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Monday, July 04, 2005

Pirate Treasure, Dirty Secrets and Electric Cucumbers

Sunday, July 3rd, Gryphon and I set out to tackle a pair of geocaches in the Derry, NH area.

The first one we have been trying to get to for a while. Josh's "Foreign Coin" Treasure Cache is a small themed cache - "pirate" booty in the form of coins from around the world. The cache is located on the grounds around the athletic fields at Pinkerton Academy, the local high school. The Academy was founded in 1814 - you can find a history of the school here. Famous names associated with Pinkerton Academy include poet Robert Frost, who was a teacher at the school (his farm is a local museum). The school has 170 acres of land, and finding Josh's "Foreign Coin" Treasure Cache takes you on a delightful walk through tall, TALL trees.
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Whose woods these are? I know, I know!

With my abiding interest in all things Japanese, I was delighted to find a Japanese 10-yen coin to trade our Bermuda quarter for!

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A Japanese temple serves as "heads" on this 1997 10-yen coin.

By now, it was past 2 p.m., and Gryphon and I hadn't eaten since breakfast. We passed a Cracker Barrel Restaurant on the way to finding this cache - we'd heard about these places, but never been to one. Nostalgia buffs, take note - the retail shop has all sorts of old-tyme toys, games, and candies!

You can read more about our meal at The Life & Times of a Winged Cat when I update that blog - it turned out to lead to a cooking experiment at home!

Restored, refreshed, and fortified (stuffed to the gills, more like), Gryphon and I set out for another nearby cache - Quail Hill Quicky. This is aptly named - the cache is in a nice, wooded location on a dirt bike trail. It's an extremely secretive little hiding spot, but the walk in is easy. It's a larger cache, and had lots of goodies in it. Beader that I am, I selected a lovely beaded bracelet someone had left for trade, and we left a small wicker bird basket. Here's a picture of the bracelet:

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Lovely beadwork, a geocaching treasure!

I've done a quick study of the bracelet, and if you have a little skill with needle, thread, and seed beads, you should be able to make a bracelet like this from my instructions, found here.

We picked up our first Travel Bug from this cache as well. Larry the Cucumber was released into the wild in Florida in March of 2003. He's been in the New Hampshire area for a while now - he actually completed his mission to attend a party in Connecticut, so I've contacted the owners and I'll see if they want to give him a new goal before I send him on his way.

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Larry, silent but snappy on my desk

Larry is an electric cucumber, too - at least, he is when his batteries are fresh. He's been on the road so long, he's plumb wore hisself out! We're going to make sure he's got a new charge before he leaves again. Watch this space, we'll let you know when we release him and where.

That's all for today - whew, it's enough, I think!


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