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Found it colincactus found That special club

Monday, February 16, 2015Southern England, United Kingdom

{*FTF*} at 1:55

I had a day off work today. It was mainly to do a few odd jobs, but I'd planned to do a bit of cache maintenance before it rained. I also wanted to find a cache. It could be any type - I just needed one to get to 10 finds on this date to help me on the way to a challenge.

I turned on the computer to decide on which to choose, and saw that a new colinsmudger puzzle had been published 3 hours before. No ticks yet, but 7 crosses: I thought I'd give it a quick go.

I found the connection very quickly, and it wasn't too long before I had some numbers. I remember exactly where I was when I heard of one of them - it was a phone call from my niece while I was out caching.

I worked out the co-ordinates but they failed the checker. So I tried an alternative and that failed too. Hmm - I was sure I was on the right lines so I emailed the CO to ask him to check.

It was now just after midday and the weather forecast had promised rain all afternoon. My cache was a long walk in a potentially muddy area so I really needed to do that immediately. So I did that first (hooray it wasn't missing) and I was back home by 1:15.

I checked my emails. The CO had replied an hour before and had changed the hint. That meant the numbers were different, so I redid my working and this time I was through the checker. I've seen a few on this subject now but this was very nicely done.

One other person had passed the checker too by now, and they had potentially an hours start on me. I haven't been in an FTF race for a long time. I needed a cache - this fitted the bill perfectly.

I set off with Bobcat navigating, and by the time we arrived it was raining quite heavily. However the cache turned out to be a very quick find. We were very pleased to find an empty log, as we haven't had an FTF for about nine months. It also seems that this is my 1400th puzzle find too so its nice to have an FTF for that landmark.

#2061 TFTC

infoA Mystery Cache is the “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.
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