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Congrats to Flagman for finding every puzzle/mystery/unknown cache in San Diego County! (I believe, based on he said he had two to go and I noticed he found them.)

Thanks, but this is really nothing new. I have had them all soved/found since the week that TT left town (I remember that because the only one HE hadn't solved/found was my new To Be Or Not To Be cache that he didn't have time to bag before he left :D ) There is that "multi" on El Cap (Multiple of One) that is listed as a puzzle that I have the coords for but still need to do the bushwhacking...

 

I'm on the countdown to 500 puzzles found. I'm at 476 now. So c'mon all you puzzlers, I need 24 more! :D

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A big Congratulations to jahoadi and john who just found 3700+ caches! They are Red Hot! Jammin!! Zoom Zoom! [:anicute:]

Wow!! Another team that has blown by me like I was standing still! Congrats, you guys!! And to top it off, I think John has cleared a radius of a couple hundred miles or so now...

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Congtatulations to Trailgators on 6000 posts and to Flagman on solving all the puzzles in San Diego and to anyone else we didn't specifically note a recent milestone for like Miragee going over 5000 posts!!

 

 

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and a big BZ to J&J on 3700 and to Duncan! who hit 5500 on a bike yesterday!

:):):D:D:D:D:D:D:D:anicute::D:):):):D:):)

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It's nice to know that I contributed to 5 of your 3000! :anicute: Wait a minute! You've only found 5 of mine... :lol::o

 

:anicute: I was thinking the same thing Pat. Dave, you have only found 10 of the 120 we have hidden?? Plenty more out there! :)

 

Yep - I guess I have some work to do. Just send me a .gpx file of all your hides and I will work on them next! (Of course, I would like all the puzzle shortcuts as well!) . I the meantime, nobody has found all of my 58 caches either. Happy caching!

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A big Congratulations to jahoadi and john who just found 3700+ caches! They are Red Hot! Jammin!! Zoom Zoom! [ :anicute: ]

Wow!! Another team that has blown by me like I was standing still! Congrats, you guys!! And to top it off, I think John has cleared a radius of a couple hundred miles or so now...

 

 

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Congtatulations to Trailgators on 6000 posts and to Flagman on solving all the puzzles in San Diego and to anyone else we didn't specifically note a recent milestone for like Miragee going over 5000 posts!!

 

 

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and a big BZ to J&J on 3700 and to Duncan! who hit 5500 on a bike yesterday!

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Congrats to Fattboy for going over 1400, Look out Skillet he's going to catch you. :cool:B)B)

 

;) Yes Congrats Fattboy for finding 1400 donuts! B)

 

Great Job cawicks on your first 200 caches!! B)

 

Terrific dougandsuzy for the 500 cache milestone!! B)

 

And kwver Hit 3700 caches found, congratulations! You guys are machines... B)

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Congrats to Fattboy for going over 1400, Look out Skillet he's going to catch you. :cool:B)B)

 

;) Yes Congrats Fattboy for finding 1400 donuts! B)

 

Great Job cawicks on your first 200 caches!! B)

 

Terrific dougandsuzy for the 500 cache milestone!! B)

 

And kwver Hit 3700 caches found, congratulations! You guys are machines... B)

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Kudos to pfalstad and FSU*Noles, two MN geocachers on an absolute tear of SD Puzzle caches this week! 114 Puzzle finds in 3 days (so far)! They've been focused only on unknown caches too. I wonder how many traditionals they walked by without stopping? Who are these guys?

 

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/Default....3d-fdb4ee805a9e

 

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/Default....b5-e744a7210f10

 

Correction after reading Miragee's post below:

159 finds total in 3 days, 114 have been puzzles.

Thanks!

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Kudos to pfalstad and FSU*Noles, two MN geocachers on an absolute tear of SD Puzzle caches this week! 114 Puzzle finds in 3 days (so far)! They've been focused only on unknown caches too. I wonder how many traditionals they walked by without stopping? Who are these guys?

