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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.)

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