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The Flying Ks

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  1. Welcome Tadpole, and Good Luck!


    A BIG THANKS to everyone for sharing their photos and their creativity.


    This is what I WAS leaving behind, but now I see it as pretty lame compared

    to the great ideas discussed here. They are stamped onto craft wooden blanks. Front and reverse shown.


    I'm thinking now that I like the

    shrink plastic idea. They come out pretty cool!




    I have one of these!

  2. No wonder I can't solve these types of caches--I don't even understand what y'all are saying! Good thing there are still hundreds of other cache types within just 10 miles of my home.


    Quite honestly most of the time I figure these things out the hard way :unsure: using really weird methods that are way more difficult than they should be. I'm just more stubbourn than mentally gifted... so it works for me.

  3. I solved it using the program for a one-time pad at rumkin.com. Obviously the CO was not a code purist as I repeated the key to solve... i.e. pumpernickelpumpernickelpumpernickelpumpernickelpumpernickelpumpernickelpumpernickel. I had already tried the Vigenere cipher (amongst others) and came up dry. I read the directions more carefully which eluded to the perfection in security of the code. So I searched "perfect security" and code to come up with One-Time Pad. I also figured out the key as the cache name. I emailed the CO with the key and the "One-Time Pad" suggestion and he said I was on the right track. SO glad this is solved. My first REAL puzzle cache solved. However, the find is also going to be a challenge apparently. Phew. I will sign this log with a great deal of satisfaction. :D

  4. So I went to a stash er... cache on my own a couple of weeks ago between errands. A rare moment without the kiddos. Thankfully! I didn't log this puppy, didn't sign the log... nothing. I opened it and found a baggie of what I thought to be oatmeal. Only it wasn't. It was dried up pot. Called the Sheriff, took it to the station... funny thing is I hadn't read the logs before I found it. When I read the logs it was like, "ohhhh... hidden meanings..." There was even a former customs officer visiting the cache. The police took it, but they have way bigger fish to fry. Seemed every one that passed by asked me about geocaching... for some reason they were all interested in geocaching when they found out what I found. :rolleyes:

  5. Ah - okay this is VERY helpful... and yes I did 133 letters in the code this way (by hand) with both MOD 10 and MOD 26.


    I just tried the program through rumkin with a snippet of the code and I think it may work. Is it sick that I still want to figure this out by hand? What is WRONG with me? I'm a musician/artist type... what has geocaching done to me? :lol::blink: I tend to do things the hard way.



  6. Yes, that makes sense... but I used both the 10 and the 26 when a negative number came out of the process... and nothing. Let's say the key is "PUMPERNICKEL" does the number of letters (12) get involved in a one-time pad? Or is "pumpernickel" the only key. So let's say the coded letters (random... just hitting the keyboard...)



    Then, would the formula be:

    T(20) - P(16) MOD 10 or 26?= 4 D

    W(23) - U(21) MOD 10 or 26?= 1 A

    X(24) - M(13) MOD 10 or 26?= 11 K

    W(23) - P(16) MOD 10 or 26?= 7 G

    U(21) - E(05) MOD 10 or 26?= 16 P

    W(23) - R(18) MOD 10 or 26?= 5 E

    X(24) - N(14) MOD 10 or 26?= 10 J

    A(01) - I(09) MOD 10 or 26?= 1 - 9 = -8+10 or 26?

    U(21) - C(03) MOD 10 or 26?= 18 R

    R(18) - K(11) MOD 10 or 26?= 7 G

    N(14) - E(05) MOD 10 or 26?= 9 I

    I(09) - L(12) MOD 10 or 26?= 9 - 12 = -3+10 or 26?


    So my PRE-CODED message would be (if it made sense) - DAKGPEJ?RGI?



    and so on with my key "pumpernickel" matching up to my given code? Sigh - seriously need a one-time pad for those of us that are a little less gifted in other hemisperes of our brains... but with enough stubborness to not give up! Am I close to understanding how to do this? Am I way off in this formula? Again, this is in no way trying to violate terms of service... but I just want to know how to solve a one-time pad.



  7. Hmm - Okay the ROT13 is what geocaching.com uses as it's variant, yes? I am not thinking it shifts, to be honest. Where I think my breakdown is: One of the OTP tutorials suggests "One-Time Pad decryption uses a non-standard type of subtraction. Carefully note how the subtraction was done. When a larger number is subtracted from a smaller number, the smaller number is actually "10 + that number". Therefore, 1-9=2, because 1+10-9=2. and: 6-7=9, because 6+10-7=9." - thus, the magic number is 10... However, another tutorial suggests that the magic number variant when using negative numbers is 26. I'm unsure if there is a OTP standard number, or the magic number variant can be changed. I think this is where I am missing the mark. Does that make sense?

  8. Not asking for the solution to a puzzle or how to solve it... but if anyone could point me to a ONE-TIME PAD FOR DUMMIES type of site - that would be great. I have the key and I've gone through what I thought to be the formula but it came out <sigh> nonsense :unsure: . CO hasn't gotten back to me when I sent in what I thought to be the way to solve it... but did confirm I had the correct key... so my breakdown is on the formula mechanica. Again, not looking for help with the puzzle - just help with one-time pads in general. Trying to get help without violating TOS. :huh: Thank you!



  9. There was one around here (now archived) that was an arrow in the ground. The arrow was just sticking out of the ground as if someone had shot it and lost it.


    If you pulled up on the nock,( the little plastic part that fits in the bow string.) it had a thin wooden dowel glued to it. The dowel fit inside the hollow (fiberglass I assume.) arrow. You just signed the dowel as the log.


