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Barrington

(Finds: 23  Score: 99.5)    (Hidden: 27  Score: 139)

Caches Hidden

Hidden on Difficulty Terrain Cache Name
16 Jul 2001
1.5
1.5
No Exit
27 Jul 2001
3.0
3.0
Highpoint
12 Aug 2001
3.0
3.0
Blair Witch
09 Sept 2001
2.0
2.5
Penny's Point
05 Oct 2001
3.0
3.0
Gypsum Mine
08 Nov 2001
3.0
3.0
Hawthorn
23 Nov 2001
3.0
3.0
Deer Crossing
05 Jan 2002
3.0
1.5
Geodecache
23 Jan 2002
3.0
3.0
Down in the Dumps
06 Mar 2002
3.0
3.0
I Heard it on the Grapevine
11 Apr 2002
2.0
2.5
My Cache Goes Where the Wild Goose Goes
23 May 2002
2.0
3.5
Deer's Bedroom
19 Aug 2002
2.0
2.0
Bullhead Cache
18 Oct 2002
2.0
2.5
The LARCH
08 Nov 2002
2.5
2.5
Gypsum Mine II
22 Jun 2003
2.0
2.5
Beaver Dam
10 Jul 2003
2.0
2.5
The Old Dirt Road
03 Sept 2003
2.0
2.0
Creekside
26 Dec 2003
2.5
3.0
The Old Farm
16 Oct 2007
2.5
2.5
Shagbark
11 Aug 2004
2.0
2.0
Creekside II
17 Apr 2005
2.5
2.5
Cherry
18 Aug 2005
3.0
5.0
Turtle
02 Nov 2005
3.5
4.0
Wolf Tree
16 May 2006
2.0
2.5
Acorn
03 Sept 2012
2.0
2.0
Pipes
13 Oct 2008
2.5
2.5
Blue Blazes

CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!   decode

Note 16 Mar 2010    Morgans Adventure  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Out for a walk in the park on a beautiful almost-spring day, passed by the cache site and remembered it from first finding it eight years ago. Looked to see if it was still there, found it in good shape, log book clean and dry and no mildew, contents OK. Took and left nothing, left note in log. Hid it a little better than it was, re-arranged material covering it in a more random, natural-looking manner, it was pretty obvious something was hidden there when I found it.

barrington

Note 15 Oct 2008    Blue Blazes  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 2.5 )

The cache has been relocated by about 1/4 mile, it was too close to another cache. The currently posted coords are correct.

barrington
[Modified 2008-10-15 15:21:58]

I found it! 04 May 2006    Ripple  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Combined three objectives with this one, finding a cache, getting some exercise, and looking for migratory birds (the area is a gathering spot for warblers as they pass through in the spring. Saw a few, but as usual couldn't identify them).
Walked in on the trail following the creek, saw a lot of damaged trees from the beavers, some 4-foot diameter willows completely girdled.

Found the first part of the cache after a few minutes, was looking from the wrong direction. Part two was easy, spotted it from 50 feet away. Tried to give the camo a more natural look when re-hiding, but it's still pretty obviously not a natural/random configuration.

Took and left nothing, signed log. Thanks for an excuse to get out on a beautiful spring day!

barrington (solo)

  cameraInfrared photo of Oatka Creek, not far from cache

Note 07 Nov 2005    Wolf Tree  ( Difficulty: 3.5    Terrain: 4 )

A few days after initially placing the cache, I discovered a little-used trail to a secluded area of the park that fits well into the theme of this cache, so I added two legs to the route, and moved the cache to a much "niftier" hiding spot. Overall, it adds about 10-20% to the total distance, depending on routes traveled between points. The cache write-up has been edited appropriately. Have fun!!

Barrington

Note 01 Jun 2005    I Heard it on the Grapevine  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

Owner barrington, with Mrs. B and Penny, visited the cache to replace a filled-up log book, and to check condition. I'd been aware from finder's reports that the cache is much more difficult to get to in some seasons than others, and based on our trek in, I've raised the difficulty levels from 1.5/2 to 3/3.

Note 11 Nov 2004    The LARCH  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2.5 )

The cache has apparently been stolen. I'll replace it in a new (harder to find) location near the old coordinates as soon as possible, hopefully before winter sets in.

barrington

I found it! 16 Jun 2003    The Old Boneyard  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

Another great spot that we didn't know was there! A perfect day, sunny and in the 70's, and a pleasant walk in. Coords were right on, found in a couple minutes. Great job on the box and the presentation! Took pocketknife, left sports stopwatch. Thanks for the hide!

