I've often sat having lunch under the red and white awning on the pavilion at Stew Leonard's looking across the Thruway at the vast green expanse that is Sprain Ridge Park and thought it curious that there were not more caches in this great park (aside from H2"O"'s Ridge View cache). Then, in the last month, The Bunny Trail popped up and then H2"O" placed their well done string of caches, each successively a little farther away from the parking area. Almost like The BassoonPilot Theorem in reverse. The what?!?
By way of background, BassoonPilot was a prolific cacher during the early days of geocaching. BassoonPilot was based in northern New Jersey but you'd find him in the logbooks in Pennsylvania, south Jersey, the five boroughs, Long Island, the Hudson valley (including Westchester), Connecticut and other points on the compass (gas was cheaper back in those days ). Besides competing with StayFloopy for FTFs and finding the trickiest hides, BP had some opinions on geocaching which he shared on the Groundspeak forums. One notable discussion involved cache density. BassoonPilot once noted that: "Usually, the original cache in the area will also be the farthest down the trail. The second placement, 2nd farthest, etc., etc.. At least with the .1 mile rule the caches now have to be 528 feet apart ... there for a while, a few people were dropping new caches 50 ft from existing ones." I call BP's observation The BassoonPilot Theorem. This cache placement is the inverse of that Theorem. In keeping with the BassoonPilot theme, this cache is also subject to The BassoonPilot Corollary, namely expiration dates on cache placements. Accordingly, this cache will be archived after a year or two. [1/13/12 Edit: Procrastinating pays off. With Ridge Hill now open and in view of BriGuy's 1/7/12 log, I'll risk the wrath of BassoonPilot's ghost and keep this cache active for the time being. Gotta give Ridge Hill shoppers some outlet for a geocaching fix...].
And don't worry about the lingo - knowledge of geometry is not required to find this cache. Feel free however to add additional proofs to the Inverse of the BassoonPilot Theorem - there's still plenty of park south of this placement for additional caches!
Please rehide the cache and related materials as you found them. Here's a trail map to help you in your wanderings. Park is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round. There is no fee required for hiking - entry fees only apply to those using the pool. There is ample parking near the pool. Dogs must be leashed. And don't forget to wave - I might be having lunch at Stew's.
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