    The cache discription did say you needed to bring a sharp pointed marker pen to sign the log.


    Wow - that is REALLY creative!!

  10. Was the underwear used? :huh:

    What do you think?


    It was in a muggle zone, so I never worked up the courage to go for it, and it's since been archived. Maybe some underwear fetishist took it...

    Was this a log only cache?


    BTW could you provide a link?


    Wow - Sword Fern... thinking of doing this?


    Very creative, though. LOVE the ideas. I'm putting a T-Shirt in mine with a sharpie and a "Special" box for FTF. It was my 14 y.o. daughter's idea :) FUN!



    That does sound fun! I will run that one by my daughter and see how she likes it if it is OK with you and your daughter! If we do it I will give you credit for the Idea! B) I will also try to send you a link if we do it and it works out! If you are anywhere near my area we wont do it but I don't think you are. What about adding in a few different color sharpies so the cachers finding it can make the shirt pop!



    Thanks! I'll let my girls know - they'll get a kick out of that. We already planned on red and black - but other colors will be fun, too! I'm putting them all in a baggie marked LOG and not telling anyone on the cache page :) I want it to be a surprize! We are between Tahoe and Sacramento in California - so probably okay on the locale :) ... much more "family friendly" than undies! Plus, when it is full - we have a one of a kind souvenir!



  11. Was the underwear used? :huh:

    What do you think?


    It was in a muggle zone, so I never worked up the courage to go for it, and it's since been archived. Maybe some underwear fetishist took it...

    Was this a log only cache?


    BTW could you provide a link?


    Wow - Sword Fern... thinking of doing this?


    Very creative, though. LOVE the ideas. I'm putting a T-Shirt in mine with a sharpie and a "Special" box for FTF. It was my 14 y.o. daughter's idea :) FUN!



  12. Not WHAT is written, but what it was written on. So far I've seen softball logs in caches, and I am working on a hide that uses something really cool as the log. So, what is the most interesting thing inside a cache that you've signed?


    Sorry if this has been posted before - I couldn't find it when I searched.

  13. Haha - my hubby wants me to start "packing" while I cache. There are some crazies out there! I am going to take my concealed weapons permit class this month. Right now I carry pepper spray, a knife, bear spray... and I am looking to buy a weapon's-grade hickory or ironwood bo for a walking stick (I am purple belt in martial arts).

  14. Okay... geek for life here...


    My first geeky experience? I played Pong. Then, when REAL video games came out I had a table-top Pac-Man (Coleco - I still have it!) that I figured out the pattern to so I could win again and again. Then, I would turn in my parent's Pepsi bottles for quarters to get Sweet-Tart candy and play Mrs. Pac Man at the corner 7-11. I used to make jokes for my friends in Basic (on my Tandy 1000)... In High school I was in Drama, Choir, AND Marching Band. I was also a dancing California Raisin. I play video games, LOVE Star Wars AND Star Trek, LOVE comic books! A few years back I played the Star Wars Galaxies online game and the hubs and I made money selling credits on Ebay! I even BREED geeks (my child made a hat out of Legos yesterday. For halloween I made costumes for my entire family to go as the Wizard of Oz... and I love geocaching! People that don't know me would NEVER know I am a geek in disguise :)

  15. My first cointest :P


    Part A:

    1) Monarch Butterfly

    2) Coho Salmon (not local to me!)

    3) Grey Whale

    4) Canada Goose

    5) Green sea turtle

    6) Arctic Tern

    7) North american Caribou


    Part B: I love manatees!


    Manatees have relatively little body fat and cannot tolerate temperatures below 20° C (68° F). Manatees need warm water to survive. In spite of their size, they have relatively little body fat, and their metabolic rate is low compared to other marine mammals. Manatees cannot tolerate temperatures below 20 ° C (68 ° F) for long periods of time. Researchers believe that individuals affected by the cold cannot produce enough metabolic heat to make up for heat loss in the environment. During winters in Florida that have been unusually cold, an increase in manatee mortality has been documented.


    Because of their susceptibility to the cold, the space or range that manatees require is influenced by seasonal change. Florida manatees are considered to be somewhat migratory animals. Generally speaking, they are found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal water ecosystems of the southeastern United States. They can live in fresh, brackish or salt water.


    In the summer months, manatees travel freely around Florida’s rivers and coastal waters. A few manatees may range as far west as Texas and as far north as Virginia (one manatee was even documented in Cape Cod, Massachusetts!), but these sightings are rare. Sporadic summer sightings in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina are relatively common.


    In the winter, usually November though March, the manatee population is concentrated primarily in Florida. Water temperatures that fall below 21° C (70° F) cause manatees to move into warm water refuge areas. Scientists don’t know what cues manatees follow, but they seem to know when cold weather is coming and seek warm water areas.


    Travel corridors, or passageways, are necessary for manatees to move back and forth between summer and winter habitats or between feeding and resting or calving areas. It has been documented that many manatees have preferred habitats they return to each year.


    When the weather cools down, manatees gather near natural springs such as Blue Spring on the east coast of Florida or in the Crystal or Homosassa Rivers on Florida’s west coast. These springs are winter refuges for manatees because the water temperature is relatively constant throughout the year –averaging about 22 ° C (72° F). When the surrounding waterways get colder, manatees move into the springs to keep warm.


    I would love to post a pic of a manatee (they are so cute!), but we're on vacation and have really limited internet access, so downloading pics is impossible. It took me 40 minutes just to get the forum to come up!


    Hope I win :lol:


    see post #86 - sorry

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