February 29, 2004

Buckeye Walk Up

4:29 pm - We came over to this one from Fremont Falls. Once again, nostrada and I looked in all the wrong places while Anne found it with a GPSr. We're useless. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 04:29 PM

Fremont Falls

4:20 pm - We had a nice little walk to this one on the way back from lots of hiking in Diablo Foothills. Admitting our incomptence, nostrada and I stood back while Anne did her excellent searching work. TNLNSL. Never did see the falls, but we could hear something. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 04:20 PM


4:11 pm - After another of my patented u-turns, we ended up at the right place for this one. While nostrada and I were looking in the place we assumed it was, Anne read the description and the hint and found it. Doh! Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 04:11 PM

More Than Just Math

4 pm - I did the math part of this one a while ago (in JavaScript) and came out with a set of answers. With a few assumptions and the hints in the logs, I can say that this more than just math, but not much.

After making some wrong turns while trying to get Take a Brake, we decided to go after this one. The drive was a lot shorter than I had imagined. We parked right across from the cache and nostrada made the find. Whew, another kablooey puzzle down!

Posted by jeff at 04:00 PM

Dash for Cache!

3:40 pm - Found target #5 while doing the Sunol cache, appropriately enough in Sunol, CA. Nostrada graciously took my picture. Not sure what the story was with this wagon. It was just sitting in this park.
Posted by jeff at 03:40 PM


3:27 pm - This was a cool little town that I never would have thought existed in the bay area. Nostrada did all the work while we sat comfortably in the car. Anne started her cache-finding streak with this one and I got a bonus locationless out of it. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 03:27 PM

Alamo Guy

2:48 pm - When we arrived and parked, a guy sitting in a car across the street was staring at us. We looked back at him. More normal people would stop staring at you when you realize people know you're staring at them. This guy didn't seem to care. He just kept staring and it freaked us out. Finally the person he was waiting for showed up, they left and we went for the cache.

The backyard next to the cache had another Alamo Guy who was gardening, so we had to be stealthy. Lucklily we saw the cache quickly and made the grab. Putting it back was a bit more challenging. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 02:48 PM

But I Really Gotta Go

2:08 pm - After four hours, five miles and nine caches, I really did have to go when we got here. Luckily we were almost done. Some others made the find and I signed it. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 02:08 PM

Sam's Stash

1:37 pm - This was the last of the hilly caches on our 10-cache tour of Diablo Foothills. The hill here was pretty muddy and crossing the fence was a challenge. Once again, the cache was claimed by the time I got there, but not by long. TLNLSL. I managed to avoid the cow pies on the way back, but nostrada dropped his hand directly into one. Uhh, did I shake his hand later??
Posted by jeff at 01:37 PM

How Now Brown Cow?

1:18 pm - Yet an another big hill in this park. By this time they were looking all the same. Managed to avoid the cow pies (I think). TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 01:18 PM

Where's George

Searched for this one after a long hike in Diablo Foothills, but didn't find anything. The restroom was a great find though!
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

Silver Gyrations

The title doesn't do justice to this interesting sculpture. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

WTC Memorial Cache

12:41 pm - It was very cool to visit this cache as we were the second to last leg in bringing the WTC Rivet TB here.

We "miscalculated" our route and had to cross a stream. Anne jumped onto a sandbar which turned out to be a lot of mud and she was instantly up to her ankles. We helped each other across and up to the cache.

Nice hike up the hill to the cache and then we hiked a bit further to catch views of the Sacramento river. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 12:41 PM

In The Hollow

12:19 pm - I almost found this one, but once again nostrada grabbed it before me. That pesky nostrada. Lots of cows around, but not many people besides our large group. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 12:19 PM

"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat"

11:55 am - Woo hoo, #600! Great hike up here with a great group of cachers. Had to distrub the cows a bit to get here, but they mooooved out of the way pretty quickly. Hawks circled as we found the cache and paused for a picture. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 11:55 AM

look at me!

11:40 am - It appears that there's not much to look at here any more except for a lot of cow pies. :-(
Posted by jeff at 11:40 AM

Acorn to Oak

11:22 am - We made a B-line to this one from a bunch of other caches in this park. Easy to spot and a quick grab during our long hike. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 11:22 AM

Papa Cass

11:10 am - This was a nice quickie on a long hike. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:10 AM

Playground Madness #6

11:09 am - After coming from Book It, this one was a relief. Looking forward to completing the rest of the series.
Posted by jeff at 11:09 AM

Book It

10:38 am - This sure was an interesting way to start the day. Maybe if it was the end I would have done it at a more sane pace. I enjoyed spying on the houses below. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 10:38 AM

February 28, 2004

Burning Brightly

4:50 pm - This one was right on the way home from the coast and I had to give it a try.