 

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/Default....3d-fdb4ee805a9e

 

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/Default....b5-e744a7210f10

 

Correction after reading Miragee's post below:

159 finds total in 3 days, 114 have been puzzles.

Thanks!

 

 

:blink: Yeah..they did 50 in Puzzle Valley and didn't even need help. And they are leaving really cool coins behind. They seem TOP NOTCH!!! They are welcome here any day. Even their logs are nice and lengthy and descriptive!!! They love Team Adelos and QDMan!!

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Kudos to pfalstad and FSU*Noles, two MN geocachers on an absolute tear of SD Puzzle caches this week! 114 Puzzle finds in 3 days (so far)! They've been focused only on unknown caches too. I wonder how many traditionals they walked by without stopping? Who are these guys?

 

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/Default....3d-fdb4ee805a9e

 

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/Default....b5-e744a7210f10

 

Correction after reading Miragee's post below:

159 finds total in 3 days, 114 have been puzzles.

Thanks!

 

 

:blink: Yeah..they did 50 in Puzzle Valley and didn't even need help. And they are leaving really cool coins behind. They seem TOP NOTCH!!! They are welcome here any day. Even their logs are nice and lengthy and descriptive!!! They love Team Adelos and QDMan!!

 

 

 

I met Ken and Paul for lunch at the Rubio's near 'GCQB76' ...and no, we didn't eat any of those citters for lunch. They're just two sharp fellas from the North out here on a puzzle caching vacation (with their wives' permission of course). I wanted to do a coin trade with them so we met up for lunch. I'm sure they could give FM, QDM, TT and TA a run for their money any day!

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Kudos to pfalstad and FSU*Noles, two MN geocachers on an absolute tear of SD Puzzle caches this week! 114 Puzzle finds in 3 days (so far)! They've been focused only on unknown caches too. I wonder how many traditionals they walked by without stopping? Who are these guys?

 

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/Default....3d-fdb4ee805a9e

 

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/Default....b5-e744a7210f10

 

Correction after reading Miragee's post below:

159 finds total in 3 days, 114 have been puzzles.

Thanks!

 

 

:blink: Yeah..they did 50 in Puzzle Valley and didn't even need help. And they are leaving really cool coins behind. They seem TOP NOTCH!!! They are welcome here any day. Even their logs are nice and lengthy and descriptive!!! They love Team Adelos and QDMan!!

 

 

 

I met Ken and Paul for lunch at the Rubio's near 'GCQB76' ...and no, we didn't eat any of those citters for lunch. They're just two sharp fellas from the North out here on a puzzle caching vacation (with their wives' permission of course). I wanted to do a coin trade with them so we met up for lunch. I'm sure they could give FM, QDM, TT and TA a run for their money any day!

Maybe if its not too late we could get them to hide a few. I'd be happy to co-sponsor the caches to get past MR's "vacation cache" objections. I'd love to see what devious stuff they have up their sleeves...

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Hi everyone! I had the pleasure of tagging along with Paul and Ken Sunday because they are friends of my caching buddy's brother. Ken had me puzzle solving like a fool for weeks to prepare for their visit (but there's no way I can keep up with him, he's a master), and we had a fantastic time. You have some really great puzzles and hides down there, so sweet to find so ammo cans with real swag, and we especially enjoyed the morning hike. I just love what you guys have done down there with all of the puzzles, and I'll be back soon to work on picking up more of the ones I have solved that we didn't get to on Sunday!

 

I just wanted to respond to Flagman's comment - yes, there will be some surprises left behind, and a.k.a. Diana and I have agreed to be responsible for the maintenance. I believe Paul has let gs know that so there should be no question about the maintenance factor. We're only an hour away in south south Orange County (although I made it in 40 minutes at 4:30a Sunday morning!), so it's no problem for us.

 

Now the trick is that I have to solve them before they need maintenance! :D

 

Thanks for providing such a fun caching environment. :blink:

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Hey gang, here's something worth noting ... that commie-pinko cache-reviewer guy just completed his 10,000 review.

