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cache type mouse's tree house, by the Gamehendge Rangers cache size

by MikeChmi
(Finds: 27  Score: 135)    (Hidden: 7  Score: 40.5)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 11.484'   W 079° 57.459'
Harborcreek,   Pennsylvania   16421
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 07 Sept 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N00098
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Unknown
Cache size:   Unknown

Difficulty: gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain: gps gps gps (moderate)

Misc: No pets are allowed.


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Located at Shades Beach. Park in the parking lot and head down to the beach. Take a right to the creek at (N 42 11.478, W 79 57.705). Follow the creek bed, it's very rocky. May be to difficult for small children. You may get wet. The west side (left if your facing the lake) of the creek is private land (houses) so please avoid the land on that side of the creek, thanks!

The cache is in a 3 gallon rubbermaid container. It is chockablock full of stuff. There is a steep embankment you gotta climb to get to the cordinates. It's not to bad though cause we did it in the dark while it was raining with only a headlamp and we survived. Plus you could always get out of the creek downstream and find an easier way up.

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ps. search the contents of the cache container well.

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I found it! 12 Feb 2007 by  Rev Mike  (Finds: 32  Score: 128.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Out for a winter caching fix with Gerwalin and this was to be cache 2 of two attempted. The first was Heard It Through The Grapevine and we realized that we were already parked in the correct spot to go do this one, too. So we struck out into the cold again. In retrospect it seems a bad idea hiking the whole way up the creek not knowing how deep it was and that the ice was really not sturdy enought to walk on. Many blind steps were punctuated by loud cracks and pops and rifts forming in the snow in various directions. I only fell in a couple times only on foot at a time and the water was not any deeper than my boots so that was not too much of a problem just perhaps not the best idea. We found a goods spot to bail on the creek bed when the ice started getting very thin and at that point we were down to a few hundred feet so we hopped out and made up a pretty steep section of hill. From there we followed the ridge along to ground zero and found the cache in short order. Once again this one was frozen in place and it took a good deal of effort to get in to it and get it open. That made two for two on a freezing winter evening. I ran a TB through and we headed back to the car. Thanks for the awesome cache and a great winter caching fix.

- Rev Mike

I found it! 21 Nov 2002 by  coonass  (Finds: 2  Score: 12)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 10.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Did this one right before the CD swap, dumb move. It took a while but Mskardiac and I did it, excellent hide guys.

Note 19 Oct 2002 by  MikeChmi  (Finds: 27  Score: 135)    (Hidden: 7  Score: 40.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Hi jeeperz and welcome to the sport,

Tried to email you but couldn't find your address. I'm willing to bet the cache is still there. If you need some more clues email me at (gamehendgerangers@hotmail.com).


I couldn 19 Oct 2002 by  jeeperz  (Finds: 0  Score: 0)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This was my first cache trip. The "creek" was more like a river, no way without waders of crossing that. I had to climb across the steep bank on the east side until I could get to a fallen down tree. It didn't help that it's been raining like mad for the last 2 days. Got across the creek and followed the GPS. I kept going in circles and looked everywhere I could think of. I then went DOWN the large embankment to look up. Still no luck. The GPS was also not being very co-operative either with all the tree cover. I hope that it is still there!

I found it! 02 Aug 2002 by  road rash  (Finds: 30  Score: 130)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Very enjoyable find, found this one with Balloonpilot,Chickenlips and WW.Gobstopper. Took and left nothing. Had a very good time on this one.

I found it! 02 Aug 2002 by  balloonpilot and chickenlips  (Finds: 52  Score: 252.5)    (Hidden: 7  Score: 31)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Where do we begin with this one!!! ....How about excellent job and superb layout and
planning...We thoroughly enjoyed having to work a little bit to reach the final plateau! We all
left several claw marks on the sheer cliff walls... Amazing what you really don't have to do if
you pay attention to the obvious... We had a lot of laughs and would recommend this to any
Geocachers with open minds...One very important rule to remember is that There are NO rules
for Geocaching This can make it a bit tougher at times but thats what we are in this
for...Nothing better than matching wits with the cache owner...We all thank you very much
for a job above and beyond well done...Thank you. We took the rubber duck and and left a
Matchbox helicopter. We also dropped off the Travelbug Lady needing N.Y. Fireman for
someone else to move along.

