BWT ramblings

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Well, I don't know how you found this page, but please enjoy my ramblings.

This is a place for me to plan out my future caches. Mostly I get hit with ideas on the wording of the cache descriptions, or maybe just an idea for a hide and want to get them down somewhere, so I am going to put them here.

That said, Major Spoiler Alert!!! You've been warned.

--BigWhiteTruck 09:21, 1 February 2006 (EST)



Contents

BigWhiteTruck's Phobia Series

Nyctophobia - Placed Nov 9, 2007

Do you have a fear of the dark? You may after this cache!

See GC179M4 for this cache description.


Acrophobia - Placed Sep 30, 2006

Scared of heights? Don't look down!

See GCYK7H for this cache description.

Xenophobia

Do strangers make you nervous? Get over it!

Xenophobia is the irrational fear of strangers or foreigners.

This is a two-stage multi-cache which will almost certainly require you to enlist the help of a stranger or foreigner to solve. You will likely not be able to complete this cache in one visit either.

The first stage of this cache is at the posted coordinates.

Inside the first stage, you will find:

  • Incomplete coordinates for the final stage
  • The secret combination to unlock BWT's Xenophobia Travel Bug.


BWT's Xenophobia Travel Bug is a small combination-locked box that contains the information you need to complete the coordinates for the final stage. It was released into the wild in Sweden in December of 2007 with instructions to go anywhere but never to return to the United States. It is labeled thusly:


"Inside this box is a secret. The secret is needed to find a Geocache in New York, USA. As long as you keep this box, someone might email you looking for the secret. You can tell them the secret if they tell you the code that will open the box. This box and the Geocache in the USA are designed to bring together two people from separate countries as friends to solve a puzzle. If you help someone in the USA to find the Geocache, you can say that you found it too, because you do not fear strangers. If you do not want to meet new friends from around the world, please leave this box where you found it."


Once you find the combination to the Travel Bug, find out who has the bug and email them. Ask politely if they will open the bug for you and tell you what is inside. Only by proving that you do not have Xenophobia will you be able to claim this find.

Hoplophobia

Things that make you go BOOM!


Hoplophobia is a term coined by the late, great Colonel Jeff Cooper, a celebrated firearms instructor and author, among other things.

Hoplophobia is the irrational fear of guns. Despite the fact that guns are merely tools with no will of their own, some people fear them. This cache does not require you to see, feel, or shoot a gun yourself, but there is a good possibility that you will hear some while you are on your way to the cache, or while searching for the cache.

This cache is on an established public trail that runs along a remnant of the Erie Canal. It is a beautiful area and the canal has been wonderfully preserved. Some of the trail is bordered opposite the canal by the Camillus Sportsmen's Club, which has been there forever and is used year-round by families, individuals and various government and private groups as it is the largest and best shooting range in the area.

At the location of the cache, you will be very near to the pistol range shooting line, and may hear some gunshots up close.


The club is dedicated to safety and is well aware of this trail and the people who use it. All target stands and shooting areas are oriented so all shots go away from the trail and towards a huge hill that the club owns. This particular trail is used daily by walkers, joggers, bikers and hikers, and you are perfectly safe and perfectly welcome on it.

Parking is at the northern corner of the intersection of Devoe Road and the Canal, or N 43° 3.171' W 0 76° 18.236'

You have to park here and continue on foot. It is a pretty good walk of maybe a half-mile in each direction.

Don't be confused by the sign that says "Sportsmen's Club Vehicle Traffic Only". It should say "No cars beyond this point except Sportsman's Club members." You can walk, run, bike or whatever past that sign.

Arithmophobia - Fear of numbers

You'll have to do more than put 2 and 2 together to complete this cache.

A puzzle cache with a lot of not-hard but perhaps obscure math references.

Bibliophobia - Fear of books.

Library maybe?

Coimetrophobia - Fear of cemeteries

Easy

Decidophobia - fear of making decisions

Indecisiveness won't pay off.

Decidophobia is the fear of making decisions. You will have to make a lot of decisions to find this cache!

This is a multi cache, with a twist. There are two sets of coordinates inside every waypoint container! At every waypoint you reach, you will have to decide which set of coordinates to go after next. There are no clues to help you choose, you need to pick one and commit!

If you are lucky and choose correctly, you will only have to make a decision three times. If you are not lucky and choose poorly, you may wander the woods for hours.

  • START -> A
  • A -> B, C
  • B -> D, E
  • C -> F, G
  • D -> H, I
  • E -> J, K
  • F -> L, M
  • G -> N, O
  • H -> FINAL
  • I -> C, E
  • J -> C, D
  • K -> C, D
  • L -> B, G
  • M -> B, G
  • N -> B, F
  • O -> B, F
note:  I don't know why I never thought of this before, but I HAVE TO put a picture of Vizzini on this cache page, and possibly some or all of his iocane powder monologue.

Taphophobia - Fear of being buried alive or of cemeteries

Fake open grave with a cache inside.

Hydrophobia

Do you have a fear of water?

Hydrophobia is the fear of water. It was also a popular name for rabies in the early 20th century, because advanced stages of rabies cause the victim to be unable to drink fluids.

This cache will force you to face your fear of water. You are going to get wet doing this cache. I do not recommend it after a heavy rainfall. This is a good cache for a hot summer day, definately not for a cold winter day.

You will be wading out into a moving stream. It's not too deep if the weather's been dry lately. It it's been raining, then watch out, we wouldn't want you to get swept downstream!

Cache is an ammo can that is weighted down so that it sinks. It is attached to a small cable so that it doesn't get swept downstream. the challenge in this cache is just getting out into the water.

Hints: In the lee of the largest boulder in the center of the stream

Claustrophobia

I still have to think of some cache idea for this common fear.

Arachnophobia

Eight legs means four times the fear!

Note: This cache can only be completed during the following hours: Mon-Fri 8a-8p Sat 12-5

Arachnophobia is one of the most common phobias in the world, affecting almost 1/3 of the adult population in the US. If you have this fear, you will need to face it to log this cache.

Motivate to the location of the posted coordinates. You will find yourself outside a unique establishment. If you are here at the times listed above, you will be able to enter to complete your quest.

There are eight choices for you to make. You must make all of them. This is so that if there is a group of people up to 8 each person has a chance to participate.

Take all the numbers and add them up. Take that number and throw away everything except the three digits on the right side. This will be the magic number. Replace the last three digits in the coordinates with the magic number.

Apiphobia

Find out what all the buzz is about!

Fear Nothing

Have you conquered all the fears?

This cache can only be logged by the most fearless of cache finders. You have to log every other cache in my phobia series in order to log this cache.

If you have found any of the phobia series, you probably noticed a set of numbers inside each cache. You will need the numbers from each of the other phobias to do the final calculations for the location of this cache.

Here's how you calculate the final location:

  • work on this later

Other Ideas

Ode to Charlie

Charlie was a wonderful dog who brought joy to everyone who met him. Time got the better of him however, and he passed away after being in our family for about 10 years. He lives on in our hearts and in a memorial I made for him which marks his final resting place. Posted coordinates will take you to a place where you can view the memorial and find the answer to this question: You do not need to leave your car or enter the yard to answer this question, if fact I would prefer that you didn't. You should be able to see from the road.

What breed of dog was Charlie?

Take each letter in your one-word answer and assign it a number value for it's place in the alphabet.


Now solve this puzzle using the values of the letters in the word

 ! = second letter's value
@ = second + third
# = fourth
$ = last - first
 % = first
^ = fourth plus first
& = last - third
* = last - second

Coordinates to the final cache site are: N 42 !@.#$! W 76 %^.&$*


Kache Karma

It's time to trade down on purpose!

We've all done it: traded down. We take a calculator and trade a McToy. Take a DVD and trade a pencil eraser. Take a Magellan and trade a Garmin. I know that I've done my share of diluting the cache swag around here, I used to trade in polished stones that I bought at JoAnn fabrics for $2 a bag. Oh, the shame!

So here is my attempt at raising my trading Karma.

I have stocked this cache with some really nice (by trade swag standards) swag. All finders are encouraged to trade down intentionally. Take some junk you found in your previous cache, trade it for some really nice stuff, and put the good stuff into the next cache. Then you can increase your trade karma along with me. I will keep the cache stocked with nice stuff and keep removing the junk that people put in it in the hopes that we can increase the general swag quality level in the area.

Rules of this cache:

  • Travel bugs are allowed but are to be treated as travel bugs are normally treated.
  • You must trade IN something that you found in a cache, and trade OUT something better
  • Whatever you trade out you must place in a future cache.
  • If you see something you want to keep for yourself, trade in something just as nice for it.


Make like a kid again

We're going to go back (and forth) in time.

Go to the posted coordinates and then find the magic number solution to this riddle.

Face the ground, then face the sky
But don't try to go too high!
Count forward passes while you rest
For a long-hand's sweep to solve this test!

Take the answer of this riddle and multiply by 12345. Then subtract 12. This new number completes the final cache coordinates of:

split the number in half xxx,yyy and apply to the new coordinates

N42 12.xxx W76 34.yyy


hints:What has long and short hands which sweep?


Prime Location - Place Nov 24, 2007

Cache is not at the posted coordinates, it's at a prime location!

See GC17KG3 for this cache.

Rubik's Revenge

You have to solve a Rubik's Cube to finish this puzzle.

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