I had a very weird dream about this cache the other night. I dreamt that I was driving to this cache, but I also had another car behind me I was driving using a remote control. I wasn't very good at it, and I was crashing into cars all over the place. Strange.

I'm glad nothing like that happened when I was looking for the cache. The wife was happy to make a trip into Trader Joe's while I searched. I had a little trouble accessing the hiding spot, but managed to avoid the gaze of the shoppers coming and going.

Mission accomplished, I went in for some snacks. Mmmm... Cats Cookies....

Posted by jeff at 04:50 PM

Whale Gate Cache

3:50 pm - No whales to be seen today beyond the gate, but there were a lot of harbor seals hanging out below. The fields were all yellow and very pretty. Found the cache and the ancient ammo box. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 03:50 PM

Circular beach reasoning

3:16 pm - Cool, secluded beach. We definitely would have never known it was here. Did the short walk over to the cache and found it right where we expected. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 03:16 PM

A cache with a view

2:28 pm - We tried to get to this one from the wrong street at first, and ended up going up the the road a bit and doing a few other caches instead. Then we found the park and took the hike. We weren't sure which trail to take, so we took the less steep trail up and the steeper one down. I bushwhacked a bit (unneccesarily) before we found the cache. Thanks for showing us the views.
Posted by jeff at 02:28 PM

Tidal Cliff

1:25 pm - This was a really cool area. We found the cache easily, then followed the trail for a while longer to take in the views. On the way we walked by a group filming some sort of movie. Thanks for the fun!
Posted by jeff at 01:25 PM

Coastside Trail Cache

1:25 pm - This one was quick and easy. We had the most trouble paying the fee to get in the parking lot. We only had quarters and the pipe we had to shove the envelope down was not made to fit quarters!

After that challenge, finding the cache was easy. We skipped exploring the trail to explore at other parts while doing other caches. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 01:25 PM

Have a Ball

I moved the cache today so that is easily accessable from the trail without going through any sensitive areas. Please stay on the trail when you visit the cache and take a moment to enjoy the views.
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM


10 am - After workerofwood's log, I felt secure that this one was still there and worth a try to figure out. It turned out to be pretty easy and very interesting. I had never heard of this method before. I trudged through the field and found the cache in place. Got really wet crossing the field on the way back, but it was worth it! Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 10:00 AM

San José Public Library - Seventrees Branch

9:41 am - Quick grab once some people finished returning their books. Lots of activity across the street with some people playing tennis and handball. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 09:41 AM

Around They Go.......

9:16 am - I started to walk over from Doggie Cache, then decided that I couldn't get there from here, so I turned around and started walking back to my car. Then I read the description and turned around again. Thanks for saving my $4!

I took a lap around the velodrome and watched them people on the bikes. I didn't have the heart to tell them that they weren't getting anywhere. :-)

Found the cache and TNLNSL. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 09:16 AM

Doggie Cache

9 am - The cat didn't want to come, so I ended up doing this one myself. The cache was pretty visible. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 09:00 AM

As Dizzy As It Gets

8:40 am - This was indeed the of the dizzy series. I wish the others came this easily! Nice spot for a cache. Forgot a pen the first time, so I had to go back and get one before returning it. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 08:40 AM

Microsoft Cache

8:23 am - This was a nice little park and it had some nice views. Even more impressive was the sea of housing developments spread all around!

Once upon I time I worked for Microsoft, but I guess I've run out of tchotckes. Left Floppy the Carrier Chicken, took a golf ball. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 08:23 AM

February 26, 2004

alla Fontana

7 pm - This was a nice little puzzle. I think it's easier to solve it backwards. The solution turned out to be ridiculously close to home, but like a true Geocacher, I drove. :-)

When I got close, I knew I was in the right spot and a quick grab when traffic calmed down got me the cache. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 07:00 PM

February 24, 2004

Have a Ball

When I placed the cache, I came up from a different direction I think and didn't see the sign. I'll see about moving it a bit.
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

February 23, 2004

John W. Christian Greenbelt

The cache was indeed missing. I replaced it this morning with a container courtesy of Marky.

I'm going to pull a Milli Vanilli and "Blame it on the Rain" washing it away, but please be discreet when searching for the cache.

Cache on!

Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

February 22, 2004

Born Free

3:36 pm - Wow, this cache is ancient, but still in great shape. We came from the pond and checked out the tree killing fields on the way back to the car. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 03:36 PM

Farewell CA Cache

3:24 pm - We took the path down from Eddie the 1st to get to this one. Nice little pond here and it really does look like a horseshoe.

Found the cache easily and TNLN. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 03:24 PM

Eddie the 1st Returns!

3:07 pm - We were running out of time for caching today, so we did this one in a hurry. The hike was pretty easy until the steep climb at the end. We could see the cache from the trail. We took the golf ball and left a mini flashlight. On the way back we took the mountain goat route. Fun! Thanks for the cache.
Posted by jeff at 03:07 PM

Monte Bello

2:08 pm - We stupidly walked up from Girlie Pants to Christmas in July, but by this point being stupid seemed to be working for us, so we went with it and walked down Page Mill over to this one. This was a nice walk with only a hint of rain. The fault pond was cool. The cache wasn't covered at all, but we tried to do a little better when we left it. Took a die and left some floss. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 02:08 PM

Christmas in July

1:41 pm - We had a communications error and somehow decided to walk up to this from Girlie Pants instead of driving up Page Mill a bit and taking the easy and flat way. Oh well. I recogized the cache as soon as I saw it. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 01:41 PM

Girlie Pants' Cache

1:13 pm - This was a nice walk through Los Trancos Poison Oak Preserve. Just before we got to the cache, we passed two girlies walking very slowly up the trail. We thought they might be heading to pick up some girlie stuff, but I guess not. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 01:13 PM

Water Towers, Plain Jane or Picturesque

Found this one on an unsuccessful cache hunt in Atastradero Open Space Preserve in Palo Alto, California. We thought this road would get us to the cache, but instead it dead-ended at this huge water tower.
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

PMAX - Page Mill Animal Exchange

12:46 pm - It was wet and trashy out today, but we found it without too much trouble. TNLNSL. Thanks for the cache.
Posted by jeff at 12:46 PM

Mr. Ranger's view from work

12 pm - There was some kind of event with people and dogs going on at the parking near gate A, so we drove on and found some legal parking a little way past gate B. At least 3 other people thought it was legal.

We made our way up to the road and the water tower. Trail closed. $1000 minimum fine. OK, so we went back down and took the main path up. Got within a quarter mile again when we were stopped by another chain threatening a $1000 fine. What the heck is going on up there?

We couldn't see a way to get to this one with the trails being closed, so I guess we'll try again some other time.

Posted by jeff at 12:00 PM

February 21, 2004

Encinal Park

Cache Maintenance - Replaced the log and the ziploc bag. Also removed the items from the cache as they were a bit damp as well. Other than that, the cache is in good shape!
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

February 16, 2004

Joani's Buggy Birthday Cache

11:41 pm - Apparently the only way to solve this one is by knowing the right people. Well I guess I do because I got the coordinates.

When I arrived the parking lot was almost completely full of minivans with parents and kids piling out in the rain. I found the cache without much trouble. Sorry I missed the event!

Posted by jeff at 11:41 PM

Tee Off

3:08 pm - Searched around but couldn't find a cache here. Perhaps it is gone.
Posted by jeff at 03:08 PM


2:42 pm - Searched high a low for this one, but went home unhappy. Not sure where else to look as I used the hint.
Posted by jeff at 02:42 PM

No need to be Coy Roy

1:51 pm - Searched quite a while for this one but didn't find it. There were some fresh clippings on the ground, so maybe it got clipped. I tried to dig through those, but it was literally too painful.
Posted by jeff at 01:51 PM


1:22 pm - Very well done cache. I also appreciated that this was out of sight of the security guard. The camo was well-executed but I've become way too skeptical to trust that anything as it appears anymore.

For a long time I was looking in these kinds of places expecting to find caches, but finding nothing. Recently it seems they're all like this! This one just had an extra twist. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 01:22 PM

Urban Assault #2

1:01 pm - As I arrived at this one, things started to look familiar - too familiar. I had already done this one! I think I may have logged this as #12 by mistake, so I deleted that log and will try it again.
Posted by jeff at 01:01 PM

Dome Home

I was trying to find some other caches in the area when I had to stop and look at this dome home on Coyote Road in San Jose, CA. It has not one, but two domes. Better yet, it's for sale! You can live in your own locationless cache!
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

Watershed Down

12:50 pm - I had tried to get to this one a while back, but I couldn't figure out how to access it. I don't know what my problem was; it was easy enough. Cool labyrinth. Did the walk in double time as it was raining steadily. I grabbed an umbrella for the walk out to the cache and found it without much trouble. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 12:50 PM

Dr. Evil's Kitten Kaboodle

12:18 pm - Reading the lots, it seems that that I didn't really find this one a few months ago, so I decided to check it out again. Today I the real cache right away. I swear I looked there last time. Then I went and grabbed the "decoy" cache since clearly it was abandoned. The really weird coincidence is that it's a kid's jewelry box and it says "Caboodle" right on it. Anyway, I'll probably make it into a real cache at some point.

The cache itself was in good shape despite all the slugs hanging around on it. TNLNSL. I think I've heard "Meox Mix Meow Mix Please Deliver" enough times now. :-)

Posted by jeff at 12:18 PM

Zip over to 95118

12:07 pm - I was heading down to the center of 95118 when I saw something that caught my attention. I pulled over and looked at my GPS which indicated that I was .15 miles north of the cache. I checked out the object and it matched the description.

So I've never been to the center of 95118, but I hear it's really nice. :-)

Posted by jeff at 12:07 PM

Tupolo Honey

11:18 am - While trying to avoid the gaze of a woman gardening in the rain across the street, I spotted this one. It was pretty much out in the open. Left the panda TB and took nothing. I couldn't find a better place to hide it, so I put it back where it was. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 11:18 AM

Castaway Cay Pad

10:59 am - Lawyers are slow. At least mine are. While waiting an hour and a half for them to get off a conference call in relation to some boring stuff at work, I solved this puzzle. Interestingly enough, it was very similar in concept to another puzzle I had solved recently.

I had a chance to grab it today and drove all around before I found the right spot to park. I zeroed in on the coordinates quickly, but didn't find anything. Then I started reading the logs and convinced myself that I had the coordinates wrong so I went all around, checking the trees. When that didn't work, I read the description again, headed back to my solved coordinates, and found it immediately. Duh.

I still think I'm missing something in the title of this cache, but it was still fun. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 10:59 AM

February 15, 2004

Syngnathus fuscus

6:47 pm - I tried this one a few days ago, but I couldn't find the tools. I looked for quite a while today but still had trouble. I was surprised that there were people on the track at this hour in the dark and they were whispering and pointing at me. That tree fights back and I got some needles right in the eye! Finally found the well-cammo'd tools and I knew just what to do. I got the fuscus on my first second cast. Nice job on that camo too. Overall a very creative and fun cache. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 06:47 PM

Travel Bug Purgatory

5:50 pm - Well-themed cache. It took me a while to catch a break in traffic to nab it. Took floppy the carrier chicken. I never thought I'd find a Marky cache in the ivy. :-)
Posted by jeff at 05:50 PM

Cortney of Easter?

5:31 pm - This was my second attempt at this one. Last time I was pretty sure where it was, but there were some people working on the landscape very close by and I chickened out.

It was right where I thought it was this time and I grabbed it quickly.

Parked right under a sign that said "Suspicious persons and activies will be immediately reported to the sheriff's office." :-)

Posted by jeff at 05:31 PM

Salty Cache

5:25 pm - I was feeling kind of timid today. When I arrived there were some people in the windowed security booth and then a guy came out to take down the flag. I loitered for a bit in the parking lot across the street and wandered near the cache, but didn't want to become completely obvious because it wasn't clear whose land this was.

Anyway, while I was waiting, I saw a jeep drive by and turn around. I finally gave up and got in my car to drive home. As I was driving out, I saw a guy walking down the street with something in his hand. A GPSr? I pulled over and parked right where he had parked his jeep and watched. Yup, he was heading right for the cache. Alright, if they don't care about him, they won't care about me. I walked over and as I got close I recogized the cacher as kablooey, one of the few (in?)famous cachers I had yet to meet.

He had the cache wide open and had spared me the test of figuring out the trick. I did figure it out though and we walked back. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 05:25 PM

History of Los Gatos

5:18 pm - Started this one quite a while ago and got stuck at the second waypoint because apparently the sign had been removed. Spiderwoman fixed the puzzle and was nice enough to give us that answer. I found a few of the other waypoints during the day while looking for other caches. After a long hike in the hills, I returned to find the last waypoint. This was a nice place to stop, reflect, and calcuate. My checksum was good, and I headed for the cache. I was thankful for only a short walk as I was way too tired for much more today. Took a ping pong baseball and a bouncy ball, left a C3PO pez. Thanks for the great tour and interesting history of the town!
Posted by jeff at 05:18 PM

billy goats cache

4:40 pm - My GPSr reception was pretty poor here it had me acting like a mountain goat up and down the the cliff. That was completely unncessary. I looked in one place which seemed appropriate but didn't find it, so I decided to continue up the hill and hit it again on the way back.

