CacheCrazy.Com: My Favorite Caches- A Look Back On #500

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Favorite Caches- A Look Back On #500



Hey folks Bloodhounded here, TGIF!

I want to just take a quick moment to announce that smithie23 will be writing for CacheCrazy.Com on Friday's and has joined our team as an admin author! DctrSpott has his hands full right now with grad school and needs to focus on his studies. It's not easy to be a professional mad scientist. He is still an admin author and always will be here at CacheCrazy however for now, he'll be submitting here and there.


We are all excited about Dave joining us and look forward to many excellent articles in his own individual style. Good luck smithie23.....
I found my 500th cache last week.  The cache was GC27N46, “Lightning”, hidden by CacheCrazy.com’s own BigAl437.  I wanted to celebrate the milestone by penning another blog entry.  After much deliberation, I decided to look back on the caches I’ve found so far, and attempt to sniff out those which stood out as the most memorable.  Several aspects of a cache can make it memorable.  A unique container, a hide at a location of significance, or the journey getting to the cache can make a cache stand out above the rest.  Heck, maybe there was a funny story about something that happened to someone along the way.  I carefully looked at my first 500 finds, and quickly made this determination…



There are A LOT of awesome caches out there!


Someway, somehow, I whittled my list down to a top ten.  There are a few caches I’d like to send out an honorable mention to, though.  In no particular order:




This two-stage multi-cache takes you to remains of planes (not of the air variety) used to lift railroad cars from Ashley to Mountain Top up a 14% grade.  This was a nice little hike.  You are taken to a piece of local history.  I attempted this cache in the fall, to which the scenery added an extra something to the experience.


GCN5RK- Right On Target by stellarscapes

Ok, so what’s the big deal about a micro at the edge of a parking lot of a big box store in Bartonsville?  The cache owner took the mundane, parking lot cache and dash, and stepped it up a notch.  I truly appreciated stellarscapes thinking outside the box on this one.  You’ll see what I mean when you find it.


GC1ACJN- SPARE us another micro #3 by frenchfrynfrosty (Archived)

For me, this is where it all started.  This was my very first cache find.  This one was part of the “SPARE us another micro” series in the area.  Seeing as this one was two blocks from home, I was able to make a short walk down the road to attempt the find.  I made that walk at least 5-6 times before I made the grab.



And now, from the Home Office in Wilkes-Barre, PA, I present to you Dave’s Top Ten Favorite Geocache Finds!



#10   GC14VZV- Yellow-Boy Lakes by frenchfrynfrosty-adopted by keoki_eme

Don't drink the water.


Located in Newport Township, this three-stage multi-cache takes you along a lake with a yellowish-red tint caused by ferric hydroxide, a precipitate often found in acid mine drainage.  FYI, that stuff stains EVERYTHING!  I got some if it on my boots and you can’t get it off.  No big deal though.  The sight of the lake is surreal!  I’ve got to give kudos to keoki_eme, aka George, for adopting this cache.  For those newer cachers who may be unaware, frenchfrynfrosty was a boyfriend/girlfriend caching team, who were known for there quality hides.  For the most part, they are out of the game, but many of their hides still exist.  They are actively looking for cachers to adopt caches.


#9  GC1GBN7- The Devil’s Den by Kasha’s Cachers

Nature's air-conditioning.

This is a traditional cache located in the Seven Tubs Nature Area off of Route 115.  I would recommend attempting this cache on a hot summer day.  I don’t want to spoil the hide for anyone, but will say one thing:  you’ll FEEL ground zero before you see it!


#8  GC2KZNM- West Side Rec. Final by breadhead and thisonevice

This is the final cache in the “West Side Rec” series.  The series takes you to various playgrounds and parks in the Kingston/Forty Fort area.  Each cache gives you a piece of the final coordinates.  The final takes you to an area which will have you doubting yourself.  Do I have the right coordinates?  Is this really a large container?  Is it really THERE?  After searching for 30 minutes in a snow squall, I was happy to answer an emphatic YES to all of the above.  This was a really clever hide.  I couldn’t believe THAT was THERE!  Also, this was the only time a put a regular-sized football in a cache as trade swag.




This is one of two on the list not located in Pennsylvania.  I must confess- I like virtual caches.  Perhaps it’s why I dislike the Geocaching Challenges as much as I do.  This virtual cache is located along a highway in northern New Jersey.  It requires you to keep your eyes open for artwork, and contact the cache owner, telling him what you saw.  Not being a local, I didn’t know the back story behind the telephone poles which support the pieces of art.  Regardless, I thought it was pretty cool!



#6  GC29H9J- THE MYSTERY MACHINE by Bloodhounded

How cool is this container?!