 

"May 1 by Marko Ramius (0 found)

Published -- 10,000th Cache Published!!"

 

Imagine that and he still doesn't have a single find. Must be some kind o' weird shut-in guy.

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Hey gang, here's something worth noting ... that commie-pinko cache-reviewer guy just completed his 10,000 review.

 

"May 1 by Marko Ramius (0 found)

Published -- 10,000th Cache Published!!"

 

Imagine that and he still doesn't have a single find. Must be some kind o' weird shut-in guy.

Yeah, and isn't May 1 some sort of communist holiday?

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Hey gang, here's something worth noting ... that commie-pinko cache-reviewer guy just completed his 10,000 review.

 

"May 1 by Marko Ramius (0 found)

Published -- 10,000th Cache Published!!"

 

Imagine that and he still doesn't have a single find. Must be some kind o' weird shut-in guy.

Yeah, and isn't May 1 some sort of communist holiday?

Yes it is but it is better known as:

May Day is May 1, and refers to any of several holidays celebrated on this day. May 1 was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures, and many elements of these holidays are still celebrated on May 1 today, such as the Maypole. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer: hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) was "midsummer." In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary's month, and May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this connection, Mary's head (in works of art, school skits, etc.) will often be adorned with flowers. Another May Day tradition (fading in popularity since the late 20th century) is the giving of May baskets, small baskets of candy and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors' doorsteps.

 

May 1st is also the optional Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The feast was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 in order to Christianize the concept of labor and give to all workers a model and a protector.

 

In the United States, May Day is officially observed as Loyalty Day.

 

May Day also refers to various socialist and labor movement celebrations conducted on May 1, unrelated to the traditional celebrations, to commemorate the Haymarket martyrs of 1886 and the international socialist movement generally. The latter event is an important holiday in Communist and Socialist countries.

 

May Day originally became associated with labor in Saint Louis, Missouri because the contracts for the summer construction season were signed on May 1. This economic practice spread to Chicago and other American cities.

 

In addition, May Day in the United States is commonly regarded — at least by certain groups — as a commemoration of the execution of the Haymarket martyrs who were arrested after the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, which occurred on May 4, but was the culmination of labor unrest which began on May 1. The date consequently became established as an anarchist and socialist holiday during the 20th century, and in these circles it is often known as International Workers' Day or Labour Day. In this form, May Day has become an international celebration of the social and economic achievements of the working class and labor movement.

 

The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian Europe, as in the Celtic celebration of Beltane, and the Walpurgis Night of the Germanic countries. Although the pagan-oriented celebrations faded as Europe became Christianised, a more secular version of the holiday continued to be observed in the schools and churches of Europe well into the 20th century. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the Maypole and crowning of the Queen of the May. Today many Neopagans, especially Wiccans, celebrate reconstructed versions of the old pagan holidays on May 1.

 

- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Hey gang, here's something worth noting ... that commie-pinko cache-reviewer guy just completed his 10,000 review.

 

"May 1 by Marko Ramius (0 found)

Published -- 10,000th Cache Published!!"

 

Imagine that and he still doesn't have a single find. Must be some kind o' weird shut-in guy.

Yeah, and isn't May 1 some sort of communist holiday?

 

If I remember correctly, Marko Ramius wasn't a communist.

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Hey gang, here's something worth noting ... that commie-pinko cache-reviewer guy just completed his 10,000 review.

 

"May 1 by Marko Ramius (0 found)

Published -- 10,000th Cache Published!!"

 

Imagine that and he still doesn't have a single find. Must be some kind o' weird shut-in guy.

Yeah, and isn't May 1 some sort of communist holiday?

 

If I remember correctly, Marko Ramius wasn't a communist.

Spoil-sport! :laughing: So your saying that being a soviet submarine captain is cancelled out by being a turncoat?

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Hey gang, here's something worth noting ... that commie-pinko cache-reviewer guy just completed his 10,000 review.

 

"May 1 by Marko Ramius (0 found)

Published -- 10,000th Cache Published!!"

 

Imagine that and he still doesn't have a single find. Must be some kind o' weird shut-in guy.

Yeah, and isn't May 1 some sort of communist holiday?

 

If I remember correctly, Marko Ramius wasn't a communist.

He was a friggin' commie -- just a practical one. He could read the writing on the wall!

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Howdy, folks! Habu pointed me this way, I had no idea that our lil' vacation was going to cause such a stir!

 

I'm back home now from what was a very long, fun, and totally exhausting caching adventure. I know now that there isn't a hill or mountain near San Diego that doesn't have a cache on top of it, and I'm pretty sure we climbed most of 'em! We were both very impressed with the creativity of the puzzles, and were also blown away by the views and scenery at nearly every cache. What a beautiful area of the country y'all live in...my legs didn't appreciate it at the time, but the rest of me sure does now.

 

Pfalstad should get full credit for making the trip a success, he worked diligently for two months to solve puzzle after puzzle and also put together routes that would allow us to move efficiently around the city and grab as many as we could that were on the same trail systems. Normally I do a better job of solving puzzles, but this has been a very busy time for me (San Diego was the third trip I took in April alone, along with St Louis and Texas/New Mexico!) so he should get full kudos for being the mad genius behind all of this - all I had to do was drive, and ride his coattails to victory. I promise to carry my weight more on the next trip through the area for sure!

 

But beyond the fantastic puzzles, I am totally floored by the quality of people that you have in your area as well. Besides this thread, which made my day, I've received a whole boatload of e-mails from all kinds of local cachers with kind words, congrats, thanks, and of course a few requests for hints as well...that really caught me off guard, I've never had that happen any other time I've been caching out of town, and is a real tribute to the cachers in and around San Deigo - y'all are a great group of folks, a great example to others, and I can't thank you enough for making us feel so welcome!

 

To answer one question, we went in with a touch over 250 puzzles solved, and left with over 200 finds. Our primary targets were obviously the puzzles, if we grabbed a traditional it was only because it was directly on the same trail we were already walking, or directly on the driving route and was a quick park 'n grab - and even then it was hard to make pfalstad stop, because every one took time away from the puzzles. :laughing: We made sure to grab a few random ones as well, because we didn't want people to figure out where some of the really hard puzzles were just from our traditional finds, so there are a few weird ones thrown in there as well. We ran out of time before we could find them all, but we hit most of the ones we really wanted to visit, and there are plenty left for another trip in the future!

 

The only negative thing that came out of it was finding out about the coin thief in the area - had I known about that beforehand, I wouldn't have been so liberal in dropping coins everywhere. A few are easy to get, but I do feel a little better knowing that a good portion are in harder puzzles and longer hikes, and a couple of the caches haven't been found in almost a year - so if those coins disappear, I hope at least it helps to narrow down the field of suspects. I'm nervous about a few of the coins though, including one of my daughter's!

 

But that aside, I have nothing but great memories from my trip. I really appreciate the time y'all took to make the puzzles and hide the caches, and for welcoming us with open arms. Special thanks to Habu! for meeting with us for lunch, and to a.k.a. Diana and Cache'n'Carey for putting up with us all day, through some brutal hikes and goofy moments - I hope the next time through the area, I get a chance to meet more of you!

 

As mentioned, we did hide a handful of caches as well. It was the least we could do, and I hope the puzzles give everyone a bit of fun as well! We deliberately chose not to hide them at the end of long hikes or in the middle of any beautiful parks, mainly because we felt that the local cachers should have a chance to showcase the area and we weren't sure if we'd put them too close to another cache - and our maintainers are already driving an hour to help us, and it wouldn't be nice to subject them to nasty bushwhacking when they're already doing us such a tremendous favor. So the hides will be easy, but I hope the puzzles are something fun and different!

 

Anyway, thanks for everything, especially those who took the time to drop me a note here and there, and I can't wait until I get a chance to return there soon! Take care and best regards, and thanks again-

 

-Ken

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Howdy, folks! Habu pointed me this way, I had no idea that our lil' vacation was going to cause such a stir!

 

I'm back home now from what was a very long, fun, and totally exhausting caching adventure. I know now that there isn't a hill or mountain near San Diego that doesn't have a cache on top of it, and I'm pretty sure we climbed most of 'em! We were both very impressed with the creativity of the puzzles, and were also blown away by the views and scenery at nearly every cache. What a beautiful area of the country y'all live in...my legs didn't appreciate it at the time, but the rest of me sure does now.

 

Pfalstad should get full credit for making the trip a success, he worked diligently for two months to solve puzzle after puzzle and also put together routes that would allow us to move efficiently around the city and grab as many as we could that were on the same trail systems. Normally I do a better job of solving puzzles, but this has been a very busy time for me (San Diego was the third trip I took in April alone, along with St Louis and Texas/New Mexico!) so he should get full kudos for being the mad genius behind all of this - all I had to do was drive, and ride his coattails to victory. I promise to carry my weight more on the next trip through the area for sure!

 

But beyond the fantastic puzzles, I am totally floored by the quality of people that you have in your area as well. Besides this thread, which made my day, I've received a whole boatload of e-mails from all kinds of local cachers with kind words, congrats, thanks, and of course a few requests for hints as well...that really caught me off guard, I've never had that happen any other time I've been caching out of town, and is a real tribute to the cachers in and around San Deigo - y'all are a great group of folks, a great example to others, and I can't thank you enough for making us feel so welcome!

 

To answer one question, we went in with a touch over 250 puzzles solved, and left with over 200 finds. Our primary targets were obviously the puzzles, if we grabbed a traditional it was only because it was directly on the same trail we were already walking, or directly on the driving route and was a quick park 'n grab - and even then it was hard to make pfalstad stop, because every one took time away from the puzzles. :anicute: We made sure to grab a few random ones as well, because we didn't want people to figure out where some of the really hard puzzles were just from our traditional finds, so there are a few weird ones thrown in there as well. We ran out of time before we could find them all, but we hit most of the ones we really wanted to visit, and there are plenty left for another trip in the future!

 

The only negative thing that came out of it was finding out about the coin thief in the area - had I known about that beforehand, I wouldn't have been so liberal in dropping coins everywhere. A few are easy to get, but I do feel a little better knowing that a good portion are in harder puzzles and longer hikes, and a couple of the caches haven't been found in almost a year - so if those coins disappear, I hope at least it helps to narrow down the field of suspects. I'm nervous about a few of the coins though, including one of my daughter's!

 

But that aside, I have nothing but great memories from my trip. I really appreciate the time y'all took to make the puzzles and hide the caches, and for welcoming us with open arms. Special thanks to Habu! for meeting with us for lunch, and to a.k.a. Diana and Cache'n'Carey for putting up with us all day, through some brutal hikes and goofy moments - I hope the next time through the area, I get a chance to meet more of you!

 

As mentioned, we did hide a handful of caches as well. It was the least we could do, and I hope the puzzles give everyone a bit of fun as well! We deliberately chose not to hide them at the end of long hikes or in the middle of any beautiful parks, mainly because we felt that the local cachers should have a chance to showcase the area and we weren't sure if we'd put them too close to another cache - and our maintainers are already driving an hour to help us, and it wouldn't be nice to subject them to nasty bushwhacking when they're already doing us such a tremendous favor. So the hides will be easy, but I hope the puzzles are something fun and different!

 

Anyway, thanks for everything, especially those who took the time to drop me a note here and there, and I can't wait until I get a chance to return there soon! Take care and best regards, and thanks again-

 

-Ken

 

 

Thank you for the kind words here, and in the logs of the caches you found. I was surprised that even with that number of finds, you guys added individual comments to each log. Many would have simply cut and pasted the same answer. I applaud your sense style! Cong rats!

 

 

Rich and Nicki

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Howdy, folks! Habu pointed me this way, I had no idea that our lil' vacation was going to cause such a stir!

 

I'm back home now from what was a very long, fun, and totally exhausting caching adventure. I know now that there isn't a hill or mountain near San Diego that doesn't have a cache on top of it, and I'm pretty sure we climbed most of 'em! We were both very impressed with the creativity of the puzzles, and were also blown away by the views and scenery at nearly every cache. What a beautiful area of the country y'all live in...my legs didn't appreciate it at the time, but the rest of me sure does now.

 

Pfalstad should get full credit for making the trip a success, he worked diligently for two months to solve puzzle after puzzle and also put together routes that would allow us to move efficiently around the city and grab as many as we could that were on the same trail systems. Normally I do a better job of solving puzzles, but this has been a very busy time for me (San Diego was the third trip I took in April alone, along with St Louis and Texas/New Mexico!) so he should get full kudos for being the mad genius behind all of this - all I had to do was drive, and ride his coattails to victory. I promise to carry my weight more on the next trip through the area for sure!

 

But beyond the fantastic puzzles, I am totally floored by the quality of people that you have in your area as well. Besides this thread, which made my day, I've received a whole boatload of e-mails from all kinds of local cachers with kind words, congrats, thanks, and of course a few requests for hints as well...that really caught me off guard, I've never had that happen any other time I've been caching out of town, and is a real tribute to the cachers in and around San Deigo - y'all are a great group of folks, a great example to others, and I can't thank you enough for making us feel so welcome!

 

To answer one question, we went in with a touch over 250 puzzles solved, and left with over 200 finds. Our primary targets were obviously the puzzles, if we grabbed a traditional it was only because it was directly on the same trail we were already walking, or directly on the driving route and was a quick park 'n grab - and even then it was hard to make pfalstad stop, because every one took time away from the puzzles. :anicute: We made sure to grab a few random ones as well, because we didn't want people to figure out where some of the really hard puzzles were just from our traditional finds, so there are a few weird ones thrown in there as well. We ran out of time before we could find them all, but we hit most of the ones we really wanted to visit, and there are plenty left for another trip in the future!

 

The only negative thing that came out of it was finding out about the coin thief in the area - had I known about that beforehand, I wouldn't have been so liberal in dropping coins everywhere. A few are easy to get, but I do feel a little better knowing that a good portion are in harder puzzles and longer hikes, and a couple of the caches haven't been found in almost a year - so if those coins disappear, I hope at least it helps to narrow down the field of suspects. I'm nervous about a few of the coins though, including one of my daughter's!

 

But that aside, I have nothing but great memories from my trip. I really appreciate the time y'all took to make the puzzles and hide the caches, and for welcoming us with open arms. Special thanks to Habu! for meeting with us for lunch, and to a.k.a. Diana and Cache'n'Carey for putting up with us all day, through some brutal hikes and goofy moments - I hope the next time through the area, I get a chance to meet more of you!

 

As mentioned, we did hide a handful of caches as well. It was the least we could do, and I hope the puzzles give everyone a bit of fun as well! We deliberately chose not to hide them at the end of long hikes or in the middle of any beautiful parks, mainly because we felt that the local cachers should have a chance to showcase the area and we weren't sure if we'd put them too close to another cache - and our maintainers are already driving an hour to help us, and it wouldn't be nice to subject them to nasty bushwhacking when they're already doing us such a tremendous favor. So the hides will be easy, but I hope the puzzles are something fun and different!

 

Anyway, thanks for everything, especially those who took the time to drop me a note here and there, and I can't wait until I get a chance to return there soon! Take care and best regards, and thanks again-

 

-Ken

I'm glad you guys had a blast Ken! I need to go on one of those puzzle runs again myself...
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Howdy, folks! Habu pointed me this way, I had no idea that our lil' vacation was going to cause such a stir!

 

I'm back home now from what was a very long, fun, and totally exhausting caching adventure. I know now that there isn't a hill or mountain near San Diego that doesn't have a cache on top of it, and I'm pretty sure we climbed most of 'em! We were both very impressed with the creativity of the puzzles, and were also blown away by the views and scenery at nearly every cache. What a beautiful area of the country y'all live in...my legs didn't appreciate it at the time, but the rest of me sure does now.

