiful morning. I found the cache quickly, thanks to the excellent coordinates and a container that seems closer to a "regular" size cache than a "small" size cache. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. T digitalfish #11830, L digitalfish #11761 and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 26, 2011

Park & Cache #1: John Drive

By: dalemac57 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

After today's Iron Sharpens Iron conference, I decided to find a nearby cache before heading home. I walked toward this cache along the convenient footpath, only to encounter a locked gate. So I returned to my vehicle, drove from one parking lot to the other, and found the cache quickly (thanks to excellent coordinates and a familiar camouflage style). TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token (yes, it fit), SL. TFTC!

Feb 21, 2011

Somewhere Not in the Ivy

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

This was a real challenge for Senshin's Evil Cache Run. First, we had to figure out how to fit 20 people into the walkway. Then we had to figure out how to make room for muggles to pass the 20 people who were standing around in the walkway. Then we had to figure out where the cache could be hidden in the walkway that wasn't somewhere in the ivy. But eventually, even this "typical" hide was no match for us. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Somewhere to Blame the Muggles

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

Senshin's Evil Cache Run dropped by to search for this one. It was cute, but not nearly as challenging as most of the other caches on our agenda. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Yet Another Walkway!

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

Senshin's Evil Cache Run wasn't originally planning to search for this one, but we stopped for it as we walked past on our way to another one of the caches on our agenda. We eventually expanded our search radius enough to come up with the cache. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Somewhere Not to be Scared

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

Starting with this cache, Senshin's Evil Cache Run started searching for caches in shifts. A crowd of 20+ people is just too big to be searching for these evil little hides together. I spotted this one quickly, but let someone else retrieve it. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Somewhere Metamorphic

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

Senshin's Evil Cache Run made quick work of this one, thanks to the precise location provided by the owner, and the necessary tool provided by one of our members. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. We all signed as "GBA Flash Mob" given the limited room in the log (only 3 spaces left now). TNLNSL, TFTC!

Somewhere Near the Not So Secret Walkway

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

This was the penultimate stop for Senshin's Evil Cache Run. I've seen a lot of ways to hide this type of container at this type of location, but this was the first time I saw this particular technique. Very clever! I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Somewhere in Serra Park

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

I joined Senshin's Evil Cache Run a bit late, since I had already found [url=http://coord.info/GCP892]the first cache on the agenda[/url]. Fortunately, it was easy to spot the crowd of more than a dozen people searching for this cache, the second one on the agenda. I arrived just before this clever cache was found. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Somewhere in Los Altos

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

This was the last stop for Senshin's Evil Cache Run. I spotted this nicely camouflaged cache, and then backed away to let others enjoy it. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Somewhere with No Strings Attached

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

Senshin's Evil Cache Run walked over to this one, and I spotted it quickly. It wasn't nearly as "evil" as some of the other caches we found today. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. Given the limited log space, we all signed as "GBA Flash Mob". TNLNSL, TFTC!

Somewhere in Cupertino?

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

Senshin's Evil Cache Run gained a few more members at this cache, but they had already found it and just enjoyed the show as one small group after another searched for and (eventually) found this tricky little hide. It was a challenge even knowing exactly where to search and exactly what we were searching for. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Somewhere in Loehmann's Plaza

By: catomcat Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

It's a good thing I was here as part of Senshin's Evil Cache Run. I'm not sure I could have retrieved the cache on my own. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

20th Century Crier

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

Senshin's Evil Cache Run didn't originally plan to search for this cache, but we dropped by anyway since we were in the area. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 20, 2011

Be Scared (and don't take the inner mechanism)

By: GraffnTrix Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This cache and the other one in the park were at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by this afternoon to search for them. I spotted this one immediately due to its lack of cover. This cache didn't scare me, but then the original didn't either. I think this mechanism works better in theory than it does in practice. I made a point of automatically decrypting the hint (despite the owner's attempts to thwart automatic decryption), just to make sure the cache wasn't out of place when I found it. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Have Fear (and be careful removing the cache)

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

This cache and the other one in the park were at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by this afternoon to search for them. This one was an easy find, once I stopped looking for it. The craftsmanship is impressive, even though I didn't find it at all scary. I made a point of automatically decrypting the hint (despite the owner's attempts to thwart automatic decryption), even though there was little chance that the cache was out of place when I found it. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Feb 19, 2011

