Alfamonkey was really kind and invited me to go on this geocache with some other guys and after quickly asking for permission/telling work I would be off on Monday I agreed. As the week went on I still couldn't solve the initial cache puzzle. I was really close at a couple of moments but for some reason it just wouldn't click. Then Monday morning I got the answer after discussing with Alfamonkey and not too much of a clue was given. Very much a doh moment but there are a lot of possible solutions to the cache.
After eventually loading the van up we all piled up and drove to the first cache container. Spotted the container first and then we spent a good while trying to open it - if at first you don't succeed, retry you selection several times before moving on, as 30 minutes later, you'll be trying again. In fact it was only after I threatened the younger one in our group with "here - let me take a look and show you how it's done", all of a sudden it magically opened. I'm not convinced that TeamGuisinger has some magical spell on this lock but future cache seekers are welcome to try this "open sesame" trick.
Stage 2 took me far too much time compared to what it should have done, but I did find a really cool deer skeleton in the woods - bridgit the dog would have loved it - but maybe she was full after finding a bone at stage 1!
Stage 3.....I loved the kayak trip on this - the day was gorgeous, the scenery was fantastic and the water was warm on the arms. I even took the excuse of going back for binoculars to have a couple more quick trips in the kayak. Don't think i've gone kayaking for about 20 years but really enjoyed it. One thing I would recommend - don't put hand sanitizer on an open blister wound on your thumb - it is incredibly difficult not to swear loudly and profusely for about 5 minutes whilst the pain subsides. However I did manage to grit my teeth. Oh - and climbing the trees? Yeah - the trees were easy to climb - didn't need my ropes on this one although I didn't go up as high as some of the others in our group. It did take us about 2 hours on this stage, a phone a friend (be warned that the signal is really bad at GZ - i'm sure the cache owner planned this perfectly to thwart any cheaters.) and eventually alfamonkey confirming the container was missing - but we did find part of the container!
Stage 4 was another quick kayak trip - well not so quick in our speed but it didn't take long and even the hunt for the cache didn't take long either - then off to stage 5.