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timebandits: The Ball of Woe III has met its demise. I found it today laying on the ground, damaged, missing the nano, and with water inside. Here is my version of what likely happened--

After finding the other caches in the park, the suspects (who by the way are hoping for a record day by finding x number of caches) does the long hike out to the BoWIII. Unfortunately they find that they do not have the correct tool (because who reads descriptions?), but they do have a leatherman in their pack. Using the pliers, they are successful in prying out the nozzle, through the layers of crazy glue and caulk, and pouring out the nano inside. They sign the log, hammer the nozzle back into the ball by banging it against a rock, and are about to drop the nano inside, when they realize that the nozzle doesn't fit well anymore, and they start to feel guilty that maybe they went a bit too far in obtaining the nano. Hence, they opt not to drop the the nano back into the ball (that's evidence) and throw the ball back into the brush. With the glue and caulk connection broken, water is able to drip in from the recent rainstorms.

Lesson's learned:
1. I should have made this a puzzle. Cachers would have more likely read the description and be ready for a challenge. The puzzle would have also have been ignored by those not wanting the challenge.
2. A super tight crazy-glued and caulked nozzle set into a very-thick-walled-plastic blue ball is no match against the right tools (or cachers).

Congratulations to those that found and logged in the Ball of Woe III. It had a decent run.


Ball of Woe III

A cache by timebandits Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 5/4/2013
4 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:

Located in Lillie Park, but a fairly long walk from either parking lot.  Cache itself is in a small container that should be fairly easy to find. But, unless you have special powers or get lucky, you will likely need a tool to extract the log container. Log only, no room for trade items.

In the brush you will find a ball, a bright blue ball. In the ball there is a nano which contains the log. To get the nano out you will likely need a geo-tool, and not just tweezers. Many tools found in a cachers' geo-kit might do the job.

Please do not attempt to disassemble the ball or otherwise break into it. There is no way to get into the ball without breaking it. Sorry, but you must sign the physical log to log this cache as found. Electronic logs without physical logs will be deleted.

Need an idea of what to bring to get the log out?  Check out the original.  Be sure to bring your scribbling stick as well. Enjoy and replace as good or better than found!

1. Permission to hide the cache given by Pittsfield Township Parks and Rec
2. Original concept by mortards,, who has given permission to hide in Ann Arbor
3. Ball made by JKCJSmith

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

n anab vf zntargvp

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



74 Logged Visits

Found it 52     Didn't find it 3     Write note 15     Archive 1     Temporarily Disable Listing 1     Enable Listing 1     Publish Listing 1     

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