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Whisman Whimsey

A cache by trode Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 11/11/2004
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

In a parking lot of Crittenden Park.  This parking lot serves the Thomas M. Callahan baseball field and the Whisman Sports Center.

Post at the entrance to the parking lot, with the Thomas M. Callahan baseball field in the background
 
Sign at this entrance to the park
 

John W. Whisman (b. 1810) was a pioneer stage coach line operator after whom the Whisman school district was named.  Originally formed in 1869, the Whisman school district was merged in 2001 with the Mountain View school district.  The Whisman name appears on a number of other local public works including a school, a park, a street, and the nearby sports center.

The cache is a whimsically camoed peanut butter jar, initially filled mainly with various trinkets I have collected from other caches.  Crittenden School is located on the other side of the baseball field, so muggles may be expected at certain times of the day.  The original contents of the original cache were:

whistle
BADGES button
ladybug magnet
soccer coin
Sacagawea dollar coin
Dave Matthews Band carabiner
silver-colored necklace
logbook with pencil

October 7, 2005.  The original cache was lost when its hiding place was obliterated.  I located a similar place nearby and hid a similar replacement cache there.  The posted coordinates have been updated.

July 1, 2006.  The replacement cache disappeared.  I constructed a second replacement cache and hid it in the same place.  Since people who are looking in exactly the right place are having trouble finding the cache, I raised the difficulty to 1.5 stars.

September 13, 2006.  The second replacement cache was lost when its hiding place was obliterated.  Sigh.  I located a similar place nearby and hid the third replacement cache there.  The posted coordinates have been updated.

May 24, 2007.  The third replacement cache was lost when its hiding place was obliterated.  Sigh.  Again.  Given the effort put out by the forces of chaos to extirpate whatever hiding place this cache happens to occupy, I was tempted to transfer the cache into a stand of poison oak.  But that would be too whimsical, so I restrained myself.  Instead, I located a reasonably similar hiding place nearby and hid the fourth replacement cache there.  The posted coordinates have been updated.

November 30, 2007.  The fourth replacement cache disappeared.  Perhaps that hiding place was a little too exposed.  I found a slightly more concealed hiding place a few feet away and hid the fifth replacement cache there.  The posted coordinates have been updated.

April 16, 2008.  The fifth replacement cache disappeared, presumably by falling off into the ivy, and I hate ivy.  Okay, that place definitely did not work.  Let's go back to a hanging hide, perhaps the fence?  Moved a few feet away and hid the sixth replacement cache there.  The posted coordinates have been updated.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Abg gur hfhny uvqr sbe n cnexvat ybg, ohg pybfr.
Abg nf pybfr nf vg hfrq gb or, gubhtu. Gel n qvssrerag xvaq bs cbyr.

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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