I wanted find #896 to be a special one, and a Cuddlefish math puzzle seemed a good candidate, and conveniently close to home too. I'd gotten a sneak peek when it was published, before I became a premium member (thanks C) and got nowhere with it. But I always solve problems better when I let my subconscious do at least half the work. A few weeks later I was several kilometres into the bush near Whistler when I suddenly realized the basis of the puzzle. I wanted to immediately dash back home to work on it, but kept doing the terrain-4's instead and only briefly revisited it.
I brought it back up today and properly chased the rabbit, including visting a UBC web page possibly written by Cuddlefish herself. :) I was thinking maybe I could draw it, then suddenly I thought "wait a minute, this is dead easy" - and so it was, but I geochecked it anyway.Spotty reception as usual in that area, so I got my off-path terrain points in, but made the find pretty quickly and grabbed a geocoin.
Why is #896 special? Seven years ago my Mom (Great Dane) introduced my sister (BC Eagle), and a year later me, to geocaching. We have been a caching family ever since but I was pretty sporadic at fiirst, due to lousy gear. A year ago BC Eagle passed on a Garmin 76CS (thanx Chris) to me and I got started in earnest, and for my birthday Mom got me an Etrex Legend HCX (thanx Mom and people, look for that H in the model number, it means high-sensitivity receiver). My stats-graph looks like a hockey stick, today is the day I have caught up to Great Dane in find count and halfway to BC Eagle too. 20 km of walking, 1 km of elevation gain, whatever, it's all just another day now. :) I really should stick to actual trails, but my Latvian friends Snow, and and co (whom I met under a bridge) have cured me of those niceties. I still hate prickles and I've been in some damn scary spots, but so long as there's a little outcrop of rock or solid root I can cling to, there are still more caches to be found.
Thanks to all those who have accompanied me on this journey so far, and thanks Cuddlefish for setting what turned out to be such an easy little puzzle. Bring on a real challenge!! :) :)