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Canoeist’s Convenient Cache by -Brian-M-
N 42° 12.317 W 087° 55.533
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Tried: 3/6/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Well - this will teach me to go on just icons and my GPS. I was traveling to the great land of the cheese today, and this one popped into my radar. I got within 244 feet when I realized I was on the wrong side of a considerable obstacle. I guess I'll try again the next time I come through - better prepared.

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GD33-CADO
Terra Server Picture from LostOutdoors.com
Coordinates: N 42.2585° W 088.0966°

State: Illinois
Date Found: 3/6/2004 8:33 am
Hunters: Kelly
Lakewood County Forest Preserve, NW of Chicago
43.07 miles from home

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is dashpoint.
Dashpoint Name: Hoard of Glow Worms

Back in August of 2001, I planned my first multi-cache day. It made a large sweep up the far western side of Chicago to the northwest suburbs and then returned back down I-294 toward my office. There were so few caches around at that time that this was the most reasonable route to hit 8 caches in "close proximity." Of course, the joke is now that I can go to one park and sometimes hit 8 caches. The farthest northern cache I hit was Shine, Little Glow Worm, a now archived cache. It was one of those great hikes, even though I was lost (well disoriented) for a good hour. That cache was in the same forest preserve as this dashpoint. The best news is that someone else replaced another cache here - this time a little closer to the parking. The cache is Hoard of many things the Rebirth (GC882D). As happened last March with GD21-CAAJ and GCC102, if you've found GC882D in March of 2004, you've scored the dashpoint.

I had to drive up to Wisconsin for some reconnaissance for our annual church conference's youth rally in the Lake Geneva area, so this was acutally on the way using a very scenic route that would take me to one cache that I had really wanted to see (not this one).

The dashpoint rests just a little to the south of the trail near a very large fallen tree. To the right as you approach the point, you'll see a chain link fence marking the edge of the preserve property and a pink ribbon tied to the fence (must be one of Scout's markers again).
Can be found wearing hiking boots

Hoard of many things the Rebirth by JollyBGood
N 42° 15.500 W 088° 05.747
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/6/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
The last time I was in this preserve was back in August of 2001 with my first frenzy day to find Shine, Little Glow Worm, my first themed cache, and for quite a long time, the farthest northern cache I had ever found. Back then, the nearby bridge had just been completed, and my trek through the preserve had taken WAY too long (many wrong turns). However, this day's journey led me to GD33-CADO a Geodashing point that is within scoring range of this cache. If you are at this cache, you're within the 100 meter scoring range for the dashpoint.

As far as the cache itself, I found this one with much less trouble than the first cache I found here, although the sledding hill still taxed me a little. Gotta get out an hike more.
Can be found wearing sneakers

Volo Bog Suprize by JollyBGood
N 42° 21.326 W 088° 10.859
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/7/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Millie the Mole

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
What a wonderful hike. I love these older caches that were placed before the summer of 2002. Most of them have much longer walks than the typical 600-750 foot hikes. I was immediately reminded of the Beverly hike on this one. The nicer thing than Beverly was that I only saw one other person the entire time from getting out of my car to returning.

Everything was gorgeous, from the numerous Canadian geese honking overhead, to the evidence of beaver activity near the viewing blind. The cache was well hidden, but obvious to a cacher, and just off the path enough to keep the muggles away. All-in-all, a very nice hike to round out the last of three caches today.
Can be found wearing sneakers

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GD33-BYYW
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Coordinates: N 42.5976° W 088.5457°

State: Illinois
Date Found: 3/6/2004 10:29 am
Hunters: Kelly
Williams Bay, Wisconsin, about 15 minutes west of Lake Geneva
67.92 miles from home

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is dashpoint.
Dashpoint Name: Chain Reaction or Super Rally Point

I needed to to some recon work in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, so the team I work with for a youth rally (April each year) decided that we needed a road trip to the site on March 6. Cool. The last two years I've gone up to Wisconsin for this rally, April has not granted me easy dashpoints (although I did actually score some on both trips). This time, however, it was like the Dashpointing Llamas knew right where I needed one this time, and they gladly supplied it. Super Rally is held at Aurora University at Lake Geneva, right next to the Yerkes Observatory (affliated with the University of Chicago). The observatory was actually host for a scene in the absolutely lousy movie called Chain Reaction with Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman. Both the university and the observatory are actually in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, about 15 minutes west of Lake Geneva.

The dashpoint is on the north edge of Williams Bay, on a sleepy little road to the north of the B.P. gas station. Driving on the road, I was able to get within 15 meters from the point, which was in some wooded area too the north of the road. I probably could have zeroed it, but it was a residential area, so I figured 15 meters was close enough.
Can be found without leaving your car

My Third Anniversary of GPS Related Games and Activities

I purchased my little yellow Etrex for my birthday gift in March of 2001, and found my first cache while returning from renewing my drivers license in Plano. Last year, I celebrated a Cachiversary by placing a cache and finding a whole bunch of other ones in March of 2002. I continued the tradition by heading out on March 13, 2004.
What’s Puzzling You? Piece Four by Nash79
N 41° 33.649 W 088° 11.021
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

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Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 1: Riverview Willow

The first stop on my caching anniversary was an easy one. I had actually scoped this park out for Liberal Arts when I was considering having it all in Plainfield. Nice hide - and the first of a pattern.
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What’s Puzzling You? Piece Two by Nash79
N 41° 34.240 W 088° 11.098
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 2: River Bank in Van Horn

I knew exactly how to get to this cache. After all, I had hidden one of the legs of Hard as Pi only 80 feet from here. The hide was good, and it was at this point I learned the pattern of these hides. I was all set to do the whole group today.
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What’s Puzzling You? Piece Three by Nash79
N 41° 36.628 W 088° 10.331
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Tried: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 3: First Defeat

Well, there's usually one that I lose one on a big day like this. I didn't expect it to be this one though. Without having all of the pieces, I decided to forego the rest of the series for the day and hit it again another time.
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My 27th Cache!
Not Counting the Photographer's Caches.
Cachiversary 3: Anderson's Introduction by Markwell
MarkwellN 41° 35.794 W 088° 13.624
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Hidden: 3/12/2004
Hider: Kelly

Millie the Mole

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 4: Anderson's Introduction

Welcome to historic Plainfield! Nestled along the banks of the crystal clear waters of the mighty DuPage.

I don't know anyone who grew up in Plainfield that doesn't recognize these words as belonging to Charles Anderson, the Voice of Plainfield. I placed this cache in his honor, and truly nestled it along the banks of the DuPage. Parking was - shall we say - interesting. I also had the unfortunate experience of leaving my keys at the cache site, and not recognizing it until I was back at the car. A quick hike back out to the hiding spot found the keys right where I left them.
Can be found wearing hiking boots

Ebony and Onyx #2 by camp637
N 41° 45.148 W 088° 16.207
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 5: Round and About

Found this one after visiting a nearby Geogolf point. I had visited the nearby Spyders Seed Cache back in May of 2003, so I knew this area quite well. However, I came at the cache with a round about path, going way to far to the north and circling back to the cache. Good hide.
Can be found wearing sneakers

Within the Oaks of Hurst by Hockey19
N 41° 45.235 W 088° 16.362
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Scout, the Dashing Llama

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 6: Scout's Starting Spot

This one gave me a little trouble. I knew about where it was and got within 20 feet of the reading with no problem, but the concealment was much better than I expected. I was able to drop off Scout the Dashing Llama after I found the well-hidden cache. It's ones like this that remind me of the early days of caching.
Can be found wearing sneakers

Amberwood by Spyderuser
N 41° 44.880 W 088° 13.539
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 7: Park-and-Grab

Nice quick parking. Easy in-and-out. Great cache for these multi-cache days.
Could be found wearing sandals

Edgewater by seeker22
N 41° 46.357 W 088° 09.904
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 8: Slip-and-Slide

I got good and muddy on this one. The very clever hide had me scratching my head for quite a while. While I circled the best possible location, I was being careful not to slip in the mud. One time, I wasn't careful. My feet left the ground and my buttocks met the ground. I found the cache, but lost a little dignity. On to the next.
Could be found wearing sandals

RIVERINE by seeker22
N 41° 46.024 W 088° 08.787
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 9: Right to it

Parked right near the cache; walked on a paved path all the way up to it; saw one lovely young lady walking on the path; reached up and grabbed the cache. On to the next.
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Doc’s Favorite Park by Natty Dread
N 41° 45.271 W 088° 07.968
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 10: Look at the HOUSES!

The cache description says it all: "Who lives like this?" The houses are HUGE. Cache was in a nice part of the park, and I found it in less than 5 minutes of searching. On to the next.
Can be found wearing hiking boots

Checkmate #8 by Dakota's Pal
N 41° 42.848 W 088° 06.987
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 11: Revisit to a Familiar Park

Back in November of 2002, a cacher put a pleas up in the forums for someone to show her the ropes. Dad and the Dynamic Duo and I stepped up to the plate and took Fallenfaery on several hunts. There was a fresh cache that we found together. This cache is on the way to that one, hidden in something that reminds me of a major botanical creater in the Harry Potter series.
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Doo-Dad’s Cache by seeker22
N 41° 43.463 W 088° 06.293
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 12: Hidden Well in the Neighborhood

A nice little walk - not quite wuick in-and-out. I found the cache relatively quickly, though and decided that it was time to move on to hit at least one or two more today.
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How Green Is My Valley by Nick49
N 41° 44.421 W 088° 04.488
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/12/2004
Hunters: Kelly

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
Cachiversary III - Part 13: Uncomfortability

Last cache of the day. Probably the best walk in the best park for the day, and hidden well off the trail. I took my hiking stick along on this one, and put it to some good use as my legs were getting a little tired. Cache was right where I expected it once I was 100 feet away.
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End of Cachiversary III
What’s Puzzling You? Piece One by Nash79
N 41° 38.196 W 088° 11.453
Difficulty: Terrain:
Date Found: 3/13/2004
Hunters: Kelly, Drew, Sam, Sherry

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is cache.
I was driving back home after visiting my mom this morning and didn't have my GPS. Having not found #3 in the series yesterday, I decided to try my best guess given the rest of the series and the placements. I found it WITHOUT the GPS in about 4 minutes of searching. That makes me feel pretty darn good.Can be found wearing sneakers

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GD33-BYYG
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Coordinates: N 40.7473° W 088.6225°

State: Illinois
Date Found: 3/20/2004 1:59 pm
Hunters: Kelly, Drew, Sam
Weston, Illinois - near the center of the State
65.18 miles from home

Green Dot is home.
Blue Dot is dashpoint.
Dashpoint Name: Weston Grain and Train

As we've heard on other days for this dasher, "Take the boys and get them out of the house. I can't study with them around." No need to tell me twice. But she needed a good long time to study, and I wasn't looking forward to schlepping the boys through a mucky forest with muddy boots. What I needed was a long distance drive-by dashpoint. The closest remaining dashpoint that was a drive-by was GD33-BYWA, but that clocked in at a little over two hours - one way. GD33-BYYG was only 1:35 one way, so that was the destination.

The high winds buffetted my car a little travelling down Interstate 55 from Chicago to Chenoa (US Route 24's exit), but I think I only used one gallon of gas for the 60 mile trip - as the winds were at my back. I pulled into the sleepy little town and found exactly what I expected. There's an east-west railway that bisects the town in half, and US 24 parallels that railroad just to the south. Much of the town could be the butt of some of Jeff Foxworthy's best material (If there are four or more cars up on blocks in the front yard…). Pictures to be posted. Contrast this with the Interstate Exit town of Chenoa with houses with parapets and very ornate decorative flourishes (more pictures). It was an interesting trip.

I reached 23 meters from the dashpoint by pulling along side a turn-around at the tracks on the east edge of town. Behind me, to the west were some massive grain elevators for temporary storage until the trains come by to pick them up, and it looks like this town completely revolves all of its industry on these elevators and the grain storage. Again - pictures forthcoming. I'll got so many good ones, it will probably have to be a collage.

3 points for Markwell and Team Trailblazers
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Click to see photo Grain Silos

Click to see photo Old Train Depot

Click to see photo Composite of the best shots

Geo-Golf Course Completed
Geo-Golf Course: GGAAGD
Course Radius: 10.0
Center: 41.7257, -88.1803
Total Strokes: 83
1/27/2004 - 3/22/2004


GeoGolf is an offshoot of Geodashing, which uses randomly generated points. Geo-Golf utilizes a denser course of 18 "holes" - randomly generated points on the earth's surface radiating from a central point of the player's choosing and within a desired radius. The closer you are to the actual spot, the lower your score.

This was my third course. For this golf course, I shortened the radius to 10KM. Unfortunately, that moved it into the realm of a "short" course and made scoring much more difficult. It actually doubled my worst score from the first three courses.
HoleLatitudeLongitudeDate HitMarkwell NameDistance
in Meters
StrokesDescription
GGAAGS-0441.6806-88.21631/27/2004Residual Farmland9.11111th Street between 59 and 248th
GGAAGS-1241.6477-88.15261/28/2004Gravel Pit538.39Gravel Pit near 135th and I-55
GGAAGS-1141.7375-88.21141/28/2004Calvary Church Farmland73.45Farmland Behind Calvary Church, just south of 75th Street
GGAAGS-0841.7186-88.21021/28/2004White Eagle28.63White Eagle Estates, just west of Rt 59
GGAAGS-0641.7462-88.16491/29/2004Condos Behind McDonalds4.91Condo Complex just south of 75th St and east of Plfd/Nprvl
GGAAGS-1341.7729-88.20521/29/2004On the Border of Golf Galaxy6.81Parking lot of Restaurant near 59 and B/N tracks
GGAAGS-1541.7602-88.22761/29/2004Strip Mall that Didn't Used to Be There9.91Near Sister-In-Law's Old Condo, Aurora
GGAAGS-0141.7443-88.23141/29/2004Stalker Golfing7.61Set of Condos near Frontenac and Ogden, Naperville
GGAAGS-1441.6537-88.23761/29/2004Inaccessible Farmland288.09Rousenelous' Farmland, just west of the Slaussen Cutoff
GGAAGS-1641.7052-88.17491/30/2004Conan Doyle, But No Hole-In-One17.62Subdivision just north of Ashbury Parkway between Naperville and Plainfield
GGAAGS-0541.8012-88.23722/3/2004I-88 at 70 (or 113)6.11On the westbound fast lane of I-88, between 59 and Farnsworth
GGAAGS-0341.7784-88.25052/6/2004Soccer Anyone?36.73School property in Stonebridge, Aurora
GGAAGS-0941.7261-88.18233/8/2004Springbrook Prairie - Again59.34South Side of Naperville, Near 2 previous holes
GGAAGS-1741.6699-88.24173/12/2004Old Railroads Never Die111.27Farm east of Railroad Grade near 199th and Rt 30
GGAAGS-0741.7188-88.29033/12/2004Sports Dome Farmland261.39Farmland near intersection of Routes 34 and 30
GGAAGS-1041.7470-88.27683/12/2004Oakhurst Neighbors129.38On the edge of Okahurst Forest Preserve
GGAAGS-1841.7292-88.06853/12/2004Greene Valley East436.99Greene Valley Forest Preserve, other side of river
GGAAGS-0241.7013-88.15233/23/2004Confluence from the South260.89Confluence Forest Preserve





March 2004 Statistics
This
Month
Cumulative
Tried Caches16336
Found Caches14247
Dashes3134
GeoGolfCourses Completed03
Placed Caches127
Hitchhikers Released113

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