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Szuchie

(Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)

Caches Hidden

Hidden on Difficulty Terrain Cache Name
05 Aug 2007
3.0
3.0
The Cache Logger's Companion
21 Mar 2009
2.5
2.5
Szuchie's Sense of Serenity...
13 Dec 2007
3.0
3.0
One for the Crew
07 Apr 2008
2.5
1.0
The Historic Places of Wyoming County
25 Jul 2008
2.5
3.0
The Great Letterbox Caper

CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!  

I found it! 30 Oct 2011    Peak-A-Boo  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 2 )

Today Cayuga Crew and I were wandering around Zoar Valley and this cache caught our eye. So we made the very enjoyable hike out along the ridge to the point to find it. I've never been here before, and this was absolutely beautiful. Truly an amazing location in Zoar Valley that gives you an exceptional perspective of Valentine Flats.

Obviously the hike to this one was a little precarious due to the ramifications of a slip here or there, but with the appropriate amount of care we had no problems finding this and enjoying the views.

Thanks for placing this cache and introducing us to a place I had never visited before!

~Szuchie

I found it! 10 Jul 2011    End of 18  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2.5 )

Today I knew I had to make this hike - and to make it with me I had the immense privilege of having my brother Adam tag along to share in the sights. I had hiked this trail before, but a return visit had been far too long, and to also have the opportunity to introduce it to someone who had never been made it all that much more special.

Our arrival was delayed a little by a delicious breakfast at the Eagle Inn, so the world was just a little bit warmer than anticipated when we first started our way east. Regardless, we found an adequate spot to park, and made the short trek to the trailhead where I once again found myself enjoying these spectacular open woods. I also got to geek out a little, by sharing my miniscule knowledge of plant life with Adam - most importantly what poison ivy looks like. By the end of the hike, the kid was a freakin’ pro.

There are so many special things to discover along this trail - the first being the pavilion and stone picnic tables that are tucked away in seclusion not far from the gorge. Coming across something like this in the woods makes me smile - it has a certain majestic quality to it.

We hiked slowly, enjoying chatting about every little thing - while stopping frequently to identify trees and laugh at Adam as he screamed and pointed every time he spotted poison ivy. Haha. We also checked out the several trailside overlooks, taking pictures and commencing with additional bouts of goofing off. Eventually we hit the downhill portion of the trail and before long we were trekking along the ridge.

Once to the cache site, Adam was the first to lay eyes on the box - and after waiting out a few other trail patrons, we cracked the cache and signed in. There’s nothing better than a Roadkill cache to pass along that infectious smile of this. After rehiding the box, we climbed back to the trail and made our way to “the end” where we took a ton of pictures and did some additional exploring along the ridge before starting the slow uphill hike back.

Roadkill - this is one of the absolute most best caches in the park - HANDS DOWN. If there was to be a cache that would exemplify everything that caching should be, this cache would come to mind each and every time. A huge thanks to you for this superb outing - and for also giving me the opportunity to spend a couple hours with one of my favorite people in the world. I will remember it fondly forever.

With infinite gratitude,

~Szuchie
[Modified 2012-04-15 08:03:19]

I found it! 07 May 2011    Brogan's Topo Lesson  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 3.5 )

Well folks…today I decided I would return to LSP and once again try to pass this peculiar test. Last time I was here I went in, and came out thinking I had completed this with flying colors…only to realize I wasn’t smart enough to sign the log after spending quite a while hanging out at the cache site trying to bait in some bears so I could score some candid wildlife photos. Dumb Szuchie, dumb.

When I told Brogan of my plans, he asked me to do a favor for him when I revisited this cache - and of course I would oblige. But that’s not the part of the story I’ll be telling. This is my story…

I arrived in the park pretty early - entering from Portageville. I made the long winding drive to the cache area, taking the opportunity to smile as the blue skies and sunshine lit up the gorge and the surrounding woods. The dullness of the forest had started looking more and more colorful as wildflowers and leaf buds started showing up everywhere. This is what I like most about Spring - the world coming alive.

I parked my SUVIE and packed up my gear. I entered as I had last time, covering the first couple hundred feet before picking up a long-since-forgotten access road that is still mildly recognizable. The road zigged me down part of the hill, before disappearing. From there I hit the first landing, and continued my trek down down down down. Boy, you sure do cover a lot of topo lines in order to pay this cache a visit!

The last part is the most steep, but even with all the rain we keep getting subjected to, the ground was pretty firm so no slipping or sliding were to be had. At one point, on the other side of nearby ravine, I heard an animal scurrying away, and was able catch a glimpse of a raccoon running along the ravines edge. Yay for wildlife! Actually, I was sort of curious if any bears would be meandering around down here as I started the final descent to the cache. No bears to be found though - maybe next time!

I arrived at the cache location, and found it very well hidden. It looks as though a few people had just visited a couple weeks ago! Good deal, as it’s a shame to see a cache like this go unfound for as long as it has. I pulled the cache from it’s spot, and immediately opened up the log book to scribble my name inside! I was legit now, sweeeeet! It’s only taken me like 6 months to get my butt back here. Haha.

After resealing the container, I dusted it off…and as requested by Brogan, I took it for a nice hike uphill. For the first time in nearly 9 years this cache was resting on pavement. It was a weird feeling, but at the same time, I was glad that this cache had provided so many great memories for cachers throughout the years. Thank you Brogan for this cool hide, and for nearly killing me on the uphill. I gotta lay off the omelets before hoofing up 200+ feet of elevation. Haha.

~Szuchie

I found it! 05 Feb 2011    Downtown Statue Tour  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1.5 )

Oh why oh why can't I favorite this one like on Frogger? I was in the hood this morning not finding a great deal of caches, and had serendipitously printed out the instructions for this one in the hopes that I wouldn't find City Hall under 150 feet of snow rendering yet another cache in WNY complete inaccessible. I lucked out, as there was only a little for the white stuff impeding an otherwise smooth journey from spot to spot.

This was a cool little virtual Captain Urkelpants - and actually probably the first time I consciously noted that I was standing on the doorstep to City Hall (so by my logic, it would be the first time ever…logically Szuchie speaking). I found the necessary information without any trouble, and even got to make believe I was a judge. Hey, I needed to park somewhere right!?! Those guys don’t work weekends…hell, they barely work weekdays! Hahaha. Now that wasn’t nice. I shouldn’t have said that. I apologize.

Anyway, thanks for this cache and for enticing me to finally stop here and explore a little.

~Szuchie

PS - emails answers on the wayyyyyy.

I found it! 15 Oct 2010    Police Memorial  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Hey Urkel (haha, yes, here you're still WhiteUrkel baby!), Chicky and I were out and about today doing all the oddball non-GC type caches and this one popped on my radar as one to check out. If it wasn't for this cache, I would have never known about this spot. Pretty neat - though it looks like the fountain aspect of it isn't currently operating. Perhaps down for the winter?

Either way, this was a cool stop. As little as I know about Buffalo, I did like getting introduced to new thingies. Thanks for the NC...my second non-GC find of yours today! Yay for alternative geocaching! Haha.

~Szuchie

Note 06 Aug 2010    Old Cattaraugus (Used To Be A) Micro  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1.5 )

Time to archive and revise this one H-doggy-dog!

I found it! 27 Jul 2010    Eternal Flame Falls  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 3 )

Oh Urk...how come more people don't play on NC? Haha, I guess I shouldn't complain, at least it's not the ghost town TC is! :)

~Szuchie

PS: Oh yeah, checked on the cache and thankfully no ones made off with the falls of the flame. Whew! You know how those damn muggles can be!

I found it! 12 Jun 2010    P-Mans FLT 2  ( Difficulty: 3.5    Terrain: 3.5 )

Gotta agree with Cayuga on that one - I think NCers should get special treatment. :) Maybe a hiking stick, some beers and a catered lunch or something? Figured it was worth a shot right? Hahahaha.

Note 22 May 2010    My Walking Stick  ( Difficulty: 4    Terrain: 1 )

I fondled it...oh yes I did! Unlike P-Man, I don't need the numbers and gloating is only for old guys (wow Ken, you're like Bruce circa-2007! Hahahahahahahaha). Anyhoo, I'll catch up with the Snowfolks at some point to poke their stick with my stick...er...pencil...you know what, nevermind. ;)

~Szuchie

Note 15 May 2010    The Cache Logger's Companion  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

I figured it was about time to take a little meander and check out this cache as I hate seeing things go unfound (esp. if things are missing!). So with G$ at my side to keep my company we headed out into the wild unknown. Had a great time hiking these beautiful woods as I always do and am even more happy to see that all legs are in good shape - even the final. It was really well hidden by the debris that helped cover it up over the last year-plus. Glad to say though it is still there - and of course should anyone want some help before seeking out this multi please let me know. While I want to provide a fun challenge, my true goal is to provide everyone with an enjoyable old school hike through great woods. That's what it's all about! This cache is one of my favorites and I’m guiddy to announce that is good to go for another year!

~Szuchie

Note 24 Apr 2010    The Great Letterbox Caper  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 3 )

Checked on this one...what's funny is the most recent finder on the other site (haha implying that this is the primary...oh sily Szuchie!), found the cache without actually finding a leg. Bizzare say I...anyhoo, this cache is all there and good to go.

I'm posting this on NC because I know Cayuga comes here to get all his geocaching information. As far as he is aware HB still goes by Hucklebuckle and parking lot micros don't exist yet. Ahh...happier times!

~Szuchie

Note 12 Apr 2010    My Walking Stick  ( Difficulty: 4    Terrain: 1 )

Whoa whoa, easy with the bone comments. This is a family friendly site now kiddies! And don't be jealous P-Man, I'm just using Snowman for his big stick...oh dammit, now you both have me doing it!!!

Note 09 Apr 2010    My Walking Stick  ( Difficulty: 4    Terrain: 1 )

You me and the WyCo Forest. GeoDate? Hahahaha.

Note 21 Jan 2010    Szuchie's Sense of Serenity...  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

I have to thank everyone for their interest in this cache. I'm impressed that people are out and about finding this. Good to know Navi is still a happenin' hot spot for all the cool kiddies.

In giving credit where credit is due, my faithful caching sidekick Chicky deserves much praise for her work in making this cache what it is. Oh hell, she did all the work and I'm really just taking all the credit. :-)

The both of us are pleased to see such positive feedback as a result of this hide, particularly because it's been so long since a we've put out a cache. For those curious, I'm hoping that this one finally pops on GC tomorrow in case you feel inclined to make the trek again (you can say you liked it so much you did it once to log on NC and once to log on GC). Hahaha.

Anyway, much gratitude for the kinds words, interesting observations and epically butchered Eagles lyrics. ;-)

~Szuchie
[Modified 2010-01-21 11:20:56]

Note 19 Jan 2010    R.T.  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Dude, I can't believe you still have some of these caches listed as active...hahahaha. Just to bother you and subsequently influence your decision to archive some of these I may have to start logging additional finds...or maybe I will claim them as event caches. I know how much you love that practice...mwahahahaha.

Note 18 Jan 2010    Szuchie's Sense of Serenity...  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

This cache will soon be listed on the other geocaching site, but for the time being we hope any finders here enjoy the cache and find the coordinates and instructions to be spot on (of course any feedback contrary to that will gladly be accepted).

Thank you for visiting – we hope you had an exceptional journey!

~Szuchie

I found it! 17 Oct 2009    Letchworth Fall Gathering VIII  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

What can I say, there is nothing better then spending time with geocachers in an environment that lets us all let our hair down and be complete and utter geeks. Because c'mon, let's face it...we're all a little geeky on the inside!

The weather was certainly not all that cooperative - however it made it even more special for those who braved the elements to spend time with one another - and of course if it wasn't for the people this event wouldn't be nearly what it is year in and year out.

If anything else, I look forward to this event so I can see some cachers who outside of LSP I never manage to run into normally. So it's always a treat seeing and chatting with Harv and Pep and all those other cachers whose smiling faces I hardly see enough of.

And the food...oh man the food. It's hard not to go a little over board in pigging out when all the attendees there manages to provide such a delish an amazing spread. Whoo-baby...I'm having deviled egg flashbacks as we speak! Hahaha.

I also need to give special thanks to Brogan, Tracker, Sue (insert myriad of potential screen names here...haha) and P-Man for all their hard work in putting the finer details of this event together. Without them LSP wouldn't have been the fun success that it was.

Finally, I can't prattle on incessantly without giving massive gratitude to Roadkill and GammaKitt. They are truly the inspiration for this event... and all the fun and excitement that surrounds LSP year in and out is a result of the exceptional foundation they have put into place. You guys are amazing, thank you very much for keeping this slice of geocaching history alive and well. Oh, and a huge congrats to Mr. Roadkill for finding this year's indoor cache and for acquiring yet another Event Cache Stick for his collection!

Today's LSP event was a superb time as it always is - I certainly can't wait until next year! :-)

~Szuchie

I found it! 13 Jun 2009    Wolf Tree  ( Difficulty: 3.5    Terrain: 4 )

Chicky and I enjoyed this cache with our famous hiking tour guide Cayuga Crew. This was a pretty long cache hike, and we somehow timed it during a really warm June day...but thankfully we were able to find each leg with minimal troubles. In total we did well over 7 miles of hiking enroute to completing this hide. This cache has been on our to-do list forever, and we were extremly happy to have completed it like we did.

Thank you Barrington for this great offering and for enabling us to explore so much of this beautiful park!

~Szuchie

I found it! 23 May 2009    Stony Brook State Park Geocache  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 3 )

For what seems like years now I’ve been promising my caching cohort Chicky that we would visit Stony Brook State Park and explore all its beautiful sights and sounds. For whatever reason the plans never came to fruition (okay okay, so I made dozens and dozens of empty promises and finally today I had to pony up…haha). Today we had the day to ourselves and were dedicated to exploring the many nooks and crannies of SBSP, so by mid-morning we were on our way east towards Dansville to see what these several wonderful caches held in store for us.

This cache was a great stop for us as we enjoyed the gorge and the scenery immensely. We did share the trail with others today, but as we approached our zero we were left alone to our own devicies. As we arrived we did a little poking and prodding and in short order we found the well hidden cache.

We checked out the goodies and signed in. While I rehid the cache, Chicky buzzed around taking pictures of the flora that surrounded the cache area. With everything secured, we went back down to the trail and enjoyed the nice hike back to our car in search of more adventures (and celebratory ice cream)! This hide was yet another wonderful stop on our re-introduction to this spectacular and very diverse park – thank you for the cache Rocky!

~Szuchie

I found it! 26 Apr 2009    C. LYNN KELLER TRAIL VISTA  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 4.5 )

As I believe I’ve outlined on Rocky’s Lost Land Geocache, I’ve slapped together a list of 15 or so caches that I just have to do this year. This one was near the top – and as a matter of fact anytime Cayuga would open the floor to potential epic cache hunts Keller Trail was the first one I always chucked out there consideration. Perhaps it was my adorable puppy dog eyes, or more likely the fact that I’m an incessant pest, Cayuga finally booked Keller Trail, devised an agenda which included pit stops for jerky (with is always a cache hiking necessity), and dusted off his beer cooler for the transport of celebratory lagers.

So off we went on a long trek from WNY to the mystical woods of Pennsylvania. Believe it or not, the hardest part about our adventure was finding the appropriate parking. We did locate a trailhead that was .40 from the cache, but I had mentioned repeatedly about another option where we could meander a ridge for miles and miles enroute to the cache. So after some backtracking, we finally were able to find the old fire tower road, and the hike was on….well….after a few false starts I guess (I think we hiked about a half mile before we ever got 100 feet from the truck, haha). There was a little question as to which direction we should set off on to get going on the ridge, and after checking our topo, flipping a few coins, and eventually covering our eyes, spinning around 20 times and going in the direction that we fell over, we were finally on our way towards the cache.

With the exception of one pesky little hill, we arrived on the ridge and off we went through a beautiful open forest full of hardwoods with some rhododendron trimming for added “it don’t get no better than this!” effect. It was surprisingly warm out today, and I guess I was in denial that we’d see an 85 degree day in April so I wasn’t dressed for air conditioning (or aerodynamics…but that’s usually a given). Regardless the nice breeze we had throughout the duration of the hike was wonderful, and even did a decent job of keeping the bugs at bay. Along the way, we followed one grassy lane that overlooked down into the valley and another ridge off in the distance. This time of year is one of the best as you can really get a sense of how spectacular some of these areas are before the leaves get on the trees and obstruct your view. This is probably one of the reasons I love hiking on ridges so much – you’re apt to see so much more of this beautiful wilderness (and yeah, I’ll admit there are less hills…haha).

Soon we arrived at the crossroads, and headed down towards the scenic vista (in PA they aren’t called views, they are vistas, haha). At the vista we met a nice couple and asked them many questions about the lay of the land. We explained geocaching to them and they knew exactly what we were talking about which was pretty cool. So after snapping vista photos we headed over to make the cache find and after signing in we utilized the cache as photo-fodder with tasty beverage accompaniment. The cache is holding up just fine, with plenty of trade items still available for future thrill seekers.

After the cache was replaced, we took one last look from this amazing vantage point, and began the hike back to the car. The hike in total was a few miles roundtrip, and it truly was worth every step. I always say that I’d rather have Cayuga drive my ass 100 miles in search of one great cache then to go down the road and find 50 pointless park and grabs. I keep asking Cayuga to wear a cute little chauffer hat, and make multiple references to Driving Mr. Szuchie, but he’s just having none of it. I guess I’ll keep trying…either way, this was another fantastic cache Rocky, and I’m so glad we set aside the day to head southeast and give this magnificent section of trail a go. I won’t go so far as to say Cayuga held my hand and did all the work for me, but since he usually hauls in the beers so we can toast at the cache site I should probably cut him a little slack…maybe when he starts carrying in lawn chairs so I can kick up my tootsies at ground zero. Hint hint.

Anyway, thank you again Rocky. This is what makes caching so great and what continually drives me to seek out fantastic places such as this to hike and explore – awesome job!

~Szuchie

I found it! 25 Apr 2009    Faded Marker Series=Basom Plot  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Well, I'm going to have admit that it certainly does pay to "Git Buff". Haha. After an interesting conversation on the newly formed Buffalo Geocaching forum, I was inspired to take a perfect Saturday morning drive north towards Alabama, NY. Chicky told me if would be appropriate to sing a few tunes from the band Alabama, but frankly I was never much on country music. I was however prepared to sing a few lines from "Sweet Home Alabama" should any of the locals take a suspicious distrust to our down home legitimacy.

Believe it (or not i guess...haha), from my front door to the cache was about a straight of a shot as I've ever had to a cache. It was smooth sailings all the way, and with the sun on our faces and the wind whipping through our hair it was like some kind of movie moment where the protagonist rides off into the sunset. How's that for setting mood? Haha.

Anyway, after my aforementioned Hollywood moment, Chicky and I arrived at the cache site and after a few minutes of poking around Chicky discovered the cache. Surprisingly enough we see that it is still only listed on Navicache. Those folks at Groundspeak much be sleeping off a pancake breakfast (or pre-gaming chicken wings...either or). As we signed in we realized how windy it was in this little spot, and a couple of times it gusted so hard I half expected the trees were going to fall over on top of me. Thankfully no such incidents like that occurred, and as we wandered around a bit we secretly hoped GOF would show up inspired by his new found adoration for Navicache so we could give him the three dozen chocolate chip cookies Chicky cooked up for him. Oh well, I'll just have to suck it up and nibble on them all by myself.

Either way, thank you for a very nice cache in a unique spot that I'm sure most folks drive right by without checking out!

