Cache Containers (unusual)

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Out in the eastern region of San Diego County, there are some unique cache containers, and hides, dreamed up by the Sandy Creek cowboys.

Some of these are very well hidden and well-engineered, such as the large ABS plastic tube attached to a cable and pulley system across a small ravine. The cache is very hard to spot and once you see it, you have to "reel" it in using the cable and the pulleys, which, at the present time, need oil, making this an arduous task, especially without gloves.

Another one of their caches is an old rusted electrical box with bolts sticking out of its "carcass." The only hint on the cache page is "watch out for the porcupine." Inside this box are dozens of Altoids tins attached to pieces of sheet metal that just fit inside the electrical box. The log is in one of them, so you have to open every tin until you find the right one in order to sign the log.

The most frustrating one of all, for anyone who is on a cache run that day and hoping for some quick TNLNSL finds, is a large blue barrel out in the brush. When you open the barrel, you find a 5-gallon water bottle, the kind with the narrow neck. Inside the water bottle are more than 60 35mm film canisters, only one of which has the log in it.

Although some finders have been lucky and they have gotten the right one as quickly as the third try, it took us 58 shakes of the bottle before the film canister with the log in it finally came out.

Another notable cache container used by another cacher with a unique sense of humor was a plastic toy alligator. A 35mm film canister had been placed in his belly. In his hiding place, beneath a Nolina/Yucca, he was a very startling sight and made for a memorable 100th find for me.

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