Wow, what an awesome cache! There are some caches out there that deserve so much more than just a meager favorite point on the geocaching site. This was my first Smith's cache, and also my first TheWilkens cache. At an hour and a half drive, it was a tad outside my normal caching radius, but it was well worth the trip, and you will likely find me back in the area seeking more of these.
This was no simple undertaking, and the cache well deserves it stars for both difficulty and terrain. I began the first puzzle last week thinking, "this seems pretty easy." It sucked me in, and I found the next couple of steps reasonably straightforward. As I delved deeper into the mystery of Smith's Identity, I started appreciating the well crafted layout of our story. There were some red herrings along the way, possibly of my own invention. I got stuck at one point and later had one of those sudden light bulb moments of understanding. I spent the weekend gathering clues, and had almost everything I needed except that final piece of the puzzle that still eluded me. Thanks to a hint from the CO and some perseverance on my part I had the final answer I needed last night.
Today was a gorgeous day. The temperature was perfect in the 70s. The fall colors are beginning to show. And, my next cache find will be a milestone, so obviously I have to get out and look for this. The adventure continued flawlessly from parking to find. It took some work for me to reach the cache hiding spot, but it was oh so satisfying to spot the treasure as I neared. I left one of our signature mumu fish, #2655 http://www.anadromous.net/geotokens/2601-2700.html and a TB in the cache. I took a few photos and enjoyed the spot and the feeling of satisfaction at making the find.
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