2 February 2013 – Very Clever Caching…

MysteryUp until now, we have done our fair share of traditional caches with the occasional multi-cache popping up.  One type of cache we have not yet attempted, is the mystery cache…

A mystery cache (sometimes also called a puzzle cache) is a cache that requires the finder to solve an intricate puzzle to obtain the true coordinates for the cache container.

The puzzle can be anything from a simple decryption or substitution cipher, to a complex enigma requiring ingenuity, logic, mathematical skill, lateral thinking… and a whole lot of luck!

The big challenge solving mystery caches and then blogging about it, is that we can’t share with the reader the bit that enthused us the most – how we got to solve the puzzle!  A typical sword of Damocles – sharing the fun, automatically spoils it for the next cacher.

So, for the sake of this blog and out of respect for the caching community, we will just post these types of caches without giving away too much on how we managed to solve the final coordinates…

167 Google Spy#167 GOOGLE SPY (GC2BJCT)
Westridge in Somerset West, South Africa

S34°04.990 E18°49.298

Our first mystery cache, and not just any mystery cache…

Google Spy, with its 5-out-of-5 difficulty rating, is an awe-inspiring, cuber-reconnaissance challenge requiring level upon level of cyber-sleuthing, intel-gathering and internet snooping.

We decided to draw fellow cachers, the Chappies into our spy network and with a clever shake-and-a-stir of our intellects, we achieved the remarkable feat of solving this one in the space of an afternoon.

Suffice to say, even the great Mr Bond would have been obliged to offered us a Martini toast on solving this one…

Visit Google Spy at www.geocaching

168 Dragon Slayer#168 DRAGON SLAYER (GC2TBCV)
Roundhay in Somerset West, South Africa

S34°04.824 E18°51.224

This was another mystery cache that required an on-line stroll with Google Earth, and soon the penny dropped…

Visit Dragon Slayer at www.geocaching.com

169 Sarahs Cache#169 SARAH’S CACHE (GC3JZ1A)
Nature’s Valley in Somerset West, South Africa

S34°04.423 E18°52.161

This was a quick park-and-grab in a grassed park with beautiful kid’s jungle gym.

Visit Sarah’s Cache at www.geocaching.com

170 Red Tree Cache#170 RED TREE CACHE (GC452M6)
Nature’s Valley in Somerset West, South Africa

S34°04.257 E18°52.095

And another park-and-grab next to the Helderberg Nature Reserve…  Still trying to figure out the name – Red Tree, as the cache was placed under a large, red rock with no tree in sight?!

Visit Red Tree Cache at www.geocaching.com

171 Gummi Glen#171 GUMMI GLEN (GC1VNQE)
Shady Glen in Somerset West, South Africa

S34°03.720 E18°51.892

“Gummi Bearrrrrrrrrs, bouncing here and there and everywhere…” – pretty much what Blonde Suikerbos did after having a close encounter of the reptilian kind in this beautiful and secluded blue gum forrest.  Still not sure what it was, but needless to say, she quickly retreated to an open, shady spot, leaving the bundu bashing to Brunette.

Oddly enough, it was Blonde who from her vantage point soon spotted the perfect hidey hole – quite a way off the given coordinates.  A quick grab by bush-whacking Brunette and on to our next.

Visit Gummi Glen at www.geocaching.com

172 Anobium Punctatum#172 ANOBIUM PUNCTATUM (GC1JDD3)
Radloff Park in Somerset West, South Africa

S34°04.975 E18°52.188

This cleverly hidden micro, named for the common furniture beetle, was hidden along the Lourens River.

Interestingly, the Lourens used to be known as the Second River, with the First being in Stellenbosch.

Visit Anobium Punctatum at www.geocaching.com

173 Baby Makes Her Genes Talk#173 BABY MAKES HER GENES TALK (GC1PKD1)
Rome Glen in Somerset West, South Africa

S34°05.520 E18°52.350

Our last one for the day, was a mystery cache requiring some deciphering of DNA, base nucleotides, codons and amino acids, and eventually brought us to a hill in Rome Glen with a panoramic view of False Bay.

Visit Baby Makes Her Genes Talk at www.geocaching.com

Seven done, and time to return home for a cold one and a dip in Brunette’s folk’s swimming pool.

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