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Iowa Tom: [brown][b] It is with great sadness that I am giving up on this magnum opus of a geocache. I put a good 35 hours or more into the first version. Took it home and repaired some roof damage - done by a geocacher - then placed it back better and stronger than ever. That added another 5+ hours of work.

I suppose I should write a story about it, explaining how it worked with images. It's in someone else's hands now. I hope they enjoy it. Man at least they could trade me 100 bucks for it.

When I saw that Squeamish couldn't find it I supposed that it really was gone after all. I read his post tonight, grabbed my coat and a flashlight and took off. The park closes at 11 PM. It was just after 10 PM. I found the tree by memory right away. The place where it had been was detectable. Trust me, it did not take off on its own.

I have had another cache disappear in a Greenbelt area where I think someone hunts deer. In fact it was the first cache, its replacement then another replacement! The second two were a lot of work to make. That spot is too hot for me. Never been back.

An ammo box [[[with a bible inside]]] took off once. I think that was a deer hunter too. Then another birdhouse - gone. Deer hunter I'm sure. Probably the same dude.

I suspect the person who took the Collaboration had found it already. Reason being, he would have had to have known exactly what to bring to remove it.

This will go down in my history as one of two of my magnum opuses to vanish. The other one I spent a couple years designing and making. It was what I called my ray-gun. It was a complex rig I used to photograph bugs. It walked off after I showed it to a class I was teaching at Kaplan University. I'll never get over that.



The Collaboration

A cache by Iowa Tom and CF_syngyn Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 3/22/2012
5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Please do not post pictures of any part of this cache. Certain descriptions may spoil the surprises too. This is a two-part "figure-it-out" geocache that is designed to be challenging, especially if you don't get any help. You will need to sign a log paper. Bring your own pen. PLEASE DO NOT force anything and DO NOT write on any of my printed papers but instead use your own scratch paper.

Thinking this one up, and making it, seemed to take forever. There is a chance that you might become quite frustrated with trying to "get in". Anyone familiar with my other creations will know what I mean. This challenge is for the people with enough patience to come back another day if they have to. Please treat our hard work with care! Some of my other units have not been put completely back together, on purpose, or so it seems.

For years CF_syngyn has been saying good things about my geocaches. I in turn have found the ones he has machined to be impressive! Then one day we finally met. CF walked into my garage and handed me a beautiful puzzle container he had just machined. It was a gift! As it happened I had a puzzle container that I never quite finished and could use his new piece inside of it. Yeah!

I hope everyone likes our collaboration. Believe it or not, it was difficult to dream up, and a lot more difficult to make. I slaved over one gizmo redesigning it over and over before I finally decided it was not going to work. Oh the hours, maybe 30+, that I put into making this baby! Don't know how much time CF worked on his component, but I'm sure it was not done quickly either.

Now have fun and thank CF_syngyn for starting the ball rolling on this one.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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