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Cache of the Lost Sunglasses.
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Multiple stage with an ammo box at the end. Coordinates are for the parking area for STAGE 1. The final location is about 1 1/8 miles from the parking coordinates of the stage 1.
Coordinates are for the parking area of stage one.
Once upon a time there was a family that enjoyed geocaching togther. It had been raining for the past week and the family hadn't been able to do any geocaching and the little ones keep asking to go caching every morning. Finally, the weather broke and the family decide to spend an afternoon caching. They set off to find a cache in a local Lincoln city park. Daddy being the smart guy he was thought he knew a good parking area to access the cache and cut down some of the winding trails. (Had he re-read the cache page he would have seen parking coordinates). Fast forward a few minutes and Mommy, Daddy, 4 kids T,J,A,J2, and rusty the caching dog all pile out of the van. Mommy and Daddy look at each other and decide not to take their outdoor backpacks. After all this was just a Lincoln City Park and we knew the area and how to get in and out of the park from multiple spots.
Remember now that it had been raining for a week so the trail off the parking lot was covered with water. (this should have been a clue to stop right there). So we set off to bypass the water. About 200 feet down the trail Daddy asks Mommy (who had the GPS)"Did you set a waypoint at the van?" Well, Mommy hadn't but Daddy figured no problem it was just a Lincoln City Park. About another 150 feet or so down the trail we come to a fork. To the right the trail slopes down and there is a raging creek/river running accross the trail so we decide to go left. Come to the bottom of the trail and the trail was covered with running water. Undaunted Daddy puts a hiking pole in the water to check the depth and looks at the stones going across the creek. Like a family of frogs we all hop across the creek on rocks without incident. Feeling good about conquering the water hazard and staying dry we mush on. At the top of the hill there is 3 way split in the trail. Here is Waypoint 1 of the mutli cache.
Stage one. You are looking for a thin plastic case that would hold a DVD that has been painted cammo. This hide is relatively easy since there was a lot of tree cover so I didn't want to make you wander to much. Inside the plastic case are the coordinates for stage 2.
Back to the story.
So we pick a trail and head down it. So far, so good. Than we come to an open meadow. Great should be a quick walk to the cache now since we are about 500 feet away. Off we go but the meadow has an inch or more of water due to the rain so we have to pick our way around the swamp. Getting closer and closer. Less than 100 feet. Humm.. there is a slope going down to the salt creek. 60 feet...getting closer. Daddy refused to believe he is on the wrong side of this large body of water so he scampers down the slope which if course is wet and muddy from all the rain....plop down on his keister daddy goes and is now covered from the waist down with black mud :0 Mommy finishes laughing at daddy and tosses him the hiking stick to get back up. Ack Daddy's boots are muddy and down he goes again this time making his front side look like his backside. Finally, between a sapling and the hiking stick daddy gets back up the hill and curses the Geocache Gods. That was his next mistake.
Here is stage 2. This is the same container but this is potentially more difficult to grab in case anyone else wants to duplicate my dye job. Please return in the same spot.
Back to the story. Daddy and Mommy consult. We decide to see if we can skirt the river and get to the cache. So we set off down the trail. We walk and we walk and the trail begins to move away from the ravine. At this point we decide to try the other parking area so we head off down the trail to try to return to the van. The trail loops and winds and splits and switchbacks or whatever it is that trails do. We come to a bridge. (BTW don't go under since there was a wasp nest in the making :) ) We thought we must be on the right path by following the sun and the general parking area. So we cross the bridge and keep going. You will now come to the 3rd cache.
Cache 3 is the same container as the first two and hiding in the relative open so it should be an easy find.
Off we go on the trail and next thing we know the trail leads us to a red brige. HEY!!! we were just here. Sigh. Cache 4 is here.
This is a round ziplock container with a few trade items and some batteries because by now 2 GPS's ran out of food. You know will have the final coordinates and can go find the ammo can.
To continue the story we tried a different branch of the trail and finally came back to a part of the trail we recognized. We managed to hop back across the river and got back to van in a very wet and tired gaggle. We tick checked everyone and and got some water and went off to find the cache from the other parking coordinates. When we arrived Daddy realized he didn't have his sunglasses and was very sad He figured they were laying on the muddy slope, gone forever.
Fast forward to the next cache we went to look for. Daddy was getting ready to get out of the van when he noticed the sunglasses laying on the roof the van !!! Oh happy!! Happy!! Joy !! Joy !!. They had survived a bumby dirt road and a brief ride on a highway and more bumpy dirt roads. Daddy was reunited with his sunglasses.
So here is where we decided to place the final ammo can. We had to move a bit from the parking area due to cache saturation rule. The cache is camo painted ammo can. There is a LOT of tree cover so I did the best with the final coordinates and on a return trip we were within 12 feet. To compensate for the tree cover I made this a simple hide. Try to return the cover as best as you can.
So while looking for these caches remember the story of the lost sunglasses and keep up hope. That and remember to mark lots of waypoints :)
For the FTF there is an unactivated Nebraska Geocoin.
These caches are NOT handicap accesible, nor would a stroller be a good idea. Ticks abound. This will probably take over an hour to find and the first parts entails at least a total of .5 miles of hiking, some trail, some off trail (or all off trail after heavy rains) This park closes at dark so keep that in mind.
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- Anyone bring their swimtrunks?Watch out for the sunglass snatchers here.
- Branch out and see the world(this might be a clue)
- I am the king of the world!!We swear the first time we were here there was a raging creek going through here and we hoped across the rocks to get to the other side
- No troll hereThe bridge to nowhere
- Not exactly the mighty MoAll that remains of the creek today
- Remember to wait 2 hours before swimmingView 2 of the sunglass snatchers. Nice place to rinse off the ticks that hitched their way to here with you
Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:26:26 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:26 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum