One of the more unsual geocaches I found recently is a puzzle cache described as thus:
Even in a box of troubles, there is HOPE
You may have some trouble with this cache. The container is waterproof because it may be under water at times. There is significant elevation change and you will have to bushwhack through thorns and brush.Inside the cache box are SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS for logging this cache – please take note of them. The posted coordinates are in a place that is guaranteed to get you wet. You may enjoy watching the salmon jump at that spot, but don’t try to search there. To determine where the cache is located, solve this little puzzle: […]
Please be careful when retrieving the container. If muggles don’t see you, the bears surely will.
It was one of those where I had to carefully construct my log entry afterwards. I wasn’t really up to writing pages of prose, so I went for a paragraph and a bunch of photos (taken during many other geocache trips) with snarky captions. As it’s a premium cache, you’d need a geocaching ID to read it… so I’ve appended it here.
Well, I don’t know where to begin other to say the bears were the least of our problems. I wish geocaching.com had a feature where I could put a cache on the Ignore list for other people, just to save them from the heavy burden this cache has imposed. However, since there is no feature like that, the best thing I can do is emphasize the warnings we blatantly ignored (photos attached) were to our peril.
I solved the straightforward puzzle pretty quickly. I was feeling pretty smug and dashed off to retrieve information on the second.
The next thing I know, I woke up in a hospital bed with some suit asking me questions about Bayesian mathematics, bioelectric propagation, and preservatives in dessert toppings. “Disturbing” just isn’t strong enough of an adjective to describe my feelings.
A few months later, while out carousing with a group of alpha cachers, one thing led to another, and I found myself scheduled to leave on an expedition to GCTCX7. WTH?