|Well what do you know, gvsu4msu put out yet another puzzle to once again tantalize the minds of the geocachers in the area. You probably thought with the last puzzle cache put out (Ocho Cinco), or the HNC GSX Series, you thought that gvsu4msu was turning over a new leaf and being "nice" to the aforemention geocachers. Well, to that I say It's over, man. Let her go.
Now this puzzle cache may or may not be harder than these two puzzles (zerofourzeroone and stereofourstereoone)? However in thinking about this You can fool all of the people all of the time if your effects budget is large enough. Looking back to the ACTUAL first cache I ever found (Sand Creek Secret), it is hard to believe it was almost 4 years later that I would actually catch the geocaching bug. Now I am on the verge of 5000 geocache finds almost 4-1/2 years later from the first OFFICIAL geocache find, Crunchy Roll. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And Robert Frost took the one less traveled. Of course, he also heckled his rivals and started fires to disrupt their poetry readings. WOW and people say I torment them!
It has been said that geocaching is a game, and we all play it our own way. So is it a game? If so, are there winners? If there are winners, are there losers? Well, I tend to think we should all be out for the journey, with no winners or losers simply because Winners never fly higher than when they're bouncing up and down on the egos of those they defeat. So I shall just go on with this game at my own pace and in my own style. Hiding and finding the caches I like. No disrespect to anyone who has a cache I have not found, I just have not gotten there.
Over the course of the past 4-1/2 years, I have tried to place caches for all different types of geocachers out there. I have placed caches for those who like the simplicity of the "find and sign". I have tried to place caches to take geocachers farther than the first point in their journey. Then of course, I have placed some caches out there for those who like a little more of achallenge, kinda like walking and chewing gum. Then of course, there are those who like to get together every so often to do something different for a cache. Speaking of different, there is always those geocachers who see the world differently based on the natural element of a cache, which I myself fall into that category. Now these people are definitely juxtaposed to those spending time searching the WWW for information to try and see the world from an encrypted perspective to figure out those mysterious caches. Lastly, let us now forget about those cachers, that like the idea of a cache with multiple stages, virtual elements, and getting back to the roots of geoaching....the location. I have tried to place these caches for all to enjoy and hopefully they can be considered quality caches and hopefully I am viewed as a good geocache hider as a result. Of course, It's only a virtue if you're not a screwup.
For me, I enjoy searching out a variety of caches because they each provide me with a journey unique to each adventure. Traditional caches can bring you to some really cool places like it did when geocaching started some 11+ years ago. Multi-caches give you just that litlle bit more to your adventure. Of course, virtual caches take you to places and sites you may have never encountered in your life if it were not for the satellites flying over your head. Then of course, there are the puzzle caches that many people despise. I like them for the insight into how peole think differently, and for the many new things you can learn from how they are constructed. Of course, some are harder than others. Some people say my puzzles are evil. If you ever find yourself stumped on one, feel free to e-mail for a hint. All we ask here is that you give us your heart.
Of course no adventure is complete without some sort of story to go along with it. Whether it is walking out to a cache in a floodplain to put on some smelly wigs, or opening your mouth and letting the "wrong" people know you have never been in a kayak, or driving across the state with your family and friends, take some photos, and be sure to write about it when you get a chance. Despite the bumps in the road you may encounter when you DNF a cache, keep going to show The courage to ignore the obvious wisdom of turning back.
Well, it is probably time that I stop rambling on and let you get to the task at hand., figuring out this puzzle. Good luck and if you DO happen to solve it, "Well, La-Dee Frickin' Dah!"