Barrington, Mrs.B, and Penny

I found it! 05 Oct 2002    What's the Point  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 1 )

A real "Huckle-buckle-beanstalk" find, qued up behind two other groups from the cacher's picnic. Everyone waited for everyone else to find the cache, then opened it together. Forgot our swappin' stuff, so just signed the log. Thanks for a fun stroll on a nice fall day!

Barrington, Mrs. B, and Penny

I found it! 22 Sept 2002    Casey's "The Steve Irwin Experience" Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

Another great area we had no idea was there! An easy, quick find, but could see how it could be difficult if approached wrong. The cache was well hidden and in good condition, clean and dry, but the contents seem pretty depleted compared to what the log indicated has been swapped in and out since July; mostly just plastic toys remaining. Left a couple of Matchbox trucks, took a mini-screwdriver set; wish I'd brought some "adult" items to swap.

Barrington, Mrs. B, and Penny

Note 19 Sept 2002    Geodecache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 1.5 )

Reports of moisture in the cache prompted us to give it a "freshening up" visit. We found it in not bad shape, but a lot of the items, especially plush toys and paper, were pretty musty. We salvaged what could be salvaged, put loose items in zipper plastic bags, and put it all in a new box (the old one will be repainted and recycled into a new cache). We added several bags of Keokuk geodes and a few other items, and a new log book.

We took away a half a boxful of spoiled items and, frankly, just plain junk that had been left in the cache. I'd like to suggest (for any cache, not just this one) that:

Any item left should be of similar value to the one taken. A Happy Meal toy or AOL CD will have little appeal for the next visitors.

Anything moisture-sensitive (paper, plush, anything that will absorb moisture or can mildew) should be sealed in a zipper plastic bag.

No food items (candy, energy bars, etc.) should be left in a cache. it can spoil, can draw animals, and you'd have to be pretty hungry to eat something that had been in a cache in the woods for months.

I found it! 04 Aug 2002    Blair Witch  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

It only took eight months, but but I finally got to the "Blair Witch" cache site to replace the box and replenish the contents. I removed some of the items that were musty from moisture that had leaked into the box, and added several items, mostly toys and novelties, and some "Keokuk Geodes" (mineral specimens).

Since this was the first time I've been to the cache since "backspace_69" et al rescued and relocated it, I had to search it out, so I'm counting it (my own cache) as a find. ;-)

The cache is still living up to it's name. Half way to the cache at a fork in the trail, my canine caching buddy Penny sensed something she didn't like and refused to willingly go any further. We had to put the leash on her to keep her from heading back to the car, and she seemed pretty spooked for the next hundred yards or so. Wooooooo.....8-0

Thanks to everyone that helped out with this cache by removing soggy paper and plastic-bagging stuff to protect it from moisture.

I found it! 07 Jun 2002    We "Chit" You Not  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

This was the quickest hunt yet, less than ten minutes from home to cache box. Cache is in good condition, well concealed, but pretty evident if youíre looking for it. Signed log, took and left nothing (no chit). Thanks for the hide!

I found it! 05 Jun 2002    Dog Chow Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 2.5 )

Found it after a few minutes of trying to find a way through the brush and berry bushes; coordinates were right on. Took nothing, left nothing; took a picture with the camera and signed the log, but no pawprint from Penny, she and Mrs. B werenít willing to tackle the last 50 feet. The cache was basically in good shape, but a little bit damp.

Our big adventure came on the way out. The area was pretty swampy from all the recent rain, and in trying to avoid wet feet, we lost the trail we came in on and wound up by the golf course; backtracked, overcorrected the direction, this time into someoneís back yard. With our feet now wet and pavement in sight, we opted for the dry (but long) route back to the car.

A caution: Thereís quite a bit of poison ivy in the area, now fully leafed out, so donít pet the dog till you bathe him. The immediate cache area seems to be free of it, but the fallen trees nearby are covered in runners.

Thanks for an interesting hike!

Note 30 May 2002    ROCHESTER AND AREA CACHERS GET-TOGETHER!  ( Difficulty: 1    Terrain: 1 )

Barrington and Mrs. B will be there, with something baked, probably brownies.

I found it! 25 May 2002    No Exit  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

The No Exit cache has been retired. After a year on site it was getting pretty shabby, and the tree it was hidden under was getting increasingly decayed and in danger of losing limbs.

The cache has been replaced with another one nearby, a two parter called "Deer's Bedroom", in a more pleasant and interesting place.

A reference point for the "Down in the Dumps" cache was also located at "No Exit", this has moved to the new cache site as well.

barrington.

