January 29, 2006

O Pioneers!

4:36 pm - We decided to take the scenic route home from Sacremento and this one was right along the way. We nearly got stuck in the mud near the cache - I had to rev the car way up and slowly move out. After that I spent a long time looking for the cache, but came up empty. Neat old cemetary though!
Posted by jeff at 04:36 PM

Got Milk!!!

4:05 pm - Interesting story here. In replacing the cache I broke the "camo" on top of it. Oops, sometimes I don't know my own strength. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 04:05 PM

Root 40

3:39 pm - We made a quick stop here while checking out downtown Davis. We avoided the group of skateboarders skating underneath the "no skateboarding" sign on the way over. TFTC!
Posted by jeff at 03:39 PM

Ag 0: California Agriculture

3:21 pm - Quick find here today. Finding this one where it was makes me wonder if another in this series was missing...
Posted by jeff at 03:21 PM

Davis Stonehenge

3:11 pm - Looking for a cache here could have been fun, but I guess it's not needed anymore. Thanks anyway!
Posted by jeff at 03:11 PM

Ag 6: Field Crops of the World

3:00 pm - DNF. Tried all the likely spots but couldn't locate it. Muggles weren't a problem either. Oh well.
Posted by jeff at 03:00 PM

Redwood Bridge

2:36 pm - This one fit in quite nicely here. It's surprising that it's still here on this busy campus. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 02:36 PM

Solano House

2:13 pm - We walked over to the monument and calculated the final but thought we might be able to drive closer to it. We did a bunch of other caches then came back. We didn't find closer parking than right next to the monument, so we ended up doing the full walk anyway. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 02:13 PM

Just Peachy

1:53 pm - A bit of an odd location, but we found it quickly. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 01:53 PM

Ag 3: Dairy

1:46 pm - Got lucky and found in the first place I looked. The cows were feeling lazy today and were all lyng down. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:46 PM

Ag 9: Agriculture: Horses

1:37 pm - Do horses count as muggles? One was looking at me very suspiciously as I grabbed the cache. I hope he doesn't give the hide away. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:37 PM

Mallards Hideaway

1:21 pm - Yup, lots of ducks nearby today guarding the cache. Found it ok though. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:21 PM

Julies Hide Out

11:59 am - Nice hidey-hole. I had to check from a few angles before I could grab it. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:59 AM


11:51 am - It was strange to see a BART series way out here! The cache was filled with water, but the answer card was just fine. Little wildlife but lots of bicyclists and walkers out today. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:51 AM

Goethe's Gift

11:45 am - Well at least I know how to pronounce the name now! Found it quickly and TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:45 AM

Possè's Hideout 7

11:37 am - Another quick find of this container. We made a great loop of these nearby caches. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:37 AM

Aquaman - JLA

11:25 am - We had a nice walk out to this one and found it without any trouble. This place must look very different in the spring when the water is high. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:25 AM

Llama Del Mundo (14)

11:09 am - We had a great walk in this park. We should have brought our bikes. Found the cache just fine. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:09 AM

Possè's Hideout 6

10:56 am - Getting into this park was pretty comical. First, we couldn't find the machine to pay the park fee. Then we realized we didn't have change. Digging through every bad we had, we managed to find enough pennies and nickels to scrounge up the cash. Finding the cache on the other hand was much easier. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 10:56 AM

Intro to Dendro I: Quercus lobata

9:09 am - This was the the third cache of the morning during our walk from the hotel.

Apparently we're below average-sized as we had a lot of trouble getting to this one. With a boost we barely got it. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 09:09 AM

ClayJar Comes to Sacramento

9:00 am - The grass was a bit wet and so were our shoes by the time we finished this one.

I messed up and forgot to adjust half the coordinates so I spent some time looking in a wide open area. The second spot made a lot more sense. The cache was a tight fit, but I managed to get it out. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Posted by jeff at 09:00 AM

Valley of the Oaks

8:40 am - The camo was so good, it fooled even the ants crawling all over it! Quick find and TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 08:40 AM

January 28, 2006

Not a Time Machine but an...?

6:06 pm - Found the first stage OK while a guy was being arrested for shoplifting nearby. We're much too short for the second stage, so after a few times we gave up.

Posted by jeff at 06:06 PM

Dirt Park

5:21 pm - OK, one more cache. After circling the block a few times we found a close spot to park. Quick find on the cache, too. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 05:21 PM

Going to the "Tent"

4:56 pm - This one confused us at first. Anne figured out the hint and we headed to it just as it started to rain - hard. We grabbed the cache as soon as could and called it a day. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 04:56 PM

Bright Lights Sac City

4:11 pm - I got lucky and pretty much found this in the first place I looked. Some days are like that; most are not! Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 04:11 PM

California's Treasures

3:40 pm - We had a nice tour of the Capitol to visit Arnie, and then walked back to Old Sacramento via this cache. The questions were easy! Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 03:40 PM

While Jaunting through downtown one day.....

3:06 pm - Interesting mural. TFTC!
Posted by jeff at 03:06 PM

It's Gone?!?

3:02 pm - I barely passed the quiz here, but we did enjoy the park. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 03:02 PM

Presidential Stop

2:44 pm - We tried one spot first then got a bit more creative and found it without too much trouble. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 02:44 PM

Really, What is Justice?

2:37 pm - The sculptures here were fun. We took a bunch of pictures, got the answers and headed on. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 02:37 PM


2:10 pm - I was surprised how big the cache was when it was pulled out! TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 02:10 PM

Paddling Along

2:06 pm - Quick stop here to grab the answers. The rain held off and we had a nice day walking around. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 02:06 PM

Kissing Sacramento's Blarney Stone

1:58 pm - We took some goofy pictures while I tried to find this one, but I either couldn't reach it or it's missing.
Posted by jeff at 01:58 PM

Ancient Technology

1:38 pm - Neat spot. We had fun learning about the history and gathering the answers. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:38 PM

I'm Hemlock!

1:27 pm - The first stage was pretty easy. We looked in two different areas for the second stage and came up empty. Bummer.
Posted by jeff at 01:27 PM

Old Rusty Bucket of Bolts

1:04 pm - We had to count to find this one. It was pretty visible, there's just a lot of places to look. The log was very soggy. We were barely able to sign it. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 01:04 PM


11:14 am - We walked right to this one and found it in the right spot. People must have been wondering what I was doing in there since there was no functional device! Thanks for the fun.
Posted by jeff at 11:14 AM

January 22, 2006

Shoreline Trailhead

12:00 pm - We made a quick find of this one between passing muggles. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 12:00 PM

January 21, 2006

The Lost Letter

4:40 pm - I recall enjoying solving this one a while ago. It's nice to learn something new. I also recall having some extra numbers and throwing nthem away.

Today I was in the neighborhood and thought I would stop by to sign the log. As soon as I saw it, I knew what I had to do. I doublechecked, but I did not have the numbers, so I started a brute force. This was made even more difficult by the ants that were crawling all over the cache. I had to stop frequently to brush them off. I nearly convinced myself that the brute force wouldn't work when it finally did. That was painful. There were some muggles in the area, so I quickly signed the log and headed home. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 04:40 PM

Sierra Azul Trader

2:34 pm - Nope, no reception here for some reason. I dropped the Divit Head TB for the Marx TB. Hopefully it won't be long before someone comes up here to rescue it. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 02:34 PM

Tram Lines

1:46 pm - I was surprised to find a GBA coin out in the wild up here. It was hella foggy up here, making for little view. Got the cache and TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:46 PM

Five Finger Discount

1:33 pm - The inclement weather returned again here casting a very eerie fog across the area. Visibility was barely 50 feet. The first person we saw all day ran by, surprising us. I found the cache OK and we continued along. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:33 PM

Montgomery Lane

1:04 pm - I could have found it without MotorBug's help, so neehhh! You don't often see moss growing on cars, so this was a strange one. Thanks for the tour.
Posted by jeff at 01:04 PM

Montgomery Lane

Forgot to drop the Thing 1 TB.
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

Snake Alert

12:52 pm - This one would only be better if there was a hidden camera nearby. Nicely done. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 12:52 PM

Ghost Trees

12:41 pm - There was some nasty rain earlier in the day (with more to come), but about the time we got here, it had cleared up a bit and was quite nice. MotorBug spotted the signature camo quickly. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 12:41 PM

Easy Chair

12:21 pm - I was really bummed that I lost part of my trusty lanyard pen somewhere around here. I noticed it was missing while searching in all kinds of strange holes for this cache. I spotted the cache and then MotorBug took advantage of the furnishings. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 12:21 PM

Above the Valley

12:03 pm - I've been waiting a long time to grab this one as it was placed just after the infamous deathmarch where I cleared out the area.