Hey, look, it’s CacheCrazy.com author, and hider extraordinaire Bloodhounded aka Kevin!  The Mystery Machine is the final cache in the Scooby-Doo Where Are You series.  Solve the five mysteries in the series, and uncover puzzle pieces needed to find the coordinates needed to find The Mystery Machine final cache.  This is a top notch cache series, no bones about it.  The caches are spread out over the area, yet the series can be completed in one day.  The location of the final is pretty awesome, too!  It took me a few attempts to make the find here, and when I finally made the find, uncovered one of the coolest containers I’ve seen!


#5  GCGEZR- Arizona Falls by Azcachemeister

Arizona Falls


This one is all about the location.  The cache is located at a water treatment facility at G.R. Herberger Park in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The falls is an oasis in the desert, both literally and figuratively.  It’s a sight to behold, and if you ever get out to the Phoenix area, I highly suggest checking it out!  I DNF’ed this cache on my first visit, and waited a year later, on my second trip to Arizona, to make the find.


#4  GC27PNA- The Art of the Cache by fancywanderer

One of the many sculptures leading to The Art of the Cache.

Located on the campus of Lehigh University, this traditional cache takes you to a pretty cool location.  A short hike up the trail leads you to an open field, which is the home of many wicked cool art sculptures.  This was one of those times where I stopped looking for the cache and just took in what I saw around me.  This is a true hidden gem of a location, and made the cache find itself secondary.




Enter, if you dare, and have some fun at FamilyTeamB's evil playground!


Oh FamilyTeamB, you are devious!  This multi-cache is located in the Barrens area of Bear Creek, along the power line behind the soccer fields.  I enjoyed this cache for two main reasons:  the hike and the stage hides.  In particular, two stages hides I’ve never seen before.  One had me scratching my head and almost led me to abandon my attempt at the cache, and the other was, for lack of a better word, unique!  This cache requires a bit of physical strength, and a bit of stamina.  Oh yeah, I JUST missed out on the FTF on this cache by about an hour.  The final container was loaded with all sorts of goodies, which is always a bonus.  This cache had a theme to it, and FamilyTeamB did a great job of keeping with the theme in all of the stage hides.



#2  GC2BT8Y- I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU by Bloodhounded

We were all BUZZING over this cache!


Here goes Bloodhounded again with a quality cache hide.  I remember attempting the FTF on this one, only to chase my tail in the hot summer sun.  A second attempt led me to meet up with cerberus1, only to have us both scratch our heads.  I came back a THIRD time, this time with a group of cachers from a nearby caching event, to make a team-find FTF.  This cache starts with a puzzle on the cache page.  Solve the puzzle to receive a set of coordinates, which takes you to a place mentioned earlier in this list.  Once there, you will need to open a contraption (good luck with that) which contains coordinates to the final.  Many caches give you a story to tell.  This one offered multiple stories!  From the FTF hunt, to the team effort, to the contraption, to the BEES(!), this one had it all.  The effort put into this cache was well-appreciated!



…and Dave’s #1 Favorite Cache (at least of the first 500)…




Walk this way...


It doesn’t get any better than this!  The CacheCrazy.com crew was kind enough to invite me to come find this cache with them.  I got to meet a great group of people, take a nice hike, get soaking wet (both from the rain and otherwise), and see some pretty cool, dark places.  At the request of the cache owner, I don’t want to divulge too much of the details behind the cache.  This cache was the penultimate in what I was looking for when I started geocaching.  A nice hike, taking me to a location of interest, and allowing me to have a fun time, what more could I ask for?  I don’t think any of the feats I performed, or any of the places I went into, I would have done, had it not been for geocaching.  Keoki_eme, aka George, is a top notch cacher, and provides the most challenging caches in NEPA, both physically and mentally. Unlike many of his other caches, this hide does not require climbing gear, yet is physically strenuous in its own right.  The cache goes a long way in curing any fears you may have, be it heights, darkness, water, bugs, etc.  I can’t stress it enough:  GO FIND THIS CACHE…RIGHT NOW!



7 comments:

BigAl said...

Thanks Dave for a reminder of what Geocaching is all about; fun and adventure. You've listed some pretty cool caches that I know I need to go find. The cool days of Autumn are fast approaching so I had better get moving. Thanks again, and welcome to the team.

Dave said...

I have also done the Arizona Waterfall cache. It is a very cool area (literally and figuratively), and a refreshing change from the dry desert air. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

This was an excellent post. Thanks!

DctrSpott said...

Man, this brings back some memories of good old Pennsylvania caching... totally forgot, this month marks my one year anniversary of when I entered the game.

Welcome to the Friday slot, brother! I look forward to your posts!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Hi Dave: Welcome to CacheCrazy and I'm looking forward to your posts. Loved this one with so many interesting caches. I love to read about caches in other places.

Dodger said...

100th cache, 200th cache, 500th cache, wedding anniversaries... It was Milestone Week at Cache Crazy. Great stuff!

Congratulations on number 500, well done on the article, and a big thank you for sharing your favorite finds. You definitely got me pumped to go try some of them soon.

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