Wow! What a journey! Given that this one is over 25 miles from home, I wasn't sure how seriously I was going to attempt to go for it. I stared at the puzzle for a while and was surprised when I managed to figure out a good portion of it out of the gate. I sent a couple e-mails to confirm some suspicions, but still hit a wall. 'Twas nothing a good night sleep couldn't resolve, though. I woke up the next morning and had an epiphany on the way to work. Goldie only knows how close I had come on my first attempt! I ran the checks and got my green light Wednesday. Given the distance and other obligations, there was no way I could get out there until the weekend. By then, the FTF had been had, but I was excited to have met this much of the challenge so early, so I planned on making this my weekend excursion.
The family and I made the trip out yesterday and arrived at GZ. Searching and searching, as well and trying to wrangle the kids and keep them entertained, wasn't proving very fruitful. Eventually the Mrs and the kids had lost interest, leaving me to fend for myself. I poked and prodded every orifice I could find and still nothing. Then I decided on a whim to expand upon the microcosm of my search area ...THEN the pieces started to fall into place. It could easily gone south, but at this point, I was investigating EVERYTHING. I went with what I had and was able to continue the adventure. Unfortunately, as things go, any fortune I had at this stage, I soon lost. Given that the the wife and kids had lost all patience by this time, I had to call off the search for the day.
I wasn't comfortable leaving with the search half over, so I made arrangement with the family to return after church today (my wife basically kicked me out of the house to go and get this finished), I saved my coordinates where I had left off ... so I went out ... to stand ... for hours, to stare at various forms of non-descript nature. I was missing something. Eventually I decided to backtrack a bit, rechecked a few ideas .. and ... curse my fat, dyslexic fingers! I had entered the wrong coordinates!!! The lights went on ... and I was finally on the path to signing the log.
There's so much more I'd like to comment on, unfortunately anything else I can think of gives away a facet of the experience . Kudos to Sevencards on his Idol cache. Goldie did a great job. It was an excellent puzzle and an incredible challenge. TFTC!