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The Fiber Channel Mystery Cache

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Rogue Ramblers: I like this puzzle because it attempts to point out a feature of Fibre Channel technology that I find interesting, which seems a bit strange and somewhat arbitrary unless you understand the reasoning behind it. But alas, it's time for this one to go. The structure it was hidden on has been replaced and what wasn't a very good hide location to begin with is now even less so. It was fun while it lasted. Thanks to all that visited.

Hidden : 04/19/2005
4 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is not at the coordinates posted above, but is within four miles. You must solve the puzzle below to determine the location of this cache.

Note: If you solved this prior to 01/31/09 you will need to solve the puzzle again, or project a waypoint 20 feet from your solution at a bearing of 140 degrees.

One of the first things I learned after hiding my first cache was that I'm an old fart. Okay, so no one actually came right out and said it, but the implications were clear. I hadn't really thought about it much, but now I'm starting to think that maybe it's true. I mean, c'mon, I never used to worry about what I ate, or how much. I didn't care about how much fiber was in my diet, and I certainly never would have been caught watching a cooking channel, of all things.

So they were talking about cereals and grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, and some of my favorites -- sugars and fats -- and while I'm thinking that there is no way I'm going to be able to eat all the servings they say I need each day, something really weird happened.

Now I may be getting old, but I'm not completely clueless about at least a little bit of the new technology being used these days. For example, I could tell when they started digitizing video data. It was when sometimes the data streams got so screwed up that error correction wasn't powerful enough to help, and the picture would start dissolving into all those little blocks that would skitter off the screen. Alas, I finally realized that technology moves faster than I do the first time I saw something like this:

        D19.2 D21.3 D02.3 D20.3 D18.3 D01.3 D03.3 D20.3 D00.1 D16.1 D18.1 D14.1 D23.1
        D24.1 D22.1 D00.1 D06.3 D18.3 D15.3 D13.3 D00.1 D20.3 D08.3 D05.3 D00.1 D14.2
        D15.3 D18.3 D20.3 D08.3 D00.1 D03.3 D15.3 D15.3 D18.3 D04.3 D09.3 D14.3 D01.3
        D20.3 D05.3 D14.1 D00.1 D00.1 D01.2 D04.3 D04.3 D00.1 D16.1 D17.1 D14.1 D23.1
        D23.1 D24.1 D00.1 D20.3 D15.3 D00.1 D20.3 D08.3 D05.3 D00.1 D23.2 D05.3 D19.3
        D20.3 D00.1 D03.3 D15.3 D15.3 D18.3 D04.3 D09.3 D14.3 D01.3 D20.3 D05.3 D14.1

Well I hurried up and turned the television off, and now I'm afraid to turn it back on again. I figured I'd go hide a cache or something instead, but I'll be darned if I remember what I did with that silly thing. I guess I really am an old fart after all. And not even watching the Fiber Channel will help that. Dude.

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