Monday, September 28, 2009

Another puzzle?

I've been banging my head on the wall with Geocaching Math but was finally able to crack the code during lunch time today. Got a big green "SUCCESS!" via the geochecker which made my afternoon. This is one of the elusive caches only found by a handful of people. Know the trick is to get it moved from the "to find" to the "found" pile.

I also attended a great caching event Paperless Geocaching IV - 50+ caches in one day this past Saturday and learned a lot about how to make it happen. Now to try and figure out where / when to attempt a 50+ day.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I just finished the audio book "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson and figured that PIRATES TREASURE (DRIVING ME NUTS ARRR!) would be a great related cache. Hit GZ this morning and was a little confused. Something seemed amis, but then again this is a 3 Star rating. I managed to negotiate my way to WP1 and found it after a little searching. The hint definately makes sense, but they all do once you know the answer.

Plugged the new coordinates into my GPSr and headed for the final. WHAT? A muggle is getting out of there car? You've got to be kidding. Thankfully I'm not parked in the same area. I can see the tree through the forest, but can't make the assault. Guess that means it's off to work and that this one needs to get put on the back burner for a bit.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A wild morning ...

Left the house at 4:40 am this morning to make a FTF tour in the Neshkoro, Wautoma, and Red Granite areas. Geolivestrong placed a number of new caches in the area and I decided make a run for some of these taking the long long route to work. 1 DNF, 4 FTF, 1 Lonely and also picked up one that I bypassed the other day due to muggles.

WSQ Zion Cemetery (GC1Z0YK) - DNF
Dam Good Coffee! (GCY36K)
WSQ Maple Grove Cemetery (GC1Z0YE) - FTF
Lake Irogami (GC1Z0Y7) - FTF
WSQ St. Mark's Catholic Cemetery (GC1Z0HK) - FTF
WSQ Foster Road Cemetery (GC1Z0HG) - FTF
Tributary A Good Man from Omro... (GC167K4) - Lonely

I also managed to solve Another puzzle in the Kingdom of Selzzup (GC1T1M8) by Marc_54140. This puzzle allowed me meet Will S (can't divulge the details here) and apply some analytical thinking skills. Required a slight nudge from the owner but that was only the same information I already had found on my own. The difference being that I discounted the information and now was sure that it was relevent. Back to the drawing board. First approach was working and put me within 30 miles, but just didn't seem right. Let it stew for a while and then I had the big breakthrough. The geochecker wasn't giving me "Success", but the owner confirmed my coordinates were correct.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hello from GroundZero (Berlin, WI)

CodeJunkie (Me) started geocaching back in late June 2009. It all started when I saw a friend post a "Caching Event" on their wall. I sent an email asking what this was all about. A few hours later I had an account on, but didn't have the requisite GPSr. This friend (Weathernowcast) had a few caches in our home town a got me started with my free account, Google Maps, and a little guidance via email. That's how we (as a family) logged our first 5 or 6 caches. Since then my oldest daughter (CamoQueen) has gotten her own account as well.

I've been hooked since day 1 and have also acquired a GPSr and am off and running on the caching trail. Not quite as fast as some others, or as savy (yet), or as well rounded, but we're on the trail and running with some of the big dogs.

This blog is dedicated to my trek up / down the caching trail and will also include all those other interesting tidbits that make life interesting for me and my family.