 

Pfalstad should get full credit for making the trip a success, he worked diligently for two months to solve puzzle after puzzle and also put together routes that would allow us to move efficiently around the city and grab as many as we could that were on the same trail systems. Normally I do a better job of solving puzzles, but this has been a very busy time for me (San Diego was the third trip I took in April alone, along with St Louis and Texas/New Mexico!) so he should get full kudos for being the mad genius behind all of this - all I had to do was drive, and ride his coattails to victory. I promise to carry my weight more on the next trip through the area for sure!

 

But beyond the fantastic puzzles, I am totally floored by the quality of people that you have in your area as well. Besides this thread, which made my day, I've received a whole boatload of e-mails from all kinds of local cachers with kind words, congrats, thanks, and of course a few requests for hints as well...that really caught me off guard, I've never had that happen any other time I've been caching out of town, and is a real tribute to the cachers in and around San Deigo - y'all are a great group of folks, a great example to others, and I can't thank you enough for making us feel so welcome!

 

To answer one question, we went in with a touch over 250 puzzles solved, and left with over 200 finds. Our primary targets were obviously the puzzles, if we grabbed a traditional it was only because it was directly on the same trail we were already walking, or directly on the driving route and was a quick park 'n grab - and even then it was hard to make pfalstad stop, because every one took time away from the puzzles. :anicute: We made sure to grab a few random ones as well, because we didn't want people to figure out where some of the really hard puzzles were just from our traditional finds, so there are a few weird ones thrown in there as well. We ran out of time before we could find them all, but we hit most of the ones we really wanted to visit, and there are plenty left for another trip in the future!

 

The only negative thing that came out of it was finding out about the coin thief in the area - had I known about that beforehand, I wouldn't have been so liberal in dropping coins everywhere. A few are easy to get, but I do feel a little better knowing that a good portion are in harder puzzles and longer hikes, and a couple of the caches haven't been found in almost a year - so if those coins disappear, I hope at least it helps to narrow down the field of suspects. I'm nervous about a few of the coins though, including one of my daughter's!

 

But that aside, I have nothing but great memories from my trip. I really appreciate the time y'all took to make the puzzles and hide the caches, and for welcoming us with open arms. Special thanks to Habu! for meeting with us for lunch, and to a.k.a. Diana and Cache'n'Carey for putting up with us all day, through some brutal hikes and goofy moments - I hope the next time through the area, I get a chance to meet more of you!

 

As mentioned, we did hide a handful of caches as well. It was the least we could do, and I hope the puzzles give everyone a bit of fun as well! We deliberately chose not to hide them at the end of long hikes or in the middle of any beautiful parks, mainly because we felt that the local cachers should have a chance to showcase the area and we weren't sure if we'd put them too close to another cache - and our maintainers are already driving an hour to help us, and it wouldn't be nice to subject them to nasty bushwhacking when they're already doing us such a tremendous favor. So the hides will be easy, but I hope the puzzles are something fun and different!

 

Anyway, thanks for everything, especially those who took the time to drop me a note here and there, and I can't wait until I get a chance to return there soon! Take care and best regards, and thanks again-

 

-Ken

 

Thanks for all of the kind words/logs...Have fun and happy caching!

 

PS "GO CANES!"

 

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Howdy, folks! Habu pointed me this way, I had no idea that our lil' vacation was going to cause such a stir!

 

I'm back home now from what was a very long, fun, and totally exhausting caching adventure. I know now that there isn't a hill or mountain near San Diego that doesn't have a cache on top of it, and I'm pretty sure we climbed most of 'em! We were both very impressed with the creativity of the puzzles, and were also blown away by the views and scenery at nearly every cache. What a beautiful area of the country y'all live in...my legs didn't appreciate it at the time, but the rest of me sure does now.

