Hahahhaa. This was a fun one. At 8:36 pm, or thereabouts, Tripper and I set out to find this thing. We had run into some cachers at the last cache we did and they said they spent some time here searching for it with a group and came up empty. That sounded challenging so off we went. We searched for about 10 minutes and did not find it. Then the cacher-sense started tingling... Ok. Where would "I" hide this thing..
I looked at the description (for the wrong cache it turns out, Brain tease 1! Doh! not the first time I've done that!) and it mentioned something 15 paces east, and to speak loudly. 15 paces east, there was nothing, but 15 paces west there was a gated entrance to a storm drain. And even though it 'looked' locked, with some, creative fumbling, I managed to gain entrance to the storm sewer. It was about the same size as the tubes at cosmic adventure so in I went.. About 20 feet in or so there was an inner chamber with a ladder. Well, my 60csx got some reception through the grate of the manhole cover and and it said I was 2m from the cache! WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!! I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO THAT! Put a cache in a storm sewer!! WOOHOO! So I climbed the ladder.. No cache.... Awwww....
Then I heard voices. A pack of cachers was coming.. Of course the manhole cover is like 2 meters from posted so they were right on top of me... They saw my head-lamp shining through the manhole cover and said something obvious like: "Hey, is that somebody down there in the sewer?".
So I yelled: "Hey!!!! HELP!!!!! Can you guy's open that!!!! I'm stuck!!!"
And they were a bit suprised at first. Until they found out it was me. And then they were not (I don't think that's a good thing). It was JulesD and company. We always run into them at these things. I told them my deduction of the proposed cache location and that I was dead wrong and that I'd come out of the sewer now and join them top side.
When I got back up we had a laugh, everyone was poking around and I did what you have to do with these kinds of caches. Go tactile and look with your fingers, not your eyes. Soon I lucked out and soon held the little container in my hands. We were First to find. Woohoo!
I'm still disappointed it wasn't in the sewer, but they will fix that storm sewer gate eventually, and we won't be able to get back in(grin).
I hope someone took a picture of me through the manhole cover!
Cheers and thanks for a fun cache..
P.S. I'm coming back in APril 2007. If the gate is still unlocked I'm going to shoot a scene for the sequel to the "Bigfoot Returns" geocaching movie.