Nope, no view here today. I TNLNSL from the nice big cache. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 12:03 PM


11:29 am - I should just go home; MotorBug finds these in seconds. Nice camo and TFTC.
Posted by jeff at 11:29 AM

Hot Wheels Cache

10:52 am - MotorBug and I were still burning time and did this one as a quick hike up rather than on the way down as we planned. The rain continued though a bit lighter but there was PO all around. I finally found it with the hint and we headed back to the car to find the rain had just about stopped. The hike was back on! TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 10:52 AM

January 16, 2006

C or N?

5:42 pm - Well, I found an N, but it turned out to be the wrong one. Found the right one soon after with a hint. Nice cache. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 05:42 PM

Embarcadero Bug Depot

5:16 pm - There was a group of protestors on the corner regarding the latest scheduled execution. As I waited for the crosswalk, I appeared to join them!
I got the first few clues, but couldn't figure out what the 8 and 10s used to be, so I went for the hint. Nice big cache here. Too bad I forgot my TBs again, so TNLN. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 05:16 PM

Littler House at the Park

5:03 pm - DNF. Apparently I need to start bringing a ladder with me caching. That's not nice. I would normally try harder but there was a guy and his kid hitting balls right there.
Posted by jeff at 05:03 PM

Needless Mark-up

4:23 pm - Ha, hadn't heard that nickname before. At first I thought they really need to do something about the homeless problem here, then I recognized it was MotorBug rooting around near the trash bins. We found it and then went to look at toys in the Apple store. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 04:23 PM

Educational Symbols

4:06 pm - I was off doing some caching in another direction when I got a call from a frantic motorbug. Something about an FTF and a puzzle that just came out. We agreed to meet in Palo Alto. When I arrived, he already had his head in the bushes. We looked around some more then rechecked some stuff to end in the right place. We got there just a few minutes after dw. Some words I can't repeat here came out of MotorBug's mouth. TFTC!
Posted by jeff at 04:06 PM

Somewhere in Los Altos revisited.

3:26 pm - I parked in the designated Geocacher parking and began my search. I checked the right spot soon, but missed the cache. The hint led me to focus on the wrong thing, so I went for a lifeline. This is one of the more humane versions of this hide. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 03:26 PM

The Functional Bridge

3:06 pm - It's nice to see a good-sized cache here. I found it quickly. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 03:06 PM

Ex Post Cacho

2:57 pm - Yes, that's one strong magnet. I even got a pinch when I went to replace it. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 02:57 PM

Never on a Sundae

2:41 pm - That's a pretty cruel placement right next to a big window. I found it on a hail mary grab. It was interesting to watch the construction while I rolled up the log. I was good and resisted the temptation to stop in for a treat. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 02:41 PM

Numbers Hound # 2

2:22 pm - The most difficult part of this one was finding a way in since my autorouter wanted me to park on the side of Central Expressway. Found it on my second look when I got there. TFTC and number!
Posted by jeff at 02:22 PM

Numbers Hound # 1

2:10 pm - As I approached this one, I had to question whether this was a MotorBug or tonton hide. :D
I can't believe winini found it at 4:25 am. He must really be a vampire. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 02:10 PM

STOP! Bridge Out!

1:36 pm - As we were scoping out possible locations for this one, MotorBug suddenly yelled "GeoPile!" and there it was. That looked like a fun bridge to walk across, but we decided not to. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:36 PM

Lampposts - A Fools Errand

1:29 pm - OK, you got us. Found it in the SECOND place we looked. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 01:29 PM

Planner S.M.

1:24 pm - Quick find. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 01:24 PM

Sudoku Madness

1:15 pm - My wife and I solved this on a flight back from New England a while ago. Today MotorBug and I were in the area to grab it. These kinds of puzzles take nicely to outputting coordinates, don't they? It didn't take long to find this, which is a good thing in this location. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 01:15 PM

Cormorant Feeding Line

12:25 pm - Now that was mighty cruel to put this one on the other side from the rest. We made it into a good walk though and found the cache under the watch of muggles. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 12:25 PM

Get Down to the Water

12:02 pm - Good camo on this one. We spent a bunch of time looking before MotorBug came up with it. TNLNL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 12:02 PM

Where's the Dam Cache?

