+The Chaos Crew Posted October 10, 2011 Share Posted October 10, 2011 I wonder if one of you clever folk can explain this one… A few days I had a found-it log on one of my caches that mentioned the log book being soaked through. The container was one of those nifty little decon units that are perfectly waterproof if shut properly, so I assumed someone had left the lid ajar. No worries, these things happen. Yesterday, therefore, we set out with a new logbook, some kitchen roll for mopping out, and a handful of fresh swag, to give the cache a little TLC (and close the lid ) When we got to GZ, the cache was no longer where we had hidden it (a nook in the tree that fitted the container like a glove), so we widened our search, and my other half eventually proclaimed that he had found it. He held it up with a puzzled look on his face, and we both said in stereo “that’s not our cache??!!” It was an entirely different container – a cylindrical plastic thing that looked like a big bolt, with a rather nifty handsprayed camo paint job, and one of those nice official Groundspeak stickers on it (that looked good as new). This wouldn’t fit into our original hidey hole hence it had moved. I thought maybe someone had DNF’d my cache and dropped this one in its place to get the smiley (as I know that happens sometimes) – but no, on opening it up we found my original hand made log book (now soaked through and ruined ), about half an inch of water, and some swag that I remember seeing in the (original) cache last time I paid it a maintenance visit. So they must have found the other cache to obtain the logbook and swag bits. The replacement container has a loose screw top and no rubber seal of any kind and was clearly not waterproof. So we have disabled the cache temporarily until we can get back out there with a replacement container. I’ve been back through all the logs (online and in the wet logbook) and there is no mention of a container swap. So – why did someone swap it??? I’m genuinely puzzled. Those decon boxes are tough little cookies, so I’d be surprised if it was damaged, and if someone did replace a damaged container you’d think they would mention that on their log? Or a previous finder might have mentioned the damage? I thought perhaps that the swapper was just after nicking themself a nice container, but decon boxes aren’t that expensive/desirable are they?, and they had put a lot of effort into the replacement container with the nice paint job and the GC.com sticker (those things aren’t cheap) – so that theory doesn’t really hold water (like their cache box!) So, who can solve this little mystery for me? (in the meantime, I’m having a good hunt around at home for another decon box, I’m sure I have one somewhere!) Quote Link to comment
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