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Toy Stash 2, the Return

A cache by Markwell Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 2/3/2006
1 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Nice easy walk in the woods. Please stay on the path until you are directly north of the location - no short cuts.

  1. This Geocache is placed on DuPage County Forest Preserve property with permission, and their assistance.
  2. Do not place the following items in the Geocache: Food items, inappropriate, offensive, or hazardous materials.
  3. DuPage County Forest Preserve hours are 1 hour after sunrise until 1 hour after sunset. Preserve users must not be in the preserves after hours.
  4. It is the visitor’s responsibility to be aware of the policies and rules pertaining to this preserve. For more information on preserve rules, see the information kiosk in the parking lot of the preserve or contact Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248.
  5. All Statutes, Ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County are applicable.

Well….We went out on a limb with this one. My wife Julie, our kids and myself have done several cache hunts and stashes together. We have seen the potential for using this as a tool to spend ime together, get some exercise hiking, and have a catalyst to see things we wouldn't have seen otherwise. Which brings me to my point…

I have made this into a toy swap for kids. This does not mean that this is only for kids, anybody is welcome of course. I just thought it would be nice to give kids some motivation for doing this thing we call geocaching. I know my own kids have been motivated just by the possibility of finding a "treasure" they would want. A lot of the time this happens. Even if you don't have your own children I would challenge you to bring some little person you do know. A niece or nephew, little brother or sister, the neighbor kid, any child that would enjoy being outside in the company of you!

The toy does NOT have to be big, expensive or even new. A match box car or a small doll for example. Anyway, sorry this was so winded.

Please check out my other nearby caches "Accelerator" and "Herrick Lake".


Bryan Midgley
Peabody and Sherman Sherman, set the Wayback Machine for February 03, 2001...

On December 3, 2000, Bryan Midgley opened an account on At the time, there were 10 caches in Illinois, and the closest ones were in Villa Park, Addison and Bensenville. So he placed a cache on December 9.

By February 3, 2001, three more caches had been placed in Illinois counting Bryan's - the other two in Lisle and New Athens. At that time, the front page of looked like this:
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On January 8, 2001, I was perusing and was listed. I checked it out and thought it was "neat", but a search on my zip code turned up only 10 caches within 100 miles, and only one other in Illinois.

Scroll forward to February 18, 2001. Bryan decides to place two more caches in the Naperville area - one in Herrick Lake and one in Springbrook Prairie (called Dragon Lake at the time).

A little more forward in time: March 9, 2001. I decide that this sport is kinda cool, and I register my account on On Saturday, March 10 (for my March 13th birthday present) I go out to Sportmart and pick up my little yellow etrex. On Sunday, March 11, I take my boy out and try to find Toy Stash, the cache hidden in Springbrook Prairie. I log my first DNF. By that date there are a whopping 32 caches in Illinois. I finally find my first cache on my birthday - March 13 - in North Aurora.

Bryan and I start e-mailing, and become friends. Eventually we planned and co-host the first Chicago Area Geocaching Picnic, but right before the picnic, Bryan receives word that his Toy Stash cache has been picked up by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District as litter. The ranger in charge determines that he does not want this activity in the parks, and Geocaching is banned in DuPage County.

OK Sherman, it's time to come back to the present.
DuPage County Forest Preserves now encourage responsible Geocaching - filling out a permit, and having the site OK'd by their natural resources department. This cache was permit number 102. While the coordinates are not the same as the original Toy Stash, it is in the exact same location (I think Bryan's coordinates were about 90 feet off, as he used a Magellan 315 that only displayed to two decimal places on the minutes).

So enjoy this preserve, enjoy this hobby we love - and bring the kids along as Bryan would have wanted!

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And for that "Twilight Zone Moment": I was eating dinner in a restaurant last week, and saw Bryan and his family. He instantly recognized me (and I him). He had just gotten back from hiking with his family - but not Geocaching.

