A GeoCache Recycling Story
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Once upon a time there was a police dispatcher who received a radio transmission from a member of his local fire department.
It would seem that the member of the fire department observed what they felt was a "suspicious person" hiding an object that gave off a "worrisome silhouette" in a "precarious position". (Apparently this object may or may not have looked a little bit like a green colored stick of TNT.)
Given the totality of the facts surrounding this situation, the member of the fire department called for some assistance from the the local police department to assist him ascertaining the true nature of this potentially nefarious act.
The police dispatcher who answered the call for service (being a GeoCacher himself) recognized this collection of facts as a potentional GeoCacher, possibly hiding a new GeoCache. Yet, our dispatcher had an obligation to dispatch the local police department to assist the local fire department (in the interest of public safety).
After dispatching the police to assist the fire department, the police dispatcher sent a message to the responding officers sharing his suspicions.
When the police arrived, the police and fire department worked together to locate the object, the "suspicious person" was located, and the dispatcher's suspicions were confirmed.
Well, the dispatcher (having never found a FTF before) thought that he may have stumbled accross the PERFECT situation for his first FTF! In fact, if this "suspicious person" had actually just placed the cache, the dispatcher could make the find prior to it even being published!
What a wonderful FTF story this would make for the logs!!!
But, the bad news was the dispatcher did not have his GPSr with him that day. He asked himself "How hard could it be"? He had a detailed description of the "precarious position" - there was snow on the ground - foot prints easily visible - and, he had not had his lunch break yet!
Well, the dispatcher did what any "desperate for a FTF" GeoCacher would do. He punched out for his lunch break and headed off for his very first FTF!! (Obeying all traffic laws while on the way)
When he arrived, the police department and fire department had already cleared the scene. Realizing this park looked much bigger in "real life" (as opposed to his CAD map), he started off looking for the new cache. After finding what he was certain MUST have been the original sight, searching and searching the surrounding area, and not finding the new cache, the dispatcher headed back to his car, head bowed in defeat.
So much for that FTF.
He returned to the dispatch center, and sent a message out to his police officers about his crushing defeat.
A few minutes later, one of the responding police officers arrived at police headquarters, and stepped into the dispatch center. He plopped the cache on this dispatchers desk, and said "Here it is".
To an untrained eye, the dispatcher had to admit that the cache did indeed have a "cartoonish" TNT look to it. But, more embarrassing to the dispatcher - the cache was NOT NEW. It had been in play for several months. It would seem in his excitement to make a first FTF - he did not even consider the fact that the "suspicious person" could have been someone "finding" the cache as opposed to someone "hiding" it.
The officer advised the dispatcher that he had left a message (via geocaching.com) to the owner of the cache that it had been "recovered" by the police department, and that if he was interested in retrieving the cache - to call and make arrangements to pick it up.
The dispatcher offered his services to the police officer. He told the officer that he would get in touch with the cache owner and make arrangements to return the cache.
The owner did indeed contact the police department through the dispatcher. The owner adivsed the dispatcher that he would archive the cache site and that the dispatcher could do whatever he wanted with the cache. The dispatcher told the owner that he would keep the cache, and promised that he would do some "GEOCACHE RECYCLING" by putting it back out into play somewhere else.
The dispatcher did just that, and the GeoCache lived happily ever after.
Hmmm... Ya know, this story reminds me of a different cache I have stumbled accross in my GeoCaching adventures... Check the most recent logs on the archived GC20MHJ - H Wadsworth cache.
Or is it something as simple as the nature of the business adjacent to this cache? I guess you have to be the judge!
Please try to use the parking coordinates provided (on Corporate Drive - also known as Timber Line Court). Cache is located on a trail between a residential neighborhood and an industrial park, and the trail comes pretty close in proximity to a couple of houses in the neighborhood. A lot of extra activity on the residential side may stir up some "muggle" attention.
I would HATE to have the police called on this cache!
(No hints available.)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum