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Friday, September 20, 2013

Nobody's Going to Vandalize THAT Mailbox


"I came across this post the other day and just had to schedule it back in. What a freaking blast this was! So spontaneous, a little cachecrazyness and a lot of guts. Some of Dodger's very best work! Enjoy as we gear up for a wild weekend. BH"  



How to spend a Sunday morning before going to church... hmm... 

Make some coffee and read the paper...

Watch TV...

Throw some wood on the fire...

Log on to CacheCrazy.com...

Sleep...

How about meet up with some new geocachers to carry a ladder into the woods to log another smiley? 

NOW we're talkin'!

(Truth be told, I timed it even better than that.  By the time I met up with these guys, they had already hauled the ladder and had it all set up...)

This past Sunday, we decided it was "high" time to knock the newest neighborhood cache off of the list - CJ and Cerberus1's Airmail (GC35JZH).  Now this isn't your ordinary hide.  In fact, the challenge isn't in the hide at all.  It's getting there.  Like others, I had checked it out prior, but lacked the necessary gear to actually make it to the logbook.  You may have figured it out by now being as how it's named Airmail...

 
Yep, you guessed it...

So you see this mailbox of a cache is some 30 feet off the ground, strapped to a mighty oak tree, and it's not exactly a traditional climbing tree with branches along the way.  The ideal way to get there is with some rope gear, but I don't have any of that stuff (yet... just what I need - another hobby... oh well...).  Turns out some other folks were in the same boat, and it took a posted note on the cache page from our new friend frmrgeorg to get this - so to speak - "off the ground".  Kevin jumped all over that and organized the Sunday morning outing.  Steve (ebjazz) and friends, Curtis (frmrgeorg), Kevin (our own Bloodhounded), and I were part of the team. 

I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it and ended up appearing sort of at the last minute.  By the time I rolled in, the rest of the gang already carried the ladder to GZ and had it all set up and ready to go.  I was there just in time for the old "well who's going to climb the ladder" game. 

Now this wasn't exactly cut-and-dry - the ladder was a good ten feet short of the prize. 

The ladder, a good 10 feet short of the prize

So while everybody's looking at each other, I'm thinking that I probably better volunteer for this since I rolled in late.  Much to my and the rest of the gang's surprise, though, Curtis apparently had enough of the BS and just took off.  I mean this guy didn't even think about it.  He shot up that ladder like that French guy that scales all the world's tall buildings.  Then he got to where the ladder ended, crawled his way up into the branches, and opened the mailbox!  It was excellent!

Curtis:  "The logbook is right at the end of the mailbox so it won't be hard for you to get."

(The rest of us exchange stares.)

(A long pause.)

The rest of us:  "Hey, Curtis, here's a better idea.  Just throw that logbook down to us."

Curtis at Airmail

After all that, I felt a little dirty about the whole thing.  Kevin brought the ladder, Steve was there to help carry and set it up, Curtis climbed, and me... well... I showed up late and signed the logbook.  So I grabbed the ladder and carried it out of the woods so I at least can somewhat claim that I helped with the whole affair! 



Great work, Airmail Team!  Lookin' foward to hitting the trails with you guys again soon! 

TFTC, CJ and Cerb!

11 comments:

BLOODHOUNDED said...

Oh man, I just have to comment on this one.
How great was that when Curtis goes right up that ladder! I went up, I admit, but came back down rethinking the whole thing. It was a "good" ten feet from the top of the ladder to the cache.
Great job on capturing the fun. AND, do you feel better now that you confessed your dirty deed? You didn't have to carry that ladder. Just showing up, supporting friends, being there "just in case" and joining the fun is effort enough in my geocaching edict book. But, it was nice not to have to carry it back.
I signed the log, shamelessly:)
Big shout out to our newest cachecrazy friends, Steve, Krystal, Rene and Curtis! It was a great time, thanks!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I love cache challenges like that. Plus, anything that involves a tree and a ladder has got to be good.

smithie23 said...

Man, I'm jealous! I scoped this cache out a few weeks ago. The whole "rope/climbing gear would usually be needed, but other options may be available" thing had me thinking perhaps he cleverly hid a method near the cache, but perhaps I was over-analyzing the situation. Unfortunately, as with others, I don't have climbing gear.

I was trying to figure out a way to break out of the house on Sunday morning to be part of the group, but it didn't work out. Congrats on making the difficult grab!

familyteamb said...

Hey smithie, if you really want this one Id be willing to let you use my gear and give you a quick lesson.
paul
dodger and kevin are also invited!

BigAl said...

You guys always get to do the fun caches. Sundays are not good for me; at least not until after 1:30 pm. Maybe I'll have to check this one out with the family. Great job guys.

ebjazzz said...

I would definitely be interested in going back out and giving this one a go with proper gear - like dodger said - I felt a little dirty signing the log - wouldn't mind scaling a rope to get the authentic find (plus I'm real interested in seeing the contents of the cache). Twas a lot of fun and nice to meat some fellow cachers in a beautiful November morning.

smithie23 said...

Familyteamb, we may just have to set this up!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Jealous that we're so far away.....

familyteamb said...

If you truly are interested email me and id be glad to supply all the gear and give a hand.
paul

Frmrgeorg said...

This cache was definately fun and I like climbing trees. Climbing up the ladder was probably more scary then hopping on the branch of that tree. I would also like to get to learn the basics of rope climbing sometime. There is a cache called "A lil bit of Everything" that would be perfect.

Kevin Bloodhounded said...

I love this post! It always make me laugh when I think about how Curtis just ran up that tree! Great times!

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