11:56 am - This one only took a quick look having seen the container a few times earlier in the day. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:56 AM


11:39 am - I thought this one would be over by the casting ponds, but there were plenty of people over here fishing too.
MotorBug did his compass calibration dance while I found the cache. Then I made him fix the clock on his Palm because it always looked like he got to caches a minute before me. :) Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:39 AM

If You Build It They Will Come

11:12 am - This was a bit of an odd placement. The first place I checked close by appeared to be a vagrant's bathroom. Nasty. TNLN and we were glad to get out of there.
Posted by jeff at 11:12 AM

I'm Green

11:12 am - We checked something else green first, the found the right area and the cache. A cop drove by as I was replacing it but didn't give us notice. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 11:12 AM

January 15, 2006

Sylvan Park

7:38 pm - MotorBug was tight-lipped about hints on this one, so failure was not an option.

I had the right idea right away, but for some reason I checked every other possibility before I found the right one. Since it was dark, I didn't realize that the bushes had thorns on them before I plunged my hand in. Ouch. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 07:38 PM

Spirit Trap

5:25 pm - Someday I'm going to keep count of all the caches I've found in places where there used to be another cache. I believe there used to be one under the snail here. I think this one one will last a bit longer. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 05:25 PM

Silas started it all

5:15 pm - MotorBug and I had to wait out a guy who came in at the same time we did. We chatted and MotorBug had a coke while we waited. Lots of cool stuff in this BK. I especially like the floor tiles.

The guy finally left and we switched booths. MotorBug seemed to really like the stories here, but I was too busy working on getting the coordinates.

We found the cache just fine though it was getting really cold out. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 05:15 PM

Cedar Street Park

4:24 pm - As I was driving through this neighborhood, it started to look familar. I remembered why when I passed my boss's house. Hi boss!

I found the cache quickly under the eyes of muggles. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 04:24 PM


4:11 pm - I think I need to carry around a small notepad or something. Doing these multis by typing the answers and scrolling around takes forever. Anyway, I got them right and found the cache too between laps of runners. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 04:11 PM

Spooky Spooky Halloween

4:11 pm - MotorBug was all worked up on this one, calling it "hard". A little spooky, but not hard once you look in the right place! TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 04:11 PM

Pulgas Parking

3:33 pm - I didn't realize they had built a new parking area here or I would have parked here. I thought the cache was just to show the general area of where to park. We hit it on the way back after a tour of the park.

MotorBug was more ambitious than I and found the cache far away from where I was looking. His PDA apparently thought it was too was good for him and tried to escape. We got a mile away before MotorBug realized it was missing. We went back and found it sleeping quietly by the creek. Another fine escape plan foiled!

Posted by jeff at 03:33 PM

Off The Leash - A Kids' Cache

3:20 pm - MotorBug made me bushwhack through the poison oak to this one. He was probably just taking advantage of me because I was wearing shorts. Of course when we got close we found a nice trail.

The cache was nicely stocked. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 03:20 PM

Old Oaks, New Trail

2:33 pm - TimberToo and MotorBug told the story. Strange coincidence! Thanks for drying it out for us.
Posted by jeff at 02:33 PM

Pirate's Booty

2:14 pm - I did the mapwork on this one long ago. Today MotorBug and I found ourselves in the area. When we got there, my GPS read less than 20 feet from where my calibrated map waid it would be. Pretty good! It was quite visible from the trail. I can't believe PisoMajado found this yesterday in all that rain! TNLNSL. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 02:14 PM

Going in Circles 2

1:22 pm - I drove by this once and thought it would be great place for a cache. Thanks for taking care of that! Although MotorBug had found this cache, he couldn't remember where it was, so I had to do it all by myself. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:22 PM


1:07 pm - I'd call the terrain rating on this one a bit high since it's so short. It was a great clear day out so we took a minute to check out the view. Without any foliage, the cache was very easy to spot. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 01:07 PM

Baylands, Then and Now

I stopped by with MotorBug to replace the cache and sign the new log. We were successful on both accounts. Cache on!
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

RWC Hills Beacon - Endangered Landmark #2

12:47 pm - There are some nice views up here, but it must be hard to give people directions to your house.

Unfortunately we couldn't find the cache, just a bunch of old bottles.

