DNF...twice this morning...here's the short version..
Upon arriving at 7AM I saw that the road on Balcrest had a gate that was wide open. There were no indications that there was no trespassing or unauthorized vehicles or anything like that. Plus, the google map on GC.com shows the cache at the end of Balcrest road. At the end of Balcrest is a water plant. Its gate was open and a worker was in there. I parked off to the side away from the plant entrance and began the hunt. After 10 minutes I was getting close to finding the cache when I heard the truck drive off. For some reason every alarm bell in my head went off and I raced back to the car. The guy at the plant was gone. I turned the geo-mobile around and raced up the road. THE GATE WAS LOCKED AND I WAS TRAPPED!! There's no way out. None. I went back to the water plant but there are no phone numbers except to call 911 and I’m not ready to call them at this point. I see a cell tower nearby and walk to it. On its gate is an 800 number for Sprint. They were wondering what I was doing way back there and I explained I was hiking the area. They call and wake the technician up who works that area. He's gonna come out and rescue me! I drive back up to the main gate at the corner of Balcrest and Normont Road. Several neighbors see me and offer no help. They must think I'm up to no good. I call Mrs. OSC and tell her what's going on. We verify that the road I am on is a legal road and there are no signs to the contrary. The Sprint tech calls me back and asks me to try the lock on the gate because it's a dial combo lock and he has four codes. None work. He's on his way but I ask him why is he still coming if he doesn’t have the right code. He says to keep me company until we figure out what to do! None of us had a number to the water company, either. As I call Mrs. OSC back she says to get some pics with my phone to prove there are no warning signs in case I get fined. Just then my savior, a neighbor who lives nearby, says, "Got yourself locked in?" He tells me that he has the combo and sets me free!! HOORAY!! I thank him profusely and leave to get something to drink and calm down. I called the Sprint tech back and he had not gotten too far but I thanked him and told him not to come. I head back to another parking spot at the end of West Cypress Forest Drive and begin the hunt again. Well, the hint is a little too vague for me and I look for an hour. During this time workers did come back to the water plant. The gate must be open again. WARNING: DO NOT GO IN THERE EVEN IF GOOGLE MAPS INDICATE YOU CAN DRIVE ALL THE WAY TO THE CACHE!!
Mrs. OSC and I talk a few times on the phone about the hint and I've looked everywhere. Maybe it wasn't meant to be. I'm sure someone will find it now and say "NICE EASY FIND!" and I'll be mighty embarrassed!
[This entry was edited by OneStepCloser on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 2:26:47 PM.]