~Szuchie

I found it! 08 Apr 2009    The Old Dirt Road  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2.5 )

Today I was hiking along this beautiful dirt road working on a long multi that had been placed here by Zoggy20. After completing his cache, I slowly made my way back to the car (which was about 3 miles away). So in my leisurly hike I took a look to see what other caches were on my route back to the car and I was delighted to see a Barrington cache just a quarter mile away! Happy days! After a short search at my zero I came up with the hide. At this point the snow had stopped and I was greeted with the warm sun on my face. That made for an exceptional moment...thank you for this cache and for providing me with another stop on this beautiful "Spring" day.

~Szuchie

I found it! 14 Mar 2009    The LCS Geocache  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2.5 )

Found this cache while out hiking the area with Brogan. Was good to see this section of beautiful woods, and after a short stint around our zero Brogan made the find. Thank you for this cache and for introducing us to a section of woods that we would have never known about!

~Szuchie

I found it! 31 Jan 2009    Warning (I Shall Wear Purple)  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

I was out caching with Hucklebuckle today and we had to stop and check out an old school Junglehair cache. Having never visited this area before I was amazed at how beautiful everything was - and spent a great deal of time checking out all the trees and other plant life that lined these hills.

As we hiked in Huck took one way and I took the other but eventually we convened at the zero at about the same time and after a few minutes of searching the cache was in hand. The vantage point from up here was spectacular, and we spent several minutes enjoying the sights. We both took the same way back and again made many stops along the way to check out all the foilage. Thanks JH for a great cache and to the C.Clan for keeping it up and running!

~Szuchie

I found it! 01 Sept 2008    Klipnocky State Forest Geocache  ( Difficulty: 4.5    Terrain: 3 )

Like is the case with most Monday’s, I must have fallen into my usual zombie like trance. Usually I do this to ward off the shock and nausea of starting another work week. It’s a wonderful thing really. You pull into the parking lot, head into the office and somewhere between the time your butt hits the seat and the computer greets you mockingly with that iridescent glow, your brain has left your body and is off in a euphoric dream world called La-La Land. Anyway, after you work for 6 or 7 million years (who’s counting right?) your brain quickly begins to understand the pattern and each and every Monday at 8am it’s somewhere else having fun while your physical being is typing reports, filing papers, and pretending to comprehend the correlation between budgetary variances and the amount of time accounting decides to pop in and gnaw your buns off.

I say this because today was Monday. And although it was indeed Labor Day, a day of reprieve from the melancholy of employment, my brain is such a creature of habit that at some point today I suddenly came too, finding myself in my car careening down a boulder filled obstacle course. My body, in shock at suddenly being thrust into a precarious predicament with no recollection of the events leading up to it, was now absorbed in a battle for survival along the back roads of Allegany County. Now mostly conscious, Chicky and I rolled along to the sound of the tinks and thuds you hear when driving down access roads in state forest property. Occasionally there would be a huge bone chilling crunch, followed by some swearing and a frightful moment of silence where I fear that when I get to heaven, the many oil pans I’ve mutilated on roads like these just might hunt me down and kick the crap out of me.

Finally after a lot of driving round and round, and a near-moment of insanity when I thought about taking my car through the muddy moat-like swamp that had formed across one of the roads, Chicky and I found a reasonable spot to park. After a quick peek to see what items where still attached to the underbelly of my car, we headed down the road towards the FLT access point. The initial hike along the FLT was awesome, with several magnificent rock formations that were absolutely stunning. After a short hike, we realized that the FLT was going away from the cache, so after a brief huddle we discouragingly began to bushwhack. Now I say discouragingly as we hoped the FLT would be a magical trail that would show us much splendor while navigating us right to the cache. The FLT did not serve this purpose…but the trail we did find was that and so much more. Ironically enough where we parked the car was where the start of this magical mystery trail began. So with a renewed sense of joy, we started down this old path along the ridge on our way towards the cache.

I should backtrack momentarily on the history of how we came to find this cache. As Rocky and others may recall, this cache was hand picked out of millions and millions of caches by a good friend of ours – Hucklebuckle – as his choice for cache find number 1,000. Although fate (and a couple feet of snow) would intervene and prevent him from achieving that dream, it brought this cache more directly to our attention. We had known of it previously, and had even plotted it upon the top of our “to-do” list, but we never got the pieces in place to make a trip out here and experience why this is such a touted caching adventure.

So this morning as I searched feverishly for a unique and enjoyable cache to seek, this one caught my eye. The details of what happened after that are a little hazy as I eluded to earlier…but as I found myself entering the woods and heading down the trail towards Rocky’s illustrious Klipnocky Cache, I had this overwhelmingly powerful feeling. It was sort of like a spazzy out of control giddy school-boy excitement…only much less sissy-sounding.
The infant stages of our trek went superbly. The forest enveloped us and the woods became silent and peaceful. Chicky and I chatted a little at certain points, a couple of times laughing at the circus-driving we had to do to get here. Even after all that, it was absolutely worth it. Every damn bit of it. The woods were simply spectacular, and to our left we saw the hill come in to focus as we continued on along the ridge. Then miraculously the woods changed. The trail seemed to come to an end, and there before us we found the old remnants of a farmer’s stone fence and although it was nearly covered by years of neglect and brush – you could still see the distinguished line. Here the forest was at its most brilliant. The woods opened up, with many tall maples spanning above our heads, and with the narrowing of the ridge the forest was so open you would nearly see all the way across it. It was outstanding, and for a short time we explored along the old stone fence and visited with some of the huge trees in this area. This was without a doubt our most favorite moment along our adventure – and I would come back again and again just to sit and savor this spot.

The trail of magic and mystery had since vanished, but with the forest as open as it was, it was an easy and extremely enjoyable hike towards the cache location. Upon arrival near our zero we did notice a few old remnants of logging, although nothing seemed to be recent. We zeroed in on the cache location and within moments had the cache in hand. It was humbling to know that this cache has been located in this beautiful cachethedral (I’m making up words now, you like it? Haha) for over 7 years. We opened the cache and checked out the swag. We also checked out the log book, and realized it was the second to be placed in this cache. For a few moments we enjoyed the cache site, and once we had signed in, we rehid the cache and headed back along the ridge to our car. We once again enjoyed the solitude of woods, and after a slow enjoyable hike back out we arrived back at the car.

Rocky, this cache is fantastic – but really we don’t expect anything less (so no pressure, haha). Our only regret is that we didn’t come here sooner, but at the same time now that we’ve explored this gem we have a greater understanding of the area and are eager to bring others back to not only find this cache, but to share everything we have seen with anyone who’s willing to see it. As you said in the cache description, this is why we too bought a GPS. It’s almost disappointing to know that there are so many people out there that have never seen beauty like this – and they probably drive near it each and every day. This is what caching is all about to us, and we are glad there are caches/cachers out there that we can always rely on to provide us with adventures as downright wonderful as this one. Thank you so much for this cache and for allowing us to spend time with people we care about doing what it is we enjoy most.

~Szuchie

I found it! 19 Jul 2008    Buffalo Creek Walking Cache!  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 4 )

To finish off our caching day, Chicky and I decided to cool off by doing Huck’s famous creek walking cache. And since we were caching right in Huck’s backyard in only made sense to invite him along (okay okay, he invited himself…haha). The true logic in all this was that since it was a steaming hot pile of summer haze outside, hiking in a cool creek would be the most smartest way to conclude our day. So logically warm day + cool creek = livin’ la vida corduroy jumpsuit. What we didn’t expect was that the string of warm days prior had turned the creek into tepid bathwater.
This was somewhat unexpected, but regardless we dove in and began our hike. This is a beautiful section of creek, and I’m extremely jealous of all the locals who have the little stairways here and there that lead them down to the waterfront. That’s living right there folks.

The hike to the creek went slowly – partly because the heat was beating down on us – and partly because we had to establish our creek walking legs. But with patience and testicular fortitude we slowly covered the distance to the cache location. When we arrived Chicky and I split up to look for the cache whilst Huck sat creek-side bathing his tootsies in the water. After a few minutes of searching Chicky came up with the hide. She signed us in, Huck explored the goods, and we backtracked a little ways downstream to take refuge in the shade. Some of the shale formations along the creek are pretty neat, and definitely come in handy when I you want to sit and relax to get out of the sun.

We started our way back towards the cars and enjoyed the rest of our trip in this beautiful atmosphere. We have always loved creek walking caches, and this was certainly a dandy. Thanks Huck for joining us on our adventure, and for also accompanying us to Anderson’s where we dined on hotdogs and ice cream!

~Szuchie

I found it! 21 Jun 2008    Mendon Ponds Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

The walk in was beautiful and serene, and the closer we got to the cache the closer and more plentiful the lightening booms got. Walking along the lake made for a great vantage point as we could see far off into the distance which allowed for several awesome views of the lightening cracking in the distance. It was certainly a surreal and amazing experience. The height of the weather activity struck as we arrived at the cache, and after a short search the box was found and shortly thereafter we were back along the trail on our way back. Slowly the inclement weather let up and we enjoyed our hike pondside, stopping every once in a while to admire some of the huge trees and lakeside vistas we came across.

This was a fantastic cache, and without a doubt a must-do in this park. Thank you so much for placing this cache, and for ensuring its longevity so that all future visitors can experience this magnificent trail!

~Szuchie
[Modified 2009-03-29 08:09:33]

I found it! 05 Jan 2008    Wolf Creek Valley Vista  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

Maybe it’s me, but had seemed like forever since Chicky and I had taken a nice hike in the woods. Since it had been gnawing at me to get out and just hike, we took a gander at some of the local offerings and this struck an immediate chord with us. This would surely slake our desire to travel in a beautiful wooded setting.

Having been here before on other entertaining expeditions, we parked our car in the appropriate spot and began our way down the trail. About 200 feet or so from the car we realized that we had left our camera. So we had to make a momentary backtrack in order to recover it – and I’m not extremely thankful that we did because the rest of our journey was chalked-full of picture worthy wonders. Our first stop was Wolf Creek and the amazing beaver dam. This is an unbelievable sight – and for a while we just stood in awe at the impressive structure these ingenious creatures of nature have constructed.

From there, we entered the heart of the forest and up the hill we climbed. Along the way we saw an awesome Red Pine, and a plethora of Beech and Maple. We didn’t see any animals, but did find some evidence of deer prints wandering back and forth in the snow. As we approached our zero we found ourselves on the precipice of an awesome vista overlooking Wolf Creek Valley. After we found the cache, we spent a while overlooking the majestic forest and the creek running strong down below. This is a superb spot – one we are extremely glad we were able to visit.

Thank you Ken for allowing us the opportunity to explore more of this gorgeous area. We never get tired of discovering the beautiful secrets this place has in store for us. Now…on to The Wolves Den!

~Szuchie


I found it! 05 Jan 2008    "The Wolves Den"  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 3 )

After completing the nearby Wolf Creek Valley Vista, Chicky and I continued on our wonderful morning hike within this beautiful wooded oasis. Here we were surrounded by the peace and serenity that only Mother Nature can provide. As we slowly closed in on our zero, we were astounded by a massive sea of magical gold fog hovering over the white snow covered earth in the distance.

As we approached this mystical fluttering cloud it grew and expanded as we discovered more and more of it hiding behind the trees. This was such a special sensation and as we finally landed at the cache site, we were so close to this sea of color that you could almost reach out and touch it.

After a short search Chicky located the cache – and for a few minutes we checked out the swag and assorted goodies. We found something special, and while I signed the log Chicky traded appropriately. Following the cache rehid portion of our excellent journey, we dropped our backpacks and gear and busted out the camera in order to capture the natural fog phenomenon occurring so close to the cache site. After snapping a myriad of pictures, we happily hiked further down the trail to explore more of this wonderful area. Eventually we had to turn back as we weren’t sure where we were going, and before getting lost we turned back. But it was worth it as we were once again able to enjoy the hike back out (which meant more importantly we could go play down by the beaver dam again…haha)

Thank you P-Man for introducing us to this special area, and for allowing us to enjoy the mystery and absolute beauty that nature has to offer. Chicky and I were thrilled to spend part of our morning here exploring and snapping photos!

~Szuchie

I found it! 15 Dec 2007    A MAGICAL, MYSTICAL GULLY  ( Difficulty: 3.5    Terrain: 4 )

Cayuga Crew (without my knowledge or sane “Are you crazy?” feedback), aspired to accomplish two goals today. Both of them were equally important because when it comes to great caches we would never discriminate. The first goal was to do The Spot (GC39). The second, which was of extreme interest to me personally (I love a good Rocky cache, what can I say ) was the Magical, Mystical Gully Cache. When we first conjured the notion to head 50-plus miles east last night, this cache thankfully caught Cayuga’s eye. I say thankfully because I must have missed it, and if it wasn’t for his keen perception (and his uncanny ability to pick up on phrases like “don’t wear your Sunday best” and “you will get wet”), it may have never dawned on us to experience this fantastic gully today.

With goal number one successfully completed, it was time to tackle the more daunting and daring of the two goals we set for ourselves this morning. As we pulled up to the parking area, I was extremely surprised to see the gully tucked away between two roads. If it wasn’t for this cache, I honestly believe that I never would have realized such a magnificent place existed. Since I wasn’t prepared for a long creek walk in 15-degree weather, Cayuga was a good sport and decided to forego wearing his rubber boots just so he could share in the cold fun I was having. As we hiked down into the creek bed, I momentarily though about trying to do whatever I could to avoid the cold water – but eventually decided it would be silly to prolong the inevitable, so in I splashed and the adventure began!

Although the water was cold, it was made completely worthwhile by the wintery beauty and splendor that Mother Nature had conjured up before us. The snow and ice that was displayed along our way was absolutely breathtaking and perfect – and each twist and turn we encountered inspired us again with a sight more spectacular than the last. It truly was a magical environment, and the waterfalls that we discovered along our journey added to the supernatural sensation we felt (which helped distract for the diminishing sensation I was feeling in my toes…haha). As we turned our last corner, we were blown away by the cascading waterfall near ground zero. There really is no more pristine place to seek a cache then here Rocky – I can’t express enough how awesome this location is. As good fortune would have it, Cayuga’s GPS led us towards the cache location and in minutes we had the prize in our mitts!

After Cayuga signed us in – he decided it was time to capture the moment (and suggested I stand in the middle of the whirlpool at the bottom of the cascade while he got the camera). Now fully caught up in the moment (and the entertainingly cold escapade I now found myself engrossed in), I obliged for several photos ops – including some triumphant geo-splashing for those watching at home. We thoroughly enjoyed our hike back out of this gully – although there were a couple of near icy cold splashdowns - but they all ended without incident (usually with someone reaching for their camera just incase there was an embarrassing moment to capture). As we arrived back at the truck, the shoes and socks came off and we fired up the floor heater! The drive from the gully only added to this great day – only it was more mystical then anything (see the pictures of me running around Naples with no shoes or socks to support my reasoning…haha). What can I say, this was one of the most entertaining caches I’ve ever done, and I would like to thank Cayuga for participating in today’s frivolities, and for listening to at least one thing I had to say today (woohoo, a green ceramic frog wearing a yellow bikini!!!)

Rocky, this was one of your absolute best caches ever – and certainly a place I would never get tired of revisiting. Thank you so much for always introducing me to wonderful locations!

~Szuchie

Note 01 Dec 2007      ( Difficulty:     Terrain:  )

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I found it! 22 Nov 2007    HB's Lame Guardrail Micro  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1 )

A Thanksgiving Story – by Szuchie

Thanksgiving. It’s a time of friends, family and tradition. For me, personally, one of the things that has evolved into an annual tradition is that each and every Thanksgiving morning I get up at the butt-crack of dawn, and head into the city with my friend Johmer79 to cache the morning away. For the last few years this has been my staple Thanksgiving morning adventure. Usually we are on the road no later than 5:30am, and from there we head to a nearby McDonalds for a breakfast burrito value meal feast. We perform the “cheer’s mate!” eating ritual, and happily head towards the Buffalo area to find a slew of enjoyable cache hides (which traditionally consists of a HB cache or two). Unfortunately for me, Johms is spending this Thanksgiving with his wonderful brand new “still has that new car smell” bride in the mystical land of Delaware.

So, determined to keep the wholesome spirit of this fine tradition alive and well while honoring my DE bound friend in the process, it was decided that Chicky and I would head north this morning to frolic. Of course this was easier said than done since Mother Nature seemed to have other plans in store for us. However, with the chilly cold rain falling in buckets from the sky, we refused to let it dampen our spirits – and at 6:15am we hit the pavement on our way north. Since it is Thanksgiving, we have to make note that we are very thankful for good friends. You see, Cayuga Crew and Hucklebuckle had decided to meet us along the way and take part in our silly tradition. This certainly was an enjoyable turn of events – and made us both realize that we are thankful once again for geocaching as it has enabled us to meet so many great people in such wonderful locations – most of which we may never have been introduced to without this superb game.

Finally – I am thankful for this cache. It was not only a very amusing stop at the conclusion of our fun-filled morning, but it also allowed me to continue my annual Thanksgiving tradition of tackling a Hucklebuckle cache. Of course it was at a guardrail and had Huck’s twisted brand of “lead-based paint soufflé” humor to it – but it allowed me to fulfill my promise to Johmer in that I would complete this ‘Huck proclaimed “lame” cache’ on Thanksgiving and dedicate the find to him. So here’s to you Johms and Tinks – Happy Thanksgiving!!!

And to everyone else - we hope you too have the opportunity to be thankful for the friends, family and traditions in your life – just as we have on this fine Thanksgiving morning. Happy Thanksgiving!

~Szuchie

I found it! 29 Oct 2007    Yates Settlement  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1.5 )

(Ah Ha! I've been waiting for this to pop on Navicache - this such a good cache - glad to have it listed here for the trillions of navicachers in the WNY area...hahaha...not that I'm complaining. ;) Thanks again Ken - now for the log):

What better way to shake of a horrific case of the Monday’s, than to embark on a fascinating new P-Man cache! When I originally read the cache description, I didn’t put two and two together that this was the same place P-Man had commented about many months ago while driving through the area. He had mentioned a great old cemetery that was right off the road that many folks didn’t know about – and how he wished to share it with others interested in little-known local history.

Well, as I pulled up into the parking, I knew exactly where I was headed. As I made the short walk to ground zero I was overwhelmed by this outstanding little sanctuary – and took a couple minutes to peruse the old stones and marvel at the history here. After doing an initial walk through of the area to check out this spot, I headed towards my zero. After a few pokes by the local pricker population, I wised up and took a more “Szuchie Sensible” route. There I found this VERY well hid cache in short order. Great hide, one I was very lucky to come across (whew!)

As I kneeled down to sign the log book, I didn’t realize this place is overrun with berries/grapes! Yeah, I should know better than to go caching in work cloths…haha. I have stains all over my pants now! That’s okay through I guess, Chicky has assured me that we can “shout” it out. So I stood there for a good 10 minutes screaming at my pants and the stain is still there…maybe next time I’ll give it a stern lecture with intermittent finger shakings. That will show my berry stained trousers!

Anyways, after making a complete spectacle of myself, I rehid the cache and once again began closely observing the history surrounding me. These are the moments I enjoy most – and are also the times that I truly value not only geocaching, but those who strive to show me places such as this. I have always enjoyed learning about these secret fascinating places in my own backyard. It seems in this crazy world we live in, so many people never take the time to really stop, observe and appreciate places such as this. Standing in this small cemetery with the sound of the babbling brook gurgling in the background, I was honored to be here observing a silent moment of reverence for these early pioneers.

Ken this is a captivating cache, one I’m very glad I was able to experience on an autumn evening as beautiful and charming as this. Thank you for putting this together and once again sharing some WNY history with the rest of us. Great hide!

~Szuchie

PS - Now that I think of it...I may have signed the log book 10/30/07...haha...sorry...maybe I'm trying to rush the end of this hectic month a wee-bit faster then I should be.

I found it! 20 Oct 2007    Beauty and Dispair  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

After a week of plotting and planning, Chicky and I hiked up our geo-drawers and inaugurated the first ever “KillerB Kache Bomb!” Yep, you guessed it Bruce…a full day of seeking out nothing but outrageous KillerB guided caches…we laughed, we cried, we cheered and we swore (only once or twice…haha). Our day started in the rolling hills of Scio with The Ultimate Sacrifice…then shifted to the wilds of Canaseraga and This Old Fence, Final Resting Place and It’s a Tight Fit. Then off to Sonyea for Beauty and Despair and the grand finale of our KillerB Kache Bomb at Al Lorenz Park Cache!

KillerB Kache Bomb - stop #5: Beauty and Despair

This was a cache find that I’ve been eagerly looking forward to completing. Back in May the Noggs, Chicky and I were through here doing In A Pig's Eye and a few others and at the time this cache was disabled and since then this one has stood as an unfinished geo-adventure. So today, on the way back from Canaseraga, Chicky and I decided this would be our second to last stop on our way towards Mt. Morris.

Although this cache find was a long time coming, it was very well worth the wait. This area has always intrigued me and it was extremely interesting to finally stop and explore. The history that has happened here is varied and remarkable – yet at the same time very poignant. As we strolled up to our first stop, I happily handed Chicky the pen and the paper, patted her on her lil’ head, and told her that she was in charge of figuring out KB math as I wouldn’t (and probably shouldn't!) touch the stuff with a twenty foot pole.

However during the course of the KB math portion of our journey we still had to collaborate on a few items to see which numbers would make the most sense. This worked well, and happily we headed off towards the 2nd stop along our journey. Stage two was a solemn experience…and for a while Chicky and I walked silently around trying to grasp what we were seeing. It’s moments like this that are truly hard to put into words, but needless to say we were very thankful we were brought here and allowed to experience this eerie memorial.

After we found the necessary information for the next stage of this cache, we slowly made our way back to the car – taking the time to make many stops along the way to once again observe and remark on the sites that surrounded us. Following this moving experience, we returned to the road in search of the final. This was a pretty “easy” experience, but not without some funny detours, and a couple of “going round and rounds” which I’m sure caused the locals to think we were completely daft. After a wonderful wooded drive towards the cache, we parked and made the great hike to the final. Once there, Chicky made the snag and we signed in and enjoyed the hike back. This was a perfect time of year to do this cache. The fall leaves were bright orange and red and there was just enough on the branches still, yet plenty on the earth floor for us to hike through. What a meaningful and well done cache – thank you Bruce for this fantastic and moving experience!

~Szuchie

I found it! 13 Oct 2007    FATHERS DAY 04  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2.5 )

Today was the day of Letchworth Fall Gathering VI, and since I knew the park would be full of folks hunting other caches, I knew this would be a wonderfully secluded one to find by myself on a PERFECT fall morning.

The air was crisp, and the leaves were still in prime fall form as I headed down the FLT. I've hiking this area many times before, and I never get tired of exploring new and magnificent sections of this trail. After arriving at ground zero, I found the very well hid cache and spent a while sitting at the cache site just soaking in and enjoying all the nuances of this wonderful day. This truly was a perfect caching moment for me - and following this I headed down towards the gorge and found a spot so excellent, that I sat and relaxed for well over an hour.

Thank you for sharing this gift with me as it was most definitely one of the best mornings I've had in so very long. Great cache!

~Szuchie

I found it! 13 Oct 2007    Letchworth Fall Gathering VI  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Well, another fantastic Letchworth Event has come to pass – and although this was only my second ever “official” Letchworth Gathering, I have to say without any hesitation whatsoever that it truly gets absolutely no better than this. I arrived onsite sometime before 7am, only to find that I was all alone. So I wandered around a bit, and decided to head of to Mt. Morris to grab a quick bite to eat. I returned to the cache site a short time later to find Gamma Kitt and Tiny Skeeter setting up shop. So I helped set up a few things, laid out some pictures, and even had the esteemed pleasure of posting the “Letchworth Fall Gathering” sign on the door. After everything was in order, I excused myself and headed over to the east side of Letchworth for a nice morning hike along my favorite trail in the park. The sun was just starting to peek through the tree canopy, and the air was cool and crisp.

I hiked in a ways and found a nice rock to stop and relax on so that I could kick back and enjoy this splendiferous morning. After a short break, I decided to venture off road a ways to a spot my friend P-Man had informed me about. Once there I was awestruck at how stunningly beautiful Letchworth is on an autumn morning such as this. There I parked my butt at the precipice of the gorge, and proceeded to call Chicky on my cell to inform her of my inspiring discovery. Following this conversation, I sat in this peace and epic beauty for nearly an hour enjoying the serenity that only a site of this immense excellence can provide. The sounds of nature surrounded me from all sides and I realized that there could be no happier person in any happier place then I was at this very moment. After a while I heard scuffling behind me, so up I popped to see 3 deer within 200 feet enjoying an early morning sojourn (much like myself). What a special moment to start my Letchworth Gathering day. Grinning from ear to ear at the tremendous amount of good fortune I was experiencing on my morning trek, I decided to journey deeper into the park in search of more early morning Letchworth adventures. Soon I found myself in the gorge itself with a gaggle of geese playing in a lake nearby while the mighty Genesee flowed peacefully by. With the gorge walls all around me, it was an unbelievable to gaze upon this natural wonder from a unique vantage point.

Fully satisfied with my discoveries, I slowly made the walk back to the FLT enjoying this stretch of trail all the way back to my car. I headed back over to the event and began part two of my excellent geo-day. After arrival, I was greeted by a slew of cachers from all over Western New York – many of whom I have not seen in ages! It was exceptional catching up with so many of these folks, as well as putting a few names to faces of those who I have heard so much about. As a special treat, my best friends Johmer and Karentinks also were in attendance to represent the Pennsylvania contingent (and of course collaborate with Chicky on slim-jim related tomfoolery…haha ).

After an awesome afternoon of chatting, sharing geo-stories and eating all the great food everyone had provided, it was time to head out and tackle a cache or two with Chicky (and for a few fleeting moments with Huck…right before he climbed the cliff and left us for dead…haha). The rest of the afternoon was spent in a beautiful section of Letchworth which I had never explored before (and am extremely grateful to Brogan for introducing us to it). This hike was a perfect way to end such a fun filled day. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put this great event together. The time, care and effort that everyone invests into this gathering make it one of the most pristine caching events in the region. Thank you to everyone for attending – can’t wait for next year’s!

~Szuchie

[Modified 2007-10-23 20:14:37]

I found it! 21 Sept 2007    The Price Is Right!!!!  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 2 )

So....Huck wants a log...well then...I'll give him a log...

As is that case with many illustrious Huck multicaches, this was a nice treat with several unique (it's more funny with Huck on the ground laughing hysterically) hides. I can't help but have that memorable scene from Happy Gilmore run through my head every time I see my good old friend Bob Barker prancing around in his "looks unnatural but for some reason looks GREAT on him" tan. And although it would be a shame to not write more, I do have to share with you my good friend Huck one of the better quotes in Happy Gilmore. Just because….

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Chubbs: Back in 1965, Sports Illustrated said I was going to be the next Arnold Palmer.

Happy Gilmore: Yeah? What happened?

Chubbs: They wouldn't let me play on the Pro Tour anymore.

Happy Gilmore: Oh, I'm sorry. Because you're black?

Chubbs: Hell no! Damned alligator BIT my hand off!

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It’s a great metaphor for life isn’t it……..okay, maybe not. Hahaha. Thanks for the fun cache and a great night out to end this insane work week!

~Szuchie
[Modified 2007-09-26 19:45:13]

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Note 16 Sept 2007    HB's Walking Tour of Delaware Park!  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

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Note 07 Sept 2007    Letchworth Fall Gathering VI  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Chicky and I will be there! I can't wait for this event - it is going to be an awesome time as always! :)

I found it! 04 Sept 2007    Yggdrasil  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 4.5 )

Hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahaha...

(More to come when the laughing subsides...)

Sept 5th - Day 2: The laughing still goes on...

Sept 7th - Day 4: It's just too much...I can't stop laughing for the life of me. So I'll just post a pic, and call it square! Hahahaha....

[Modified 2007-09-05 21:32:23]

[Modified 2007-09-07 17:41:11]

  cameraChicky's Animal Rescue saves the day!

I found it! 02 Sept 2007    Gibsonville Doublet  ( Difficulty: 4    Terrain: 2.5 )

What a magnificent cache.

This has been on my to-do list for ages now, and every time I drive by the Gibsonville sign I think about stopping. Unfortunately I’m always headed towards an alternate destination (typically running late as usual…haha), so I drive on by and yet again make another resolution to stop on my next time through. Well, after doing this dozens of time, today was the day that Chicky and I decided we’d tackle the Doublet, and off towards Letchworth we ventured!

Today was a wonderfully sunny day, the kind of perfect weather that begs you to take a nice hike in the woods. And what a better place to do it then here in Letchworth. After entering the Portageville entrance, we took the long scenic drive north. This is something we’ve began doing a lot recently regardless of where we have to go in the park. There really is nothing better than driving along side a stunning gorge while twisting and turning down tree lined roads. That in itself is a magnificent treat which never ceases to inspire and amaze us.

Our first stop in Letchworth was actually north of the Doublet, as we were following up on something a lil’ birdy told us which as we would later discover was a long lost event cache left stranded. Hahaha. It was an awesome hike down some rarely traveled paths beside the gorge, and would stand as a precursor to additional awesome hikes which we would experience later in the day around Gibsonville. After that interesting adventure, we were introduced to what is certainly one of the most beautiful and lesser-known areas of the park. Roadkill, this is a wondrous location!

As we hiked towards the cache, we experienced so many wonderful old structures – all surrounded by such beautiful woods. The waterfalls and creek bed were sights to behold, and early on in our journey Chicky and I spent a considerable amount of time exploring each of these hidden gems. Another fantastic aspect to this geo-journey was the historic old structures we encountered. It’s hard to comprehend that at one time people lived here in this bastion of serenity.

After many stops, and many pictures we finally reached our destination. Once again Roadkill, you have outdone yourself, and in the process introduced me to a wonderful area that I would never have had the good fortune to explore had it not been for this masterfully done cache. Thank you for allowing us this exceptional experience!

~Szuchie
[Modified 2007-09-05 09:37:56]

Note 06 Aug 2007    The Cache Logger's Companion  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

Sorry - here you go!!!

Parking:
42 33.878
78 39.721

Trailhead:
42 33.827
78 39.720

I found it! 28 Jul 2007    Creepy Cayuga Creek  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

After viewing the Simpsons Movie at a nearby cinemaplex, Chicky and I head out for a few caches on this hot and humid Saturday afternoon. This was a pretty creepy cache...there were rocks, plants, spider-pigs and Hucklebuckle. OOOOOOOOOOO - Creeeeeepy! Thanks for the creekside find Huck!

~Szuchie

I found it! 28 Jul 2007    The Season Series: WINTER  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

It's always nice returning to Losson to find another Huck 'Ammo Box in the Woods' multi! This was our Chicky, Huck and my first stop and experiencing the Simpsons Movie at the nearby Flix. Of course it only seemed fitting to head over and do a new Huck cache so we could take a nice walk and cite as many Simpson quotes as we could remember. After finding the "interesting" leg one, we made it more interesting...and since have learned it's become even more so...who knew this leg would evolve a handful of times during the course of one day...haha. After that, it was a nice walk to the final were we found a WG$ laying on the ground (???) and then the cache. Thanks Huck for the multi, a chance to once again return to Losson, and of course for finally bringing closure to the Season Series which you started back in the late 70's (or so it would seem...haha).

~Szuchie

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I found it! 08 Jul 2007    Ants In My Cache!  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Hmph...yet another cache page Brogan probably won't log. :) It's just nice to know he hasn't retired and is still perplexing us with zany schemes, off-the-wall hides and breakdancing moves the likes of which have never been seen in Bennington before.

~Szuchie (on behalf of the "Save a Brogan, Bring Cold Beer!" Foundation)

I found it! 08 Jul 2007    The Hairy Women of Klipnocky  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

Quick stop whilst going to the Holla!

I found it! 04 Jul 2007      ( Difficulty:     Terrain:  )

What a better way to celebrate on an early 4th of July morning then to head out and play in the rain! This cache was quite the feat for us this morning since we most likely took the hardest route to get to ground zero (of course right before we got back to the car we found another "trail" that probably was a wee-bit easier then the one we took!)
Regardless, several sections of our journey were wonderful as we got to explore beautiful old woods. The battle of the pricker bushes made it all worthwhile as our favorite spot by far was the final location. What a wonderful spot. Once there Chicky and I had some GPS troubles, but at one point we did zero out. After checking all the potential areas we came up empty...so we expanded our search in a few different areas and eventually Chicky made the snag. The GPS was showing 40 or so feet off, but sometimes it's best to just ignore what the GPS says and follow your senses. Thankfully Chicky's were far more acute then mine were this morning (which probably is pretty standard!) Since the rain was coming down pretty good, we made a quick log sign and began the trip out.

We'll have to come back with the Noggs and try the "super deluxe mystery trail of fun" we ran into on the way out...see if that cuts down on the prickers...or maybe I'll just bring a riding mower. I guess I'll have to put some chains on that bad boy! Haha.

Thanks P-Man for showing us that fantastic final locale! Happy Independence Day!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 30 Jun 2007    Mendon Ponds #2  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

This was our second (and last) cache find during our short visit to Mendon Ponds today. This was just another opportunity for Chicky and I to be amazed at the diversity and splendor of this magnificent park. The hike back to this cache revealed a ton of interesting and unique stops along the way - and even introduced us to some of the most curious little squirrels and chipmunks I've ever encountered...haha.

Since the trail system is a little loopy and goes in every-which-way, we decided to stay the course and enjoy the trail for as long and far as it would take us! Fortunately after a splendid hike, we realized we on the right track, and once near the cache we headed off into the wild unknown in search of our prize. Once to the cache location, the snag was made and we spent a while just basking in the beautiful peace of nature.

On our way out we stopped by the nature center and experienced the birds of prey they had there. What an amazing feature! We were extremely impressed with the rare and gorgeous animals they had - and spent a great deal of time just staring in awe at them. What an awesome experience on such an extraordinary day. Thank you for such an excellent introduction to Mendon Ponds - we cannot wait to return!

~Szuchie

I found it! 23 Jun 2007    Buffalo's Amazing Disappearing Creek  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

Urk, this was an awesome cache - one that I've wanted to do for a long time now (how many times have you heard that today?!? ) I have to admit, this was my first ever visit to Forest Lawn Cemetery. I was blown away by how expansive and beautiful this area was. After this great experience today, I certainly have to go back and get the tour. While I was sight seeing, Johmer was doing the leg work on this one. Once he had calculated the coords, it was off to the final which we found quickly.

This was my last find for the day, but most certainly one of the more interesting caches I've done. Thanks for the history and the background on this amazing disappearing creek!

~Szuchie

I found it! 23 Jun 2007    Amherst's Amazing Talking Toilet  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

Ahh...finally I was able to hear the wonderfully melodic tones of the Amherst's one and only Amazing Screeching Toilet. Hahaha. Imagine the confusion passer-bys would experience if they heard this magnificent creature’s squeal echoing from the middle of the woods. Man, I’d love to borrow that for a spooky night cache…haha.

Urk, this cache find has been a long time in the works as I’ve always heard great stories about this toilet (even seen it mentioned on the forums a few times) so when I knew we’d be up in the area today this cache was on the to-do list. The hike in was mostly a bushwhacking-free expedition. The trails here are fantastic, and it was pretty sweet exploring them for the first time. Once we got near the cache we struggled to find the best way in. We didn’t see legit trails leading in, but that certainly does it mean it wasn’t there with a big neon sign point us the way.

So we walked a little bit farther and walked along the creek in. This wasn’t too bad, and pretty soon we were at the cache site. Great area in what pretty much resembles a jungle. A perfect spot to let the toilet unleash it’s sensible advice unto the world. Thanks for one of the more unique caches in WNY, and for sharing this porcelain prophet with us worthy geo-folks. Haha.

~Szuchie


[Modified 2007-06-26 14:25:18]

I found it! 16 Jun 2007    My Cache Get's No Respect!  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1.5 )

Found this cache today with Chicky and my Dad. After looking in the logical spots, we noticed this one laying out in the open. Signed the log and rehid it better then we found it. Thanks Mick for a geo-pit-stop with my Dad.

Note 12 Jun 2007    The Gray Fox  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

H-Bizzle. You should probably archive this fella...seeing that the cannister got thrown out like 2 weeks ago. :) Hahaha.

-Szuch-doggy-dog

Note 12 Jun 2007    Eternal Flame Falls  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 3 )

Yay I found it! Hahahaha. :-D

I found it! 09 Jun 2007    P-man's Super Sweet Bug Cache  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

Bugs...not just a Pearl Jam song anymore.....

Bugs...stay crunchy in milk!

More later. Hehe.

And now it's later! Hahaha. So this was certainly a very nice location, and after I found the cache I was content to sit creekside and log the find. The sound of a wonderful babbling creek is always a welcomed experience at any cache hide, and this was certainly an excellent spot. Of course it violated a great many Szuchie/Huckle treaties...but I hope that in the future Huck will be more sincere in his promises...lest his hiney find the frontside of a speeding Ford Mustang. Haha.

I did enjoy coming back the next day to leave Paleoman a unique one-of-a-kind welcome sign - which was yet another highlight experienced while visiting this interesting cache. Perhaps when I finally get off my arse and hide my "Hucklebuckle Only" cache, I'll get a little more intimate with the "psycho pipe!".

~Szuchie

I found it! 03 May 2007    The "Milestone" cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

Milestone Cache find #800!

When this cache posted a couple of weeks ago, it came at a convenient time as Chicky and I were in search of a magical cache that would give us an experience worthy of a milestone find. So when we saw this post, not only was it aptly named, but it had been constructed by our good friend P-Man. Talk about perfect timing!

With this cache in mind, Chicky, the Noggs and I set our sights on this evening to head out into the woods for milestone worthy adventure. At about 6:00pm the Noggs arrived, we conducted the obligatory “don’t pick your nose with this finger” salute, and off we went. Upon arrival at leg one I got a verbal lashing from Mr. Nogg on the do’s and do-not-do’s of geocaching without a GPS (words he’d later learn to regret…hahahahaha). So anyways, Mr. Nogg and all his infinite GPS wielding capabilities was gracious enough to get us into the general area of leg one where we were able to make pretty quick work of this very unique hide.

Happily (with me still not carrying a GPS), we moseyed over to leg two. I can definitely see this one being quite the lil’ bugger – but thankfully after a few minutes of searching our Mobile GPS-Equipped Cache Hunting Unit (AKA - Mr. Nogg) was able to make the monumental find. So off to leg three we went with Mrs. Nogg leading the way – and there we were rewarded with what is most certainly my favorite spot in the area. We all enjoyed playing near the water and soaking in the beauty of nature that surrounded us. These are the times and places that define the truest meaning of geocaching, and remain some of my fondest and most enjoyable moments.

After a few minutes of wandering around, we all started acting like a bunch of kids at the jungle gym, but thankfully while witnessing some of Mrs. Noggs’ monkey-bar antics I found leg three…and thereafter pretended to be some albatross-esque creature flying obnoxiously over speed bumps (the mechanics of this interesting concept are insanely difficult to explain without a legit demonstration, a half a pound of Play Doh and 20 or 30 Burger King swizzle sticks…haha)

Now maybe it was the dizzying effects of “Mrs. Nogg’s Wild Ride”, or even a psychedelic hallucination spawned by an intense craving for some of Al’s world-famous chicken finger pizza….but somehow I found myself with the GPS in hand and the directions: “lead the way”.

