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Retrieve It from a Cache b4alltime retrieved China Town Geocoin from I Locke It Too

Sunday, January 22, 2012California

Found on a tb rescue mission exactly five years + one day after this coin was placed in GCHPEX, which was disabled the following day and never reactivated or found again until today.
We initially dismissed the rescue request because of the low likelihood of finding the coin after 1,827 days of being lost. To make matters worse the State Park where this cache was placed was closed two years or more ago due to budgetary problems, so we weren't sure whether we would be trespassing if we looked for it.
But, we love a challenge and this was a good one, so we left home 50 miles away under gray skies, wind and rain.
One we arrived, access was not quite as close as we expected due to gating of the road leading to the cache, and it was raining, Nevertheless we bundled up and brought out the umbrellas and our special geocaching tool.
It was a quick hike, easy access to the old geozone but would anything be left of the old cache ? Rox was the first to notice a small, colorful decoration on the ground , below that a moldy wad of paper that might once have been a log. Nearby was a tiny toy car, so we had found the containerless cache but there was no geocoin on the ground.
So out came our special geotool the "Coinmaster 4900D", our old metal detector. Progressively sweeping the surrounding area we found 1 to 3 inches underground
1)Several wads of aluminum foil.
2)A nail
3)A spike, probably left over from the railroad days.
4)The top of an old can.
and then...
5)China Town Geocoin. Buried in the sandy soil, its paperwork soggy and moldy, but the coin itself looked fine.

Major celebrating ensued.

And now we shall re-prepare the appropriate paperwork and try to get this nice but long-slumbering coin back on its way.

Doc&Rox


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