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cache type Gnomes Lair cache size

by balloonpilot and chickenlips
(Finds: 52  Score: 252.5)    (Hidden: 7  Score: 31)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 35.329'   W 078° 37.457'
Glenwood,   New York   14069
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 22 Apr 2002
Waypoint (Landmark): N00215
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

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

Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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This cache is located in Sprague Brook park in southern Erie county. The placement of which has been
approved by the Erie county parks department. There are some better than average items within this cache
which are inside a large ammo box, "lots of room in this one"!! Please note that this is just one of two
caches that we have placed in this park. Please check out our Up Up and Away cache as well!!

Original contents are as follows

2 pot holders
a kaleidascope
Indoor or outdoor thermometer
2 caribiners (key ring type)
New Master combination lock
silly putty
Deer alerts
Flashlight with batteries
Magnetic face drawing toy
Recipe journal
a balloonpilot hand crafted train whistle
1 pair of EMERGENCY socks, take them if you need them!!

A good place to park is N42° 35.199 W078° 37.641. At this point, you are very close to the
cache. Someone once told me that a straight line is not always the most ideal way to a target.
We recommend that you use the X-country ski trail as you leave your vehicle. In a round
about way, you will arrive at the cache site with no problem. There are many nice things to
look at along the trail, you will enjoy the walk. Once you've found your goal, you can take
the trail in either direction to get back to your vehicle at the parking area. If you go opposite
the way you came in, you will come out into an open field above the parking lot. There is a
camera in the cache with directions enclosed. Please take a picture or two of yourself and let
me know if you did and how many you took when you log your find.

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



Clues:    decode

  • Go ahead, figure it out!! 
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    lbhe obbgf naq or fher gb oevat n synfuyvtug>


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I found it! 29 Dec 2008 by  mach13  (Finds: 5  Score: 17)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Wow - where do we start! Slipping and a sliding and plopping and a stopping our way to the cache! Took the hill up on the way back. We needed the exercise! Found it fast once we got to the area. Took the coin and will find a home for it in Indiana or Illinois in a couple weeks. Placed some goodies in it and left the cache in good shape for the next brave soul!

Team Broughton
Sr & Jr

I found it! 06 Mar 2006 by  nature noggins  (Finds: 9  Score: 37.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Wow! What a day. We tried 4 caches today and always seemed to end up on the wrong side of the creek (or ravine). While heading into West Seneca, Mrs. NN decided we should try two in the park even though they weren't on my agenda. So we stopped by to grab these two quickly since we were a bit limited on time. A try at Name That Tune first left me with a cold wet leg when the ice broke and I slipped into the stream. The time spent looking for a safe crossing made it too late to try the Gnomes Lair, but we came back to it after our appt. in WS. We took the advice of following the ski trail and are still kicking ourselves for taking the skis out of the truck this morning (the conditions were perfect). We found the area fairly easily but I had to do some butt sliding while Mrs NN stood up top and laughed at me. I finally found the treasure and TN but left a few small toys as a thanks for the adventure. I always enjoy a challenge.


I found it! 14 Nov 2005 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

For the last few weeks or so I've been dreaming about gnomes, so I decided it was time to tackle the famous Gnomes Lair cache.
This cache NEVER disappointed me! This was fun from the get go on an early fall morning. Chicky (my caching cohort) and I set out on our day off (we decided since tomorrow is my bday we'd celebrate by doing some sweet caches).

I am not sure if we took the correct path or not (apparently I don't research the caches before I do them...haha...because making it harder is always more fun right???)...Anyways, so after wandering up and down a few slip-and-slide-like hills we finally reached the lair. Since I'm alergic to gnome bites , Chicky proceeded into the lair and came face to face with one cranky gnome (I think we woke him up, it was pretty early).

After introducing ourselves, and stating our mission...the gnome asked us for a token to show our sincerity. Following a, "what should we give him to show our sincerity" team huddle, we decided that since this cache was such an inventive and wonderful adventure, we would give the gnome our coveted White Jeep Travel Bug.

Thanks so much for such as awesome cache. It is by far one of the more creative and challenging adventures we've taken in some time.



I found it! 01 Jul 2003 by  strikeforce_sunset  (Finds: 45  Score: 177)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 23)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

While down to Sprague Brook Park on, other business.
I introduced a friend (Barney Fife) of mine to geocaching.
After our work on Monday decided to do some caching on
Tuesday. Set our game plan, and our first adventure, after
a rain , with "Barney" in tow was Gnomes Lair. "Barney" had
bad knee and couldn't make last 40 yrds to cache. I plucked
cache from the lair and went back to Barney and opened the
cache. He was quite surprized when I opened it, and saw all
the bounty inside. Though wet, he found it interesting, and
explored the contents, while I emptied the box and started
drying things off. I put all contents in a large zip-lock
bag - hopefully they will stay dry.
Took : monster head key ring / Left : Racecar.
Thanks for the hide and find.
Strikeforce1 - out and about -with "Newbie" in tow.