I found it! 08 Apr 2002 by  mrsmom  (Finds: 128  Score: 491.5)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 10)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

3/23/02 - Third & LAST cache of the day with MrMom & Goo. Arrived at Beach just as sun slipped below the horizon. Found out my old hiking boots are no longer waterproof while crossing the creek. We decided to follow along the beach stepping along the ledge. We had to time our steps as the 40 mph winds were producing high waves. Climbed straight up embankment using both hands & feet to get to top. Quite scary & slippery. At top jumped a small creek & landed on my face in the mud!! Soon found out we were at the top of a ravine & the cache was somewhere below. Wet & muddy I was ready to give up but MrMom wanted to continue. After a few tries we realized there was no way down so we decided to try to return to the parking area. We couldn't go back the way we came, nor could we go down the steep ravine so we climbed up a hill & over a huge fallen tree & found ourselves in someones back yard. We were all set to head for a main road when MrMom noticed the cache co-ordinates pointed down a different hill to the right. I had had enough but he was determined! After climbing down & sometimes sliding, he found it in minutes at 7:50PM, more than an hour after we set off. Goo took a chapstick & left a couple jelly fish. Not sure which way to return we headed towards a main road back to the car & arrived there around 9:00pm. This was by far the hardest cache ever! MrMom loved the challenge. Quite the adventure!

I found it! 04 Apr 2002 by  zoisrus  (Finds: 4  Score: 17.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found this one about 12 noon after leaving car a little before 11 a.m. We spent 10-15 minutes trying to figure out how to get my Geocaching buddy across the creek with dry feet since her boots weren't high enough for the waterlevel. We hiked upstream around a bend and found a large tree had fallen across the creek and voila-there was the answer. While I walked across the creek she elected to shimmy across the "log bridge" which worked out great-we both had dry feet upon reaching the other side. Other than the stream crossing we enjoyed the hike and didn't mind the varied terrain-we both appreciate caches that require not only effort to find, but also some effort to get to physically. Burn off some calories before treating ourselves to a cafe mocha at a bookstore in Erie on the way home:)

What a beautiful park and a great choice to hide your cache in! My friend and I didn't think it was all that difficult to find although after reading the description and various logs we WERE anticipating a major challenge. Granted we were not trying to find it in inclement weather,at dusk, or in the dark as some folks did. Of course we both have found enough Geocaches now to know you definitely have to look around and pay attention and thinks things out. Sometimes we've found that it helps (as in this case)to try to think like the owner who placed the cache.

If not for the traffic noise, it would not have been difficult to image we were standing in some remote location in the wilderness instead of only a couple miles east of Erie.

BTW: You might want to post to your description for future seekers-no dogs allowed on the beach.

Enjoyed immensely, zoisrus (NE Ohio Geocacher) minus the dogs:(

I found it! 10 Feb 2002 by  joeld  (Finds: 4  Score: 22.5)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 4.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Decided to do this one because it was placed by the Gamehenge Rangers and I really enjoyed their CD Swap cache. I searched for quite a while before figuring out where the cache was. Had a great time and managed to stay dry.

Note 31 Oct 2001 by  MikeChmi  (Finds: 27  Score: 135)    (Hidden: 7  Score: 40.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

One other thing, there is some trash on the way to the cache, especially on the beach (don't worry it's still beautiful). We packed out some but if your feeling environmental take a garbage bag (cache in trash out) and help out.

Note 30 Oct 2001 by  MikeChmi  (Finds: 27  Score: 135)    (Hidden: 7  Score: 40.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Message from Gamehenge Rangers

Just checking up on the cache, everything is all good. I also dropped off the Sammy the Snail Hitchiker


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