So a little zigging, a little zagging and even a impromptu creek crossing which found Mr. Noggin getting a hot foot only to realize we walked within 10 feet of the cache which was now ironically located on the OTHER side of the creek from which we just came. What can I say…I have some great friends. Who else would be so dumb as to follow me through nearly foot deep water? Hahaha. Once we were on the right side of the creek, Mr. Nogg (now the self-imposed operator of the GPS ) got us back on track and shortly thereafter I found the prize.

P-man, this is a great cache – and in the end this is how all caches should be. Thank you for once again showing us an amazing area – and for placing a fun and always entertaining multicache for our enjoyment. Additionally, a huge thanks to the Noggs for putting up with my lack of GPS navigational and operational capabilities, as well as my knack for leading us through thorns, prickers, and all other assortment of man-eating vegetation. And finally a most special thanks to Chicky for always making EVERY geo-adventure we undertake a hilarious experience.

Now…time for some of Al’s world-famous chicken finger pizza.

~Szuchie

I found it! 21 Apr 2007    McNaughton Field  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 1 )

Out exploring some new parks in the Cheektovegas area with Chicky on this most excellent Saturday afternoon. As the previous logs mention this lil' fella needs some sweet love down by the fire. If I had some scrap paper with me I would have fashioned a replacement tird scroll (Urkel, or anyone on the Urkel Micro watchlist are probably the only folks that will understand that...hahaha).

~Szuchie

I found it! 21 Apr 2007    Right On Target  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Another day Huck is away on vacation turned into another day Chicky and I had to cross a Bizzle cachizzle off our to do list. This was a pretty quick find - and a rather pleasant one at that since it wasn't a micro. I'm so proud HB - good job!

~Szuchie

I found it! 19 Apr 2007    The Past of West Seneca  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 3 )

We actually wanted to try this one LAST weekend, only to realize after we got into West Seneca that we had to do the calculations before we headed out, and not while in the field.
Hooray for my lack of literacy and geo-preparation!!!

Oh well. Today we decided to try this cache with the "correct" coords, only to realize that I once again had no idea what was going on. So after some coord adjustments (think of it like Plinko and wherever the Plinko Chips land - I go ). So after a few rounds of back and forth Chicky and I decided to head over to Sitting Bull to test our luck there. Following that adventure we decided to take one final stab at this one and what do you know - SUCCESS!

Of course now we actually had to find the cache. Haha. So for a while I was crawling all over the place trying to locate it. Leave it to Chicky to finally get tired of waiting for me, walk up to the hide area and find it in the first place she looked. Nice!

Thanks HB for another fun adventure, as well as some background on this dandy lil' town you be chillin' at!

~Szuchie

I found it! 19 Apr 2007    Sitting Bull  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Haha - Chicky and I have been joking all week that the second HB is out of the country on vacation, we decided to do a bunch of his caches! Yes, we realize the repercussions will be great - but the behind the scenes stories we'll have to tell should surely exonerate of us all wrong doing (well....mostly....hahahahahahahahah).

As always we made this one quite the adventure - and after some back and forth, up and down, and the "them is fightin'" looks from the local nesting geese population, I was finally able to hear the melodious clank of an ammo can that gloriously signified our success. HB, I have to commend you on your choice of cache locales. This was a good’un. Thanks for showing us this great spot, and for once again pointing out to me that I have no freakin' idea whatsoever of what I'm doing. Hahahahahaha.

~Szuchie

PS - This was our 50th puzzle cache find! (Ironically this was HB's 48th puzzle cache hide...hahahaha)

I found it! 16 Apr 2007    Historical Tour of West Seneca  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

Well, truth be told we've been slacking on this cache for quite some time now - mostly because we didn't have the page to derive HB’s “you never know what you’re going to get” math from. So this morning, like a good little geocacher, I printed up the cache page on this one so that I'd have all the information I'd need in order to complete this fun multi.
Unfortunately for me - my printer cut off the far right hand side of the cache page - leaving me to guess about at least 1 of the coords on the page! Did I ever tell you I was bad a math too? Haha.

Regardless of my many geo-handicaps...Chicky, Gregg the TB and I decided to take a stab at this cache in the hopes of completing another fun HB multi. Normally when we are up in the area on geo-duty we stop by and pick good ole' HB (or suffer his mighty –uber-esque-wrath). But today, he was probably in school (or at least should have been! ), so we were on our own to play in the W.S. area.

After enjoying each of the cache legs, we made our way to the final area only to realize our math was conflicting with the cache description. So after a math recheck and a quick stop to see if we were going crazy, we realized that we were indeed crazy (in a confirming headshaking kind of way). Try as we might we kept coming up with the same info. So after examining our numbers we made an educated guess and headed out. I have always loved this park, and it was upsetting to see it in such disarray (good thing SF1 has a CITO planned here in a couple weeks - SHAMELESS GEO-PLUG!!! Go Sal Go!!! ).

Upon arrival at the "what we think" coords, our little group spread out, and within 15 minutes or so the cache was in hand! Great spot HB - these always make for memorable caching adventures. Even though the weather wasn't too pleasant, this was still a great start to a very fun caching day! Thanks brutha!

~Szuchie

I found it! 16 Apr 2007    The Ebenezer Society  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

Ohhh HB, you didn't just go old school on us did you?!?
As with most of our HB math today we just sort of threw stuff together, and decided to drive around until we were inspired to cache hunt. Haha. This one actually has been one I've wanted to do since it came out because I really like the background on it. So since we were in the area today, this one happily came upon my radar screen - so with Chicky the math guru (and Gregg the TB as her calculation-checking ward) we arrived at the first stage and commenced with the mathematical portion of our journey.

After a few different calculations, and a bout or two of what we fear Urkel was suffering from, we headed out to the final. Happily we arrived in an area that confirmed our math was close - so we followed the area to our zero. Unfortunately our arrow didn't give us any indication that there'd be a moat crossing. Only momentarily discouraged, Gregg the TB and I found negotiable crossing points (not because they were appropriate, just because in the end that's where we crossed...haha), and quickly upon arrival Gregg the TB made the find (which led me to exclaim the opening sentence of this cache log ).

Happily we signed the log and rehid the cache. Then back to moat crossing we went - only this time with the aid of the Chicky Bridge Making Co. They weren't the sturdiest of bridges, but they did make the re-cross a weebit more entertaining for those watching at home. Thanks HB for a great history lesson, and for getting me to a couple wonderful areas.

~Szuchie

I found it! 16 Apr 2007    528.33575859 Feet in Burchfield Park!  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

Another one of several HB caches Chicky, Gregg the TB and I completed today. Thankfully for us there was no math involved on this one (because we all know how that ends up!), just another great spot in this nice park. Once to our zero it took a few minutes to locate this cache - but when we did Chicky was pleased to find the usual HB geo-trade oddities. It was pretty fun watching her play with the big rubber snake. We almost thought about relocating it to "Snakes in a Cache" but we decided to leave it there for future finders to enjoy. Haha.

Thanks for the fun HB!

~Szuchie

I found it! 24 Mar 2007    Remember Our Veterans  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1.5 )

Huck, how many times are you going to pull this one on me? Since I wasn't sure if this one was disable or not, Johmer and I stopped by to learn that the cache IS there, it's just in really rough shape. We tried to rehid it best we could...but the little fella could use some sweet HB-mendin' skillz. Regardless, thanks for showing us this neat little spot that we've passed unknowingly many times.
~Szuchie

I found it! 22 Mar 2007    The Old White Pine  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

Wow….I guess I’ll have to set the record straight!
As I do each and every other Thursday that occurs on a calendar date ending in 2, 7, or a numerical value that is divisible by anything greater than 111 million, I found myself sitting in inflatable lawn furniture that disturbingly resembled lime-green Jello with perpetually frozen “in the prime of their young lives” banana chucks. I sat musing the pitfalls, calamity, and potential rise of clown-unemployment rates of introducing checkered knickers into the mainstream fashion scene (all while gently sipping a crisp and delightful goblet of Boone’s Farm’s finest Orange Hurricane Cognac), when Chicky arrived in a French maid’s outfit to do my taxes and mull over the terribly interesting concept of dodge ball (only played with the use of rubrics cubes).

It was then I decided to pop online and browse available acreage around the intersection of Transit Road and French for the construction of Szuchie’s Supper-Happy Fun-Slide Mansion, equipped with indoor tennis courts, badger repelling moats and bidet/water fountains (for those lazy and/or thirsty). Before I ended my foray into the virtual unknown, I decided to hop over and see if there were any caches that needed approval. Being that I am NY Admin, and on every other Thursdays which occur on a calendar date ending in 2, 7, or a numerical value that is divisible by anything greater than 111 million – NY Cacher, I had an eager hankerin’ to publish any and all unadvised lamp post micros, trash pile cache hides, or the always intriguing Cayuga Crew cache that somehow manages to works condiments or petrified neon desserts into its title.

Before we continue with this epic tale of less than epic proportions, let’s take a break…
Now back to the dissapointing and basically PG-rated conclusion of....oh nevermind....

Sadly, not seeing any of these sure-fire winners…I decided I’d post the only cache I could find. Since it was by Paleoman52, I knew it would be good regardless of what Blue_Stone and his loathingly sick fascination with animal head people said after yet again stunning the sanctity of human decency with his “look, I put a face on a Bison” Photoshop prowess. So, with the publish button pushed on The Old White Pine and the last of my Orange Hurricane Cognac consumed, I decided to IM the Nature Noggins…only to find my computer obstructed by autograph hounds, sultry Swedish models and people wanting to play leap frog.
After swatting away these pesky creatures I was able to contact Mr. Nogg. Since he was in the midst of working with NASA to finalize his “Sputnik Shower Stall Webcam Mark I”, he informed me they would be over very shortly to head into the foggy night in search of FTF’s. After rolling up in the Aston Martin, we departed…or as I like to call it, Mr. Nogg’s White Knuckle Bumper Car Ride Into Total Insanity. Not because Mr. Nogg is a bad driver by any mean... He just likes to drive backwards with underwear on his head while Ms. Nogg serves a charming spread of diced radishes and yam juice. The yam juice was perfectly chilled, but the mood was mildly dashed when Mr. Nogg realized his head gear was nothing more then “previously viewed” K-Mart underwear. The screams of “What smells like burnt toast?!?” made us all feel a little uneasy.

Once to the parking area, we were quick to realize that this cache was hidden in a “tree” zone. I recounted to the group with unyielding terror concerning an article I read in “101 Ways to Make Friends with Mashed Potatoes” about how there are trees in these places called “woods” that like to belly flop on unsuspecting socialites, often causing them to spill valuable liters of cognac to the disconcerting amusement of fearsome creatures known as “slack-jawed yokels”. So…with the smell of yam juice in the air, our courageous group headed off into the darkness armed with pine-scented air freshener and a life-sized portrait of Emilio Estevez (a tree’s only natural enemy).

Soon after we entered the dark abyss, we located the cache’s namesake. Since we were always taught not to mess with frisky old trees, we awkwardly stood around uncomfortably pretending to talk on our cell phones until Mr. Nogg broke the ice. Apparently this tree had been Mr. Nogg’s father’s, cousin’s, best friend’s, former roommate, and was quite a card. Probably ace of spades. After signing the log, and playing a quick game of midnight-backgammon, we sacrificed the life-sized portrait of Emilio Estevez and headed back to the car singing every Menudo song we could think of. Fortunately for us: It was zero.

Yeah..…just another boring Thursday night.

~Szuchie

I found it! 18 Mar 2007    Under the Sea... Version 2.0  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

Enjoying an chilly but totally awesome day out in Stiggy Park today just enjoying being out and about with Chicky and my boy Huck in these great woods. I'm so glad to have the park back open as a return visit has been long overdue.

Since we were hiking most of the park looking for CC's Stiggy Squeeze, Huck was nice enough to let us detour a wee-bit and try this cache. Since we found Version 1.0, it was pretty cool to find this one as well. As we approached the cache site, we realized we were the second visitors today! Cool! So as we followed the footprints, Chicky made the snag...and even then I didn't notice it right away. Haha. Ahh...another ammo can in the woods. I'll take this as a sure sign that winter is slowly fizzling out! Thanks HB for the fun!

~Szuchie

I found it! 18 Mar 2007    A Puzzle Cache: AKA Raise the Roof!  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

Maybe it's me, but I have to say that anytime you do an HB cache with HB, it's always freakin' funny. And this cache hunt was a prime example of that. Without going into to much detail, here is a snippet of typical HB conversations:

Szuchie - "My GPS is saying 24 feet"

Huck - "Mwahaha. Keeeeeep looking"

Szuchie - "Wait, is that it?"

Huck - "Hahaha....uhhh...wait, YEAH!!!”

Or the always priceless HB slapstick routines.

Chicky - "HB, did you do a header into that tree?"

Huck - "Yeah, I did."

Chicky begins laughing uncontrollably.

Huck - "But don't worry, I don't have to go to the hospital or anything!"

Yeah. Caching has a million uses.

~Szuchie

I found it! 18 Mar 2007    Finally! A GAZEBO!!!  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

This cache made me think of that movie titled "The Bridges of Madison County"...only we were in Erie, and they were gazebos. I don't pretend to understand why HB is a connoisseur of these things...Hahaha.

~Szuchie

I found it! 09 Mar 2007    Paleoman's Cave, (So easy a caveman can do it!)  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

(Okay...so TECHNICALLY this is more a Chicky log than a Szuchie log...but regardless, here is the Navicache World Premiere of "Chicky's First Navicache Log!!!" As Chicky would say, YAY!!!) Now -on to the log:

Yay!!! My first P-man log!!! Hello! This is Chicky. P-man, you never cease to amaze me. I thoroughly enjoy every cache that you put out (even the ones with KB hahaha). A good time is always had from the moment we start to do a P-man cache to the pitstop at P-man's cave after to discuss Geo-related things, or to talk with the lovely Mrs. P-man, or to play DDR with Chip, or even discussing finances with Scottishgal.

I was on my way home from work when I found the cache with minimal difficulties and signed Szuchie's name. Of course I will have to come back with Szuchie to laugh at him as he fails to find the cache...er I mean tries to find the cache hahahaha .

I am sorry that I did not get to sample a tasty brew but I had other plans that I had to tend to. Perhaps next time P-man!

Thanks again for the most excellent cache hide!!

Chicky

[Modified 2007-09-06 16:53:54]

I found it! 24 Feb 2007    Lake Erie Virtual  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

(Hey look, an active NC Huck cache...haha. OH SNAP, OH SNAP!!! Huck, whatev you do don't take down that awesome sign you had hanging in your front window when we went caching the other day...that was so the biggity-bomb-yo!!!) And now for the log:

Dear Mr. Hucklebuckle,

Thank you for this educational form of a virtual cache. The reward for this cache was learning more about the planet on which I live - its landscapes, its geology and the minerals and fossils that are found here.

As Mr. Nogg stated, we had some fun out on the break wall today trying to verify exactly how many geocachers it did indeed take to change the batteries in a geo-camera, and operate it for a period of time long enough to get the necessary picture to prove we are intelligent enough to overcome such complex technological processes as "pushing a button" and "taking a picture". As our pictures indicate, we were successful....eventually. Haha.

Thanks HB for forcing us to figure out how to finally get to this spot, and as always, for developing Earthcaches in association with the Geological Society of America.

~Szuchie

I found it! 11 Feb 2007    Cayuga's No Excuses #2 Lischer Park  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 3 )

(Whoa...FTL on Navicache....that's like....so....worth nothing. Hahahahahaha.) Here's the log!

Since HB's laid down the "plot line", I'll skip over that part and head right to the good stuff - the post caching ice-cream run to Andersons!
Haha, kidding, kidding!

This cache was our first of the day as Chicky and I decided to head north for a little geo-fun with our bud HB. As always, he was prepared with the completed puzzle for this cache, so once we picked him up at Bucklingham Palace, we were off!

After arriving at the parking area, we headed in trudging through a vast array of snow depths while dodging trees, brush, wet spots and a couple of deer bidets. Haha. Really though in the snow this was a fun walk. During our trek to the cache our little group enjoyed cracking jokes and being able to finally hit the trail after being cooped up as a result of the weather.

Once near the cache area we all headed towards a quality geo-spot, and when we arrived at our zero Chicky was the first to spot the prize. Since we were with the cache's namesake, we let Huck retrieve the cache and crack it open.

Although at the cache site there were no most excellent selections of paints and/or ceramic tiling, we didn’t give up hope that we might run into CC roaming free in the woods far away from most geo-unfriendly indoor projects. Maybe next time!

All in all this was a perfect start to a fun day in West Seneca. Thanks CC for a great hide in a nice park, and for allowing us the opportunity to cache hunt with our good friend Hucklebuckle!

~Szuchie

I found it! 11 Feb 2007    The Season Series: SPRING  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1.5 )

(Haha, I forgot how much I really enjoyed this odd ball caching experience....thank goodness for this cache log to jog the ole' melon). And now for the log:

Now I know the rating on this cache is a 1/1.5, but that wasn't taking into account 3 foot high snow drifts, brutally cold wind, and a deranged cache owner full-body-tackling seekers into snow piles. That's certainly a first while out cache hunting, hahaha.

As always, Huck was a good sport and let us stop by one of his caches today while we were up West Seneca way. This was a fun hike through the woods and deep snow (although I got stuck blazing the trail through deep snow...hehe). Once to the cache location I started digging through the deep snow. After commenting that I didn't know what I was looking for, Huck makes the snide comment that "maybe you should try looking somewhere else then". When the ground is covered in knee deep snow, this must be a really funny thing for the guy NOT looking for the cache to say (as the howling laughter of Huck and Chicky would affirm). Dang trouble makers.

Luckily my second attempt at locating the cache was fruitful, and only after following the directions of the cache owner was I allowed to log the cache. Thanks for the guidance Huck, it wouldn't be the same without you (although it would probably be a little less confusing...hahaha).

Following this adventure, it was off to Andersons for some treats and a lot of high-quality geo-conversations. Thanks Huck for showing Chicky and me around on a chilly Sunday afternoon!

~Szuchie

I found it! 21 Jan 2007    Howl of the Wolf  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 2.5 )

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!

~Szuchie

I couldn 20 Jan 2007    Howl of the Wolf  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 2.5 )

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...

~Szuchie

I found it! 19 Jan 2007    CheektowagaChick's 400th  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

After reading the cache descrip, I figured I'd wander back into the woods and find a 1976 AMC Gremlin or something...but thankfully that wasn't the case. I'm curious to see what other "kinds of stuff" you have laying around in your backyard! Hahaha.

Regardless, thanks for the clever hide, and more importantly congrats to CC on the 4 - 0 - 0 !!! Here's to 400 more, and to encouraging Huck to place a cache in a '76 Gremilin...

I can dream right?

~Szuchie

I found it! 19 Jan 2007    DROMOS  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

Ahh...the always perplexing HB puzzle. Chicky and I were out tonight with the Huckster himself just picking up a couple before a nice (and rather amusing) dinner at Andersons. After heading out into the cold and wind, we made our way to the cache site, and Chicky got the snag. Signed the log book, picked up the Diabetes TB and out we moseyed!

Of course before we left, Chicky subjected poor Huck and I to a quick inspecting of some coffee processing products, which left me wondering what other odd appliances they had out there that I wasn't aware of! Just part of the adventure I guess. Haha.

Thanks Huck for a big'ole cache container ending to a fun puzzle, and for being such a entertaining host.

~Szuchie

I found it! 18 Jan 2007    Cayuga Crew's No Excuses #1 Angel Bridge  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....3TF on Navicache. Now that rules....anyway...here's the log:

Dear Cayuga Crew (as well as any and all associated personalities, imaginary friends, big furry "leaves hair all over the carpet" hoofed companions and Carrot Top run amuck-esque personas),
Although we found this cache on January 17th, 2006...we were unable to log our find ...for us the hilarity was still far too near. As a matter of fact, it was so close I could still hear HB's bizarre renditions of Snoopy D-O-Double-G songs in my head.

