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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I Found It! Then, I Found It?

You never quite know what you're going to find when you go out geocaching.

I recently went out to find a cache.  The cache was GC3N43P- "Wheres the petrow crew #4."  It was newly published, and at the time, sat, without a find, for a week.  I didn't understand why, but it was located relatively close to home, and I had the time, so I figured I would give it a try.

The coordinates brought me to the site of the old White Haven Little League grounds in-you guessed it- White Haven, Pennsylvania.  The ball field, and surrounding area, was overgrown with weeds, but there was a nice are with a pond and gazebo, and thankfully that is where ground zero appeared to be. I honed in on GZ, and it appeared my search was going to be centered around an old set of monkey bars, which too, was overgrown with weeds.  The cache page listed the D/T as a 1/1.5, and the container size as small.  With the abundance of metal at GZ, I was thinking "hide-a-key."

I circled the monkey bars several times, without any success.  I thought, perhaps, the cache could have been placed on the ground, nearby the outer metal banister surrounding the monkey bars, but something told me I needed to climb the bars themselves.  I strategically located my entry point from the outer banister, to the actual monkey bars.  Although it was slight bushwhacking, I found somewhat of an opening in the weeds.  Convinced the cache was located on the monkey bars, I began climbing.  So much for that 1.5 terrain!  I got down on my knees and felt under the metal platform on which I was standing.  No cache there.  I looked on top of the bars.  No cache there.  I looked to the left, and to the right, when suddenly something odd appeared to me.  There were a series of holes in the vertical bars of the structure.  There seemed to be something crammed into one of those holes.  Bingo!  There I found a small Cryotube, painted black, and filled with a log sheet.  Correction-it was filled with a BLANK log sheet!  Elated, I signed and dated the logsheet, and claimed my FTF.

Was this the cache...?


I placed the tube back in the hole, then contemplated my exit strategy.  Carefully, I turned around on the platform, and jumped to the ground.  As I made my landing, I noticed something at my feet.  It was another tube.  This tube was larger, and wrapped in cammo tape.  Could this be another cache, and if so, how is this possible?  I unscrewed the lid and pulled out the paper inside.  What was on the paper?  "Wheres the petrow crew #4."  THIS was the cache, not the other container!  Better yet, as this logsheet was also blank.  I FTF'ed this one, the intended cache, as well!  I signed the log, placed everything back in place, then headed back to the car, puzzled as to what just happened.

...Or was THIS the cache?


Has anyone had a similar experience?  Have you ever searched for a particular geocache, only to find another geocache near that one?  I've heard of cachers dropping temporary caches for cache owners on missing caches, but this was a brand-spanking-new cache.  Well, both were.  I'm thinking, perhaps, someone placed this cache and abandoned it without bothering to get it published.  What are your thoughts?

4 comments:

BLOODHOUNDED said...

This is a freaking EXCELLENT post Dave! Thanks man!
As a hider, I have received a few DNF"S and went to check it with a new backup in hand. After a quick search, no cache, so I placed the new one. It was evident for a few months that I was running TWO caches at that GZ for months! This sounds like some kind of mix up on the CO's behalf or if it is two separate CO's I hope they talk it over.
great job!

Big_Dog1970 said...

I have a cache in Wyoming, PA (The Nathan Denison) http://coord.info/GC21CNT . When I hid the first container it fell in to deep to grab it, so I picked a different spot and hid another one. Eventually I started getting notices that people fer finding both of them. I stopped by once to remove one of them but neither container was where I put them. I didn't have time to search further. I do intend to get back there and check it out again.

BLOODHOUNDED said...

You got that right BigDog, I seldom find my hides where I initially hid them! They are always moved and sometimes I have one hell of a time finding MY OWN cache! Kinda makes maintenance so much more fun but very good point!

DctrSpott said...

I've had this happen at a cache right by Mount Airy, PA... confused the hell out of me! Glad to know I wasn't the only one.

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