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cache type Garlic Trail cache size

by stefanis
(Finds: 0   Score: 0)   (Hidden: 1   Score: 2)

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 36° 59.880'   W 121° 35.380'
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Gilroy ,    California    95020
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 16 Jun 2002
Waypoint (Landmark): N00295
Open Cache:    Personal use only
Cache type:    Normal
Cache size:    Normal

Difficulty:   gps (easy)
Terrain:   gps (easy)
Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available No pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!

Comments:
Park is closed at sunset and in the winter is often only accessible from the back, or is it the front? Difficult to say. Anyway when the creek floods, one of the access roads gets closed. There may be poison oak, but I didn't see any. Getting to the cache does require a bit of bush wacking (about 5 feet), but be kind to the trees. There were some berry bushes near the cache, so be careful.

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Come see what the Garlic Festival looks like in the off season.

This is a really easy one, you are only off paved roads for about 100ft. Lots of grassy open fields for kite flying, a children's play ground, picnic tables, and public facilities. Make a day of it.

The container is a small 4inch cube with a round screw lid. Origional contents are a plastic harmonica, a gumball machine type spin top, fancy hotel soap, and a glass marble.

Standard take one leave one rule, please no big items. The container is small, but bigger than a micro.

Please log your name and date on the paper inside.



Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ? @ ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . /



Clues:    decode
  • What Park? 
    Puevfgznf Uvyy Cnex< be vf vg Hinf Perrx Erfheir/
  • Where's that trail? 
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  • Can't see the forest... 
    Sebz gur genvy urnq< svaq gur svefg erqjbbq ba gur evtug>
  • OK... Where is it! 
    Vg vf oruvaq gur qbhoyr erqjbbq gerr whfg bss gur genvy n ovg hc uvyy>


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Note 24 Nov 2003 by  stefanis   (Finds: 0   Score: 0)   (Hidden: 1   Score: 2)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Rio,
Glad to see the cache is still there. Mr. Big sounded like he gave up too quickly.
Thank goodness you didn't disturb the natural habitat of the sacred California wood rat. I'd hate to think that there would be no more piles of sticks for these cuddly little, woodland creatures to live in.

--stefanis (cache placer)
I found it! 23 Nov 2003 by  Delta S   (Finds: 1   Score: 2)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Guess I pressed the wrong button and didn't log it "found" last time. Here's a note to correct that error.
Note 23 Nov 2003 by  Delta S   (Finds: 1   Score: 2)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Wood Rats, huh? Thanks for the explanation. I figured it to be just a big pile of sticks. The cache is there, and not in the inside, but on the outside of the nest. I found it with the two young'uns in tow on a cool, sunny Saturday afternoon. We took the harmonica and left a whistle (harmonica is quiter... aaaahhhhh). Took a top and left a caribiner.
First to sign the log! This baby's been here for some time with no finds. Fear not the wood rats, for they are but fellow cachers.
-Rio
I could not find it. 12 Sept 2003 by  Mr Big   (Finds: 0   Score: 0)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Went by this morning on the way to work. Nice park, and quite a few people even at 8:30 on a Friday morning. Found the cache location easily (checked the clues to be sure). The cache appears to be located on/in an active wood rat nest. I didn't see the cache, but I was unwilling to destroy the nest. These are not the same rats we think of as pests, but native residents. They also are cachers! Their nests contain collections of artifacts they collect, and the cache may have been moved deep inside this large pile of sticks. One of the entrances is the tunnel visible at the base of the mound, nearest the trail. These nests are opened and examined by archaeologists in the Southwest, because some of them have been active for more than 10,000 years, and they contain a comprehensive inventory of human cultural artifacts.

It would be a shame to tear this nest apart, so I didn't. I suspect the cache is no more.
Mr. Big
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