It all started as such a typical Szuchie/Chicky caching adventure in the northeast corner of the west by southeast section of West Seneca. As we merrily parked within 100 feet of our first cache stop (which in HB measurements is actually only about 65 or so), a silly presence was spotted lurking in front of the Hi-Ya One Stop Super-Ninja Depot (buy two Ninjas, get boomerang throwing stars at 1/2 price!).

Before we yelled "Holy balding woolly-mammoth Batman!", we realized such a comment would only infuriate the locals as this is hard-core Hanna-Barbera territory (where Snagglepuss reigns mighty and supreme). And there…before us, sort of smirking, but looking more cold and confused…and perhaps mischievous…stood Hucklebuckle the one man who…was…standing there… I guess…

With him at our side, not only were we a caching force to be reckoned with, but Chicky finally had someone to harmonize Fergie-licious with. Trust me – these two unmatchable crooners would bring tears to your eyes. And not in a good “Celine Dion declares she will never sing again” kind of way…more like eating pepper spray on your scrambled eggs. Regardless, with this cache in our sights, and the score of some HB-devised Rap-Opera resonating in my head, I made the find. Of course, then I was able to witness something so magnificently funny that it would bring true a long-standing Monty Python joke…so you will understand why I cannot tell it here. It could be so potentially hilarious that it would be lethal to the faint of heart, small children, or those who have ever witnessed me do a Hucklebuckle impersonation.

So I implore you dear Cayuga Crew (and the Herman’s Head party going on in there that I didn’t get invited to), how did such a night occur whereas to leave each participant in such a psychotic state of mirth? Could it have been the bagel with cottage cheese that my waitress tried to get me to order that induced this hallucination?... Was the fate of my evening with Chicky and Hucklebuckle foretold to me in what I think passes for hash-browns at this particular Dennys location?... It's still too much for me to…

No...wait!!!

*Burp*

Nevermind, it was gas. Whew.

~Szuchie


[Modified 2007-08-07 16:38:23]

I found it! 13 Jan 2007    Beaver Dam  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2.5 )

Well, after spending many months as the closest unfound cache for me (as well as one of the last few remaining unfound WYCO caches), Chicky and I finally decided to brave the daunting unmaintained road from Hades.

I have always enjoyed the places Barrington, Mrs. B and Penny caches have taken me, and this was cache was so much of what I have come to expect from this crew. What an amazing place - it's not necessarily accessible for Chicky's poor little Saturn - but for a lil' car that thing can sure mudbogg! It's like a little blue tank! Haha.

After experiencing quite a harrowing drive to the cache area, we were greeted by the amazing sight of an absolutely beautiful lake surrounded by wilderness. What an excellent area - surely a spot I would never have had the good fortune to visit if there wasn't a geocache here. As always, B, Mrs.B and P, you have outdone yourself.

After parking a short distance away from the cache, Chicky and I quickly went in and made the find. It was so enjoyable to be completely surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. After signing the log, we took our time returning to our car (planning to return on a less wet/muddy/snowy day with cameras in tow).

Thank you for introducing us to this gorgeous area!

~Szuchie

I found it! 31 Dec 2006    GPS-O (Letchworth State Park)  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 4.5 )

What a better way to celebrate my 666th cache find then by doing a "ghostie cache"! Hahaha. I wanted something a little fun and spooky, so why not a virtual cache – especially one that has seen far too few visitors! This truly was one of the most enriching and amazing caches Chicky and I have ever done.

It originally started on Saturday, December 30th. We were in the park on some geo-related business and decided to pick up a few of the controls since several of them were located near where we were exploring. And…well…as others have pointed out, we too ended up having so much fun that we kept doing one after another and suddenly found ourselves with 8 controls!

That night we talked about how great of a time we had...so it was decided the next day (Sunday, December 31st) we'd return and complete the GPS-O. Once again we ended up having a blast going from control to control, and quickly hit the 12th control plateau...but it was such fun we kept on cruising and ended up with a grand total of 22 controls (in the order that we located them: 25, 26, 23, 17, 29, 31, 24, 29, 21, 20, 22, 40, 38, 32, 18, 33, 34, 36, 28, 30, 19 and 37).

These controls were placed in some of the most beautiful areas in the park – many of which I had never had the fortune to explore. It was amazing how many diverse areas exist in this section of Letchworth. What was even more fun was hiking between the points, and discovering new trails and areas of forest that we had never been down before. At several points in this epic journey we were surrounded by dozens of deer – it was such a surreal experience – we truly felt as we were guests in their home. How tremendously surreal! And to truly seal this as one of our greatest caching adventures to date – we witnessed a bald eagle soaring through the gorge as we were headed to our final control. Pure unspoiled amazement…there aren’t words to express the fun and excitement we felt at each stage of this journey. This is certainly one of our all-time favorite caches…and we even have plans to return with my Dad to find the last two controls so we can say we have completed the entire course.

We would like to send our most sincere and deepest thanks to you Geo-Actuary for allowing us to take part in this wonderful experience – we’ll always look fondly upon this adventure! Also, a super-mega-huge nod to P-Man for the inspiration to finally complete this (we can't believe we waited oh-so long!)

~Szuchie

I found it! 09 Dec 2006    Genesee Valley Aqueduct cache  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 3 )

What a fantastic cache on such a chilly, but yet beautifully sunny day. Ever since this cache posted it has topped my list of “must do” caches. P-Man always has a way of infusing wonderful hikes with a marvelous bit of history about the area.

This cache is a perfect example of how every cache should be. The hike in along the Genesee River was gorgeous. Who doesn't love a rigorous hike to the sound of rushing water! Midway through our hike Chicky and I paused to take in the great view. What a treat to be able to soak in the beautiful river gorge and the quaint town of Portageville all at once. What an epic spot!

Further along the trail I happened to see something starting at us…and there, 30 feet away we see a young buck just sitting on the ground pondering why people were out messing around on his turf. Once to the cache site we were both amazed at how magnificent a location this was. We went to the river overlook and really enjoyed imagining a bridge and aqueduct running across the river over the abutments. It’s always fascinating for me to see remnants of old buildings and structures and visual the function they played so many years ago.

As for the cache, thankfully I had brought Chicky along and she was able to make rather quick work of the cache find (because there was no telling how long I was going to be there before I finally wised up! ).

Ken, as always you have shown us another unique spot - all while guiding us toward some local history. We have continually enjoyed the places, lessons, and adventures you have provided for us and we always look forward to more of your thoughtful hides. Thank you for a great morning hike in yet another in a long line of fantastic places in Letchworth that I have never had the privilege to explore until now.

~Szuchie

I found it! 23 Nov 2006    Pond Overlook  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

The name of this cache held true to form (in some crazy wild and warped HB-esque kind of way...haha). Thanks for showing us such a serene spot in such an urban jungle and for time well spent with my friend Johmer.
~Szuchie

I found it! 23 Nov 2006    Welcome to Castile !  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

What a fantastic way to end an extremely fun Thanksgiving Day. I have absolutely so many things I am thankful for, and somehow I managed to hit on almost all of it today! Excellent!

Nothing in life is more important to me than my family, my friends and the feeling of happiness, joy and good times. This cache was the culmination of all of this, as well as the opportunity to visit with my great pal P-Man. And just for those of you who may not know P-Man as I do - if you ever see him standing in the middle of no where, brandishing his friendly smile and waving to you in a manner that may strike you as completely bizarre...just know he is probably up to no good! Hahaha.

Thank you P-Man for a late night Thanksgiving day cache, as well as for always providing Chicky and I with such fun adventures (and stories...and yes, even the ones about Chip, hahaha...). We had an awesome time Ken, thanks for an exceptional evening!

~Szuchie

I found it! 11 Nov 2006    Frogs, Lizards, Flies, and Beetles.  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Another excellent cache find with Gregg the TB today. I believe it was while we were enroute to this cache that Gregg said:

"Ahhh...Hucklebuckle...I remember the good times we had rolling down that hill."

HAHAHA - this makes me laugh every time!

Thanks for the cache HB, this is one of your hides I just never thought I'd get up here to snag! Everything was safe and sound in the cache - even AFTER Gregg threw a few plastic bugs at me. Dang unruly travel bugs! Ha!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 28 Oct 2006    Subway Cache  ( Difficulty: 3.5    Terrain: 3.5 )

Cache find #600, and WOW what a find!
A couple of weeks ago at the “Please Don’t Squeeze the Cacher!” event cache (GCY1A5) in Central PA, a local geocacher who I have had the pleasure to meet named HolyCowboys approached me and asked if I had ever made it up to Rochester to find this cache. Admittedly I was familiar with this cache, but had never had the opportunity to seek it. So when I got home I really spent a lot of time pawing through past logs and pictures and decided that I would LOVE to do this cache with some of my closest friends, and make it find #600.

So off we went today, our rag-tag team consisting of Johmer79, Karentinks, the Nature Noggins, Chicky and myself on what would become one of the most unique caching adventures I have ever experienced. When we arrived and approached the mouth of the subway…I was just completely blown away. In the back of my head I was think, “Oh crap, what in the hell have I gotten myself into?!?”

As we entered the Subway and began our trek deep into its bowels, I was just overwhelmed with the size of tunnel and its dark never-ending abyss. It was such a unique and awesome sensation – just knowing you are under the "normal world" as you know it – while making your way to what felt like the center of the earth. It was quite an exploration for all of us. Occasionally when we came across areas where the surface light entered the tunnel, it really felt more like an old abandoned palace then a historical place of mass transit. I think what helped perpetuate this mood was the plethora of artistic drawings and murals that landscaped several stops along our route – almost like a lost civilization leaving its mark on this majestic structure.

The hike in was slow, being sure to examine each collapsed stairway or old pipe system along the way, but once to column 166, I was charged with finding the cache. Haha. Luckily for me probably ½ the team found it before I did!!! What a crew! With a great sense of accomplishment and cache find #600 was in hand – the ensuing laughter and joking could probably be heard echoing all the way down the tunnel. So for a good 20 minutes or so we explored the cache site, cracking jokes, snapping pictures...it was a very comfortable feeling, especially when you realize you are in a pitch black hole underneath the City of Rochester!

After each of our groups signed the log, Chicky and Mr. Nogg (the dynamic explorers that they are), decided to lead the charge down the subway tunnel to see what other unique and amazing areas lay waiting for us. Eventually we came to what I like to think of as the cathedral. With the sound of the Genesee River in the background, and the light and life of Rochester filling this amazing spot, we were treated to some spectacular artwork covering every square inch of this walkway. How unbelievable!

After taking pictures of our favorite pieces of art, Chicky and the Noggs pressed on while Johmer, Karentinks and I held back and just basked in the cathedral’s splendor. This was truly one of the most excellent moments I’ve ever had while geocaching. I certainly had a geo-religious experience...haha!

A huge debt of gratitude to Hinge Thunder, Rippie, & Issaquah Puppy for this wonderful adventure. As we saw the light of day, which ironically meant the end of our journey, all I could think of was how spectacular this subway was, and how wonderful it would have been to see it in all its grandeur. This has been by far one of my fondest geocaching moments yet, and to have the opportunity to share it with such great cachers as Chicky, Johmer, Karentinks and the Noggs made it even more special. It truly is the people and the places that keep me geocaching – and this was a shining example of that! Thank you again for the memories and my 600th cache find!

~Szuchie

I found it! 26 Oct 2006    The Herbal Medicine Man  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

This, by far, was my favorite of the three HB caches we found tonight. I'd love to re-enact my method of finding this one (by accident actually...haha), but I'd hate to spoil the fun of getting this cache for the NTF.

I have to say, it's one of those hides that you just find yourself saying, well...I just gotta do it. Hahahaha. So, after finding the cache, I signed the log, posed for a picture that I hope NEVER sees the light of day (yes Huck, that means you! ), and under the direction of the cache owner, replaced the cache MUCH MUCH better than how I had found it. You see that person on the watchlist...yeah, that's me. Hahahahaha!

Great fun with this one Huck - thanks for the laughs - and the cache-hiding directive!

~Szuchie

I found it! 14 Oct 2006    Historic Fort Hill Cache  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

P-Man this was a fantastic cache! I saw it had posted yesterday, but in all the rush I never plugged in the cords for the cache (so we did drive within 2 miles of it twice yesterday on our way to/from Osage!...hahahaha).
So this morning we decided to pop over on our way to the Letchworth Event and try this cache. Chicky and I have enjoyed each and every one of your hides so immensely that it's impossible to not want to head right out and experience a P-Man adventure. We arrived at the cache site a little after 9 am, and dove right in. This was a great walk along the old canal (something we have come to enjoy more and more as we have done your hides). As we walked in we enjoyed the lakes and marshland areas that sat along the trail - as well as the sounds of geese and ducks in the cool autumn air. What a superb cache moment.

When we arrived at ground zero, we spent a few minutes searching for this very well hid cache and finally - success! Great hiding spot - and cords were exceptional. We spent some time enjoying the sights, and talking about how we always enjoy caches such as this that show us unique, historical and interesting areas. Thank Ken for another great cache – and we hope we get to work on your next one with you (because it sounds awesome!).

~Szuchie

I found it! 14 Oct 2006    Letchworth Fall Gathering V  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

What an amazing event! I've been looking forward to this since I was unable to attend last year - and I have to say - it's awesome that such a huge group of cachers can get together and be able to share so many stories. You really feel that "close knit" community, and it's so cool to be a part of such a great group.

Chicky and I had a blast catching up with some old friends, as well as meeting new ones that we've heard so much about. It's awesome to put faces to names/caches and be able to talk about their hides.

A huge thanks to everyone who made this a fantastic time - the past year has been a non-stop adventure and we're glad we have been able to share it with all of you!

~Szuchie

I found it! 01 Oct 2006    Brought back to life  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2 )

KB - you really know how to hide 'em! Or perhaps more appropriately, where to hide 'em! After originally planning to tackle Osage #7, there was a change in plans as Chicky, myself and our geo-buds the Noggs decided to head over to Sonyea State Forest and check out a classic KB cache in Brought Back to Life.

I don't know if I've ever outright proclaimed this, but typically I find myself being a "path" kind of guy. I don't usually get all bushwhacky as I figure “If there is a path, it probably there so it can take me to something I'm supposed to see.” Haha. But this cache, sans the path, took us on a spectacular and refreshing walk around old and luscious woods. Upon parking our cars, we got doused with a brief stint of rain, but that only helped enhance the majestic-ness of the woods. This was absolutely beautiful Bruce.

We had a great hike in, stopping every so often so I could ask Mr. Nogg to identify a rare pile of "Deer Fungus" I found, as well as a few cool looking spiders and the origin of the Christmas Fern.

After arriving to our zero point, we found the cache in short order and dove in to see what kind of goodies awaited us. One of the reasons this cache really intrigued me (outside of being a KB cache in an amazing area), was that it had not been found since May. I always enjoy finding "lonesome caches" that go months and months without a visitor. Typically I like the challenge, and usually I am introduced to untamed areas that very few people get to see. Such was the case with this great cache! Ironically though, upon reading the log book we learned that someone actually had found the cache on 9-17-06 but never logged in here. Apparently it was their first find (we have never heard of them, but commend their choice in caches! )

We snapped a few photos of the immediate cache area, and headed over to the overlook to get the “all you can view” KB special. We were amazed at what we found – how awesome is this spot!?! Our little group of geocachers spent a considerable amount of time taking photos, enjoying the colorful fall foliage and generally just soaking in this mesmerizing place. Mr. Nogg and I also watched the girls climb all over the area, and have us convinced they must be part goat or something. Haha. Of course Mr. Nogg makes me laugh because the only overlooks he’ll entertain are the ones that are provided near trees he can anchor to…hehe. Ahhh, always a fun time caching in gorgeous places with great friends.

Another amazing spot Bruce – this may be one of your most early hides, but it is certainly taken it’s place as one of my favorites. Thanks for a great walk on a perfect autumn day!

~Szuchie

I found it! 01 Oct 2006    SONYEA STATE FOREST GEOCACHE  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3.5 )

After finding KB's nearby "Brought Back to Life", it would be a shame and potentially a geo-crime to not head over and attempt the great Sonyea State Forest Geocache. This cache not only proved to be one of the most beautiful cache finds I have ever experienced, but also one of the most fun.
What kicked it all off was driving down Unions Corners Road after a brief rain in my little Mustang. Hahaha - that car may not look like the mug-boggin' type, but she holds her own! Upon arrival to what we designated the parking spot, Chicky, myself and the Nature Noggins dove into to what would become a fantastic adventure. Much like we had enjoyed at "Brought Back to Life", the walk through these beautiful and amazing old woods was a great experience. It really fills you with that sense of solitude and peace that you can only get when you are in the heart of nature.

Once "near" the cache (and yes, I use that term in the loosest sense...haha), we started to devise our plan of decent and ascent. I took the easier route down, but got the pleasure of watching Mrs. Nogg and Chicky monster-hill-butt-slide down the ravine wall! Haha. Once our little team was assembled on the creek floor it was UP UP UP towards the cache!

Upon arriving to the "summit", we found the cache in short order and took in this amazing spot. I believe I am thoroughly convinced this is the most perfect spot for a cache ever. The rushing waters below, combined with the beautiful colors of the fall foliage made for a perfect moment. This is geocaching at its finest! After spending some time just staring at this slice of heaven, we bid it farewell and commenced with a lesser degree of monster-hill-butt-sliding. Haha.

It was at the creek bottom (before heading back up to return to our cars), that I once again was astonished with the beauty of this place. It was like someone had painted what the most perfect forest should look like, and here I was surrounded by it. Just plain un-freakin-believable!

As always Rocky, you NEVER EVER disappoint. This one is one of my favorite caches, and will be talked about for years and years to come. Thank you for this spectacular caching experience, and for allowing me to share it with such good friends!

Okay, now I have to go and finish hosing the mud off of Chicky! Hahaha. What an adventure!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 23 Sept 2006    Just For The Heck Of It  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1.5 )

In what was my #2 top highlight of the event:

I found this cache with TWU.

A sign of things to come????

Yeah, I don't think so. Hahahahahaha.

~Szuchie

I found it! 23 Sept 2006    PAPER MILL PARK GEOCACHE  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1 )

What a fantastic spot! - This was P-man and my final stop on a great day caching to and from Rochester. The waterfall was absolutely beautiful! With all the water that we've gotten over the last couple of days the roar of the falls was in full force. I can't believe I forgot to bring my camera!!! Oh well - here's to a return trip! Haha.
After we found the cache, P-man and I checked around the falls for some fossils (and actually picked up a couple of really nice ones). Just another great experience - thank you Rocky again and again!

~Szuchie

I found it! 23 Sept 2006    DRIVING PARK GEOCACHE  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Another great Rocky offering! I had friends that lived in the area for several years, and like much of Avon (apparently!) there were a great many things I never explored while visiting them! Hehe.

P-man was nice enough to shuttle me around to a few of his favorite caches in the area, and this one was our first stop. This was a fun little walk in a very nice area - luckily I found the cache pretty quick, and got the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Just another hidden gem for those of us not familiar with the area. Thanks again for showing me another great spot while I was in the area today! What a great day of caching it's been!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 23 Sept 2006    ISLAND OASIS TOUR  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1 )

What a fun cache this was - it really gives you a tour of the whole island (hehe). I have to say, in the many years I had friends that lived in the Avon/Caledonia area, I'm embarrassed to say I've never stopped here even though I've been by it countless times. Just another reason caching rules!

P-man and I had a really fun time taking in all this little park had to offer - not to mention all the plaques and "informational signs" that told you everything you needed to know. This is a REALLY nice area that is maintained extremely well. Thanks for showing us a great spot Rocky - I personally have you to thank for showing me a lot of great locations today! But those are all in upcoming logs...haha.

Thanks for another fun stop on an excellent day with my friend P-man!