Several painful miles later... After reading the logs and thinking about it some more, I determined that it must be in the place that I looked before. I was looking intently when I saw a pair of sneakers appear in front of me. "Are you alright?" "Yeah, I'm just looking for something." He continued on his run after that, thinking I must be pretty strange. I was about to give up, when I found it, covered pretty well. Part of the problem was that I didn't have all the logs and I thought it was still an ammo box. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 04:40 PM

Stake me (New Construction)

4:04 pm - I was headed for this one from Jones Road, but I wasn't sure which trail to take and ended up finding two other "closer" caches along the way. The views around here were very nice and rewarding after a long day of hiking. Those animal bones were creepy. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 04:04 PM

Under the High Wire

3:40 pm - Found this one while trying to get to Stake Me. No problem getting to it and there was a nice view to boot. The multiple layers of water protection are working. The layers were wet and even some water in the outer container, but the inner container was A-OK. TNLNSL. As I was walking back up to the trail, a guy on a bike asked me if there was anything interesting down that trail. "Nah, just a tower and a nice view" I said.
Posted by jeff at 03:40 PM

Ry's Lexie

3:36 pm - I wasn't planning on getting this one today. I was trying to get to Stake Me, but I wasn't sure which trail to take and this one ended up closer. Found it pretty easily, took a CCM ball and left some floss. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 03:36 PM


2:29 pm - We had found all the clues a few weeks ago, but didn't return until today after confirming our coordinates with Butano.

I couldn't help but be seen on this busy trail as I found the cache. Took a couple of koosh balls and left a mini flashlight.

Alright you got me, I guess I don't get the bonus points. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 02:29 PM

Temple of the Jaguar

2:17 pm - When I saw this place, I thought this was going to be very hard. Thousands of hiding spots, all alike. With some effort I made it to a spot where I started looking, but then saw the cache some distance away, completely visible. TLNSL. Found an easier way back. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 02:17 PM

Ava's Birthday

1:49 pm - After struggling with a similar cache long ago, this one came easily. Finally made it out to the cache today and as I approached, some people and their dogs were lounging on their lawn right across from the cache. I decided to come back later.

When I returned the people were gone and I found it quickly. Thanks for the fun.

Posted by jeff at 01:49 PM

Buzzy Kaboom

I had an idea how to solve this one and after a bit of playing around with some tools I was unfamiliar with, the answer appeared. Or at least half the answer. I had to obtain some more advanced tools to get all of it. I went out to try to look for it the other day but came up empty.

I thought about it some more and confirmed with two previous finders about where I thought it was. I was driving home today when I saw the cache location and took a quick exit to give it another try. I watched the rent-a-cop carefully and when the coast was clear, I gave it my best shot, but I'm physically unable to obtain it. I'm not sure how fizzymagic got it there.

Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

Arc of Art

I was right next to this one working on some other caches when I saw a family with a GPS trying to find it. They were looking in the wrong place, so I shouted out a hint. When I finished, they still hadn't found it, so I led them to the spot and coached them a bit. They couldn't find it because it wasn't there!

We looked all around for a bit until I looked below where the cache should be and saw that it had fallen down, almost out of reach. I was amazed that it was able to stay put at all!

Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

Where the Wild Things Are (Locationless)

I was on a hike preoccupied with other caches when I stopped to get my bearings. I looked up and saw an honest-to-god peacock - in Los Gatos, California!

I had trouble with my camera earlier in the day, but now I really needed to get it to work, so I blew on the memory card a few times and it magically started working.

The peacock didn't seem to care much about me and I was able to get pretty close to him. He wasn't showing his feathers and where he was I don't think he had room to.

Kingdom: Metazoa
Phylum: Chordata (chordates)
Class: Aves (birds)
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae (pheasants)
Genus: Pavo
Species: Pavo cristatus
Common Names: Indian Peafowl, Blue Peafowl, Peacock

Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

Bend Tree Hunch

Lots of traffic on this trail today. Searched in all kinds of places but had no luck. I'll try again some other day with the anagram solved.
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

Miss Los Gatos

12:52 pm - I attempted this one a long time ago, but gave up when I couldn't find a way to get there without walking through the police station. This time I approached from a different, but wrong direction and did a lot of unnecessary bushwacking. I looked in all the hard places first, then found it in an easy one.

