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Didn't find it dragonmotherk couldn't find The Close Park

Friday, March 9, 2007Manitoba, Canada

Man oh man, but there's a story behind THIS dnf.

So it's the end of the work day. I even worked a 1/2 hour extra yesterday to get off a 1/2 hour early today. This would give me a little more time before I have to pick up my fiancee from HER work.

So I pull up to near the coordinates that I calculated. Grab my GPS, slap on the Club, pop the trunk, and lock the car. Toss my work-bag into the trunk, and away I go.

But away I do NOT go today. For you see, about 2.5 seconds after closing said trunk, I felt for my keys to turn on the car alarm. These keys I did not feel inside any pocket. Looking inside the car, the keys I see dangling from my ignition.

Unfortunately, this is my fiancee's car, so I do not have a spare key for them in my wallet. This will be rectified this weekend however.

Let me tell you this... had you been within earshot (I tried to stay quiet to avoid drawing undue attention though), you may have heard enough obcenities that would have made a pirate gasp in awe.

Feeling around in my pockets or bag for anything that I might use as a 'slim jim' to break into my own car, I find nothing. Momentarily contemplating a more drastic "well, that tiny back-corner window is small and easily replacable" method, I come to SOME senses, and do the only thing I can do without a cellphone.

I begin running.

I am in (if you can define it as such) luck that my fiancee works approximately 1.7km from where the car was. It's probably good that I'm in at least a little bit of shape. Going at a damn hard clip, I only had to slow down to a walk twice for about 10 seconds each. 1.7km in about 10 minutes = I'm damn proud of myself. However, the thought of someone needing only to break a window or break into it any which way to get a free car sped up my feet a bit.

Note: This was about the time that the school near my coordinates just let out. YAY! Tons of kids will be passing my car, too! I hope the ones going this way don't notice, or have been taught enough that stealing cars is bad.

So the aformentioned 10 minutes later, I arrive gasping at my fiancee's workplace. A quick "KEYS! NOW! MINE LOCKED IN CAR! MUST RUN FAST!" and I was on my way for another 1.7km run. This one was about 15 minutes and had 3 walking breaks.

When nearing the car's coordinates (which I smartly waypointed), I thought I saw the fence that I parked beside and saw nothing. My heart sank quite deeply there. Going around another bend however showed ANOTHER fence, and a familiar car .

Feeling glad that I could retrieve my keys and correctly arm the car, I locked up and went for the cache anyway. Hey... why let a bad experience ruin a caching? I wouldn't have anywhere close to enough time to attempt BOTH 'park' caches, but I could try this one.

And try I did. However, unless I'm seriously misunderstanding something, this cache is a "1 in 4 chances of winning" type cache. I seem to have pulled a "Please try again". Looking at the hint... I saw nothing but the fence of a baseball diamond's bullpen. Then again, I didn't really look too hard. Barely at all, really. My heart just wasn't into it at this particular moment.

sigh another day, another coordinate option. I WILL be back for this one. That, I can guarantee.

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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