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7 Souvenirs of August

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Found it EskoClimber found A Hobbit's Trail: The Lair of Smaug

Saturday, August 01, 2009Minnesota

AccordianGal and I were hopping up and down the bluffs hunting down caches but we always seemed to be on the wrong trail. We were trying to clear the hillside before we headed topside to find the rest.
I headed up the hill and I didn’t realize that I’d left her behind until I reached the top of the first staircase and she wasn’t anywhere in sight. I swore that I heard her urge me to continue with the hunt. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I went up the second set of stairs and realized that I still had a ways to go yet. I debated waiting for AccordianGal but she still wasn’t available for consultation. I saw a fourth class access and headed up to the top of the bluff where I was convinced the cache was located. The good news is that I found it very quickly. The bad news is that it is a multicache! I have to start reading the page descriptions.
I went back to the first staircase and I’m sure that I heard AccordianGal’s dulcet tones suggest that I continue the adventure. With that little bit of encouragement I took off with a spring in my step and song in my heart. I didn’t have any luck at the next stage. My GPS had me in the wrong place. Frankly, it didn’t matter where I stood; I was still fifty feet away. It would appear that cliff faces, leaves, and an overcast sky can really foul up a GPS.
I returned to AccordianGal in the park with my tale of woe. She didn’t complain, she got on her cell and started playing phone tag until she contacted Annakido. AccordianGal handed me the phone and I was speaking, through a badly broken connection, to Annakido. Annakido gave me a very good description but I was only able to understand every third word. I had enough information to make another go. AccordianGal told me to go for it. She’d take a break.
I bounced back up the hill armed with a vague idea of what I was searching for. I found and searched two likely candidates according to my every third word description with no luck. I looked over and decided to give number three a look. My luck was holding, no luck here either. My luck changed when my I blindly stuck my hand in a very dark place and encountered the Guardian.
I chatted with Smaug for a bit. We reached an accord where I was allowed to sign the log but the swag stayed in the Lair. Smaug was glad for some company. It seems that very few people have been by to visit. I hope to change that as I plan to nominate this for Cache of the Month.
I returned once again to the park and AccordianGal with a smile on my face. I can’t believe her patience.
My thanks to AccordianGal for her resourcefulness and patience and to Annakido for her helpful if badly broken hints. I wouldn’t have completed the adventure without the help of both of these women.

infoA multi-cache ("multiple") involves two or more locations, the final location being a physical container. There are many variations, but most multi-caches have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has hints to the third, and so on. An offset cache (where you go to a location and get hints to the actual cache) is considered a multi-cache.
 
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