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Traditional Geocache

Green Thumb

Hidden : 7/4/2001
In California, United States
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: large (large)

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Geocache Description:

In a community garden plot - densely crowded - please be quiet and respectful as the muggles can get cranky about their gardens!

Welcome to the oldest continuous cache in San Francisco County!

August 1, 2014 - just to let you know that the garden plot has recently been reframed in a nice orange redwood and is presently not planted though the big lemon tree is still there. The photographs are therefore a bit out of date but if you use them to orient yourself in the community garden you should be able to find the cache. Note that some cachers I have met in person have said that the posted coordinates are a bit off. Since this is such a visually "busy" garden please do look at the photographs and/or read the description (and take the hint) - it's important that you don't start messing around in the wrong garden cuz the muggles can get cranky. - Alexandra

July 20, 2014 - we are homing in on 3000 unique visitors! I would like to commemorate the occasion in a few months with a potluck barbeque picnic in the garden. Everybody is invited! Please watch this page for updates as the time gets closer.

September 25, 2013 - I am thinking about making this an (easy) puzzle cache and putting a combination lock on the cache, because all the GeoCoins and travelbugs keep disappearing from it. I'm curious as to whether muggles are stealing them, and this is one way to find out!

August 11, 2012 - congratulations to LadyLeo191 who is the 2,000th geocacher to log a successful find of the Green Thumb cache!!! It took just over 8 years for the first 1,000 geocachers to find it, and just over three years for the next 1,000. I don't know if that's because geocaching is catching on, or because Green Thumb is on a lot of "favorites" lists - but in any event - woot!

April 3, 2012. FOLKS! Today I took inventory. Of 27 Travel Bugs listed as being in the cache, only 3 were physically present. If you remove a TB from the cache, please take the time to log that you have it on the web site, even if you don't place it in a cache for quite a while. There are a lot of disappointed Travel Bug owners out there whose TBs have gone missing from this cache, and it's really a shame.

February 9, 2011 - coming up on 1,500 visitors!

July 12, 2009 - Congratulations to bunkyboo, the 1000th geocacher to log the Green Thumb cache!

July 19, 2009 - met with the delightful bunkyboo family to give them their swag for being 1000th to log the cache. Hopefully they'll log some photos of the "event." Prizes donated by groundspeak.com include book ("The Idiot's Guide to Geocaching") and a really neat geocoin, plus some other stuff.

July 19, 2009 - there were only two travel bugs in the cache, and no geocoins. One of the travel bugs is listed as being at the Botanical Gardens across town, presumably someone will log it into Green Thumb eventually. The other one is "Server Crash." This cache appears to be the Bermuda Triangle of travel bugs and geocoins - they go in and are never seen again! Maybe I should set up a spycam and see why that is

You are looking for a large blue metal cylindrical bin with a lid on it, in the SW corner of a community garden plot under a 6' tall lemon tree with a wide wingspan. Please be very respectful of the other gardeners and their plots. Do not walk in any of the plots, and please do not pick any flowers or produce, or leave any litter. Having said that, this garden is situated in a National Park, on public land, and is open to the public at all times. You have every right to be there! I consider this geocache a community service and an asset to the park, and I personally welcome you to visit the community garden! Please feel free to sit there and have lunch at the picnic tables, and enjoy the surroundings. And if anybody asks, say you're a friend of Alexandra's :-)

If you see a black and white cat, that's Midnight. He was born in the garden (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?). If you see a black and white skunk (or several), they seem to like to hang around near my garden, so be warned! Only one geocacher has actually been "skunked" - she wrote about the experience in her log - so your odds are pretty good that you won't be skunked.

The following photos are courtesy of Michael Norelli:




Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Guvf uvag jvyy uryc lbh ybpngr gur npghny tneqra: qrterrf bs frcnengvba

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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3,187 Logged Visits

Found it 2,953     Didn't find it 20     Write note 208     Needs Maintenance 3     Owner Maintenance 3     

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Last Updated: on 12/18/2014 4:16:56 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (12:16 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum