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by Paleoman
(Finds: 95  Score: 428)    (Hidden: 14  Score: 60)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 38.914'   W 078° 03.861'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
Castile,   New York   14427
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 31 Dec 2006
Waypoint (Landmark): N0267C
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Normal

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

Misc: Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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This is a fun multi cache with Wolf Creek as the theme. There are 4 legs to find that will take you on a small tour of the path that Wolf Creek takes on its journey through Castile. Final cache is a 50 Cal. Ammo box.

The Creek that cuts through the heart of the village of Castile has been named “Wolf Creek” for good reasons. As the first settlers arrived in the early 1800s, they were looking for a source of water to power their saw mills. They soon discovered this creek flowing through the area and decided to build their crude dwellings nearby. The village at that time was a mere wilderness settlement and for lack of an official name the area became known as “Wolf Creek” due to the large population of wolves that roamed the forests here. It has been stated in early writings of this area that every night wolves could be heard howling in the forest. The stream that flowed through the settlement had been named “Wolf Creek” by the first surveyors that traversed through the area as they laid out a crude road known as the “Allegheny Road. That name has lasted since those early times until the present. The wolves soon disappeared due to a bounty that was put on them to rid the area of them, and the village became known as “Castile” (Which is pronounced with a long I and not as the city in Spain (Casteel) is pronounced).

The source, or the headwaters of this creek originates just outside of the Village of Silver Springs. In earlier times this stream was the outlet water for Silver Lake. After the glaciers receded for the final time, the level of the lake eventually lowered about 12 feet and the outlet moved from the South end of the lake, to the North end of the lake due to a collapse of the earth in that area. Now “Wolf Creek” collects water from the many springs and tributaries that feed it as it travels from Silver Springs, through Castile, and finally into Letchworth State Park. There the waters connect with the Genesee River and make their journey North to Lake Ontario and eventually the Atlantic Ocean.

Once you have completed this cache and you are still interested in seeing more of this creek, the area where it empties into the Genesee River can be visited by doing “Wolf Creek Workout” by Rojar. Here Wolf Creek makes a dramatic entry into the canyon at Letchworth Park, by cascading down a long waterfall and finally merging into the Genesee River.

This cache may be a little challenging and requires a good sense of observation to locate each set of coordinates. I believe that this cache is winter accessible depending on how much snow is on the ground. The first two legs of this cache will take you to a couple of locations where you can view the creek. While you are at these locations you will be looking for coordinates that will take you on your journey. At the 3rd location you can park and look for the final set of coordinates. Once you have the final coordinates there is a nice hike to the cache location. It might be a good idea to wear appropriate footwear when going to the final location. The trail can be muddy in places.

There is an awesome First to Find prize in this cache. I have included one of my Obsidian blades made from mahogany obsidian. This is a real nice piece!

This final cache is located on property owned by the Castile Youth Center, in Castile. I would like to thank Ron Ballinger (property caretaker) for giving permission for this cache to be placed on their property.

Please be respectful at each location you visit. Please return each part of this cache back to its original position and make sure that you always hide things better than you find them! Thanks –Paleoman52-

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I found it! 25 Mar 2007 by  HuckleBuckle  (Finds: 77  Score: 273.5)    (Hidden: 67  Score: 223.5)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

I've been looking forward to finding this one since it came out and hearing from Szuchie what a fun find it is, today was the day to go get it!

After visiting the cave, Gadget and I headed over here to do this one and "White Pine". Gadget made sure I found the other stages so I could experience the whole cache. The trip down to the final was the most memorable. The area near the wooden bridge was awesome and I wish I had brought my camera to help me capture some of the beauty so I could remember it. I definitely want to come back sometime to explore the area some more and maybe even wade in the creek.

Once we found the final, Gadget and I inspected the contents and I took the TB's to move along. Thank you Paleoman for all your fun caches today! They all were fun and unique caching adventures! Cache on!


I found it! 21 Jan 2007 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Hello again folks!

Welcome back to the thrilling conclusion of...

Cache find #700!!!