Defected Whizzer Codes

By: Team Klinward Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Today, bykenut, KendraH, geodanimal, Cap'n Finder, and I retrieved Venona's clue for [url=http://thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5345]ACTIVITY 10[/url]. Afterwards, I tagged along with KendraH as she searched for a few of the Livermore puzzle caches that she had solved, including this one. Tonight, I solved the puzzle before logging the find online. I immediately knew what to do, but there were some interesting ambiguities and obfuscations along the way. As KendraH said, it was raining when we found the cache, but the log was already wet. Fortunately, her pen was able to write on the log anyway. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Sum Fun

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

Today, bykenut, KendraH, geodanimal, Cap'n Finder, and I retrieved Venona's clue for [url=http://thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5345]ACTIVITY 10[/url]. Afterwards, I tagged along with KendraH as she searched for a few of the Livermore puzzle caches that she had solved, including this one. Tonight, I solved the puzzle before logging the find online. I like puzzles that tell you exactly what you need to do to solve them, and it wasn't hard to follow the instructions for this one. I just had to be sure to follow them carefully. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for the puzzle, and TFTC!

Old Red One

By: OldA'sFan Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Today, bykenut, KendraH, geodanimal, Cap'n Finder, and I set out to retrieve Venona's clue for [url=http://thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5345]ACTIVITY 10[/url]. On the way, we passed through a snowy wonderland, and stopped for a few caches, including this one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Leave My "Worthy Pun Alone!"

By: Team Yofa Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Today, bykenut, KendraH, geodanimal, Cap'n Finder, and I retrieved Venona's clue for [url=http://thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5345]ACTIVITY 10[/url]. Afterwards, I tagged along with KendraH as she searched for a few of the Livermore puzzle caches that she had solved, including this one. KendraH found the cache, right where I had searched just a few minutes earlier. I must have stared right at it (or right past it) and not seen it. Tonight, I solved the puzzle before logging the find online. This one was a challenge. I managed to correctly identify all the images on the left quickly, using the tools at my disposal. But then what? Eventually I had the necessary "Aha!" moment after rereading the encrypted hint yet again. I quickly produced the correct answers on the right, and had the coordinates shortly thereafter. T Team Yofa sig token, L foreign coin and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for a very enjoyable puzzle, and TFTC!

Morgan's Stones

By: CJCJ Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

Today, bykenut, KendraH, geodanimal, Cap'n Finder, and I set out to retrieve Venona's clue for [url=http://thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5345]ACTIVITY 10[/url]. On the way, we passed through a snowy wonderland, and stopped for a few caches, including this one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Green Achers Code Cache II

By: Green Achers Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Today, bykenut, KendraH, geodanimal, Cap'n Finder, and I retrieved Venona's clue for [url=http://thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5345]ACTIVITY 10[/url]. Afterwards, I tagged along with KendraH as she searched for a few of the Livermore puzzle caches that she had solved, including this one. Tonight, I solved this puzzle before logging the find online. It was an interesting variation on a theme I've seen before. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

The Black Hole

By: OldA'sFan Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

Today, bykenut, KendraH, geodanimal, Cap'n Finder, and I set out to retrieve Venona's clue for [url=http://thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5345]ACTIVITY 10[/url]. On the way, we passed through a snowy wonderland, and stopped for a few caches, including this one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. TFTC!

Survival Cache

By: Mark and James Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Not chosen

Today, bykenut, KendraH, geodanimal, Cap'n Finder, and I set out to retrieve Venona's clue for [url=http://thegba.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5345]ACTIVITY 10[/url]. On the way, we passed through a snowy wonderland, and stopped for a few caches. This was the last cache we visited before retrieving the clue and returning to the trailhead. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB3DJJ5]Mt Whitney Geocoin[/url], L [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB3MEVA]Monti - Seeker of High Altitude[/url] TB and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Feb 10, 2011

Time for reflection

By: TeamDoJ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This cache was at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by to search for it today. The camouflage is nicely crafted, but something about it grabbed my attention and I had the cache in hand quickly. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jan 30, 2011

Yet another walkway, without a fence

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

This one was at the top of my "nearest to home" list, so I dropped by to search for it today. I spotted it quickly, thanks to the excellent coordinates. I'll keep my my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Jan 22, 2011

Ramona's Cache

By: caccbag Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This cache was at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by to search for it this afternoon. I found it quickly in the first place I looked. As requested, I took the cache back to my car to sign the log. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

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