This is a cache to recognize a notable cacher here in the northwest metro. Sharknose Bunnies (henceforth "SNB") burst onto the caching scene on June 16, 2009. Barely seven months later, he is one cache shy of 1,000 finds. If you know him at all, this torrid pace will not surprise you. While most people would find it nice to relax, SNB would rather spend all available free time caching. He sets ambitious goals for himself. An avid puzzler, SNB has a goal to have found 500 puzzles by the end of 2010. (Hopefully, this cache will bring him one step closer.) We don't doubt that he'll meet this goal, even if he runs his geo-mobile off the road in one of the many tragic, geocaching-related auto blunders. He's also a serious FTF hound, although he's been a bit frustrated with his recent first-to-find pace. (We also hope this cache will help him in that department.) Here are some thoughts each of us have about him.
Sparkyfry says: "I used to consider myself the master of Puzzle Valley, but deep down, I know that this self-applied title is not long for this world. I have been caching for 2.5 years and have a measly 1,900 caches to show for it. At SNB's current rate, he should overtake me in a few weeks. Don't even get me started on his FTF pace. It seems like only yesterday, I was showing him how it's done on the Magical Mystery Sewer, which was only his second FTF. Now he has more than me."
Bobcam says: "I met SNB only once, but as soon as I saw his geo-mobile, I knew he had to be an awesome guy. I don't think he'll catch me as far as finds, but you never know, the guy seems pretty intense. Sparky is definitely right; SNB is going to overtake him in no time. As for Sparky being the Master of Puzzle Valley: It's a flat out lie. That is clearly me now."
Brooklyn51 says: "SNB, we haven't even met you yet but your presence has been profoundly felt. Your meteoric entry into this sport in June has been awe-inspiring to say the least and may well have changed the weather patterns of the North Metro; indeed, caches that you have found stay warm to the touch for hours after your passing. Our cache pace seems to be for the birds compared to yours. Congratulations on finding 1000 caches! We wish you thousands more and for ourselves we hope to have the opportunity to meet you on the trail someday."
In their own peculiar way, mnfishnutz, Troutonthebrain, and Dogsbestfriend write:
Don't ask the rest of us why they chose to write this way. It is, after all, all about Trout. Funny story: they thought they would have SNB fooled with "DIPO 1," but he was clearly no match for their cache hiding skills.
Seeingitdifferent says that SNB "is lightning quick to the FTF. If a new cache comes out and I put it on my watch list it seems like moments later I get a notification that he has found it. My FTF attempts pale in comparison. Even if I risk one of the many tragic, geocaching-related auto blunders en route to the cache, he'll still beat me!"
The cache is the traditional 1,000 finds tribute container, a silver ammo can. However, we were short on materiel and time, so we had to improvise. The cache is at a different elevation than the nearby railroad tracks. The final number is zero!
Once you solve the puzzle, add .010 to the latitude and subtract .001 from the longitude. You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com. Make sure you use the modified coordinates!