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Don't fall off the edge! Traditional Cache

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Hidden : 08/18/2012
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Hidden on International Geocaching day 2012, this is hide requires 1.3 mile (one-way) leisurley walk on a fire road in the northern wilderness of Carroll and Baltimore Counties.  This cache was hidden in support of the Carroll County ADC Challenge cache (GC34YjM).  Now there is a cache to find on page 4006!

There was a time, not so long ago, when the term "cache & dash" had not yet entered the geocaching lexicon.  it was a time before power-trails existed, a time when there was much lament over the fact that folks had just started hiding really, really small containers (we called them MICROS, and they were about the size of a 35mm film canister).  There were no nanos yet.  Nobody had though to hide a cache in the skirt of a lampost yet, much less put one at every Walmart in the land.  Cracker Barrel had not yet banned the magnetic key holder cache from their store fronts, because those were not yet really in use as cache containers.  Cache density was fairly light in most places.  Guard rails were just guard rails; there were no caches to be found there.  If you wanted to, you could hide a Virtual, or a Locationless cache.  Oh, those halcyon days of early caching....sigh.

For some, of course, such conditions would seem prehistoric and frightening.  How could you ever rapidly increase your find count?!?  Actually, as a side note, back in '05-'06, four fellows flew over from Germany to somewhere in Florida (it escapes our memory) because, at the time that was the place with the highest cache density.  They cached for 24 hours straight, and had over a hundred finds (don't remember the number), but there was much churn about on the forums.

Anyway, back then, a cache search usually either lead you to some place really special, or the trip there was a beautiful expreience.  Occasionally there was the really, really clever hide.  You know the ones we're talking about, now they sell some of those containers on this website.  But back then they were new, and novel and hand made.

This cache harkens back to that time.  The cache container is no great shakes.  It is a lightly camoflaged plastic jug that in its first life held peeled garlic cloves for restaurant use.  After much cleaning, it was then used as a cache container for one of our original hides in Connecticut, that did not get adopted when we moved.  It was the first container for our currently active cache "Solitude", until some critter chewed a hole in it (note: please don't leave food or pet treats in our caches!).  Retrieved and repaired, it is now back in use as the container for this hide.  This hide is not especially hard.  It just requires a 1.3 mile hike (one way) along a reasonably well maintained fire road to get to.  There are shorter routes if you choose to bushwack, and are in better shape than we are.  We made it to the hide loaction and back to the car in 1:20.  We didn't hurry.

So we got to seek the nifty caterpillers, and the herd of white tail deer.  This is that kind of cache.  Hope you enjoy it!  Hapopy International Geocaching day!

As with all your searches, please do some research, and use good voyage planning techniques.  Know your limitations, employ risk management, and don’t take on something that is beyond your capability.  Some of you do this all the time, some rarely; in end, it is you who are accountable for what happens to you, mentally, emotionally and physically as the result of seeking this hide.

Please log all searches, including DNFs as they help other cachers and help the cache owners to know the status of their hides.  Please include the status of the container, cache contents and log  when you write your log, as these factors help us to maintain better caches for you to seek.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Qbjafybcr I nobir V or!

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)