So today, replenished with a good nights sleep, a fine breakfast, 50 tons of TNT and a 20 pack-mule train with enough provisions for a 6 month voyage into the wild, Chicky and I headed back for more punishment! Upon arrival to the final cache site (with brand spankin’ new batteries in my GPS), I dove right in (literally) and went back to searching for this elusive bugger. After 20 minutes or so, Chicky and her “pokin’ stick”, made one of the best sounds known to a geocacher. That lovely ammo can clank! So happily the cache was found…yes found. But now I had to retrieve the damn thing! That was another 15 minute long process (thank goodness for the 50 tons of dynamite eh?!?). Happily I signed the log, and this tremendous cache was complete!

Thank you P-Man for a wonderful journey to the many areas in and around Wolf Creek, and for showing us this beautiful cache location. This was a well-constructed cache, with a variety of unique and excellent hides – each of which was more fun than the last. We are extremely proud to have found it, especially after each and every challenge we encountered. This is truly how all great milestones should be, thank you so much for all of your hard work in creating this incredible adventure!


I couldn 20 Jan 2007 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Cache find #700….well…..the first attempt at least!!!
A few weeks ago we decided upon this cache for a myriad or reasons. Mostly because P-Man has become an excellent friend of ours, and the opportunity to complete one of his always spectacular multi's for find #700 seemed like the perfect idea!

So Saturday (1-20-07) was the magical day to head out and find this cache. After a multitude of setbacks, we ended up leaving for the first leg later than scheduled, but we had the pleasure of bringing my brother Adam with us for the adventure. We arrived at what we thought was leg one, only to learn that I punched in an incorrect number, and had actually overshot our first stop by over a mile! Good thing I had printed out the cache page eh?!? That would explain why there was no creek in sight...haha.

So after a quick correction, we were at leg one. After doing the "queasy fishy-fishy dance" for a moment (thanks WG for such a cool catch phrase), I happily found the cords. So off we headed for leg two, where after a moment of searching leg three was in our sights so off we headed!

After our arrival at leg three, we started to have concerns about the potential hiding place, but after a quick consult from the master himself, our thoughts were confirmed and the search for the elusive leg three continued....and continued....and continued. As I demonstrated to P-Man later, the finding of leg three only occurred as I was doing an "I'm dumb, where IS this thing" demonstration, only to realize that I was in fact dumb, but at the same time oh-so lucky. Haha.

So feeling confident in our successful progress thus far, and that cache find 700 was now so close I was preparing to bust out the A-1 sauce, we made what in hindsight was a dreadful error.

We let Adam take the reigns of the GPS.

Perhaps we had gotten a little cocky, or as I will most likely be caught embellishing later, “So bizarrely and unreasonably drunk that both good judgment and the ability to distinguish the utterly insane from a shiny toaster were rendered unimaginably useless.” Either way, we followed him. Haha.

At one point he was 30 feet ahead of us and suddenly we heard screaming, followed by hysterical laughter. Although he can’t seem to find a cache with a GPS, he sure can find nearly knee deep mud! Haha. So after some crazy mud bogging, we entered the death defiance portion of our journey (which I once again happily described to P-Man later on). Regardless, I have a vague idea on how those high-wire guys feel when they dangle dangerously above Niagara Falls….okay, so maybe I don’t.

After several impressive acrobatic feats, Chicky, Adam and I were finally on our way to the final cache site. Now call it poor planning if you will, but 150 feet from my zero my GPS starts to fritz on me as the batteries are moments away from dying (all while my backpack WITH extra batteries sits 20 miles away at home…haha). So for those of you counting at home, this was like obstacle 7,286 on our way to completing this cache. Haha. Oh, and to top it off…obstacle 7,287 was that we couldn’t find the final!

After a good 45 minutes or so of crawling, climbing and searching through a solid layer of ice covered in a couple inches of snow, we couldn’t come up with the box, where mockingly #700 sat waiting impatiently for me. So, after a few rounds of our new favorite fill-in-the-blank game, “P-Man is a big (fill in blank here!)”, we called it a day begrudgingly and made the shorter and much more practical journey back to the car.

To be continued...



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