CacheCrazy.Com: Some really great caches ~The Trilogy Of Terror ~ A CacheCrazy.Com Event

Friday, February 20, 2015

Some really great caches ~The Trilogy Of Terror ~ A CacheCrazy.Com Event

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This was over two years ago but it seems like just last month! What a great event and an awesome group of people. Let's enjoy it one more time! If you dare......BH
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Eve of The Trilogy Of Terror

It was a dark and stormy night!
Thunder crashed and lighting ruled the skies with blinding bolts of light!
The 15 lay their heads at rest for tomorrow will bring adventures and tests of power and might!
Their souls stir as the storms, in flesh and in sprit.
 Good Night……
Good Night……                                         


I just couldn’t sleep! It was after midnight and I knew I had to get some quality rest but it just wasn’t happening. So, I decided to write this in hopes that my mind will settle. 


Some of this is fact and some is fiction and you’ll have to decide which is which.

 Why am I so wound up? I’ll tell you. This past spring, DctrSpott was coming to town and I wanted to take him on a geocache adventure. I came up with three totally awesome caches and wanted it to be epic. So, I named our adventure “The Trilogy Of Terror” just to hype it up and add a theme. It never came together because of work (of course) but I vowed to reschedule and just over a month ago, I did. Tomorrow is the big day that I’ve been waiting for. The Trilogy Of Terror. There are 15 of us going and it’s going to be quite the geocaching adventure.  15 of us with one simple goal, to find three crazy caches and get home alive!
Nite…..
We all met at a mini mart that was easy to find and close to the 1st cache 

That night I tossed and turned, restless and anxious but finally at 3:00AM, I did fall asleep.

I had the strangest dream. A dark and stormy night was all around me with lightning like I’ve never seen it before. Out of the black clouds above appeared two hands clinching a golden sack. A voice rumbled through the heavens, “Take these and supply your adventurers with one in no certain order and you will be protected”. What? What you talking about? Protected? From what? From who? In my mind I had many unanswered questions.

The sacred coins as they appeared that day, amazing! 
I woke up to find 15 wooden coins, wood burned by the spirits themselves. Each coin had a number from 1 – 15 with CacheCrazy.Com on one side and a very strange looking character with “The Trilogy Of Terror” on the other.  A pretty cool piece to remember the adventure.  At the meeting location I handed them out and also collected some path tags. We all met new friends and there was a lot of meet and greet going on but inside we all were feeling a bit uneasy and anxious. Before long we would embark on the journey.We announced it was time, and we headed for our cars and just like that we were gone!!!

First stop in The Trilogy Of Terror was, “THE EVIL WITHIN” (take some time to read the logs, we’ll wait).

A true Geocaching work of art!
We followed the leader who was Nishollow.  This was one of his many crazy caches! When we all pulled in and got out of our cars, between friends, family and geocachers, there was like 30 of us! It was an instant party with folks saying, “Wow, that’s so cool!” and “What the hell is it?”. Everyone was having a good time as ggggeo2 took to the puzzle on the door to the evil. He knew what it was because he had emailed me the cracked code from the cache page last April but he let everyone weigh in and In no time we were in!

Opening the door was similar to the creaking door in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you didn’t want to look but you had to! Good lord the craziest things were in there! It was an eclectic collection of freak, creep and gore complemented with an artistic flair! This wasn’t just a freaking geocache, this was a work of art worthy of being displayed on the front lawn of Groundspeak itself!  We all took turns on the logbook that we fished out of a lock n lock filled with life-sized (and maybe they WERE alive at one point) bugs! We all lined up to be photographed by Lesley (I think that was her name) who is a professional photographer from NY and just happened to be a bystander.

 Three cameras and three photos is all it took and we were off and running to the second geocache in The Trilogy Of Terror, “SATAN’S CRACK” (go on, we’ll wait)   

Again we lined up like a caravan and piled out onto the road (right near dead man’s turn). Frequent travelers wondered who we were and could see the determination in our eyes focused on one thing, to get that geocache! Well, stage one anyway. Smithie23 showed his agility and experience of high terrain and urban geocache FTFing by dodging a speeding car, leaping over the guardrail and coming up with the stage securely in hand in one superhuman bound! Obviously he’s been working out!

We poured out onto the road

Speaking of a “workout”, that is exactly what each of us was in for. Oh sure, the CO (Ript2Shrds) says in the ache page, “90% is on an open path”, like hell! Even the open areas resembled a “jungle like” flora. You had to crouch down to walk through most parts but that was nothing compared to the boulder waterfall climb! I loved this place! To me it was like a magic kingdom and the boulders stood in the way of us signing the log! We climbed fearlessly led by Nishollow who offered little in the way of a hint but was huge in the areas of help, reassurance and possibly the best way up. First we had to reach the top and I was going no matter what! If today is the day the good Lord is going to take me, then so be it (actually I was scared shitless). One wrong step, lost grip or unsteadiness and you were surly going to meet your maker. This was no joke and in my mind a 4.5 terrain level.
Our trail up starts here
A total body workout
Slater came out of the water and shook off all over me, LOL! I luv geodogs!
Our decent into the crack 


George ggggeo2 in on the decent
Sometimes it was better to go under than over
At the top it was awesome! It didn’t seem like HELL at all. In fact it seemed more like HEAVEN! The view was fantastic and the height was invigorating! The climb was TOUGH but this alone was so worth it! After we looked at several gaps in the massive rocks we decided that we had found Satan’s crack and immediately we crawled in. This was not going to be easy! The crevice was narrow and dark but the “cachey areas” were down there, all the way down there and several of us decided to sacrifice ourselves and man, I’m glad I did. It was bigger than my first apartment down there. I can tell you that contrary to what you may have heard, Satan’s crack is cool and damp, not at all the fiery pit you would imagine. In some weird way we all found it rather refreshing to hang out in Satan’s crack.

