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HUH? was a cache imagined from the one time the Queen posted wrong co-ords for a cache named Hungry? BLITZ. 3 cachers ended up in the middle of a barren field with only stubble and no real place to search and took a picture of themselves in bewilderment - I think Lizardo, ertyu and Turdleggs if I recall correctly. I turned to my husband Joker 1 and said, "what if?" Then we went caching in Edmonton and stumbled on the ideal answer to our question with a cache hidden by Viajero Perdido - known as VP. We asked permission to blatantly imitate his clever idea and he gave his blessing!
This cache has been fun and terrible for us. In the first several years the cache container did well and obviously cachers were quite careful about rehiding properly and adding some natural camo. The last two years have not gone as well. The cache has never gone missing but it has gotten into rough shape a few times. People have tried cheating by adding coins and metal detector worthy implants which we always remove. We have tried to be quick to fix but since it is 30 miles from our home it takes a special trip in to the city to get it done. We have had a replacement container ready to go from the beginning. We could make it tougher or actually impossible by putting it in the middle of a forest but that of course was NEVER the point. We truly like people to make a find and feel like geniuses. Plain sight hiding is the kind we enjoy the most and we hope others do too.
We enjoy the first finder, MHZ, much because she tries to go back and find it again every year! ertyu does this on occasion as well and both have been so kind as to add camo, logsheets to help out. It is a great park, with some excellent hides. Come out and play...
Judging by the number of people that have this cache on their favourites list, it lets me know that I have created a memorable one.
Inspiration came from the early days of caching and the posts I had been reading on the world wide site. I thought to myself, "Hey, I can do that", which led me to needing to find a place to put it.
Naming a cache for me takes about as much thought as placing one, and many times the name is the inspiration for the cache.
I don't want to give anything away, but hey, it's what's in a name that matters.
After trying a couple of other night caches , I set out on creating my own. This is a night cache located along the Seine River and is on a long forested path along the side of Royalwood. The trip will be mostly on gravel paths with a little bit a deer trails and some slight bushwhacking. Using a powerful flashlight, approach ground zero and you will see glowing white tags. Follow the tags until you see the last set which will be bright yellow. At the yellow tags, you will then have to search for the large lock and lock container.
Cacheaholic Anonymous was designed in Photoshop by the Queen and built by Joker 1. It was based originally on an image we saw of Peter of Peter and Gloria. They were a pair of cachers who we met early in the game whom we have a lot of respect for both as finders and hiders. We thought this would be a fun way for kids to pose for pictures since many of our hides we preferred not to have photographed as spoilers. We have gotten a kick out of folks finding the obvious and not the actual cache itself. We enjoyed placing it near the highway with a set up so cachers could stop and find 3 from the same location. This is the type of caching we enjoy while travelling. We had never seen this type of design for an actual cache but posed at some of these in the Maritimes at theme parks etc. for family pictures during our first major caching expedition.
We have been surprised that flood waters have never touched this cache so obviously it is on an interesting ridge of land.
I started geocaching back in early 2006 and one of my first finds ever was Exchange District by TurdleEggs. I loved the idea of being able to disguise a cache in a high traffic area that is not only difficult for geocachers to find but undetectable to the unsuspecting muggle. I was hooked on geocaching.
I spent the next year thinking of ideas for what I thought would be a great cache. I wanted it to be hidden in plain sight, in a high traffic area and not look out of place. It had to be big enough to hold large objects and I had to be able to see it from my office window. Check, check, and check. I had one of those eureka moments and thought up an idea that just might work. I got to work on making the forms and was surprised at how quick and easy it was to make the outer container. After it was complete, I loaded it the trunk of my car and lugged it to the location on an early Sunday morning.
FoodNinja was the first to find and I e-mailed him immediately to get his thoughts on the cache. I was concerned that someone might mistake the container as a bomb (it is located across the street from a building that attracts crazy people). He assured me that it was fine. Since then, I have watched city crews pick up garbage and mow around it. I have seen countless cachers look for it, discover it, then dismiss it as not being the cache and then give up on finding it (all from the comforts of my office). That gives me great satisfaction. :-)
Thanks to everyone who has found the cache and loved it. I hope it last for many years more.