Note 19 May 2002    Penny's Point  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2.5 )

We checked the cache today, and found the hollow stump the box was hidden in had collapsed to a pile of bark which stood out like a sore thumb in the open woods. We changed the location of the cache by a few hundred feet (as noted in the cache description) to make it a little more of a challenge and reduce the chance of an accidental find. The coordinates have been changed in the description, and have also been posted at the original spot for those that might be using older info. Also, we left hitch-hiker "Bernie" who is trying to move westward, if someone would like to give him a lift.

barrington, Mrs B, and Penny

I found it! 15 May 2002    Winged Things  ( Difficulty: 2    Terrain: 2 )

Another nice park that we hadn't been aware of. Visited on a nice day after several days of heavy rain, and the beginning of the trail was under water. Found what appeared to be a spot I could jump across, but the dry spot on the other side was leaf cover with four inches of water under under it. Should have worn boots instead of sneakers. Mrs.B and Penny stayed dry at the trailhead. The rest of the trail was fine, found the cache fairly quickly, GPS disagreed with posted coords by 30 feet. Took a picture with the cache camera, left a Kennedy half dollar (it has an eagle on the back to fit the theme). Resoaked the same foot on the way back. Thanks for the mini-adventure!

I found it! 24 Apr 2002    Cache Jubilee  ( Difficulty: 2.5    Terrain: 3 )

Nice walk on a bright sunny spring day. We found the cache 25 feet from where the GPS told us after a few minutes search. Mrs B and Penny were on the path while I was looking through the cache when the local police cruised by, the officer waved as he passed, probably wondered what the heck I was doing, but didn't stop; he probably figured there was a good reason why the old guy was crouched down behind a tree;-). Signed the log, left some playing cards and a CD, took a USB cable.

The cache was well hidden and dry, but the effects of earlier dampness were evident, the cap that was noted in an earlier find report as being wet is now dry but has some green spots. Everything else looked OK.

Thanks for a nice easy hunt in a very nice place!

I found it! 31 Mar 2002    Morgans Adventure  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

With a housefull of grandkids on an Easter candy sugar high, decided to take the four oldest (6 to 11) and their dads on an after dinner cache hunt to burn off some energy. Set a goto on the MAP330 and let Andrew, the 11 year old lead the way. Found the cache easily, swapped three gold dollars for a golf ball, a CD, and a piece of barbed wire; I also took traveller Bernie to go in my next cache. The trip up the hill and back diminished my energy level significantly, but had no noticeable effect on the kids. Back home for coffee and dessert, and more jelly beans and Peeps for the kids (and more bouncing off the walls).

By the way, there is a USGS Survey Marker in the area, about 20 feet from the cache, if you're after those as well.
[Modified 2002-08-21 13:56:58]

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I found it! 02 Mar 2002    Cacher's Cache Can  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Nice walk with my dog Penny on a nice early March day, 50+ degrees. At the cache at 2:00 PM. Took a harder route in than described, 200 feet uphill from this trail, but still one of the easiest we've done yet. Coordinates were dead on with my Meridian Gold (lets hear it for WAAS!:-). Cache was well hidden but found it in about a minute or two after the GPS settled down. Nice container. Took a McCall button, left an Oscar the Grouch with a travel bug that I picked up at Sprucewood cache. I think we almost met some other cachers; as we got back to the car, saw a couple people up the road entering the woods on the "right" trail. Thanks for placing such a "friendly" cache!

I found it! 10 Feb 2002    Sprucewood  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Did the loop on the wrong trail before hitting the right one. The MAP330 brought us pretty close, but overcast and light rain seemed to be preventing a lock closer than 30 feet. We found the cache in a couple minutes after getting in the vicinity; the box is very well camouflaged. Took "Oscar" with Travel Bug attached (He'll go into a new cache of mine very soon), also took a car light and took the first pic with the camera (hope it still works;-). Left some dice and a Sacajawea dollar. It was 50 degrees and raining fairly heavily as we walked out, so our footprints in the snow likely disappeared before anyone else could follow them to the cache. Thanks for a fun hunt in a familiar area!

Barrington and Mrs. B. (Penny stayed home for this one, we didn't want to contend with a wet dog in the back seat).

I found it! 28 Jan 2002    Mendon Ponds Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

We got skunked on this one last summer, but went right to it today, the difference being the MAP330 GPS that replaced old unreliable, a GPS315. Beautiful day, mid-50's and sunny, and lots of people out and about on a Monday. We were the third visitors to the cache today, at 1.00 PM. Took a blue glass thingie, left a Sacajawea buck, and took a picture (I think #28) with the camera. Thanks!