Original Logs on Toy Stash:
June 14, 2001 by Road Kill
June 12, 2001 by Bryan
June 2, 2001 by Road Kill
May 20, 2001 by photojon
May 19, 2001 by Dr Spyro
April 22, 2001 by Beezodog
April 21, 2001 by Markwell
April 14, 2001 by ZonCom
April 1, 2001 by KC4VNU
March 29, 2001 by c-kim
March 28, 2001 by andyland
March 13, 2001 by Bryan
March 11, 2001 by Markwell
February 27, 2001 by jschatz
February 20, 2001 by grampa
February 19, 2001 by schwinn362

What were those old caches? Here they are sorted by placement date:
May 13 2000 - Beverly by Robert Reindl (GD28)
Jun 03 2000 - Geocache by Michael Moreth Bensonville - archived on 9/23/2003
Jun 08 2000 - Geocache by Michael Moreth Addison - archived on 8/2/2003
Jun 08 2000 - Geocache by Harry O Kempton - archived on 8/16/2001
Jun 16 2000 - Geocache by Michael Moreth Wood Dale - archived on 3/11/2001
Sep 19 2000 - Geocache by Doug Clinton - archived on 9/7/2003
Sep 27 2000 - Foul Smelling Air by Eric B. Villa Park - archived on 8/16/2001
Oct 28 2000 - First Chicago by Ryan Szekeres 90-94 Split, Chicago - archived on 9/1/2002
Nov 05 2000 - Old McDowell had a cache... by Gregory Zonsius Naperville - archived on 1/3/2002
Dec 02 2000 - Geocache by Gregg Gruen Starved Rock - archived on 3/17/2001
Dec 09 2000 - Accelerator by Bryan Midgley Fermilab - archived on 1/5/2004
Jan 26 2001 - Burlington Creek by GeoDAM (GC1B3)
Feb 03 2001 - Peabody Prize Patrol by Bob-n-Jeff New Athens - archived on 5/15/2001
Feb 10 2001 - Fox Ridge Stash by scott alier Charleston - archived on 5/31/2002
Feb 11 2001 - Lilac Treasure by Aether Lombard - archived on 6/7/2001
Feb 11 2001 - Rocky Springs Cache by scott alier (GC26A)
Feb 11 2001 - Little Grand Canyon Irish Cache by Butch and Sharon Shawnee National Forest - archived on 8/4/2004
Feb 11 2001 - Dr. Spyro's Challenge by Dr. Spyro North Aurora - archived on 4/30/2001
Feb 18 2001 - Rural Rendezvous by Ray Macke (GC2ED)
Feb 18 2001 - Toy Stash by Bryan Midgley South Naperville - archived on 6/12/2001
Feb 18 2001 - Herrick Lake Stash by Bryan Midgley Warrenville - archived on 7/27/2001
Feb 25 2001 - Cheif Illini Cache by Scott, Jill, RJ and Hershey (adopted by Team MZFD) (GC368)
Feb 27 2001 - ST. Pat's cache by cva38bw (grampa) Burr Ridge - archived on 4/3/2001
Feb 26 2001 - Waterfall by Dr Spyro Lemont - archived on 6/18/2001
Feb 04 2001 - Two Rivers by Mapman Burr Ridge - archived on 3/3/2001
Mar 03 2001 - Kickapoo Park Cache by Dave & Sue Nicholson (GC3C5)
Mar 07 2001 - I&M canal cache by grampa (GC417)
Mar 08 2001 - Piasa by K, Drew & Emily Grafton - archived on 6/3/2003
Mar 08 2001 - Twinkle * BikeMan #5 by K, Drew & Emily Grafton - archived on 4/11/2003
Mar 10 2001 - Kennekuk Park Cache by Dave & Sue Nicholson (GC431)
Mar 10 2001 - Trailside by Ken, Kim, Fiona, Liam (GC436)
Mar 10 2001 - Hawkeye's Perch by Scott, Jill, RJ and Hershey (adopted by Team MZFD) (GC43B)
Mar 12 2001 - Glasford by Zach Glasford - archived on 8/19/2001

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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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