A Little Hint Please

SPOILER WARNING:  While I’m careful not to give away too many specifics about a cache, it is always possible I might mention details you don’t want to know. Proceed accordingly.

A Friday evening trip to The Running Company in Oakville gave us an opportunity to go for a couple of caches near Lake Ontario. I used to live in Oakville and have always enjoyed going downtown. The downtown core is a quaint mix of  shopping along Lakeshore Boulevard,  old homes by the lakeshore, and the harbour with all its sail boats.

The first cache we attempted was GC11X1F – Good luck with this one! which first required solving a coded set of coordinates. Earlier in the day I took about half an hour to figure out the substitution code and the coordinates I got checked out OK at GeoChecker, a site where solutions to cache puzzles can be checked (if the cacher saves them there.) The coordinates took us to one of the waterfront parks just west of the Oakville harbour. It was a pleasant evening to explore along the rocky beach area, and we casually poked around the area we thought the micro cache was hidden. As in previous situations the fluctuating readings from my Nuvi 250 GPSr made it difficult to home in on a specific spot. We knew we were looking for a well hidden micro, but ground zero had a hundred potential hiding spots. After half an hour of searching we gave up. I’ve never asked for a hint before, but this time I decided to do it. I know we were really close, so I want to go back and find it. I left a message for the cacher who placed this one, but I think he’s away right now, so it may be a while before I hear anything.

Hoping for some better luck we headed to our second objective GC16T04 – LFC – 25th Anniversary which was just a few hundred yards up the road. This cache is by the Lions Foundation of Canada facility where guide dogs are trained. My wife and I both work for a company in the eye care industry, and this organization is one our company supports. My wife had been here before helping out on Community Day, but it was my first time to visit. It was very quiet at 7:30pm, but we had to be cautious as someone was enjoying a drink on their balcony just across the street and had a clear view of us. The cache was a nice quick find after our earlier disappointment. It might have taken a lot longer, but I quickly realized the hide technique was one I had seen before at another cache. We retrieved the cache, signed the log then waited for a safe moment to slip it back into position.

On the way back to our car we picked up one clue to multi-cache GCFBE3 – Sweet Sixteen. I’m sure it will take a couple more trips downtown to get the rest of the clues, but hopefully we’ll be back soon to complete the DNF once we get a clue.


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