 

Pfalstad should get full credit for making the trip a success, he worked diligently for two months to solve puzzle after puzzle and also put together routes that would allow us to move efficiently around the city and grab as many as we could that were on the same trail systems. Normally I do a better job of solving puzzles, but this has been a very busy time for me (San Diego was the third trip I took in April alone, along with St Louis and Texas/New Mexico!) so he should get full kudos for being the mad genius behind all of this - all I had to do was drive, and ride his coattails to victory. I promise to carry my weight more on the next trip through the area for sure!

 

But beyond the fantastic puzzles, I am totally floored by the quality of people that you have in your area as well. Besides this thread, which made my day, I've received a whole boatload of e-mails from all kinds of local cachers with kind words, congrats, thanks, and of course a few requests for hints as well...that really caught me off guard, I've never had that happen any other time I've been caching out of town, and is a real tribute to the cachers in and around San Deigo - y'all are a great group of folks, a great example to others, and I can't thank you enough for making us feel so welcome!

 

To answer one question, we went in with a touch over 250 puzzles solved, and left with over 200 finds. Our primary targets were obviously the puzzles, if we grabbed a traditional it was only because it was directly on the same trail we were already walking, or directly on the driving route and was a quick park 'n grab - and even then it was hard to make pfalstad stop, because every one took time away from the puzzles. :anicute: We made sure to grab a few random ones as well, because we didn't want people to figure out where some of the really hard puzzles were just from our traditional finds, so there are a few weird ones thrown in there as well. We ran out of time before we could find them all, but we hit most of the ones we really wanted to visit, and there are plenty left for another trip in the future!

 

The only negative thing that came out of it was finding out about the coin thief in the area - had I known about that beforehand, I wouldn't have been so liberal in dropping coins everywhere. A few are easy to get, but I do feel a little better knowing that a good portion are in harder puzzles and longer hikes, and a couple of the caches haven't been found in almost a year - so if those coins disappear, I hope at least it helps to narrow down the field of suspects. I'm nervous about a few of the coins though, including one of my daughter's!

 

But that aside, I have nothing but great memories from my trip. I really appreciate the time y'all took to make the puzzles and hide the caches, and for welcoming us with open arms. Special thanks to Habu! for meeting with us for lunch, and to a.k.a. Diana and Cache'n'Carey for putting up with us all day, through some brutal hikes and goofy moments - I hope the next time through the area, I get a chance to meet more of you!

 

As mentioned, we did hide a handful of caches as well. It was the least we could do, and I hope the puzzles give everyone a bit of fun as well! We deliberately chose not to hide them at the end of long hikes or in the middle of any beautiful parks, mainly because we felt that the local cachers should have a chance to showcase the area and we weren't sure if we'd put them too close to another cache - and our maintainers are already driving an hour to help us, and it wouldn't be nice to subject them to nasty bushwhacking when they're already doing us such a tremendous favor. So the hides will be easy, but I hope the puzzles are something fun and different!

 

Anyway, thanks for everything, especially those who took the time to drop me a note here and there, and I can't wait until I get a chance to return there soon! Take care and best regards, and thanks again-

 

-Ken

You guys are welcome any time!! I know we all here started scratching our heads at some point during your loggings -- who are these masked me from the North?!? This was a puzzle hage of never-before-seen proportions! Hope to meet you next time you're in town (or maybe up in your neck of the woods some day)...

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Welcome "Lostguy" to the Kilo-club!! He found his 1000th at Cave of the Ghost Water!

 

 

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Congrats on that hide for your 1000. I too got my 1000th there . :(

 

Sweet! It's time to hoot and holler! Way to Go!

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Congrats "lostguy".

 

And congrats to 3cds on his 1000 finds. Miragee and I celebrated with him and his sons at Clevenger.

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Since "lostguy" got a picture :cool: ; here are the 3cds at Clevenger:

 

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Congratulations to the 3cd's as we reached the 1000 milestone on the same day. Yours looked like it involved a little more work than mine but I'm sure we will both remember them. Congrats

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