This cache is a waterproof match container locked inside a short piece of PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) tube that is itself chained to its hiding place. All are painted to match the surroundings. In the winter the PVC container may get entombed in ice.
The key for the lock is hidden about 10 feet W near the ground inside another waterproof match container. The key's waterproof match container is inside of something. It’ll be up to you to look for that thing. I hid a film can within 8 inches of the key holder. It has oil in it to lube the lock as necessary. Push a stick into the oil soaked cotton to get a little oil out.
I think of the nine parts of this one silver maple tree as being "united in one stand." It's a natural tree-house of sorts. Be VERY careful when climbing back down.
I discovered this unique platform in a tree one mid-September when searching for roosting monarch butterflies. They were very numerous for few days in a small field of red clover just N of the nearby building. One day in that field, even though working alone, I caught and tagged 30 of them babies in about 1.5 hours! During the peak migration that clover is a good place to nab'em. There was also a lot of sphinx moths that emerged at dusk.
Whoever gets to this cache first, please take the "Tom’s first finder star" that's in the can. There's a log and pencil in there as well. If anyone wants a copy of the table that I cut up into the log sheet and place into the can, feel free to ask. I am using more waterproof match containers now cuz the film cans, especially the newer ones, leak.
Lastly, notice how sandy the soil is in the field a dozen feet S of the cache. During the last glacial ice melt that sand must have blown up on the hill from the river bottom below.