I found it! 31 Jan 2003 by  GEO  (Finds: 17  Score: 69)    (Hidden: 16  Score: 74)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

What a perfect day for winter caching today! I headed out with the snowshoes on the trail to Gnomes Lair. I figured I would avoid the legendary mud of this cache considering that everything is frozen solid ;-) As I hit the trail I met with 2 cross country skiers and their dog. When they saw the GPS, a simple greeting turned into a detailed discussion about GeoCaching: I think we have 2 new converts :)

I followed the trail for the most part but took a little shortcut on the way in. I had to cross a little stream, but nothing bad even with the snowshoes. I did follow the trail on the way back to see more of the park.

I found the cache w/o any trouble: a nice slide on the snow got me to it in seconds. What a good hide for it! I loved the little sign hanging from the 'ceiling' of the lair. Best of all, there was NO mud!

I took nothing but a 'Finders Token Slip' and left nothing but my entry in the logbook and a print with my stamp. The cache itself is in great shape except for some ice inside caused by condensation.

I took the last picture on the camera.

I found it! 31 Aug 2002 by  Harv and Donna  (Finds: 152  Score: 707)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

2nd of BP & CL cache finds today. Got to the suggested parking spot, or so I thought. Talked with WW Gobstopper today, and apparently it wasn't. Anyway where I was, was full of campers. Thought it would look stupid if I started down the trail with boots on and I knew they would be hot on my feet, so I decided to carry them with me. That probably looked just as stupid! But when I got to the cache I didn’t feel stupid since I had them with me. Could see the Gnome peering out at me but I changed into my boots and went in anyway. Signed log, took/left nothing except lots of mud. Took picture #7 with cache camera. Thanks for this classic hide.
Harv & Donna (without Donna) Dansville,NY

I found it! 27 Jul 2002 by  mrsmom  (Finds: 128  Score: 491.5)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 10)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

At the Rochester picnic I told you I was looking forward to doing your caches soon. Had no idea it would take me this many weeks to finally get around to it! Although I have visited this park many time I had never been to this section before. We started our adventure as the sun set and the clouds rolled in . The woods have an eerie beauty at this time of night. By the time we got to the Gnomes neighborhood, after an enjoyable walk, it was pitch black and you could hear the animals creeping about. The coordinates led us right to the Gnomes Lair, but I must say he really does not like many visitors at a time! Signed the log but traded nothing. Decided to complete the loop on the way out. Saw many eyes peering at us through the woods and heard a call of one animal repeatedly which seemd to be following us but I could not identify it. Perhaps the Gnome was calling us to come back to his lair. This was one fantastic adventure! You truly outdid yourselves on this one. This will be on cache I will always remember and look back on fondly . Thank you so much for a wonderful cache and great adventure.

I found it! 12 Jul 2002 by  Hiltonfamily  (Finds: 52  Score: 245)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 23)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Oh Man GPS's are great things! I decided this morning to attempt a cache without my fearless leader.

Reved up the computer, printed out the info and imputted the V. I feel so empowered! I made it to the cache site and back without getting lost even once! This from a person who really is directionally challenged (what my caching name stands for). I never could have done it without my GPS!

It took us about an hour to get to the park from our home. I had a bit of a time finding the parking spot (I think my maps overlapped near that spot so I was doing this cirlce thing) and ended up parking a bit away but what a beautiful place for a walk! You just couldn't have asked for a better day! As we entered the trail we were presented with a field of wild flowers. Then as we got closer we also realized that this was a butterfly field as well. Butterfly girl was delighted and Eversure started to run as the gell he used seemed to attract them in masses to his head...

I took your advice and found that your trail philosphy was right on. I also turned the cookies on my GPS as I left the car just in case and was glad as many of the trails looked very similar. We arrrived at the cache site in near to a 1/2 hour. Must say that your terrain rating was right on as well. I just wish that i would have had a surf board......or a sled as that mode of movement was how I arrived at the destination and rich brown dirt is very distinctive on my lucky light blue caching pants... :)

Eversure was the one who found the cache. He said that "You couldn't have asked for a better place to put the box!" We all checked it out and discovered that there is a better less wet way to go....Eversure came out from the trial run with a good 5" of mud on his feet but smiling none the less. We traded out the chain mail haky sack, koosh and kalidascope. Replaced these with a Doodle kitty, twin bobbel head surfers, a bead box and a bilders Square tape measure with level. Took px 16 and 17 with the camera...one is a close up of Foo who was a bit miffed at the incline she saw.

Thanks for adding to the enjoyment of the day...and since we are on the theme of "forest creatures" please check out our cache that has a similar theme The Hobbit-bag End Cache

DxChallenged and the Hilton crew -fearless and sweety

I found it! 16 Jun 2002 by  Road Kill  (Finds: 54  Score: 244.5)    (Hidden: 11  Score: 55)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Second of three caches hit today. Just came from "Down But Not Out". Started in the nice flowery field, crossed a trickling stream and then ventured into the gnome's terrain. Did I mention it was raining? Bug Splatter was not too happy at this point but Road Kill got her to the lair. Took pictures #20 (Bug Splatter)& 19 (Road Kill) and traded out the pot holders for a clock/flashlight and two dollars. A well stocked cache and well worth the experience (Although Bug Splatter doesn't agree). I have pictures on my camera as well.

Road Kill (ONLY) is Grinning
and on to Up Up & Away

[Modified 2002-06-16 17:04:54]


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