~Szuchie

I found it! 17 Sept 2006    The Sullivan Clinton Trail  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Hi KB! Szuchie here - I just wanted to say that beneath that evil KB code making front, you certainly have a knack of taking me to some amazing places. This was truly one of many outstanding highlights today as P-Man was kind enough to bring us along to experience the Sullivan Clinton Trail.
Of course when he brought us along, he actually wanted Chicky for her super-micro-finding skills...but unfortunately I'm just a pesky tag-along so he had to cart my dumb tookis around too. Hahaha. In what was perhaps my proudest moment today (and the only point I made any kind of substantial contribution to our geo-efforts!), I came up with the 2nd waypoint. Certainly your everyday clever KB hide!

So, feeling rather triumphant, we headed out onto what ended up being an amazing walk...I just can't describe it enough to give you any semblance of how magnificent this area is. It's just plain cool (yes, being dumbfounded limits my vocabulary...haha).

Upon arrival to the 3rd leg, I was off scoping out some of the local flora and Chicky and P-Man tag-teamed on the 3rd hide. Another bit of KB cleverness - and with this wonderful bit of information we were off to the final!!! All I can say, is that when P-Man found the final he was one happy fella. And yes, I did find a sweet pin in the cache that TOTALLY reminded me of you B. When next we meet, you'll have to take a gander at my backpack (now I need to find the pin and actually put it on my pack...haha).

This was a great hide Bruce - you always amaze us with the sights we get to see! Now...like 20 more cache finds to go and I think I'll have all the KB hides done...HAHAHAHAHAHAHA...Yeah, that won't be happening any time soon (so no worries! ). Thank you for a fantastic day with Chicky and P-Man - we had a blast!

~Szuchie

I found it! 17 Sept 2006    SAND POINT GEOCACHE  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Another brilliant Rocky cache! This has to be one of the most wonderful parks I have visited all summer - made more special that I was able to share it with Chicky and P-Man (to fantastically fun folks).

When we arrived (as was typical today...haha), I just stared in amazement over the perfect green grass of the park onto Conesus Lake. Personally, this is what makes the best caches. A fun hide in a beautiful area. I'm still smiling! Haha.

So upon arriving to the first leg, Chicky made quick work of the math, and with P-Man at the helm we headed for leg 2! In short order it was found, and made our way over to that "million dollar view" - and let me tell you - it is worth every cent!

I took many pictures, but looking at them now they do no justice to how gorgeous this spot is! Thank you so much Rocky for showing me this spot, and allowing me to spend it with great friends on such a beautiful day!

~Szuchie

I found it! 09 Sept 2006    Sea Life  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

4:45am. Yes. You read right.

It was 4:45am, and I found myself bleary-eyed staring at the computer in that kind of vegetative state where you find all time and space sort of hovering in limbo around you. Yes, this is what I'm like at 4:45am...and I don't drink coffee (I probably should discover S-Bux huh?).

So in preparing for the Breakfast at Earls Event, and checking any last minute emails from attendees, I see this new cache like 4 miles from my house. In my fuzzy little state I mumbled, "No, of all days not today!", and proceed to inform Chicky that if she can be ready in "less than one second" (as I put it), we might be able to get this cache before our 6am stint at Earls.

Sound completely insane doesn't it?!? With that in mind, we fast forward 15 minutes and I find myself driving down East Arcade road. The rain from the night before combined with my now borderline defunct windshield wipers and the newly paved road (sans a center stripe!) made for a rather interesting drive to the cache location. But we made it, a few hairy curves and a scratch or two on my lower passenger side door molding (damn high road shoulders!) later. So knowing we probably shouldn't be late for our own event, Chicky and I head out and in fairly short order locate the cache. There was no cover on it, so it was a pretty easy spot at 5:30am (thank god! haha).

So we signed the log, and I attempted to rehid it better than I had found it with some brush around the cache spot. I never EVER thought I'd go caching before a 6am event....Ha! Thanks Huck, I know this spot has been crying out to you from afar (all the way to Huckville WS!!!). Hehe.

Now...OFF TO EARLS before we're late!!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 06 Sept 2006    Treestump  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

Tonight was just one of those, "I really want to get out and cache" kind of nights. Unfortunately however, Chicky is still feeling the brunt of an allergic reaction to a late night caching expedition yesterday (we think it was an organic reaction and not the act of caching with the Noggs...hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha), so she wasn't getting that geo-feelin'.
So after a little hemming and hawing, it was decided she'd go along for the ride and wait in the car while I got my geo-thang on. It wasn't a long walk, so she decided to sit in my chariot listening to Kiss 98.5 (or whatever it is she listens too when I'm not paying attention...hahaha).

We took the roundabout way to the parking cords since I wasn't sure the best route to get there. I have been down in this area more times then I could ever fathom, so it was a nice surprise to find myself on a road I have never been down before. Happily we had found the right way to the parking cords, and in short order I was out of the car heading towards the cache (with Chicky in the car laughing at me because I initially starting walking the wrong way Hehe).

After a short walk though some beautiful woods, I found the cache quickly to my amusement. Great hiding spot HB, without a doubt an aptly named cache. So after a few minutes of reading P-Man's log and rifling through a treasure trove of Dollar Tree goodies, I replaced the cache and spent a brief moment taking in the sights (knowing full well Chicky was back at the car probably wondering where the heck I went...haha).

This area is magnificent, especially after the brief rain shower we had earlier in the day. The woods were damp, and the whole area around me was a great old forest (with just a smidgen of fog thrown in for the perfect effect). It certainly was a Hollywood movie moment.

Thanks Huck for a nice spot, and for sharing this little slice of heaven with us. Thank the landowners as they have a gorgeous spot here (perfect for kickin' back and havin' a cold one ).

~Szuchie

PS - Oh, and a little note for the Noggs, Ravenspond and Poker Pals - the cords for this puppy are spot on.

I found it! 05 Sept 2006    SNAKES...IN A CACHE!  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

"What's with all these mothafreakin' snakes doin' in this mothafreakin' cache!!!!"
HB - All I can say is you better hope the local Arcade contingent doesn't get all Samuel L. Jackson on you this weekend at the Earls Event. Originally I was going to let my 1-year geo-anniversary pass with me sitting in front of the TV, eating Chinese food and watching South Park.

Chicky wasn't feeling all that great, and we decided to pass up an always fun and exciting evening with Los Noggs El Mucho Spectacularrrrrr, to rot around the apt. Of course, if this log is any indication, plans change. Right in the middle of this really funny South Park episode about Carl Reiner dressing like a woman, I got a call from His Noggness, saying that he was at Snakes...In a Cache! along with Ravenspond and Poker Pals (sorry I forgot, it's past my bedtime ) and they were having trouble with this cache.

So Chicky and I headed out to spend some time with our buds the Noggs and hopefully meet some new cachers in the process. Upon arrival, we DID meet a few new cachers (very nice to meet all of you! ), and got to enter into the cache-finding fun. Now I swear I'm not bragging, but I think I was able to find this cache in like 3 minutes....ok, maybe it was 5. Haha. Turns out the cache cords were 60-70 feet off as the Noggy-GPS proclaims (which I’m sure they'll post for your general amusement). So like I said earlier, watch out for some cranky-fied Arcade cachers HB...hahaha.

Regardless, we were happy to make the find, and decided to head out and play in Lime Lake...because once we get cache findin' there ain't no stoppin'. Haha.

Also - I should mention that Chicky H-A-T-E-S snakes. Even though she knew the cache was all in good fun, she remained 20 feet away from the snake-box at all times. Haha.

Finally - I do have to mention this (because Chicky would be dismayed if I didn't - Since this cache is dedicated to reptiles, I would like to say that Chicky and I were both pretty upset with the unexpected passing of Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin yesterday. His unabashed love for animals, chipper spirit, and imitate-able catch phrases always rang a sweet chime with Chicky, (being an avid animal lover - with the exception of snakes ironically...haha). So I just wanted to tie this cache log up with a moment of silence for my boy Stevie for all the fun and good times he shared with us...

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~Szuchie

I found it! 01 Sept 2006    Welcome to Orchard Park  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Hmm...HB, I not only got to find a "disabled cache" of yours, but in doing so I earned a "Punch HB For Free" card. Man, caching rules!!!
So, Chicky and I planned a double-header cache finding journey tonight, by making stops in EA and OP to check out two new caches. Well, half way down 20A I get a call from Cap'n Bucklepants of the First Dork Patrol telling me that he had two DNFs on this cache and that he disabled it because it was probably gone (which led to a now infamous "so you should probably turn around" tidbit of advice). Hmm...what to do, what to do...?

Since we were only a few miles from the cache, we said what the hey and proceeded on since we were enjoying the drive (and plus, turning around is such a pain you know?!? Haha). So upon arriving to the cache sight, we spent 10 minutes or so looking for the cache, then, as plain as day there it is staring me in the face! I shake my head and have a nice chuckle knowing I can report back to the master of finger-painting himself that his cache is ok.

No biggie right?

WELL....

I get home, and there is an AOL IM waiting for me that read, in a paraphrasical kind of way, "Oops, I guess the cache was there, feel free to punch me the next time you see me." So now I'm figuring HB's messing with me by playing the "is it there, oh wait, maybe it's not...but maybe it is, I don't knooooooooowwwwwww?!?" game. So now I get to smack him. Like I said, caching rules. Maybe now I can formally dare him to eat an entire sweet roll the size of Earls hat at the upcoming Breakfast at Earls Event...hmmm. Place your bets folks! Haha - thanks for the missing-cache-hide HB, it's always nice to know you like keeping my on my toes!

~Szuchie

I found it! 29 Aug 2006    1779 Memorial Tree  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

What a nice little park! I have been by here many many times and always wanted to stop. Sadly, there is almost always so much going on that I never get to stop at 99% of things I drive by half the time (I eye up the tractor museum everytime too...haha). So today, Chicky and I decided to take a nice little drive and finally stop by at the 1779 Memorial Tree cache.

We had a fun time wandering around. When we got to the cache area our GPS was reading a little off, but standing there it was fairly obvious where we should look - and in no time we had the cache in hand. We spent a few minutes pawing through the goodies, and I decided to leave 3 TB's as I realized I had quite the TB stockpile going on! Of course, Chicky wanted to pick up the Bills TB...but hey, 3 for 1 isn't too bad.

Thanks Gamma Kitt and Coyote for another nice cache. After micro hunting (which always wears me out...haha), it's always a great treat to find an ammo box in the woods - my favorite kind of cache! Thanks for a great time!

~Szuchie

I found it! 21 Aug 2006    Welcome to Strykersville  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

As HB so interestingly noted in the previous log, E-Bob (the evil twin of Good Bob) was out this evening and looking for a delicious micro cache to munch on. Typically E-Bob doesn't like to give his pre-micro-dining-agenda out, but he thought it would be best to let Mr. Buckle know ahead of time so that way he could prepare for the inevitable.

And, as the enclosed picture(s) will dictate, E-Bob did in fact find the cache, and then with the aid of Chicky - devoured it like meatloaf shot out of a cannon....er....well, you get the idea.

HB had previously stated that this micro was, I quote, "the best thing to happen to Strykersville." Since I did not have any evidence to refute such a modest statement, I can only say, that since E-Bob has entered Strykersville (and subsequently eaten The "Best Thing To Happen To Strykersville" Micro), he has supplanted the micro, and now reigns dominant as the new and improved "Best Thing To Happen To Strykersville". From what I hear they will be awarding him a trophy and everything next week.

Following dinner, Chicky, E-Bob and I took a nice drive through....well....wherever it is I got us lost at...haha. Regardless, a good time was had by all, and E-Bob even busted out his hella cool moon-walk. Thanks for a fun night HB - see you soon!

~Szuchie.....now running on NaviCache V1.0! :-D Hahaha.

I found it! 03 Aug 2006    Lover's Lane Micro  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 2 )

"Hi, my name is Szuchie, and it's been almost 12 days since I last found a cache."

Today almost turned out to be another "No Cache on the Agenda" kind of day. But after arriving home only to learn that P-man was feet from my place (which in turn is only feet from a bar!), I felt the itch to head out. Of course I didn't scratch the itch, I just sat around staring at the wall thinking about how I wanted to cache (yeah, I know...I'm pathetic. You should see me try and make real decisions about basic day-to-day tasks...haha).

So after dinner, I got an email from the P-Man discussing his near miss of sharing caches and beer with me in Arcade tonight, and at the conclusion of this email he mentioned Lover's Lane. This was the second time he had mentioned it to me, the first time suggesting that this cache was a must do with Chicky. Gotta love a fellow geocacher that is looking out for your best interests right?!? Haha!

So after mulling it around, and hemming and hawing, I mumbled something to Chicky about heading out and doing this cache. She was all for it, and eventually coerced me out of the apt. at 8:30 on our way to Lover's Lane. As always, it was a beautiful post-dusk drive to Castile, and it was just cool enough to have the windows down and hang your arm out the window.

Soon after entering town, we quickly found the cache area. Since it was dark out we probably spent more time looking for this cache then normal….but with the sounds of the babbling brook nearby, we knew this spot was truly made for lovers. So after 10 minutes or so, with the GPS jumping about, I finally caught the right angle and the cache was in hand.

After pawing through the logs real quick, we....well....read the log if you'd like to know more. Of course, after replacing the cache we had to christen the lane with....haha, well...read the log. Haha. On our way out, we stopped at the corner to see the road sign displaying "Lover's Lane", and as mentioned in the cache description it was indeed gone....I guess some people just can't get over the heartbreak.

Thanks P-Man for a very nice spot we had never known about, we'll have to remember to come back here again for....well....yeah, you're just gonna have to read the log.

~Szuchie

I found it! 23 Jul 2006    PollyWogg Holler  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1 )

Cache Log:
So after two weeks of 'could I's' and 'can I's', Chicky and I decided to head out to the Holla! today for the "big 5 - dubba - O". We had chosen the Holla! for a few reasons...1 - Despite some of the awfully strange things that come out of his mouth, Brogan is cacher that I have always admired and feel it's more an honor to be a part of his caches then perhaps the other way around. And, 2 - I have ALWAYS watched this cache from afar and thought it would be a really special opportunity to not only find a cache, but be able to spend it with those individuals to whom have made this sport so infinitely enjoyable for me. When it's all said and done, the number aren't the reason I do what I do, it's the people and the places I have come to know and appreciate.

So...with all this said...I almost didn't make it!!! Haha.

After making record time from Arcade to West Almond, I accidentally took a wrong turn, and ended up going the wrong way in the opposite direction of the cache. So after a ahem*illegal*ahem u-turn on rt. 86...and stroking Chicky's ego (because I should probably trust her directional instincts more then I do...haha), we got on the right course and made our way to the Holla!

After arriving, we made off towards the cache, surprised to see that we were the first cachers today to make it...of course you wouldn't know that because I later learned that I accidentally put yesterdays date...doh! So, after re-hiding the cache, Chicky and I thought it would be fun to hide in the bushes and scare the living-begeezus out of whomever was hot on our heels.

So after spending several minutes in the bushes playing super-spy, we decided maybe we were hearing things and emerged, only to have Nature Noggins catch us near the cache sight. So from there we watched them find the cache, and also were rewarded with TWO awesome bottles of NN's own White Zinfandel (with Szuchie #500 labels on them! - Yesss!!!). So after a couple of photo ops, and a brief session of "let’s find some acorns and pine cones to throw at the next finders", we all headed over to the Holla!

Thanks Brogan for #499 (and for realizing I said something nice about you so that way you won't delete all my cache logs....hahahaha ).

~Szuchie

I found it! 20 Jul 2006    The Wallace - Jeffers Memorial cache  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

P-man,
Your hides definitely should be on everyone’s must do lists. They have all been well thought out adventures that have taken me to some right wonderful spots. This cache was no exception. Many many times I have driven through this town...and is the curse in this fast and furious society we don't usually take the time to stop and explore some of the places we pass through...so is the state of my relationship with Castile.

I have been through town so many times (but never stopping!), and finally today through your cache hide I was able to finally see some great sights. In fact, I got to see the two places I've ALWAYS wanted to stop and explore.

After finding the first leg (nearly went right by it...haha), Chicky dove head first into the math duties on this one. She must have crossed an "i" or dotted a "t" because we ended up in the wrong area. So after a little re-figure'um-ation we finally landed ourselves at leg two. While Chicky did the dirty work and I sat and watched (because Szuchie + Math = Hopelessly Lost....haha), I realized that this was a really great spot. It's sort of nice to just relax and watch the world as it's running around about you.

After spending a good 10 minutes or so watching Chicky run around in circles (I wish I had my camera! ), we had the cords to the final. After taking the "path much less traveled" we got to the general ground zero area (insert a lot of evil laughs here...haha). Nice spot!!!!!!

So after finding many invisible caches, Chicky finally made the grab. Awesome cache container, I totally need one of these! Excited I opened the cache container and inside there sat....well, let's say it was a magnificent find.

To show my massive appreciation for this wonderful cache and all the wonderful experiences we had while doing it, I dropped off a Volunteer Geocoin. A very nice coin, for a VERY nice cache. Thanks Ken for a great hide, as well as for showing Chicky and I around your charming little town.

Additionally P-Man, this log will be accompanied by a personal email, as I feel the need to gush over this cache a little more (and I'm sure the cache readers don't want to be subject to all that mush do they?!? Haha. ).

Thanks again for a magnificent evening that I'm positive we'll never forget!

~Szuchie

I found it! 01 Jul 2006    Dance of the Jungies  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 3 )

When I awoke this morning...as if it came to me in a sublime dream of some kind...I knew exactly where I wanted to cache, and what two caches would be topping my list. [check GCWJQ1 for the one ;)] So after breakfast, Chicky and I took the always beautiful back-roads drive from Arcade to Letchworth. It's certainly a wonderful pre-cursor to caching in LSP because there really is nothing better than taking a nice morning drive in the forest through winding country roads...ah, outstanding.
When we arrived at the parking coordinates, we headed off. We apparently weren't paying attention to what we were doing, so instead of taking the correct path to the cache, we ended up doing a mile or so tangent in the wrong direction...but truly, taking the wrong path in Letchworth really only means you get to see more wonderful sights...so it was a happy mistake. In the process of getting lost, correcting ourselves, then momentarily getting lost again (you should see us driving in big cites...haha) we saw over a dozen deer (including two fawns).

Once to the cache location, we found the cache quickly after only a minor diversion. This is just another phenomenal spot in Letchworth that I have never visited before. P-man, you did an awesome job with this one! Chicky and I had a great time exploring new areas in LSP, and even found an orienteering point nearby (hint-hint for the GPS-O cachers). This was a great start to our day as we always enjoy caches with compelling cache descriptions.

Thanks for another beautiful walk in LSP, fantastic cache P-Man!

~Szuchie

I found it! 01 Jul 2006    Between the Ponds  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 2.5 )

Like I had mentioned in my Dance of the Jungies log, this cache (much like its sibling), was the reason we decided to make a Saturday morning trek to LSP (well...besides the wonderful views, amazing scenery, enchanting wildlife...all that fun stuff...hehe ).

So…… P-man........ I've checked your profile. Nice picture...you look like a nice guy. Who knew you were such an evil little fella! Great great first hide to this multi! Luckily I happened upon it pretty quickly, but don't worry...Chicky and I walked by it more then a couple times before we snagged it.

Now, off to the final! Unlike our misguided-walking-all-over-the-park-and-back folly at Dance of the Jungies, we decided that maybe this time we'd take a more direct path. Yet again P-man, great cache in another beautiful spot I've never visited before (just when you think you've seen it all...haha). The final cache location was outstanding!

After the GPS had us going all over, Chicky made the find on this one! So we spent a few minutes pawing through the log book and reading some of the interesting cache logs (you know who you are! ). I found a very nice glass bottle in the cache, so I picked that up and dropped off a few bucks (hopefully for the next poor college student to find this cache because hey, I was a REALLY poor college student once too and frankly…no one should have to eat Ramen noodles, YUCK!!! ).