On my way out, I saw a family walking through the police station and pointing at me. I thought they might be caching. Turns out they were and I caught up with them later. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 12:52 PM

Mellow Brick Road

11:11 am - This was my second attempt at this one. Last time was at night and I could see where I was looking and what could have been someone's front lawn.

Today the coordinates were pointing me at the wrong side of the street, but I saw something mentioned in the hint that grabbed my attention. The nice thing about this road is that cars coming over it make quite a bit a noise, so you have plenty of advance warning.

I was digging through stuff trying to find the cache and throwing things out that was not the cache. Once I ran out of things to toss I looked over and saw the cache. I had tossed it out! Thanks for the interesting spot.

Posted by jeff at 11:11 AM

Scott's 2.5

10:53 am - I tried to pick up the new travel bug, but it was gone already, so I decided to give this a try with just the latitude from Wheelie #1 that made an appearance at the first BADGES dinner. Searched for a bit and then read the hint which led me right to it. Cool spot though might get a bit rough in some seasons. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 10:53 AM


9:37 am - I never thought I'd be able to say this, but - I have completed all The Rat's caches! I've completed all The Rat's caches. At least for now I guess. He'll probably come out with a difficulty 5 tomorrow. The only one I was unable to do before it was archived was FBI Quiz. Overall The Rat's caches are always well done and rewarding.

Solved this one a while ago, though probabaly not in the intended way. I was worried about finding a parking space here, but when I arrived there were a few left. Started the hike up on this brisk morning and starting puffing real quick. The whole time I was hiking I was thinking there must be an easier way to this cache, especially considering how close I appeared to be to civilization. The cache was thankfully easy to spot. Took a kablooey (whom I just met yesterday) smashed penny and left a mini-flashlight, then hoofed it back. Thanks, Rat!

Posted by jeff at 09:37 AM

February 14, 2004

Here's One for You

6:07 pm - Last find of the day. Found it quickly and TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 06:07 PM

Work Break

5:55 pm - I parked way wrong on this one and ended up taking a long walk. Found the cache pretty easily in this seemingly abandoned park. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 05:55 PM

Kid-friendly cache

4:40 pm - I guess I'm just a big kid. I spotted this one from 75 feet away while I waited out a guy on a bike. Usually when a cache is a place where I'll be seen, I try to grab it and move it some distance away so even if someone sees me, they won't know where I got it. There really wasn't any place to hide here, so I got some strange looks. TNLNSL. I tried to hide it as best I could, but it's still pretty visible. I hope it lasts. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 04:40 PM

Champagne Junction

1:25 pm - Thanks for the quick history lesson. Acted casual around some kids playing nearby and grabbed the cache. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 01:25 PM

What is your story?

12:41 pm - I thought Dick Cheney's undisclosed secure location would be a bit roomier, but I sure wouldn't think to look for him there.
Posted by jeff at 12:41 PM

Roosevelt Park

11:40 am - This was a quickie. Lots of people out selling roses on this Valentine's day. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 11:40 AM

February 13, 2004

Dog Does

Surely Undecimal is much more of a heavy burden for you to maintain than this tiny cache? I say that only with my sincere concern for you Rat.

There is absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Undecimal is the only cache of yours I haven't completed. :-)

Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

February 11, 2004

Zanker Joggers Cache

7:18 pm - Didn't have much trouble parking, but then again I parked a block away. I had some trouble with this one at first, but then I noticed evidence of cachers. Bad, bad, cachers should put things back! TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 07:18 PM

Marching Orders

7:11 pm - I had a lot of difficulty with this one. I still don't see anything in the description that leads to the solution. Luckily I have friends who interpret these things a little more liberally than I do.

It still didn't make any sense to me even as they practically spelled it out for me. I had a pattern that made sense for most of the numbers but not all and I got hung up on that for a long time.

I made my way out to the location tonight and parked on the wrong side of the street, but that turned out to be a good thing. I found the cache quickly and ducked into a seemingly empty parking lot. I was signing the log and putting everything back when I heard someone shouting. At first I ignored it, but then it seemed to get louder. I looked up and someone with a flashlight was yelling at me from about 200 feet away. "What are you doing? This is private property!". I just said "OK" and headed back across the street with the cache and another object in hand. I decided that it was probably best that I got out of there, so I took off for another cache.

After that one, I returned and this time there was no sign of the security guard. I put the cache back quickly and got the heck out there.

So I apologize to anyone who might have tried to find this cache between about 7:11 and 7:30. :-)

Posted by jeff at 07:11 PM

Numbers the Army Way

6:52 pm - The most difficult part of this puzzle was figuring out that it has nothing to do with the Army, or at least as far as I could tell. I was all over the web looking at Army manuals.

