A really bad weekend’s weather was forecast, grey skies, lots of rain, sleet – basically not a weekend for intense caching.
With this in mind we turned attention to some puzzle caches near us. A puzzle cache is different from the normal caches, in that the cache co-ordinates are given in puzzle form. Sometimes a puzzle cache might show half-a-dozen seemingly unconnected pictures and from those one has to determine numerical co-ordinates.
The puzzle caches we attempted were based on people, who had had some connection with the local area. Text of the ilk “person X has lived in Berkshire for many years”, or “educated in Berkshire this person went on to become well-known in his/her field. “ Using other clues in the text, it is possible to work out (and verified by sources such as Wikipedia), who person X is, their year of birth, etc. Co-ordinate numbers are derived from years, letters in middle names etc..
We know that other cachers may read this so we won’t say where the caches where, or who they related to … suffice to say a 1970s/1980s sportsman, a criminal, and an actor were resolved.
When we visited the cache sites, we were unable to find one of the caches (such a shame after our brainwork), and one even had a bonus cache whose co—ordinates were not listed on http://www.geocaching.com. Instead they were listed in the cache container.
We’ve not published many photos as we don’t want to spoil another cacher’s experience – suffice to say… this little creature was involved! We were also First To find one of the caches too!