WE WENT DEEPER, DEEPER, DEEPER
We took turns looking in the most obvious place and finally we came up with the treasure! We handed it up several layers of rock and took it to the group at the top who deserved to sign just by making it up there alive! Eventually, I signed it last and had the misfortune good fortune to be the one to replace it with a hand from the might of Nishollow. Back at the top we bid the crack farewell and scaled down the side of that cliff with fluid movement compared by someone as a “mountain goat”! At the bottom I dropped my clip on pocket knife and while sliding it into my rear pocket the knife opened slightly!  Just enough to slab myself right in my A$$ CHEEK! What a fitting revenge from Satan himself.


and deeper until we reached the cache


































Skyler going in
Kyle at the top coaching us to go on



We all piled into our cars and trucks and headed for the third and final geocache in The Trilogy Of Terror, MARY SHAW (we’re waiting)


Our Friend Woody
We drove through one of the old Northeast PA coal towns and there wasn’t a car on the road. A ghost town of sorts, with many of the homes remolded from their yesteryear style of clapboard and mortar. A right here a left there and soon we were parking at the final cache. We were beat down, battered and bruised from Satan’s crack but that didn’t stop this gang! Determined to finish the series we trekked down a dirt road towards the first stage of the cache. A short distance away, thru the thicket, down the hill at the very bottom was the apparatus that we were hoping to find. We knew where it was but, no one jumped at the chance to be first. Dodger and ggggeo2 worked the cords and It didn’t take long for a portion of our group to brave the darkness.

A creepy dark tunnel 
This is such a great picture of just how dark it was
We all hiked and talked and enjoyed the beautiful day


Tight squeeze 
The Completed Badge
















Inside this creepy dungeon of darkness were pieces of body parts and sick looking dolls with dead stares that seemed to be everywhere. Live crickets were in masses hanging from the ceiling along with stalagmite. This was a crazy place and we knew it. I felt like we were being watched the whole time we singed the log and placed it back exactly as we found it. Then someone yelled, “SNAKE”!!!!!But it was only a salamander. That woke up a few folks for sure! We climbed out of the darkness to join the rest of the group waiting outside. Our eyes dilated from the darkness but we were so happy that we had finally finished it.

WE DID IT! We conquered The Trilogy Of Terror and lived to tell about it!


This was a fantastic day spent with some really cool people! We all walked away with great memories made while enjoying geocaching. It was done in a more extreme, odd and creepy way that was fun as HELL!  I personally had a freaking stellar day! I was able to cache with my son Brian who started me geocaching to begin with. It's a pleasure to know George personally now that we have met and his pal Paul is a great guy. Tina and Duane were just awesome and Kevin is an outstanding guys as well! All new friends include STEPHANIE  Skyler and his friend Jen. The "Big Man " Matt who is now part of my posse and Slater the geodog is too. Always fun to cache with Dan and Dave But my biggest thanks goes out to our fearless leader, Kyle! It's great to know you brother! Thanks to all who came along for the fun! I think it's worth mentioning some huge milestones right now.

  • Dave Smithie23 found his 700th cache at Santan's Crack! Congratulations!
  • Jen who was Skyler's friend, went one her very first geocaching trip ever with us! She was fun to have along and all she did was smile so I know she'll be back out there!
  • Matt who was Brian's friend, was also a newbie to geocaching and he was an awesome guy to have along for the adventure!
HERE IS THE FULL LIST OF THE VICTIMS  ATTENDEES 
1. Kevin aka Bloodhounded from Team Bloodhounded
2. Dan aka Dodger from Dodger Lizard Crew
3. Dave aka Smithie23
4. George aka ggggeo2
5. Kyle aka Nishollow
6. Skyler aka smbanfill
7. Paul aka Team Firenze (Fur-en-zee)
8. Tina aka TravelnbHappy21
9. Duane aka TravelnbHappy21
10. Matt Team Blueball
11. Brian Team Blueball
12. Jen Team smbanfill
13. Chris aka firetech37
14. Slater the geodog Team Shoop&Sheeb
15. Kevin Shoop&Sheeb




 
Stay tuned for PART II The Hansel and Gretel experience coming soon to this blog for you……… 

9 comments:

Erika Jean said...

Looks so awesome! Is this going to be an annual thing?

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

That looks like a lot of fun! Can't wait for the rest of the story.

kyle powell said...

That was a great day of caching and meeting new cachers,I'm glad that everyone enjoyed them selfs .
I hope we do something like that again soon , I got something evil cooking up lol. But I like to thank everyone who came out to make it such a great day, and glad to see everyone made it out safe. And the blog was a great read thank you Kevin and finally getting a chance to meet you .

Team Firenz/Paul said...

Great writeup. Can't wait for part two but I can understand how that will need a post of its own. Awesome group of cachers. I can't wait to do it again. In fact about 4 days after this (when I could finally walk normal again) ggggeo2 started talking about what the next epic adventure would be. I think we are hooked for sure.

Thanks again for the invite.

George said...

That was AWESOME! Had a great time hiking, caching, caving and meeting loads of new friends! Thanks Bloodhounded for setting it all up!

kyle powell said...

Well i think there should be a trilogy part 2, I cooking up something really twisted By Halloween ( A american horror story. So hopefully we will see everyone again then

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

This sounded like such a fantastic day. I hope I can make it out there someday to join all of you.

BigAl said...

I really wish I could have made this trip. It sounded great. Loved the write up too Kevin. Looking forward to the next post and event.

AForestFrolic said...

So awesome...I'd love to get in on some of that action sometime!! Can't wait to hear about part 2.

Jamie :)

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