I got really frustrated at one point, and wrote some code to display all the possible coordinates sets. I plotted them and was planning a brute force attack if this puzzle continued to stupify me. Then after a lot of staring at it, it suddenly came to me.

I checked the typical location first, then saw something else that looked strange. That was it. Whew.

Posted by jeff at 06:52 PM

February 08, 2004

Not Lyin'

5:27 pm - Wow, a roundabout in California! Or as all proper New Englanders call it, a rotary.

Found the lions lying around and we convinced one of them to tell us where the cache was. I think he was tired of the humiliation of the eyelashes and other more perverse graffiti he's been wearing.

I was amazed how big the cache was and how perfectly it fit it. Thanks for the cache.

Posted by jeff at 05:27 PM

I'm Sher Man

5:19 pm - This was an unexpected find in RWC. We were right on target though and found it quickly. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 05:19 PM

Pete's Bair Cache

5:06 pm - This was a neat cache. We enjoyed touring the harbor and wishing at least one of those boats was ours. We didn't even get out of the car at the first waypoint, but obviously we did at the second. This was a nice quick walk which was about all we could stand after our long hike in Uvas Canyon yesterday. The cache was very easy to find and we TLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 05:06 PM

A Little Logic

4:42 pm - Solved this one so long ago, I don't know when. I liked the puzzle. On the way to the cache, we passed go and went to jail. Oops, another U-turn. Found the cool area and the cache easily. We didn't know this place existed. Thanks.

The log is completely full.

Posted by jeff at 04:42 PM

Walkway Number Seven

2:07 pm - We parked on the wrong side of the walkway, but that gave us a chance to check out the interesting architecture of the nearby houses. What are those windowed boxes on their roofs for?

Anyway, we found the cache without much trouble. Nicely executed. We took nothing, but left a marble we found on the ground next to the bench which probably fell out of the cache. Thanks for another one, MotorBug.

Posted by jeff at 02:07 PM

Los Altos Station

1:46 pm - Hey, neat spot. We found the cache pretty quickly and then the train started ringing. Briinnngg! Briiinngg! Someone get the phone!
Posted by jeff at 01:46 PM

Forgotten Plaza

1:28 pm - I've driven by this place a million times, but never noticed a park. Today I didn't even have my GPSr on, but saw it right away. Amazing.

Dropped off my better half at the library and I hoofed it over to the cache. On the way, I saw a couple and their dog attacking an 8-foot branch that had fallen off a tree. They broke about 3 feet off it and gave it to the dog, who happily grabbed it and trotted down Castro St. Others walking by found it pretty funny.

It took me longer than it should to find the cache, but it was right where it should be. At first I found a bag with clothes in it, which I quickly returned. Yuck.

The cache was a little wet, but still in pretty good shape. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 01:28 PM

Ship out of Water

Found this one in Redwood City, CA just off the side of Highway 101. It's now a billboard advertising for the marina just behind the boat.
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

February 07, 2004

Play "Fore" Cache

3:43 pm - After Dogs & Bikes, MotorBug and I decided that we would go back and park, then walk the .3 miles to this cache. As I turned around, the others yelled mutiny at the though of walking soooo far. So we synced up with MotorBug in the parking lot and he go so excited about the next cache that the jumped out of his car with it still in drive! We yelled at him as his car rolled slowly forward.

We decided to see if there was close parking or forget it for today. We pulled over on someone's driveway, hopped the fence and found the cache.

Too bad nostrada didn't find this one. He was too busy sitting in the car, eating all our crackers.

I was surprised to see workerofwood's signature in the log. Hey workerofwood, I thought you were rushing home to meet your wife? :-)

Posted by jeff at 03:43 PM

Dogs & Bikes

3:31 pm - Nostrada had picked this one as a quick grab on our way back from Uvas. A walk of more than about a hundred feet was probably beyond our abilities by this point.

We parked right in front of this one and I didn't even bother to turn off the car. Found it quickly and signed over Nostrada's excessive use of paper. After I put it back I stood up and was surprised to see a man on a very big horse standing in front of me. We let them pass and headed on to the next one. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 03:31 PM

Enchanted Moss

3 pm - This was a quick walk over from Waterfall cache, but I think the day's hiking finally caught up with me. I was exhausted. Nostrada found the cache, which I was thankful for. We found a slight shortcut back up to the parking lot and then I was done. Whew!
Posted by jeff at 03:00 PM

Waterfall Cache

2:53 pm - After the long loop and the trip up to the Knob, this was supposed to be an easy jaunt to grab two caches. We met jvieira on the way through the parking lot and he wished us luck. We returned about 5 minutes later to ask him where the heck the trail was. He pointed us in the right direction and we headed down.