Barrington, Mrs. B., and Penny

I found it! 25 Dec 2001    Maps Maiden  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

FOUND ON JULY 25, 2001

Took a couple tries to nail this one. The Mag 315 led me all around it, finally the path for the last 20 feet became evident. Not an easy one for the large and inflexible ;-). Thanks for a bit of a challenge!

I found it! 25 Dec 2001    Tinker Toy Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 1.5 )

FOUND ON JULY 10, 2001

Approached the area on the wrong path, so instead of a short few steps off the trail, tiptoed through the poison ivy for a few hundred feet. Nice spot in a nice park. Thanks for bringing us there!

I found it! 25 Dec 2001    Northhampton Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 1 )

fOUND ON JULY 2, 2001

Nice walk on a nice day in a nice park! A pretty straightforward find, no major problems. Thanks!

I found it! 25 Dec 2001    Jennings Journey  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

FOUND ON JULY 3, 2001

The most difficult part of this one was not attracting attention from passers-by.

I found it! 25 Dec 2001    Morgans Adventure  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

FOUND ON JUNE 28, 2001

This was a nice walk, not much more than a mile from home in a very familiar area. Easily found, no bushwhacking needed. Some poison ivy near the cache, but avoidable if you're aware of it.

Note 19 Dec 2001    No Exit  ( Difficulty: 1.5    Terrain: 1.5 )

Some find reports indicated a significant difference between the cache location and the listed coordinates. On 12/19/01 I visited the cache with two new GPSR's that agreed there was a 50 foot error. New coordinates have been listed that (hopefully) are much closer. Apologies to those whose hunt was more difficult than it might have been!

Barrington

I found it! 13 Dec 2001    Scottsville Multi Fun Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 1.5 )

Finally got past part one on about the fifth try, but only because of a conversation with and a question from someone in the area, which changed the whole focus of the search. Waited a few days for my new Meridian Gold GPSR (replacement for a Mag 315) to arrive before trying the second leg; that was almost too easy, we walked right up to the cache without having to wait in the area for twenty minutes for the 315 to settle down. Took a picture (#23) with the camera, took the photo paper, left a couple Sacajawea dollar coins. Mrs. B and our pooch Penny came along on a very warm (60 deg. F) but damp mid-december day; nice walk, but very dirty dog from the wet cinder trail.

I couldn 28 Nov 2001    Scottsville Multi Fun Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 1.5 )

Three tries and can't get past the first part. Found George, no problem, and the Mag 315 consistently returns me to the same spot, but no clue what I'm looking for. Found berry bushes (we're even on the thorn thing, Quinn ;-), but the only wood in the area was a piece of 2X4, unmarked, and the bridge decking. Didn't search too vigorously, though, this is a teen hangout and it's a bit weird poking around with a GPSr in hand with an audience. I'll try again when school's in session.

I found it! 07 Nov 2001    Avon Calling Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 1.5 )

Thanks, Gimpy, for the kind of long but pleasant walk on a nice day. Once again the Mag 315 refused to settle down near the cache site, so had to resort to the photo clue for the final few yards. After spending 10 minutes at the cache, the GPS finally settled to less than 10 feet. Forgot my swap stuff, so took nothing, left nothing, just signed the log. I noticed poison ivy vines climbing nearby trees, I suspect when the vegetation leafs out again in the spring a lot of it will be evident in the area.

I found it! 06 Nov 2001    Greenway Trail Cache  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

This is an area we hike occasionally, but this took us a little farther down the trail than we usually go. My Mag 315 kept jumping, but finally took me back to the same place twice, and settled to within 10 feet of the cache. Took a picture of Penny and myself with the camera (Mrs. B. waited on the trail), took a lanyard, left a Sacajawea buck, signed a quilt square. Thanks for a nice election day walk!

I found it! 03 Oct 2001    HOGS BACK VISTAS  ( Difficulty: 3    Terrain: 3 )

Since Rocky's been the first at all four of my caches, I enjoyed the opportunity to be the first at one of his. Also got paid back for putting him through a deep gully at the "Blair Witch" site; we left the FL trail a hundred yards too soon and wound up going over some terrain that was "crawl up, butt-scoot down" before we found the trail to the cache. Mrs. Barrington and Penny were getting a little peeved till we found the real trail was a lot easier. Gorgeous spot (pun intended), but definitely not one to do in the dark or after an ice storm. The Magellan 315 was within 16 feet of agreeing with the coordinates, so no problem finding it. Took a couple of pics with "The Hat" (gotta get one of those), took nothing, left a "Where's George" bill. Thanks, Rocky, for an enjoyable hike in a beautiful place!

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