Geocaching Basecamp

niraD's Geoblog

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!

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!

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 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!

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 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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

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