We checked the cache contents and I'll be honest, I was hoping to score some homemade goodies but I missed out. P-man, if you get Arcade-way maybe I can barter with you for some of these great items I'm hearing so much about. ---> here's to wishful thinking! Haha.

P-man, I'm glad we chose to come to LSP today and try both of your caches, they were such a fantastic adventure. Thank you so much for showing us new places we never knew existed before!

~Szuchie

PS - Picked up the Whistle TB.

PPS - Oh yeah, I almost forgot...Happy Canada Day!!!

I found it! 17 Jun 2006    Guess Who-Oak Openings  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1.5 )

Today we dropped my brother Gregg off at the Sunshine Camp (?) down the road for a instructional camping something or other (we weren't paying attention...haha). So at 8:30am, we were wandering around Quinn Oak Openings enjoying the absolute beauty of this forestry.

Much like the cache description mentions, the paths are a little "rustic"...haha. But that's the fun of caching! Geo-improv! So after doing a little bushwhacking we had the cache quickly in hand. Thank you Gamma Kitt and Coyote for this great cache, in a gorgeous spot. This certainly was the perfect way to kick off our day!

~Szuchie

I found it! 13 Jun 2006    4 8 15 16 23 42  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Ah, what a great night. Caching in Losson with one of the regulars - Hucklebuckle! This was a great night to be out and about in this park (besides all the darned muggles...but see the WNY Walt Disney Cache for that thrilling story ).

Last night I learned WAY more about these numbers then any poor human should be forced to endure, and learned that people are able to find the meaning in almost anything if they look hard enough...haha...and it's even got me curious!!! So now I might have to be "hittin' up dah first season" (as HB puts it) and see what the hub-bub is all about.

While at the cache site, we ran into a VERY curious lil' chipmunk who must have thought we were after his acorn stash as he was practically running circles around us. But manic rodents aside, this was another great cache in Losson, made more fun that I got to do a little caching with my good geo-pal.

Thanks HB for the tour!

~Szuchie

I found it! 13 Jun 2006    Mahjong  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

No matter how hard I try I can never spell Mahjong right...haha. As HB puts it, we were "tearing up" Losson this evening. It was nice to be able to cache with a good geo-bud and get a very nice tour of this part of the park (which I hadn't visited since another HB cache killed my GPS over the winter!!! ). So since he never paid the bill for the damage, I decided he should accompany me on a few Losson caches today.

Happily he obliged...not because he felt he needed to atone for my dearly departed Magellan, but because he could run cache maintenance and laugh at me as I tried to find some of his caches. What a punk! Haha.

This was a great night to be in Losson, and after finding the cache we were on our way out when we ran into a couple that asked us, "did you see any deer?" This threw me off (because at first I thought it was some kind of geo-slang I didn't get), but it turns out they really were looking for deer...haha.

Thanks HB for the fun puzzle cache, and for the guided tour of the backwoods (and deer populated) areas of Losson!

~Szuchie

I found it! 11 Jun 2006    Oppenheim Zoo  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1.5 )

If you read the last few days of my cache logs you may not believe it...but I truly mean it when I say it's nice to be back in New York and caching again. And what better way to return to WNY then by doing an Urkel cache! (And yes I mean that too....hehe. )

Chicky and I were at the Air Force base attending a going away party for Chicky's mom (who will be moving to Arizona...and yes I've already scoped out the availability of caches there...hehe). On our way back we decided to hit up some of the local caches and started with Oppenheim. This is such a nice little park! It was hopping today but luckily for us the two caches within the park are far enough secluded that we didn't have much to worry about as far as muggles go.

When we found this cache we also met the local mosquito population (but I SWEAR that anything NY can conjure up is weak compared to them big ugly Alaskan monsters! Yipes!!!) Funny story, in Alaska they call skeeter spray, bug dope...and if it isn't 40+% deet...you're a dead man. Haha. You practically have to shower in the stuff...

So after quickly signing the log we were off on our way to enjoy more wonderful NY caches.

Thanks Urk for the fun!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 03 Jun 2006    Low & Behold (Read Warning)  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

Mr. Road Kill! I have to say, every one of your caches is always an amazing experience. Thank you very much for this awesome hide. This has to be one of my favorite (and uniquely least accessible) places in the entire park.
I headed in this morning by my lonesome because my geo-bud Chicky was out frolicking at the Buffalo Zoo. So happy to be in one of my favorite places I headed down the FLT trail. The path was pretty wet (and the rain kept turning on and off), but the foliage was absolutely beautiful.

As I neared the bridge I wandered by the Beaver Pond (and from the looks of it this lil' guy has been working some serious overtime). Many trees and branches had been freshly gnawed and were strew about in what is the makings of a beaver condo or something.

I was surprised that my GPS did really put up too much of a fuss, and upon arriving at the zero-out spot the cords were pretty exact. So with the mist of the falls in my face I signed the log and waved (almost mockingly...hehe) to the folks on the other side of the river.

On my way back (actually near the beaver pond) I found a bunch of little orange salamanders near the trail...so of course I had to pit-stop and play with them. The entire trip was practically muggle free (as I only ran into two groups of hikers near the parade grounds), so it was wonderful having the west side of the park all to myself.

Again, thank you for the cache Road Kill. This certainly is one of the best I've ever done - can't wait to bring my geo-friends and family back to this spot!

~Szuchie

I found it! 31 May 2006    The Gray Fox  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

HB - you must be one of the only folks who uses navicache! (Although I noticed a new Rayman cache here...who knew!) Not very often do I check this site, but lately (as I'm sure you can attest to), NY Admin has been slacking so I was forced to find alternate avenues to find caches in the area.

Glad you picked this spot, it's right behind my pad! Gotta love caches you can walk to. :-)

Thanks again for the great cache in Arcade, as well as teaching me some info I didn't previously know. Although it was fun to be reminded that this town used to be called China...HA!

~Szuchie
[Modified 2006-10-24 10:14:39]

I found it! 20 May 2006    Summit Fire Tower  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 2 )

This was our last cache today after attending the ASP Geobash...and really the entire day cannot possibly be summed up into words...but I think Absolutely Wonderful comes awfully darn close.

Chicky and I got to the general area for this cache, but then our GPS started jumping so we wandered around briefly until she made the snag. Nice spot! On our way out we got some nice pics of the fire tower....again, just another amazing thing in ASP. This park is awesome!

Thank you for the cache, and for ending our wonderful caching day on such a high-note!

~Szuchie

I found it! 13 May 2006    Barbershop Dru 1k Bash and Pub Night  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Hey...I was at this event!!! Yes I know Urk, logging nearly 2 years later. The things you find when you profile stalk people...god, I need to stop getting pointers from the lad. Haha.

Anyway...here's my damn log:

The first time I ever met Dru was actually at the Pub Night hosted by NYGO earlier this year. Having never met ANYONE in the caching community I was a little shy and was sort of wandering around mingling best I could.

Well, Dru walks up to me and I just kind of blurt out, "So you're the famous Barbershop Dru! So nice to finally meet you. If I knew you better I'd give you a big old hug!" Without missing a BEAT she exclaims, "A hug! I'll take it!" And wouldn't you know it, she gave me a hug. Whatta gal!

Much like Hucklebuckle mentioned, I was new to the community, and for someone who has never heard of me before and knew nothing about me to welcome me into "the realm" and treat me with such kindness was truly a great moment for me...and to this day is still one of my favorites.

Dru - thank you so much for being you, and for allowing us to come together in an open forum and express our gratitude and appreciation for everything. Here's to 1,000,000,000,000 more!!!

Also, it was nice to see old friends, as well as put names to faces. I only wish I didn't live so darn far away as I wasn't able to get around to everyone. Oh well, here's to NEXT TIME!

~Szuchie

I found it! 07 May 2006    Cattaraugus Creek#2 Scoby Dam Park  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

Another amazing Balloonpilot, Chickenlips and WW Gobstopper cache. You guys never cease to amaze me with your cache placements! We had pseudo-attempted this cache in the fall of last year, and because of the mud and water we had to turn back as we weren't prepared.
So for the last few weeks we've been throwing around revisiting this cache and finally conquering it. So today I came ready for ANYTHING...and in reality, due to the sunny-dry streak we've been having there wasn't a hint of mud or water anywhere!!! So instead of mud-o-palooza we had a beautiful spring walk and was able to take some great shots of the creek, gorge walls, and the re-awakening of the vegetation.

I brought Gregg the Most-Funnest Traveling TB in the World with me today as he made me promise that when I tried this cache he would get to come along. So it was some high quality brotherly-bonding time that culminated in him finding the cache almost instantly! (He's becoming quite the geo-sleuth!) Unfortunately Chicky couldn't come with us, so that means we'll most def. be making a return engagement to show her this amazing spot.

I can't wait! Thanks again for a great cache, I truly love these hiking caches with a good ole' ammo-can at the end. These are always the caches I find myself taking friends and family back to time and time again. Thanks for the beautiful walk and geo-adventure!

~Szuchie

I found it! 06 May 2006    Bullhead Cache  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

This cache was one of the most beautiful and scenic places we have ever visited. Chicky and I loved the walk around the lake, as well as all the wildlife and vegetation that surrounded us. A close friend of mine had mentioned this area sometime ago, and said it was amazing...so we've been planning a weekend trip to find this cache.
I'm trilled we picked today to do it, as the sun was out, the air was cool and the preserve was empty. It certainly was our own personal slice of heaven.

We found the cache fairly quickly, and spent some time taking in the great lakefront views and exploring some of the other trails we found. We took the M.Canard TB we found in the cache, and dropped of Water Frog (which we apologize for having way too long), but we figured this would be an amazing spot for him...as Chicky said; "He seems really excited!" ---> She's so cute.

This is an amazing cache site, that I think might find it's way onto my favorites list as a must do for all cachers. Thank you again for this wonderful experience; it certainly was the highlight of our caching day!

~Szuchie

I found it! 29 Apr 2006    1856 Mule Path  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Today I decided to show Johmer and Karentinks (my grade-A #1 caching pals and the other half of our caching-semi (but we try) super-group Team Ramrod) some of the great caches on the east side of Letchworth. Since I hadn't found this cache yet, we decided to run off course just a little and enjoy the Mule Path.

This is a very beautiful and scenic spot. I enjoy hiking trials with a lil' bit of history on them, so reading the plaques along the way made for an educational and enjoyable walk. Also it was great seeing the remnants of the old canal and locks.

All in all it was a great day to be out and about caching, and I'm glad I finally got over to this cache. A great spot to get people to visit. I'm also temporarily dropping off my brother in the cache (since he found it!) as I decided today he would make a rather funny looking TB. Hahaha.

Thanks for the cache!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 19 Apr 2006    HOGS BACK VISTAS  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

Finally! Haha...some time ago I completed What's The Point which is right across the gorge from this cache, and made a valiant attempt to figure out how to get to the Hog's Back (with absolutely no success, haha!)...so today I made sure to plan the route and in no time we found it!

This has to be one of the most beautiful cache spots I have ever seen. Very rarely can you hover above the cache hide and have a gorgeous panoramic view of the gorge. It was also a great time trying out my new kicks, which I need to break in before the CITO this weekend!

I keep telling Chicky that I have to parcel out finding all the Letchworth caches so that way I don't run out! There is so much great stuff to discover so I want to take my time and not conquer it all in one shot! Haha.

A HUGE thank you to the whole Rocky Crew for getting us to this amazing place! After we were done we drove around to the other side of the gorge to the What's the Point Cache Overlook and marveled at the Hogs Back and where we had been only minutes before. With the sun going down it truly was a perfect moment.

Thank you for showing us such an amazing spot, and for a great experience!

~Szuchie

PS - Picked up the DE geocoin - will place it very soon so it can be shared with other cachers.


I found it! 09 Apr 2006    Verda's Log  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 2.5 )

Well well, Mr. RoadKill. How many times was I at your cache today?
Two.

Once to find the cache itself, and the second to find the geocoin I lost while finding the cache! ---> That's me after driving to Silver Lake in a manic panic figuring I'll have to explain to a coin owner how absolutely dumb I am...but I digress.

We weren't sure if we found the proper parking area to proceed to the cache (in addition to coin losing we are also very talented at overlooking obvious parking/trailhead areas). So after a few trips we finally decided we had found the entrance, and off we went!

Had a fun time walking in the woods (it's beautiful back there!), and upon arrival was very pleased to find the caches namesake. We were glad to see that the cache is brand-spanking new and that we were fortunate enough to be the second group to mark-up the log-book.

We found an awesome Magellan key chain in the cache, and since my first GPS was a Magellan Sport Trak (since passed on via Losson Park) we decided to snag it. In its place we left a buck's 4pt. antler.

Again RK, you've put together quite the adventurous cache...haha. Thanks again for a great one, OH and yes, for being my #350 cache find!

~Szuchie

I found it! 09 Apr 2006    Along The Finger Lakes Trail  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3.5 )

Hey KB! Well, ever since I did Bridges, I keep telling Chicky that the next time I get up in the Letchworth area I HAVE to try another of your caches. So this morning when I was planning our caching outing we were going to head toward Perry/Warsaw....but I figured since we were going to be "in the area" (and for all intensive purposes "in the area" is defined as anything within a 200 mile radius ), I wanted....nay, NEEDED to do a KillerB cache!
Since we aren't familiar at all with this area, we decided to drive up the east side of Letchworth, hoping that if we hugged the edge of the park the FLT would eventually present itself. Thankfully those trailheads are yellow! Haha, otherwise we'd be halfway to Ottawa by now...

The journey to the cache was great. It was a perfect day for a walk in the park...and we had the entire place to ourselves (another one of the things I love about this cache). It was just a really fun experience.

When we arrived at the cache site I was a little distracted by how close I was to the gorge! Amazing! Great spot KB! Soon after realizing I was making Chicky do all the work, I focused and began the search. We spent a little while looking for the cache, but soon while prodding I heard that wonderful "THUNK" of a hollow ammo can and got a big ole' smile across my face. --> Something like that...haha.

So for the next half hour or so Chicky and I just sat with the cache reading the logs and taking in the wonderful scenery. What can I say, it was perfect.

We picked up the Maryland GC and were really happy to be able to find a coin in the wild...that's always a treat. We might hold on to it as there is a CITO event coming up in the park in two weeks or so...we'd like to personally hand it off to a cacher to thank them for all the work...but we'll see.

Which reminds me, if we can call dibs on where we want to CITO in the park, I'm TOTALLY going to call this FLT...partly because the first few hundred feet need a lil' CITO, but mostly because I love this spot so any reason to get back to it is a good one.

Thanks again KB for another caching adventure! Hope to cache you on the trails sometime!

~Szuchie.

I found it! 07 Apr 2006    R.T.  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

I'd like to start off by thanking HB for such a fun (and meaningful) cache dedication. Especially when you consider the location of the cache and all the fun I've had there over the years.

When we arrived Chicky made quick work of the cache, and we were happy to find we were 3TF's!!! We were definitely ecstatic, and as always we had to stop in to review the "used section" to see if I could find any diamonds in the rough. Hehe,

Thank you very much HB for this cache! We were going to head over to MT but had another cache that required our "sweet skills" Cache on!

~Szuchie

I found it! 29 Mar 2006    Welcome to Depew!  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

HB cache #2, Depew-ville. Hehe.
Found this while out with Chicky this gorgeous evening. Nice little park you've got going on here. Huck, it's always a pleasure! BESIDES, I have to catch up on some of your newer hides, I'm getting behind!!!

Thanks for a fun stealth-o-rama micro.

~Szuchie.

I found it! 26 Mar 2006    Weather or not (TEMPORARILY DISABLED)  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2 )

With the owner’s permission, Chicky and I set out to take a shot at this cache, and assess any potential danger it is in with the logging going on in the area. With us, came a brand new cacher to the cache-scene (insert big ole "I'll take credit for that" smile here...hehe ), whose caching name is still up in the air (so I'll let him log his own fun adventures).

Upon arriving in the area it looks like the loggers have really upped there level of deforestation since we were last here a couple of weeks ago, so we became very concerned about the first and second leg of the cache.

After revisiting the first leg it was very apparent that several trees (within 10 feet of the leg) had been recently cut down. This was a VERY sad moment for us because we were instructed by the cache owner to pull the cache if we believed the logging would pose a danger. Somberly, I disabled the first leg of the multi. After arriving at the second leg, we realized it was in the same danger as the first...and with great sadness pulled it (and eventually the final hide) as well.

I speak for everyone in my crew who felt this was such an amazing cache experience, in a beautiful location. Having done many caches, I have always heard of people disabling caches, and really believed I would never experience it for myself. For those who don't know, it's an awful thing. But on a very positive note, each leg was saved from destruction or disappearance, so we are very glad/honored to have preserved it for its owner.

I only hope that when the logging is complete, that the cache will return to prominence and provide great experiences like the one we had today. Thank you very much for allowing us this opportunity BP, CL and WWG. It certainly was one of the most enjoyable (and yet sad) caching experiences we have ever had.

~"Slightly Sad" Szuchie

PS - I will contact the cache owner to arrange the return of each of the cache legs.

I found it! 11 Mar 2006    Hornby Lodge: Frontier Mansion  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2.5 )

(Hey Art! Finally logging this on Navicache since I figured nearly 2 years was enough time to slack...haha...this was a great cache in an awesome spot - it's sad to see it's gone). Now for the log:

Today I was supposed to go up north and play with a group of other fun-loving cachers, but I totally missed the boat on that one (DOH!). So to soothe my melancholy Chicky and I decided to head up to Letchworth and do some hiking on this beautiful Spring-esque day.

This side of Letchworth is still closed, so we parked at the gate and hiked the mile or so round trip in taking in the great sights. Neither of us (why we don't know) have ever seen this side of Letchworth so it was a new and fascinating experience for both of us. Found the trailhead fairly easily, and made for the cache which we found with no problems.

Also took in the sights...and what amazing sights we say. It's great to see the falls and the Glen Iris from this alternate vantage point. Thanks for getting us to this sweet spot, we really enjoyed it!

~Szuchie

I found it! 05 Mar 2006    Down but not out  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

Chicky and I were in Franklinville today to watch some hockey, and decided afterwards to head into the hills to find this cache.
The hardest part was finding where we were supposed to be...since I don't have topo loaded into my GPS and am not familiar with the whose-who of Lyndon's back roads we definitely did a couple of u-ees trying to get to the parking cords.

Since Chicky's truck is heavy on cuteness and light on rugged dirt-road snow boggin' we parked at what affectionately became known as the "bad" parking cords. Haha, bad as in MUCH farther away. But as the cache description says, it really was worth the longer walk. There is some beautiful country back there and we very much enjoyed it.

Near the cache hide we entered the woods a little prematurely which allowed us to walk through the stunning pine forest. Eventually we were able to get in the right direction only to find a creek bed standing in our way...haha, oh well. We are trained professionals right?!?!?!? Haha!

Chicky made quick work of the cache and had it found in seconds. What a caching experience! We had a little bit of everything on this one (which in itself is another more strange and odd cache log....hahahaha). Thanks for a great spot in the middle of the wilderness!

To honor such a fun and "secluded" cache we dropped off Junglehair's Traveling NY GeoCoin as we feel we've monopolized enough of its valuable time. It’s a great looking coin, so hopefully this will encourage cachers to stop by and experience this great cache.

Thanks for the adventure!

~Szuchie

PS - There looks like there is some logging going on in the immediate vicinity, but I don't believe it will affect this cache at all...just something to keep an eye on for sure.

I found it! 18 Feb 2006    JEOPARDY!!!! ***NAVICACHE ONLY****  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Chicky and I decided to go to Como Park and do some caching (but little did we know Losson Park would stand happily in our way...hehe).