Posted by jeff at 12:47 PM

No Undertakers or Blacksmiths

12:24 pm - MotorBug and were chatting as we approached this cache and he made some kind of bodily gesture that I missed. A few seconds later, a woman in an SUV stopped to tell MotorBug he was a good dancer.

I found the cache after a few minutes. I didn't expect a pond up here. Thanks!

Posted by jeff at 12:24 PM

Waters Crossing

12:13 pm - I thought this was pretty cool. You don't often see a reason for two water flows to have to cross each other.

I looked at the water flowing strongly for a bit then decided it was time to look for the cache. Too bad, MotorBug had already grabbed it! Oh well, thanks for the cache.

Posted by jeff at 12:13 PM

Dead End

12:04 pm - MotorBug had this one in his hand for seconds. It could probably use some reinforcement as we weren't sure it it was going to stay together. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 12:04 PM

Back To This Park

11:59 am - Yes, I'm once again back to this park. MotorBug refound it before I had a chance to find it for the first time! Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 11:59 AM

Relax For Awhile#2

11:52 am - I remember the previous incarnation. This one is a lot tricker. MotorBug wasn't sure about where he found it when he was here, so I found it pretty much on my own. A bit yucky, but got it relatively cleanly. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 11:52 AM

What In The World Is Going On?

11:45 am - This was a really quick one. MotorBug stayed in the car, and I found it without the GPS. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:45 AM

Pheasant Run

11 am - I was listening to MotorBug's message on my cell phone threating to leave to go chase a FTF if I didn't get to his house soon when I pulled into his driveway.

Tisk, tisk, MotorBug - you said you would give them up after 100. We headed out and saw no geomobiles in the parking lot. At one point in our search I was surprised when a coworker walked by; he was probably more surprised to see me on a Sunday morning digging around in the bushes.

Markens showed up after a while. Depite my best efforts to convince him that the cache was archived and he should leave immediately, he didn't believe me and started his own quest for the FTF.

Finally, MotorBug did his thing where he found the cache, then walked far away and announced he had found it. Then markens did the same thing. Bastards! I conceded defeat and they showed me the right area. Yeah, the coords are just a tad off. I'd prefer his coordinates over markens, only because he uses a Garmin.

Thanks for the cache.

Posted by jeff at 11:00 AM

January 14, 2006

Sunnyvale Technology Museum

Oops, I did make an error with D. I doublechecked it too. Sorry about that. It's fixed now.
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

January 13, 2006

An Acre of Dirt

3:53 pm - Hey, this is cool. I didn't know it was here. It's strange to think that Sunnyvale was almost all gardens at one point. Left the white Jeep "Arlena". Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 03:53 PM

January 08, 2006

John W. Christian Greenbelt

We took a walk today and checked on the cache. It was still a bit moist so I swapped out the log with a fresh one.
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

Look, but don't Touch

12:51 pm - We started looking and then I realized I didn't have my Treo. Good thing it was an easy find. Took the Thing 1 TB because it didn't really fit in the first place. Thanks.
Posted by jeff at 12:51 PM

Alviso Marina Nature and History Walk

12:31 pm - They did a nice job renovating this park - so much so that there were all kinds of people out today walking around and reading the plaques. We enjoyed the walk on this nice day and found the cache safely. TNLNSL. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 12:31 PM

Guadalupe River: Port of Alviso

11:55 am - It's hard to imagine this place being a busy port these days. It's like the town that time forgot. This was my first time out this weekend after battling a cold and I still felt pretty bad while searching. After digging around we spotted it in plain sight. Thanks!
Posted by jeff at 11:55 AM

Two Wades

11:51 am - We were headed over the railroad tracks when I noticed the arrow pointing in another direction. Thanks for pointing out this bit of history.
Posted by jeff at 11:51 AM

January 02, 2006

Not a Deer

Geez, I wish coordinates from a log showed up in email notifications. I didn't realize that Team Spoonhead had posted new ones. Looking at the new ones I realized that I mistyped the original longitude, 966 instead of 996. Oops. Sorry about that folks.

Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM

January 01, 2006

J&W Cache

1:00 pm - It was cold and snowy out today and that probably didn't help us in trying to find this cache. We got the info, double-checked it and then searched for at least 20 minutes but couldn't find anything in the snow. I think this one is underrated, especially since D is ambiguous and F produces a negative number in our interpretation.
Posted by jeff at 01:00 PM