I got too ambitious and scrambled up a cliff only to see the others at the bottom finding the cache. Oops. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 02:53 PM

Rest Cache

1:50 pm - Nostrada and I found this one easily - too easily. It was strewn about it in the middle of the trail. I was only glad we came by to put it back together before it rained or a ranger came by and removed it.

The rest of the group arrived soon after, all panting. MotorBug and workerofwood swore that they were done for the day and were going to head back. After a little Rest Cache and some crackers, they were ready to go again and go for the Knob. Steep? Bah!

Posted by jeff at 01:50 PM

Knob Cache

12:31 pm - Oh boy, this was a killer. I hung back with MotorBug for a while and then decided that the only way this was going to end was if I made it go faster. So I found my pace and hustled up the hill. I only wish that there were 360 degree views from the top.

The cache was easy to find and we cleared out some of the ruined items. Left Mr. Toast TB and took nothing. On the way down I got tired of fighting gravity and ran (or fell) down the hill. Whew, that was a toughie!

Posted by jeff at 12:31 PM

Mc B on Pointe

11:34 am - I loved the hint on this one! I'm not sure what the map meant when it said "steep". :-)

I huffed my way up the hill and as I arrived at the top I saw some people gathered around a picnic table. My first thought was "how did the rest of my group pass me??". Once I saw the GPSr's I shouted out a greeting to who to turned about to be Marsman2, jvieria and son. They quickly put the cache back so nostrada could claim that "he" found it. :-)

It's always nice to meet other cachers and MotorBug took the ceremonial photograph.

Even the way down was kinda painful, but we wouldn't know true pain until later on in the day...

Posted by jeff at 11:34 AM

Uvas Cache

10:51 am - This one took quite a while to find. At first we crossed a smaller creek and there was some confusion as to whether that was it since we had no satellite reception. Soon I was able to stand in a slight clearing long enough to see that we were only halfway there. It was clear once we found the real creek. But here the adventure started. Still with no reception, we looked all over the place and had some trouble understanding the hint.

I decided to wait on some rocks in the middle of the creek until I had reception so we could at least tell how far off we were. Eventually it got a lock and I headed in the direction it indicated. Looked around for a while, finding nothing and then I went a bit further and found it. Assisted in the repairing of the cache and removing the wet contents before we put it back. Thanks for the fun.

Posted by jeff at 10:51 AM

Contour Cache

9:51 am - Geez, I take the night off from logging caches and look at the flack I get! :-)

Still pretty sore today, but it surely wasn't this cache that did it as this was the first of the day.

Once again I led people up the wrong hill at first before we continued on and found some more reasonable spots. The signal was tough to acquire, but Nostrada found this for us. Took a hacky sack and left a mini flashlight. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 09:51 AM

February 05, 2004

Are We Dizzy Yet?

8:30 pm - I've been staring at this one for a long time. I got the right idea pretty quickly, but a stupid mistake got me stuck. With a hint I got it right.

Tried to find the cache a few days ago, but failed. Tonight I tried again and looked pretty much in the same places until I found it, inches from where I looked last time. Oh well. Cool spot and right in theme anyway.

Posted by jeff at 08:30 PM


7:45 pm - I like the camo on the first stage. I found it with the adjusted coordinates. The first set had me way off. Found the cache without too much trouble either. TNLNSL. This was a cool park, even if the walkways seemed to be overkill for such a little creek!
Posted by jeff at 07:45 PM

Moulin Jagra Architecture

7:28 pm - The puzzle was easy enough and I found the cache easily too, despite the racket I made accessing it. Cool spot. Thanks for the cache.
Posted by jeff at 07:28 PM

Foreign Exchange

7:21 pm - Boy this place was busy at this time of night. Spotted the hiding spot easily and grabbed it. I haven't been out of the country in a while, so TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 07:21 PM

Splish splash find a cache

7 pm - After a few laps around the neighborhood, I found the right place to park. Found the cache without much trouble. I had been waiting to find a cache hidden like this. It was too dark to dig in much, so I TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 07:00 PM

EGNOS & WAAS & Garmin

6:30 pm - Got out of a meeting with my accountant, fired up my GPSr and was surprised to see D's all the way across. Accuracy: 8 ft. Wow. The picture didn't come out very well, but you can still see the blurry D's.
Posted by jeff at 06:30 PM