I had solved this cache a few weeks ago when I was home sick. I figured since I couldn't be out caching, I might as well prepare for a future caching adventure! Haha, needless to say that preparation paid off today.

Great cache HB! Chicky and I definitely had a quality laugh over the "cache securement precautions" you have taken...This started off what turned out to be a predominantly HuckleBuckle-cache filled day.

Thanks again for a fun cache, see you on my tuff sometime!

~Szuchie ;)

I found it! 18 Feb 2006    The Letterbox of Losson Park  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

What started out as a "Hey lets make a pit stop at Losson Park!" on our way to Como Park turned into an all day frozen-fun-filled excursion. This was a quality find, as all HB caches tend to be.
For some reason, the arctic cold perhaps, I forgot my stamp today...so as I made clear in my log, I owe you a stamp (put it on my tab).

Thanks for the letterbox hide HB!

~Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 18 Feb 2006    Under The Sea...  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

Hucklebuckle cache #.....uh.....I think I lost track. Haha. This was one of the best HB caches I have ever done! I was pretty glad too as it was 500 below out because this would be a mucky mess in warm weather...haha.

We came face to face with a group of 5 or 6 deer today at leg 1, and really they didn't pay all that much attention to us. It was pretty cool.

Thanks HB for really showing us around Losson, Chicky and I have never been here before...but this is such a great park to walk around in. We're really excited to come back and finish up the other caches here!

Thanks for the hide!

I found it! 18 Feb 2006    Now Playing At a Cache Near You...  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

"Start with an HB cache, end with an HB cache!" What a great motto huh!?!
This cache find was actually a guess, as about 400 feet before we got to the cache my GPS died!!! And when I say died, that poor thing is now the most technologically-advanced paperweight I own...

LAME!!!!

Oh well, maybe I can pull some MacGyver-esque tricks out of my tookis and she'll be as good as knew...but lets face it, as we all know I'm barely techi-capable enough to make toast...

So now I can officially say, Losson Park killed my GPS!!!

~Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 18 Feb 2006    I'm Not Puzzled....  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

(Holy CRAP HB - check out the 2nd paragraph in this log...I was over a year ahead of Cayuga! Hahahahahahahahahahaha. That's freakin' awesome! LOL). And now for the log:

I'm not puzzled...??? HAVE YOU SEEN ALL THE AMAZING HIDING SPOTS IN THIS PARK! As Chicky and I made our way to this cache, we found ourselves (every 10 feet or so) going, "Whoa, that would be a great place for a cache!"

It's almost tempting to square off an acre of the park or so, and say --> I hid a cache within this box...now go find it! Let's just say, those cachers would be looking for ever!

Another great HB puzzle cache. I was a sick lil' fella a couple weeks ago, and to fend off my anxiety over the lack of caching I was missing out on, I decided to solve a few puzzles just so I felt like I was being geo-productive...hehe.

Thanks HB for getting us over to LP!

~Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 04 Feb 2006    Darien Diversion  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

Chicky and I were out today trying to make the most of a beautiful Saturday morning before the snow/rain started flying. We found the cache with no problem after a little slippin' and slidin'.

Thanks again for getting us to this park for the first time. I knew it existed but had never gotten around to paying it a visit.

Thanks for the fun find!

~Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 22 Jan 2006    Singing Birds  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 3 )

(Okay...so I'm a casual Navicache logger...well...now transformed perhaps? Don't worry Urk, if you sing it to the tune of a horrible Justin Timberlake song, "We're bringing navicache back!". Hahaha...okay...so many not!) Now the log:

Decided to end our day of mud boggin' with a nice trip through Urkel country (which is typically the same thing as mud boggin' only with a funnier name...hehe).
Found the cache with no problem, and even got to try out one of the "new" bridges. The park is in really good shape and made for a very fun end to a awfully sloppy day.

Also, it seemed only fitting to leave the White Power Ranger TB for the White Urkel.

Thanks TWU for a great cache, I'm really glad I could snag it before it goes MIA. Looking forward however to coming back to the park in the future for more muddy cache-related frivolities!

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 15 Jan 2006    The Blue Bridge Micro  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1.5 )

After chattin' with HB at Pub Night last night and getting some 'insight' we decided to give this one the old college try and finish it up.

This one is MUCH easier to find in the daytime...haha. Night caching is for the birds (or the caching obsessed).

Thanks Hucklebuckle for the help, and the hide!!!

Szuchie

I found it! 14 Jan 2006    Kelly Park Micro  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Hucklebuckle!!! Haha, who knew when I was doing this cache we'd be talking cache-o-nomics at Pub Night later in the evening! This was a fun cache, with a great container! The cache really blends in with the surroundings. As always a fun HB micro!
TFTH!!

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 14 Jan 2006    Cheektowaga Town Park  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

(HB you slacker...is this another cache long gone from the ranks but still lingering here in NC Land? You dork! Hahahaha!!!) And now for the log:

Szuchie quote while doing this cache: "How come people are always putting fences in my way!"

Haha, had a similar problem with this cache as described in previous logs...but once we checked the clue it made for a very quick find.

Loved the bridge, hated the fences!

Much thanks HB for a fun multi!

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 14 Jan 2006    Swift Running Water  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2 )

This was our favorite cache of the day. Just as Chicky and I got to the first leg and started looking we see someone approaching.

So of course the first thing to run through my head is, "Okay, it's a muggle. Better look like I'm not doing anything suspicious and pretend that the real reason I'm here is to enjoy the waterfront on this delightful my-eyeslids-are-frozen-open-30-degrees-below-windchill kind of day."

As I'm standing there pretending I can still feel my face, low and behold, who walks right up to us but Rayman himself!!! AWESOME!

He said he was driving by and saw some folks poking around his cache and decided to stop. We were glad you did!

After taking a long look at leg 1 ( and with a little encouragement from Rayman) I decided to venture after the first leg...and in the process managed to get everything below my knee drenched! BRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...... But I found the first leg! Hey, I'll take the frostbite anyday, as long as I get the find.

Rayman wished us the best of luck, with a promise we'd be running into each other later at Pub Night in NT. Excited by finally meeting Rayman (while doing his cache nonetheless), we didn't want to let him down so off we went determined to snag this one.

Legs two and three were VERY well hid (and clever). Much like the rest of the day we were very lucky and found them quickly. So on to the final!

Without giving up the most fun leg of this multi, I'll just say it was convenient we were caching in the middle of Ice-a-pallooza because this cache would be REALLY hard on a nice day with muggles crawling all about.

Thanks Rayman for a great cache, it was really nice meeting you! Hopefully we'll see you around the 'Owanda's as there are many caches still left for us to snag!

See you on the trails!

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 14 Jan 2006    Clinton Park Micro  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1.5 )

2 for 2 on Rayman caches today...when we got to the park there was a HUGE squirrel standing gaurd of the tree I was after...I didn't really want to push my luck with the lil' guy (as anyone who has seen National Lampoons Christmas Vacation will understand), but was able eventually to get him to scurry up the tree...and in the process I was able to find the cache.

Sweet, thanks Rayman!

Szuchie

I found it! 13 Jan 2006    That Wacky Palindrome Cache  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

20 foot pythons and man eating anacondas aside, this cache was fun!...haha. Actually, we were lucky enough to run into no dangerous wildlife tonight.

Unfortunatly, my caching partner in crime is completely 100% afraid of snakes...so when describing the cache I just conveniently left that part out. Haha.

A really great cache that helped us kick-off our caching night out. My palindrome is "Beef feeb". It struck me one day while watching Simpsons...god bless that show. Hehe.

Thanks HB for a fun Friday night! Cache you in Arcade sometime!

Szuchie.

I found it! 13 Jan 2006    The Season Series:AUTUMN  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

What the BuckleHuckle!!! Our third HB cache for the evening (yes I'm sucking up so you'll pay a couple of Arcade caches a visit hehe).
This one was a sloppy goo-fest...but it was worth it as there was a police officer parked with his back to us about 300 feet away. Haha, wet feet and a criminal record! NICE!

Great camo on the cache container. It was dark so I was fortunate to see a potential hiding spot and there it was. Whew...the dangers of night caching.

Snagged the "clue" for the series, now I need more seasons!!!

Thanks HB for a great cache, can't wait for the rest!

~Szuchie

I found it! 13 Jan 2006    Over The River, And Through The Woods...  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1.5 )

Another fun HB cache find tonight. Chicky saw this one A MILE AWAY as I bet her she wouldn't find it first (I've been beatin' her to the punch lately).
So of course, call it divine intervention (or the fact that she ran ahead and cheated...hehe ), she snagged this one pretty quick.

Fun cache, our second of three HB caches for the evening (all involving being near, or stepping in (arg!) water).

A great time, thanks HB!

Szuchie

I found it! 04 Jan 2006    Eggerstville Park  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 1.5 )

(Urk...spell check in the title? Is that right...? It's late, and I'm going crazy...but...is that right? Haha. Okay enough of my shenanigans...) And now the log:

Night caching in the cold rain! YES!!! Made a special trip out tonight to do this cache...and then a little post caching celebration at Don Pablos. So all in all, a most excellent night.

The cords for the first stage where a little wore off and hard to read, but they must have been clear enough because we nailed the final cache hide.

Our first trip to this nice (and waterlogged) park. Thanks Urk!

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 01 Jan 2006    GO BONNIES!!!  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Awesome cache hide, and the clue...? SPOT ON!
I really enjoyed this one.

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 10 Dec 2005    Oops! Wrong turn  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

Mix one part Xmas shopping and one part caching...and you get one fun/crazy/cold/expensive day. Haha, I'll let you determine which one of those pertains to the cache. ;)
Found the cache with no problem...(It actually found me before I found it...haha).

Very cute little park that ended a marathon day of shopping. Always fun doing WU caches!

Happy Holidays All!

Szuchie.

I found it! 03 Dec 2005    Geo-Cashing  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Quick cache and dash! Love it!
Thanks HB!

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 03 Dec 2005    Sweatin' Micro  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1.5 )

Loggin' it and lovin' it! Glad to finally check this one off...

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 03 Dec 2005    Geez Louise!  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 4 )

(Urk...notice in the last paragraph...I used the work "dastardly"...it's no "wonky", but it made me giggle...hahahaha). And now the log:

Haha...reading Madmann's cache log...that idiot was (embarrassed) me!

We were coming back from Tonawanda and decided to hit up a few caches I had downloaded into my GPS (not knowing anything about them).

So we see a cache that is relativly close to where we are driving on our roundabout way home and decided it would be fun never knowing it was the dreaded Geez Louise cache!!!

Imagine my surprise when we find the first leg and WHAT!!!...into the swamp?!? Are you crazy??...

And then, with little hesitation...off we went trudging through sometimes ankle deep 30 degree water with my hiking SHOES on...SHEESH. So on our way we see what look like relativly fresh footprints (so we figure if someone is caching in this stuff so can we!).

Half way to leg three, I ran into Madmann. Nice guy (with very waterproof shoes...haha). Always fun to meet another cacher in the middle of a freezing swamp.

All in all this was a great cache, and inadvertently a very happy moment as I can cross this one off the list. YES!

Thanks Urkel for a dasterdly placed cache. TNLNSL.

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 26 Nov 2005    Onondaga Escarpment #2; Glen Falls Virtual  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

(Urk...I'd post a picture here...but I don't want to hurt anyone...it's bad enough my mug is on the other site...more exposure would only do more damage. Yikes!!! Hahaha.) And now the log:

YEAH! My first (and hopefully not last) earthcache.
Johmer79 and myself decided to do some Williamsville caching today and this was at the epicenter of our caching agenda. Since neither of us have done an earthcache before we were pretty excited to take a run at this one.

Great sight in a very unlikly location! Thanks Urkel!

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 26 Nov 2005    Glen Falls Aquaview  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

A lucky find! Snow caching is hard...it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack with a blanket over top the pile.

But, luckily...we were successful! To celebrate I dropped off the Goof Ball TB.

TFTC and a great spot!

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 26 Nov 2005    Jonah Williams AKA The Millrace Cache  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1.5 )

Oh EM...just catching up on NC logs (over 2 years late...haha). Sorry for the tardiness...anyway, here's the log!

Our first cache find of the day today! We were on our way to the Onondaga Escarpment and thought we'd open the day with a rather interesting cache. Great hide, that Johmer79 (my caching cohort) and I really enjoyed.

We however didn't have a pen to sign the log, so I left my Szuchie Stamp Mark as evidence of our visit. Thank EM for a great cache spot (and some historical education to boot!).

TNLN. TFTC!

~Szuchie

I found it! 15 Nov 2005    Silver Lake Rail Road Trail  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

This was a fun cache (which begs the question, why aren't there more in Perry!?!). I had a little trouble finding the parking area, but once I did some recon (and went off-roading (unintentionally)), I was on the right path.

This cache was a sneaky hide and was only by pure luck did I stumble onto its whereabouts. Glad I did though! My only question is, what's with the creek? It's so....green. hehe.

Anyway, TFTC, SL!!!

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 15 Nov 2005    What's the Point  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1 )

Out caching on my birthday and decided to do run through Letchworth hitting some of the great caches located there.
Road Kill, this is a wonderful cache that I really enjoyed. What made it more enjoyable is there wasn't another person around, I had the Point all to myself! Sweeeeeet.

I took the Cleduce Little TB as I'm not sure when he'll get a chance to move again with winter setting in, and I didn't see the Popeye or California Grapes TB's...so they may be missing. Also took a dollar, and left a tennis ball and some hand sanitizer.

Thanks again for showing me a part of Letchworth I don't get up to see very often. The cache is in good shape, and very well hid.

Szuchie. ;)

I found it! 14 Nov 2005    Gnomes Lair  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 3 )

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.

TNLNSL. TFTC!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 14 Nov 2005    Up Up and Away  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Creative and very fun cache! Did this after Gnomes Lair (and enjoyed the lack of mud...haha).
TNLNSL. TFTC!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 29 Oct 2005    Wyoming County Forest #1  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1.5 )

(Holy crap Jim, I own a navicache...er...cache. Hahaha. Now for the ridiculously old log...)

Mr. Brogan, another caching triumph! I had checked out this area about 2 or 3 months ago, and was unable to find the trail in for this one. But on a nice fall day with the leaves slowly falling off the trees, the trailhead was easy to locate this time around.
The walk was a beautiful trek, as their were still enough leaves on the trees to put you into that fun fall spirit. The trail was a little wet and muddy, but that was to be expected. We didn't see any hunters around, but we were sure to wear our "Hey Don't Shoot At Me!" colors just in case. hehe.

Once we got to the cache site, I started the initial search (not heeding the very helpful clue) and it wasn't until I noticed a certain something in a certain spot, which led me a certain conclusion and a most certainly well placed cache.

All in all this was a great way to spend a beautiful fall day. On another note, I was able to introduce my new geocaching stamp (it's been sitting around for 3 weeks and was just DYING to be used), so that was a fun plus to a very interesting cache adventure.

Thanks again Brogan! TNLN SL.

~Szuchie

I found it! 02 Oct 2005    Beaver Meadow  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Found this cache oh-so-many years ago...but just getting around to logging it now. Geez...I sound like Tracker! Hahaha. Thanks Brogan for this great hide...and for giving it to the Noggs who will most certainly take very good care of it.

~Szuchie....Now running on NaviCache, V1.0. :-D

I found it! 02 Oct 2005    Beaver Meadows #2  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 2 )

Pulling a TrackerX once again...here's my log...some nearly two years late. :-D Hahaha.

I had visited this cache in May I believe with Johmer79 when he was in the process of tempting me to the dark side...hehe...or something of that not-so-twisted nature. Actually it was one of my earlier caching experiences when he was showing me how awesome caching was.
We decided to do this before Beaver Meadows (#1) as we find it amusing to do caches in the wrong order (you should see us try multi's!!!...OYE!)

We had a really nice walk to the cache, and spent a few minutes pawing through the log checking out Johmer79's past log (I'm referenced to as "and friends"...haha).

I actually sat up against a tree for some time just soaking up the very peaceful setting. Upon leaving I made sure to hide the cache slightly more secretive then when I found it. Hopefully all future cachers will do the same to preserve this wonderful cache site.

Thanks again Brogan for a rockin' cache. Always a pleasure. Now on to Beaver Meadows (#1).

TNLNSL.

~Szuchie....Now running on NaviCache, V1.0. :-D

I found it! 01 Oct 2005    Cole's Cliff  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1.5 )

Okay....so I'm like...nearly 2 years behind on my NaviCache logs...haha. I can't promise it will get any better either. :D Now...for the log! - -

Advice to future cachers....ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK YOUR MATH. haha...it could mean the difference between a mile marathon, or a 300 foot trot. Haha. Good thing we checked our math on the way and only had to contend with the 300 footer.
Awesome cache, found with no problem. LOVED the container!

TNLN.

~Szuchie

I found it! 01 Oct 2005    West Meets East  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 3 )

What a great hike. I hadn't been to this side of the gorge in years! We found it easily, and seeing that it is muggle season in Letchworth was suprised to find little resistance. Great cache!

~Szuchie

I found it! 24 Sept 2005    Emery Easy Out  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

(Sal, both these caches were great...I really need to revist them!)

This was our second trip to Emery (as we had completed the Emery's Escape earlier in the week) and again really enjoyed this park.

The cache was in a really great locale. It's always fun finding stuff you didn't know about in the middle of the woods. haha. Also, my caching bud Chicky fell down a hill getting to the cache...haha. Her butt was all muddy. Kodak moment if I ever saw one... :D

Thanks again for this cache! TNLNSL.

~Szuchie

I found it! 22 Sept 2005    Emery's Escape  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

Hey Sal, look at me...I'm loggin' on NaviCache! (Yes yes, I'm stuck indoors and decided I should probably catch up on some of these...hahaha). Here's the log:

A really long 4 leg cache...hehe. Good thing I brought my caching pal Chicky along for the ride, she ended up finding all four parts! So much for trusting my GPS. hehe.
When we found the payoff cache, Chicky was so taken with the Good Luck Bear TB that we had to snag her. I see she has already been to the Finger Lakes NY region...but I'm sure she wouldn't mind another adventure there. We'll see where her travels take her. hehe.

TFTC!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 21 Sept 2005    East Aurora Webcam Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 1.5 )

My first virtual cache! I have bought so much stuff on this strip (guitars, novelty craft items...hehe), that it was awesome to get my picture taken.

Props to Johmer79 for manning the webcam picture duties!

Thanks for the cache!

Szuchie. ;)

(Picture sent to the cache owner via other caching website. Thanks!)

I found it! 21 Sept 2005    Peacefull Woods  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

(Hey Mick! Finally getting around to logging my NaviCache finds....only about two years late. Haha. I'll be a little more timely come future finds!) Now for the log:

After doing Sinking Ponds it was only be amazing chance that I had brought the cords for this one too. I just love this nature preserve to much so we were very delighted to spend more time here.

The first leg gave us a little trouble, but that was more because of my wacky GPS coordinates than anything. hehe. Well hid micro!

The final leg went smoothly as my caching cohort Chicky easily found the cache. Thanks for this experience!

TNLN. TFTC!

Szuchie

I found it! 09 Sept 2005    Old Cattaraugus (Used To Be A) Micro  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1.5 )

Found it late tonight with some friends. Had a good idea where it was. After we found it spent about 45 minutes just hanging out talking about our favorite movies lines:

"Maaatt Daaaaamon" - Team America, World Police

"CAAAAAnnnnDDDY BaaaaaaaRs" - Supertroopers

"Earmuffs...." - Old School

"Pretty bird, Pretty BIRD..." - Dumb and Dumber

Quality quotes...just to touch on a few. Really beautiful spot for star gazing. Saw a few shooting stars...beautiful locale. Thank again for a sweet cache!

~Szuchie

(6-12-07 note: Huck you should probably update the coords on this one..."lest my foot find your backside!") Haha.


 

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